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The task force that sparked controversy with its breast cancer screening recommendations a few years ago -- and PSA prostate-cancer screening pronouncements last week -- is weighing in on hormone replacement therapy. But this time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations are remarkable for their lack of controversy.

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Studies: New drug combinations slow down metastatic breast cancersupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

A new combination of treatments can help battle some forms of metastatic breast cancer and slow down the spread of the disease, according to two separate studies.

Breast cancer prevention, survivalupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

Dr. Drew and his guests discuss what people should understand about the risks of breast cancer.

Moms' hormone use linked to women's cancer, reproductive problemsupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 18:19:00

Ginny Bank was 14 when her mother sat her down and said they needed to see a gynecologist.

People.com: Rosie O'Donnell: I'm in Loveupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 12:29:00

The comedian returns to TV - and has a new girlfriend by her side

Rosie O'Donnell: I'm in loveupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 11:10:00

The Queen of Nice is back -- and happier than ever.

Soy no help for bone loss, hot flashesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:41:00

Middle-aged women searching for a safe alternative to hormone therapy to prevent bone loss and ease the symptoms of menopause are in for another letdown.

Drug that treats breast cancer found to prevent it, tooupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 21:35:00

Doctors and patients have a new tool to prevent breast cancer: A drug that is already approved for the treatment of the disease.

Are 'hot flashes' a symptom of prostate cancer hormone therapy?updated: Thu Apr 28 2011 09:13:00

My husband has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, stage 4, and has been treated with chemotherapy. His doctor says it is under control. He wonders does that mean it is gone or just being held at bay? He has been having "hot flashes" since he began his treatment for his prostate cancer (cannot remember the Gleason score, but tumor was in both lobes of prostate, without changes to his bone marrow.) He was treated with hormones, brachytherapy and radiation for this. We can't seem to get an answer for the question of the "hot flashes." Are they a symptom of ongoing disease, the hormone therapy or will he just continue to have them for the rest of his life?

Natural cures that really workupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 08:18:00

Will placing a tea bag on a cold sore make it disappear? Can you ease hot flashes with herbs? And does putting yogurt on your nether parts have a prayer of curing a yeast infection?

Smoking may raise breast cancer riskupdated: Mon Jan 24 2011 23:01:00

Women who smoke have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially if they become smokers early in life, a new study suggests.

Is soy linked to breast cancer?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 10:08:00

One of my neighbors has breast cancer. Her doctor has asked her to completely stop eating soy and its products, including edamame and tofu. My neighbor used to eat tofu at least three times a week before she got breast cancer. Is there a link between soy and breast cancer? Is there a potential that I will get breast cancer because I used to eat edamame?

Antidepressant may cool hot flashesupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 16:31:00

The antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) may reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, the bouts of sweating and overheating that are an uncomfortable fact of life for many menopausal women, a new government-funded study suggests.

When menopause 'comes roaring,' what do you do?updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 08:31:00

Just after she'd gotten a divorce and gone back to work, Alice Thornton would feel cold one minute and hot the next, and her temper was shorter than usual.

Sexual problems the norm for breast cancer survivorsupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 08:32:00

Many middle-aged women report sexual problems, including a loss of libido and a less-than-satisfying sex life. Now a new study suggests these problems are even more common among women who have had breast cancer.

Will you have your mother's menopause?updated: Sat Jul 17 2010 07:05:00

Sandra Gordon is dreading menopause. The 46-year-old from Weston, Connecticut, watched her mother's memory falter in her mid-50s, due to changing hormone levels. "Every time I get my period I say to myself, 'Yes! I'm so relieved!' " says Gordon.

Hot flashes? Losing weight may helpupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 09:05:00

Overweight women who experience hot flashes -- the uncomfortable flushing and sweating spells that accompany menopause -- may be able to cool those symptoms by losing weight, a new study suggests.

Blood test may be able to predict menopauseupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 09:58:00

A simple doctor's-office blood test may one day be able to predict when a woman will start menopause, possibly even in women in their 20s.

Injectable osteoporosis drug approved by FDAupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 19:47:00

Primary-care doctors now have a new--and potentially more convenient--tool to fight the bone disease osteoporosis.

Is chemo causing my hands to shake?updated: Wed Mar 31 2010 08:38:00

How many, if any, cases of nervous system disorders have been reported because of A-C breast cancer chemotherapy? I'm 45 and had treatment at 39 and 40. I now experience a very exaggerated amount of shaking of the hands.

Cholesterol jumps with menopause, study showsupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 15:36:00

Doctors have known for years that a woman's risk of developing heart disease rises after menopause, but they weren't exactly sure why. It wasn't clear whether the increased risk is due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, to aging itself, or to some combination of the two.

What's a good vitamin to take after radiation treatment?updated: Fri Dec 04 2009 09:38:00

I have breast cancer and have been through surgery (lumpectomy). Most recently, I have had radiation. Now that it's over, I am wondering if I should take a vitamin, and if so, what would be a good vitamin for me?

Why haven't I started menopause -- I'm 55?updated: Mon Nov 09 2009 09:11:00

I have just turned 55 and am still having a regular, clockwork period every single 28 days. It lasts only three to four days, but it is still there! Is there any danger in having this go on so long? I was approximately 13 years old when I started, and here I still am! I have no symptoms of menopause at all.

Why care about cholesterol?updated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

Who should care about their cholesterol levels? Everyone, especially women. CNN's Melissa Long explains.

Knowing cholesterol numbers could ward off heart diseaseupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 12:36:00

When 48-year-old Erin Peiffer, of Eldersburg, Maryland, learned that she had high cholesterol in her 20s, she never thought it would pose a problem.

How to solve 9 sleep problemsupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 11:09:00

Most of us have experienced those maddening midnight moments when, no matter how tired we are, we either can't fall asleep, can't stay asleep or our sleep is of such poor quality it feels as if we were awake. For anyone who has tossed and turned at night, here's some expert advice for solving nine sleep problems.

Drugs help prevent breast cancer but pose risks tooupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 12:19:00

Women at high risk of breast cancer can often lower that risk by taking medication, including drugs like tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene (Evista).

Breast-feeding may protect at-risk women from breast cancerupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:13:00

Women with a family history of breast cancer may have a new weapon against the disease: breast-feeding. In a new study of more than 60,000 women, nursing a baby for at least three months cut the risk of breast cancer in half for those who had a family history of the disease.

Breastfeeding and cancer riskupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:13:00

Researchers find breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women. CNN's Melissa Long reports.

Will I start menopause even though I am on the pill?updated: Mon Aug 10 2009 09:39:00

I am 49 years old and take Seasonique. Will I start menopause even though I am on birth control?

Women over 30 have newer birth control optionsupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 12:26:00

Fallen out of love with your birth control? Maybe you're put off by the side effects -- cramps from hell, unpredictable bleeding. Or maybe remembering to pop a pill just isn't your strong suit. Problem is, going without isn't a good choice, even as you get older: Nearly 40 percent of pregnancies among women in their 40s, for instance, are unplanned.

Study: Hormone therapy increases risk of ovarian cancerupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 18:00:00

Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may be at a higher risk of ovarian cancer, and the risk remains elevated for up to two years after women stop taking estrogen, a new study says.

Your period: What's normal, what's not, what to doupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 11:57:00

Your period comes at the same time every month ... except when it doesn't. Suddenly, without warning, you're early or late, or your flow is heavy, light, or nonexistent (and you know you're not pregnant!). You and millions of women understandably wonder, Is this normal or is something terribly wrong?

What should I consider before having uterus, ovaries removed?updated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:30:00

I have had painful periods for the past couple of years and have also had ovarian cysts. I had a couple of larger cysts removed about five years ago and was told I had endometriosis at that time. I continue to have pain and now have been told I have a 7 cm cyst on the right ovary. My doctor recommends removing both ovaries and the uterus. I'm just researching the pros and cons. Was wondering if there are any major issues I should be concerned about if I had the uterus and both ovaries removed. I am 42 and do not plan to have children. Given the history of pain and previous cysts, is it a good idea to go ahead and remove everything? Thanks for your time. Melissa

Darth Vader actor battles prostate cancerupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 10:58:00

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" films, has revealed he is suffering from prostate cancer but is still feeling "fantastic."

Study: Hormone therapy caused breast cancer for thousandsupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 17:08:00

U.S. breast cancer cases have dropped in women aged 50 to 69 in recent years because many women have stopped taking hormone therapy, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Should I take hormones or not?updated: Wed Jan 28 2009 18:54:00

Dr. Joann Manson, author of Hot Flashes, Hormones, and Your Health, suggests asking yourself three questions before going to the doctor.

Hormone therapy linked to brain shrinkage in older womenupdated: Mon Jan 12 2009 17:17:00

Not too long ago, millions of postmenopausal women were taking estrogen as part of hormone therapy to protect their hearts, prevent cancer, and keep their brains sharp.

What your heart needs, at every ageupdated: Mon Jan 05 2009 11:30:00

The statistics are sobering: Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the United States. And an estimated 8 million women have it. What's more, a new study shows that in recent years the overall heart disease risk for Americans -- especially women -- hasn't continued the healthy downward trend it showed in previous decades.

For menopause, balance of therapies is keyupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:39:00

For the 150,000 American women entering menopause each month, the mood swings, hot flashes and libido changes that often accompany a drop in estrogen can leave them feeling like they need help. In the past, hormone replacement therapy was often used to help ease symptoms, but compelling research has shown a significant drop in breast cancer cases among women over 50 after they stopped hormone therapy. This leaves many women asking, how do I manage menopause?

Testosterone patch may kick-start sex drive in womenupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 16:14:00

Postmenopausal women who have lost interest in sex may be able to bring their libidos back to life with a testosterone patch, according to new research published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Time.com: Menopause Drug Reduces Multiple Symptomsupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 16:00:00

An experimental menopause treatment drugmaker Wyeth is developing reduced hot flashes, trouble sleeping and other symptoms

What is perimenopause?updated: Mon Jul 21 2008 09:16:00

Women in their 30s and 40s may experience the symptoms of perimenopause, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

Navigating the ups and downs of perimenopauseupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 09:16:00

Lisle Nolan started noticing the symptoms four months ago: headaches, mood swings and a menstrual cycle that was out of whack.

Time.com: Exercise May Prevent Future Breast Cancerupdated: Tue May 13 2008 18:00:00

Get your daughters off the couch: New research shows exercise during the teen years -- starting as young as age 12 -- can help protect girls from breast cancer when they're grown

Time.com: A Blood Test to Predict Menopauseupdated: Thu May 01 2008 07:00:00

Dutch researchers are developing a blood test that could predict the onset of menopause and the decline of fertility

Wanted: Women to eat chocolate for a yearupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 11:54:00

Scientists in the UK are seeking 150 women to eat chocolate every day for a year in the cause of medical research.

A journey of brain fogs and hot flashes updated: Fri Apr 18 2008 13:37:00

As a mature woman -- at least chronologically -- I don't spend a lot of time thinking or worrying about menopause.

A look at menopause brain fogupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 13:37:00

CNN's Judy Fortin looks at why some women experience brain fog when going through menopause.

Keeping your breasts healthy at every ageupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 10:28:00

Let's face it: There's no body part women obsess about more than breasts -- their size, shape, sag factor, and whether those strange pains stem from monthly PMS hormones or something more ominous, like breast cancer.

5 good reasons for going on hormonesupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 09:45:00

Dr. Bernadine Healy can't even count the number of women who've complained to her about how tough it is to make the decision about hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone therapy risksupdated: Wed Mar 05 2008 11:24:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about a study that has found increased cancer risk years after hormone replacement therapy is stopped.

Surprising reasons you're not having sexupdated: Tue Feb 12 2008 09:59:00

Not getting any? You're not alone: Women today have less time for sex than their 1950s counterparts. And it's estimated that 40 million Americans have what experts call a sexless marriage (having sex less than 10 times a year).

Deciding on plastic surgeryupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 17:16:00

Know what you're getting into before you choose plastic surgery. CNN's Judy Fortin explains.

Not everyone's a good plastic surgery candidateupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 17:16:00

"If it sounds too good to be true, it is." Remember that axiom if you're considering cosmetic surgery. A nose job, tummy tuck or breast lift may change your appearance, but it probably won't fundamentally change your life.

Want strong bones? Start earlyupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:17:00

If you want to stand up tall when you're old, you might want to start when you're young. While osteoporosis, or thinning of bone density, usually hits most women after they have gone through menopause, there are steps they can take in their early years to lessen just how much bone they eventually lose.

Health for her: Bone healthupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:17:00

CNN's Judy Fortin looks at ways women can fight back against osteoporosis.

Health for Her: Ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 11:35:00

A new study found that a low fat diet can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

Has your illness been misdiagnosed?updated: Thu Sep 20 2007 16:45:00

In June 2004, Trisha Torrey found a golf ball-size lump in her torso. A surgeon removed it and gave her the grim news: cancer.

CNNMoney: Lilly wins new FDA approval for Evistaupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 08:19:00

Drug developer Eli Lilly & Co. said Friday the Food and Drug Administration approved its osteoporosis drug Evista for use in reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer.

Time.com: Study: Estrogen May Fight Dementiaupdated: Wed Aug 29 2007 16:00:00

Researchers are still figuring out the dangers and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, but two new studies give a boost to estrogen as a defense against dementia

Breast cancer drop linked to reduced hormone therapyupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 06:18:00

Invasive breast cancer rates have fallen since the substantial decline in postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy occurred, even after a decline in breast cancer screening rates, according to findings published in the 5th Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Fortune: Why a Pfizer-Wyeth merger is a bad ideaupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 21:36:00

You'd think it was 1999 all over again.

CNNMoney: Wyeth menopause drug OK delayedupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 22:38:00

Wyeth said U.S. regulators are unwilling to approve its experimental drug Pristiq for hot flashes until the company resolves concerns about its potential to cause serious heart and liver problems.

CNNMoney: Benefits seen in Lilly breast cancer drugupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 00:44:00

Eli Lilly & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Evista reduces the risk of breast cancer in some patients, but at a cost of an increased risk of serious side effects, regulatory reviewers said in documents released Friday.

Time.com: Good Diet May Not Help Breast Cancerupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 14:05:00

Breast cancer survivors who ate more fruits and vegetables were not more likely to avoid a cancer recurrence

CNNMoney: Wyeth stock drops, despite strong earningsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 03:04:00

Wyeth stock dropped 2 percent in Thursday afternoon trading despite a strong earnings report, and analysts think that the experimental drug Pristiq is to blame.

CNNMoney: Troubled Amgen's pipeline dreamsupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 03:21:00

Amgen, king of the biotechs, sits on a shaky throne.

Time.com: A Boost for Hormone Therapyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 14:55:00

A new study shows that for younger post-menopausal women, estrogen may actually reduce the risk of heart disease

Your guide to fibroid fixes updated: Wed Jun 06 2007 09:58:00

Cece Clark's fibroids had gotten so bad that she often had to lie down in the middle of the day. When she got up, it was usually for another trip to the bathroom. "My periods were astoundingly heavy, and pressure on my bladder made me feel like I had to go all the time," she recalls. But after she tried an uncommon ultrasound treatment, everything changed. "The pressure lessened right away," she says. "It was such a physical and emotional relief."

Perimenopause: Hormone ups and downs can last yearsupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 09:44:00

What shapes a woman's reality -- how she sees the world, how she relates to the people in her life, and how she feels about herself?

Dr. Gupta on breast cancer decline: Hormone replacement therapy is keyupdated: Fri Dec 15 2006 13:07:00

The number of new breast cancer cases dropped by 7 percent in 2003, according to research presented at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday. But some cancer experts wonder whether the decline will last. CNN's Soledad O'Brien discussed the new findings with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

CNNMoney: Investors unfazed by Wyeth's legal hasslesupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 12:01:00

Wyeth faces another lawsuit Wednesday - with thousands more to go -blaming its drug Prempro for causing breast cancer.

CNNMoney: Wyeth faces thousands of Prempro lawsuitsupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 14:34:00

Getting sued seems to be the price of doing business for Big Pharma, and Wyeth has once again joined the ranks of the defendants.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Apr 20 2006 13:50:00

Unexpected benefit

Study: Wine heart benefit 'small'updated: Fri Dec 02 2005 03:38:00

Drinking two to three glasses of wine a day may not be such good medicine for the heart after all, a team of experts say in a leading medical journal.

'I had a baby with my sister's ovary'updated: Mon Nov 21 2005 07:18:00

Stephanie Yarber, from Alabama, became infertile in her teens. She gave birth to her first baby, Anna Grace, five months ago, after receiving healthy ovary tissue from her identical twin sister, Melanie Morgan. Here is her story:

Gupta: Progress, hurdles in breast cancer fightupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 09:12:00

In 1987, around one in four women age 50 and older said they'd had a mammogram and breast exam in the past two years. Eleven years later, that number jumped to 69 percent.

Money Magazine: What's a Woman to Do? Well...updated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00

HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2005 14:12:00

Too much food, too little exercise

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 05 2005 15:06:00

The thick and thin of health

Fortune: For Suzanne Somers, The Thigh's Not The Limitupdated: Mon Jun 14 2004 00:01:00

When NBC booted blond star Suzanne Somers off Three's Company in 1981 after she demanded that her salary be quintupled to M*A*S*H star Alan Alda's $150,000 a year, critics scoffed she was a bimbo w...

Battling menopause with exerciseupdated: Fri May 21 2004 10:00:00

Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life that is brought on by declining levels of estrogen and progesterone, which trigger the end of regular menstrual cycles.

Study finds estrogen alone is risky, tooupdated: Tue Mar 02 2004 08:22:00

The federal government is halting a large study looking at the use of estrogen because the hormone replacement appears to have no impact on heart disease and may even cause adverse health effects, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

Fortune: Bone Vivantupdated: Mon Mar 18 2002 00:01:00

"Break a leg" may be good luck in the theater but not when it comes to osteoporosis. The disease causes bones to become more porous, gradually making them brittle--and it causes 1.5 million fractur...

Fortune: Hot Flash! Hormones Have Risks Menopauseupdated: Mon Jan 07 2002 00:01:00

When Leslie Wallace began having symptoms of menopause five years ago, her doctor prescribed Prempro, a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin (synthetic progesterone). She wanted relie...

Fortune: Menopause: How Do You Spell Relief?updated: Mon Oct 02 2000 00:01:00

One of my patients, a 48-year-old woman, recently complained of having difficulty sleeping. She was also experiencing wild mood swings and hot flashes. She was convinced she was suffering from a ra...

Fortune: Engineering the Future of Food A revolutionary blurring of foods and drugs is transforming the industries that make them and proupdated: Mon Sep 28 1998 00:01:00

A few months before Charles "Chad" Holliday was installed as Du Pont's CEO last January, he spearheaded a bold stroke: his company's $1.5 billion acquisition of an obscure Ralston Purina unit calle...

Fortune: MENOPAUSE AND THE WORKING BOOMER An entire generation is approaching a big change. These women will demand more on-the-job opennupdated: Mon Nov 14 1994 00:01:00

DURING AN ANNUAL industry gathering, the regional manager of a communications giant began to feel warm. The air conditioner must be on the blink, she thought. But then she realized that everyone el...

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