THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new study by Japanese researchers gives hope that one day people with pituitary gland failure may be able to receive transplants of stem-cell generated tissue to help restore normal function of the gland.
Without the pea-size pituitary gland, which sits at the base of the brain, the body wouldn't survive. It controls the production and function of many hormones, including ones linked to growth, fertility, stress and temperature regulation.
Women who smoke may hit menopause about a year earlier than those who don't light up, according to a study that also notes an earlier menopause may influence the risk of getting bone and heart diseases.
Eating flaxseed may not ease menopausal hot flashes after all, despite some promising early evidence that it might, according to a U.S. study.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that 188 women who were randomly assigned to eat a daily flaxseed bar saw no more improvement in their hot flashes than women given flax-free "placebo" bars.
Objective: Emerging research suggests links between menopausal hot flashes and cardiovascular risk. The mechanisms underlying these associations are unclear due, in part, to the incomplete understanding of the physiology of hot flashes. We aimed to examine the longitudinal associations between hot flashes/night sweats and both inflammatory and hemostatic markers, controlling for cardiovascular risk factors and estradiol concentrations.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Women taking postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy may have an increased risk of severe asthma attacks requiring hospitalization, Danish researchers say.
Klaus Bonnelykke from the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the Danish Pediatric Asthma Center and Zorana Jovanovic Andersen from the Danish Cancer Society based their findings on the use of hormone treatment by 23,138 women who took part in the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study.