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Fertility Menopause Women's Health - General
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Research challenges current thinking on the genetic causes of very early menopause      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The genetic causes of very early menopause will have to be reconsidered after researchers found that nearly all women who carried variations thought to cause the condition in fact had their menopause at an older age.

Birth Control Chronic Illness Depression Menopause Mental Health Research Sexual Health Today's Healthcare Women's Health - General
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New study links contraceptive pills and depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women who used combined contraceptive pills were at greater risk of developing depression than women who did not, according to a new study. Contraceptive pills increased women's risk by 73 per cent during the first two years of use.

Chronic Illness Menopause Women's Health - General
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Osteoporosis treatments may benefit from discovery of key driver of low bone density      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have pinpointed a key driver of low bone density, a discovery that may lead to improved treatments with fewer side effects for women with osteoporosis. The findings reveal that loss of an epigenetic modulator, KDM5C, preserves bone mass in mice. KDM5C works by altering epigenetic 'marks,' which are akin to 'on' and 'off' switches that ensure the instructions written in DNA are used at the right time and in the right place.

Healthy Aging Menopause Today's Healthcare Women's Health - General
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Early menopause, later start to hormone therapy may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD), with women making up two-thirds of the population living with AD. A new study sheds light on the relationship between the risk of Alzheimer's disease and age of menopause and use of hormone therapy (HT).

Menopause
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Getting a good night's sleep could boost your response to vaccination      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

We all know how important sleep is for mental health, but a meta-analysis found that getting good shut-eye also helps our immune systems respond to vaccination. The authors found that people who slept less than six hours per night produced significantly fewer antibodies than people who slept seven hours or more, and the deficit was equivalent to two months of antibody waning.

Gynecology Menopause Women's Health - General
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Migraines during menstruation: Low estrogen levels paired with higher CGRP levels may jump start migraine      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

As estrogen levels fluctuate, a new study has found for female participants with migraine, their levels of the protein calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that plays a key role in starting the migraine process also fluctuate.

Menopause Women's Health - General
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Air pollution speeds bone loss from osteoporosis      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Elevated levels of air pollutants are associated with bone damage among postmenopausal women, according to new research. The effects were most evident on the lumbar spine, with nitrous oxides twice as damaging to the area than seen with normal aging.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Illness
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Studies find that microbiome changes may be a signature for ME/CFS      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found differences in the gut microbiomes of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) compared to healthy controls. Findings from two studies add to growing evidence that connects disruptions in the gut microbiome, the complete collection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in our gastrointestinal system, to ME/CFS.

Gynecology Healthy Aging Menopause Pregnancy and Childbirth Today's Healthcare Women's Health - General
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Does lifetime exposure to estrogen affect risk of stroke?      (via sciencedaily.com) 

People with a higher cumulative estrogen exposure throughout their life may have a lower risk of stroke, according to a new study. The lower risk was found for both ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Children's Health Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Eating Disorder Research Eating Disorders Healthy Aging Menopause Nutrition Women's Health - General
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Body Dissatisfaction Can Lead to Eating Disorders at Any Age      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Eating disorders are stereotypically associated with adolescents and young adults. Growing evidence, however, suggests that these conditions can occur at any time during a woman's lifespan, including at midlife. A new study finds that body dissatisfaction is a primary cause of eating disorders, especially during perimenopause.

Healthy Aging Menopause Psychology Research Today's Healthcare Women's Health - General
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HRT could ward off Alzheimer's among at-risk women      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could help prevent Alzheimer's Dementia among women at risk of developing the disease -- according to new research.

Diabetes Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Menopause Nutrition Obesity Women's Health - General
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Subcutaneous fat emerges as a protector of females' brains      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Females' propensity to deposit more fat in places like their hips, buttocks and the backs of their arms, so-called subcutaneous fat, is protective against brain inflammation, which can result in problems like dementia and stroke, at least until menopause, scientists report.

Healthy Aging Menopause Women's Health - General
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Who is more prone to recurrent UTIs? Bladder bacteria may be key      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have identified specific bacteria in the bladder that may indicate which postmenopausal women are more susceptible to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and they found that estrogen may play a role in reducing that susceptibility.

Healthy Aging Menopause Women's Health - General
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Estrogen may offer protection against delirium      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Delirium is common among women with urinary tract infections (UTIs) -- especially those who have experienced menopause. Investigators, working with laboratory mice, have been able to prevent symptoms of the condition with estrogen, which is commonly used for hormone replacement therapy.

Menopause Obesity Women's Health - General
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How intermittent fasting affects female hormones      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Intermittent fasting has been shown to be an effective way to lose weight, but critics have worried that the practice may have a negative impact on women's reproductive hormones. Now, a team brings new evidence to the table.

Menopause Women's Health - General
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Hair straightening chemicals associated with higher uterine cancer risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine cancer compared to women who did not report using these products, according to a new study. The researchers found no associations with uterine cancer for other hair products that the women reported using, including hair dyes, bleach, highlights, or perms.

Hormone Disorders Menopause Women's Health - General
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HSD3B1 gene research shows association between genotype and endometrial cancer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The HSD3B1 gene could hold clues for predicting and treating endometrial cancer, according to a novel finding. Researchers found a certain HSD3B1 genotype was more common in women with type 2 endometrial cancer. Those patients show lower survival rates than those diagnosed with type 1 endometrial cancer, likely driven by the fact that type 2 patient cells are less hormone-dependent.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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SARS-CoV-2 can trigger chronic fatigue syndrome, study finds      (via sciencedaily.com) 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 has been suspected of causing chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). A well-controlled study has now shown that, even after mild COVID-19, a subset of patients will develop symptoms which meet the diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS. Their findings also describe a second subset of post-COVID patients with similar symptoms. Differences in laboratory results between these groups may indicate differences in underlying mechanisms.

Gynecology Hormone Disorders Menopause Women's Health - General
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Data on cancer risk from hormone therapy 'reassuring,' menopause experts say      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new scientific paper and other recent evidence offer important reassurances about the risk of breast cancer from hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, two menopause experts say.

Menopause Women's Health - General
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New model can predict best drug combinations for osteoporosis      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have developed a new mathematical model that may help clinicians decide on the best combination of osteoporosis medications for patients and the order in which they should be taken.