Early-stage breast cancer: Microscopic tumor spread is no worry

Women with early-stage breast cancer have plenty of procedures and treatments to deal with. So it may come as welcome news that a large clinical trial has found no reason for doctors to perform two tests that were thought to help predict patient survival. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., the researchers say that the test results are meaningless.

For Some in Menopause, Hormones May Be Only Option

For women hoping to combat the symptoms of menopause with nonprescription alternatives like soy and flaxseed supplements, recent studies have held one disappointment after another.

Last week, a clinical trial found that soy worked no better than a placebo for hot flashes and had no effect on bone density. That followed a similar finding about hot flashes from a clinical trial of flaxseed.

“We wish we could have told women that, yes, they work,” said Dr. Silvina Levis, director of the osteoporosis center at the University of Miami, who led the soy study. “Now we have shown that they don’t.”

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Health magazines worldwide are talking about women in menopause and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). But the same question keeps popping up. What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are made in a lab from plants, and they are comprised of molecules that are the same as the endogenous hormones made in a person's body. These are not 'exactly' the same, but the molecules are "identical" - ergo the name bio-identical hormones. And, bioidentical hormones are often referred to as natural hormones.

The Definition of Menopause in Women

In 2006, the oldest of the baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, began turning 60 years old. According to the US Census Bureau, there were an estimated 78.2 million baby boomers, as of July 1, 2005, and 50.8 percent of them were women. That means according to projections 7,918 people turned 60 each day in 2006, or about 330 every hour.

This is one of the reasons why there are so many women today who are so uncomfortable with menopause symptoms. If you are one of more than 40 million women experiencing discomfort from menstruation to menopause, then you need to know the facts.

Fifty Menopause Symptoms Caused by Hormone Imbalance

If you are experiencing any of the following fifty hormone imbalance symptoms, then you may have hormone imbalances, or be entering perimenopause, which eventually turns into menopause. Perimenopause usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in a woman's 30s or even earlier lasts for four years on average. This is the time when you may want to begin to think about taking bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Clinically, menopause is defined as the cessation of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. Menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive years, and this usually occurs naturally around the age of 52 when her ovaries stop producing estrogen, and there are no more fertile eggs.