18 January 2009

Postmenopausal hormone therapy and regional brain volumes

Hormone therapy linked to brain shrinkage, but not lesions
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: 12 January 2009
Two new studies show that commonly prescribed forms of postmenopausal hormone therapy may slightly accelerate the loss of brain tissue in women 65 and older beyond what normally occurs with aging.

The studies’ findings appear as companion papers in the Jan. 13 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Both papers report on analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, a substudy of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) landmark Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) hormone therapy clinical trials. … > full story : review by NHS Knowledge Services

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