Can hormone therapy help protect the brain?
“This is the real response to the WHI results, and is far superior to KEEPS from last week,” said John Hopkins University medical professor Pamela Ouyang. KEEPS is the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study, whose authors announced last week that hormone therapy is safe for younger menopausal women and improved their quality of life. But KEEPS followed only 727 women for four years, and its authors have yet to release their data. The time period was too short for researchers look at heart disease or deaths, so authors discussed heart disease risk factors instead. The 16-year Danish study includes figures, their statistical significance, and several charts.
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Not clear…. but at minimum it doesn’t suggest a protective effect. October 26, 2012 at 19:46 | Report abuse | Reply DrJohn Why do they keep studying Prempro? We often change forms of drugs to improve them. We know the synthetic progestin was harfmul. Move on to Prometrium and transdermal patches were the smaller studies have shown less risk.
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Hormone Therapy Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Death Risk
The results, from an 11-year follow up with more than 12,000 women who were randomly assigned to receive either the combination hormone therapy or a placebo, found 385 women taking the therapy developed an aggressive form of breast cancer, compared to 293 in the placebo group. Twenty-five women who took hormone therapy died from breast cancer during the study, compared to 12 women in the placebo group. null “It is early in the follow-up and the number of breast cancer deaths will certainly substantially increase as we move forward,” said Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the study.
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