Menopause Symptoms Start Earlier for Women Who Smoke

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New research lights up yet another reason for women to quit smoking.

In a study published online in the journal Menopause, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report the first evidence showing that smoking causes earlier signs of menopause – in the case of heavy smokers, up to nine years earlier than average.


Nerve block eases troublesome hot flashes for menopausal women.

In a new randomized, controlled trial, published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), injecting a little anesthetic near a nerve bundle in the neck cut troublesome hot flashes significantly. The technique could give women who cannot or prefer not to take hormones or other medications an effective treatment alternative.


Matters of the heart can influence actual heart health.

A study from researchers at the University of Utah, published in A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that the ways in which your spouse is supportive — and how you support your spouse — can actually have significant bearing on your overall cardiovascular health.


Why cancer incidence increases with age

Blood samples from participants in the Sister Study, a nationwide research effort of more than 50,000 sisters of women who have had breast cancer, supports the discovery that an accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes may be responsible for some of the increased risk of cancer seen in older people, according to a study published in Carcinogenesis.


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After struggling with her own severe menopause symptoms and doing years of research, Ellen resolved to share what she learned from experts and her own trial and error. Her goal was to replace the confusion, embarrassment, and symptoms millions of women go through–before, during, and after menopause–with the medically sound solutions she discovered. Her passion to become a “sister” and confidant to all women fueled Ellen’s first book, Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness. As a result of the overwhelming response from her burgeoning audiences and followers’ requests for empowering information they could trust, Ellen’s weekly blog, Menopause MondaysTM, was born.