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Research shows testosterone changes brain structures in female-to-male transsexuals

Brain imaging shows that testosterone therapy given as part of sex reassignment changes the brain structures and the pathway associated with speech and verbal fluency. This result supports research that women in general may deal with speech and interaction differently than men. The sex hormone testosterone exerts a substantial influence on human behaviour and cognition. [...]

Postmenopausal women prefer vaginal estrogen to achieve higher sexual quality of life

New study demonstrates women’s willingness to use vaginal estrogen despite fears of hormones; justifies use of local estrogen in addition to systemic hormone therapy Local vaginal estrogen (VE) appears to have escaped the shroud of doubt cast upon hormone therapy as a result of the Women’s Health Initiative Study (WHI) by providing numerous medical benefits [...]

NAMS supports judicious use of systemic hormone therapy even after age 65

Leading advocate for midlife women’s health issues revised recommendations in response to new research showing probability of longer-lasting hot flashes As new research continues to document the incidence of bothersome hot flashes lasting into the mid-60s for many women, the medical industry has had to rethink the way it approaches menopause therapy. As a result, [...]

An immune system marker for therapy-resistant prostate cancer

Interleukin-6 signaling plays role in switching mouse prostate cancer to more aggressive, therapy-resistant form You are a patient who has just been treated for a serious illness but neither you nor your doctor knows how likely it is that you — in comparison with other patients — will actually be helped by the treatment. This [...]

Motherhood permanently alters the brain and its response to hormone therapy later in life

Liisa Galea from the University of British Columbia presents her latest findings on hormone therapy and brain function at 9th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting Hormone therapy (HT) is prescribed to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause in women. Menopausal women are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but not other forms of [...]