MENSTRUATION MATTERS

When Can We Write the Obituary for the Critical Timing Hypothesis?

What Happened? The highlight of last week’s meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) meeting was a presentation of the primary results of the KEEPS study (Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study). A press release describing the findings, along with a list of FAQ (frequently asked questions), is available on the Kronos website. KEEPS was designed to confirm the critical...

Menopause Isn’t for Dummies

Roseanne’s Nuts was one of the delights of summer 2011, especially for those of us who have missed the comedic talents of Roseanne Barr. If you don’t watch television (or are outside the US), Roseanne’s Nuts is Roseanne Barr’s return to episodic television, this time in the form of a reality show set on the star’s 40-acre macadamia nut farm...
Hormone Therapy and the Brain

Hormone Therapy and the Brain

So there’s a surge today in news stories about how hormone treatment for menopause (popularly known as ‘hormone replacement therapy’ or HRT) benefits the brain, apparently based on publicity over this study published in Hormones and Behavior. In media interviews, the researchers suggest that HT enhances the communication between left and right sides of the brain, making the...

Ghostwritten articles funded by Wyeth overstated benefits and downplayed harms

An open-access article published in PLOS Medicine yesterday, Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC, presents an article describing the ways in which the pharmaceutical industry used a medical education & communication company to produce ghostwritten articles that inserted marketing messages into articles published in medical journals. This article...
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