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New Research from the CWMH: Complementary Therapies Commonly Taken by Pregnant Women with Psychiatric Illness

When I recently reviewed the stats for our website, I was surprised when I looked at the most frequently visited posts.  I was expecting to find at the top of the list one of our posts on antidepressants and pregnancy or perhaps a post on postpartum depression.  Nope, I was way off.  Our most popular […]

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NAMS Urges Prescribers to Avoid Bioidentical Hormones

According to data presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS)  in Las Vega, a growing number of perimenopausal women are asking their doctors for compounded or bioidentical hormones.  Although bioidentical hormones are touted as being “natural”, they, like synthetic hormones, are manufactured in the laboratory.   Bioidentical hormones are chemically identical […]

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Electroacupuncture Effective for Breast Cancer Treatment-Associated Hot Flashes

A recent study examined the effectiveness of electroacupuncture, in which small electric currents are applied to traditional acupuncture needles, in women with breast cancer treatment-associated hot flashes. 120 women with hot flashes were randomized to weekly electroacupuncture, once-daily gabapentin, sham acupuncture, or placebo for 8 weeks. Hot flashes were assessed using a daily self-reported hot […]

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New Research from the CWMH: Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Atypical Antipsychotic-Associated Hypertriglyceridemia

Dyslipidemia is a common side effect of atypical antipsychotics and, for a significant number of patients, may limit the acceptabillily of this class of drugs as an option for long-term treatment. This open trial tested the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for treating dyslipidemia associated with the use of atypical antipsychotics. Participants had hypertriglyceridemia (> […]

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Calcium and Vitamin D Not Helpful for Menopausal Symptoms in Older Women

According to a new study, supplementation with calcium and vitamin D does not appear to improve menopause-related vasomotor symptoms, mood changes, or sleep quality in postmenopausal women. This was a secondary analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Trial. 34,157 women (mean age of 64) were randomized to receive calcium carbonate 1000 mg […]

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Meta-Analysis:  Acupuncture Effective for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms

Over the last decade, various studies have evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms.  In a recent meta-analysis, studies that reported on the frequency or severity of hot flashes, menopause-related symptoms assessed using the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), and quality of life (QoL) assessed using the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MSQoL) questionnaire were included.  Twelve studies with a total of 869 participants met the inclusion criteria and were included in the final analysis.

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You Asked:  Is It Safe to Take Melatonin During Pregnancy?

Many women experience some degree of sleep disturbance during pregnancy. For a significant number of women, the sleep disruption may be so severe as to require some type of intervention. In a previous post, we discussed the use of different types of medications to treat insomnia during pregnancy. While these drugs are highly effective, many women with sleep problems inquire about the use of “natural” agents, such as melatonin, during pregnancy.

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What is S-Equol? Does It Really Work for Menopausal Symptoms?

Approximately 70% of all women experience hot flashes and/or night sweats (also called vasomotor symptoms or VMS) during the menopause transition.  Although estrogen-containing hormone therapy is highly effective in managing these symptoms, various studies have raised concerns regarding the risks associated with prolonged use of hormone therapy and many women now use other non-hormonal options to manage their symptoms, including over-the-counter complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), including soy isoflavones, black cohosh, and omega-3 fatty acids.  However, the data regarding the effectiveness of these alternative treatments has been mixed.

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