Ask Dr. Pat: The Brand-New News About Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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BY Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Investigators from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Trials are reaffirming conclusions that hormone therapy is not recommended for the prevention of chronic disease, but may remain a reasonable option for the short-term management of menopausal symptoms for younger women.

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Catch-22 on Progestins

February 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to be a collaborative physician. Here, she asks Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, a gynecologic oncologist, to tackle a frequently asked question about what a patient should do when she needs to take a progestin, but her body can’t tolerate it.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is It “Just Menopause?”

January 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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Patricia Yarberry Allen, publisher of Women’s Voices for Change, is director of the Menopause Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Here, she takes on the question “If everything is normal on my exams, doc, why do I feel so bad?”

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Hot Town, Hot Flashes—Should You Risk Hormone Therapy?

July 12, 2012 by Patricia Allen

There is hope for women in the menopausal transition who are hot hot hot in the summer. Patients have lost patience. They don’t want to hear about cold water and cold cloths. Many doctors act as if low-dose, short-term systemic hormone therapy has a risk profile like that of heroin. It’s TIME for some balance here, people!

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The Wednesday 5: The Little Black Jacket, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Judge Marilyn Milan

June 13, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week, bloggers payed homage to the little black jacket, specifically the Chanel version, synthesized the recent news on hormone replacement therapy, offered tips on short-term bond investments, gave a shout-out to Judge Marilyn Milian, and anticipated the release of a documentary on rape in the U.S. military.

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Estrogen and Cognitive Function: Ask Dr. Pat

February 21, 2012 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

My gynecologist says that with my level of vaginal thickening, if I want to stay on systemic hormone therapy I need a hysterectomy. What should I do?

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Spotlight on Women’s Health News: Hormones and Bladder Control

October 30, 2011 by Lauri Romanzi, M.D.

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Hormones—always a hotspot when it comes to science reporting in the lay press—sparked yet another over-interpretation of a medical study in this month’s issue of the journal Menopause.

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Smart Read: A New Guide for the Menopausal Years

September 20, 2011 by Patricia Allen

by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Wulf H. Utian, M.D., founder of the North American Menopause Society, has recently published a small, well-organized manual for women who want information about menopause that is straightforward and easy to understand, with the fitting title, Change Your Menopause.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Menopause, Diabetes, and Bone Loss

September 13, 2011 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. If I shouldn’t be taking either hormones or calcium supplements, what can I do to prevent osteoporosis?

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Menopause, Hormone Therapy and Endometriosis: Ask Dr. Pat

May 23, 2011 by Patricia Allen

Dear Dr. Pat, After having a hysterectomy I am suffering from depression, low energy and forgetfulness.

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Hormones and Your Heart: Trying to Make Sense of it All

April 11, 2011 by Holly Andersen

By Holly S. Andersen, M.D.

Confused by the latest news about hormone therapy and heart disease? WVFC cardiologist Holly Andersen gives the historical lowdown and assesses the new findings.

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Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer: The New York Times Ends the Week With More Bad News

January 31, 2011 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

More disturbing news about the risks of hormone therapy and breast cancer–in stark contrast to the marketing barrage from the “bio-identical hormone” industry.

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Estrogen Therapy Revisited: Does It Decrease Breast Cancer?

December 9, 2010 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen

Now they say estrogen supplements reduce breast cancer? Dr. Pat explains the new findings, and what still needs to be proven.

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Dr. Pat’s Notebook: Not Another Hormone Scare!

November 7, 2010 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen

If you were alarmed by the recent New York Times article on hormone therapy, you’re not alone. The day it came out, my computer crashed with hundreds of emails from worried women. Here are the less scary facts.

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Ten Myths About “Bio-identical” Hormones

November 4, 2009 by Lauren Streicher, M.D.

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Bioidentical is not a scientific term. It is a term made up by savvy market research gurus to describe certain plant-derived hormones distributed by compounding pharmacies. The use of the word” bioidentical” is brilliant. It’s catchy. It sounds “natural.” It sounds like something different than a hormone product produced and distributed by commercial pharmacies. Promoters […]

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