Menopause Symptoms Improve as Menopause Progresses: Good news — It gets better. “So many symptoms are attributed to menopause, with the belief that they get worse with menopause,” Dr. Ellen W. Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, told Reuters Health. But “a number of women will find relief once menopause is reached.”

And here’s a key point we never miss an opportunity to highlight:

But Freeman pointed out that many women experience no symptoms with menopause, or don’t find their symptoms particularly troublesome. While a woman who finds that symptoms interfere with her daily life should talk to her doctor about treatment, she added, “menopause is not a disease or a disorder.”

Calcium + Vitamin D: The combination of calcium and vitamin D is more effective than calcium alone in preventing bone loss in elderly women, according to a new
that will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Reminder: The Society for Women’s Health Research is hosting an online discussion
Jan. 29 on perimenopause and mental health with Peter Schmidt, M.D., a
clinician and an investigator at the National Institute of Mental
Health. Questions can be submitted in advance.

The Pill Protects Against Cancer: The Washington Post reports that “Women on the birth control pill are protected from ovarian cancer, even decades after they stop taking it … British researchers found that women taking the pill for 15 years halved their chances of developing ovarian cancer, and that the risk remained low more than 30 years later, though protection weakened over time. The findings were published Friday in The Lancet.”

Why Don’t Adults Get Vaccinated?: That’s the question Time magazine asks this week in a look at the number of life-saving vaccinations available to adults and why adults don’t ask for them (mainly it’s the notion that vaccines are for kids). In addition to the flu shot, there are vaccinations for pneumococcal disease; hepatitis A; hepatits B; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; meningococcal disease; and shingles.

As Time concludes, “Check out the CDC’s immunization schedule, and the next time you visit your doctor, ask about routine vaccinations.”

Start Lifting: Boston Globe health columnist Judy Foreman presents a compelling number of reasons why lifting weights should be part of your regular exercise routine — including lowering the risk of fractures, improving balance and diminishing neck pain.


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