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Which alternative health remedies really work? Elizabeth Cohen at CNN looks at five that are among the most promising, according to medical experts. The NYT blog Well has more discussion on the subject.

In menopause news …

"A Nevada jury on Monday awarded $99 million in punitive damages to three women who blamed their breast cancer on Wyeth hormone replacement drugs," reports Reuters.
"Wyeth, which said it would appeal, faces more than 5,000 lawsuits from those who believe they were harmed by hormone replacement treatments prescribed to women to ease symptoms of menopause. The drugs, Premarin and Prempro, remain available on the U.S. market."

Here’s more about one of the women who sued.

Parade Magazine looks at "the truth about hormones" — how they’re used and who is most likely to benefit. The article quotes Dr. Wulf Utian, founder and executive director of the North American Menopause Society, WVFC’s collaborative partner.

A new study indicates that the lowest dose of estrogen available in a patch — 0.014 milligrams per day — is an effective treatment for easing hot flashes. The study appears in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Here’s the abstract.

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