November 25, 2002 |
With warnings that hormone replacement therapy may be unsafe for long-term use, women are turning to natural remedies for relief from menopausal symptoms. The most popular supplement, an herb called black cohosh, was used by Native Americans for kidney ailments, malaria and women's reproductive problems. White American settlers learned of it in the 1800s; it was the key mystery ingredient in the popular, turn-of-the-century Vegetable Compound tonic.
July 13, 2003 |
Black cohosh, an herb popular for relieving the hot flashes and some other unpleasant symptoms of menopause, may make cancer more likely to spread, U.S. and Canadian researchers said Saturday. The news is yet another blow to women looking for something to safely ease the symptoms of menopause, which range from hot flashes to a higher risk of heart disease and cancer.
May 9, 2005 |
Americans bought more than $18 billion of dietary supplements last year, with women doing most of the purchasing. Many herbal products are marketed primarily to women for health concerns such as menstrual and menopausal symptoms, conception, osteoporosis and breast cancer. Many herbal supplements recommended for women's health -- soy and flax, for example -- come from plants with chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen.
January 24, 2011 |
My doctor prescribed Vytorin for high cholesterol. While my cholesterol went from over 350 to 190 in five weeks, I ended up having an eight-hour episode of transient global amnesia (TGA). I knew who I was, and I recognized my family and friends, but I didn't know the year. I didn't recognize streets I have driven for many years. I asked my husband the same five questions in the hospital over and over until late in the evening, when my memory returned. I immediately went off Vytorin.
July 15, 2002 |
More women than ever may now look for other ways to ease menopausal symptoms after last week's news that long-term hormone therapy increases slightly the risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer. One of the most likely options, experts say, will be natural therapies. Already, more than 30% of women say they use herbs and other supplements, according to the North American Menopause Society.
April 15, 2002 |
The motivation to put a tiny barbell through the tongue may escape anyone over age 22, but even young people would be smart to give up tongue piercing if they care about their teeth. A study of 52 young adults whose tongues were pierced found that receding gums were quite common in the years following the procedure. About half of the men and women studied who had worn long barbells for two years or longer had receding gums on their lower incisors.