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OPINION
July 7, 2005
Re "A Question for the Ages: To De-Bag or Not," Commentary, July 5: As I sat in the middle of the post-Fourth of July block party debris, sipping my morning coffee and musing over the previous day's family conversations, I chuckled out loud at the reflections of Dinah Lenney and her puffy eyes. Unlike her mother, I work hard at pumping up the self-esteem of my six now-adult hatchlings and their spouses, and they still think I'm wrong or unhelpful most of the time. Lenney's theory about 11-year-old girls being as fully realized as they will ever be again until after menopause is wonderful.
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NEWS
September 1, 1998 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
The new product was launched earlier this year in a fashion typical of top-notch pharmaceuticals: Fourteen years of studies, $25 million spent on research and development, 30 clinical trials ongoing worldwide and a $5-million marketing campaign featuring nationally known doctors as spokespeople. Only this is not a typical medication. Promensil, which was introduced in the United States in April, is a so-called "natural product" for the relief of menopausal symptoms.
NEWS
January 6, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
France's conservative government said Wednesday that it will seek to impose strict controls on artificial impregnation, including a requirement that infertile couples have the consent of the sperm donor and a judge's permission before receiving an embryo implant. The government was spurred by a growing national debate this week following the birth of twins to a 59-year-old, post-menopausal British woman, who received an embryo implant at an Italian clinic.
OPINION
June 24, 2007
Re "Doctors change course again on estrogen therapy," June 21 The Times' dramatic lead story on the latest findings from the Women's Health Initiative study creates the misimpression that there will be an important shift in treatment patterns based on this report. Although the data are reassuring in regard to heart disease risk from estrogen replacement in early menopause, the overall treatment issues in any given woman involve much more than just heart disease risk. As the article states, this study will primarily serve to reinforce the current standard practice: that estrogen should be used only for menopausal symptoms and that a low dose for the shortest treatment period is optimal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Most married women in their 60s not only desire sex but engage in it an average of five times a month, a survey of older women shows. "The news is good for all of us as we approach our 65th birthdays," said Dr. Gloria A. Bachman, a gynecologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. "We found sex is alive and well in older women." Bachman, in a report presented last week to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said 59 older women were surveyed.
NEWS
September 28, 1990 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Calcium supplements can retard bone loss associated with osteoporosis, but only in older women who have been postmenopausal for at least five years and who have calcium-deficient diets, a study published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine reveals. Among women who have been postmenopausal five years or less, calcium supplements appear ineffective in preventing a very rapid phase of bone loss, said Dr.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2008 | Associated Press
Taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer, according to a new analysis of a big federal study that reveals the most dramatic evidence yet of the dangers of these popular pills. Even women who took estrogen and progestin pills for just a couple of years had a greater chance of getting cancer. But when they stopped, their odds quickly improved, returning to a normal risk level about two years later.
HEALTH
March 26, 2001 | From Washington Post
Women who take the hormone estrogen for 10 years or more after menopause substantially increase their risk of dying of ovarian cancer compared with women who do not take the hormone, according to a study released Tuesday. In the American Cancer Society study of more than 211,000 post-menopausal women, those with any history of using hormone replacement therapy had a somewhat higher death rate from ovarian cancer than nonusers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 53-year-old grandmother is expected to give birth to twins in December at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, making her one of the oldest women so far to become pregnant after menopause with the assistance of medical technology. Hospital spokesman Dennis Gaschen declined to identify the prospective mother until she is introduced at a press conference Monday.
NEWS
March 27, 1996 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
What happens to a woman's body at age 40 or 45 or 50? We know, only too well, that things start to look different on the outside. But, surprisingly, this time period represents a big unknown in women's health research. The '90s decade has been a rich one in understanding diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease, generally ailments of old age. But how do women end up with those diseases? What does it mean to your long-term health to have a baby at 41?
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