September 1, 1998 |
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.
January 6, 1994 |
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.
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 |
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.
September 28, 1990 |
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.
December 14, 2008 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1992 |
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.
March 27, 1996 |
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?
August 28, 1990 |
Like many women, Anne Berkovitz had decided against taking hormones after menopause. But she often wondered whether she'd made the right decision. Among her friends, the topic was always a source of debate. "You hear one person's doctor say you must take it and another person's doctor says you shouldn't take it if you can get by without it," says Berkovitz, 64, of Westwood. "I was feeling OK not taking hormones. But I had sort of wondered about it."
August 8, 2003 |
Women who take hormones after menopause face a greater risk of breast cancer than had been thought, and they are at risk regardless of which formulation they use, according to the largest study to examine the link.