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Memory Takes a Hit During Menopause
Date:5/25/2009

to help memory and isn't going to help prevent dementia or Alzheimer's," Henderson said. "In fact, it seems to increase the risk of dementia when started after this age."

And the message regarding appropriate use of hormone therapy remains the same: Take it only for bothersome symptoms of menopause, for the shortest time possible and at the lowest dose possible.

"There is some suggestion that early use of hormone therapy might be helpful, but it's just a hint," he continued. "This, like most research, is incremental and doesn't change clinical practice."

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The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on menopause.



SOURCES: Arun S. Karlamangla, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles; Victor Henderson, M.D., professor, health research and policy, neurology and neurological sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.; May 26, 2009, Neurology


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