Factors not taken into account by the researchers may be responsible for the links. In addition, pancreatic cancer is rare, so the risk of any woman in the study developing the condition was small. The reason for the opposite findings is not clear, the researchers said. But they speculate that the formulation and dose of estrogen in the different medications could play a role.
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Hormone therapy in the 50s not linked to memory loss
For the new study, Espeland and his colleagues used data on 1,326 women between the ages of 50 and 55 in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study to see whether taking estrogen or estrogen and progesterone led to any problems or benefits in brain health. The women were assigned to take estrogen, estrogen and progesterone or a placebo for about seven years at the beginning of the study between 1996 and 1999. They were then followed for about the next 14 years. During the follow-up period, the women were asked 14 questions that measured their cognitive abilities during phone interviews. Overall, all groups scored about a 38 on a scale from zero to 50 – with lower scores signaling more memory problems. There was also no difference between the groups on several other scales that measured – among other things – attention and working memory.
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Hormone Therapy Safe in Early Menopause
But KEEPS followed only 727 women for four years, and its authors have yet to release their data. The time period was too short for researchers look at heart disease or deaths, so authors discussed heart disease risk factors instead. The 16-year Danish study includes figures, their statistical significance, and several charts. “This is a very significant piece of research, and should reassure the millions of women who turn to hormone therapy for relief of their menopausal symptoms,” said Dr. Roger Lobo, a former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
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