New Alzheimer’s Test

| April 11, 2012

A new tool to detect Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately in patients at the earliest sign of memory problems.  The test uses a chemical called Florbetapir or Amyvid; aradioactive agent that tags clumps the sticky amyloid in the brain.  Amyloid proteins are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s but  the presence of amyloid in the brain does […]

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Heavier longer bleeding; is this really menopause?

| April 10, 2012

That ramp up into menopause; think it’s only related to lighter periods that space out and then stop?  Many women have exactly that type of slow ramping down of their cycles.  However, then there’ s the rest of us who can have heavier bleeding that just won’t quit, bleeding up to 2-3weeks, stopping for short […]

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Bio-identical Hormones and Anti-aging

| April 10, 2012

Exciting new information may link bio-identical hormones with the delay of onset, decreasing the incidence and even improving the course of age-related diseases including Alzheimers.  Alzheimer’s has a 2;1 female predominance in women to men and research shows increased risk demential in women with ovaries removed and a positive relationship between Alzheimers and low sex […]

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Can osteoporosis be reversed without meds?

| December 14, 2011

Do patients with osteoporosis need medication or can they reverse osteoporosis without bisphosphonates?  Prior to this class of medication, bioidentical hormone, weight bearing exercise and calcium as the ‘big 3’ were able to completely reverse bone loss and return osteoporotic bones back to normal bone density.  So are bisphosphonates really needed?  The controversy surrounding all […]

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What are Bioidentical Hormones?

| December 14, 2011

There are many ‘explanations’ of bioidentical hormones; it sounds like a simple answer.  However, there are a few pitfalls out there.   There are hormone formulations that are called ‘natural’ vs bioidentical; they may have an animal based formulation but may not have a human based chemical formula similar to what the human female ovary would make.  The […]

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Bioidentical Hormone replacement and uterine cancer

| December 13, 2011

Recently saw a patient in her early 50’s, surgically menopausal after hysterectomy for uterine cancer cured by surgery alone, no radiation.  Pt is suffering with hot flashes, night sweats and told bioidentical hormone therapy is contraindicated due to her uterine cancer.  Every case is unique; however, as long as the uterine cancer was early stage and […]

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Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy; New Views

| September 28, 2011

Wall Street Journal, dated September 27, 2011, reports that hormone replacement therapy is a good option for healthy women and showing a reduction in the diagnosis of heart disease.  Women were less likely to die for any reason when on hormone replacment. Dr. Wulf Utian, founder and former president of NAMS (North American Menopause Society) stated […]

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