Monday, February 13, 2006

New study on estrogen and hearts

From tomorrow's (Tuesday's) Washington Post (but online tonight)...more news from the confusing world of estrogen. This time, a study indicates estrogen “does not increase the risk of heart disease for women in their fifties and may even be protective.” The piece says:
“These findings are reassuring for women who want to use these hormones around the age of menopause in the short term for the relief of symptoms,” said Jacques Rossouw of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which funded the research published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. But experts, including some of the researchers involved in the new analysis, disagreed sharply about whether the findings also support a controversial theory that the hormone may prove to be effective for cutting a younger woman's risk of heart disease.

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