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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
ANIMAL CARE
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Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
CANCER
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
CAREGIVING
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
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Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
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DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
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Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
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PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause

THURSDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Chemicals in soybeans reduced the effects of menopause in rats, according to a Taiwanese study.

The researchers found that dietary supplementation with soy aglycons of isoflavone (SAI) -- a group of chemicals found in soybeans -- lowered cholesterol, boosted the anti-oxidative abilities of the liver, and prevented degeneration of the vaginal lining in female rats who'd had their ovaries removed.

"These ovariectomized animals are a good model for study of the menopause as the loss of estrogen from the ovaries mimics the natural reduction in estrogen seen in menopausal women," study leader Robin Chiou, of the National Chiayi University in Taiwan, said in a news release. "SAI itself has weak estrogenic properties, and we've shown here that menopause-related syndromes can be prevented or improved by dietary supplementation with the compounds it contains."

The researchers said their study, published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, supports "the indication that soybean consumption may prevent coronary heart disease."

Chiou and colleagues also suggested soy supplementation may provide an alternative to hormone replacement therapy, which has been linked to uterine and breast cancers.

More information

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more about menopause.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, April 8, 2009

Last Updated: April 09, 2009

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