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Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
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Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
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Mediterranean Diet Helps Protect Aging Brain
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
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Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
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Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
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The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
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Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
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Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
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Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
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Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
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Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
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Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
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Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
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Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
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Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
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Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
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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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