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2013 NIH – Birth Control Hormone use in all ages of American Women Shows:

August 19th, 2013

  1) “The more years the better” for a. Enhancing fertility,preventing tubal scaring due to infection or ovarian upsets/endometriosis b. Preventing both ovarian and uterine cancer long term c. Neutral with regard to breast cancer risks d. Preventing Anemia    lasix not generic

Hormone Replacement Caution

June 11th, 2012

In response to today’s USPSTF release in LA Times. I poured my heart out.  I know this could have been a little bit shorter, but if I was chatting with you this is what I would say. Hormone replacement Caution by Melissa Healy, LA Times I feel so sad for the vast majority of women […]

Estrogen Lowers Breast Cancer and Heart Attack Risk in Some

April 6th, 2011

In a finding that challenges the conventional wisdom about the risks of some hormones used in menopause, a major government study has found that years after using estrogen-only therapy, certain women had a markedly reduced risk of breast cancer and heart attack.

Breast Cancer Risk: Get the Facts then Take Action

January 28th, 2011

Shocking, fear inducing headlines scare us again today with the release of the sub-analysis from the Million Women study. The current breast cancer scare press release, “Breast Cancer Risk in Relation to the Interval Between Menopause and Starting Hormone Therapy” Valerie Beral, et al, Jan. 28, 2011, in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Selected as Huffington Post Watch Dog for Women’s Health

January 12th, 2011

Stay current and up-to-date on Women’s Health and check out Dr. Pollycove’s latest blog at The Huffington Post! Read more from your Watch Dog for Women’s Health!

A Note to Diane Dennis

November 9th, 2010

UC Berkeley and UCSF were major medical academic training grounds in the early years in science and medicine. But the larger world of taking care of thousands of women, from Obstetrics to Gyn surgery, cancer survivor care, encouraging patients to pay attention to their feelings in the context of living and working every day…

Hormone Breast Cancer Fear

November 1st, 2010

Many healthcare professionals have been asking for the opinions and/or responses of menopause experts to the recent JAMA article.

My comments echo those of my colleague, Dr. Alan Altman, as well as those of Wulf Utian, MD, founder and long-time executive director of the North American Menopause Society who recently stepped down from that post after 30 years.

Recently on KTVU: Study Shows Hormone Therapy Increased Cancer Risk

October 28th, 2010

Dr. Ricki Pollycove recently gave advice on the KTVU piece: Study Shows Hormone Therapy Increased Cancer Risk, John Fowler reports.

Knowing All the Facts About the New HRT Study

October 22nd, 2010

The single largest barrier to women taking ET/HT and allowing themselves to feel better after menopause is the fear of breast cancer. Informed physicians can’t just sit by and allow the media to get this important story wrong.

Calcium is Not Enough to Prevent Bone Loss in Aging Women

July 28th, 2010

Not only is osteoporosis common in women, it is inevitable if we live long enough! Huge clinical studies show that, unfortunately, good calcium intake (such as dietary sources and supplements), adequate vitamin D levels (to allow our digestive tract to absorb calcium…

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