Researchers have identified four cognitive profiles associated with menopause. Findings reveal women who experience stronger verbal learning and memory, in addition to better attention and executive function during menopause, are less likely to experience hot flashes and depression. Women who experienced cognitive weakness had an increased risk of depression and sleep disruptions.
Neurovascular dysfunction may explain the link between migraines, hot flashes during menopause, and increased risk of heart disease in women. Researchers found a history of migraines predicted an increase in hot flashes during menopause transition.
Despite previous claims, new research finds there is no link between menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and an increased risk of developing dementia.
Mouse study identifies specific neurons and a signaling pathway to regions of the hindbrain that mediate sexual reproductive activity and physical activity that appear to influence activity behaviors during ovulation. The findings may provide valuable insights into how estrogen loss during menopause disrupts this activity.
Longer and higher exposure to estrogen were associated with larger gray matter volume in middle-aged women.
Women who experience menopause before the age of 40 are significantly more likely to develop dementia later in life than women who began menopause aged 50 or older.
Certain reproductive events, such as early menstruation, early menopause, and hysterectomy were linked to an increased risk of a woman developing dementia later in life. Women who experienced pregnancy or who entered into menopause later were at a lower risk for dementia.
Women who have experienced physical, sexual, or financial abuse face worse menopause symptoms and poorer well-being two decades later.
Switching to a diet low in animal products and fats, high in vegetables, and adding a serving of soybeans reduced hot flashes and increased weight loss in menopausal women by up to 88%.
Subcutaneous fat has a neuroprotective effect against brain inflammation, but the effect may diminish following menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use was associated with better cognition, memory, and larger brain volume in women who carry the Alzheimer's associated APOE4 genetic variant.