Antidepressant eases menopausal hot flashes

Mental Health, Woman's Health
For menopausal women suffering from hot flashes, nothing has proven more effective than hormone replacement. However, many women are reluctant to utilize this therapy, so they often look to both natural medicine options (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) as well as other prescription medication options. Now there's a new option for menopausal women to consider. Bloomberg News reports that the antidepressant Lexapro (escitalopram) "eased hot flashes" in menopausal women, thus proving itself a "potential alternative to hormone treatments," according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as "part of a $22-million program to research potential treatments for menopause." According to the Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog, the researchers randomized 205 "women who were experiencing hot flashes to take a…
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Health officials urging adolescents, adults to get whooping cough booster shot

Children's Health, General Health, Parenting
The Chicago Tribune reports that "whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection marked by violent coughing, has made a comeback in Chicago and in other parts of the country. Health officials are urging adolescents and adults -- especially those who interact with newborns -- to get a whooping cough booster shot." The Tribune points out that the Chicago Department of Public Health "has used federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to purchase 14,070 doses of Tdap vaccine and distributed them to 13 birthing hospitals to immunize postpartum women before they are discharged." So, if you or your adolescent child have NOT had your diptheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and tetanus immunization (dTap), even if you have had a diptheria and tetanus immunization (dT) anytime in the last ten years,…
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