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Hormone replacement therapy guideline

Executive Summary

Short-term hormone replacement therapy may not be as risky as once thought, according to an updated position statement by the North American Menopause Society. The new analysis, published in NAMS' online journal Menopause, says the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy change as women age. Authors say the therapy remains a viable option for the short-term treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms in recently menopausal women. However, women at increased risk for cardiovascular disease or breast cancer should avoid hormone therapy. The updated position statement will likely come as good news to Wyeth, which is still rebounding from a Women's Health Initiative study linking its Prempro product to increased risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and breast cancer (1"The Pink Sheet" Oct. 9, 2006, p. 8)...

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