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Researchers evaluate botanicals' impact on menopause

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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A $7.4 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health supports the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy's research into the palliative effects of botanical dietary supplements, including black cohosh, licorice and hops, on menopausal symptoms. Norman Farnsworth, director of UIC's Program for Collaborative Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, will lead the research to assess how multi-component mixtures work together, how they are absorbed, distributed and eliminated by the body and how they affect chemical and physical processes within the body, the college announces Sept. 1. Researchers also will study how the mixtures interact with drugs and impact women's estrogenic hormones. The grant is the third under the Botanical Research Centers Program, which was started after NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements received funding in 1999 to develop a botanicals initiative

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