Daily News: Aging

Findings from Rush University Yields New Data on Menopause

Women's Health Weekly

06-20-14

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Women's Health Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Menopause. According to news originating from Chicago, Illinois, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "To determine the association between age at surgical menopause and both cognitive decline and Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology in 2 longitudinal cohorts. Female subjects from 2 longitudinal studies of cognitive decline (Religious Orders Study and Rush Memory and Aging Project) were included (total n = 1,884)."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Rush University, "The primary analysis examined the association between age at surgical menopause and decline in a global cognition score. Secondary analyses examined additional outcomes: 1) decline in 5 cognitive subdomains and 2) a global measure of the burden of AD pathology. In exploratory analyses, we examined the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). We adjusted all models for age, education, smoking, and cohort and stratified by surgical vs natural menopause. For the 32% of subjects with surgical menopause, earlier age at menopause was associated with faster decline in global cognition (p = 0.0007), specifically episodic memory (p = 0.0003) and semantic memory (p = 0.002). Earlier age at menopause was also associated with increased AD neuropathology (p = 0.038), in particular neuritic plaques (p = 0.013). HRT use for at least 10 years, when administered within a 5-year perimenopausal window, was associated with decreased decline in global cognition. No associations were seen in women who had natural menopause. Early age at surgical menopause was associated with cognitive decline and AD neuropathology."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Ongoing studies should clarify the potential effect of HRT on this relationship."

For more information on this research see: Age at surgical menopause influences cognitive decline and Alzheimer pathology in older women. Neurology, 2014;82(3):222-229. Neurology can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins - www.lww.com; Neurology - neurology.org)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from R. Bove, Rush University, Medical Center, Dept. of Neuropathol, Chicago, IL 60612, United States. Additional authors for this research include E. Secor, L.B. Chibnik, L.L. Barnes, J.A. Schneider, D.A. Bennett and P.L. De Jager (see also Menopause).

Keywords for this news article include: Chicago, Illinois, Dementia, Genetics, Menopause, Tauopathies, United States, Brain Diseases, Neuropathology, Women's Health, Alzheimer Disease, North and Central America, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Central Nervous System Diseases

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