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Measuring Hot Flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop

  • Heather G. Miller
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    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md
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    1 Dr Li provided services as a science writer/consultant under contract to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine while the manuscript was being prepared.
    Rose Maria Li
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    1 Dr Li provided services as a science writer/consultant under contract to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine while the manuscript was being prepared.
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    National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Rose Li and Associates, Inc, Bethesda, Md
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    1 Dr Li provided services as a science writer/consultant under contract to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine while the manuscript was being prepared.
      Vasomotor symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats, are the most frequently reported symptoms of the menopausal transition. Although prevalence rates vary substantially across populations of menopausal women, the vast majority of women in the United States will experience hot flashes at some point during menopause. Other groups of people also experience hot flashes, including breast cancer survivors and men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy.
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      • Menopause and Hot Flashes: No Easy Answers to a Complex Problem
        Mayo Clinic ProceedingsVol. 79Issue 6
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          The highly publicized findings of the Women's Health Initiative1,2 have increased the pressure on the medical community to find safe and alternative medications for female health, especially for hot flashes. Hot flashes are a common symptom experienced by postmenopausal women. In their severest form, hot flashes result in sleep deprivation and mood disorders. Women from varying ethnic backgrounds experience menopause in different ways. As a result, many studies have focused on hot flashes as a definable, yet subjective end point to test efficacy of various drugs, behavioral therapies, and herbal preparations.
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