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Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
The Lancet Oncology, a monthly British journal focusing on
cancer research, contains a small article in its June edition that will
probably slip right past most people. But for millions of women worldwide, this
article may hold the key to their health and happiness for years to come.
A new all-natural mood elevator? Safe, side effect-free
birth control? Maybe the second coming of Retin-A? How about a possible cure for hot flashes ? Now we're
cookin' - literally!
Hot Flashes and Breast Cancer Treatment
Hot flashes are one of the truly annoying side effects of
many types of breast cancer treatment. They're not going to kill you (though
they may make you want to kill the doc who sent you down the hot-flash path).
They're not 100% debilitating like, say, the crushing fatigue of radiation or
overwhelming nausea of chemo experienced by some of us. No, hot flashes are
just annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of
Egypt, hot flashes would have...
It’s amazing what the latest technology is enabling researchers to do. Take hot flashes, for instance. Researchers are now able to see the brain’s activity as women undergo hot flashes.
The study out of Wayne State University used functional magnetic resonance imaging to look deep inside the brain. This imaging process uses powerful magnets and radio waves that create snapshots of the brain as it functions, allowing for researchers to analyze by measuring and mapping brain activity.
According to the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Functional MRI , the activity of neurons constantly changes based on what an individual is doing. For instance, simple tasks such as picking up a cup of coffee lights up specific areas of the brain while complex activities, such as understanding language in a conversation, will use other parts of the brain. The brain also lights up in different patterns when you do activities that involve vision, hearing, touch, language and...
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