Effect of gender on endothelium-dependent dilation to bradykinin in human adipose microvessels. (17/121)

We examined the influence of gender and climacteric status, two coronary risk factors, on bradykinin (BK)-induced dilation in adipose arterioles from men and women of different ages [premenopausal women (Pre-W), postmenopausal women (Post-W), and similar aged men (Y-M and O-M), respectively]. We examined the responses from both omental (more closely associated with coronary disease) and subcutaneous fat. Tissues were obtained at surgery and cannulated (60 mmHg) for measurement of internal diameter. In vessels from omental tissue, dilation to BK was more sensitive in Pre-W than other groups, whereas in vessels from subcutaneous tissue, sensitivity to BK was greater in both Pre-W and Post-W compared with Y-M and O-M. Maximal dilation was similar among groups. Indomethacin (Indo; 10(-5) M) alone had no effect on dilation to BK in any groups, but Indo and N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME; 10(-4) M) reduced dilation to BK in Pre-W more than in Y-M. L-NAME increased dilation to BK in subcutaneous fat from Y-M but had no effect in Post-W and O-M. Indo- and L-NAME-resistant dilation in all vessels was markedly reduced by 30 mM KCl. There was no difference in sodium nitroprusside-induced dilation among groups. We conclude that gender and climacteric state contribute to mechanisms of microvascular regulation in humans. Functional vascular differences in visceral and subcutaneous fat may underlie the proposed differential influence of these tissues on cardiovascular risk.  (+info)

Modeling and simulation of pathways in menopause. (18/121)

The analytical representation and simulation of complex molecular pathways can contribute to understanding and evaluating physiological as well as pathological processes. We are interested in modeling the processes of menopause to stratify women in terms of the genotypic and environmental components and their implications for development of individualized risk of postmenopausal disorders, e.g., breast and ovarian cancer, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. We have initiated this study using the UltraSAN package to analyze the pathway associated with estrogen production. This model incorporates detailed information about the hormone factors affecting estrogen production, and the simulations carried out are based on published experimental data corresponding to hormone levels during the course of the normal female reproductive cycle. The agreement between the experimental data and the simulation is typically less than 2 ng/ml or 2 pg/ml respectively for progesterone and estradiol output. This approach further permits inclusion of information about an SNP observed in the gene coding for the enzyme aromatase as a model to study the impact of reduced enzymatic activity on hormone levels.  (+info)

Factors affecting uptake of cervical and breast cancer screening among perimenopausal women in Hong Kong. (19/121)

OBJECTIVES: To identify factors affecting cervical and breast cancer screening attendance among women aged 44 to 55 years by comparing self-reported uptake of cervical smear and clinical breast examination between patients and a population sample. DESIGN AND SETTING: Telephone survey and audit of clinic records to confirm patients' self-report. PARTICIPANTS: Two thousand and sixty-seven women identified through random telephone dialling from the residence directory and 319 patients ever-registered at a family practice teaching clinic. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Uptake of cervical smear and clinical breast examination. RESULTS: The proportion of women undergoing cervical smear tests and clinical breast examination in the previous 12 months were 35.4% and 22.6%, respectively, for randomly selected women, while the figures were 47.2% and 50.6%, respectively, for patients. Record audit confirmed high rates of screening for patients according to evidence-based protocols (85.1% had had a cervical smear within 3 years). For women in the random sample (mean age, 48.9 years; standard deviation, 3.3 years), those who were older, postmenopausal, not receiving hormone therapy, educated to primary level, and with no chronic diseases were least likely to have had screening. For clinic patients (mean age, 47.9 years; standard deviation, 2.8 years), lower education level was the only variable associated with no recent smears. CONCLUSIONS: Healthy perimenopausal and postmenopausal women in the community with lower educational level and not receiving hormone therapy were more likely to be underscreened. Attendance of 44- to 55-year-old women at a family medicine clinic that actively promotes preventive medicine was associated with high screening uptake.  (+info)

Lifetime socioeconomic position in relation to onset of perimenopause. (20/121)

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between lifetime socioeconomic position and onset of perimenopause. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Boston, Massachusetts. PARTICIPANTS: 603 premenopausal women aged 36-45 years at baseline who completed a cross sectional survey on childhood and adult socioeconomic position. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Time to perimenopause, defined as time in months from baseline interview to a woman's report of (1) an absolute change of at least seven days in menstrual cycle length from baseline or subjective report of menstrual irregularity; (2) a change in menstrual flow amount or duration; or (3) cessation of periods for at least three months, whichever came first. MAIN RESULTS: Incidence of perimenopause was 1.75 times higher (95%CI 1.10 to 2.79) and median age at onset was 1.2 years younger (44.7 v 45.9 years) for women reporting childhood and adult economic distress compared with women reporting no lifetime economic distress. After adjustment for age, race/ethnicity, age at menarche, parity, oral contraceptive use, family history of early menopause, depression, smoking, and body mass index, the association weakened (incidence rate ratio (IRR)=1.59; 95%CI 0.97 to 2.61). Inverse associations were observed for most, but not all, measures of educational level. Measures of current household income were not associated with risk of perimenopause. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that adverse socioeconomic conditions across the lifespan, when measured in terms of economic hardship and low educational attainment, may be associated with an increased rate of entry into perimenopause.  (+info)

Cardiovascular effects of testosterone: implications of the "male menopause"? (21/121)

A relatively low blood concentration of testosterone in the older man may have adverse effects on atherosclerosis, and explain the higher incidence of coronary heart disease in the male.  (+info)

Editorial: Oestrogens as a cause of endometrial carcinoma.(22/121)

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Granulosa cell tumor of the ovary. (23/121)

Adult granulosa cell tumor (GCT) of the ovary is oftentimes a hormonally active, stromal cell neoplasm that is distinguished by its ability to secrete sex steroids such as estrogen. Patients may present with vaginal bleeding caused by endometrial hyperplasia or uterine cancer as a result of prolonged exposure to tumor-derived estrogen. In addition, GCT is a vascular tumor that may occasionally rupture and result in abdominal pain, hemoperitoneum, and hypotension, mimicking an ectopic pregnancy in younger patients. GCT is usually associated with a mass on pelvic examination that is subsequently confirmed on ultrasonography. Surgery is required for definitive tissue diagnosis, staging, and tumor debulking. In older women, a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingooophorectomy are typically performed. In women of childbearing age, a more conservative unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy may be performed, assuming that careful staging reveals that the disease has not extended outside of the involved ovary and that a concomitant uterine cancer has been excluded. Survival of patients with GCT is generally excellent because most patients present with early-stage disease, although certain high-risk patient groups may be identified. Stage is the most important prognostic factor, with a higher risk of relapse being associated with stages II through IV disease. In addition, patients with stage I disease associated with features such as large tumor size, high mitotic index, or tumor rupture may also be at higher risk in some series. The value of postoperative adjuvant therapy for high-risk patients has not been investigated by prospective randomized trials, which are difficult to perform because of the rarity of this tumor. Nonetheless, the use of adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation has sometimes been associated with prolonged disease-free survival in patients with high-risk features. Because of the propensity of GCT to recur years after initial diagnosis, prolonged surveillance with serial physical examination and serum tumor markers such as estradiol and inhibin is reasonable.  (+info)

Persistent mood symptoms in a multiethnic community cohort of pre- and perimenopausal women. (24/121)

To further our understanding of the relation between mood and menopause, the authors examined 1) the association between persistent mood symptoms and menopausal status and 2) factors that increase a woman's vulnerability to an overall dysphoric mood during the early perimenopausal period. The sample consisted of an ethnically diverse community cohort of 3,302 pre- and early perimenopausal women aged 42-52 years who were participants in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation, an ongoing US multisite longitudinal study of menopause and aging. At study entry (1995-1997), women reported information on recent menstrual regularity and premenstrual symptoms, as well as on sociodemographic, symptom, health, sleep, psychosocial, and lifestyle variables. Rates of persistent mood symptoms were higher among early perimenopausal women (14.9%-18.4%) than among premenopausal women (8%-12%). In analyses adjusting for major covariates and confounders, early perimenopausal women had higher odds of irritability, nervousness, and frequent mood changes but not of feeling "blue." The effect of being early perimenopausal on overall dysphoric mood was greatest among women with an educational level of less than high school graduation. These findings suggest that persistent mood symptoms and overall dysphoric mood are associated with the early perimenopause, particularly among women with lower educational attainment.  (+info)