Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Books on Estrogen

Here is the list of new books discussing the role of Estrogen in human health (no endorsement implied).

The books are listed in reversed chronological order (the most recent books are listed first). To get more information about these books, just double-click on the titles below:

The Estrogen-Depression Connection: The Hidden Link Between Hormones & Women's Depression
by Karen J., Ph.D. Miller and Steven A., Ph.D. Rogers (Paperback - May 2007)

Book Description:
What You Need to Know About Hormones and Depression
Research has shown a strong connection between estrogen levels and depression throughout a woman's lifetime. We now understand that abrupt hormonal changes can take a toll on women's moods and even cause serious depression. But the good news is that there is a lot women can do to moderate the effect of these changes.
This book explores this issue and offers practical advice and tips for managing mood changes throughout all the major stages of a woman's life--from puberty and menstruation to pregnancy and postpartum, and from perimenopause to menopause. It explains in easy-to-understand terms what women can do right now to help balance these estrogen fluctuations through diet and lifestyle changes, alternative therapies, and medication.
Get the information you need:
-- Learn how estrogen affects each stage of a woman's life
-- Cope with postpartum depression and menopause
-- Find the best medical and alternative treatments

The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America
by Elizabeth Siegel Watkins (Hardcover - Mar 6, 2007)

Book Description:
In the first complete history of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Elizabeth Siegel Watkins illuminates the complex and changing relationship between the medical treatment of menopause and cultural conceptions of aging.
Describing the development, spread, and shifting role of HRT in America from the early twentieth century to the present, Watkins explores how the interplay between science and society shaped the dissemination and reception of HRT and how the medicalization -- and subsequent efforts toward the demedicalization -- of menopause and aging affected the role of estrogen as a medical therapy. Telling the story from multiple perspectives -- physicians, pharmaceutical manufacturers, government regulators, feminist health activists, and the media, as well as women as patients and consumers -- she reveals the striking parallels between estrogen's history as a medical therapy and broad shifts in the role of medicine in an aging society.
Today, information about HRT is almost always accompanied by a laundry list of health risks. While physicians and pharmaceutical companies have striven to develop the safest possible treatment for the symptoms of menopause and aging, many specialists question whether HRT should be prescribed at all. Drawing from a wide range of scholarly research, archival records, and interviews, The Estrogen Elixir provides valuable historical context for one of the most pressing debates in contemporary medicine.

Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators: A New Brand of Multitarget Drugs
by Antonio Cano, Joacquim Calaf i Alsina, and Jose Luis Duenas-Diez (Hardcover - Jul 26, 2006)

Book Description:
The experience gained with tamoxifen has been the basis for the new concept of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs). The action of these substances has been investigated in both basic and clinical studies, but there is not an integrated view of all the facets of this recent area in modern medicine. This book offers an up-to-date compilation of the most relevant information on the topic carried out by experienced basic and clinical investigators. The first section revises the basic determinants required to understand the functional versatility of SERMs. This part includes chapters that review the main SERM families and their principal components, the mechanisms of action of steroid hormones, SERMs and pure antiestrogens, or and the action of SERMs on the hypothalamic-pituitary unit. The second part focuses on the clinical areas where SERMs have demonstrated efficacy, such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and benign gynecological pathology, including actions on the endometrium, etc. There is a final chapter offering a thoughtful reflection on the role that SERMs may have in clinical practice.

The Effects of Estrogen on Brain Function
by Natalie L. Rasgon (Hardcover - April 28, 2006)

Book Description:
This timely volume reviews current data on the effects of estrogen on the central nervous system, highlighting clinical aspects of this topic. Experts from the fields of psychiatry, pharmacology, neurology, and geriatrics collaborate to clarify the known risks and benefits of hormone therapy and explore questions that remain to be elucidated.
Among the topics discussed: 1.Preclinical data on estrogen's effects on cognitive performance; 2.The short-lived effects of hormone replacement therapy on cognitive function; 3.Structural and functional brain imaging data regardingestrogen's effects on the central nervous system; 4.Preclinical efforts to develop effective NeuroSERMs for the brain; 5.The effects of estrogen on mood.
Citing the ongoing confusion over the risks and benefits of estrogen therapy, the contributors emphasize the need for additional research on medication, doses, preparations, methods of administration, alternative therapies, and supplements.
This volume educates researchers, clinicians, and students on the current knowledge -- including the effects of estrogen on mood, cognition, and brain metabolism -- and provides guidelines for clinical practice and future research.
Contributors: Roberta Diaz Brinton, Ph.D., University of Southern California; Cheri L. Geist, B.A., David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles; Robert B. Gibbs, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy; Eva Hogervorst, Ph.D., University of Loughborough and University of Oxford; Pauline M. Maki, Ph.D., Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Illinois--Chicago; Peter J. Schmidt, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health; Daniel H. S. Silverman, M.D., Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles; Katherine E. Williams, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine; Kristine Yaffe, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco VA Medical Center; Laurel N. Zappert, B.A., Stanford University School of Medicine; Liqin Zhao, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Your Inner Estrogen: An Individualized, Natural Approach to Understanding and Balancing Your Hormones Before and After Menopause
by Pat Camillo (Paperback - Feb 2006)

Book Description:
This book is a refreshing departure from the usual books about women and their hormones! Part 1 describes a set of simple observations designed to help women determine whether they have too much or too little estrogen - before and after menopause. Part 2 of the book shares some little known research that describes how various life style choices might effect how much estrogen a woman has in her body at any given time - emphasizing the uniqueness of each woman, including women whose hormones may affect diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, breast cancer and lupus.

Key words:
New Books, Estrogen, Estrogen Receptors, Multitarget Drugs, Brain Function, Menopause, Depression, Hormone Replacement Therapy, HRT

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