Your Health: Jun. 18, 2001

GOOD NEWS

LESS IS BETTER Menopausal women who find the cure for hot flashes and night sweats worse than the symptoms, take heart. A study has found that low-dose hormone-replacement therapy--0.3 to 0.45 mg of estrogen, instead of the traditional 0.625 mg--is just as effective and has fewer side effects. Combined with progestin, researchers say, low-dose HRT poses no increased uterine-cancer risk and may reduce any potential increased breast-cancer risk. Although the FDA has yet to approve a packaged low-dose formula, doctors can get creative with available tablets.

GOOD IS GOOD As if we needed another reason to exercise, eat well...

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