Surgical ovary removal leads to cognitive decline

Women who have their ovaries surgically removed before menopause experience earlier and more severe cognitive decline, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and due to be presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in San Diego.

The researchers studied 1,837 postmenopausal women between the ages of 53 and 100 who were taking part in the Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The researchers recorded the age at which women began menstruating, how many years they had menstruated, whether they used hormone replacement therapy and for how long, and whether they had undergone natural or surgical menopause. (more…)

Hospital Stays Trigger Cognitive Decline

There are so many unfortunate things that can happen during a hospital stay, accidental death being chief among them. It’s bad enough that you have some condition that’s sending you to the hospital in the first place, but piled on top of that, if you follow this blog, you know that medical error ranks third as a cause of mortality in the US — which makes any hospital stay doubly frightening. A 2010 report revealed that one out of every seven patients admitted to a hospital in the US suffers harm at the hands of the medical staff. As if that’s not enough to worry about, a new study reveals yet another frightening possibility: that a hospital stay might incur significant cognitive decline — merely because you were in the hospital.1 (more…)