Doctors to share their research on hormone therapy
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Hormone replacement therapy has become a controversial topic as the medical community continues to investigate the treatment’s adverse effects on women.
A pair of local doctors – a physician and a scientist – have done their own research on the issue and will share their findings tomorrow.
Aspen OB-GYN Dr. Kenton Bruice and biochemist Dr. Phyllis Bronson will present “Women and Hormones: A Seminar on Women’s Bodies and Brains” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Given Institute. The presentation is free and open to the public, and the doctors hope to attract a large audience of health-conscious women.
“We’re really concerned that women are getting bad information [about hormones],” Bronson said.
“Women and Hormones” will kick off with a look at hormones and their effects on mood and emotion – essentially, how hormones can be tweaked to improve a woman’s quality of life, Bronson said. The presentation will also touch on hormone replacement therapy and the latest research affecting the practice.
The doctors’ look at replacement therapy will include their own findings on human-identical hormones and synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones, including the popular Prempro, have come under fire in recent years due to their links to certain forms of cancer.
“In my opinion, physicians have been doing things wrong for women for years” when it comes to synthetic hormones, Bruice said.
This will be the third time in the last year that Bronson and Bruice have made this particular presentation. “Women and Hormones” proved so popular last July – standing room only, in fact – that the doctors decided to schedule another presentation the following week.
Tuesday’s seminar will include the duo’s latest findings on women and hormones. Bronson, who recently completed a four-year study on the biochemistry in women’s moods, and Bruice, who deals with women’s health on a daily basis, hope to show local women that the latest medical research can greatly improve their quality of life.
“Women should be aware of what’s going on in scientific research,” Bronson said.
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