News FocusWOMEN'S HEALTH

The Vanishing Promises of Hormone Replacement

Science  19 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5580, pp. 325-326
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5580.325

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Last week, a vast National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) came to a halt, and more than 16,000 participating women received a letter recommending that they stop taking their pills. The study, part of a huge research program called the Women's Health Initiative, stunned many supporters of HRT and led many women taking the drugs--some 6 million in the United States alone--to call their doctors for advice. But epidemiologists who have studied the issue for years say they're not so surprised.

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