Experts Comment on Hormone Replacement Therapy
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Keywords: HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY WI
Description: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has several experts who can add insight and background to the current discussion involving hormone replacement therapy.



EXPERTS COMMENT ON HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

MADISON, Wis. July 10 -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison has several experts who can add insight and background to the current discussion involving hormone replacement therapy.

News this week that hormone replacement therapy does more harm than good -- that it can cause small increases in breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots -- has sparked discussion among researchers, physicians and some of the six million American women currently on HRT.

Here are the experts:

-- Mariamne Whatley, (608) 262-2463, whatley@education.wisc.edu, chair of the Women's Study Program and associate dean of the School of Education, can offer critiques on the interpretations of the HRT biomedical research, as well as the marketing of the therapy. Whatley is co-author of the 2002 book, "The Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy."

-- Nancy Worcester, (608) 262-3635, associate professor of women's studies, can comment on the social history of HRT. Worcester, a former board member of the National Women's Health Network, has been critiquing the biomedical research on HRT for years. She is also co-author of The Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy."

-- Catherine (Kit) Allen, (608) 263-7713, ciallen@facstaff.wisc.edu, assistant professor of population health sciences and principal investigator of the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Center, a national site that is participating in the HRT study, can comment on the study's methods, results and conclusions. An epidemiologist, she can also address related public health issues. Allen is research director of the UW-Madison National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and the UW Center for Women's Health and Women's Health Research.

MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Carlson (608) 262-9772, emilycarlson@facstaff.wisc.edu

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