A new treatment could help women with hot flashes

By WEEK Producer

May 26, 2014 Updated May 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM CDT

A study suggests a non-hormonal treatment works as well as hormone therapy in reducing hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston compared the effects of a low-dose estrogen pill to a non-hormonal medication on more than 300 women with hot flashes.

The medicines were comparable in reducing the number of night sweats and hot flashes.

Both worked better than a placebo.

Other studies have linked hormone therapy to heart disease and breast cancer in some women.

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