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Study Finds Estrogen Treatments Increase Gray Matter In Brain

Posted Dec 02 2011 5:55pm

Short-term estrogen treatment increased the volume of the brain’s gray matter in postmenopausal women, making a case for the potential benefit of short-term hormone replacement therapy, according to a study presented this week by Vanderbilt’s Paul Newhouse, M.D.

Newhouse, professor of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Cognitive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, presented the information at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.

The research was done while Newhouse was at the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he was professor of Psychiatry and director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit and Brain Imaging Program. He joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in October.

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