Oestrogen doesn't protect mental function in older women

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1514
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The “oestrogen only” treatment arm of the women's health initiative memory study shows that oestrogen does not protect against mild cognitive impairment or dementia and slightly increases the risk, say two reports published in JAMA (2004;291: 2947-58, 2959-68).Mild cognitive impairment strongly predicts dementia.

    Previous studies have suggested that oestrogen might prevent cognitive decline, said Lon Schneider, professor of psychiatry, neurology, and gerontology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who commented on the …

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