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PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: 25 July 2007

Your health in your genes

There are some aspects of your life you can change if you want to improve your health. But there are also some that you can’t. Your genetic make-up in particular has a powerful influence over your health and wellbeing, increasing (or sometimes decreasing) your risk of certain diseases and medical conditions.

In the Summer 2007 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, menopause nurse specialist Janet Brockie takes a look at how your family history affects your health. She covers the genetic and lifestyle risk factors for breast cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease and thrombosis.

“You can’t change your family history or predict exactly if, or when, you will get a disease,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “However, if you are aware that you are at an increased risk of a certain disease (because of your genes), you may be able to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk altogether.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition and lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. breast cancer). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Summer 2007 issue include side effects of HRT, menopausal hair loss and phytoestrogen and herb safety. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to norma@menopause-exchange.co.uk

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.

2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.

3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; osteoporosis treatments; sexuality after the menopause; complementary therapies at the menopause; heart disease; memory problems; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter and regular fact sheets) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £30 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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