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Oestrogen: Brain ageing, cognition and neuropsychiatric disorder

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

R Norbury, M Craig, W J Cutter, M Whitehead, D G M Murphy

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118 - 122
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the British Menopause Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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The effects of oestrogen on brain ageing, cognition and neuropsychiatric disorder are an important public health issue, which, despite intensive research, has yet to be resolved. Evidence from basic science demonstrates that oestrogen has multiple protective effects on neurons and neurotransmitter systems. However, the evidence for oestrogen having a clinical role in the treatment and prevention of neuropsychiatric disorders is not well established. Here we review research into the effects of oestrogen on brain maturation and function and discuss the role for oestrogen replacement therapy (ERT) as a therapeutic tool

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