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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 07/11/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Women's Health Initiative Study Still Going

Cincinnati--The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) at the University of Cincinnati announced today that the National Institutes of Health WHI study of postmenopausal women will continue at the Cincinnati Clinical Center, as well as the other 40 sites around the country. Margery Gass, MD, is the principal investigator for the Cincinnati site.

"With the release of the information on the hormone replacement arm of the study, there has been a lot of confusion," said Susie Sheridan, WHI Program Director at UC. "Although women in the estrogen plus progestin arm of the study have been told to stop taking their study pills, the rest of the study continues." The Cincinnati WHI study has many facets, including a hormone study of estrogen alone, involving 250 women, a dietary program which has approximately 1,300 women, and an observational study which tracks the health of 2,200 participants. All of these programs continue.

In addition, the clinic will continue to track the health of the women who have been in the estrogen plus progestin arm of the study, who still need to have their annual exams and mammograms. In a recent letter to the Cincinnati participants, Dr. Gass wrote, "The questions we have answered about estrogen plus progestin in 2002 were only possible because of your dedication to the study. With your continued support and ongoing participation, we hope to answer many more questions about women's health in the years to come."

For more information, call Sheridan at (513) 584-6064.

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