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Saturday 30 August 2014

Ovaries removal increases risk of mental decline

Removal of a woman's ovaries increases the risk of mental decline in older age, a study has found.

The procedure, which triggers a "surgical menopause", is most often carried out on younger women because of cancer.

Scientists studied 1,837 women aged between 53 and 100, a third of whom had experienced a surgical menopause.

The women showed that having a surgical menopause was associated with faster declines in thinking ability and certain kinds of memory.

Irish Independent

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