Brain region that triggers hot flashes in menopause identified

Brain region that triggers hot flashes in menopause identified.

Researchers have identified a region in the brain that may trigger the uncomfortable surges of heat, known as hot flushes, most women experience in the first few years of menopause.

Hot flushes – also called hot flashes – affect millions of people, and not just women. Yet, it is still unclear what causes the episodes of temperature discomfort, often accompanied by profuse sweating.

Now, a team of researchers including Dr Naomi Rance from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has come closer to understanding the mechanism of hot flushes, a necessary step for potential treatment options.

The team identified a group of brain cells known as KNDy neurons as a likely control switch of hot flushes. KNDy neurons (pronounced “candy”) are located in the hypothalamus, a portion of the brain controlling vital functions that also serves as the switchboard between the central nervous system and hormone signals.

Menopause has also recently been linked with cognitive decline giving strong support for digital interventions like brain training.