Molecule of the Week

β- Estradiol

May 2, 2005

β- Estradiol is an estrogen, or female hormone. It may have neuroprotective effects for Parkinson's disease patients; however, the mechanism of neuroprotection is unclear. A recent study suggests that age-related decreases in the brain's sensitivity to estrogens may be linked with certain menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.