Dr. Ellen Gold and colleagues recently published “The Relation of Inflammation to Premenstrual Symptoms” in the Journal of Women’s Health.  Their results demonstrate that several key premenstrual symptoms including mood swings, weight gain/bloating, and abdominal cramps/back pain are associated with elevated levels of a marker of inflammation, C-reactive protein.  These findings have potential clinical implications for treatment with anti-inflammatory agents and possibly for prevention.