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Yoga May Boost Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted 8 days ago by

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Yoga may benefit men who are undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a small study. Many such patients experience side effects, including fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and a decline in their quality of life, the researchers said. The new study included 27 men who attended 75-minute yoga classes twice a week. These patients saw their quality of life and side effects remain stable throughout their radiation treatment. "Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga program are really good news," Dr. Neha Vapiwala, an associate professor in the radiation oncology department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a ... Read more

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Leading Doctors' Group Wants to Ban Prescription Drug Ads

Posted 11 days ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – Direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs and medical devices drives up health care costs and should be banned, the American Medical Association said Tuesday. Currently, ads for drugs to treat diabetes, depression, impotence and more deluge TV viewers. This drives demand for expensive treatments, the nation's most influential doctor group said when it adopted the new policy. "Today's vote in support of an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially driven promotions, and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices," Dr. Patrice Harris, the association board chair-elect, said in an AMA news release. "Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate," she added. Hoping to make prescription drugs ... Read more

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Male Infertility Might Signal Higher Odds of Testicular Cancer

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Men with reduced fertility could be at increased risk for testicular cancer, according to a new study. Researchers looked at over 20,000 men who underwent semen analysis as part of infertility treatment between 1996 and 2011. They were compared to a control group with the same number of men known to be fertile. Overall, 421 cases of cancer were diagnosed. The most common cancers were melanoma skin cancer, testicular and prostate cancers. The subfertile men – those who sought infertility treatment – were three times more likely to develop testicular cancer than those in the control group, the study found. The risk was 10 times higher in those with an abnormally low sperm count. Other types of sperm problems also increased the risk, the University of Utah researchers said in the Nov. 16 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility. However, the study doesn't ... Read more

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Vitamin D Deficiency Might Be Tied to Erectile Dysfunction

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FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – Low levels of vitamin D may be associated with erectile dysfunction, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3,400 American men, age 20 and older, who did not have heart disease. Thirty percent were vitamin D deficient, which means their levels of the "sunshine vitamin" were below 20 nanograms per milliliter of blood. And 16 percent had erectile dysfunction. Vitamin D deficiency was present in 35 percent of men with erectile dysfunction, compared with 29 percent of those without erectile dysfunction, the study found. "Vitamin D deficiency is easy to screen for and simple to correct with lifestyle changes that include exercise, dietary changes, vitamin supplementation and modest sunlight exposure," study lead investigator Dr. Erin Michos, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a university ... Read more

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Illegal Toad Venom 'Aphrodisiac' Linked to NYC Man's Death

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – "Stone," an illegal aphrodisiac that contains substances derived from toad venom, may have claimed the life of a New York City man and should be avoided, city health officials warned. Last week, a hospital told the New York Poison Control Center about a 39-year-old man who died after taking the product, also known as Piedra China, Jamaican Stone, Love Stone, Black Stone or China Rock. Similar products caused poisonings and deaths in the 1990s, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a news release. Since 2000, there have been seven such cases, including the most recent one and one earlier this year. These supposed aphrodisiacs are banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but are imported illegally. Stone is a hard, dark brown substance typically sold as a solid chunk less than a square inch in size. Stone's active ingredients ... Read more

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Better Sex Life May Be a Weight-Loss Surgery Bonus

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Following weight-loss surgery, activity in the bedroom may pick up as the pounds fall away, a new study finds. The research suggests the effect may be long-term, and similar for both men and women. "Improvements in sex life are an additional benefit that goes beyond weight loss," said Dr. John Morton, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He was not involved in the new study. The findings were to be presented Wednesday in Los Angeles at Obesity Week, an annual meeting hosted by ASMBS and The Obesity Society. The study was led by Dr. Kristine Steffen, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Her team tracked outcomes for more than 2,000 people – nearly 80 percent women – who were surveyed about their sex lives for five years after they underwent weight-loss (bariatric) ... Read more

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Labels on Yohimbe Products Inaccurate: Study

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by

Label information on most yohimbe herbal supplement products is inaccurate, a new study finds. The products are marketed for weight loss and as treatments for conditions such as depression, erectile dysfunction, and low libido in women. They are widely available in the United States but banned in Canada, Australia, Great Britain and the Netherlands, The New York Times reported. The active ingredient in the products is yohimbine, which is derived from the bark of the African yohimbe tree. Researchers analyzed 49 brands of yohimbe supplements and found that only 11 listed the quantity of yohimbine they actually contained. In other brands, the actual amounts ranged from 23 percent to 147 percent of what was on the label, The Times reported. The study in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis also found that only two provided accurate information about both the quantity of yohimbine and side ... Read more

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Heart Attack Shouldn't End Your Sex Life

Posted 21 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 – If you've had a heart attack, you don't have to avoid sex for fear of having another one, researchers report. Many people who've had a heart attack worry that too much physical activity could trigger a repeat event. But after reviewing data collected on 536 heart disease patients between the ages of 30 and 70, the researchers found sexual activity requires about the same amount of exertion as climbing two flights of stairs or taking a brisk walk. The patients completed questionnaires about their sexual activity. In the months leading up to their heart attack, nearly 15 percent did not have sex during this time, almost 5 percent had sex less than once per month, about 25 percent had sex less than once a week, and 55 percent had sex at least once weekly. The researchers analyzed the sexual activity the patients experienced in the 12 months before their heart ... Read more

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Sex Lives Best When Couples Share Child Care Duties, Survey Shows

Posted 23 Aug 2015 by

SUNDAY, Aug. 23, 2015 – Couples who share the responsibilities of child care end up feeling more satisfied with both their sex lives and their overall relationship, new research suggests. The finding applies to both married couples and couples who are living together, and stems from responses to a survey completed by nearly 500 heterosexual partners, all of whom were parents. "Relationships with respect to child care have changed greatly over time," said study author Daniel Carlson, an assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. "And even though there's really not been much research specifically on the role of child care, we have known for a while that sharing labor equally, whether paid or unpaid, is something that couples have been moving towards, and appears to be something they seem to prefer," he added. "The main story here is that this study clearly ... Read more

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'Low T' Therapy Has Yet to Be Proven: FDA

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – Testosterone supplements have long been marketed to aging men as a fountain of youth and virility, but there is still no proof they are safe or effective, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Writing in the Aug. 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, FDA officials said that only controlled clinical trials can show whether men benefit from treatment to reverse age-related dips in testosterone. The agency is now requiring product manufacturers to conduct those trials. As it stands, testosterone supplements are approved only for men with certain medical conditions that cause abnormally low levels of the hormone – such as damage to brain areas that control testosterone production. But once the FDA approves a drug, doctors are free to prescribe it as they see fit. And most American men on testosterone therapy have no clear medical ... Read more

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Study Debunks Notion That Condoms Always Hamper Erections

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Advocates for safe sex often run up against the notion that men's ability to maintain an erection will be compromised when condoms enter the scene. But a new study of nearly 500 young American men found that while some did complain of loss of erection, many of these men also experienced erectile difficulties generally – whether condoms were used or not. Compared to men without such issues, men with condom-linked erectile issues "were significantly more likely to also report erection difficulties before penetration and during intercourse when not using a condom," reported a team led by Stephanie Sanders of Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Reporting Aug. 17 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sanders' team said that while there have been studies looking at erectile issues with condom use in the past, there has ... Read more

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Mixed Results on Value of Testosterone Supplements for Men's Health

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Testosterone therapy may not be as bad for men's heart health as previously thought, but it doesn't seem to turn back time on their sex lives either, a new trial shows. "That was the surprising thing," said senior study author Dr. Shalender Bhasin, director of the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Many middle-aged and older men take testosterone because they feel it will improve their sex life, but the study showed that men who had low-normal or slightly low levels did not show any improvement." Testosterone therapy has become big business in the United States, as baby boomers seek ways to counter the effects of aging, Bhasin said. Sales of testosterone amounted to around $20 million a year in the early 1990s, but by 2012 it had grown into a $2 billion industry, he said. However, recent ... Read more

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Impotence Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Men who experience impotence may face twice the risk of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes compared to men without such sexual problems, a new study suggests. "This effect was more significant among middle-aged men 40 to 59 years old," said lead researcher Dr. Sean Skeldon, a resident in family medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada. "The probability of having undiagnosed diabetes increased from one in 50 in men without erectile dysfunction, to one in 10 in men with erectile dysfunction," Skeldon said. It's important to note this study only found a link between impotence and type 2 diabetes. It didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the health issues. The report was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. For the study, Skeldon's team collected data on more than 4,500 men 20 and older who took part in the U.S. ... Read more

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Viagra, Other ED Meds Won't Raise Melanoma Risk

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Could impotence drugs like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra raise a man's odds for melanoma skin cancer? A new review of data involving over 20,000 men does find a slightly higher risk of the disease in men who took erectile dysfunction drugs versus those who didn't. However, the researchers believe the bump in risk is tied to lifestyle factors that men who take impotence medications indulge in – such as tanning – rather than the pills themselves. "The bottom-line is that we found no evidence of a causal relationship between any type of erectile dysfunction drug and an increased risk for either melanoma or basal cell carcinoma," said study lead researcher Dr. Stacy Loeb, a urologist with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The study, which received no funding from the pharmaceutical industry, is published in the June 23 issue of the Journal of the American ... Read more

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FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with international partners, moved this week against more than 1,050 websites that sell potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and medical devices, the agency said Thursday. Illegal medicines and medical devices were seized worldwide, and warnings were sent to the operators of offending websites, the FDA said in a news release. "Our efforts to protect the health of American patients by preventing the online sale of potentially dangerous illegal medical products will not cease," said George Karavetsos, director of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations. Counterfeit prescription drugs that claim to be generic versions of brand-name drugs that are sold illegally on the websites include generic Nolvadex, generic Meridia, generic Valium, generic Truvada and generic Advair Diskus, according to the FDA. Mail ... Read more

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