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Health Tip: Understanding Testosterone Treatment

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The hormone testosterone is responsible for male characteristics such as facial and body hair, muscle development, regulating sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Low testosterone can result in loss of hair and muscle, mood changes, less energy and smaller testes, the Endocrine Society says. If your doctor detects low testosterone, he or she may prescribe hormone replacement therapy. ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Prostate Cancer

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men. And black men are more likely to get the disease, and twice as likely to die from it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The slow-growing disease often shows few or no symptoms until it's too late. But if symptoms do emerge, they may include: Difficulty beginning urination. Weak or interrupted flow of urine. Frequent ...

Prostate Cancer Symptoms Aren't Always Obvious

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Although about 1 in 7 men will be eventually be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, the warning signs of the disease are often vague and may be confused with other conditions, experts at Fox Chase Cancer Center say. Prostate cancer can be serious but it's often not fatal. Men should talk to their doctor about the risks and benefits of getting screened for ...

Some Prostate Drugs May Do Harm

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Popular hormone-based drugs for treating an enlarged prostate could increase men's risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke, a new study suggests. A group of German men taking the drug Avodart (dutasteride) for three years wound up with higher blood sugar and cholesterol levels than men taking another class of prostate medication that does not affect male ...

New Nasal Spray, Noctiva, Reduces Nighttime Urination

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

A nasal spray formulation of desmopressin acetate, effective at reducing the number of times adults have to urinate during the night, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is a nasal spray for adults who make at least two nighttime trips to the bathroom due to causes such as certain medications, chronic heart failure, poorly controlled ...

Low-Fat Meal May Boost Costly Cancer Drug

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Eating a low-fat meal when taking an expensive prostate cancer drug can cut the cost of the drug by three-quarters, a new study indicates. "We know this drug [Zytiga] is absorbed much more efficiently when taken with food," said study author Dr. Russell Szmulewitz, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. "It's inefficient, even wasteful, to take ...

Cancer Experts Criticize Report on Rising Prostate Cancer Numbers

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – A headline-grabbing report earlier this week claimed that new cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States had skyrocketed 72 percent in the past decade. And the study authors from Northwestern University suggested the increase might be tied to a 2012 recommendation that men not be screened for prostate cancer by using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. ...

Number of Advanced Prostate Cancer Cases Soars: U.S. Study

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – New cases of advanced prostate cancer in the United States have skyrocketed 72 percent in the past decade, a troubling new study shows. The biggest increase was among men aged 55 to 69, with a 92 percent jump seen over 10 years. This rise is worrisome because these men are the ones who may benefit most from screening and early treatment, the researchers said. "The ...

Could Nasal Spray Curtail Nighttime Bathroom Trips?

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 8, 2016 – Countless people – often men with enlarged prostates – need to visit the bathroom during the night. But help could soon be at hand in the form of a nasal spray, new research suggests. A spritz of a synthetic hormone, already used by bed-wetting kids, might benefit older people struggling with the problem called nocturia. "Nocturia is very common in patients over 50 years ...

New Prostate Technique May Help Men's Nighttime Urination

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – Waking often in the night to urinate is a common problem among men who have an enlarged prostate, but an innovative new treatment has shown some promise in easing the problem, researchers are reporting. The procedure, called prostatic artery embolization (PAE), involves placing microscopic spheres in the arteries that supply blood to the prostate gland to partially block ...

'Suicide Gene Therapy' Plus Radiation Fights Prostate Cancer: Study

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – A combination of "suicide gene therapy" and radiation is highly effective in treating prostate cancer, researchers say. In this type of gene therapy, a patient's cancer cells are genetically modified so that they prompt the person's immune system to attack the cells, the Houston Methodist Hospital researchers explained. "We have created a vaccine with the patient's own ...

Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Often Not Monitored Closely

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Most men with low-risk prostate cancer who choose "watchful waiting" instead of aggressive treatment may not be followed as closely as they should be, a new study suggests. This puts them in danger of their cancer progressing or spreading undetected, the researchers warned. "This is really an important finding, because before patients and their doctors decide to pursue ...

Relaxed Guidelines on PSA Testing Might Miss Aggressive Tumors: Study

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Relaxed guidelines on prostate cancer screening may delay diagnosis and treatment of aggressive tumors, a new study suggests. In 2011, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, to curb over-diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer. Since then, PSA screening has dropped by 28 percent, the ...

Too Few Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancers Get 'Watch and Wait' Approach

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – A wide majority of U.S. men with low-risk prostate cancer are being treated for the disease even though "active surveillance" is an option, a new report finds. Active surveillance – or watchful waiting – is the careful monitoring of prostate cancer for progression of the cancer that would indicate a need for treatment. Men in the Northeast and on the West Coast were ...

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation – called prostatitis. The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease. The men underwent treatment for gum ...

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