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Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said study author Dr. Andrea Fagiolini. He is chairman of both the department of mental health and the school of specialization in psychiatry at the University of Siena. Fagiolini said that his team's light-box experiment took its cue from nature. Prior investigations, conducted by his team and other researchers, have found that both sexual interest and testosterone levels naturally go up in tandem during spring and summer. Fagiolini said that, ... Read more

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Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report. By not addressing the complex nature of sex education and offering a curriculum that isn't practical or helpful to young people, educators are missing a key opportunity to protect students' health and well-being, the study authors added. "Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise [they] will continue to disengage from [sex ed], and opportunities for safeguarding and improving their sexual health will be reduced," the British researchers wrote. The research team, led by Dr. Pandora Pound of the University of Bristol School of Social and Community Medicine, analyzed 55 studies that examined sex education programs in schools ... Read more

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Could Good Sex Be Bad for an Older Man's Heart?

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Sexually active older men may be more likely to have a heart attack, heart failure or stroke compared with their less lusty peers, new research suggests. What's more, older men who say they enjoy frequent sex also appear to face a higher risk for such serious cardiovascular events, the study authors said. By contrast, an active sex life appears to have no bearing on older women's heart health. And older women who described the sex as enjoyable, pleasurable or satisfying emotionally and/or physically saw some health benefit, the study found. "The result for men is indeed surprising for us, given our general assumption that sex is always good for health," said study lead author Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Liu pointed to several potential explanations. "When men get older, they may have more difficulties reaching an ... Read more

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Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Three widely used erectile dysfunction drugs – Cialis, Levitra and Viagra – aren't likely to boost the risk of melanoma skin cancer, a new study reports. Why the concern in the first place? Laboratory tests suggested that lower levels of an enzyme that's inhibited by certain erectile dysfunction drugs might increase the growth of melanoma cells. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. But studies examining melanoma risk among men who take these drugs have had conflicting results, the researchers said. The new study included more than 145,000 men who used either Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil). These impotence drugs inhibit an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). The investigators compared the men taking the drugs to nearly 561,000 men who didn't use them. Although the study couldn't prove no cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016 – Men who undergo surgery to create a new penis seem to fare well in the long term, two new studies show. The surgery, known as phalloplasty, is most often done for transgender men who want to undergo a surgical transition. But it's also an option for men who've lost their penis to cancer or trauma – including soldiers who've been wounded on the battlefield. The new studies, to be presented Saturday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego, included both groups of patients. And the studies suggest that by and large, both types of patients do well in the long run. "A lot of people may not know there are surgeons who have this capability," said Dr. Gregory Bales, a urologist and surgeon at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the studies. But the procedure can be "life-altering," both for transgender men and for those who've ... Read more

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Anatomy May Be Key to Female Orgasm

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Despite what's often portrayed in movies and on TV, most women can't orgasm with penetration alone during sexual intercourse. And simple anatomy is to blame, a new evidence review suggests. Each woman's ability to orgasm during sex depends almost wholly on physical development that occurred while she was still in the womb, according to the review authors. During gestation, the clitoris begins to drift up and away from the vaginal opening, the researchers said. But among women whose clitoris drifted too far up, it may be very difficult or even impossible to have an orgasm during sex, because traditional lovemaking doesn't provide enough friction to stimulate the clitoris, said Dr. Maureen Whelihan. She's an obstetrician and gynecologist in West Palm Beach, Fla., and an expert with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It's not her fault. ... Read more

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Men, Avoid Impotence Drugs Before Surgery

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – Men should not take erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis just before surgery, experts say. The drugs contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. This can cause a patient's blood pressure to become dangerously low when combined with anesthesia and other drugs used during surgery, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The group advises men not to take Viagra or Cialis the day before surgery because the drugs take more than 24 hours to clear the body. It's also important for men to inform the person administering their anesthesia about their use of erectile dysfunction drugs. "Patients should never feel embarrassed about telling their anesthesia professional that they use these products," Juan Quintana, AANA president, said in a new release from the association. "Anesthesia professionals need ... Read more

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Testosterone Therapy May Boost Sex Drive in Older Men ...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Testosterone therapy may restore some sexual desire and function in older men whose natural hormone levels have declined, clinical trials suggest. However, the treatments didn't do much to improve vitality or physical function in men 65 or older, as many have believed, said co-researcher Dr. Thomas Gill. "Men who are experiencing low desire or low sexual activity and are interested in improving in those areas, testosterone treatment would be reasonable to consider," Gill said. But, "a physician probably wouldn't be encouraged to prescribe testosterone solely for problems with physical function or solely for low energy, based on these results," he added. Gill is a professor of geriatrics and epidemiology at Yale University and director of the Yale Program on Aging in New Haven, Conn. The use of testosterone replacement therapy has nearly doubled in recent ... Read more

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Impotence Not an Inevitable Part of Aging

Posted 12 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 – While the risk of impotence – erectile dysfunction – increases with age, men should know it's not an inevitable part of growing older, experts say. About 30 million American men have erectile dysfunction. Worldwide, the number is expected to reach 320 million by 2025, researchers have estimated. The problem affects 22 percent of men older than 60, and 30 percent of men older than 70. But the condition is most likely due to an underlying physical or mental health condition rather than older age, according to doctors from Texas A&M University in College Station. Heart disease and other serious medical conditions – such as diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease – can cause erectile dysfunction, the experts explained. Certain medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure drugs, can also cause erectile ... Read more

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Can Berries, Citrus Fruits Boost Male Sexual Health?

Posted 15 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 – Biochemicals found in berries, citrus fruit and red wine might help men maintain healthy erections, a new nutrition study suggests. Foods rich in these flavonoids are associated with reduced risk of erectile dysfunction, researchers reported Jan. 13 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Eating a flavonoid-rich diet may be as good for erectile function as briskly walking for two to five hours a week, researchers from Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia in England reported. Flavonoids give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. The study found that three specific flavonoids – anthocyanins, flavanones and flavones – offered the greatest benefits in preventing erectile dysfunction. Anthocyanins are generally found in blueberries, cherries, blackberries, radishes and red wine. Flavanones and ... Read more

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Male Sexual Enhancement Supplements Often Ineffective, Possibly Harmful: Study

Posted 13 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2016 – There's no proof that over-the-counter sexual enhancement supplements for men work, and some are potentially dangerous, a new study reports. Many men seeking medical help for sexual health issues report using dietary supplements. But with little regulation of dosage or ingredients, the health effects of these products are unknown, the researchers said in background notes. And many of these products contain traces of an ingredient used in drugs like Viagra that can be dangerous to men with certain health problems, the researchers added. The researchers identified top-selling male sexual-help supplements and analyzed the ingredients, including those in products marketed to enhance erections, desire and sexual performance. "While certain natural supplements we reviewed show promise for improving mild sexual dysfunction, they lack robust human evidence," study ... Read more

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Yoga May Boost Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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 17 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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 16 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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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