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Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

Posted 2 days 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home. The infertility test analyzes semen using a disposable rubberized microchip that's designed to enclose and handle samples. The microchip is slid into an attachment that can be plugged into a smartphone. The semen sample is kept within the microchip, so it never enters the smartphone. But a smartphone app is able to scan and video the sample. Roughly five seconds later, an analysis is produced, indicating whether or not the sample meets World Health Organization standards in terms of healthy sperm concentrations and sperm motility (movement). So far, the tests have shown 98 percent accuracy. "We developed the technology, and we have a prototype that seems to work very well, and with high reliability and accuracy," noted ... Read more

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TV Ads Help Drive Testosterone Supplement Sales

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – TV ads have helped spur a boom in testosterone treatments, convincing many men that they need hormone replacement therapy, a new study suggests. In places where testosterone therapy ads ran, researchers discovered increases in testing for low T, initiation of testosterone replacement in new patients, and testosterone treatment without proper testing to see if hormone levels were abnormally low. "We found that each advertisement aired was associated with new use, new testing and new use without recent baseline tests," said lead author J. Bradley Layton, a research assistant professor of epidemiology with the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Testosterone replacement therapy experienced a boom in recent years, with the number of patients leaping from 1.3 million in 2009 to 2.3 million in 2013, according to the U.S. Food and ... Read more

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The Secret to a Good Sex Life

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Couples who regularly have sex tend to be happier, and now a new study suggests one reason why: affection. The study of couples in committed relationships found what many others had shown before: Couples who had sex more often were typically happier and more content with their lives. However, much of that link seemed to be explained not by sex itself, but by couples' general levels of affection – whether that meant cuddling or whispering sweet-nothings to each other. It all suggests that the "relational aspects of sexuality – and more specifically, the sharing of affection – are central in understanding why sex does good," said lead researcher Anik Debrot. That might be good news for people who worry about things like sexual performance or having a "perfect body," according to Debrot. Instead, they could "remember that sex is a great way to share an intimate ... Read more

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Impotence Meds Might Give Men's Hearts a Boost, Too

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Men taking Viagra, Levitra or Cialis to revitalize their sex life might experience a valuable side benefit: enhanced heart health, researchers say. Those erectile dysfunction drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, appear to reduce a man's risk of death or heart failure after a first heart attack, according to preliminary study findings. Men taking this type of ED drug had a 33 percent reduced risk of death within three years of their first heart attack, compared to men not taking the PDE5 inhibitor, said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Andersson. The men also experienced a 40 percent reduced risk of subsequent hospitalization for heart failure, said Andersson, a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Further, it appeared that taking more of the drug increased the survival advantage, he added. "We also find a dose-dependent relationship between ... Read more

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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – What makes for a happy, productive worker? It could be a good sex life. At least that's the suggestion of a new study that included 159 married employees who were surveyed daily for two weeks. Those who had sex were in a better mood at work the next day, which led to higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction. The beneficial effects that sex had on work were equally strong for men and women and lasted for at least 24 hours. "We make jokes about people having a 'spring in their step,' but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it," said study author Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University's College of Business. "Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Edex (alprostadil for injection) 10 mcg 2 Pack by Endo Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Potential Lack of Sterility Assurance

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling one lot of Edex (alprostadil for injection) 10 mcg to the consumer level. This product recall is due to the detection by Endo of a defect in the crimp caps used in the manufacture of the subject product lot. This defect has the potential to lead to a loss of container closure integrity, which could impact the product’s sterility assurance and may lead to serious adverse events such as infections, both localized at the site of injection and systemically. The recall applies to the 10 mcg strength, packaged in a 2 pack carton, (NDC 52244-010-02), product lot number 207386, Expiration Date: May 2019. The affected lot was distributed from December 13, 2016 through February 13, 2017 to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies throughout the United States. See the press release for product photos. BACKGROUND: Edex (alprostadil for injection) is ... Read more

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Do Older Guys Always Prefer Younger Women? Maybe Not

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests. The study of Finnish adults found that many heterosexual men were, in fact, interested in women substantially younger than they were. And on average, they had a more generous definition of "too young" than women did. But on the other hand, men were also attracted to women their own age. And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too. Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is "too crude," said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland. "Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive," Antfolk said. "An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age," he added. "They ... Read more

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Most Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Enjoy Good Sexual Health

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests. However, the study also found that most adult survivors of childhood cancer report having satisfying sexual and romantic lives. "As positive as it is to see this, we still should be closely monitoring sexual health in adults who did have cancer treatment as children, especially those needing high-dose neurotoxic [brain-harming] treatments," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who reviewed the new findings. He directs child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new research was published online Feb. 6 in the journal Cancer and was led by Vicky Lehmann, of Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University in Columbus. Lehmann's team noted that treatment for childhood cancer can harm the developing brain in a way ... Read more

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Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Anxiety may prompt prostate cancer patients to opt for potentially unnecessary treatments, a new study suggests. The research included more than 1,500 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. They were more likely to choose surgery and radiation therapy than active surveillance. Active surveillance – also known as "watchful waiting" – is when the patient is monitored closely, but not treated. "Men's level of emotional distress shortly after diagnosis predicted greater likelihood of choosing surgery over active surveillance," said the researchers from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. "Importantly, this was true among men with low-risk disease, for whom active surveillance may be a clinically viable option and side effects of surgery might be avoided," they noted. Though the study found an association ... Read more

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Scientists Design Heat-Activated Penis Implant

Posted 31 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Doctors report that they have crafted a penis implant that becomes erect when heated. Dubbed by some as the "bionic penis," the discovery could one day be a godsend for thousands of cancer survivors and wounded soldiers, the researchers said. For these patients, an implant may be the only answer, they added. "It's a survivorship issue – restoring function can help people feel whole in their bodies again," study author Brian Le, a professor of urology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said in a university news release. In all, about 40 percent of men aged 40 to 70 have some level of erectile dysfunction, and about one-third of them don't respond to drugs like Viagra, according to the study authors. This latest incarnation of a penile implant seeks to improve upon what is already out there, Le explained. There is an inflatable pump that is tricky to ... Read more

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New Prostate Cancer Therapy Works Without Severe Side Effects

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

A new treatment for early stage Prostate Cancer is "transformative," according to researchers. The therapy features lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria, and does not cause severe side effects, BBC News reported. A clinical trial of 413 prostate cancer patients at 47 hospitals across Europe found that 49 percent had no remaining trace of cancer after undergoing the treatment. Only six percent of those who had the treatment had to undergo prostate removal, compared with 30 percent who did not have the new therapy. Many prostate cancer patients who have surgery or radiation therapy have lifelong impotence and urinary incontinence. But sexual and urination problems lasted no longer than three months among patients who had the new therapy, according to the study in The Lancet Oncology. The drug used in the treatment is made from bacteria that live in near total darkness on the ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Megajex Natural Male Sex Enhancer by MS Bionic: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredients

Posted 4 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

[Posted 12/01/2016] ISSUE: MS Bionic, Inc. announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of Megajex Natural Male Sex Enhancer capsules. FDA analysis has found the product to contain Tadalafil and Sildenafil. Tadalafil and Sildenafil are FDA-approved drugs used as treatment for male Erectile Dysfunction (ED). The active drug ingredients are not listed on the label for this product. Use of this product may pose a threat to consumers because the undeclared active ingredients may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance. BACKGROUND: Megajex ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions – will be revised. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or get injections in hopes of boosting their physical health or libido. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. But "testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders," according to an FDA news release. "Abuse ... Read more

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Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

Posted 20 Sep 2016 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 13 Sep 2016 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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