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'March Madness' a Peak Time for Vasectomies

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FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Thinking about a vasectomy? Now – as March Madness begins – might be just the time for the procedure. The NCAA basketball tournament and other major "sporting events are a popular time for men to schedule a vasectomy because we advise them to take it easy for two to three days after the procedure," Dr. Jim Dupree, an assistant professor of urology at the University of ...

Transgender Surgeries on the Rise

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – The number of transgender people in the United States who've had gender-affirming surgery has risen with the expansion of insurance coverage for the procedures, a new study finds. There are an estimated 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States. Their gender identity differs from their biological sex, prompting some to seek hormone treatments, facial ...

Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 – Amid efforts to stem the U.S. opioid crisis, a new study suggests how long patients should take prescription opioid painkillers after surgery. After general surgery, the ideal duration is four to nine days, said researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. For women's health procedures, four to 13 days is appropriate, while six to 15 days of narcotic ...

Many U.S. Women Unaware of Fibroid Treatments: Poll

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Many American women with uterine fibroids don't know there's a minimally invasive embolization technique that may be an alternative to a hysterectomy, a new poll finds. "Misperceptions about uterine fibroids and the treatments available often lead women to undergo invasive and potentially unnecessary surgery for their fibroids, despite more than 20 years of clinical use ...

Little Evidence That Vasectomy Raises Prostate Cancer Risk

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – For men who have had or might undergo a vasectomy, there is good news: A major study finds scant evidence that the procedure raises their risk of prostate cancer. "At most, there is a trivial association between vasectomy and prostate cancer that is unlikely to be causal," concluded a team led by Dr. R. Jeffrey Karnes, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The analysis, ...

'Observation' Best Option for Most Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Men with early stage prostate cancer who have surgery to remove their tumor do not live longer than those who receive no treatment at all, a long-running clinical trial has concluded. At the same time, nearly one in three men who had the surgery wound up with long-term complications, such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction, said lead researcher Dr. Timothy ...

Less Invasive Procedure May Treat Fibroids Without Harming Fertility

Posted 13 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 – A simple procedure may help women who are suffering from fibroids without jeopardizing their future fertility, a new study suggests. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) blocks blood flow to fibroids so they stop growing or shrink. But the technique hasn't been recommended for women who hope to conceive since it was unclear if blood flow might also be blocked to the uterus ...

Abused Women Prone to Unnecessary Ovary Removal: Study

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Women who are victims of abuse may be at increased risk for unnecessary ovary removal, a new study suggests. "Our current findings suggest that physical, emotional or sexual abuse predisposes women to seek medical attention for multiple gynecological symptoms, such as abdominal pain or excessive bleeding," said study co-author Dr. Liliana Gazzuola-Rocca. She is a health ...

Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – A minimally invasive procedure for uterine fibroids may be "under-used" in U.S. hospitals, compared with surgery, a new study suggests. The study looked at a national sample of hospitals and found that fewer fibroid patients are undergoing hysterectomy – surgical removal of the uterus. But hysterectomy remains much more common compared with a less-invasive procedure ...

Hormonal Drug Boosts Survival After Prostate Cancer's Return: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – When prostate cancer recurs after surgery, treatment with both radiation and a testosterone-suppressing drug can extend some men's lives, a new clinical trial finds. In a nearly 20-year study, researchers found that the combination therapy cut the risk of death from prostate cancer in half, compared to radiation alone. And that translated into better overall survival, ...

Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

U.S. Deaths From Cervical Cancer May Be Underestimated

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds. "This is a preventable disease and women should not be getting it, let alone dying from it," study leader Anne Rositch, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in ...

Vasectomy May Not Raise Prostate Cancer Risk After All

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – A large, new study challenges previous research that suggested vasectomies might increase the risk of prostate cancer or dying from it. In the latest finding, researchers found no connection between vasectomies and overall risk of prostate cancer, or of dying from the disease. The American Cancer Society epidemiologists reviewed more than 7,000 prostate cancer deaths, as ...

Prostate Cancer Treatments: Different Choices for Different Men

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – A large, decade-long study offers new insights into the treatment dilemmas that many men diagnosed with prostate cancer face: What to do next? The research finds that for certain men, death rates from prostate cancer were roughly the same over several years regardless of whether they chose to be monitored – called "watchful waiting" – or underwent radiation or had ...

Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – The use of power morcellators – cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures – has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal ...

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