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Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Tied to Depression

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Older men who receive testosterone-suppressing therapy for prostate cancer may be at increased risk of developing depression, a new, large study suggests. The findings are based on over 78,000 U.S. men treated for earlier-stage prostate cancer. Researchers found that among those given hormone-suppressing therapy, 7 percent developed clinical depression in the next few years. That compared with 5 percent of men who did not have the treatment. The findings do not prove that hormone therapy is to blame. But they do offer "pretty strong evidence" that might be the case, said senior researcher Dr. Paul Nguyen. He is director of prostate brachytherapy at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston. Nguyen said his team accounted for some other factors that could affect depression risk – including the severity of a man's cancer, his age and education. And there was still ... Read more

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Young Athletes Pressured by Parents May Resort to 'Doping'

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – Young male athletes under parental pressure to succeed are more likely to use banned substances to boost their sports performance, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Kent in England asked 129 young male athletes, average age 17, about their attitudes on "doping" – the use of prohibited drugs, such as steroids, hormones or stimulants, to boost athletic ability. These substances, sometimes called performance-enhancing drugs, can potentially alter the human body and biological functions. However, they can be extremely harmful to a person's health, experts warn. In addition, the study participants were also asked about four different aspects of perfectionism. The four areas were: parental pressure; self-striving for perfection; concerns about making mistakes; and pressure from coaches. Only parental pressure was linked to positive feelings about ... 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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Obsessed Athletes More Likely to Approve of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Study

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 13, 2016 – The more obsessed that college athletes are with their sport, the more likely they are to approve of using performance-enhancing drugs, a new Canadian study finds. Two types of passion are associated with sports, the University of Waterloo researchers explained. "Harmonious passion" involves feelings of enjoyment, and the sport blends with the athlete's life. "Obsessive passion" means not being able to disconnect from a sport and having feelings of guilt when not participating. The researchers surveyed nearly 600 male and female varsity/all-star athletes at four universities in the province of Ontario. "We found that regardless of gender, athletes who reported higher obsessive passion indicated more lenient attitudes towards [performance-enhancing drugs], while athletes who reported higher harmonious passion held more conservative attitudes towards them," ... Read more

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Knee Arthritis: Steroid Shots May Not Help Long-Term, Ozone Injections Promising

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Millions of aging Americans are plagued by arthritic knees, and two new studies offer insight into what might – or might not – help curb the condition. Both studies were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in San Francisco. One study found that a popular therapy, steroid drug injections, do nothing to slow progression of osteoarthritis in the knee. This type of treatment is common, but has never been specifically tested, and there are concerns about its safety, according to a team led by Dr. Tim McAlindon, chief of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. His team tracked outcomes for 140 people – mainly overweight white women – with knee arthritis who averaged 58 years of age. The patients received either injections of the steroid triamcinolone hexacetonide, or placebo injections of saline, every three months ... Read more

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Rare Condition Can 'Masculinize' Women

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – For most women, some hair loss from the scalp along with more body hair are just regular signs of aging. In some cases, though, these changes may stem from a little-known condition that sends testosterone levels soaring. Writing in the Oct. 22 New England Journal of Medicine, doctors describe just such a case: A 57-year-old woman who came to them with body-hair growth, balding, an increasingly male-sounding voice, and other signs of excessive testosterone levels. After ruling out some of the usual suspects – including tumors of the adrenal glands and ovaries – her doctors eventually settled on an obscure diagnosis known as ovarian hyperthecosis. It's a condition that many doctors may not be aware of. Even endocrinologists – specialists in hormonal disorders – see relatively few cases come their way, said Dr. Graham McMahon, an endocrinologist who was at ... Read more

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Some Prostate Cancer Patients May Not Benefit From Hormone Therapy

Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Men with prostate cancer who also have had a heart attack may fare better with radiation therapy alone rather than with the standard treatment of radiation plus hormone therapy, a new analysis suggests. Over an average of 17 years of follow-up, men with high-risk prostate cancer who also had a heart condition lived longer after radiation treatment alone than similar men who had radiation and hormone therapy. Men who didn't have heart problems lived longer if they had both treatments, the researchers added. "There have been several trials looking at radiation with or without hormone therapy in high-risk prostate cancer which found a survival benefit from combined treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Anthony D'Amico, chief of radiation oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. However, whether hormone therapy causes an increase in death from heart ... Read more

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

Posted 19 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

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

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Study Sees No Link Between Testosterone Therapy and Blood Clots

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Testosterone therapy doesn't appear to increase the risk of blood clots in veins, a new study contends. The most common forms of this problem – called venous thromboembolism (VTE) – are deep vein thrombosis (a clot in the leg) and pulmonary embolism (a clot in the lungs). VTE is the third most common type of cardiovascular problem, after heart attack and stroke, the researchers said. There is conflicting information about the link between testosterone therapy and the risk of VTE. As a result, many men with low testosterone and their doctors are reluctant to start testosterone therapy, the study investigators said. "In 2014, the [U.S.] Federal Drug Administration required manufacturers to add a warning about potential risks of VTE to the label of all approved testosterone products," study author Jacques Baillargeon, a professor of epidemiology at the University ... Read more

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Testosterone Treatments Won't Help Men With Ejaculatory Issues

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Testosterone supplements won't help men with low testosterone ease any problems they have with ejaculatory function, a new study suggests. According to researchers led by Dr. Darius Paduch of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, issues with ejaculation affect anywhere from 10 percent to 18 percent of men. These conditions include an inability to ejaculate, low ejaculation volumes and force, and delayed time to ejaculation, the researchers said. They added that there is currently no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for ejaculatory dysfunction. Could testosterone replacement therapy help men who face these problems, and who also have low levels of testosterone? "This is the first clinical trial examining the treatment of a very common but poorly understood condition that affects men's physical health as ... Read more

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Hormones May Spur Rash Choices on Stock Exchange

Posted 6 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 – High levels of the hormone testosterone and the fight-or-flight stress hormone cortisol may prompt financial traders to make risky investment choices, researchers say. The finding stems from a pair of simulations conducted in a laboratory setting. "The results suggest that cortisol and testosterone promote risky investment behavior in the short run," study author Dr. Ed Roberts, from the department of medicine at Imperial College London, said in a university news release. "We only looked at the acute effects of the hormones in the lab," he added. "It would be interesting to measure traders' hormone levels in the real world, and also to see what the longer-term effects might be." In the first lab experiment, researchers measured levels of both hormones in more than 140 men and women before asking them to engage in an asset-trading game. In that case, having higher ... Read more

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More Sex, Better Testosterone Levels?

Posted 13 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 – Experts have long assumed that as a man's testosterone level declines, so does his sex life. But a new study suggests the reverse may be true. "Most people in or out of medicine assume that a lowered serum testosterone may cause reduced sexual activity. But our study questions, if not fully refutes, that assumption and suggests it is the other way around," said Dr. David Handelsman, a researcher at the University of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. And skyrocketing sales of testosterone supplements are being fueled by that popular assumption, even though it might not be correct, Handelsman added. But one doctor not involved with the study questioned the finding, noting that other lifestyle factors might be affecting testosterone levels as men age. And the study wasn't designed to take those factors into account. In the study, the researchers evaluated ... Read more

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Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Testosterone therapy doesn't seem to increase a man's risk of heart attack or stroke, a pair of new studies suggests. "Testosterone therapy in any form – gel, pills or injections – does not appear to cause adverse cardiovascular effects," said Dr. Pawan Patel, lead author of one of the studies and an academic physician at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. The studies are to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting, in San Diego. Research presented at medical meetings is typically viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The two studies were released a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about the overuse of testosterone-boosting drugs by aging baby boomers trying to use hormone therapy to turn back the clock. The FDA will require all prescription testosterone ... Read more

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Testosterone May Not Deliver Victory for Athletes, Study Found

Posted 1 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 – Higher levels of testosterone during competition do not improve athletes' chances of victory, a new study finds. "Many people in the scientific literature and in popular culture link testosterone increases to winning," Kathleen Casto, a graduate student in psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, said in a university news release. "In this study, however, we found an increase in testosterone during a race regardless of the athletes' finish time. In fact, one of the runners with the highest increases in testosterone finished with one of the slowest times," she said. Casto and colleagues measured testosterone levels in the saliva of varsity men and women cross-country runners before a race, after they warmed up and at the end of the race. They also checked levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress. Testosterone levels increased during warm-up, but cortisol ... Read more

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