Men's Health

Should Gay Men Be Allowed To Give Blood?

Feb 26 2009 - 7:37pm

The lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men was put in place in the 1980s when little was known about HIV. But is this ban still justified? Experts debate the issue on bmj.com today.

Jay Brooks, Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas believes that the ban should remain because the risk of transmission of infection is too great. He argues that the right of recipients to receive safe blood should trump the asserted rights of donors to give blood.

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Women Urged To Address Men's Health This New Year

Jan 5 2009 - 9:52am

Nine out of 10 women in the United States are unaware that if their husband or male partner experiences symptoms like fatigue, depressed mood and increased waistline it could be related to a condition known as low testosterone, or Low T, according to survey results announced today by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Common Treatment For Chronic Prostatitis Fails To Reduce Symptoms

Dec 22 2008 - 2:18pm

Alfuzosin, a drug commonly prescribed for men with chronic prostatitis, a painful disorder of the prostate and surrounding pelvic area, failed to significantly reduce symptoms in recently diagnosed men who had not been previously treated with this drug, according to a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study is to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Sexually abused men 10 times more likely to contemplate suicide

Dec 19 2008 - 11:38am

Sexual abuse in childhood increases the risk of suicide in men by up to ten times, say researchers from the University of Bath. A recent study of Australian men has found that those who were sexually abused as children are more likely than women to contemplate taking their own lives.

Whilst gender and mental health problems are the most important risk factors for contemplating suicide, it is increasingly acknowledged that traumatic experiences such as childhood sexual abuse may be a significant risk factor.

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Circumcision Reduces the Risk of HIV Infection in Heterosexual Men

Dec 17 2008 - 2:15pm

A new U.S. study has found that being circumcised significantly reduced the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual African American men known to have been exposed to the virus. The findings complement those of recently reported clinical trials in Africa, where interventional use of adult male circumcision similarly reduced the risk of HIV infection in heterosexual men. The findings of the new study, along with similar results from other studies, suggest that circumcision may protect other heterosexual males in the U.S.

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First At-Home Test For Vasectomized Men Is Accurate, Easy

Nov 18 2008 - 3:30am

In a report now available online and scheduled to be the cover story of the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Urology, University of Virginia Health System researcher John C. Herr, PhD and his colleagues have confirmed the accuracy and reliability of SpermCheck Vasectomy, the first FDA approved at-home immunodiagnostic test for detecting low concentrations of sperm.

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Merck's HPV Vaccine Gardasil Shows Potential For Men

Nov 14 2008 - 10:11am

Merck & Co has presented data on Gardasil which shows that the vaccine, which is approved for cervical cancer, is also effective in the prevention of human papillomavirus-related disease in young men.

Data from a Phase III trial in men aged 16 to 26,which was presented at the European Research Organisation on Genital Infection and Neoplasia meeting in Nice, France, showed that Gardasil prevented 90% of external genital lesions caused by human papillomavirus types 6, 11, 16 and 18. These are the only data evaluating efficacy of any HPV vaccine in preventing disease in males, Merck noted.

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Illinois Governor Promotes Men's Health

Sep 11 2008 - 10:55am

In a continued push to improve the health of Illinois residents, state public health director Dr. Damon T. Arnold, on behalf of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today kicked off Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Arnold made the announcement during a screening event at Lake Shore Urology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. The Macon County Health Department Care Force One van was also on-site with information reminding men of the importance of routine prostate screenings.

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Social Behavior Gene In Animals Has Similar Effects In Human Males

Sep 6 2008 - 9:15am

A gene variant related to the hormone vasopressin appears to be associated with how human males bond with their partners or wives, according to an NIMH-funded study. In voles, a mouse-like animal, the comparable gene has been studied extensively and has long been linked to vole bonding behaviors.

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Why men are more prone to heart disease

Aug 31 2008 - 8:00pm

Men are more prone to - and likely to die of - heart disease compared with women of a similar age - and sex hormones are to blame, according to a new University of Leicester led study.

The findings of a study by Dr Maciej Tomaszewski, New Blood Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester, suggest that this "male disadvantage" may be related to the sex-specific effects of naturally occurring sex hormones.

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Welsh Assembly Government Raises Testicular Cancer Awareness

Aug 21 2008 - 10:19am

"Remember to check your balls" is the call from Welsh Rugby Captain, Ryan Jones as Health Challenge Wales leads an initiative to raise awareness of testicular cancer amongst young men.

Hundreds of shower cards and posters will be placed in changing rooms throughout Wales to highlight the issue of testicular cancer and underline the importance of early detection.

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Little Evidence That Treating Varicoceles In Men Boosts Pregnancy Rates

Jul 31 2008 - 10:30am

A recent review of studies from the Netherlands finds no evidence that treating varicoceles - a somewhat common condition in men with fertility problems - improves a couple’s chances of conceiving a baby.

However, a U.S. commentator questions the review’s study selection and the way it defines infertility.

Fertility experts have long thought that varicoceles, an enlarged group of veins within the scrotum, could be a cause of male fertility problems. Varicoceles occur in 15 percent of all men, and in nearly 40 percent of men undergoing infertility treatment.

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Soy Foods Linked To Lower Sperm Concentrations

Jul 27 2008 - 10:01am

Men who eat an average of half a serving of soy food a day have lower concentrations of sperm than men who do not eat soy foods, according to research published online in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction, today (Thursday 24 July). The association was particularly marked in men who were overweight or obese, the study found.

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Embolization Successfully Treats Male Infertility

Jul 24 2008 - 8:48am

Embolization is found to be a simple and successful treatment for male infertility, which is caused by varicoceles.

A team of researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston examined 223 infertile men who had at least one varicose veins. All the men together had 228 varicose veins and all of them had healthy partners. Researchers successfully treated 226 varicose veins and found that 206 patients (92.4%) have varicoceles completely cured.

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What do Soy and Sperm Count Have in Common

Oct 20 2007 - 4:37am

The research did not find a negative relationship between soy and sperm mobility or sperm quality, which are both key factors to fertility.Caution: headlines claiming "soy products may lower sperm count" do not tell the whole story. The small scale, preliminary study that Dr. Jorge Chavarro from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine was based on recollected intake of soyfoods and not on specific diets containing soyfoods.

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