Category Archives: Men’s Health

Testosterone May Protect Men From Allergic Asthma

 

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TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Testosterone — the male sex hormone — may be the reason why so many more women have asthma than men, new research suggests.

The study found that testosterone suppresses an immune system cell involved in allergicasthma.

Allergic asthma is an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to swell, making it hard to breathe. The swelling and inflammation is triggered by an allergic reaction.

Before puberty, the condition is more common among boys than girls. Afterwards, however, it is twice as prevalent and more severe among women than men, the researchers explained.

“There is a very interesting clinical observation that women are more affected and develop more severe asthma than men, and so we tried to understand why this was happening,” said study leader Cyril Seillet, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

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Phimosis (Paraphimosis) Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

 

Things You Should Know About Your Penis

Talking about a your penis can be a sensitive topic or uncomfortable for some men (and women) to talk about openly. But sometimes questions about the penis come up, like:

  • Does the penis have a mind of it’s own?
  • Does penis size really matter?
  • Can you break the penis?

Phimosis definition and facts

  • Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin behind the head (glans) of the penis.
  • Symptoms of may include:
    • Difficulty or pain during urination
    • Painful erection
    • Paraphimosis (A medical emergency where the foreskin can’t return to it’s normal location once retracted.)
  • This penis disorder usually is divided into physiologic and pathologic phimosis.
    1. Physiologic phimosis is the normal condition in which children are born with a tight foreskin, and separation occurs during late childhood and early adolescence.
    2. Pathologic phimosis happens because of an infection, inflammation,
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High-dose Prostate Cancer Therapy can Reduce Trips to Hospital

Treating prostate cancer with a single, high dose of radiation delivered precisely to the site of the tumour results in good quality of life and fewer trips to the hospital, with adverse side effects that are no worse than if the radiation treatment had been given in several lower doses, claims a recent study.

Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, from the Hospital de Cruces, Baracaldo, Spain, told the ESTRO 36 conference that the results were encouraging from the phase II trial of high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, delivered in a single fraction of 19Gy, to 45 patients with prostate cancer that was at low or intermediate risk of spreading elsewhere in the body. Gomez-Iturriaga noted that the study demonstrates that patients do not suffer higher toxicity or a worse quality of life than might be expected with other methods of delivering radiation treatment.‘Treating prostate cancer patients with a single, high dose of radiation delivered
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Guys, Take the Health Check Up a Notch

 

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FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Though preventive wellness visits are the cornerstone of good health, a third of American men don’t even have a primary care doctor.

You need checkups, even if you feel healthy, because conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol don’t have symptoms but are serious risk factors for heart disease.

For men, the key goals of wellness visits are to let your doctor screen for health issues, assess your risk for future problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle and update your vaccinations. They also let you get to know your health-care provider in case you do get sick.

Your doctor will review your medical history and ask about close relatives — parents, grandparents and siblings. The physical exam generally includes such things as measuring your blood pressure and your body mass index.

It’s never too soon for a man … read more

PSA Testing Rates for Prostate Cancer Have Leveled Off

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MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Rates of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening have leveled off after declining for a number of years in the United States, American Cancer Society researchers report.

The decline followed recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In 2008, the USPSTF recommended against PSA screening for men aged 75 or older. Then, in 2012, the group recommended against PSA testing for men of all ages.

But the American Cancer Society and other groups urge men 50 and older who have a long life expectancy to talk with their doctor and make a shared decision about PSA screening.

According to previous research from the cancer society, PSA screening rates were about 38 percent for men aged 50 and older in 2010. By 2013, that number had dropped to 31 percent.

In the new study, Stacey Fedewa, director of screening and risk … read more

Prostate Cancer Risk in Black Men Higher Than Others

Higher prostate cancer death rates among black men in the US may be due to a higher risk of developing preclinical prostate cancer as well as a higher risk of that cancer progressing more quickly to advanced stages.

Among black men in the United States, the incidence of prostate cancer is 60 percent higher than that of white men, and their mortality rate from prostate cancer is more than twice as high.‘Screening policies for prostate cancer may need to be tailored to the black men who are at a risk that is 28 percent to 56 percent higher than that among men of any race.’

To understand why, a team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Michigan, and Erasmus University in the Netherlands used three models of prostate cancer incidence and prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening in the United States to estimate disease onset and progression

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Axiron vs. Androgel

Axiron vs. Androgel comparison

The active ingredient in both Axiron and Androgel is synthetic testosterone, and both medications consist of topical gel that allows the testosterone to absorb through the skin. Doctors prescribe these drugs
to adult males who for some reason, whether a physical condition or a result of aging, are lacking normal testosterone levels.

The only difference between these two gel medications is where on your body you’re supposed to put it. Axiron gel is applied in the armpits, while Androgel is applied to the upper arm, shoulders, or abdomen.

The main side effect of both these medications are itching, blisters, and redness at the application site.

What are Axiron and Androgel?

Both Axiron and Androgel are skin ointments that deliver laboratory-manufactured testosterone through the skin. Pharmaceutical researchers developed this therapy in part because testosterone production in men tends to decline as they age, causing muscle loss, bone … read more

Prostatitis Symptoms

Prostatitis Symptoms

Who gets prostatitis symptoms?

Prostatitis, inflammation of the prostate gland, can cause a variety of symptoms that range from annoying to very serious.
Prostatitis is usually due to bacterial infection of the prostate gland. Prostatitis is most common in older men, though younger men can develop prostatitis;
particularly that associated with sexually transmitted infections such as from chlamydia infection.

Common prostatitis symptoms

When prostatitis develops in men it can cause frequent urination as well as pain in the urinary tract when urinating.
Men with prostatitis often … read more