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Adverse Sexual Side Effects linked to popular BPH drug

A common drug used for BPH patients may be adversely affecting men's overall health, including worsening erectile dysfunction.

Nondiabetic CKD Patients May Not Really Benefit From Intensive Blood Pressure Control

eGFR significantly modifies the risk-benefit profile of intensive BP control, which may provide little or no benefit and may be harmful to patients with an eGFR below 45 mL/min/1.73 m2

Nebraska Hospital Uses Team Approach to Reduce UTIs in Rehab Patients

In a 300-bed Nebraska rehabilitation hospital, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, case managers and education staff have successfully implemented a team approach to dramatically reduce infections from urinary catheters, the most common type of infection contracted from healthcare settings. According to an abstract presented at the 38th Annual Educational Conference and [...]

No Significant Association Found Between Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Cardiovascular Death

Treatment with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) does not significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular mortality according to evaluation of mortality data in a large registry of men treated for prostate cancer. ADT is commonly used to treat prostate cancer.  Some studies have shown that it may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but other studies have [...]

Botox Approved in Ireland for Treatment of Urinary Incontinence

The Irish Medicines Board has approved Botulinum toxin type A to treat urinary incontinence management in adults with neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO). Neurogenic detrusor overactivity results from nuerogenic bladder due to multiple sclerosis or stable sub-cervical spinal cord injury. Allergan Inc. has said that this step is important in securing national licenses in fourteen European countries that [...]

Surgery Improves Longevity and Quality of Life for cT3 Prostate Cancer Patients

27 December 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, a leading nonprofit institution providing medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life based in Rochester, Minnesota, have found that long-term survival rates for patients with advanced prostate cancer suggest that they can be good candidates for surgery.  The research team found a twenty-year survival rate [...]

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Reprogrammed Kidney Cells Could Make Transplants and Dialysis Obsolete

20 December 2011

A recently published article in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN) indicates that patients’ own kidney cells can be gathered and reprogrammed, which means that in the future, fewer patients with kidney disease would need complicated, expensive procedures that affect their quality of life. Sharon Ricardo, PhD, from Monash University [...]

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Rectal Injuries During Treatment for Prostate Cancer Reduced by Tissue Spacers

13 December 2011

Recent research has found that injecting a tissue space in the prostate-rectal inter-space is an effective way to reduce the rectal dose for prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy.  These results were presented at the Cancer Imaging and Radiation Therapy Symposium in Atlanta, sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and Radiological Society [...]

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Brisk Walking Slows Down Prostate Cancer Progression

06 December 2011

A recent study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Harvard School of Public Health found that an association between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression in a study of 1,455 men in the U.S. diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. The research team found that men who walked briskly at [...]

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C-choline Offers No Advantage for Bladder Cancer Scans

29 November 2011

Israeli researchers have recently reported that using C-choline as a tracer in positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) for staging urothelial carcinoma offers no advantages over fluorine-18 2-flouro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (F18-FDG).  In fact, C-choline may perform worse. Shay Golan, MD, of Rabin Medical Center found that despite initial optimism, the use of the novel [...]

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Alpha Blocker Improves Symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis

22 November 2011

Recent findings show that treatment with a specific alpha blocker helps reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).  This alpha-blocker, called silodosin, works by selectively relaxing the muscles in the neck of the urinary bladder and prostate.  It has been approved in Canada, the United States, [...]

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Survival Chances Not Affected by Chemotherapy Before or After Bladder Cancer Surgery

15 November 2011

According to a report in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer, in advanced bladder cancer, receiving chemotherapy before or after surgery does not affect survival, as long as it is given perioperatively. Lead author James M. McKierman, MD, said that there is no clear cut randomized data to suggest that chemotherapy is better to give before [...]

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Study Finds Another Risk of Fall in Blood Pressure During Dialysis

08 November 2011

A recent study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that there is an increased risk of blood clotting at the point where the patient’s blood vessels are connected to the dialysis machine known as the point of vascular access.  Researchers from the University of Utah also [...]

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No Relationship Between Small Prostate Size and High Grade Cancer

01 November 2011

Previously, radical prostatectomy series have shown an inverse relationship between prostate size and high grade cancer.  It was suggested that smaller sized prostates arise in a low androgen environment, which enables development of more aggressive cancer.  A recent study by a team of authors from Stanford University School of Medicine in the Journal of Urology, [...]

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New Technology May Encourage Doctors to Recommend Prostate Surgery

25 October 2011

A new study finds that after hospitals in Wisconsin received robotic surgery technology, the number of prostate removals there doubled within three months.  In contrast, the number of prostate surgeries remained the same at hospitals that did not purchase this new two-million dollar technology. This finding was published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer. It comes just [...]

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