Archive for the ‘Mens Health’ Category

Solvay Laboratories pharma sales up 30 per cent

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Belgian firm Solvay has released its results for 2005 with pharmaceutical sales up 30 per cent to 2.27 billion euros. The company as a whole had profits of 816 million euros for the year.

In the pharmaceutical sector sales were helped in Europe by the purchase of the French firm Fournier Pharma. A company statement said: “The performance of fenofibrate, Fournier Pharma’s ‘blockbuster’, was remarkable and above our expectations.” Sales in cardiometabolics doubled with the integration of fenofibrates from Fournier Pharma.

High-Grade Tertiary in Prostate Cancer Biopsy Signals Trouble

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

BOSTON, Oct. 3 — The Gleason score of 7 for localized prostate cancer may be a moving prognostic target, according to investigators here. Action Points
Explain to patients that the Gleason score, consisting of the sum of two tissue patterns in prostate tissue, is a reliable tool for predicting the aggressiveness of tumors and the time to PSA progression after treatment.

Point out that this study suggests that adding information from a tertiary pattern can provide useful information for treatment planning.

By relying on the two most prevalent biopsy patterns, and adding up the scores (4 + 3 or 3+ 4), clinicians may be missing critical prognostic information from a tertiary pattern, reported Abhijit A. Patel, M.D., Ph.D., of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute here, and colleagues, in the Oct. 3 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association.


Older Age Alone Found No Bar to Liver Transplantation

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

LONDON, Oct. 3 — Five-year survival rates for liver transplant patients 60 and older matched rates for younger patients and the older patients had fewer rejection episodes, researchers here found. Action Points
Explain to interested patients that this study found that patients 60 and older when selected with limited comorbidities did just as well after liver transplant as younger patients and had fewer rejection episodes.

Point out that the excellent survival in the older patients could reflect a higher proportion of chronic biliary cirrhosis compared to younger patients, lower MELD score, and extensive cardiovascular screening prior to transplant.


Sexual Response on Viagra Condoms

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The use of condoms for better sexual health is well known nowadays. There are many condom brands available which help couples enjoy safe sex. Some of the brands available include Durex, Kama sutra, Trojan and Rough Rider. The facilities provided by these also differ with more and more condom manufacturing companies looking to create condoms which enhance the sexual pleasure of the users. Right now, there are also lubricated, vibrating condoms available. However, there is a condom which help men have longer lasting and firmer erections— Viagra condoms. Before discussing this product, it would (more…)

AAP: Androgen Insensitivity Does Not Mean Immediate Surgery

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 — Many patients with the intersex syndrome of complete androgen insensitivity can safely delay gonadectomy and vaginal reconstruction at least until late adolescence, suggests a long-term study. Action Points
Explain to interested patients that this study found that people with the intersex syndrome of complete androgen insensitivity can safely delay decisions about orchiectomy and vaginal reconstruction.

This study was published as an abstract and presented orally at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary as they have not yet been reviewed and published in a peer-reviewed publication.


Reducing Hypertrophy in Hypertension Patients May Shrink Diabetes Risk

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 — Regression or prevention of left-ventricular hypertrophy in hypertension patients may reduce their risk of developing new-onset diabetes, according to a study.Action Points
The LIFE study from which these findings came reflects a potentially important association but do not establish causality between decreasing an enlarged heart and preventing new diabetes.

The risk of developing new-onset diabetes was reduced by 38% among those whose left-ventricular hypertrophy regressed during hypertension treatment with losartan (Cozaar, Hyzaar), Peter Okin, M.D., of Cornell University Medical Center here, and colleagues, reported in the November issue of Hypertension.


Maca: The Natural Viagra

Monday, April 30th, 2007

There are several drugs in the market that are used to increase sexual drive but most of them are chemical-based and man made. The Maca drug is the natural form of Viagra. Maca is a plant grown in Peru, a country in the South American continent. The scientific name of the plant is Lepidium meyenii. It is a plant, which produces a root similar to radish. The root of the plant is dried and later stored. The significance of the root can be gauged from the fact that it was used even during the Inca civilizations.

FDA Orders Black Box Pregnancy Warning for Transplant Agent

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 29 — The FDA said today it has ordered a black box warning on the use of mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept) during pregnancy.

In announcing the label change, the agency cited an increased risk of spontaneous abortion or congenital malformation for transplant patients who become pregnant while using the immunosuppressant.

Post-marketing data from the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR) and worldwide adverse event reporting found an increased risk of cleft lip and palate, malformation of the external ear, and anomalies of distal limbs, heart, esophagus, and kidney.


Hysterectomy Boosts Risk for Later Stress Urinary Incontinence Surgery

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Hysterectomy Boosts Risk for Later Stress Urinary Incontinence Surgery

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 26 — Hysterectomy for benign indications more than doubles the risk of subsequent surgery for stress urinary incontinence, according to a large observational study.

Regardless of surgical technique, hysterectomy for conditions such as irregular heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine prolapse, and postmenopausal bleeding increased the risk for stress-incontinence surgery, with multiparous women at particular risk, Daniel Altman, M.D., Ph.D., of Danderyd Hospital here, and colleagues, reported in the Oct. 27 issue of The Lancet.Action Points

A Low LDL Does Not Eliminate the Risk of a Low HDL

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

SYDNEY, Sept. 26 — For patients with coronary artery disease, a maximum risk reduction required not only the lowest level of LDLs, but also the highest level of HDLs, found investigators here. Action Points
Explain to interested patients that this study suggests that reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with coronary artery disease requires cholesterol that targets both LDL and HDL.

Explain to interested patients that other studies suggest that weight loss and exercise can increase HDL levels, as can the use of niacin.