Quitting smoking: Going it alone is not the best approach

We live in an era of self-empowerment. But when it comes to quitting smoking, going it alone isn’t the best approach.

That’s because smoking isn’t just a bad habit – it’s an addiction.

Smokers develop a physiological dependence on nicotine, and they need more than willpower to quit.”

Dr. Danish Ahmad, pulmonologist with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

The American Cancer Society says it takes smokers eight to 10 quit attempts before they achieve success. But don’t get discouraged.

The more times people try to quit, the more successful they might be the next time.”

Scientists urge further caution on use of Viagra for fetal therapy

University of Manchester scientists investigating a possible treatment for fetal growth restriction (FGR), a condition in which babies grow poorly in the womb, have urged further caution on the use of Viagra.

The drug, commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, as it enhances blood flow – has been undergoing trials as a potential treatment for FGR. However, in a recent study in mice, Viagra showed no improvement in fetal growth but did result in high blood pressure in the pups as they reached maturity.

National veteran dataset will help dissect the relationship between mental illness and prostate cancer

There appears to be an unhealthy synergy between mental illness and prostate cancer, and researchers are working to dissect the relationship by first assembling the largest dataset ever of veterans with either condition or both.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the massive Veterans Health Administration network that sees about 9 million veterans annually who today are about 90% male.

It’s the largest and most connected health care system we have that can provide the sample size and follow up data to enable this large-scale assessment.”

NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit closes gaps in perspective of value in cancer care

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) hosted an annual NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit: Delivering Value for Patients across the Oncology Ecosystem in Washington, DC, today. The summit brought together patients, advocates, clinicians, policy-makers, and others to share diverse perspectives on the meaning of value in cancer care. The event also featured a keynote address on incorporating the patient voice into evidence-based care from Paul G. Kluetz, MD, Deputy Director, Oncology Center of Excellence, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Low libido in older women not just down to menopause

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Along with it, comes various effects, including irregular to the complete cessation of periods, insomnia, mood swings, irritability, hot flushes, and decreased sexual drive.

Now, women older than 60 may experience a decrease in sexual drive and libido, and it’s not just because of menopause, a new study suggests.

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine revealed that women in their 60s report many reasons behind a lack of libido. Published in the journal Menopause, the qualitative study explored on the possible reasons for their lack of desire for sex. They found that aside from going through menopause, there are a multitude of other factors affecting libido, including postmenopausal vaginal symptoms, fatigue or body pain, body image, life stressors, and erectile dysfunction in their partners.

Study explains why women in their 60s have low libido

A qualitative study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that women in their 60s report various reasons behind why they lack libido.

The study, published today in Menopause, distilled interviews with dozens of women about their lack of desire for sex into several major themes -; including sexual dysfunction in their partners.

If a woman is having sexual problems, what’s going on with her partner may be contributing. Sex doesn’t occur in a vacuum.”

Holly Thomas, M.D., M.S.

Thomas is the lead author and an.assistant professor of medicine at Pitt.

New link between two important products of nitric oxide discovered

Ever since three US-based researchers working independently unveiled the role of nitric oxide in mediating blood vessel dilation, endothelial cell contraction and smooth muscle relaxation, their discoveries have served as a basis for novel treatments for high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction, among other conditions.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1998 was awarded jointly to Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad for groundbreaking research of nitric oxide conducted during the 1970s and 1980s. Their work paved the way for the development of redox biochemistry, an entirely new research field. Nitric oxide is a free radical that has been shown to play a key role in the body’s defenses against tumors and bacteria, as well as in inflammatory and wound healing processes.

Web-based, digital-app birth control prescription services appear to be overall safe and efficient

Web-based and digital-app services that offer oral contraception appear to be overall safe and efficient, according to the findings of a secret-shopper-style study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and UC Davis that analyzed the birth control prescription services of nine U.S. vendors.

The results, published Sept. 26 in The New England Journal of Medicine, offer a measure of reassurance amid concerns over the safety and reliability of a rapidly growing model of care delivery that gives individuals online access to treatments ranging from birth control and erectile dysfunction medication to hair-loss drugs.

Men with prostate cancer want access to female doctors

Sep 25 2019

Malecare, America’s largest men’s cancer support network, this week announced the world’s first prostate cancer patient conference to feature an all-female faculty featuring twelve of the U.S.A.’s top prostate cancer clinicians. The Prostate Cancer Patient Conference is a day-long event taking place in New York City on October 5th.

Less than 1% of all urologists are women who treat prostate cancer. Sexism in cancer care is a barrier for patients seeking optimal care. Malecare is trying to reduce this disparity, starting with this groundbreaking conference. Female doctors tend to listen more attentively to their male patients, according to men in our support groups. It’s possible that female doctors feel less competitive and more compassionate towards men suffering the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.”

Oldies who have sex happier and healthier, says new study

Who says sex is just for younger people? A new study gives this popular belief the lie, showing that while older people may have less frequent sex, it is still important for their happiness and physical health.

Neither do they lack the motivation or physical capability, as many think. The study titled, ‘Sexual Activity is Associated with Greater Enjoyment of Life in Older Adults’, is published in the journal Sexual Medicine.