First stroke more likely and earlier in men

The incidence rate of first stroke is 28% higher in men than women, and on average occurs 5 years earlier, according to new estimates from Public Health England (www.gov.uk/government/publications/first-stroke-estimates-in-england-2007-to-2016).
Its analysis of the data from the Health Improvement Network, a general practice database, reports on the …

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European approval denied for hypogonadism medicine

A new treatment for men with hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism is likely to be refused authorisation for use in Europe. The European Medicines Agency’s expert committee on the assessment of drugs, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, concluded that the four clinical trials which evaluated …

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Managing testosterone deficiency in men – UK guidance

A panel of UK specialists convened by the British Society of Sexual Medicine has published a new guideline on the management of testosterone deficiency in men (J Sex Med 2017;14:1504-1523).
The guideline aims to help UK practitioners effectively diagnose and manage primary and age-related testosterone deficiency, …

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NSAIDs best for renal colic

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are more effective and safer than paracetamol and opioids for acute renal colic due to kidney stones, according to a large meta-analysis in European Urology (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2017.11.001).
Current guidelines recommend NSAIDs but the fear of adverse effects and a uncertainty over efficacy means …

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Engaging men training

The Men’s Health Forum is running a one day workshop for anyone working in men’s health to help them reach out to more men, interest more men in their health and improve the health of more men.
‘How to engage effectively with men to improve their health’, will …

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E-cigs safe and effective and widely used

Electronic cigarettes can help people stop smoking and are safer than real cigarettes according to a paper in the BMJ (https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5543).
The technology used in e-cigarettes has evolved considerably over time, and newer devices are typically better at delivering nicotine, which might enhance effectiveness, says the …

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Prostate cancer diagnosis delays

The average time it takes for a man to receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer from first relevant presentation in England is 55 days. This compares to 14 days for breast cancer and the 28-day target that the NHS is working towards for 2020.
The data …

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Shingles vaccination rates fall again

Shingle vaccination rates have fallen below 50% and are the lowest since the programme began four years ago, according to data released by Public Health England (PHE).
An evaluation of vaccine coverage from September 2016 to August 2017 shows that vaccine coverage in the routine cohort …

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Man flu – don’t take it lying down

Men accused of ‘man flu’ this Christmas should put up a rigorous defence according to Canadian Kyle Sue, clinical assistant professor in family medicine, writing in the British Medical Journal.
The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust, he says. Men may not …

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More men are living longer

In 2014 to 2016, the women’s modal age at death was 88.9 years, which was 2.6 years higher than that of men, according to mortality statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, the modal age at death for men has grown twice …

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