Scotland leads the way with PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV has been approved in Scotland. Despite strong evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV transmission in high-risk men and women the preventative treatment is not currently available in the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved emtricitabine /tenofovir disoproxil …

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TRoMbone calls for recruits

Researchers are recruiting patients for a pilot study looking at the potential benefits of radical prostatectomy plus extended pelvic lymphadectomy in addition to standard treatment in patients with prostate cancer and oligometastases to the bone.
There is some evidence that treating the primary tumour in men …

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Late HIV diagnosis in men

New diagnoses of HIV in heterosexual men continues to decline but late diagnosis is more likely than in any other group. Late diagnosis is a problem because these men have been living with an undiagnosed HIV infection for at least three years and are at …

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Men, jobs and suicide

Low-skilled men are 44% more likely to commit suicide than the national average, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
For men working in skilled trades, the highest risk is among building trades; particularly, plasterers and painters and decorators. They have more than …

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Touchy-feely robot for urology surgery

Bristol urologists are involved in developing a sophisticated robotic surgical system that allows surgeons to ‘feel’ the tissues and organs inside the body, just like they do during conventional surgery.
A wearable exoskeleton on the surgeon’s hand enables movement that is more intuitive as well as …

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Waist measurement key to CV risk assessment

Waist measurement divided by the square root of height is a better predictor of cardiovascular health than other measures, including BMI, according to researchers from the University of Wolverhampton.
The study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, looks at traditional indices …

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New prostate cancer aggressiveness test

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have developed a new categorisation for prostate cancer that could predict more accurately which ones are aggressive.
They analysed databases of gene activity in different prostate cancer samples and compared this to how the cancers responded to treatment. Using …

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Exercise dampens men’s ardour

Doing a lot of exercise may make men look good but is doing nothing for their sex lives, according to a recent report.
In a US study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 1100 men were questioned about the amount they …

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Low dose ‘quad’ pill for hypertension

A ‘quad pill’ containing low doses of four blood pressure lowering agents could provide good control of blood pressure with a low side-effect profile.
Australian researchers trialled a pill containing irbesartan 37·5mg, amlodipine 1·25mg, hydrochlorothiazide 6·25mg, and atenolol 12·5mg – each at a quarter of their …

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Monkey’s try out new male contraceptive

A potential new approach to male contraception has been reported on the BBC news. The method involves injecting a high molecular weight polymer into the vas deferens. In the small study published in Basic and Clinical Andrology the polymer, called Vasalgel, was tested in 16 …

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