Sperm counts falling

Sperm counts fell by 60 per cent between 1971 and 2011 in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, according to research published in Human Reproduction Update. 
The research reviewed 185 papers on sperm counts published over this period. According to lead researcher Dr Hagai Levine, …

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Quick guide for UTI

Public Health England (PHE) has updated its quick reference guide on the diagnosis and understanding of culture results for urinary tract infection (UTI).
According to PHE the guidance provides a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections. It …

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Gender identity consultation

NHS England has launched a 12-week consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults. The consultation is open until 30 September 2017 (https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/gender-identity-services-for-adults/user_uploads/gender-identity-consultation-guide-upd-jul17.pdf).
NHS England wants to hear people’s views on its proposed service specifications. The service specifications have been developed to take into account the …

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Lower BP targets are better

Lower systolic blood pressure targets may be in the offing according to a report from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
In its Signal bulletin it discusses a meta-analysis of 17 hypertension trials showing fewer heart attacks and strokes at target systolic blood pressures of …

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Steady improvement in cancer survival

The highest 1-year cancer survival in men is for melanoma at 97.2% and the highest 5-year survival is for testicular cancer (95.9%), according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 
Prostate cancer has the highest predicted 10-year survival for men diagnosed in …

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Enuresis guidance for GPs

Guidelines for the management of enuresis in primary care have been published in the British Journal of General Practice (2017;67:328–9). The practical guidelines and tools are based on the guidelines of the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and follow the new ICCS standardisation and subtyping …

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Alcohol can damage the brain

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with adverse brain outcomes including hippocampal atrophy.
An observational cohort study, published in the BMJ, recorded alcohol intake and cognitive performance in 550 men and women over 30 years, with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the end.
Higher alcohol …

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Quick guide for UTI

Public Health England (PHE) has updated its quick reference guide on the diagnosis and understanding of culture results for urinary tract infection (UTI).
(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/619772/Urinary_tract_infection_UTI_guidance.pdf)
According to PHE the guidance provides a simple, effective, economical and empirical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections, and …

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Warning on hepatitis A

Public Health England (PHE) is urging gay and bisexual men to take extra precautions against infection with hepatitis A, as cases are increasingly being reported in the community. Those attending World Pride in Madrid (23 June to 3 July) are being encouraged to visit their …

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NHS England still committed to PrEP trial

NHS England is still aiming to start the PrEP Impact trial this summer. The three-year trial of pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis was announced last December and NHS England has been under increasing pressure from charities and organisations involved in sexual health to deliver on its promise.
Responding …

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