‘Do YOU have a hazardous waist?’

Men’s Health Week 2017 is themed around the problem of abdominal obesity – or ‘belly fat’ – with men being challenged ‘Do YOU have a hazardous waist?’. The week, which runs from June 12th–18th, is organised by The Men’s Health Forum (MHF).
Excess fat, especially round …

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Heart failure ‘malignancy’ in men

Despite advances in treatment, heart failure in men is as ‘malignant’ as most common cancers, according to a new study.
A study, published in the European Journal of Heart Failure (2017;doi:10.1002/ejhf.822), looked at survival from diagnosis in health records from 393 general practices in Scotland between …

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Quit smoking drugs get safety thumbs up

Varenicline (Champix) and bupropion (Zyban) are not associated with serious adverse cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric events in smokers with COPD, according to a recent study (Thorax 2017; doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210067).
Both drugs are effective smoking cessation treatments, but there have been concerns about their safety in smokers with COPD.
This …

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Men’s Health Conference

Places are still available at the Royal Society of Medicine’s Men’s Health Conference in London on June 1st. 
The one day meeting will review health problems that affect men, and discuss in a multi-disciplinary forum the changes that health care professionals need to make to encourage …

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Obesity and kidney cancer rise

The incidence of kidney cancer has risen 38% in men over the last 10 years and much of this rise is due to obesity, according to Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
In the UK, around 5500 people were diagnosed with kidney cancer each year in the mid-1990s, …

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Blood test for tailored prostate cancer treatment

A blood test could help identify which advanced prostate cancer patients are likely to fail on abiraterone (Zytiga) or enzalutamide (Xtandi), according to new research (Ann Oncol 2017;doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdx155).
The test, developed by scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Royal Marsden Hospital, analyses …

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Italian coffee cuts prostate cancer risk

Drinking more than three cups of Italian-style coffee a day could halve the risk of prostate cancer.
A study published in the International Journal of Cancer (doi: 10.1002/ijc.30720) measured coffee intake and assessed prostate cancer risk in nearly 4000 Italian men aged over 50.
Over an average …

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New drug cap comes into force

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has introduced its ‘budget impact threshold’, which gives it the option to delay use of any new treatments that would cost more than £20 million in any of the first three years.
According to Prostate Cancer UK …

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Royal support for men’s mental health

The problem of suicide in men, particularly young men, has been highlighted by the Duke of Cambridge. Prince William has talked of his shock at being called out as an air ambulance pilot to a male suicide.
‘I was told there were five suicides or attempted …

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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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