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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STI data: cause for concern

The number of syphilis diagnoses in 2016 was the largest reported since 1949 according to figures released by Public Health England (PHE) (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis-annual-data-tables). Since 2012, syphilis diagnoses have risen by 97%, mostly associated with transmission in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with …

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Earlier abiraterone shows survival benefit

Adding abiraterone (Zytiga) to standard hormone therapy at the start of treatment in men with advanced prostate cancer improves survival by 37%, according to trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1702900).
In the study, part of the large STAMPEDE trial, 1900 patients …

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NICE and eating disorders

NICE has published updated guidance on the recognition and treatment of eating disorders (https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng69).
The guidance acknowledges that while historically eating disorders were thought mainly a problem in girls and women, recent community-based epidemiological studies suggest that as many as 25% of people with an eating …

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‘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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