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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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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