Articles: Volume 1 Issue 2 Dec 2010

Editor’s choice

Update on the latest BJU International articles.
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Charity news – Prostate Action

Introducing a new charity: Prostate Action. A new ‘Prostate Action’ charity has been created by the merger of Prostate UK and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, to provide a more holistic approach to fundraising and research into prostate disease.
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The case of the boiled bladder – or, how to avoid medical errors

Not too long ago, a disturbing case occurred in which a thermal injury was sustained by a patient as a result of the use of overheated irrigating fluid during a bladder tumour resection. Sadly, there was not a happy ending. The bladder never recovered from …

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NICE guideline on lower urinary tract symptoms in men

For many years, a man presenting to his doctor with urinary symptoms was immediately labelled with ‘prostatism’ or ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’ (BPH), with a rapid assumption as to the aetiology of his symptoms. Fifteen years ago, the term ‘lower urinary tract symptoms’ (LUTS) was introduced …

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Male circumcision: cutting into the HIV epidemic in Africa

There are marked regional variations in the prevalence of HIV in Africa. At first these were thought to be because of the origin of the disease in West Africa, which was then spread across Africa by truck drivers. As the epidemic developed it became clear …

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Liver disease in men

The situation with respect to the three main liver diseases affecting adult men in the UK, namely alcoholic liver disease, chronic hepatitis B and C infection and the new epidemic of fatty liver disease, is truly horrendous and continuing to get worse. These conditions are …

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In the works: pharmacological treatment for premature ejaculation

The ideal treatment for premature ejaculation – the most common male sexual dysfunction – would be an approved, discreet and on-demand therapy that is effective from the first dose and has no side-effects. The author takes a look at what is available.
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Epididymo-orchitis: diagnosis and management

Epididymitis is an inflammatory condition of the epididymis, which can also involve the testis (epididymo-orchitis). This manifests itself clinically as acute hemiscrotal pain and swelling, usually secondary to bacterial infection, but it may have non-infectious causes, particularly in children.
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NICE and general practice: an important partnership in an increasingly complex world

On 1 April 1999, the new Labour government established the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). As a special health authority, NICE had four main aims. The Institute set about this challenge by appraising new and existing health technologies, developing disease-specific clinical guidelines and supporting …

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First Word

We are all getting fatter. Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions throughout the developed and developing world. Obesity is a significant risk factor for premature death from cardiovascular disease. Data from the World Health Organization show that 17.1 million people around the world died of heart …

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