Articles: Volume 2 Issue 4 Jul/Aug 2011

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Debating controversies in the management of advanced prostate cancer

In the previous issue of this journal, Heather Payne and colleagues discussed a debate on the management of locally advanced prostate cancer, which took place at the 7th Annual Meeting of the British Uro-oncology Group. Here, they continue with a summary of discussions about the …

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Charity news – The Stroke Association

Stroke has a greater disability impact than any other medical condition. A quarter of a million people are living with long-term disability as a result of stroke in the UK. The Stroke Association is the only UK-wide charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people …

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A guide to genital piercing

Over recent years, there has been a clear increase in the number of people practising body piercing; in particular, many young people appear keen to adopt an individuality with this ‘body art’, which they may regard as an expression of identity. It is perhaps ironic …

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Gender issues in diabetes prevalence and outcome

In 2004, Sir George Alberti, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the International Diabetes Federation, stated on behalf of both societies: ‘There is no place for mediocrity in the management of type 2 diabetes – it must be comprehensive, initiated promptly, delivered …

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Erectile dysfunction as a predictor of coronary artery disease

The authors review the evidence suggesting that erectile dysfunction may be an early warning sign of more widespread vascular disease. Increasing evidence to suggest that erectile dysfunction (ED) may predict coronary artery disease (CAD) has led to the publication of guidance for the assessment and …

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Recent developments in laser therapy for BPH

A new generation of lasers for photoselective vaporisation of the prostate operating at 180 watts of power has been introduced for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. The product was designed to speed up the lasering process and improve fibre durability, while maintaining the safety …

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Alcohol and men’s health

Excessive alcohol consumption has serious implications for physical, psychological and social wellbeing, although there is inconclusive evidence of the role of alcohol in the aetiology of male-specific disorders. In the UK, alcohol consumption is widespread – statistics from the most recent government report reveal that …

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It is clear that all of us practising medicine now have to do so looking over our shoulder. The amount spent by the NHS Litigation Authority on clinical negligence claims has recently leapt by around a third in 2010–11 to £1.04 billion, up from £770 …

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