Articles: Volume 3 Issue 2 Mar/Apr 2012

Editor’s choice

Update on the latest BJU International articles.
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Charity news – Action on Smoking and Health

Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of ill health and premature death in the UK, killing more than 100’000 people every year. Half of all longterm smokers die prematurely, with most contracting one or more of the three main smoking-related diseases: lung cancer, heart …

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Malaria: a deadly vector-borne disease

With increasing numbers of people travelling to exotic places, exposure to diseases that are rare in the developed world is rising. Christopher Brightman looks at malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease that is widespread in tropical regions. Malaria is one of the most important ‘tropical’ diseases. …

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The importance of websites

The authors emphasise the importance of maintaining up-to-date and comprehensive information for patients on both general practice and hospital-based websites. Our methods of communication have changed dramatically over the past 20 years, with a revolution in the way in which we display and receive information.
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Role of screening in urological malignancies

Urological malignancies, in particular prostate and bladder cancers, are significant causes of morbidity and mortality. Alasdair Scott discusses whether these conditions are suitable for population-based screening programmes, which must balance mortality reductions with the harm done by investigation, overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
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Treatment modalities for localised prostate cancer

There are often several suitable treatment options for any individual patient with localised prostate cancer. The authors clarify some of the issues involved when helping men to face the difficult treatment decision of how best to manage their disease. Prostate cancer is the most common …

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Epididymo-orchitis in primary care: is management adequate?

Acute epididymo-orchitis is a common and increasing problem for GPs, which, if untreated, carries risks of significant sequelae, including infertility. Recent literature suggests widespread suboptimal management of epididymo-orchitis in secondary care, in spite of published guidelines. In this article, the authors evaluated adherence to these …

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Overactive bladder in men: treatment options

Treatment of men with overactive bladder should be guided by the severity of symptoms and bother. In the second article in this series, the authors describe the goals and strategies of therapy for this often debilitating condition. The initial assessment of men with overactive bladder …

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Smoking cessation: training and support for healthcare practitioners

Very brief advice, taking only 30 seconds to deliver, has been shown to help smokers to quit. However, many smokers receive no advice about smoking from their GP, and healthcare professionals often do not feel confident in discussing smoking cessation. The authors explain how a …

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First word

Most of us go into medicine with the intention of making a difference. However, this is not always achievable to the extent we might like. For example, you can’t change your patients’ gender, or who their parents were. Simply being a man is a risk …

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