Articles: Volume 3 Issue 4 Jul/Aug 2012

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As elite athletes from all over the world gather in London for the Olympics, the organisers are keen to emphasise that the games will provide something for everyone and leave a lasting legacy. There are, however, a number of reasons to doubt this, not least …

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The athlete’s heart

In this article, the authors highlight the spectrum, magnitude and determinants of the athlete’s heart and provide a practical guide for differentiating physiological left ventricular hypertrophy from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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Male breast cancer: treatment options

As male breast cancer is so rare, treatment recommendations are in general based upon data derived from clinical trials of women with breast cancer. In the second article in this series, the author looks at the available treatment options for breast cancer in men.
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Revisiting patient safety for innovative urological surgery

Technological advances in urology have led to many beneficial outcomes for patients. Unfortunately, increasing the complexity of a procedure may make surgical interventions even more unpredictable, increasing the possibility of error, with its detrimental effect on patient safety. In this article, the authors highlight the …

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Effects of growth hormone therapy on exercise performance in men

Although growth hormone is considered to have anabolic benefits and abuse is widespread, there is little evidence that it actually improves exercise performance. This summer the world’s top athletes will dream of Olympic glory, and for the few who achieve professional success there are notable …

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Altitude-related illness and men’s health

With adventurous travel destinations now commonplace, it is important to be aware of the dangers of extreme environments, such as high altitude, as Alastair Dick explains. Adventure travel has expanded rapidly in the past few years – travels to extreme environments that were until recently …

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How to stay fit without wearing out fast

Professor Cobb addresses some of the common issues that affect our quality of life as we get older and our joints deteriorate. We should be enjoying ourselves physically as much as possible, while we still can. There are many ways to do this: for some …

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The testosterone story

John Tomlinson outlines the history of testosterone, from the early experiments demonstrating its masculinising effects to the modern-day use of testosterone for treatment of hypogonadism. The concept of some special substance that can turn a male child into a man and also control sexual performance …

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Hot topics for debate in prostate cancer: part 1

This report is based on a seminar held during the 8th Annual Meeting of the British Uro-oncology Group in York last September. Hot topics for debate covered in part 1 of this article are the use of active surveillance for intermediate-risk prostate cancer and cardiovascular …

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Obituary – Dr John M. Tomlinson

I was devastated to hear about the sudden and unexpected death of an old friend and widely respected colleague, John Tomlinson. Without a doubt, John was a true gentleman and colleague whose indisputable friendship and passionate care for providing help to others was beyond dispute.
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