Articles: Volume 3 Issue 5 Sep/Oct 2012

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Men troubled by prostate problems, especially those suffering from prostate cancer, are frequently perturbed by the lack of consensus over the management of their condition. For example, there is disagreement about not only the value of screening, but also the best treatment option for those …

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Computed tomography in coronary imaging: current status

Recent technological advances have led to improvements in the use of computerised tomography for coronary imaging. In this article, the authors consider the common applications, technical aspects and limitations of coronary computerised tomography angiography.
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A classic case of non-diagnosis: erectile dysfunction following colorectal surgery

The prevalence of erectile dysfunction following colorectal cancer treatment is 75 per cent. Most men do not seek (and are not offered) help. Clinical care pre- and post-treatment could be improved in several simple ways to ensure that men are better informed, more engaged and …

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Type 2 diabetes in men: facing the challenges

The challenges posed by men with type 2 diabetes differ from those of women with the condition. Men are more prone to being overweight, leading to a higher incidence of diabetes, which in turn is associated with lower testosterone levels. Brian Karet discusses the implications …

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Changing expectations: factors influencing paternal involvement in pregnancy and childbirth

While studies have demonstrated that men are important to maternal and child health, expectant fathers lack specific roles in pregnancy and childbirth. In this article, the author examines pathways to improve paternal involvement in childbirth and family health.
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Urine collection systems: the need for change

The self-retaining catheter was developed in the 1930s without recognising the need to preserve the antibacterial mechanisms of the bladder. Professor Feneley discusses how future research should be seeking a urine collection system that enables the bladder to fill and empty regularly and completely, thus …

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Rabies: an acute viral infection

Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis and is usually transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected animal. It is almost invariably fatal if postexposure prophylaxis is not administered before the onset of severe symptoms.
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Informed consent in medical practice

How much information does a patient need in order to give full informed consent? The authors explain the ethical reasoning behind the introduction of public reporting of clinician performance data.
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Hot topics for debate in prostate cancer: part 2

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 2 of this article are: ‘When and how to treat pelvic lymph nodes’ and ‘The significance …

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Charity news – Movember

Movember was established in 2003 by a few friends over a drink in a pub just outside Melbourne, Australia. The goal was simple – to create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among likeminded people and having fun along the way. It is …

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