Articles: Volume 5 Issue 5 Sep/Oct 2014

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Beware the Ebola virus, as well as obesity! Desperate times call for desperate measures. The recent decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to permit the use of experimental drugs ‘with as-yet-unknown efficacy and side-effects’ on patients who have contracted Ebola certainly smacks of desperation.
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Salt intake and hypertension in men

The authors review the evidence that dietary salt is a major risk factor for increased blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, and consider strategies for reducing salt at a population level.
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What not to do in primary care urology

The medical profession is increasingly becoming aware of the risks of ‘over-medicalisation’ – the excessive unnecessary investigation and treatment of patients, both in primary and secondary care. In this article, Jon Rees has compiled a list of urological ‘do not do’ tips for primary care …

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When to do what: the practice of individualised medicine in primary care urology

Dr Jonathan Rees discusses what not to do in primary care urology. All guidelines provide a general framework for medical practitioners to aid decision-making in diagnosis and management of patients. However, rather than focusing on ‘what not to do routinely’ based on guidelines, the medical …

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Recreational drugs and male fertility

In this article, the authors explore the impact of modifiable factors such as smoking, alcohol and substance abuse on male reproductive health.
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Chemoprevention of prostate cancer: what have we learned?

Although there are no approved methods to prevent prostate cancer, the author reviews what is currently known about the many nutrients, lifestyle modifications and pharmaceutical agents that have been studied as potential chemopreventive candidates and looks forward to future agents and avenues of research.
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Heart disease regulations: implications for work and play – part 2

Authorities may impose restrictions on the activities of patients with heart disease in order to protect the individual, society or the interests of their institution. In the second article of this two-part series, the authors look at the scientific basis underpinning current advice on driving, …

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The Ebola virus: lessons to be learned

Dr Easmon explains what to look out for if you suspect a patient is infected with the Ebola virus, and provides tips on how to reduce the risk of infection.
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Diseases of modern-day society

Tanya Mead looks at the lifestyle choices that have contributed to the increase in diseases of modern-day society, discusses the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions, and asks whether more can be done to improve men’s health.
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Christopher’s tale: peritonitis

One afternoon I developed constant epigastric pain, but as it was not associated with nausea, vomiting, a change in bowel habit or any other symptoms, I thought it was insignificant and would soon go away. However, it gradually increased in severity during the evening, but …

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