Articles: Volume 8 Issue 6 Nov/Dec 2017

Editorial: Seven years supporting men’s health

This current edition of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health marks the seventh anniversary of our publication. Over the past seven years Trends has campaigned for better health for men, and there is now some evidence that the gender gap in mortality has begun to narrow. There is, however, much more work to be done

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Current management of advanced bladder cancer

Survival rates in advanced bladder cancer are poor. Recent results with new drugs, in particular immunotherapy drugs, are looking promising. The authors describe the latest treatments and how they are offering new hope for patients with notoriously difficult to treat cancer

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Managing cardiovascular risk in high-risk prostate cancer

Men living with prostate cancer have a high rate of cardiovascular events, and many of them have risk factors that would be an indication for primary prevention under current guidance. These risks may be increased by certain androgen deprivation therapies. This article reports the outcome of a consensus meeting at which the authors discussed these issues. They suggest a simple assessment tool for use with prostate cancer patients to rapidly assess cardiovascular risk and allow appropriate risk-management strategies to be implemented

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Men’s mental health: coming out of the closet?

The long-neglected problem of men’s mental health may at last be beginning to receive some serious attention. Peter Baker describes the key issues, and discusses some of the approaches that are being used to raise awareness and tackle this important problem

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Improving adherence in urological conditions

Adherence with drugs for overactive bladder is notoriously poor. In this article, Thomas Kenny discusses the underlying issues around adherence and persistence with treatment

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A brief history of paediatric urology in the UK

Robert Whitaker has lived through the exciting and challenging times covering the development and maturation of paediatric urology. In this article he provides his perspective on the development of the specialty and the key players who made it happen

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Lead poisoning: rare but be aware

The use of lead in petrol, paint and pipes has been phased out in the UK, resulting in a decrease in the amount of lead in the environment, and consequently a decrease in the levels of lead in the population. However, occasional cases of lead poisoning do still occur and doctors need to be vigilant

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Patient empowerment: a prescription for success

With primary care under pressure, Mark Fuller describes a project in Leeds where GPs give patients a ‘social prescription’ to local services that can support more than just their medical needs

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Book review

A book review of An open and shut case: the story of keyhole or minimally invasive surgery, by John Wickham

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Journal watch

Mike Kirby, GP and Visiting Professor to the University of Hertfordshire and The Prostate Centre, London, picks some interesting recent papers and highlights the ‘take-home message’. 

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