Triple pill for blood pressure

A once-daily triple antihypertensive drug combination pill could help patients reach target blood pressures (BP).
In a study reported in JAMA (doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10359) therapy using the combination pill, which contains telmisartan 20mg, amlodipine 2.5mg and chlorthalidone 12.5mg, was compared to usual care in over 600 patients with …

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Men not clued up on urological health

Millions of men are neglecting their health and do not understand their bodies according to polling conducted by The Urology Foundation.
The poll reveals that knowledge of men’s health is dangerously low amongst British adults. Urological diseases such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer are not …

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Promising results for once-monthly HIV treatment

A once-a-month injection could replace daily triple therapy in HIV management according to a report in PharmaTimes.
The Phase III ATLAS (Antiretroviral Therapy as Long-Acting Suppression) study was designed to determine whether HIV-1-infected adults who had maintained viral suppression for at least six months, on a …

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Blood test offers early renal cancer detection

A biomarker in the blood could predict renal cell carcinoma (RCC) incidence up to five years before diagnosis, and high levels were associated with poorer survival, according to research published in Clinical Cancer Research (doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-1496).
In the study, levels of the biomarker, kidney injury molecule-1 …

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Steam treatment for BPH gets NICE approval

NICE has given the go-ahead for steam-based ablation of prostate tissue for the management of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
The procedure, known as transurethral water vapour ablation, is usually performed as day-case surgery using local anaesthetic including a peri-prostatic block. Sedation is sometimes used.
The system uses …

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Success for HPV in boys campaign

Boys in England will be offered the HPV vaccine alongside girls, the public health minister Steve Brine announced on 24 July. This announcement follows advice from the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunistation (JCVI). Health ministers in Scotland and Wales have also said that …

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Identifying testicular cancer

A large matched-control study (click here for study) in men over 17 has identified clinical markers of testicular cancer that could facilitate earlier diagnosis and more accurate referral for investigation.
A total of 1398 cases of testicular cancer were identified on the Clinical Practice Research Datalink database, …

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Variations in access to pre-biopsy MRI

Access to multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) before a prostate biopsy is patchy around the UK and in some areas scans are not being offered at all. Based on a freedom of information request by Prostate cancer UK (PCUK), only 57% of areas across the UK are …

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Danish to debate circumcision ban

The Danish parliament is to debate banning circumcision in boys under 18. The debate is a result of a general public petition which gained over the required 50 000 signatures.
However, a ban looks unlikely as none of the main parties supports it.
Lena Nyhus of the …

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Boys benefit from girls vaccination programme

Genital wart infections in boys aged between 15 and 17 fell by 70% between 2019 and 2017 as a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme in girls.
The data is part of a large surveillance study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases …

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