Urology Awareness Month

Trends in Urology and Men’s Health was very happy to join numerous organisations to help celebrate Urology Awareness Month, a campaign that aims to raise awareness around urological conditions and the innovations in treatment, importance of diagnosis and prevention of all urological conditions.
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New HIV diagnoses fall by almost a third

Since 2015 the rate of new HIV diagnoses in the UK has fallen by almost a third (28%) from 6271 to 4484 in 2018, according to recent data published by Public Health England (PHE). 
The 2018 figure is the lowest recorded rate of new HIV diagnosis …

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NICE updates hypertension guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently published its updated guidance on the diagnosis and management of hypertension in adults (NG136).
The guidance update has caused some controversy as it maintains the previous definition of hypertension as a blood pressure reading of …

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NICE recommends antiseptics over antibiotics for impetigo

Localised, non-bullous impetigo should be treated with a topical antiseptic rather than an antibiotic, according to new draft guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE).
The decision comes as a result of a review by NICE …

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First chlamydia vaccine shows early success

The first experimental chlamydia vaccine to ever reach a phase 1 clinical trial has been shown to be tolerably safe and to provoke an immune response, according to a recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
The vaccine, known as CTH522, was administered as an …

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NSAID use increases CVD risk in osteoarthritis

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use in patients with osteoarthritis is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the results of a recent longitudinal study.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is already recognised as an independent risk factor for increased CVD, yet the underlying mechanism for …

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Higher oestrogen levels in the womb linked with autism

A recent study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, has suggested that elevated levels of oestrogen during pregnancy is linked to the development of autism spectrum disorder in the foetus.
The study, which was conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge and the State Serum Institute in …

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Cancer patients do not feel involved in treatment decisions

A recent survey of cancer patients across 10 countries, including the UK, has shown that almost half (47%) of patients diagnosed with cancer do not feel involved enough in decisions about their treatment.
In the UK the figure was even higher, with 52% of cancer patients …

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Syphilis rates increase by 70% in Europe

Since 2010 there has been 70% increase in reported cases of syphilis in Europe and several other high-income countries, according to a recent report published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The data show that in 2017 there was a record high …

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HPV vaccination demonstrates considerable impact

A recent meta-analysis, published in the Lancet, on the impact of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has shown it has considerable positive impact in high income countries.
The meta-analysis used recent evidence from 65 articles on the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine from 14 high income …

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