Articles on Men's Health

Studies show that the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased.  However, men often need to pay more attention to their bodies.  Several things work against men — they tend to smoke and drink more than women, they may not seek medical help as often as women, and they sometimes define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.
There are certain health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone.  Many of the major health risks that men face, like colon cancer or heart disease, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.  Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat.  It's important to have regular checkups and screenings.

11/17/2011 - Articles

Elder Abuse and the Importance of Bruising

Physical abuse isn't an accident. It's an intentional action that creates a serious risk of physical harm to a vulnerable elder. Read more

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10/05/2011 - Articles

Why Seniors Avoid the Flu Vaccine

Overcoming Resistance: Why Seniors Avoid the Flu Vaccine Read more

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08/29/2011 - Articles

Hot Flashes for Men: It Could Be More Than Andropause

While most men maintain normal testosterone levels during their lives, 70% to 80% of us with androgen deprivation (andropause, male menopause, testosterone deficiency syndrome [TDS]) experience hot Read more

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05/11/2010 - Articles

Chemoprevention of prostate cancer with dutasteride

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. However, some cases of prostate cancer are more aggressive than others. With a slow-growing prostate cancer, a man may not need any treatment other than ‘watchful waiting’ while with an aggressive tumor surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy or some combination of the three might be required. There is also the question of whether routine prostate cancer screening, though measuring prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels and/or digital rectal examination, is a good idea. One issue is clear – if a good method of chemoprevention (taking a preventive drug) for prostate cancer could be found, many men and their doctors would be interested in taking it up. Read more

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04/16/2010 - Articles

Prostate cancer screening - yes or no?

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. It is curable if detected early, which is why the issue of prostate cancer screening ought to be on every man’s health agenda. However, there has been considerable debate over who should be screened for prostate cancer, and how often. Dr Edward Partridge, president-elect of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and also Director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center now discusses the new ACS guidelines on prostate cancer screening. Read more

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12/17/2009 - Articles
Eat Right to Fight BPH

Eat Right to Fight BPH

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) has been reported to be more common in men who eat a lot of dairy foods. A new study from Italy, however, suggests that cereals, bread, and eggs may be bad, while soup, vegetables, and pulses may be good, if you want to avoid BPH. Read more

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11/18/2009 - Articles

Men unaware of diabetes status

Diabetes can creep up on you and complications may have set in before the condition is even diagnosed.  A new survey by Diabetes UK reveals that men are twice as likely not to know they have diabetes than women. A survey of nearly 7,000 adults aged 52-79 years revealed that 502 of them had diabetes.  Of the men with diabetes, 22% were unaware that they had it compared to 12% of women. Read more

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11/04/2009 - Articles

Prostate cancer screening - is it worthwhile?

Prostate cancer screening is usually done by measuring levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the blood.  A PSA level of more than 4 ng/mL may indicate the presence of cancer.  Sometimes prostate cancer screening also involves a digital rectal exam,  where the doctor feels to see if the prostate is enlarged.  The problem is that the value of prostate cancer screening has not yet been established and men need to be aware of this if they are thinking of getting a PSA test. Read more

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09/16/2009 - Articles
Sexual Problems in Men

Sexual Problems in Men

Sexual Problems: Once it was 'inability to perform'. Then came 'impotence', and now it's called 'erectile dysfunction' (ED). Since effective medicines have become available, the numbers of men complaining of difficulty in getting and maintaining an erection have skyrocketed. Sexual problems in men are fairly common and in most cases these can be treated. Read more

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09/15/2009 - Articles

It never ends: Aging and Sexuality - Part I

Introduction The social and psychological determinants of sexual behavior for seniors can be grouped under three headings: experiences during younger days, attitudes and feeling about sexuality in senior years, and mood states in senior years. Read more

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