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Gene test aims at Reducing Unnecessary Angiograms

It’s not a perfect test. Yet researchers report a key step for the first gene test aimed at reducing unnecessary angiograms — expensive and somewhat risky procedures that hundreds of thousands of Americans have each year to check for clogged arteries. Most of these exams, done in hospital cardiac catheterization labs, turn out negative.

A simple blood test to show who truly needs an angiogram would help, and 6,000 people have had the gene test since it went on sale last year. It has drawbacks. It suggests too many chronic chest pain sufferers have heart disease when they really don’t, and misses it in others who do.

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Memory Problems among Cancer Survivors a New Study Reveals

Memory problems are common among people who have a history of cancer, new research reveals.

In fact, cancer survivors are 40 percent more likely than those who haven’t had cancer to experience the kind of memory impairment — called “cancer-related cognitive dysfunction” — that compromises their ability to function on a daily basis, the study authors reported.

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Masturbation Prevents Prostate Cancer and Premature Ejaculation

It’s something people don’t talk about, but almost everyone does it: masturbation. In one national study, 95 percent of men and 89 percent of women said they had masturbated.

You likely know that a little wanking won’t make you go blind or cause your penis to fall off. (Let’s face it, you’d know by now.) In fact, a little time alone is perfectly healthy for you.

Details of the Study

“It relieves stress and keeps everything about your body—your heart rate, blood pressure, reproductive system, brain chemistry—in very good shape,” Brame says.

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Higher Average of Suicide Risk After Weight Loss Surgery

Severely obese people who undergo weight-loss surgery may have a higher-than-average risk of suicide in the years following the procedure, a new study finds.

A number of studies have found that while the absolute rate of suicide among bariatric surgery patients is quite low, it is still higher than the norm for the general population.

Details of the Study:

The latest study, which tracked deaths among Pennsylvania residents who underwent bariatric surgery, examined a longer period than previous research — up to 10 years following the procedure.

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Three Herbs which are Good to Prevent Benign Prostate Enlargement

Prostate enlargement, technically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), tends to affect most men past 50. By this age, levels of the male hormone testosterone begin declining while a hormonal byproduct, dihydrotestosterone, starts increasing. The latter causes the prostate to enlarge, which then pinches the urethra and blocks the flow of urine from the bladder.

Sometimes BPH can cause painful urination. Often, it’s just a nuisance or embarrassing – getting up several times during the night to urinate, never feeling like you’ve emptied yourself, or dribbling.

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Men Eating Disorder Is on the Rise

Despite the number of men with eating disorders continuing to rise, men with eating disorders feel invisible and unable to seek professional help, according to research by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

SLaM Clinical Psychologist Dr Victoria Mountford and her co-researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University, found that men with eating disorders felt alone and worried about the stigma surrounding male eating disorders.

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New Heart Device Replacement For Longer Survival

Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option – a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests.

The aortic valve is the heart’s main doorway, and a major new study found that snaking a new one in through an artery significantly improved the chances that patients with no other treatment options would survive at least a year.

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Prostate Cancer is Real and Will Strike to all Men

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer this year at age 35. I thought it was supposed to be an older man’s cancer. That’s all I knew of this disease — and that’s part of the problem.

This year in America, over 32,000 fathers, husbands, brothers, sons and friends of all ages will lose their battle with prostate cancer. And the National Cancer Institute says 217,230 new cases will be diagnosed.

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How To Avoid Erectile Dysfunction and Protect Your Potency

1. Watch what you eat.

A diet that’s bad for a man’s heart is also bad for his ability to have erections.

Research has shown that the same eating pattern that can cause heart attacks by impeding blood flow in the coronary arteries — few fruits and vegetables and lots of fatty, fried, and processed foods — can impede blood flow to and within the penis. That blood flow is needed for the penis to become erect.

Anything that is bad for a man’s heart is also bad for his penis, says Andrew McCullough, MD, associate professor of clinical urology and director of the malesexual health program at New York University Langone Medical Center.

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Costly Price of Obesity

Approximately 1.6 billion adults are now considered overweight by the World Health Organization with at least 400 million considered obese (1). Most of these adults live in the United States with 30 percent of Americans now considered obese. Blacks have a 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity, and Hispanics have a 21 percent higher obesity prevalence compared with whites (2). That’s an enormous number any way you look at it.

It’s trite to say that America needs to become a healthy nation (financially and physically) and this involves a massive shift in lifestyle and habits. Unfortunately, in the recession, more people are forced to choose less healthy foods because being healthy and maintaining your weight is expensive, whether it be through eating better foods or paying for a gym membership. Sure you can just go for a run and all you need is shoes and running gear but a focused weight loss and management program involves more than just exercise; it’s a total lifestyle plan.

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