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Got an enlarged prostate? Attend our free, GreenLight Laser lecture.

If you’re not satisfied with medication for your enlarged prostate, or are bothered by frequent urination, mark your calendar and make plans to attend a free lecture about the Green Light Laser.

Dr. Salim Hawatmeh of South County Urological will present the 6 pm lecture on Wednesday, November 5th, at St. Anthony’s Medical Center auditorium. The GreenLight Laser is a 30-minute, in-office procedure used to treat an enlarged prostate, which is also known as BPH. South County Urological is the only local, private practice with its own GreenLight Laser.

Although the lecture is free, reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 314-843-8000.

Baldness & aggressive prostate cancer

Men who develop male-pattern baldness— characterized by a receding hairline and thinning hair on the dome of their heads — may be at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer when they get older, says a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Researchers analyzed the hair-loss patterns of almost 40,000 men enrolled in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. They discovered that men who had male pattern baldness by age 45 had a 40 percent increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than those men who did not experience male pattern baldness. Researchers suspect the link is due to increased levels of the male sex hormones. More studies are needed.Man controls hair loss

Cranberries help men with cystitis.

Cranberry capsules may ease the discomfort of cystitis in men undergoing external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer. That’s what New Zealand researchers said of their study of 41 men with the disease.cranberries

Men in the study randomly received either cranberry or placebo  capsules. The men took one capsule daily during treatment, and for two weeks after radiation treatment was completed. A placebo is an inactive pill designed to look like a medication.

Men receiving cranberry capsules had a significantly lower incidence of pain and burning with voiding. Cystitis is an inflammation of the urinary bladder Radiation cystitis occurs with radiation therapy in the pelvic region and causes inflammation in bladder tissue.

Women with kidney stones more likely to develop CKD

392373_268417476599562_758327877_nAn analysis of health data of approximately 5,900 individuals found that women with a history of kidney stones were 1.8 times more likely to develop  chronic kidney disease (CKD) and three times more likely to need dialysis than women who do not have a history of stones. Although men were also included in the study, researchers found no significant association between kidney stones and CKD. The study was published online in The Journal of Urology. It used datea from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).


Heart attacks & testosterone supplements

iStock_000003737340_SmallThe controversy over a possible link between testosterone products and an increased risk of stork and heart attacks continues to confound. Despite the publication of studies that find and do not find an increased risk of cardiovascular events with prescribed testosterone therapy, the FDA has not determined an association. However, the regulatory agency is reassessing this safety issue. Keep taking your prescribed testosterone unless other instructed by your health professional.

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