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Forget the gray hair. Presidents don't really age faster
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:46:10 GMT
President Barack Obama went gray during his first term in office. But, internally at least, presidents don’t age any faster than other Americans – and, in fact, historically surpass average U.S. lifespans, according to a study into whether commander in chief is, literally, is a killer job.
Study: Men with breast cancer fare worse
Fri, 4 May 2012 21:46:08 GMT
Scans may show brain changes in Gulf War illness
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:17:08 GMT
Robert Ward can't work full time and his constant fatigue makes running a distant memory. The Desert Storm veteran hopes a brain imaging study he took part in will start to shed light on why he and thousands of other Gulf War vets suffer such strange symptoms.
American men closing the longevity gender gap
Mon, 21 May 2012 13:23:12 GMT
Here’s a fist bump, boys – or, if you prefer, a bro hug – for some hard-earned progress. In the ultimate competition, the race to stay alive, you’re gaining furiously on the fairer sex.
Halting PSA testing the right thing to do, bioethicist says
Mon, 21 May 2012 22:27:00 GMT
The recommendation Monday by the prestigious United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that the widely used PSA test for prostate cancer no longer be used for men of any age is likely to be met with howling.
Bad knees may be more of a guy thing
Fri, 6 Jul 2012 18:17:44 GMT
Despite research suggesting women's knees are more prone to ligament injuries, a new Swedish study finds that men in that country have a greater number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and surgeries to fix them, than do Swedish women.
Uncircumcised boys face more urinary infections
Fri, 7 Dec 2012 22:55:04 GMT
Infections of the kidney, bladder and urethra happen in uncircumcised baby boys at ten times the rate of circumcised boys, and over a lifetime uncircumcised men are four times more likely to experience one, according to a new analysis of past research.
Shorter penis alarms some after prostate treatment
Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:46:14 GMT
A portion of men who underwent treatment for prostate cancer complained that their penises were smaller when they awoke, according to a new study by researchers from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston.
In one type of cancer, heavier men may live longer
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:12:10 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Extra pounds may not be good for your health in general, but heavy men appear more likely to survive a particular form of immune system cancer, a new study finds.
5 cancers men should worry about
Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:38:11 GMT
No man is invincible, especially when it comes to health. Learn to detect and defend against the cancers most likely to attack men, and you'll be able to take the disease head-on if it strikes--and increase your chances of beating it.
Meningitis outbreak among gay men worries officials
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:48:40 GMT
A deadly bacterial meningitis outbreak striking gay men in New York City is unlikely to abate any time soon, New York City health officials warn. The disease has sickened 22 and killed seven NYC men over the last two years.
Weight loss may boost men's testosterone
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:20:52 GMT
A new study finds that for some men, losing weight may help increase testosterone levels.
Men who take erection pills recreationally feel down
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:30:39 GMT
You expect some spots to be filthy—your kitchen floor, your garbage can, your toilet. But how germy are the things designed to keep you and your home clean?
Stress turns guys into social butterflies
Mon, 21 May 2012 22:37:12 GMT
Hitting the gym is a great way to keep your heart healthy. But what about breaking a sweat during dinner?
Caffeine linked to leaky bladder in men
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:04:02 GMT
The amount of caffeine that's typically found in two cups of coffee may contribute to a man's incontinence, according to a new study.
Testosterone doesn't boost functioning in older men
Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:48:24 GMT
Older men who use testosterone gel may see small improvements in their muscle-to-fat ratio but are unlikely to glean any benefits in flexibility, endurance and general ability to get around, new research suggests.
Erectile dysfunction may increase a man's heart woes
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:43:32 GMT
The more severe a man's erectile dysfunction is, the greater his risk of being hospitalized for heart problems, a new Australian study finds.
Retired NFL players face higher Alzheimer's risk
Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:15:57 GMT
Retired pro football players seem to have higher-than-average risks of dying from Alzheimer's or Lou Gehrig's disease, U.S. government researchers reported Wednesday.
No routine PSA tests for men, panel rules
Mon, 21 May 2012 23:11:52 GMT
A top panel of U.S. medical experts has issued a final decision on a long-debated men’s health controversy, concluding that no man of any age should routinely be screened for prostate cancer using the popular PSA test.
Pricey prostate treatment no safer than radiation
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:50:47 GMT
An expensive prostate cancer radiation treatment known as proton beam therapy has just as many side effects as a more common and cheaper radiation method, according to a new study.
Upside to castration? Eunuchs lived longer, study finds
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:19:07 GMT
A study of eunuchs in Korea's royal court has found men without testicles live longer. Researchers looking at the court of the Chosun Dynasty found eunuchs lived to 70 on average, or 14 to 19 years longer than "intact" men of similar socio-economic status.
Allure of the ‘cat fight’: Sex, sex ... and maybe more
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:53:13 GMT
There are a few primal sounds known to cause the heads of men to whirl and their eyes to alight with interest: the crack of bat on ball, the hiss of meat on flame and the simple, clarion shout of “Girl fight!”
Summer is peak season for kidney stones
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:52:54 GMT
The primary reason for the summertime kidney blues is dehydration. Without proper hydration, the body's fluids become more concentrated with dietary minerals, which can concentrate into stones.
Sauna visits may lower sperm count
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:24:01 GMT
Frequent visits to the sauna may lower men's sperm count, although the effect appears to be temporary, a new study finds.
New method allows better prostate cancer tests
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:54:06 GMT
Researchers are reporting a new method that could put an end to painful prostate biopsies that miss the tumor. They’ve combined magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, with ultrasound in a way that can guide a skilled doctor right to a prostate tumor.
Why married men are happier
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:50:34 GMT
Think bachelors have it made? It turns out married men are actually happier after marriage than they would be if they stayed single, according to researchers at Michigan State University.
The dirtiest clean places — and how to clean them up
Tue, 15 May 2012 11:20:05 GMT
Men rarely get breast cancer, but those who do often don't survive as long as women, largely because they don't even realize they can get it and are slow to recognize the warning signs, researchers say.
Treating gum disease may fix erection troubles
Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:39:02 GMT
Better-smelling breath may not be the only way that treating gum disease benefits your sex life. New research says improving the gums may also improve erectile dysfunction.
Hair-loss drug linked to severe depression in men
Tue, 7 Aug 2012 15:25:46 GMT
Men who take the hair-loss medication Propecia and develop sexual side effects may be at risk for severe depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests.
Middle-aged men have higher suicide risk
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:11:48 GMT
Middle-aged men from disadvantaged backgrounds are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, often because they have lost a sense of identity and masculine pride, researchers said on Thursday.
Benefits of PSA testing may outweigh harms
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 21:18:58 GMT
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The possible benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening have been hotly debated in recent years, but for the first time a new study tries to put a number on the balance of pluses and minuses for the average man.
Why straight women and gay men are often so close
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:45:34 GMT
Will and Grace knew it. Ditto for Stanford and Carrie. Now a new psychology study has provided evidence that gay men and straight women are the perfect friends with benefits – as long as the benefits have to do with trustworthy relationship advice.
Testosterone marketing frenzy cues skepticism
Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:41:44 GMT
"Are you falling asleep after dinner?" "Do you have a decrease in libido?" "Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?" "It could be Low-T." Welcome to the latest big marketing push by the nation's drug companies.
New pill helps prostate cancer patients live longer
Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:22:16 GMT
An experimental pill called enzalutamide helped men with advanced prostate cancer live longer, even after other treatments had stopped working for them. But it costs $6,000 a month and doesn't appear to be a cure.
FDA OKs new drug for advanced prostate cancer
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:48:01 GMT
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it approved the pill Xtandi for men with advanced prostate cancer that has returned or spread despite major medical intervention.
Stress, anxiety linked to sperm quality
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:24:13 GMT
A man's ability to produce sperm may depend on his ability to handle stress, according to a new study from Italy.
Be skeptical of these 6 healthy-sounding phrases
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:34:00 GMT
With help from Ilyse Schapiro, M.S., a registered dietitian in private practice in the New York City area, we got the scoop on six suspect phrases you've seen in the supermarket.
Hey, cig moochers -- smoking makes a hangover worse
Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:57:23 GMT
If you only smoke when you're buzzed, you might want to reconsider: Those occasional late-night puffs could intensify your hangover in the morning, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Suspect in hepatitis C outbreak was fired in Ariz.
Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:58:27 GMT
A dozen hospitals in seven states are scrambling to identify people who might have been infected with hepatitis C by a traveling medical technician who was charged a week ago with causing an outbreak in New Hampshire.
The way red meat is cooked can affect cancer risk
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:02:19 GMT
When it comes to eating meat, a guy's choice of what he eats and how it is cooked may affect his risk of having advanced prostate cancer, a new study says.
Sperm is healthiest in winter, early spring
Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:58:49 GMT
Autumn is the time of year most associated with bumper crops of new babies, and that may be because human sperm are generally at their healthiest in winter and early spring, according to a new study from Israel.
Saturated fats tied to falling sperm counts
Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:04:37 GMT
Saturated fats, like those found in rich cheeses and meats, may do more than weigh men down after a meal - a Danish study also links them to dwindling sperm counts.
Steroid mimics testosterone, boosts muscle
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:46:22 GMT
Greek high jumper Dimitris Chondrokoukis has tested positive for doping with an anabolic steroid which has featured in several Olympic positive dope tests in the past.
New study fuels debate on prostate cancer tests
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:09:21 GMT
Screening for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is controversial, but stopping this screening could result in many more cases of advanced disease, a new study suggests.
Kicking up the spice may help your heart
Sun, 20 May 2012 17:31:14 GMT
New research pinpoints why so many guys avoid vegetables yet lick their chops when they sniff marbled chunks of cow sizzling on the grill. In America and more than 20 Western nations, people see a metaphoric link between men and meat.
Guys get this disease, too -- but they may not know it
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:35:44 GMT
When a 77-year-old tennis player fell during a match and fractured his hip while on vacation in Key Largo, Fla., he became part of a little known, serious and growing problem among older men. Male osteoporosis has been a silent problem for decades but is becoming more prevalent as Baby Boomers age, doctors say
Dismissal of STD experiment lawsuit appealed
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:34:22 GMT
Guatemalans who had been subjected to sexually transmitted diseases by U.S. researchers in the 1940s have appealed a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit.
Urban jogging may be making you dumber
Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:34:10 GMT
New research in Belgium shows that people who live in a city and exercise outdoors have higher levels of inflammation and lower scores on cognitive tests than those who exercise outside in the suburbs.
French men not producing as much sperm
Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:32:56 GMT
Researchers found that between 1989 and 2005, the number of sperm in one milliliter of the average 35-year-old Frenchman's semen fell about 32 percent, from about 74 million to about 50 million.
You can literally throw your negative thoughts away
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:11:36 GMT
Take the trash out: According to new research in Psychological Science, writing down your negative thoughts and tossing them in the garbage can erase your bad mood.
Smoking marijuana linked to testicular cancer
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:28:10 GMT
Some blunt advice for the young, male fans of marijuana: You may want to kill that joint and clutch your crotch -- self-check style, that is.
Oxytocin keeps attached men away from hot women
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:09:06 GMT
The "love hormone" oxytocin may help maintain romantic relationships by prompting men to keep their distance from attractive women, a new study from Germany suggests.
Double arm transplant patient feels new hands
Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:44:12 GMT
A Mexican man whose arms were severely burned by electricity became the first patient in Latin America to receive a double arm transplant, doctors said Thursday.
Smoking, drinking may not be bad for sperm counts
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:55:43 GMT
Despite what men have been told, smoking, drinking and being overweight might not bring lower sperm counts, a new study from the UK suggests.
Teen to get genital reconstruction surgery
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:28:55 GMT
Teen who lost nearly all his genitalia in shotgun blast undergoing surgery.
Over 40? Go easy on the extreme workouts, dude
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:35:52 GMT
CrossFit. Warrior dashes. Insanity challenges. Extreme workouts are definitely the hot new trend in fitness these days. But those pulse-pounding pursuits might be too much for men of a certain age.
Contact sports leave pattern of brain injuries
Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:25:26 GMT
Years of hits to the head in football or other contact sports lead to a distinct pattern of brain damage that begins with an athlete having trouble focusing and can eventually progress to aggression and dementia, a study released on Monday says.
Why do some men get grouchier as they age?
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:56:20 GMT
Some call it “grumpy old man complex.” Other experts label it: “irritable male syndrome,” a spike in the outward crankiness of guys of a certain age. As more baby boomers hit 60 be ready for more grouchy outbursts, like a Donald Trump rant set to explode.
Hope for erectile dysfunction: spider venom?
Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:46:32 GMT
A toxin synthesized from the venom of a spider may offer an alternative to today's erectile dysfunction drugs, a new study suggests.
Who's your daddy? DNA clinic sparks concerns
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:56:13 GMT
A mobile DNA testing facility that looks more like a motor home than a medical clinic is raising questions about the ramifications of quick and easy tests to determine paternity and other biological connections.
When your feelings hurt your health
Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:21:12 GMT
While your emotions may be invisible to the world's most advanced medical technology, they still impact your health just as much as your flesh-and-blood organs do.
3 health concerns dudes should discuss with docs
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:09:25 GMT
We know it can be embarrassing. But it could save your sex life (or your life, period). Here are three below-the-belt concerns that every man must discuss with his doc.
Why guys think meat is macho, veggies wimpy
Fri, 18 May 2012 13:24:13 GMT
Young men who take erectile dysfunction drugs for fun may damage their sex lives, a new study suggests.
Two HIV patients now virus-free. Is this a cure?
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:51:07 GMT
Two men unlucky enough to get both HIV and cancer have been seemingly cleared of the virus, raising hope that science may yet find a way to cure for the infection that causes AIDS, 30 years into the epidemic.
New test may help guide prostate cancer treatment
Thu, 9 May 2013 22:05:30 GMT
A new genetic test to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer may help tens of thousands of men each year decide whether they need to treat their cancer right away or can safely monitor it.
And the healthiest cities for men are ...
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:12:31 GMT
U.S. men looking for the best place to find happiness, health and a good quality of life might consider heading to Boise, Idaho, or San Jose and San Francisco in northern California.
Too tough to get sick: Why men won't see the doc
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:20:28 GMT
Many American men, such as 28-year-old James Chisum, simply refuse to go to the doctor, ever, either out of male pride, out of white-coat fear or simply out of lifestyle habit. That mindset could be genetic, experts suggest.
Why men are less likely to eat veggies
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:21:36 GMT
Study finds that guys eat fewer veggies because they don't think they are a great health benefit and they don't find them easy to eat.
Study: Penis size 'does affect attractiveness'
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:40:47 GMT
Past research has indicated that women, as a group, are drawn to larger male members. But those results have been disputed as sexist, or scientifically flawed, or both. New research aims to settle the question of whether size matters.