Men's Health

Information on men's health issues, fitness, and lifestyle.

Vasectomy Reversals: Common Q & A

Q. Is it always necessary to use a surgical (operating) microscope to do a vasectomy reversal? A. Yes. While the vas has the thickness of a very fine piece of spaghetti, we are really attaching the tiny opening in its center. This opening is about 1/100 of an inch in diameter, many times smaller than the vas itself. Its is impossible to properly align microscopic structures without a microscope....

Intestinal and Other Parasites

Amaebiasis Amaebiasis in man is caused by the parasite Entameba histolytica. It is not a worm but a small motile single-celled organism which digests red blood cells (see Fig. 1). When this infestation is confined to the bowel it is called Amoebic Dysentery. The parasite tends to form abscesses elsewhere, especially in the liver, and the disease is then named after the organ which is infected, e....

Permanent Scarring of The Lungs by Silica

Silicosis is permanent scarring of the lungs caused by inhaling silica (quartz) dust. It is the oldest known occupational lung disease and develops in people who have inhaled silica dust for many years. Silica is the main constituent of sand, so exposure is common among metal miners, sandstone and granite cutters, foundry workers, and potters. Usually symptoms appear only after 20 to 30 years of...

Kidney Disease | Part - 2

Image - The kidneys, two fist-sized organs The kidneys, two fist-sized organs located on either side of the spine just above the waist, perform a life-sustaining role. They cleanse the blood by removing waste and excess fluids, maintain a healthful balance of various body chemicals, and help regulate blood pressure. When the kidneys become diseased or dam-aged, they can suddenly or gradually lose their ability to perform these vital...

Warts: a Pesky Problem Requiring Persistence

Warts: a Pesky Problem Requiring Persistence Warts are a very common but challenging skin problem. These pesky bumps, known in dermatological circles as "verrucae," have likely been around since the dawn of man, afflicting millions of individuals. They are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. There are many subtypes of HPV causing a variety of different warts. They are potentially contagious, spreading to other body...

Hair Replacement

What Works and What Doesn't When the advertising slogan "Be Like Mike" caught America's fancy, it wasn't because every man decided to go for the Michael Jordan look by reaching for a razor and shaving his head. Sure, men like Jordan, Charles Barkley, and "Star Trek's" Patrick Stewart are part of a small minority who are proud of their baldness. But combating and covering up hair loss hasn't...

Prostate Problems

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that surrounds the male urethra-the tube that transports urine from the bladder through the penis. Its primary function is to produce an essential portion of the seminal fluid that carries sperm; the prostate also controls the outward flow of urine from the bladder. Because of this dual role, signs of prostate trouble can include both urinary and sexual...

Medications for Erectile Dysfunction

Medications for Erectile Dysfunction Few Drugs Used for Erectile Dysfunction Treatment are Listed Below: Generic Name and Action Brand Name(s) Common Dosages Side Effects Special Considerations Comments Sildenafil -- increases blood flow Viagra® (Pfizer) 800-533-4535 Starting dose is 50 mg orally approx. 1 hour before sexual intercourse. Depending on side effects or response, a physician may decrease dose to 25...

Non-Surgical Approach to Low-Grade Prostate Cancer Does Not Affect Life Span

Non-Surgical Approach to Low-Grade Prostate Cancer Life span is decreased without surgery for high-grade prostate cancer patients. Men aged 65-75, treated conservatively for low-grade localized prostate cancer, probably will not die any sooner than similar members of the general population; however, men diagnosed with high-grade tumors often have a 6-8 year loss of life expectancy when treated with conservative therapy, according to an article...

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, occurs in about 15 to 20% of all pregnancies, regardless of how they were conceived. Most early losses are a result of the conceptus being genetically abnormal. As few as one in three human conceptions is genetically normal, but most of the genetically abnormal conceptions are lost before the woman even knows she is pregnant. Even so, some genetically...

Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk

Condom Breakage & AIDS - Low Odds, High Risk The incidence of condom breakage during vaginal intercourse has been estimated at around 1 percent, reports an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Those are low odds of a disaster, especially when you consider the alternative: no condom and unprotected sex. Still, if your partner happens to be infected with AIDS and the condom breaks, you could die. In the overwhelming majority of...

You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family

You Can Make a Difference: 10 Ways to Help an Alzheimer Family "We like to go out, but my husband's too much to handle alone. I could use some help." "Call me, If I can't talk, I'll let you know." "It's difficult when friends stay away." Alzheimer's causes significant changes in family life. Spouses and children - often including school age youngsters - become caregivers. Caregiving can make recreation, chores and even employment difficult or impossible to...

Fluid Replacement Key to Enhanced Physical Activity

Fluid Replacement Key to Enhanced Physical Activity Drinking fluids before, during, and after exercise is key to improved health, safety, and physical performance for everyone involved in physical activity, from walkers and gardeners to competitive athletes. In a recently issued statement, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has concluded that inadequate fluid intake during exercise can be physically harmful and proper rehydration is...

Good Counselling Vital for Clients with STDs

Good Counselling Vital for Clients with STDs Good counseling for people infected with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) helps them comply with treatment, understand their contraceptive choices and encourages them to notify partners. Infected individuals who continue to be sexually active, particularly those who are HIV-positive, need to understand ways to prevent transmission to others and may need effective contraception to prevent...

Men: Examining Your Testicles May Save Your Life

Men: Examining Your Testicles May Save Your Life A complete testicular self-exam takes just three minutes or less, and it could save your life. You should do it monthly. After a warm bath or shower, hold your scrotum, and gently roll each testicle between your thumb and your first two fingers. Feel for any firm, hard, or fixed lumps, nodules, or irregularities inside the testicle itself. Most abnormalities are found at the front side of the...

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Possibly Other Dementias

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) What May Help Prevent AD and possibly other dementias? Continued Education Cardiovascular Exercise Estrogen Replacement Therapy Antioxidants Use of Anti-inflammatory Agents Plus H2-blockers (anti-ulcer Agents) Continued Education Given the reduced risk of AD for persons with at least 8 years of education, it is reasonable to recommend active, regular use of thinking skills such as reading,...

Infertility

For many couples, infertility is a crisis, often accompanied by feelings of guilt or inadequacy. But a diagnosis of infertility is not a verdict of sterility. While about 15 percent of all couples are infertile (that is, they are Unable, to conceive after a year of trying), only 1 or 2 per-cent are sterile (meaning that conception is physically ruled out). Of couples who seek help, about half can...

Treatment for Prostate Problems

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a common, age-related condition in which the prostate swells, impeding the flow of urine through the urethra. A treatment called trans-urethral needle ablation (TUNA) involves heating the prostate with radio waves emitted by a needle-like antenna inserted within the gland. TUNA requires only local anesthesia, and is up to 70 less costly and just as effective...

Exercise and Heart Attack

Regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Recently, this impression has been reinforced by new scientific evidence linking regular physical activity to a wide array of physical and mental health benefits. It has already been proved that regular physical activity can prevent formation of atheroma (block) inside your coronary artery....

Health Related Q&A: Sterility

Q.What is Sterilization of a Person? What are The Procedures For Sterilization? A.To render him or her unable to produce a child. Procedures for sterilization in men called VASECTOMY and in WOMEN called LIGATION OF FALLOPIAN TUBE Q.What is Primary STERILITY? A.The question should be:What is Primary Infertility? This means the Man or women has never had a child with the current or previous earlier...