Men's Health

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

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

Couple Can Do on Your Own to Enhance and Improve Your Chances of Conceiving There are certainly some things that you as a couple can do on your own to enhance and improve your chances of conceiving. We would strongly encourage you to initiate each of these steps as soon as possible. STOP SMOKING! There is no question that cigarette smoking has a very negative effect on a couple's chances of getting pregnant. It has been estimated that, if both partners smoke, their...

General Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Fertility Medications:

General Tips for Getting the Most Out Speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications (including how to take them, what they do, or if they may interact with any other medication you may be taking). It is especially important during the early stages of your treatment that you are comfortable with your medication and that you are taking it correctly. Plan ahead. When you are first administering an injectable...

Fibromyalgia and Free Radicals

Fibromyalgia and Free Radicals Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that can be harmful to our cell membranes and the cellular damage they can produce puts additional stress on the already dysfunctional immune system found in the fibromyalgia syndrome. Free radicals are produced during the oxidative processes in the production of energy. An excess of harmful free radical production can result from the effects of air...

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD)

Risk Factors for Alzheimer's disease Aging Aging is still the largest risk for becoming demented, with the prevalence doubling every 5 years between ages 65 and 85 ( 1% at age 65, 5% at age 75 and 15-25% at age 85). Family history of AD Family history of dementia in a first degree relative ( sibling or parent) increases the risk of developing AD fourfold. In persons with two or more affected first degree relatives, the risk...

Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Early Stages: Memory failures Behavioral changes Difficulty in concentration and coordination Visual disturbances Myoclonus (a sudden rapid twitching resulting from the sudden contraction of one or more muscle groups) Extensor plantar reflexes Hyperflexia (exaggerated deep tendon reflexes) Later (after the disease progresses): Pronounced mental deterioration Hemiparesis (muscular weakness or...

Preventive Screening: Key to Healthy Lifestyle

Preventive Screening: Key to Healthy Lifestyle Life in the 90's has created many additional pressures on women, who often must juggle their roles as a worker, a wife and a mother. Stress can sidetrack women from a healthy lifestyle and make them more susceptible to disease. This is why preventive screenings are absolutely necessary-especially when concerning the reproductive system. "Women should have annual exams beginning at age 18, or the...

Asthma Hits Hardest At Night, So Should Medication

Asthma Hits Hardest At Night, So Should Medication Expert says traditional treatment ignores timing of severe symptoms. The symptoms suffered by some 10 million Americans with asthma can be as different as night and day, with the time of day often a key factor in their severity, according to an expert who contends the patterns of the disease should be considered when treating it. "The night belongs to asthma," says Richard Martin, M.D., Head,...

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers

Bone Basics for Baby Boomers There are presently millions of "baby boomers" in the United States. Baby boomers...that's the term we give to individuals in this country born between 1946 and 1964...a time in our culture when having babies was all the rage...very much in vogue. The boomers already make up a significant portion of the American population. As we age as a nation, and extend our longevity, too, the boomers will...

General Health Care: Organizational Profiles

General Health Care: Organizational Profiles Physicians Who Care Physicians Who Care (PWC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the traditional doctor-patient relationship and ensuring quality health care. Formed in 1985 in San Antonio, Texas, the organization now has members in every state, most of them doctors in private practice. The organization believes the responsibility for medical care belongs first and foremost to...

Patient Fact Sheet on Stress and Infertility

Patient Fact Sheet on Stress and Infertility Stress can come from just about anything that you feel is threatening or harmful. A single event (or your worry about it) can produce stress. So can the little things that worry you all day long. Acute stress, caused by a single event (or your fear of it), makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up. You breathe harder, your hands get sweaty, and your skin feels cool and clammy....

Qus & Ans: Immune System Dysfunctions

Immune System Dysfunctions I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I have been through 7 IUI's and 2 IVF's, which have all failed. My AF has come early each time. During the IUI's.....I experienced a raised lymph node behind my ear at 8 or 9 days past the IUI. In the IVF's we used baby aspirin, and subsequently had no raised L.N. until after baby aspirin was stopped. In those cases the node raised a day or 2...

Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation

Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation Mental Health Association of Colorado would like to offer the following tips to make your vacation mentally healthy. Where you go on vacation, what you choose to do and how long you stay tell a lot about the kind of person you are -- and the kind of person you'll be when you return. Before you make any plans, here is some advice about taking vacations: Shorter vacations taken more frequently are...

Common Fertility Treatment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Common Fertility Treatment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Ms. Elizabeth Paul (not her real name) was my last appointment of the day, and she brought a thick medical file that described all the medical tests and treatments she had been through. She had consulted doctors on three continents, and was now seeking another medical opinion for her problem of unexplained infertility. She had had four laparoscopies, performed by various doctors in different...

PSA

PSA GPs are being urged to boycott the Government's screening-on-demand policy for prostate cancer after US research found the PSA test was 'useless' for predicting cancer. The authors declared the PSA era 'over' after their 20-year study of tissue samples found PSA testing could do little more than indicate the size of a man's prostate. One of the government's own advisers on prostate cancer called...

Fuel for exercise

Fuel for any activity comes from our food and drink. If the proper fuel isn't supplied to our body, it will perform badly and soon run out of energy. The basic nutritional recommendations for people involved in sports and exercise are very similar to those for the general public. Essentially, the diet of anyone involved in exercise should encompass a variety of different foods that are high in...

A Story of Non-Surgical "Triple Androgen Blockade" Healing from Prostate Cancer

A hard lump somewhere in my intestines awakened me before dawn on August 25, 1997. It took me less than a millisecond to recognize it as my dread about the biopsy for prostate cancer that was scheduled three hours later. The biopsy was the most recent in a series of unwelcome medical events that had begun three months earlier, with the discovery that my PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) blood test...

At the Infertility Clinic

The brief review above of the common causes of infertility covers conditions found in about 30 per cent of couples who submit to full investigation at an infertility clinic. Of the other 70 per cent, no obvious cause of their trouble can be found. When a couple attends the infertility centre the exact investigations required depend on the doctor's assessment of the situation. The following are a...

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns Contrary to the belief of some parents, police officers, and other professionals familiar with firearms, many young children are strong enough to fire most commercially available guns, according to an article in the December 1995 issue of the AMA's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Sara M. Naureckas, M.D., Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., and colleagues tested the pull...

Master the Art of Relaxation

Master the Art of Relaxation The techniques you use (or don't use) to unwind can have a tremendous impact on your mental health. Here are a few tips on learning to unwind: Relax by trying something new and different. If you think you'll enjoy an activity -- whether it's needlepoint or mountain biking -- don't be afraid to try something just because it's new. Take a night course at a community college. Learn to dance. Swim...

There Are Juices, Sports Drinks, and More. But Don't Forget Simple Water

There Are Juices, Sports Drinks, and More. But Don't Forget Simple Water No doubt about it: water is the single most important nutrient. None of the vital functions of our bodies - from regulating our temperature to creating new cells - could occur without it. Water lubricates joints, regulates temperature, and provides the body with minerals and essential fluids. Doctors recommend that we drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day. You need more if you're...