Men's Health

11:04am

Tue October 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:27 am

Did worries about financial stability get more men to say no to fatherhood?
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The number of men getting vasectomies spiked during the Great Recession, rising one-third from 2006 to 2010, a study finds.

In 2006, 3.9 percent of men said they had had a vasectomy; in 2010, 4.4 percent reported having the surgery. That means an additional 150,000 to 180,000 men per year had vasectomies in each year of the recession.

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1:35am

Mon April 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Testosterone, The Biggest Men's Health Craze Since Viagra, May Be Risky

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:55 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Men seek it out to combat low energy and decreased sex drive. Prescription testosterone has become so popular that so-called "low T" clinics are becoming common sights in cities and suburbs.

The number of testosterone prescriptions written in the U.S. more than tripled in the past decade. But researchers suspect that much of the testosterone dispensed at low-T clinics isn't tracked, since it's often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone — officially a controlled substance — has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems.

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4:51pm

Fri September 6, 2013
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Using Stereotypes To Make Feelings Manly

Dr. Rich Mahogany is a manly man and the pretend doctor on ManTherapy.org
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6:15am

Thu August 22, 2013
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Popularity Of Circumcision Falls In U.S., Especially Out West

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:09 am

Where a boy is born has a big influence on whether he'll be circumcised, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.
CDC

Boys born in the West are more likely to skip circumcision than they are to have the once common procedure.

It's a dramatic change over the past 32 years. Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were.

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3:11pm

Wed August 14, 2013
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Evidence Supports Pill To Prevent Some Prostate Cancers

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 6:40 am

The active ingredient in Propecia, a baldness remedy approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997, is showing new promise as a way to prevent some prostate cancers.
AP

Researchers say a cheap, generic pill called finasteride prevents almost 40 percent of low-grade prostate cancers without increasing the risk of dying from more aggressive tumors.

New evidence points to the drug as a potentially safer way to deal with prostate cancers that now get more intense treatment. Many prostate cancers that aren't destined to cause men serious health problems are often treated with surgery or radiation.

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