Join the Prostate Cancer Twitter Chat Monday

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In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September 2014), Patients and Research, Men’s Health Network and Ward Health will host a prostate cancer Twitter chat:

When: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Where: Twitter using #ProstateQA or via Patients and Research
Topics: Prostate cancer screening, risk factors, symptoms, and research

You can submit questions in advance by sending a Twitter message to @PatientMatters or through this form.

Joining the discussion will be David Taylor, Professor Emeritus UCL London and Men’s Health Network.

During the hour-long conversation you will learn about:

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Aspirin May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk

If you’ve had a heart attack or a stroke or your medical professional thinks you may be at risk of having one, he or she may have prescribed daily aspirin therapy. Even at very low doses, aspirin thins your blood, which makes clots less likely to happen. That can be either bad news or good. On the bad side, if you cut yourself, scabs (a type of blood clot) would take longer to form and you might bleed longer. On the good side, blood clots that block arteries can lead directly to a heart attack and/or a stroke.

Now there may be another reason to regularly take aspirin: it may reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50%–and the longer you take the aspirin, the lower your risk, according to a new study done at Yale University, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
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Drug Warnings Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

Back in 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required that a particular class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) carry a “black box” warning that for children and teens, side effects may include an increased risk of suicidal thoughts. Sounds perfectly reasonable, doesn’t it?

But then, along comes the Law of Unintended Consequences, which revealed that since that FDA mandate came out, doctors wrote 20 percent fewer prescriptions for SSRIs (which include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Celexa) for their teen patients. (Adult use of SSRI antidepressants went down by 14 perent—and they weren’t even covered by the FDA warnings). At the same time, teen suicide attempts rose by about the same amount—21.7 percent for teens, 33.7 percent for young adults under 25.
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Men’s Health Month Encourages Men and Boys to Take Charge of their Health

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Together We Can Reduce the Number of Preventable Deaths and Injuries

men's health month, men's health weekWASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — June is Men’s Health Month, and groups across the country are joining Men’s Health Network in celebrating this special awareness period. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the public’s awareness of the many preventable health problems that affect men and boys.

Communities across the country celebrate Men’s Health Month by organizing screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities throughout the month of June.

“These efforts reach men where they live, work, play, and pray,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network, which organizes Men’s Heath Month events nationwide. “They’re a great way for healthcare providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to educate men, their families, and the public on a wide range of men’s health issues, including cancers, hypogonadism, cardiovascular problems, sexual and mental health concerns.”

The highlight of Men’s Health Month this year is the 20th Anniversary of National Men’s Health Week(NMHW), which is the week ending on Father’s Day, June 15, 2014. NMHW was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1994. Additional support comes from governors and mayors who declare Men’s Health Week in their states and cities.

“Men notice when their car doesn’t perform properly, but they don’t always listen when their body tells them it’s time to see a doctor,” says Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, science advisor to MHN. “Men’s Health Month is a call to action for all men and their families to take ownership of their health and well-being. All dads out there should use Father’s Day as a reminder of how much their family needs them, and how important it is for them to take care of themselves.”

We thank our 2014 Men’s Health Month sponsors which include AbbVie and Pfizer Inc. for their continued support of education.

To learn more, go to www.menshealthmonth.org.

About Men’s Health Network

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men’s Health Network (MHN), a national non-profit organization committed to improving the health and wellness of men and their families with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and facebook.com/menshealthnetwork

Have Something to Say About Men’s Health? We Want to Hear It!

I manage and edit a popular men’s health blog, Talking About Men’s Health (talkingaboutmenshealth.com) and am looking for guest bloggers.

My definition of “men’s health” is pretty broad, and includes lifestyle, fitness, nutrition, policy, mental health, physical health, relationships, etc. Pretty much anything as long as it deals with men. We even have pieces aimed at women who are looking for ways to help or better understand men–and for men on how to better understand women.

Please check out the blog and let me know if you’re up for a guest post, a series, or even a regular gig. And feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.

Dominican Republic Names First Robotic Surgery Unit in Recognition of World-Renowned Surgeon, David B. Samadi, MD

Dr. David Samadi Attended the Inauguration of the Samadi Robotic Institute at HOMS and Performed the First-Ever Robotic Prostate Surgery in the Dominican Republic

This week, world-renowned robotic prostate surgeon, David B. Samadi, MD, joined President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic to inaugurate and unveil the first Samadi Robotic Surgical Institute at the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS), pioneering robotic surgery in the Dominican Republic. While there, Dr. Samadi was honored for his humanitarian efforts in prostate cancer, and performed the first-ever robotic prostate surgery in the Dominican Republic.

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