Second Prostate Biopsy

October 31, 2010

The good news you just received about the result of a second prostate biopsy test could be misleading. Pathologists estimates show 20 percent of all prostate biopsies are false negative… meaning they can miss cancer.

A negative biopsy doesn’t mean you don’t have cancer. Your chances of having cancer increases, if your biopsy only included samples from part of your prostate. In fact the cancer could be quite extensive. The greater the number of samples biopsied, the better your chances of being misdiagnosed.

Perhaps there was no need to do the test at that time. Because, according to Dr. James A. Eastham at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center, no one should be referred for a biopsy based on one single PSA test that is slightly elevated. Did you have a second prostate-specific antigen (PSA) before the second prostate biopsy was performed?

You should be here at this threshold because your second prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and digital rectal exam (DRE) continued to be abnormal. Experts recommend repeating the test 4 to 6 weeks before doing second biopsy. False positives are common, because cancer is not the only cause for increased PSA levels. A recent episode with constipation, inflammation, or recent ejaculation can raise your PSA score. But fluctuations should never be taken lightly.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute and Portland Veterans Medical Center have discovered a way to identify which men need second prostate biopsy, even though they were given a clean bill of health after the first biopsy. The single most definite indicator given for a repeat biopsy was a high PSA, Gleason score 7 or higher, adjusted for prostate size.

Prostate cancer is the second most deadliest cancer in men. An estimated 300,000 are diagnosed annually, and 30,000 men will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. You could be one of them.

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Green Tea and Cholesterol

September 18, 2010

By Lorraine Bevere

A green and lush oasis in the middle of a scorching dessert. A
cool breeze on a hot summer night. A bright light in the end of
a cold and dark tunnel. Green tea and cholesterol.

For the millions and millions of people suffering from high
cholesterol green tea may be that light. You can browse and
search the Internet for topics on green tea and cholesterol and
would come up with hundred of hits.

Cholesterol, triglycerides, the protein apoB in LDLs, are words
dreaded by humans of the modern age. This new century is
expected to become the century of medical miracles, the green
tea, lowly as it may sound looks very promising as several
researches have shown. This could be the decade of green tea
and cholesterol.

More good news is it’s not just green tea and cholesterol; it’s
also green tea and cancer. Several studies have shown that the
antioxidants are present in green tea. The Journal of the
National Cancer Institute published the results of an
epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea
reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women
by nearly sixty percent. Another research done by the
University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a
compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. In
another study by the University of Kansas determined that EGCG
may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is
quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are
smokers.

And more good news! It’s not just green tea and cholesterol;
it’s also green tea and high blood pressure. Habitually
drinking 5 to 10 cups a day of green tea lowers high blood
pressure.

For more that 4,000 years the Chinese have known about the
medicinal benefits of green tea since using it to treat
everything from headaches to depression. So it’s not just green
tea and cholesterol; it’s also green tea and depression!

Drinking green also is reported to be helpful with rheumatoid
arthritis, Cardiovascular disease, infection, and impaired
immune function.

Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, especially
epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a good anti-cancer
element. Polyphenol limits the negative effects of smoking and
a fatty diet.

There’s more! It’s not just green tea and cholesterol; it’s
also green tea and weight loss. The American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition published a report that found out that men
who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract
burned more calories than those given only caffeine.

How about green tea and tooth decay anyone? Its bacteria-
destroying abilities kill the bacteria that cause dental decay.
So it’s not just green tea and cholesterol, it’s also green tea
and bacteria.

Why is it that it’s green tea and cholesterol not oolong tea or
black tea? As we all know there are 3 types of tea, green,
oolong and black. All of these come from the leaves of the
Camellia sinensis plant. But why green? Green tea leaves are
steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized
while black and oolong tea leaves are made from dried or
fermented leaves, which causes loss of EGCG.

We should have learned speaking mandarin or fukien a long time
ago and got to know green tea and cholesterol lowering the
Chinese way.

There is more to green tea and cholesterol, search the web and
get to know more of the heath benefits you may get from green
tea. Does anyone know how to say green tea in Chinese?

Lorraine Bevere is well known for documenting the amazing qualities of green tea. Discover other tea “secrets” at her site http://www.fogtea.com


The Cardiovascular Cure

September 3, 2010

The cardiovascular cure is revolutionary amino acid that caught the attention of the medical community, and has been the focal point of numerous research studies. Arginine may well be the maintenance engineer of the cardiovascular system. This amino acid keeps the arteries clean by eradicating obstacles that may hinder adequate blood flow.

Arginine converts to Nitric Oxide during arginine metabolism in endothelial cells, and contributes to normal blood flow. Endothelium consists of flat cells that lined the body and lymphatic vessels, the heart, and various other body cavities. Normal blood flow is the heart of the cardiovascular cure.

Four grams of arginine daily is a rather inexpensive way to refurbish the endothelium. Arginine increases dilation of blood vessels, reduces that sticky substance that adheres to blood platelets, making them stick to the vessel walls causing blockage, and improves erectile dysfunction.

Arginine reduces the plaque that forms along the walls of vessels in patients with high cholesterol levels and artherosclerosis.
In laboratory testing, arginine has shown to be much more than a cardiovascular cure. Arginine has proven to…

  • Reduce high blood pressure.
  • Stimulate release of human growth hormone.
  • Improve pituitary functions.
  • Decrease bad cholesterol
  • Improve memory.
  • Improve peripheral vascular disease.
  • Increase relaxation of smooth muscles.

The cardiovascular cure is safe and easily available at your health food store. But be sure to tell your health care provider that you’re taking arginine.

“The Cardiovascular Cure,” by John Cooke, Ph.D
“This book provides a lucid written description of EDRF and endothelial dysfunction. Treatment with exercise, a diet rich in arginine, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, is important to the many patients prone to develop heart attacks or stroke.”

Related Sources…
Arginine for muscles, memory, sex.
Arginine found in protein-rich foods
Arginine safeguards heart blood vessels


Once-Daily Tadalafil May Improve Signs and Symptoms of BPH

July 26, 2009

There is enough data available to support once-a-day use of tadalafil in men with erectile dysfunction, and signs and symptoms of BPH. This is the finding, reported by UroToday, of a recent study on the effects of tadalafil on benign prostatitic hyperplasia.

The study included sexually active men with ED, who also suffered BPH and lower urinary tract symptoms, such as intermittency, urgency, incomplete emptying, weak urinary stream, urinary frequency, straining and nocturia.

The result of the study showed significant improvements from baseline with once-daily tadalafil in all stratifications. Hereby suggesting that once-daily tadalafil may be effective in treating a diversified group of men suffering from BPH and other lower urinary tract symptoms.

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Dutasteride Study Shows Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk

May 3, 2009

Long term study shows Dutasteride reduced the risk of prostate cancer detected via prostate biopsy by 23% over a period of four years. The study group included men between the age of 50 to 75 who had increased cancer risk, with prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels between 2.5 and 10 ng/ml.

Dutasteride is a 5-alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitor that inhibits both type 1 and type 2 isoenzymes. These enzymes convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the prostate gland. High levels of dihydrotestosterone accumulates and cause hyperplasia. Dutasteride capsules have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate gland.

BPH is benign enlargement of the prostate gland in men over forty, which may not present any problems until over sixty. BPH causes urinary track symptoms such as frequent urination, leaking, and urinary urgency. Dutasteride trials show significant improvement of urinary track symptoms.

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Sleep and Heart Health

March 11, 2009

A good night’s sleep is not just a remedy for grumpy moods, mental and physical lethargy. Researchers at the University of Chicago have recently discovered that adequate sleep makes your heart strong and healthy.

The research team noted that lack of sleep promotes calcium buildup in the heart arteries, causing plaque that eventually brakes off, blocks arteries, and leads to stroke and heart attack. The study suggests doctors warn their patients about lack of sleep, along with other rick factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

Chronic diseases are also conducive to sleep loss. Pain and pulmonary obstruction, the two most common ailments associated with chronic diseases, can keep you awake most of the night. Get relief for those maladies that prevent you from getting enough sleep.

The study shows eight hours sleep is ideal for human heart health. Anything less entertains heart risk. The closer you move toward a four hour sleep deficit, the greater your chances of developing coronary disease.

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Proper Condom Use Makes Good Condom Sense

February 8, 2009

Proper condom use is indispensable in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. It also offers sufficient contraception against accidental pregnancy.

The importance of proper condom use just cannot be emphasized enough. When the latex condom is used properly and consistently, it becomes an essential ingredient in the conservation of sexual health.
The use of prophylactic condoms for the prevention of STD dates way back to the 17th century. Styles and sizes may have changed, but the basic raison d’être remains the same.

The latex condom lost much of its popularity with the introduction of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s. Almost simultaneously the spread of STDs skyrocketed, while accidental pregnancies seemed to nosedive.
The latex condom returned to prominence during the 1990s, when Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) struck like a hurricane without warning. So did the realization for proper condom use.

Condom Sense
Since the condom does not cover the entire infected areas, they are probably more effective in preventing infections cause by fluids from mucosal areas, than in preventing infections cause by skin-to-skin contact.

Lubricated condoms are very much as effective as non-lubricated in preventing STD. Condoms lubricated with spermicides are just as effective as other lubricated condoms. However, spermicide lubricated condoms have a shorter shelf life than other lubricated condoms, and they are more expensive. The N-9 vaginal spermicide is linked to urinary tract infection in younger women.

If the male condom cannot be use correctly, the woman should consider using a female condom. The female condom is an effective barrier against STD and contraception. And so, it should be an integral component of proper condom use.

Having plenty condoms available in case of contamination or breakage, makes perfect sense. Never use a contaminated or torn condom. And never ever reuse a condom. Condoms are very affordable. Bulk condom purchases are available at Condom Express. You will pay less than $20.00 for 50 condoms. Free condoms are also available at distribution centers around your city. Check your community papers.

Condom Sense” is a book that saves lives. Dr. Monica Sweeny focuses on the sensibleness of living a healthy sexual life through proper condom use. She places great emphasis on how to use a condom, and where to get them. While working as a doctor in an inner city health center, she experienced the devastation caused by HIV and AIDS and realized the importance of using condoms.

Be sensible, condoms are the only method of contraception that offers genuine protection against sexually transmitted diseases. So learning how to use a condom correctly is your key defense against STD.

Choices in Contraception
Today there are several methods of contraception to choose from. Whether it is the pill, an intrauterine device, the patch, rhythmic method, male contraception, or abstinence, the choice is yours to makes.

The ideal contraception should be safe, effective, inexpensive, and easy to use. But don’t just stop there… the ultimate contraceptive must also provide protection against the transmission of sexual diseases. The contraception of your choice must do much more than prevent pregnancy. It has got to be effective enough to protect your health. So your choice of contraception should be multifaceted.

Dr Elizabeth Connell simplifies your choices of contraception in “The Contraception Sourcebook“. It’s an invaluable resource, which provides in-depth understanding of each contraception method.

How to use a condom
Knowing how to use a condom correctly is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of STD and HIV. Here are the things you should know in order to use a condom properly…

  • Check the package to ensure it’s not torn or damage.
  • Check the expiration date on the package to make sure it has not expired. (5 years for latex condoms, 3 years for N-9 coated condoms)
  • Open the package carefully with your fingers to avoid tearing the rubber.
  • Condoms will only roll in one direction, so it’s important to observe which direction the open end is facing.
  • Squeeze the tip (nipple) gently with two fingers before placing it on head of the erect penis.
  • Unroll the condom unto the erect penis, rolling it all the way down to the base of the penis.
  • If you start unrolling on the wrong side, discard it and get a new one, because the outside is already contaminated with pre-ejaculatory fluids.
  • Use only water-based lubricants… K-Y Jelly, spermicidal gels or creams. Oil-based lubricant will weaken the condom causing it to break.
  • Use your fingers occasionally during intercourse to check if the ring is still positioned at the base of the penis.
  • After ejaculation withdraw the penis while still erect.
  • Hold the ring of the condom firmly against the base of the penis during withdrawal of the erect penis to prevent slippage or leakage.
  • There should be no genital contact after the condom is removed.
  • Dispose of the used condom properly. Put it into the trash. Never flush down the toilet nor save for reuse.
  • Use a new condom for each sexual encounter.

By following these simple steps of proper condom use, you can prevent the sexual transmitted of fatal diseases and safeguard your sexual health. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to buy condoms. Free condoms are readily available on the Internet for you to practice proper condom use. Generous supporters of proper condom use will deliver free condoms, in every brand and style, to your mailbox discretely packaged just for the asking.


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