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Posts for: July, 2010

Long Ring Finger Linked to Prostate Cancer

The UK's Telegraph (7/21, Jamieson) reports that "hospital patients...whose ring finger on the right hand was significantly longer than the index finger were more likely to" develop prostate cancer "than those fingers were roughly same length," South Korean researchers found after looking at 366 men. "Blood tests showed that men whose ring fingers were much longer than their index finger, next to the thumb, had almost double the normal levels of prostate specific antigen." And, "three times as many of these men went on to be diagnosed with prostate cancer."

By contactus
July 27, 2010
Tags: PSA testing   PSA   prostate cancer  
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For men over age 50 who are going to have a PSA test for prostate cancer, ejaculation within the past two days may artificially raise PSA levels. Men should be aware of the time of their last ejaculation and tell their doctors the last time they had an ejaculation in case results are high. Finally, while the digital rectal exam or other aspects of a prostate exam shouldn't interfere with PSA levels, I suggest that blood be drawn before the rectal exam as a precaution.

Throughout a lifetime, women's bodies undergo tremendous stress, including pregnancy, childbirth, strenuous exercise, and gynecologic surgeries. All of these stresses -- accumulated over the years -- can weaken the natural support structure of the pelvis, which can cause the pelvic organs to shift from their natural, intended position and/or to protrude into or outside of the vaginal canal. It's actually not an uncommon problem, and it can affect women of many ages and health circumstances.

Different types of organs protruding into the vaginal canal cause different types of prolapse. These include:

Bladder (Cystocele)Small bowel (Enterocele)

Rectum (Rectocele)

Vagina (Vaginal vault), which can happen after hysterectomies.

If you're experiencing any symptom of a weakened pelvic floor, chances are there's at least a little discomfort involved. Sometimes, the symptoms can be debilitating, affecting your ability to lead an active life -- or even to be sexually intimate.

I recently attended the American Urologic Society meeting in San Francisco, May 31-June 3, and I attended a program about male sexual dysfunction. I was pleasantly surprised to hear of a study that reported that men who exercised on a regular basis were better performers in the bedroom. Those men who exercised regularly had better erections and had sexual intimacy more frequently those men who led sedentary life styles. Even men who had moderate exercise, like take a brisk walk for 30 minutes four times a week were much less likely to have sexual dysfunction than those who were walkers. It was noteworthy that even moderate exercise such as yoga and walking were just as beneficial as strenuous exercise such as jogging and swimming.

The researches from Duke University suggested that exercise may increase blood flow through the penis, making it easier to get an erection. Also, working out may make men feel better about themselves and that in turn may improve sexual prowess.

Bottom Line: Men, you may just be able to keep that Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis tablet in the medicine cabinet if you started a regular exercise program. The best would be to take that walk with your partner as your relationship will also improve if you take time to be with each other on a regular basis.

SOURCES: 105th annual meeting of the American Urological Association, San Francisco, May 29-June 3, 2010. 

Erin R. McNamara, MD, Duke University Medical Center and June 4, 2010 issue of WebMD article by Charlene Laino