To PSA or not to PSA: That Is the Thorny Question

Fewer men are undergoing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) evaluations since the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its controversial recommendation not to undergo the PSA test. This will lead to lower diagnosis and subsequent treatment rates for prostate cancer. According to the results of this task force, a PSA test would never be performed,… Read more »

Be a Hero Against “Super-Lice”

What’s worse than head lice? How about super-lice? Parents who have signed a child up for summer activities–especially sleep-away camp—need to be on the lookout for this new strain of head lice. This mutant is impervious to traditional treatments. Head lice are highly contagious. They spread easily from one person to another by close contact and when… Read more »

Skin Damage: A Permanent Reminder of Days in the Sun

If you think tanned skin gives you “a healthy glow,” think again. Enough exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from any source, natural or otherwise, causes skin damage–such as skin cancer and premature aging–in anyone. I’ve seen signs of aging and skin cancer in patients as young as their 20s. Tanning salons do not prevent skin… Read more »

CyberKnife, the Lifestyle-Friendly Prostate Cancer Treatment

Patients with localized prostate cancer have a new choice for treatment. Called CyberKnife stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), this option is based on radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is a noninvasive technique that targets tumors with high doses of radiation. CyberKnife SBRT kills prostate cancer cells while it minimizes exposure to radiation of nearby, healthy tissue like the bladder… Read more »

Take Pulse to Lower Cholesterol

A daily pulse can significantly reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol) levels and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. But don’t press two fingers to your wrist just yet. In this case, pulse means beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils—also called legumes. Consuming one serving a day of… Read more »

Healthy Eating: There’s an App for That

Get the low-down on healthy eating and the best tools to help you do it next Wednesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for Healthy Eating in the Digital Age: There’s an App for That. We’ll discuss good-for-you food choices plus nutrition facts and myths. Then we’ll explore some of the best… Read more »

7 Things Men Can Expect During a Urologist Office Visit

If you’re a man who’s hasn’t made his first urologist office visit, you may wonder what to expect. First, it’s helpful to understand who urologists are. They are physicians who specialize in the genitourinary tract—the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, urethra and male reproductive organs—and male fertility. Urologists are also trained in the surgical and… Read more »

Summer Fruits Entice for a New Reason

Something everybody can enjoy this time of year is summer fruits. In time for this bounty of flavor, the European Journal of Cancer has reported that eating fruit reduces the risk of developing stomach cancer. The journal authors analyzed 24 separate studies (called a meta-analysis) that included a total of 2.4 million participants for about… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »