UK study finds vasectomies are even safer than reported

Vasectomies are much less likely to cause complications than expected, according to a new UK study reviewing the outcomes from over 90,000 vasectomies performed over 15 years. The study, led by researchers from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is being presented today at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Milan. It shows that existing leaflets explaining the potential […]

Exercise could help with common sexual complaint

Exercise appears to be a potentially effective way of treating premature ejaculation, according to a new peer-reviewed study carried out by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). The new study, published in the journal Trends in Urology and Men’s Health, saw researchers review 54 studies, which involved 3,485 participants from across the world, published over the past 49 years. Premature ejaculation is estimated to […]

Can smart watches and other fitness and wellness trackers do more harm than good for some people?

In recent years, wearable devices such as smartwatches and rings, as well as smart scales, have become ubiquitous – “must-haves” for the health conscious to self-monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs. Despite the obvious benefits, certain fitness and wellness trackers could also pose serious risks for people with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers, implantable […]

Remote symptom reporting systems for patients may reduce outpatient waiting lists

Digital systems for patients to monitor and report symptoms remotely may offer a solution to reduce outpatient waiting lists, according to a new review published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The review, led by researchers from the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR), Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham, looked at international […]

Poor healthcare experiences lead caregivers to self-medicate, study shows

Caregivers need care, too. And now, researchers from Japan have found that their experience with healthcare professionals while caring for someone else affects their own healthcare choices. In a study published recently in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, researchers from the University of Tsukuba found that caregivers are more likely to take personal care into their own hands, by self-medicating, […]

500,000 missed out on blood pressure lowering drugs during pandemic

Nearly half a million people missed out on starting medication to lower their blood pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Data Science Centre at Health Data Research UK published today in Nature Medicine [1]. The researchers say that thousands of people could suffer an avoidable heart attack or stroke due to delays […]

Frequent visits to green space linked to lower use of certain prescription meds

Frequent visits to urban green spaces, such as parks and community gardens in Finland, rather than the amount, or views of them from home, may be linked to lower use of certain prescription meds, suggests research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The observed associations between frequent green space visits and lower use of drugs for depression, anxiety, insomnia, high […]

Improved diagnostic tools needed for chronic hepatitis B patients

A group of international researchers is calling for revised guidelines to help improve access to hepatitis B treatment in Africa. Hepatitis B is a highly endemic virus in Africa with an estimated 82 million people chronically infected. Very few people living with hepatitis B are aware of their diagnosis and few have access to treatment. The complications of untreated hepatitis B […]

People sleep the least from early 30s to early 50s

People sleep less in mid-adulthood than they do in early and late adulthood, finds a new study led by UCL, University of East Anglia and University of Lyon researchers. Sleep duration declines in early adulthood until age 33, and then picks up again at age 53, according to the findings published in Nature Communications. The study, involving 730,187 participants spread over […]