Lump on Your Testicle? What It Could Be

Source: Lump on Your Testicle? What It Could Be « Men’s Health

If you feel a lump or bump on a testicle, you’re probably scared, and rightfully so. Something that doesn’t belong, especially on a testicle, is unsettling. The good news is that these usually are not dangerous. That’s not always the case though, so you need to take any changes in your testicles seriously.

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So what causes lumps, bumps or firmness down there?

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How to do Kegel exercises for women AND men

Source: How To Do Kegel Exercises – Medical News Today

Both men and women can benefit from performing exercises to work and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor dysfunction can be greatly improved with regular exercises targeting these muscle groups.2,3

Kegel exercises for females

How to do a proper Kegel is vital to the success of the treatment. These exercises can be done anywhere and at any time and are beneficial in strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor.5

Your health care provider or physical therapist can instruct you on how to perform a proper Kegel while in their office, at which time proper technique can be evaluated. Pelvic floor exercises can also be done during pregnancy and after childbirth.5

At times, a technique called biofeedback may be necessary. During biofeedback treatment, a device will monitor proper muscle contraction, the strength of the pelvic floor and timing of Kegels. Biofeedback reinforces proper technique of the exercises.3-5 Continue reading

Testosterone gel boosts sexual function, mood for older men

Source: Testosterone gel boosts sexual function, mood for older men – Medical News Today

Testosterone treatment in the form of a topical gel boosts sexual function, mood and walking ability for older men with low levels of the hormone. This is the conclusion of new research published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Researchers found that testosterone therapy improved the sexual function, mood and walking ability of older men.

The study – co-led by Dr. Ronald Swerdloff, a researcher at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA Biomed) in California – reveals the results of the first three trials that form part of the Testosterone Trials (TTrials).

The TTrials are a set of seven double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that aim to determine the safety and effectiveness of testosterone treatment among men aged 65 and older.

The initial results suggest that over a 1-year period, daily application of a testosterone gel boosted blood testosterone levels of older men to levels normally seen in younger men, which improved their sexual function, mood and walking ability. Continue reading

As men age, their sperm contains more disease-causing mutations

Source: As men age, their sperm contains more disease-causing mutations – Medical News Today

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed the source of some severe disease-causing mutations in sperm-producing tubes inside the testicles of healthy men.
As a man ages, his sperm contains an increasing proportion of cells with selfish mutations, say the researchers.

spermAndrew Wilkie, Nuffield professor of pathology at the University of Oxford in the UK, and colleagues describe their findings in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The authors suggest their work should help us better understand how genetic diseases can arise in children born to parents who do not themselves have them.

Men are not born with ready-made sperm cells (in contrast, women are born with all their egg cells). Sperm production starts in puberty, in a tangle of spaghetti-like tubes – the seminiferous tubules – inside the testicles. Each testicle contains about 400 m of seminiferous tubules. Continue reading

Men’s sexual health: are the supplements safe?

Source: Men’s sexual health: are the supplements safe? – Medical News Today

Over-the-counter dietary supplements and therapies sold to improve male sexual health may be ineffective and even unsafe, says a report published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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Many men turn to OTC supplements to tackle sexual health problems.

Around 40-70% of men experience sexual dysfunction at some time.

To avoid paying for prescription drugs, or the embarrassment of discussing such matters with their physicians, many turn to over-the-counter (OTC) products. Continue reading

Men, take note: eat more fruits to reduce risk of erectile dysfunction

Source: Men, take note: eat more fruits to reduce risk of erectile dysfunction – Medical News Today

Erectile dysfunction can be one of the most distressing conditions a man experiences. But a new study suggests eating more foods rich in flavonoids – such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and citrus fruits – could reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction for middle-aged men by more than a fifth.
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Researchers say eating more foods high in flavonoids – such as blueberries and strawberries – can reduce men’s risk of erectile dysfunction.

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Why So Many Couples Struggle With Sex

Source: Why So Many Couples Struggle With Sex | Psychology Today

Your libidos don’t match. Your sex life is non-existent. Your spouse is preoccupied with porn, or with someone other than you. There’s an affair. Whatever the specifics, when you and your partner need different things in the intimacy department, one of the most pleasurable aspects of a relationship—sex—can become one of the most painful.

I’m not a researcher. But based on responses to posts my The New I Do co-author, Vicki Larson, and I have gotten, it seems that the subject of sexlessness in marriage strikes a painful chord for many. In November, I posted, “Why is Sex in Marriage Such a Big Deal?” and in its first week online, it collected nearly 18,000 hits. Vicki’s article from July 2014, “Sexless Marriage or Cheating Spouse—What’s Worse?” (link is external) has drawn hundreds of comments and the conversation is still very much alive today. Continue reading

Cohabitation, Marriage Boost Mental Health

Source: Cohabitation, Marriage Boost Women’s Mental Health

Living together or getting married provides young adults — especially women — with a boost to emotional health, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 8,700 Americans who were born between 1980 and 1984, and interviewed every other year from 2000 to 2010. Continue reading

Dads get baby blues, too

Source: Dads get baby blues, too – Medical News Today

Fathers are nearly as likely to experience anxiety around the arrival of a new baby as mothers, according to research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
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Men, too, are prone to anxiety and depression around the birth of a baby.

Results from previous studies vary, but some suggest that over 20% of parents suffer from anxiety or depression.

The causes of anxiety and depression around the arrival of a new baby are poorly understood. Continue reading

Consumption of sweetened drinks now linked to heart failure in men

Source: Consumption of sweetened drinks now linked to heart failure – Medical News Today

New research shows a link between regular consumption of sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in men.
[Bottled sweetened drinks]The new research claims that sweetened drinks increase risk of heart failure.

Although this is the first time heart failure has specifically been investigated, there already exists a wealth of data on sweetened drinks’ impacts on other health issues.

Research conducted in 2004 found that adolescents consumed an average of 300 calories per day from sugar-sweetened drinks, accounting for 13% of their daily caloric intake.

Due to the prevalence of sweetened drinks in the general population’s diet and their negative health potential, this is an area worthy of further investigation.

Consumption of sweetened beverages has already been linked to changes in blood pressure, concentrations of insulin, glucose and C-reactive protein, and weight.

Soft drinks are also associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease and stroke. Continue reading

Trends in Metastatic Breast and Prostate Cancer — Lessons in Cancer Dynamics

Source: Trends in Metastatic Breast and Prostate Cancer — Lessons in Cancer Dynamics — NEJM

What explains these discordant trends? The stable incidence of metastatic breast cancer suggests two things.

First, the underlying probability of developing this form of breast cancer is itself stable. Second, screening mammography has been unable to identify at an earlier stage, before symptoms appear, cancers that are destined to become metastatic. Continue reading

Long-Term Study Finds The Hearts Of Women And Men Age Differently

Source: Long-Term Study Finds The Hearts Of Women And Men Age Differently | IFLScience

The health of your heart is impacted by a number of different factors, from smoking to diabetes, meaning that depending on lifestyle choices, people’s hearts age at different rates. A new study has found out, however, that its aging rate also depends on your sex.

By following close to 3,000 patients over a period of 10 years, the researchers were able to track how patients’ hearts changed during this period using MRI scans. This tracking over time was important, because previous studies looking into the differences in aging of hearts had simply compared those of young and old people at a single point in time, which couldn’t therefore account for differences in lifestyles or medical history. Checking up on the same individuals periodically, they found that there were surprising differences between the aging of hearts in both men and women. Continue reading

Men’s Obsession with Protein Powder Is an Eating Disorder

Source: Men’s Obsession with Protein Powder Is an Eating Disorder | Big Think

Scientists have known for decades that protein is an essential building block of muscle tissue, not to mention hormones, antibodies, blood plasma, and enzymes. So it’s not obvious why Americans have become obsessed with dietary protein over the last 10 years. We love protein bars, shakes, fortified cereals — Coca-Cola is even developing a protein-enhanced milk.

According to the Food and Nutrition Board, adults should consume 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. That comes to an average of 56 grams for men and 46 for women.

“The way in which men’s bodies are being objectified by the media is catching up rapidly to what has been done to women’s bodies for decades.”

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6 Awful Relationship Habits, and How to Break Them

Source: 6 Awful Relationship Habits, and How to Break Them | Psychology Today

Habits can be hard to break, especially when they’ve developed over the course of a long-term relationship. You know when your relationship is suffering from the effects of bad habits when you feel like something is off, or missing, in your time with your partner. You can’t quite put your finger on it, and there may be no one really to blame, but you know that things have changed.

A bad relationship habit is one that continues to occur even though it causes you or your partner distress. It may develop independent of the personalities, beliefs, or values of each individual, or it may reflect good intentions gone wrong in the way you two interact. You want to be positive, you want to be loving, but you can’t quite seem to pull it off. When alone, you build up your resolve to change, but when you’re back with your partner, that resolve melts and you’re back where you started. Continue reading

Getting Better – It Takes More than a Prescription

Source: Getting Better – It Takes More than a Prescription | yourhealthandsoul

Do you have a health issue? If so, you just need a prescription, and you’ll be all better, right?

Huey Lewis sang that he ‘wanted a new drug’. His proposed ‘new drug’ had no side effects and made him feel like he felt when falling in love.

Does that describe the prescriptions that you take? Unfortunately it’s just not that easy. Continue reading

Changes in Brains of Hockey Players Who Had Concussions – The New York Times

canadien-george-parros-hits-the-iceHockey players who sustained concussions during a recent season experienced acute microstructural changes in their brains, according to a series of studies published in the Journal of Neurosurgery on Tuesday.

“We’ve seen evidence of chronic injuries later in life from head trauma, and now we’ve seen this in current players,” Continue reading

Erectile dysfunction – Mayo Clinic

source: Erectile dysfunction – Mayo Clinic

Young couple playing in bed --- Image by © Felix Wirth/CorbisErectile dysfunction (impotence) is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex.

Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, however, it can cause stress, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems. Problems getting or keeping an erection also can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment and a risk factor for heart disease down the road. Continue reading

Crossfit: healthy or dangerous?

CrossfitWork-950x500Crossfit has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. People are using high intensity interval training in the hopes of getting even more health and body benefits. However, the problem with crossfit training is that the exercises are so intense that they may be harmful to your body. I have personally seen 3 men presenting with muscle damage and kidney failure due to crossfit during my 1 month rotation at an emergency in downtown Montreal. Continue reading