Heart-safer NSAID alternatives

Common pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) carry an added risk of heart problems. Use only what you need and for only as long as you need it. Men with heart problems should be extra cautious. Alternative pain relievers are available. Ways to soothe joint pain without medication include exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, joint-supporting splints, massage, and acupuncture. More »

Vasectomy and prostate cancer

Vasectomy has been linked to higher risk of eventually being diagnosed with prostate cancer, but there is no convincing proof that one actually causes the other. (Locked) More »

Where to get health care in a hurry

Retain clinics and e-visits are alternatives to seeing a doctor at an office visit, urgent care clinic, or emergency room. Retail clinics, located at drugstores and “big box” retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, provide convenience and flat-rate pricing, but are best for basic and uncomplicated medical issues. E-visits allow you to talk to a doctor via the Internet and offer a wider range of services.  (Locked) More »

Not satisfied with your sex life?

Erectile dysfunction usually stems from inadequate blood supply to the penis, but other causes can contribute. Diagnosing it and getting the right treatment requires a frank conversation with a doctor about your sexual function. Full sexual function requires sufficient arousal before intercourse. The most widely used drugs for erectile problems work in most men, but insurance coverage is limited, and they have potential side effects. (Locked) More »

Calcium supplements for bone health: Do you really need them?

Dietary guidelines recommend a relatively large amount of daily calcium—1,000 to 1,200 milligrams per day—to prevent bone fractures. It can be difficult to get that much without taking a supplement. Recent science has called the high recommended daily intake into question. Common calcium-rich foods can provide most of men’s daily needs. (Locked) More »

Boot camp for better sleep

Being worried about not being able to sleep can itself become the primary cause of insomnia. People with this problem begin to dread trying to sleep and develop negative feelings and beliefs about sleep. A counseling technique called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help. It is more effective than sleeping pills in the long term. Many insurance providers cover this service.  (Locked) More »