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Prostate Health Archive
Saw palmetto fails to relieve BPH symptoms in new Harvard study
A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association finds that saw palmetto, a fruit extract commonly taken to treat urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate (technically termed benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), is no more effective in relieving symptoms than placebo, even at high doses. The federally funded study […]
Vitamin E doesn’t offer protection against prostate cancer
Although a recent article on healthy aging in the Washington Post suggested that taking vitamin E can help men prevent prostate and other cancers, that isn’t what the evidence shows.
Hospitals mislead patients about robotic surgery
Johns Hopkins researchers found that 40% of hospital Web sites promote robot-assisted surgery, even though little evidence shows it’s better than conventional methods.
Smoking may increase risk of prostate cancer recurrence
The findings were presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting in May 2011.
Using food to fight prostate cancer
Nutritionist Sheila Wolfson spoke about healthful eating for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition’s 14th annual symposium in May 2011. A good diet, she said, can boost energy and improve quality of life.
Gay men more vulnerable to drops in quality of life after prostate treatment
For the first time, a study measures the impact of prostate cancer treatment on the quality of life of gay men.
Robot-assisted surgery may be safe, but comparisons to other treatments and quality-of-life data lacking
Study examines the post-surgical complications and safety of robotic prostatectomy among one group of surgeons.
Surprising findings on omega-3 fats, trans fats, and prostate cancer risk
A new study challenges the conventional wisdom that heart-healthy omega-3 fats from fish, walnuts, and other sources are good for the prostate and that artery-damaging trans fats are bad for it. Suzanne Rose, editor of Harvard Health’s Annual Report on Prostate Diseases, explains.
Surprising findings on omega-3s, trans fats, and prostate cancer risk don’t warrant a change in diet
Study finds that men with the highest blood levels of omega-3s were more likely to develop high-grade prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels, and that men with the highest blood levels of trans fat were less likely to develop the disease than those with the lowest.
FDA approves abiraterone for advanced prostate cancer
The drug, approved at the end of April 2011, may be helpful for men with metastatic disease that no longer responds to hormone therapy.
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