Men's Health

2:39pm

Tue February 5, 2013
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Exercise Can Be Good For The Heart, And Maybe For Sperm, Too

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:39 am

Human sperm race to fertilize an egg.
David M. Phillips Science Source

Guys, it may be time to get off the couch and hit the treadmill — especially if you want to have kids.

Okay, we all know that exercise is good for us. It can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, to name a few benefits. Now researchers say physical activity may also help keep sperm healthy and happy.

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12:19pm

Tue February 5, 2013
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Why Prostate Cancer Screening Is So Tricky

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:56 pm

When is the right time to check the PSA box?
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Men can be forgiven for being confused over screening for prostate cancer. Doctors are confused, too.

When it comes to figuring out if the benefits are worth the risks, the simplest solutions may not be best, a study of the options finds.

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12:17pm

Thu September 6, 2012
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How Americans Think About Screening

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:28 am

Dr. Karen Lindsfor, a radiologist at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, reads a mammogram in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Ben Franklin wrote. But that was before he had to consider the risks and benefits of screening tests for cancers of the breast and prostate.

There are conflicting guidelines on when women should get mammograms and mounting questions on when the PSA blood test for prostate cancer is worthwhile.

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8:10am

Tue August 28, 2012
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An Unloved Subject During Doctor Visits: Men's Sexual Health

We need to talk.
George Peters iStockphoto.com

If men could become pregnant, they'd probably visit the doctor more often.

But without a compelling inducement like contraception to get them in the door, they often miss out on sexual and reproductive health services that could protect not only them but also their partners.

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1:26am

Mon August 27, 2012
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Pediatricians Decide Boys Are Better Off Circumcised Than Not

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 10:35 am

Social worker Shannon Coyne and her husband decided against circumcision for their son, now 11 months old. The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and that insurance companies should pay for it.
Matt Rourke AP

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday announced its first major shift on circumcision in more than a decade, concluding that the health benefits of the procedure clearly outweigh any risks.

"There is clear evidence that supports the health benefits of circumcision," said Susan Blank, who led the 14-member task force that formulated the new policy being published in the journal Pediatrics.

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