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Archive for the 'Prostate' Category

Does selenium reduce the risk for prostate cancer?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

About 15 years ago, researchers in the US published the results of a study showing that taking selenium supplements lowered the risk of prostate cancer.

Now, researchers in the UK have examined all the available evidence for selenium intake, selenium levels in the body, and prostate cancer risk. (more…)

Vitamin E and an increased risk of prostate cancer

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with vitamin E supplements.

As a follow-up, researchers in the US determined the long-term effect of vitamin E and selenium in relatively healthy men. (more…)

Failure of saw palmetto to reduce BPH symptoms

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) fruit extracts are used for treat lower urinary tract symptoms attributed to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Researchers in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Urological Symptoms (CAMUS) Study Group report the response to increasing doses. (more…)

Hybrid broccoli

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Financial Times reports, “A new hybrid variety richer in chemicals linked to a reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems goes on sale on Tuesday” in the UK.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Lower your risk for prostate cancer

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There’s no sure way to prevent prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, but here are their dietary recommendations. (more…)

Value of physical activity after diagnosis of prostate cancer

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco examined the value of vigorous activity and brisk walking after diagnosis on the risk of prostate cancer progression. (more…)

Vitamin E, selenium, + soy to treat prostate cancer?

Friday, May 6th, 2011

High-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) is a precursor of invasive prostate cancer (PCa). Some preliminary evidence suggests vitamin E, selenium, and soy protein may prevent progression of HGPIN to PCa.

Researchers at Princess Margaret Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario tested this hypothesis. (more…)

Is it possible to prevent prostate cancer with diet and supplements?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, Washington, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of prostate cancer

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Researchers in the UK and Belgium reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Biofeedback for men undergoing prostatectomy

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The value of pelvic floor muscle training on the recovery of urinary continence after removing the prostate is controversial, according to researchers at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, in Brazil.

They studied biofeedback + pelvic floor muscle training to improve urinary incontinence following radical prostatectomy. (more…)

Searching for contamination in herbals used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Men increasingly use herbal remedies to treat bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Yet, study results with these products are inconsistent.

Researchers from Princess Margaret Hospital, in Toronto, Ontario think it might be due to contamination of these products (more…)

Combining soy isoflaones plus radiation for prostate cancer

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Soy isoflavones sensitize prostate cancer cells to radiation. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, which might help prevent the side effects of radiation.

Researchers at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan, studied the effects of soy isoflavone supplementation on the toxicity of external beam radiation therapy in patients with localized prostate cancer. (more…)

Searching for a connection between fish consumption and prostate cancer

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The risk of prostate cancer varies 60-fold depending on where in the world you are. This suggests a role for lifestyle and dietary factors in its cause.

Researchers at McGill University Health Centre, in Montreal, Quebec looked for evidence of an association with diet. (more…)

Preventing prostate cancer progression with green tea

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Men with prostate cancer who consumed the active compounds in green tea demonstrated a reduction in test results that predict prostate cancer progression, according to researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, in Louisiana. (more…)

Reviewing pomegranate research

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) told POM Wonderful that their UK billboard showing a bottle of pomegranate juice and a hangman’s noose, and proclaims the juice can “cheat death” must be taken down.

ASA says “We considered the evidence… but concluded that it fell short of showing any direct relation between consuming the product and a longer life.”

So, what’s the evidence? (more…)

Acupunture for hot flashes in men with prostate cancer

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Hot flashes are a common side effect of androgen ablation therapy — a well-established treatment for various stages of prostate cancer.

Researchers at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, in Brooklyn, New York, report positive effects with acupuncture. (more…)

Omega-3 and advanced prostate cancer

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco report that omega-3 protects against advanced prostate coancer.

And there’s a COX-2 genetic connection. (more…)

Folic acid and prostate cancer risk

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

The effects of folic acid-containing supplements may differ from natural sources of folate, according to the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (more…)

Eating legumes to reduce prostate cancer risk

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

After 10 years of research, here’s what we know about eating legumes — lentils; split, chick, and black-eyed peas; kidney, navy, and black beans — and the risk of prostate cancer.

Let’s start with the latest results from researchers at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. (more…)

Pollen extract to treat chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Men with chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) have persistent discomfort or pain in the pelvic area that lasts several months, often longer. Discomfort is usually at the base of the penis and around the anus and lower back. Sometimes it spreads into the testes. The cause isn’t known.

Researchers at Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, in Germany studied the response to pollen extract (Cernilton). (more…)