Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 353 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Dec-2003
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Combined drug therapy prevents progression of prostate enlargement - Helps men at high risk avoid surgery
A combination of drugs is significantly more effective than either drug alone for preventing progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), especially in men at high risk for disease progression, according to a study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine.  more

Information for patients: Prostate enlargement: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Severe BPH can cause serious problems over time. Urine retention and strain on the bladder can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence. If the bladder is permanently damaged, treatment for BPH may be ineffective. When BPH is found in its earlier stages, there is a lower risk of developing such complications.  more


Information for patients: Medical therapy of prostatic symptoms - Questions & answers
BPH is a noncancerous growth of the prostate gland. The prostate surrounds the urethra at the base of the bladder. BPH is sometimes called prostate enlargement. At age 20, the prostate is roughly the size of a walnut. By age 70, the average prostate has doubled in size. BPH occurs to some degree in 80 percent of men, but only one-third of men develop significant lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that may require treatment. An estimated 6.3 million men are bothered by BPH.  more

Information for patients: Understanding prostate changes - A health guide for all men
The prostate, scarcely noticed by the public a decade ago, is now in the limelight, featured in thousands of reports in the general press and in medical journals. Famous figures such as Harry Belafonte, Bob Dole, and Norman Schwartzkopf have gone public after being struck by prostate cancer. By doing that, they have spurred interest in the small gland and rallied support for increased research and better treatment choices. This booklet for men describes changes that may occur in the prostate over time.  more

Information for patients and practitioners: Selenium
Registered dietitians at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, developed this Fact Sheet in conjunction with the Office of Dietary Supplements in the Office of the Director of NIH to provide responsible information about the role of vitamins and minerals in health and disease. Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the human body. Supplementation of selenium has been associated with better prostate health in some studies. more

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