Monday, December 28, 2015

An orgasm a day can keep prostate cancer risk at bay

source: Times of India

A recent study indicates that men who ejaculate every day have a lower risk of prostate cancer than men who do not ejaculate regularly.

Statistically, men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month had a 22 % lower risk of getting the disease.

However, no specific reasons for the findings were given.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, in 2012, there were more than 1.1 million cases of prostate cancer, making it accountable for 8 percent of all new cancer cases, and 15 percent of cancers in men.

Further reading: Giles, G.G., Severi, G., English, D.R., McCredie, M.R.E., Borland, R., Boyle, P. and Hopper, J.L. (2003), Sexual factors and prostate cancer. BJU International, 92: 211–216. doi: 10.1046/j.1464-410X.2003.04319.x

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Drug of Abuse: Gabapentin

Gabapentin is increasingly being used by patients in methadone maintenance programs to get a high.

Increasing availability, infrequent drug testing, and potentiation of euphoria when combined with opioids have likely all contributed to gabapentin misuse.

  • Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data show that ED visits involving thenonmedical use of gabapentin have increased by 90% in the United States since 2008. 
  • DAWN data also suggest that 20% of patients in treatment may misuse or abuse gabapentin.

Meanwhile, there has been a rise in gabapentin prescribing.

Current advice on prescribing Gabapentin: use caution. Don't necessarily avoid prescribing it, but be careful and prescribe it from visit to visit. Don't just give somebody six refills and say you will see them in 6 months.