erectile dysfunction

There is more (and new) evidence mounting to an already robust knowledge database that a man’s erectile dysfunction (ED) can be linked to a higher rate of cardiovascular (CV) events.

The latest work to be discussed here demonstrated such men had a “higher relative risk of myocardial infarction [or heart attack], total CV events, and all-cause mortality.” (1)

First, let’s review a few facts about ED and cardiovascular disease (CVD).

  • CVD is leading cause of death in men (with significant rates in young & old)
  • > 30 million men in U.S. are affected by ED
  • ED impacts > 50% of men aged 40-70 years...

Full Disclosure: Before five minutes ago, I was unsure what teams made it into the upcoming Super Bowl. I mean, if one of them isn’t the Eagles, then my attention span plummets to nonexistent.

But, being that “THE” game is apolitical and topical, what better way to contribute some semblance of expertise than through analysis of the ads and how they may or may not reflect the health interests and possible status of the audience? 

Given that the ads are my favorite part of the event anyway, they will be the focus.  Because they are the focus of a lot of people, the ads have become a cultural phenomenon, and so there is real investment in being entertaining. It sometimes makes or breaks companies for the year so they want to appeal even to those not captivated by...

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) adversely impacts over 30 million men in the United States to some extent.  Medical efforts to combat this considerable personal strain and relationship stressor are replete with various shortcomings.  

Depending upon the cause, treatment options can be limited.  Traditionally as a last resort when a man is ineligible or has failed less invasive alternatives, surgical insertion of a penile implant is considered.  

The common types that exist fall under the inflatable (IPP) or malleable (MPP) penile prosthetic umbrellas.  Innovation in this field has been relatively stagnant the last 40 years which is why a team of researchers —whose concept was recently patent-approved...

The cost of treating erectile dysfunction

As practitioners of capitalism, Americans like to take for granted that competition keeps prices in check, which in turn keeps businesses on their toes while they deliver welcomed, price-trimming benefits to consumers.

However, when viewing the market for medication that treats erectile dysfunction, or ED, that assumption simply and shockingly does not apply. And the steady, upward march of prices should be of growing concern to those with the condition (and anyone else -- e.g. purchasers of health insurance -- who indirectly subsidizes price increases in the prescription drug market).

Publishing an illustration that delivers startling...

It isn’t hard to imagine that as our enlarging and ever-stiffening polarized political spheres come to a head, an article about what maintains the penis’ potency might be a kind of crowning glory.

To start, let’s give you a sturdy grasp of what prompts erectile dysfunction (ED) firming up any confusion.

More than 30 million men in the United States are affected by ED to some extent, so prevalence is certainly high (1).

The mechanism to control a man’s ability to get erect and maintain it is quite complex.  The point and shoot components are controlled by your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  When there is impairment in either arena, there is a flawed rigidity or ejaculation.  

When nerves are firing and blood is flowing, this pleasurable...

aids-prevention---condoms-3-213424-mHumans have used some form of condom as a prevention against pregnancy and infection for centuries, and maybe longer. Humans have made condoms out of cloths, animal intestines, oiled silk paper, tortoise shells or animal horn and more recently rubber and latex. They have been an instrumental tool in the public health arena keeping unwanted pregnancies down while helping to combat the spread of many STDs like herpes, gonorrhea, cervical cancer, chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS.

One problem that is occasionally reported with men who use condoms is that they lose their erections. This is...

Blue PillsYou may remember a large study published last year that seemed to find a link between Viagra use and melanoma. The study, from Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women s Hospital, included data on more than 51,000 men aged 40-75, and reported recent use of Viagra (sildenafil) with a near-doubling of the risk of malignant melanoma. An accompanying commentary in the same journal attempted to explain a proposed biological pathway for...

The PDE3 CascadeA large study involving almost 26,000 men surveyed over a decade has found evidence of a link between an almost-doubling of the incidence of the potentially-lethal skin cancer, melanoma, and use of the ED drug, Viagra (Pfizer s sildenafil).

Researchers led by Wen-Qing Li, Ph.D., of the Harvard Medical School-Brigham...

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 1.13.08 PMIn the one more thing to worry about category comes a surprise from a multi-center study just published in JAMA, which postulates that the use of sildenafil (Viagra) may increase the risk of malignant melanoma.

Unlike many of the junk studies we routinely lambaste here, this one is well run and also has a...