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Chronic gum disease tied to risk of erectile dysfunction

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Erectile dysfunction is more common in men with gum disease, according to a new review of existing studies. Chronic bacterial infection of the gums, or periodontitis, is common and a major cause of tooth loss for adults, the authors write. The condition has been tied to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and general inflammation, which in turn have been tied stroke and hardening of the arteries.
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Erectile dysfunction may improve with exercise

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Men who have difficulty maintaining erections may benefit from exercise or physical activity, according to a new analysis. A growing body of evidence has suggested physical activity could improve erectile function, but the authors of the new report say that until now, no one had looked at all the studies together. The topic is important, they told Reuters Health by email, because the prevalence of erectile dysfunction ranges from 8 percent among men in their 20s and 30s, up to 37 percent among men in their early 70s.
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Shock treatment may improve erectile dysfunction

By Lisa Rapaport An experimental therapy known as low-intensity shock wave treatment might improve erectile dysfunction, particularly for men with only mild to moderate sexual difficulties, a research review suggests. Like popular medications for erectile dysfunction, low-intensity shock wave treatment focuses on the main cause of the problem, which is insufficient blood flow to the penis that makes it difficult to get and maintain an erection. Unlike these pills, however shock wave therapy isn’t approved to treat erectile dysfunction in the U.S. While the long-term risks and benefits of shock treatment are still unknown, and more studies are needed to determine the best dosage, the therapy may offer an alternative to men who can’t take Viagra or didn’t get the results they wanted from a pill, said senior study author Dr. Tom Lue of the University of California, San Francisco.
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Men with psoriasis may be more prone to erectile dysfunction

Researchers studied sexual function in 191 patients with psoriasis and an equal number of healthy men. Men with psoriasis were significantly more likely to report severe erectile dysfunction, while the men without the condition were much more apt to describe milder difficulties. When men with psoriasis do develop erectile dysfunction, they may be able to improve their sexual health by keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels in a healthy range and getting screening and any needed treatment for depression, said senior study author Dr. Suyun Ji of Guangdong Provincial Dermatology Hospital in Guangzhou.
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Men with heart disease don’t know risks for erectile dysfunction

A plastinated human heart is on display at the European Society of Cardiology meeting venue in AmsterdamBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Few men with heart disease know the condition is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction or understand all of the things they can do to make sexual difficulties less likely, a Polish study suggests. Researchers focused on men with ischemic heart disease, or hardening of the arteries, which restricts blood flow to the heart and – in cases of erectile dysfunction – also reduces circulation in the penis. This type of heart disease is linked to most cases of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men over 60.



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Depression linked to erectile dysfunction in sleep apnea patients

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Depression and low quality of life may contribute to erectile dysfunction in men with sleep apnea, a Korean study suggests. Sleep apnea, a common disorder that leads to disrupted breathing or shallow breaths during slumber, has long been tied sexual health problems, researchers note in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “Although the severity of obstructive sleep apnea is one of the risk factors for erectile dysfunction, the depression is likely to have a bigger impact,” said senior study author Hyun-Woo Shin of Seoul National University.
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Study links erectile dysfunction drug with skin cancer

Study links erectile dysfunction drug with skin cancerA class of erectile dysfunction drugs that includes Viagra has been linked to a slight increase in the risk of the skin cancer melanoma, according to a study Tuesday. While the research in the Journal of the American Medical Association stops short of proving that the drugs cause melanoma, researchers said their findings warrant a closer look at medications known as PDE5 (phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors. Of those patients, 11 percent had filled at least one prescription for a PDE5 inhibitor to treat erectile dysfunction.



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Study links erectile dysfunction drug with skin cancer

A class of erectile dysfunction drugs that includes Viagra has been linked to a slight increase in the risk of the skin cancer melanoma, according to a study TuesdayA class of erectile dysfunction drugs that includes Viagra has been linked to a slight increase in the risk of the skin cancer melanoma, according to a study Tuesday. While the research in the Journal of the American Medical Association stops short of proving that the drugs cause melanoma, researchers said their findings warrant a closer look at medications known as PDE5 (phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors. Of those patients, 11 percent had filled at least one prescription for a PDE5 inhibitor to treat erectile dysfunction.



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Caffeine linked with lower levels of erectile dysfunction

A few cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower incidence of ED, a new study shows.Men who drank two to three cups of coffee a day, or their equivalent in caffeine, were found to be less likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) in a study from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In the study, which was published in PLOS ONE, men who consumed 85-170 milligrams of caffeine a day were 42 percent less likely to report ED, while those who drank 171-303 mg daily were 39 percent less likely compared to those who drank 0-7 mg a day. Caffeine sources included coffee, tea, soda and sports drinks.



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Erectile dysfunction drugs vary in effectiveness, side effects

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Viagra is the most effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, but it also has a higher rate of side effects than other options, according to an analysis of more than 150 trials. Men concerned about possible side effects of Viagra like headaches, flushing, indigestion and nasal congestion may want to start on Cialis, which is known generically as tadalafil, researchers report in European Urology. Many men have trouble getting or keeping an erection, especially as they age, but erectile dysfunction – also known as ED – is not a natural part of aging, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. PDE5i’s are considered the first-choice therapy for ED, but they’re only effective for 60 to 80 percent of men who try them, and many will stop taking them, according to Dr. Alexander W. Pastuszak of Baylor College of Medicine’s urology department in Houston, Texas.
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