Print Issue: August 01, 2007

Missed Renal Cell Mass Trips Up a Diligent Urologist

Dr. H, 54, is a urologist who works solo and is happy to do so. Earlier in his career he had practiced in a clinic setting, and he considered himself fortunate to have “escaped from the Stalag,” as he put it to his colleagues. Dr. H felt his independence allowed him to pursue a higher standard of care. A wrenching malpractice case put that belief to the test.

Laser Meets the BPH Gold Standard

For 30 years, lasers have been evolving for the treatment of urologic conditions. Investigators focused on lasers for BPH to achieve results similar to transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) without the bleeding, fluid overload, blood loss, inpatient hospital stays of two to three days, and erectile dysfunction associated with TURP.

Flaxseed Slows Prostate Tumor Growth

Flaxseed slows the growth of prostate cancer in men awaiting surgery, a new controlled study has found. The finding contrasts with epidemiologic evidence suggesting that alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), a fatty acid prevalent in flaxseed and other foods, is associated with an elevated risk for the disease.

Fixed-Dose Combo Boosts BP Control

CHICAGO—At least three of every four high-risk hypertensive patients started on single-tablet, fixed-dose, dual-mechanism therapy achieve the recommended target BP of less than 140/90 mm Hg after 18 months, according to preliminary results of an ongoing global trial.

ED Linked to Thalidomide

VIENNA—Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a common adverse effect of thalidomide used to treat hematologic diseases, according to a study presented here at the 12th Congress of the European Hematology Association.

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