Print Issue: August 01, 2007

BPH Drugs May Affect Semen Parameters

TORONTO—Chronic use of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors is associated with mild decreases in sperm count and semen volume, but these recover when men stop taking the drugs, according to data presented here at The Endocrine Society’s annual meeting (ENDO 07).

Statin Helps Diabetics Who Have Low GFR

CHICAGO—Atorvastatin (Lipitor) is as effective in preventing major cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetics who have impaired renal function as it is in those with normal renal function, according to data presented here at the 67th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

Stone Size, Density Matter

QUEBEC CITY—Studies presented at recent North American medical conferences have identified factors that can predict the success or failure of shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) for clearing renal and ureteral stones. These factors could help doctors decide on the most appropriate treatment modality for a given stone patient.

Zoledronic Acid is Safe for Kidneys

VIENNA—New data confirm the renal safety of a once-yearly infusion of zoledronic acid (Reclast) in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, researchers reported here at the European League Against Rheumatism annual conference.

Electronic Records Boost Efficiency

An electronic health record (EHR) is an electronically stored documentation of a patient’s total medical history, including records from all sources—the clinician’s office, hospitals, other physicians, and pharmacies. The adoption of EHRs can transform your practice.

Phone Companies Are Ringing Up Big Profits

A few years ago traditional phone companies seemed on the verge of extinction. Instead of using landlines, more callers were turning to cell phones. Cable companies were beginning to offer cheap phone service along with television. Free calls via the Internet were on the horizon.

Turbocharge Your Stock Dividends

Alpine Dynamic Dividend, a stock fund, is yielding 9%, not counting capital gains. This is more than four times the paltry 1.8% dividend payment of the average large U.S. company. And Alpine is not alone. Eaton Vance Dividend Income pays 8%, and a dozen other stock funds yield 6% or more.

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