Print Issue: August 01, 2007

Testosterone Patch Beats Capsules

TORONTO—Smooth and prolonged release of testosterone by transdermal delivery (Testopatch) translates into greater clinical improvement in hypogonadal men compared with oral testosterone, French researchers say.

Testosterone Considered Safe for Older Men

TORONTO—Six months of testosterone supplementation in older men with moderately low testosterone levels appears to be relatively safe, with little or no negative effects on the prostate, according to researchers in The Netherlands.

Stem Cell Injections Ease Incontinence

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Endoscopic injections of human umbilical cord blood stem cells may be a safe treatment option for women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI), according to findings presented here at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

Statin May Affect Testosterone Test

TORONTO—Atorvastatin use may lower total testosterone and sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in men with type 2 diabetes, a British study suggests. The statin had no effect on bioavailable or free testosterone.

Predicting RCC Outcomes: An Update

Despite current therapies, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is often lethal. Many factors influence outcomes, including stage, grade, subtype, necrosis, and molecular attributes. Prognosis can be difficult to determine. Comprehensive staging strategies that incorporate multiple patients and tumor factors are necessary to predict survival accurately and optimize research strategies. Recently designed algorithms allow for convenient and up-to-date estimates of outcome in this rapidly evolving field.

Post-Tx Fractures Underrecognized?

TORONTO—Fracture rates following kidney transplantation may be more prevalent than previously recognized, according to findings presented here at the 89th annual meeting of The Endocrine Society.

PCPs May Miss LUTS Cases

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are present in 42% of men over age 50 who visit their primary-care physician (PCP), according to data presented here at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

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