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Underutilized nonsurgical treatment for uterine fibroids

Most women have heard about uterine fibroids – benign tumors that affect 70-80% of women at some point in their lives. However, very few women are aware that they can be removed without surgery. The procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). A recent survey conducted by the Society of Interventional Radiology reported that 44% of… Read more


The growing interest in hormone-sparing spay

Want the latest information on research regarding ovary-sparing spay? Check out this paper by Oregon State University veterinary student Megan Mattravers for an excellent overview. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all (dogs, that is). Parsemus Foundation has been at the forefront of providing information on a variety of options for pet sterilization. Ovary-sparing spay, or… Read more


Calcium chloride chemical sterilant in testicle vs. epididymis

Calcium chloride (CaCl) has been used as a nonsurgical alternative to castrating male dogs and cats. Dr. Raffaella Leoci of the University of Bari in Italy is the lead author of the studies elucidating the optimal formulation for using CaCl in alcohol to sterilize dogs through testicular injection. Her research team has conducted a controlled… Read more


Prostate drug linked to serious side effects

A common drug called Avodart (Dutsteride) that is prescribed for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has been associated with an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels,  liver disease and worsening erectile dysfunction, reports Boston University Medical Center researchers. BPH is a common condition in men as they age, resulting in an enlarged prostate. Men seeking… Read more


Medical procedures continue to be used despite ineffectiveness

Stents for coronary artery disease, Atenolol for blood pressure, surgery for a torn meniscus and many other procedures are likely over-used, explains David Epstein reporting for The Atlantic. Despite evidence that may contradict the effectiveness of common medical procedures, many are still being prescribed by physicians. This in-depth investigative article is a must-read! The author… Read more


Alternatives to traditional spay/neuter

Pet owners are hearing more and more about the potential for negative health impacts of traditional spay and neuter. Since most pet sterilization surgeries remove the reproductive organs responsible for the production of sex hormones, a number of ailments may occur due to this hormonal imbalance. But a growing number of veterinarians offer alternatives. Parsemus… Read more


Success! Publication of Vasalgel reversal study

Successful reversal of Vasalgel male contraceptive in rabbits For immediate release: Vasalgel’s prevention of sperm transport in the vas deferens for 14 months was reversed through an injection of sodium bicarbonate. Sperm concentration and motility returned to baseline. Results of a study of a promising new male contraceptive called VasalgelTM were published today in Basic… Read more


Publication of monkey results receives great media attention

Vasalgel given to 16 monkeys resulted in 100% successful contraception — no pregnancies after 1 to 2 years. The results, published in Basic and Clinical Andrology, also showed that Vasalgel was well-tolerated in the monkeys, who had fewer complications than a control group receiving vasectomy. The results are important to the development of Vasalgel as a… Read more


Successful application of Vasalgel™ male contraceptive in monkeys

Press Release Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 20:00 EST New contraceptive Vasalgel provides effective birth control in rhesus monkey groups for more than one year: report from California National Primate Research Center Results of a study of Vasalgel in rhesus macaques were published today in Basic and Clinical Andrology. Vasalgel is being developed by a social… Read more