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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


Link between Alzheimer’s disease and male hormones

Cognitive dysfunction, including Alzheimer’s disease, has been related to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Scientists from Stanford reported that men who were undergoing ADT to treat prostate cancer had significantly increased risk of developing dementia (published in JAMA Oncology). ADT is a common treatment for prostate cancer because the cancer cells usually require androgens, like testosterone,… Read more


The economics of male birth control

A history of male contraceptive development – as experienced and related by our founder Elaine Lissner – was recently covered in a Priceonomics article called “The Economics of Male Birth Control“. Written by Rosie Cima, the article chronicles the life’s work of Ms. Lissner who spent decades advocating for and supporting the development of new male… Read more


Nonsurgical treatment for enlarged prostate on the horizon

A recent study on dogs offers hope for treating enlarged prostate (technically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Recently published in the online version of The Prostate, researchers from the University of Bari, Italy report that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy – or PEMF – significantly reduced the size of the prostate starting after just one week of treatment…. Read more


Vasalgel featured on ABC news

Elaine Lissner, Director of Parsemus Foundation, was interviewed by ABC TV news – San Francisco. The piece focused on the development of Vasalgel and aired Dec. 4, 2014. You can view the ABC News program here. Ms. Lissner explained that Vasalgel could revolutionize birth control for men. Vasalgel, which is set to begin clinical trials… Read more


Rabbit sterilization with calcium chloride

Could calcium chloride sterilization be used by rabbit rescue organizations, to spare the trauma and expense of surgery? On Sunday the first rabbit ever got calcium chloride nonsurgical neuter. The most important factor is the handling– rabbits can be calm once they’re wrapped snug in a towel (an old Temple Grandin trick). This rabbit didn’t… Read more


Pennsylvania veterinarian added to ovary sparing spay list

Dr. Jennifer Rouse of Homestead Vet in Havertown, PA offers alternatives to traditional spay and neuter, including ovary sparing spay and vasectomy. Our growing list of veterinarians offering ovary sparing spay procedures can hardly keep up with the demand! If you know a veterinarian who offers this service, ask them to contact us at info… Read more


No one wants to talk about enlarged prostate

Its a condition that doesn’t often make headlines. Getting up multiple times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom may not seem like a big deal, but if you are a man over 50 years of age, it may indicate that you have an enlarged prostate. Scientists call it benign prostatic hyperplasia – or BPH –… Read more