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New heart stent study: No impact on chest pain

A carefully controlled study has reported that stents given to individuals with a severe blockage of an artery did not improve their pain or their performance in treadmill tests relative to individuals who did not receive stents. The research study, named ORBITA, used a randomization procedure in which half of the participants received a stent… Read more


2017 review of medical overuse

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have reviewed the data on various medical procedures and presented an analysis of the most overused medical practices. This study was reported in the “Less is More” series in JAMA Internal Medicine. For more information, see our page on promoting evidence-based medicine. This list is reprinted… Read more


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


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