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The Healthy Male Summer 2017 edition available now!

The Healthy Male, Summer issue


Issue 65 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about our new CEO and the latest research on the health effects of steroid abuse, plus a host of other features in the Summer edition.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter |

Have you used “anabolic steroids” or do you see such men in your practice?

The Andrology Department at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney is recruiting for a study looking at reproductive and cardiac (heart) health of men using non-prescribed androgens – “anabolic steroids”.

There are few good studies measuring the impact of androgen abuse on heart structure and function, and whether these effects are reversible once you stop taking the steroids. This study aims to answer some of these questions.

The study needs men between 18 and 50 years of age, exercising regularly (at least 3 times/week) and current or past users of non-prescribed androgens. Participants must be able to travel to Concord Hospital in Sydney.

You will need to come to the hospital for either a single visit over 4 hours or two visits of 2 hours each. At the visit serum and urine hormones will be measured as well as biochemistry, semen analysis, testicular ultrasound, body composition scans, ECG, ECHO and CT calcium scores.

The study is cost-free and you may be given the Hospital lab test results. However, there is no payment for participating.

If you are interested in finding our more about the study, please contact the Concord Hospital Andrology Department on (02) 9767 7222 or email androgens.study@anzac.edu.au. Otherwise you can put your details into this contact form and the study coordinator will contact you.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Men's health, Testosterone |

Men’s views of prostate cancer diagnosis and care

Data from the Victorian Prostate Cancer Registry showed differences in care and poorer rates of survival for men diagnosed with prostate cancer in one Victorian regional area compared with men in metropolitan Melbourne.

To gain an understanding of the reasons behind these regional differences, the experiences and perceptions of men with prostate cancer have been explored in a qualitative study recently published in BMC Cancer.

Comparisons between responses of men from regional and metropolitan areas related mostly to the more limited supportive care available in regional areas. From a more general perspective, it was evident that every aspect of prostate cancer care would benefit from attention, from making efforts to publicise the need for men to check prostate health, to treatment, and supporting men in the years after treatment.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Prostate cancer, Research and Evaluation |

It’s Fertility Week!

Fertility Week (15-21 October) is a good time to think about improving your chances of having a baby.

This year Fertility Week fights chemicals in the home that may reduce your chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.

A particular group of chemicals called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can reduce sperm and egg quality and the chance of becoming pregnant. These chemicals can be found in products we use every day around the house.

See the Fertility Week webpage and other important fertility information from Your Fertility to find out more about how you can reduce your exposure to EDCs and increase your chances of pregnancy.

Your Fertility is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes Research Unit and The Robinson Research Institute.

Posted in Fertility, Health promotion |

Reminder that testicular cancer is a young man’s cancer

A recent news item about a young footballer diagnosed with testicular cancer is a reminder that this is the second most common cancer in men aged 18 to 39.

It’s a good idea for all young men to perform regular testicular self-examination so that any lumps or swelling in the testes can be checked out by a doctor. Most lumps will not be cancer but are more likely to be a less serious problem.

If testicular cancer is found, the good news is that it is very treatable and the cure rate is very high – 98%.

See the Andrology Australia website for more information about testicular cancer and testicular self-examination.

Posted in Adolescent and Young Adult Males, Health promotion, Testicular cancer |

Trial shows long-term mortality for localised prostate cancer is low even if not treated with surgery

A previous shorter follow-up of the PIVOT trial found no significant difference in mortality between men who underwent surgery for localised prostate cancer and those treated with observation only.

This finding was confirmed in a longer term follow-up (up to 20 years) of the trial, which also assessed non-fatal health outcomes.

The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that after almost 20 years follow-up, mortality amongst men with low-risk prostate cancer was low and not significantly different between those treated with surgery and those treated with observation only.

Patient-reported outcomes of urinary incontinence and erectile/sexual dysfunction were higher amongst those undergoing surgery after 10 years but other patient-reported outcomes were not different between groups in the longer term.

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Knowledge exchange, Prostate cancer, Prostate disease, Research and Evaluation |

Step into spring with the The Healthy Male newsletter!

The Healthy Male, Spring issue


Issue 64 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about simple steps you can take to protect your fertility in the lead-up to Fertility Week 2017, plus a host of other features in the Spring edition.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter, Uncategorized |

Andrology Australia announces a new CEO

Andrology Australia is very pleased to announce that a new Chief Executive Officer has recently been appointed to lead Andrology Australia.

Mr Simon von Saldern comes to us with a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to lead the project over the coming years. Before coming to Andrology Australia Simon was General Manager Development & Business Services at MOVE muscle, bone & joint health (formerly Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria).

At MOVE, Simon was instrumental in the successful transition of the organisation to a new structure and brand to better reflect the needs of people with arthritis and osteoporosis.

This experience and Simon’s previous roles in community and not-for-profit organisations will be invaluable for leading Andrology Australia into the future as we embrace new challenges and a changing health environment.

Look out for a feature from Simon on his vision for Andrology Australia in the Summer edition of our newsletter The Healthy Male.

Posted in Andrology Australia |

The Healthy Male Winter edition available now!

The Healthy Male, Winter issue


Issue 63 of The Healthy Male newsletter is out now. Read about the future for men’s health in Australia plus a host of other features in the Winter edition.

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Posted in Andrology Australia, Newsletter |

Declining sperm counts in western men

The question of whether sperm counts have been declining over recent decades remains controversial.

Many studies of varying quality have been done in a wide variety of populations but none have provided a definitive answer.

Professor Rob McLachlan

A study published in Human Reproduction Update reports a meta-analysis of studies from around the world that have measured sperm count or sperm concentration over time, on semen samples collected between 1973 and 2011. The authors report a 50% decline in sperm counts over time in men from western countries.

According to Andrology Australia Director, Prof Rob McLachlan, although at first glance this decline seems alarming, it should be noted that “examining for trends in semen quality is extremely challenging as one needs to find a way of assessing whole populations (not just selected men) using consistent analytical procedures over decades.” Prof McLachlan goes on to say, “Ultimately the concern is that a fall in sperm output will be reflected in delays in natural conception rates. To date this has not been established.”

The study does not answer the question of the causes of declining sperm counts, such as increased rates of obesity and exposure to chemicals, most pronounced in western populations. Prof McLachlan made the observation that, “This meta-analysis will no doubt increase the debate about health and environmental impacts on male reproductive health.”

Read more in our journal article reviews.

Posted in Fertility, Men's health, Research and Evaluation |
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