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Science supports aloe vera root as aphrodisiac, alternative to ED drugs

With common treatments for erectile dysfunction such as Viagra and Cialis being linked to a deadly danger like increasing risk of aggressive skin cancer, melanoma, many men are looking for more natural, safer alternatives for improving their sexual health. They are looking for treatments with less side effects. Some side effects of Viagra include rashes, hypotension, facial flushing, urinary tract infection. back pain, nasal congestion, blurred vision, suicidal tendencies, mental disorders and dilation of the blood vessels. The Nigerian Tribune reports that researchers Joseph O. Erhabor and MacDonald Idu, both of the University of Benin, have just published in the ... Read More

CDC warns men are more likely to get skin cancer

“Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than anybody else to get skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest kind of skin cancer,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says that this might be because men over their lifetimes get more sun exposure than women, are more likely to have outdoor careers, and that women’s beauty care products often contain sunscreen. They report that only 14 percent of men use sunscreen on both their face and exposed skin when outside in the sun for more than an hour. Men may also be exposed ... Read More

Alcohol consumption linked to increased risk of skin cancer

Many people may be aware that taking Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs like it that inhibit phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) may increase their risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The growing number of lawsuits against the manufacturers of these drugs, nearly 500 federal cases, make it clear that knowledge of this risk is becoming more widespread. According to the Pharmaceutical Journal, worldwide, Viagra has been prescribed for more than 64 million men since 1998, when it was licensed. Now researchers have linked another popular substance with skin cancer. NDTV reports on a new study ... Read More

Can you trust your sunscreen SPF?

This year, Consumer Reports tested 62 sunscreens: lotions, sprays, sticks, and lip balms. Their results showed that you can’t always trust the SPF number. “These results aren’t a fluke. We have seen a similar pattern in the past five years of our sunscreen testing. Of all the sunscreens we’ve tested over that stretch of time, about half tested below the SPF number printed on the label,” Consumer Reports said. Specifically lower performing were the sunscreens that contained only minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as active ingredients. None of these “natural” products made the publication’s list of recommendations this ... Read More

FDA approves first drug for rare form of skin cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medication to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers, but MCC is rare with only about 1,600 people in the U.S. diagnosed each year. It usually appears as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule most often seen on the face, head or neck. Most patients with MCC are diagnosed with localized tumors that can be treated with surgical resection, but about half of them will experience a recurrence and the disease will spread in more ... Read More

Dietary supplements recalled due to undeclared ingredients

Several dietary supplements marketed as male sexual enhancements are being recalled after testing by federal drug regulators found the products to contain undeclared sildenafil, the active drug ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. People who mistakenly take this drug are at risk for serious side effects, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. “This undeclared active ingredient poses a threat to consumers because sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates,” the ... Read More

SC representative pushes bill to make getting erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs more difficult

Mia McLeod, a South Carolina state representative, has filed a bill in her “male-dominated” legislature that will require men seeking erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs go through the same process as women seeking abortions. The bill would require men who want a prescription for Viagra, Cialis or any other erectile dysfunction treatment to follow a specific protocol, which includes: Obtaining a notarized affidavit in which at least one of the patient’s sexual partners affirms that the patient has had difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection during the 90 days preceding the affidavit’s date; Be referred to a sexual therapist licensed by ... Read More

FDA approves wider use of melanoma drug Yervoy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to expand the use of the melanoma drug Yervoy (ipilimumab) to a wider group of melanoma patients. Yervoy is a monoclonal antibody that was first approved in 2011 to treat late-stage melanoma in patients who are not candidates for surgery. The new indication allows Yervoy to be given as an adjuvant therapy for patients with stage III melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. If recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. However, if left untreated, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the ... Read More

What’s the difference between ‘female Viagra’ Addyi and Viagra?

Addyi, the first “female Viagra” to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hit the market this week. But the drug has very little in common with its male counterpart. Viagra contains the drug ingredient sildenafil, which works by increasing blood flow to the penis in order to get and keep an erection. Addyi, on the other hand, works through the central nervous system. Addyi contains the drug flibanserin, which works by correcting an imbalance of dopamine and norepinephrine (both responsible for sexual arousal), while decreasing serotonin (which can inhibit sexual desire). They also carry very different side ... Read More

iPhone app aims to reduce deaths from melanoma

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is giving people the opportunity to put their health in their own hands – literally. OHSU has released an iPhone app that allows users to accurately measure and monitor suspicious moles that could be signs of the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. The app, called Mole Mapper, is available for free from the App Store and is designed to advance melanoma research. Users simply snap photos of their moles with their iPhone cameras, using a common reference, like a coin. The same moles should be photographed over time to detect any change that would suggest ... Read More