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Mario Maggi, Frederick C W Wu, Thomas H Jones, Graham Jackson, Hermann M Behre, Geoffrey Hackett, Antonio Martin-Morales, Giancarlo Balercia, Adrian S Dobs, Stefan T E Arver, Marcello Maggio, Glenn R Cunningham, Andrea M Isidori, Richard Quinton, Olivia A Wheaton, Flora S Siami, Raymond C Rosen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess cardiovascular (CV) safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in a large, diverse cohort of European men with hypogonadism (HG). METHODS: The Registry of Hypogonadism in Men (RHYME) was designed as a multi-national, longitudinal disease registry of men diagnosed with hypogonadism (HG) at 25 clinical sites in six European countries. Data collection included a complete medical history, physical examination, blood sampling and patient questionnaires at multiple study visits over 2-3 years...
October 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Robert Krysiak, Małgorzata Gilowska, Bogusław Okopień
BACKGROUND: In unselected reproductive-aged women, use of combined estrogen-progestin oral contraceptive pills has been linked with an increased risk of vascular disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of oral contraception on cardiometabolic risk factors in a population of women with hyperandrogenism. METHODS: The study included 16 untreated women with elevated testosterone levels and 15 matched healthy women who were then treated with oral contraceptive pills containing ethinyl estradiol (30μg) and drospirenone (3mg)...
September 15, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Rashid Sayyid, Andrew Evans, Karen Hersey, Ranjena Maloni, Antonio Hurtado-Coll, Girish Kulkarni, Antonio Finelli, Alexandre R Zlotta, Robert Hamilton, Martin Gleave, Neil Fleshner
PURPOSE: Degarelix, a new GnRH receptor antagonist with demonstrated efficacy as first-line treatment in the management of high-risk prostate cancer, possesses some theoretical advantages over LHRH analogues in terms of avoiding "testosterone flare" and lower FSH levels. We set out to determine if pre-operative degarelix influenced surrogates of disease control in a randomized phase II study. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: 39 patients were randomly assigned to one of 3 different neo-adjuvant arms: degarelix only, degarelix/bicalutmaide, or LHRH agonist/bicalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Mario Montanino Oliva, Elisa Minutolo, Assunta Lippa, Paola Iaconianni, Alberto Vaiarelli
This prospective longitudinal study investigated the effects of a dietary supplement in patients affected by reduced sperm motility (asthenospermic males) with metabolic syndrome. The product tested was Andrositol®, which contains myoinositol (MI) as principal compound, in association with other molecules, and the parameters evaluated were semen characteristics as well as hormone and metabolic profiles. The inclusion criteria were subjects aged over 18 years, with asthenospermia and metabolic syndrome. The exclusion criteria were presence of cryptorchidism, varicocele, and prostatitis...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
G Caleb Alexander, Geetha Iyer, Eleanor Lucas, Dora Lin, Sonal Singh
PURPOSE: We sought to evaluate whether exogenous testosterone therapy is associated with increased risk of serious cardiovascular events as compared to other treatments or placebo. METHODS: Study selection included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies which enrolled men aged 18 years or older receiving exogenous testosterone for three or more days were included. The primary outcomes were death due to all causes, myocardial infarction and stroke...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Yu Seob Shin, Jae Hyung You, Jai Seong Cha, Jong Kwan Park
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between serum total testosterone (TT) and free testosterone (FT) levels in men with anemia. METHODS: We reviewed the records of 1221 subjects between March 2009 and December 2014. All the subjects' blood samples were drawn for TT and FT assays. Their serum hemoglobin (Hb) and serum hematocrit (Hct) levels were measured. The primary objective of our study was to investigate the association between TT and FT levels with Hb and Hct levels...
October 18, 2016: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
Michael W Drazer, Walter M Stadler
Most men with metastatic prostate cancer who are treated with androgen deprivation therapy will eventually develop castration-resistant disease. In this review, we examine the molecular mechanisms that constitute castration resistance and how these processes may be exploited using testosterone-based therapies. We detail how the utilization of superphysiologic doses of testosterone at regular intervals, followed by a rapid clearance of testosterone through continued chemical castration, also known as bipolar androgen therapy, offers an especially promising therapeutic approach...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Zachery R Reichert, Maha Hussain
The development of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) signals the terminal disease phase. The preceding hormone-dependent disease setting is effectively managed with androgen deprivation therapy. This foundation of treatment has a high rate of biochemical and clinical response and meaningful clinical benefit but is finite in duration as most cancers will progress to castration resistance. Historically, treatment for mCRPC entailed androgen receptor (AR) inhibitors (nilutamide, flutamide, bicalutamide), nonspecific steroidal biosynthesis inhibitors (ketoconazole, itraconazole), steroids (prednisone, diethylstilbesterol, dexamethasone), or palliative chemotherapy (mitoxantrone, estramustine), but none of these strategies impacted survival...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Panagiota Tsounapi, Masashi Honda, Fotios Dimitriadis, Bunya Kawamoto, Katsuya Hikita, Kuniyasu Muraoka, Motoaki Saito, Nikolaos Sofikitis, Atsushi Takenaka
Diabetes mellitus significantly affects the male reproduction and sexual function. In the present study, we investigated the diabetes-induced dysfunction of seminal vesicles (SVs) in the diabetes-rat model and the role of antioxidants. Streptozotocin-induced diabetes after 4 weeks caused smaller size of the organs, hypercontractility, histological abnormalities, increased concentrations of malondialdehyde in the serum and tissue, overexpression of oxidative stress markers, and cleaved caspase-3 as identified by immunohistochemistry in the SVs...
October 14, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Rene Seiger, Andreas Hahn, Allan Hummer, Georg S Kranz, Sebastian Ganger, Michael Woletz, Christoph Kraus, Ronald Sladky, Alexander Kautzky, Siegfried Kasper, Christian Windischberger, Rupert Lanzenberger
Sex-steroid hormones are primarily involved in sexual differentiation and development and are thought to underlie processes related to cognition and emotion. However, divergent results have been reported concerning the effects of hormone administration on brain structure including side effects like brain atrophy and dementia. Cross-sex hormone therapy in transgender subjects offers a unique model for studying the effects of sex hormones on the living human brain. In this study, 25 Female-to-Male (FtM) and 14 Male-to-Female (MtF) subjects underwent MRI examinations at baseline and after a period of at least 4-months of continuous cross-sex hormone administration...
October 5, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Al V Taira, Gregory S Merrick, Robert W Galbreath, Wayne M Butler, Edward Adamovich
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether the use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in prostate brachytherapy patients impacts overall mortality (OM) in patients with lower pretreatment serum testosterone levels compared with those with normal or high baseline serum testosterone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2001 to May 2014, 1916 patients underwent brachytherapy and had a pretreatment serum testosterone. Baseline serum testosterone values were collected prospectively before initiation of therapy...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Bernhard Ralla, Ahmed Magheli, Ingmar Wolff, Barbara Erber, Irena Goranova, Frank Friedersdorff, Stefan Hinz, Carsten Kempkensteffen, Kurt Miller, Jonas Busch
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue is a common symptom in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and can be similar to the fatigue found in late-onset hypogonadism (LOH). The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of LOH in patients with localized RCC (loRCC) and metastatic RCC (mRCC) disease under targeted therapy (TT) and compare the results to findings of epidemiologic studies. METHODS: A total of 51 mRCC patients under TT and 33 patients with loRCC undergoing nephrectomy were included...
October 13, 2016: Urologia Internationalis
Ronni Hayon
Transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals experience significant health disparities. They are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, smoke, be diagnosed with HIV infection or other sexually transmitted infections, and experience depression or attempt suicide. Many also experience discrimination within the health care system. Office-level strategies to create a safe and affirming space for gender-expansive patients include posting of a nondiscrimination statement, use of intake forms that ask about current gender identity and birth-assigned sex, provision of gender-neutral restrooms, and staff training in use of appropriate language...
October 2016: FP Essentials
Reshmi Srinath, Rebecca F Gottesman, Sherita Hill Golden, Kathryn A Carson, Adrian Dobs
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Epidemiological studies in men suggest a relationship between endogenous testosterone and ischemic vascular events. We hypothesized that low testosterone is independently associated with ischemic stroke and ischemic brain changes. METHODS: In 1558 male participants (mean [SD] age, 63.1 [5.6] years; body mass index, 28.2 [4.3] kg/m(2)) from visit 4 (1996-1998) of the ARIC study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) without cardiovascular disease, stroke, and previous testosterone therapy, we measured plasma total testosterone by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry using morning samples and divided levels into tertiles (median [25th-75th percentile], 377...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
S Huang, L Jin, J Yang, Y L Duan, M Zhang, C J Zhou, Y H Zhang
Objective: To analyze the clinical features and outcomes of Burkitt lymphoma with testicular involvement and study the efficiency of high dose methotrexate (HD-MTX: 5-8g/m(2)) in those patients without radiation therapy. Method: Retrospective analysis was conducted in 16 Burkitt's lymphoma cases with testicular lymphoma involvement between Jan 2009 and Dec 2014. We followed the BCH-NHL-2009 protocol, modified from FAB LMB 89 combined with rituximab. All patients were enrolled in high-risk group (treated by Group C protocol)...
September 14, 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Adam C Millar, Dean S Elterman, Larry Goldenberg, Brandon Van Asseldonk, Ashley Curtis, Keith Jarvi
INTRODUCTION: Attitudes regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men with prostate cancer (PCa) have changed over the past few years with the emergence of case studies suggesting a low risk of cancer progression and a better understanding of the interaction of different levels of androgen with prostate cellular metabolism. This new view has the potential to change clinical practice. METHODS: Active members of the Canadian Urological Association were surveyed about their opinions on the safety of TRT in men with low-risk PCa, as well as their current prescribing habits...
May 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Nelly Mauras, Judith L Ross, Priscila Gagliardi, Y Miles Yu, Jobayer Hossain, Joseph Permuy, Ligeia Damaso, Debbie Merinbaum, Ravinder J Singh, Ximena Gaete, Veronica Mericq
CONTEXT: Growth of short children in puberty is limited by estrogen's effect on epiphyseal fusion. OBJECTIVES: To compare: (1) efficacy and safety of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) vs. GH vs. AI/GH on increasing adult height potential in pubertal boys with severe idiopathic short stature (ISS); and (2) body composition among groups. DESIGN: Randomized 3 arms open-label comparator Setting: Outpatient clinical research Patients: 76 pubertal boys, mean (SE) age: 14...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Y-X Kang, Y-J Wang, Q Zhang, X-H Pang, W Gu
Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS) is a disorder caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA. Here, we report an unusual case of Kearns-Sayre syndrome accompanied by hypopituitarism (deficiencies in reproductive and growth hormones). A 20-year-old male presented with growth retardation for the last 8 years, as well as the following findings: short stature, delayed puberty, myasthenia, an extraocular movement deficit, drooping eyelids, pectus carinatum and scoliosis. Cerebral enhanced magnetic resonance imaging revealed dysplasias of the pituitary, white matter and cerebellum...
October 6, 2016: Andrologia
Susanne U Miedlich, Nima Karamooz, Stephen R Hammes
OBJECTIVE: Aromatase, or CYP19A1, is a type II cytochrome CYP450 enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of C19 androgens to C18 estrogens. Its crucial role in both female and male physiology has been deduced from human and animal studies using aromatase inhibitors, genetically altered mice, and patients with aromatase deficiency. The latter is an extremely rare disorder. Its diagnosis is particularly difficult in males, who go through puberty normally and therefore usually present as adults with elevated testosterone, bone abnormalities (e...
September 29, 2016: Bone
E Onjukka, J Uzan, C Baker, L Howard, A Nahum, I Syndikus
AIMS: For patients with high-risk, locally bulky prostate cancer, an intra-prostatic boost to tumour volumes (dose-painting) offers a risk-adapted dose escalation. We evaluated the feasibility of hypofractionated dose-painting radiotherapy and the associated toxicity. The possibility to streamline a radiobiologically optimised planning protocol was also investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight patients were treated using a dose-painting approach; boost volumes were identified with functional magnetic resonance imaging scans...
September 29, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
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