Finasteride is FDA- approved to treat male pattern baldness, with 90% of men taking it experiencing either a growth of new hair or a halt to their current hair loss. But a new study shows that it might have other uses, too, specifically to prevent prostate cancer.
An article from Medscape, by Nick Mulcahy dated May 20th, 2018, says "These results are transformational," he explained. "We have found an inexpensive, effective drug that can prevent [prostate cancer]." He mentions that it previously hadn’t been used because of concern over side effects, but, also says "We have no evidence that there's an increase in prostate cancer death in the finasteride arm," Thompson said. In other words, the initial study findings about an increase in high-grade disease are not consequential.”
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Summers here which means sun, water, friends, beer, music and fun. But dont forget about your skin or you might regret it when winter rolls around. Here are some helpful ways to keep your face looking great all summer long.
1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. It may be tempting to try and get tan fast but its best to wear some spf and protect your skin which can cause premature wrinkles and lines. You will still get sun on your face and a tan, you will just be doing it in a protected way.
2. Moisturize. Using moisturizer is important in both winter and summer. In the winter it is great for protection from dry patches and wind burn, in summer its needed to prevent excess dry out and peeling which isn't good for your skin and creates an older looking appearance. So smother on some good quality moisturizer before bed, and again after you wash your face in the morning to help you throughout the day.
3. Sleep. Not getting enough sleep really can effect your skin. It can lead to increased wrinkles, bags under your eyes and can increase the aging effecting on your skin. Decreasing stress and getting enough sleep are both crucial to keeping your youthful appearance.
4. Hydrate. Staying hydrated is good not only for your skin, but your energy level and overall well being. Lots of guys simply aren't getting enough water daily. According to Healthline, you need eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. If you don't get enough water, it can leave your skin dried out and can increase appearance of lines and wrinkles. An added benefit to staying hydrated is it can help you to lose or maintain your weight- because often times when you feel hungry you are really just thirsty.
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Whether you have used an online tool to get your prescriptions delivered to your door, chatted with your doctor online or by video chat, or simply thought about how great it would be if you didn’t have to go into the doctors office every time your child had a cold or scrape, keep reading.
Many people are already loving the benefits that online or telemedicine offers them. Even Amazon is in talks to get into the online medication sphere.
Some question whether this is a good idea, and when readying an article by Bud Shaw, a transplant surgeon, some key questions got answered for me like ‘how do I know I am getting the best medical care online?’ Shaw says “The ATA has published guidelines for best practices and established accreditation standards. Insurers—which already include Medicare and Medicaid—will only cover online services they have carefully evaluated.” (Shaw,2016.)
He also draws the conclusion that not all things can be treated online via video chat, so those calls are stopped and the patient is advised to go see their doctor in person. Shaw explains it like this “But then a guy pops up on my screen with a bad headache, a fever, he's restless, maybe acting a little weird," she said. "Is it the flu? Meningitis? An early stroke? If my sixth sense doesn't work long distance, I pull the plug on the video and ask the guy to come in." (Shaw, 2016). Online doctors will not prescribe narcotics and do not guarantee that you will get a prescription or that they can help your specific issue, but for some illnesses like like sore throats, cold and flu, cuts and bruises, rashes and gender specific issues like ED, male pattern baldness or birth control it is a very useful tool.
Here are some benefits of online medication and video chats you might not have thought of:
Check out some apps that people are using:
Shaw, Bud. 2016. Is Video Chatting Your Doctor Really the Future of Health Care? Popular Mechanics.
Wise, Elizabeth. 2017. Could Your Next Prescription Come From Amazon? USA Today.
Total Care Health. Totalcarehealth.com. 2018.
Baldness Doctor. Baldness.doctor. 2018.
Hair loss in general is common, we lose about 100 hairs a day, but it usually isn’t an issue because new hair grows in at the same time. For some, usually Caucasian men between the ages of 30-50, the hair loss is there but the re growing is not, thus resulting in baldness. (mayoclinic.org)
Why does this happen?
There are a variety of reasons men experience baldness. Some men simply inherit baldness, from either their mother or fathers side. Everydayheath.com reports that “Genetics cause hair follicles to become sensitive to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a byproduct of testosterone. The follicles begin to grow smaller and their life span shorter, eventually falling out altogether or leaving behind fuzz.” This form of baldness is the easiest to cure with prescription medications.
Another reason can be hormonal changes or medical conditions. Some conditions like diabetes or lupus can create hair loss as well as medication that people take for conditions like depression, heart issues or arthritis. These reasons might not be suitable to receive treatment from prescription medications like finasteride.
Some less likely reasons men go bald would be stressful situations or hairstyles. A very stressful event can cause temporary hair loss, but it is not an ongoing issue and should resolve itself. Hairstyles that are tight and pull the hair can sometimes cause baldness but should resolve itself also.
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