August 4, 2011

Not As Rare As You Might Think

1 Docs Find Uterus in Male Surgical Patient

A man who was diagnosed with a hernia was found, during surgery, to have a full female reproductive system including a uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vaginal tissue, reports the Daily Telegraph. The man, identified only as Ryalu is the father of two children and was reportedly “stunned” at the doctors’ discovery. He "has no problems whatsoever with his sexuality," Dr. Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, a surgeon at Chhindwara district hospital told The Telegraph. Doctors repaired the hernia and performed a hysterectomy. While most people are born with either male or female sexual organs, one out of 100 births results in cases similar to Ryalu, according to the Intersex Society of North America. "It's an embryological accident at the time of embryonic formation," Shrivastava says.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: BPA Levels Adversely Affect Male Sexuality

Tags: Fallopian Tubes, Male Reproduction, Female Reproduction, Female Reproductive Organs, Uterus, Vaginal Tissue, Ovaries, Dr. Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, Ryalu, The Daily Telegraph, Chhindwara District Hospital, Man Born with Female Reproductive System, Intersex Society of North America

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Regulators May Not Go for It

2 Pfizer Wants to Sell OTC Lipitor

Pfizer will lose patent protection for Lipitor in November, but the drug company is hoping to win approval to sell a nonprescription version of their popular cholesterol-lowering drug. Regulators aren't convinced that Lipitor is safe enough to be available without a prescription. CNBC reports that Prizer would likely face a battle with regulators due to safety concerns, such as possible liver and muscle damage in a small percentage of patients. Despite the safety concerns, Pfizer is hopeful that they'll gain approval to sell an over-the-counter form of Lipitor.

More at CNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lipitor Recalled over Odor Complaints

Tags: Lipitor OTC, Lipitor Patent Expiring, Lipitor Going Generic, Pfizer Inc, Lipitor Side Effects, Over the Counter Statin

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Just One or Two Bites Will Do It

3 Chocolate May Help Boost Your Workout

Certain nutrients in dark chocolate have been linked to heart health especially lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of stroke. New research indicates that epicatechin, the chief beneficial compound in cacao, may also help boost exercise performance. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, gave mice a purified liquid form of the flavonol twice a day. These mice outperformed control mice in a treadmill test, becoming tired less quickly and covering a greater distance. The team also biopsied the animals’ back leg muscles and found that they contained new capillaries and cells were making new mitochondria, the part of the cell responsible for optimal functioning. For humans, the researchers stress that it only takes a bite or two of chocolate to get the beneficial results.

More at NY Times | Hat tip to NY Daily News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Dark Chocolate Again Linked to Heart Health, Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Tags: Blood Pressure, Chocolate, Exercise, Fitness, Heart Health, Cacao, Flavonols

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No Psychiatrist Necessary

4 More Americans Prescribed Antidepressants

A twelve-year study conducted by the CDC which involved looking at the medical records of 233,144 adults found that number of antidepressant prescriptions by non-psychiatrists increased from about 4 percent to 9 percent. The percentage of people prescribed without being diagnosed with depression or another mental illness almost tripled from 2.5 to 6.4 percent compared to a forty-four percent increase in individuals with a diagnosis. Doctors are very concerned that patients are not being fully informed on the potential side effects. Direct marketing and decreased stigma associated with depression may explain the increase while some see increased antidepressant use as simply replacing other drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the stresses of life.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Antidepressants May Curb Abuse by Alcoholics

Tags: CDC, Depression, Depression Medications, Antidepressant Use Increases, Antidepressant Prescriptions, Antidepressant, Diagnosing Depression

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