Archive for August, 2012
Outside the US, there’s a trend to decentralize medical care. We’ve tended to centralize by producing major hospitals which assume control of the treatment for the most serious injuries and illnesses with a system that moves patients from local physician care to the highest authorities in each specialty. Other countries find this investment in major hospitals very expensive. The more people who fall ill, the greater the number of beds they take up and the more labor is required. But if people can be nursed in the community unless their conditions are life-threatening, you get a more efficient use of labor without the need to build expensive hospitals. So many other healthcare services are producing neighborhood clinics which send nurses and doctors out to the homes of people who are ill. This encourages family support networks and improves patient morale. This has been found particularly effective in offering support services and care when needed to the seniors. Older people tend to respond more quickly and make better recoveries when they are allowed to retain their independence.
Although nurses are moving more freely through local communities, there’s still a problem in identifying men with erectile dysfunction. Even when it’s obvious from their medical history that they probably have the problem, it’s impossible to get them to break the code of silence. It’s an admission that men still find deeply embarrassing. This produces the irony that, even with the best possible drug in the world, men will not open their mouths to ask for it. Levitra has been found particularly effective in cases where there’s nerve damage from diabetes and other medical situations in which dysfunction is probable.
The medical authorities are therefore introducing new training methods to help physicians, nurses and community workers to help men overcome the feelings of shame and guilt to ask for treatment. The evidence that resumption of sexual activity improves the quality of life makes this a high priority. Sadly, the US healthcare service resists moves to introduce preventive medicine. The idea we might also break the power of the large hospitals is currently unthinkable. Men in the US are therefore even less likely to ask their doctors for Levitra.
Anyone that has ever suffered from severe nodular acne and has taken the acne treatment Accutane for the condition will know just how effective this treatment can be. With the help of Accutane sufferers of severe nodular acne can get relief from the appearance of lesions, the discomfort and the risk of further bouts of acne. However, it is important to bear in mind that Accutane is a very strong medication, which is a concentrated form of vitamin A. It can also come with a range of both mild and more serious side effects, which means that it is important that anyone considering taking this treatment has a discussion with their doctor or healthcare professional prior to taking the treatment.
Your doctor will need to be made aware of a number of things in order to advise whether this is the right treatment for you and to make sure that you can take it safely and with minimal risk of side effects. Some of the things that you need to discuss with your doctor or healthcare professional prior to taking this treatment include:
- Pregnancy. It is very important to discuss this issue with your doctor if you are female. He or she will need to know whether you are pregnant, there is a risk you may be pregnant or even if you are planning to get pregnant, as Accutane cannot be taken by pregnant women or those who may become pregnant
- Any medical allergies. Your doctor will need to know if you have any allergies to treatment, particularly to isotretinoin or to parabens, as this will determine whether or not you are able to take Accutane
- Your medical history. It is important that you discuss your full medical history with your doctor and ensure that you are frank and honest about any physical and mental illnesses you have or have suffered from in the past
- Let your doctor know if you have suffered from or currently suffer from illnesses including: bone related disorders, depression or mental illness, intestinal problems including IBS, asthma, diabetes, liver problems, eating disorders, high cholesterol or heart disease
- Details of any medication that you are taking: it is possible that Accutane may adversely react with other medications so you should let your doctor or healthcare professional know about any other medications that you are taking before you start taking Accutane
- Anything else you feel is relevant: if there are any other aspects of your medical history that you believe may be relevant you should make sure that you discuss them with your doctor
Unfortunately we could often hear a news when a drug has caused erectile dysfunction and there’s a court issue with a drug manufacturer or something similar. This is not to say there are a large number of drugs that do cause erectile dysfunction, but that those that may cause it are in quite common use. The best known has a complicated cause and effect. Many antidepressants affect libido but, equally, men who are depressed are less interested in sex. Nevertheless, it’s clear the erectile dysfunction will not be solved until the depression itself is treated. The erectile dysfunction drugs do not produce hard erections when men are seriously depressed. Men have to treat the depression before they can recover interest in sex.
However, there’s new research suggesting another possible long-term problem. A large number of men take painkillers over long periods of time. The classic example is using aspirin to keep a heart condition under control. But many take a painkiller every time they feel an ache. Not surprisingly, aches and pains become more common as we age so older men can find themselves taking one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) five or six times a week. A new research paper published in the Journal of Urology shows a link between regular use of the routine painkillers and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, there are problems with the design of the study because there are no controls to filter out the contributions that might be made by lifestyle factors like eating a high-fat diet, drinking too much alcohol or refusing to quit smoking. It’s also well-established erectile affects men as they age with an increasing percentage of men over the age of 60 reporting the problem.
Nevertheless, the findings do challenge the orthodox assumption NSAIDs are not a threat, even over the long term. It will be interesting to see whether there’s further research to clarify the issue. A cynical view would be this research will be ignored. There’s billions of dollars earned through the sale of over-the-counter painkillers. If men got the idea it might be increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction as they aged, it could significantly affect sales. So we will probably not see much of a reference to this in our regular news media. When the pharmaceutical industry is such a big advertiser, it does not do to publish scare stories.
This leaves us with the problem of how to react to this research report. We could just say it’s a lone voice and until further research confirms it, we can safely continue with our regular use of painkillers. If erectile dysfunction does become a problem, Cialis will quickly restore hard erections so there’s no need to worry. Or we could say we take too many painkillers as a nation and this is a good reason to take less. If this saves us having to spend money of Cialis pills, we are ahead of the game.