Fertility

men's fertility drugsHow Are Men’s Fertility Drugs Regulated and Dispensed Correctly?

The Federal Drug Administration is notoriously slow in approving new drugs of all types for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is the agency wants to ensure the product actually does what the manufacturers claim it can do, as the agency is generally concerned about approving effective medications. Public safety is also a serious concern, as there can be many negative side effects and even serious consequences when drugs are approved on a fast track process. It commonly takes an average of twelve years of testing and approximately $350 million to get a new drug through the red tape of the Federal Drug Administration, which is a significant deterrent for many new medications within itself.

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Fatherhood, Parenting

role modelBeing a Role Model in Challenging Times

Dear Mr. Dad: Everyone says that as parents, we’re supposed to be good role models for our kids. That sounds like a great idea, but why do so many parents (and other people) behave in such awful ways? The phrase “good role model” seems easy enough to understand, but maybe it’s not. In your view, what, exactly is a “good role model” supposed to do?

A: As almost any parent knows, our kids are paying very close attention to everything we do, yes, even (maybe especially) when we think they’re ignoring us. We also know that they’ll imitate what we do, even (definitely especially) behaviors we might regret. But in my view, being a role model is much more about who you are than what you do.

Simply put, if you want your children to behave ethically, make good choices (tough ones included), and treat others and themselves with respect, you’ll have to do more than simply behave well. You’ll also need to talk. Discuss challenging issues and point out examples of good and bad behavior, whether it’s at the grocery store, in a movie or TV show, a book, or in someplace like Charlottesville, Virginia. Try to imagine what motivates people to make the choices they do and what your child (and you) would have done instead. You don’t always have to agree—with each other or with the people you’re talking about. Your objective is to get your children to think deeply about things before jumping to conclusions and, more importantly, to make good choices even when you’re not there to guide them.

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Prostate

your prostate your healthYour Prostate Your Health

You Need to Know—From Screening to the Treatments That Work Best

It’s National Prostate Health Month. And while wearing blue to raise awareness for prostate health this September isn’t as widely practiced as wearing pink for breast cancer, seize this opportunity to learn more about how to keep your prostate healthy.

The prostate, which is about the size of a walnut and located below the bladder, is vital to men’s health in many ways. If it doesn’t function properly, men have trouble with urination and their reproductive and sexual health.

If you’re a man over 40, you might already have had a prostate check (and if not, schedule one with your urologist). It involves having a prostate specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam. “While a rectal exam might not be the most pleasant experience, it can be an important way to check the prostate for swelling,” says Daniel Kellner, MD, a Yale Medicine urologist. Abnormal findings from the rectal exam or blood test could alert your urologist to one of two conditions: benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is an enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer, he says.

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Eye Health

what is astigmatism and what to do if you have itWhat Is Astigmatism and How Do You Know If You Have it?

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea or lens of the eye assume an irregular shape. This shape causes the eye an inability to focus light rays on the retina, instead directing it to different points.

Research has yet to show the exact cause of the irregular corneal shape, though genetics and development are thought to have a hand in it. Injury, eye disease, and surgery result in astigmatism in some people. Astigmatism manifests itself in several ways, with some of the symptoms including:

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Education, Fatherhood, Parenting

first day kindergartenKindergarten: Life Starts Now

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter is starting kindergarten next month. We’ve been talking about how much fun she’s going to have and she’s seems really excited about the whole thing. But here’s where it gets strange: I’m pretty nervous. What can we (the adults) do to get over our nervousness? And is there anything else we can do to get our daughter ready?

A: We all know what a big deal the first day of school (whether it’s preschool, kindergarten, or college) is for kids. But we rarely hear about what a big, nail-biting deal it is for parents. So thanks for bringing it up!

Your excited daughter is in the minority. Kids have been hearing about this mysterious place called “school” since before they could walk. And even though they’re young, they’ve learned from experience to be suspicious of anything that people tell them over and over they’re going to love. As a result, most kids—even though they’ve spent time away from mom and dad in day care or preschool—are plenty nervous.

For adults, the closest equivalent to the first day of kindergarten might be starting a new job in South Africa, a job that you never applied or interviewed for. The language is the same, but the rules and customs are going to be different—and you have no idea what anyone wants you to do.

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