Prostate

Joe Torre-Led Campaign Informs Men about Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

In partnership with prostate cancer survivor and baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe Torre and Genomic Health, Men’s Health Network (www.menshealthnetwork.org) is pleased to participate in the Your Prostate Your Decision patient education campaign.

This nationwide effort aims to educate prostate cancer patients and their loved ones that every man is different and every cancer is unique, and that a genomic test can clarify the aggressiveness of one’s prostate cancer prior to invasive treatment. Your Prostate Your Decision is the first-of-its-kind collaboration to address the disturbing results of a recent, large national survey that found low general awareness

Consider these findings:
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Family, Fatherhood, Health, Masculinity, Well-being

Is Normal Always Normal?

What does “normal” really mean? Besides your grandmother, and maybe your parents, do you know anyone who is truly “normal?” There’s a list of normal Hollywood celebrities that includes Matt Damon, Johnny Depp and Jennifer Aniston, but are they really normal?

That famous, last-century psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud made a stab at defining normal: “Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.” Say what? Continue Reading

Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Sports

5 Health and Fitness Apps for Men

Men are less likely than women to visit their doctor, notes a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that men are 32 percent more likely than women to be hospitalized for long-term complications that could have been prevented. Don’t become a part of these statistics by seeing your physician and being proactive about your health. You also can take matters into your own hands by using the best fitness and health apps technology has to offer.

health apps

Nike+ Running App

Run your way to better health with the Nike+ Running App, available for iOS and Android. You’ll be able to track the distance, pace, time and calories of every run and easily record your achievements. This app also creates customized programs based on your fitness level and goals. Plus, when your motivation starts dwindling, you can sign up for one of the Nike+ Challenges, which encourages you to log more miles than other runners in a set amount of time.

Blood Pressure Monitor

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in men, according to the CDC. To keep this vital organ healthy, use the Blood Pressure Monitor app, which is a data collecting tool that can alert you if something is wrong. This app makes it easy to record your blood pressure and helps decrease your chances of heart disease. Furthermore, you can avoid that trip to your doctor’s office by sending him or her a data report of your blood pressure, pulse and weight history.

Apple’s Health App

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, has never been a truer statement thanks to Apple’s Health app for the iPhone 6. This amazing app does it all from tracking your heart rate to estimating calories burned in a day. The Apple Health app even creates an emergency card with important health information that appears on your lock screen, which is crucial for those with medical conditions and severe allergies. You’ll also never have to worry about other’s accessing your sensitive health information since the data in the Health app is kept encrypted when your phone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID.

Relax Melodies

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you’re feeling stressed, you can calm your mind with soothing sounds from Relax Melodies. This app has 50 different types of ambient sounds including rain, piano, thunder and ocean, all of which you can mix to create your very own relaxing tune. Relax Melodies also offers tips and articles from experts to help improve your health.

MyFitnessPal

Losing weight is never easy, but you can make it less of a hassle by keeping track of your daily calorie consumption with MyFitnessPal. With this app, you can record what you eat and it will instantly calculate the calories for you. Food tracking, rather than a fad diet, is one of the best ways to shed those extra pounds, says the official MyFitnessPal website. You’ll see results faster when you improve your eating habits, stop the mindless snacking and implement portion control. Plus, this free and easy-to-use app will help keep you accountable.

Fertility, Health, Health, Lifestyle, Sex

It’s all about sex. Or not?

     Sex is everywhere. We see sex related topics in the media, on our Facebook timelines, spam folders, in politics and various magazines and public sites. So it begs the question – why are people so hesitant to talk about personal sex issues with their doctors or even their partners?
     According to a new survey, conducted by Kelton in collaboration with Men’s Health Network, the American Sexual Health Association, HealthyWomen and Pfizer, it’s reported that, “69 percent (of people surveyed) have never talked to a healthcare professional about problems that make it hard to enjoy or have sex; 26 percent say that embarrassment when talking to a doctor is a barrier to addressing their sexual health issues.”

Nutrition

Five Little-Known Foods That Help Fight Back Pain

If you’re among the 65 million Americans who are currently suffering from back pain, then you already know how painful everyday activities can be. Getting out of bed in the morning, taking your kids to the park and even sitting down at work can seem like a chore when you have to worry about your bad back.

Fortunately, studies show that certain foods may actually have the power to either help alleviate back pain or send it packing altogether. Here’s a look at the 5 strongest pain-fighting foods, and why you should start incorporating them into your diet.

1. Fish
Treat yourself to a tasty fish dish a few times a week and you may be able to tackle your back pain, while also receiving a boost to your heart from the omega-3 fatty acids. Trout, sardines, salmon, striped bass, snapper, Atlantic mackerel, tuna or halibut pack the most bang for your buck. And if you’re like me and don’t particularly like the taste of fish, you can receive the same benefits from taking a daily fish oil supplement.

In fact, a study published in Surgical Neurology found that patients who took fish oil supplements reported a vast improvement in their overall health. After only a few short months, 60% said their pain had improved and 88% said they would continue to take fish oil supplements. The omega-3s in fish oil can help ease inflammation, which is one of the main contributors to lower back pain.

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Family Issues, Health, Health, Prostate, Well-being

Men: Get your PSA checked

Men: Get your PSA checked

New healthcare guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommend that men should not have a PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. A PSA test is a simple blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in a man’s blood. When the PSA is elevated, it can potentially indicate prostate cancer. Continue Reading

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