Advocacy, Public Policy

Men’s Health Takes Center Stage at the White House

In 2012, Men’s Health Network launched the Dialogue on Men’s Health series, which regularly brings together healthcare professionals, patient groups, community organizations, private corporations, and government agencies to address the unique challenges that confront men, boys, and their families. So you can imagine how delighted we were when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked MHN to help organize a Dialogue on Men’s Health event at the White House January 8, 2016. The goal of the White House event—and of all of the Dialogues—was to inspire, engage, motivate, and activate the private- and public sectors to make men’s health a priority. A lofty goal, but one that was achieved with remarkable success.

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Education

Chronic Absenteeism Puts Students at Risk of Failing in SchoolChronic Absenteeism Puts Students at Risk of Failing in School

When Woody Allen famously said that “80% of success is just showing up,” he wasn’t talking about school. But according to some fascinating new research, Woody hit pretty close to the truth. (Actually, the math works out to be a little closer to 90%; more on that below.)

Around the country, there are around 180 school days in a typical academic year. And a child who misses just 18 days of school in the year—two days per month—is considered to be “chronically absent,” even if those absences are excused or understandable.

New research released by the Ad Council, shows that an overwhelming majority (86%) of parents understand their child’s school attendance plays a significant role in helping them succeed in graduating from high school. However, nearly half (49%) of parents believe it is okay for their child to miss three or more days of school – and that they won’t fall behind academically if they do.

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Health, Sex, Well-being

elephant in the roomMen’s Health and the Elephant in the Room

Name one thing that men are more uncomfortable discussing than their feelings. Anything but feelings. You’ve probably heard the line: “Men have feelings too. For instance, sometimes we feel hungry.” But alas, there is something that men may talk about even less than their feelings.

How Ya’ Doin’?

The esteemed Cleveland Clinic recently reported on a telephone survey of 502 adult men conducted to determine if men discuss health issues with other men. Do they share cholesterol levels with their best buddies?
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Aging, Cardio, Sex

low-t clinicShould You Get Thee to a Low-T Clinic?

They’re everywhere these days. Just search “low T clinic near me” on Google and you will see a gaggle of places get your fill of testosterone. There’s someone on every corner willing to sell you good ol’ vitamin T. But will it help?

Fountain of Youth

It depends. If you are a younger man, say aged 25-35 and have a really low T, then, yes, you should definitely expect improved body composition, bone density, and less anemia with T replacement. Fact is, in this scenario, testosterone replacement can improve and restore health. But, if you are a tad older, say aged 50-65, and think that you may have low T because you’ve lost some energy, are forgetful or don’t feel quite as strong, the benefits of the T-elixir are, honesty, quite unclear.  What complicates things in older men is the fact that many symptoms ascribed to low T also occur with normal aging, or could be due to a dozen other diseases with similar symptoms. That smudges medical decision-making big time.

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Prostate

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September marks Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and is a time for families to learn more about this potentially deadly disease. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among men. In addition, the disease is one of leading killers of men. According to the American Cancer Society about 180,890 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 26,000 men will die from this disease. However, if detected early prostate cancer can be 100% treatable. But many men (and women) don’t understand the function of this male specific gland and why it is so important.

The prostate is a gland that secretes fluids into the sperm. The prostate grows as you reach adolescence, and continues to grow throughout a man’s life. Enlarged prostates can cause many problems for men as they get older leading to quality of life issues.
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Family Issues, Growing Up

Help Us Spread the Word about Child Passenger Safety Week

every-33-secondsDid you know that every 33 seconds a child under 13 is involved in a car crash in the United States? That can be a pretty scary thought—and will probably (hopefully) get you thinking about making sure your child is safely snuggled into a car seat every time you head out to school, the grocery store, or anywhere else around town. But how do you know if your child is in the right seat?
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