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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Aging, Growing Up, Masculinity, Sex

Bedroom Signs That Your Man Might Have Health Troubles

Concerned about his lack of interest or other changes in his performance? It may be time to encourage him to see a doctor.

The intimate moments you share with the man in your life are important to your bond—and potentially his health. That’s because, depending on how observant he is about his body, you may be the first to detect changes in his manliness and how it’s functioning.

If his sex drive has declined—or you notice he’s using the bathroom more frequently, is gaining weight or has other changes to his physique such as breast enlargement—he may have undiagnosed health issues. A number of common sexual and reproductive health conditions can develop at any age.

Talk with your guy about what you’re noticing, and encourage him to see a health care provider for an examination.

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Fatherhood, Parenting

evil twinDoes My Teen Have an Evil Twin?

Dear Mr. Dad: If I wasn’t in the delivery room for my daughter’s birth, I’d swear that she had a secret, identical twin. Sometimes she’s delightful and lovely to be around, other times, she’s a nightmare. Some days she seems to love us and need us, other days she’s hateful and nasty. People keep telling me to relax, that’s she’s just a normal teen. I know they’re right, but her schizophrenic behavior is driving us crazy. Is there some way to get rid of some of the “downs” but keep the “ups”?

A: I wish that nature had come up with a better way for young people to discover their adult identity, but I’m afraid we’re stuck. Their logic-defying careening back and forth between being an irrational infant one second to being wise and wonderful the next is part of the deal. But think about it this way. While it’s confusing and painful for us, it’s got to be a lot worse for them.

Actually, if you think back really hard to when you were you daughter’s age. You may be able to remember how scary it felt at those times when you had no idea what you might do or what might come out of your mouth. You may be able to get back in touch with the emotional highs and lows you felt, how infuriating it was that no one understood you, and how frustrating it was that everyone insisted on treating you like a child and refused to give you the responsibility you (thought) you were ready for. You felt completely out of control—and you were right.

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