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Capsaicin

A derivative of these members of the nightshade family, chili peppers are now being heralded as the newest form of pain reliever and a treatment for gastric hyperacidity.
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CHECKING PSA IN A PROSTATITIS PATIENT

When should I check the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level of a 43-year-old man with a clinical diagnosis of acute prostatitis?—Haytham Kawii, MD, Baton Rouge, La. A yearly PSA determination and digital rectal exam are currently recommended as screening tests for prostate cancer in men over age 50. In patients with a risk factor, such as…
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More accurate test may replace PSA

An experimental blood test detects prostate cancer so accurately that it may supplant prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels as a screening tool. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore discovered an early prostate cancer antigen (EPCA-2) that functions as a biomarker. In a sample of 330 men, EPCA-2 levels were positive in 94% of those who…
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More accurate test may replace PSA

An experimental blood test detects prostate cancer so accurately that it may supplant prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels as a screening tool. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore discovered an early prostate cancer antigen (EPCA-2) that functions as a biomarker. In a sample of 330 men, EPCA-2 levels were positive in 94% of those who…
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Baldness drug throws off PSA

As little as 1 mg/day of finasteride can seriously distort results of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, a study shows. That’s the dosage of Propecia used by more than 4 million men to treat male-pattern baldness, and shown by the study to lower serum PSA concentrations by as much as half. Finasteride is also sold as…
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COULD TOO MUCH CALCIUM HAVE RAISED THE PSA LEVEL?

The patient whose prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level went from 6.1 ng/mL to 4.76 after two weeks of antibiotic therapy (Item 98-11) now has a PSA of 2.89, despite the fact that he received no additional antibiotics. (The absence of cancer was confirmed by a negative biopsy; prostatitis was postulated but never formally diagnosed.) He takes…
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Rosacea and Diet: What Do We Know?

Alcohol and fatty foods have shown the potential to trigger rosacea flare-ups, while certain supplements have shown promise in reducing symptoms.
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