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Are You Waiting for a Kidney Transplant? Living Donors Bring Hope

If you’re waiting for a kidney transplant, you already know about the daunting stats: 100,000 patients on the wait list and a three- to five-year wait, on average, for a kidney from a deceased donor. But each year, hundreds of transplant patients get off the wait list in a fraction of the time. They find … Read More

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New Blood Test Helps You Avoid Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Biopsies

A new screening tool for prostate cancer has been shown to offer better accuracy than the test currently used by most physicians in the United States. The new test, called the 4Kscore™ test (OPKO Lab), offers various advantages over the more commonly used prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The new test improves on these … Read More

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

High blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure put one in three Americans at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. But even if you don’t fit in any of those risk categories, it’s important to take care of these critically important organs. 7 secrets to kidney health You can do a … Read More

How African-Americans Can Get Better Kidney Care

Blacks make up a little more than 13 percent of the U.S. population. But they make up more than 30 percent of Americans with kidney failure. Why? “African-Americans are more likely to have diabetes and high blood pressure,” says Charles Modlin, MD,  kidney transplant surgeon and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Minority Men’s Health Center. “Those conditions … Read More

Men: Don’t Let Incontinence Slow You Down

From surgical side effects to overactive bladder, there are several causes of male urinary incontinence. Fortunately, several treatment options can help relieve it. Incontinence occurs when your bladder’s sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold back the urine. It can also happen when your bladder muscles contract too strongly or your bladder gets too full before … Read More

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Will New Rules Change Your Wait for a Kidney or Lung?

The wait for a donor kidney or lung may get shorter — at least for some on transplant wait lists. That’s because of recent changes to the U.S. transplant system. In December 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) introduced a new way of matching transplant candidates with donor kidneys. … Read More

Erectile Dysfunction: Best Options Beyond Medication, Lifestyle Changes

Most men who experience erectile dysfunction (ED) can achieve stimulation through oral medications like Viagra®, Levitra® and Cialis®. Lifestyle changes can also help remedy the problem. They may quit smoking or lose weight, or undergo psychotherapy. While these are the most common methods, they may not work for everyone. For example, male heart patients who take coronary vasodilators … Read More