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Battlefield Genitourinary Damage Alters Lives Beyond Physical Injuries

Recent improvements in battlefield medical care have allowed more servicemembers to survive devastating injuries.

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Older Veterans Must Weigh Benefits of ‘Expectant Management’ in Prostate Cancer

By Stephen SpotswoodATLANTA — For patients diagnosed with a malignancy, the natural response is to ask the physician to do everything possible to treat the cancer.The challenge for VA clinicians and others, especially with older... View Article

October 2015

Genitourinary Injuries Often Caused by Pelvic Fractures

SAN ANTONIO — Combat-related pelvic fractures often are associated with lower genitourinary injuries which cause a very high rate of erectile dysfunction, according to a new study.The report, published recently in the journal Military Medicine,... View Article

October 2015

Urologic Decision Aids Moderately Reduce Costs

SEATTLE — Rates of elective surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and active treatment for localized prostate cancer declined over six months after a large health cooperative provided video-based decision aids for men with those... View Article

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Sexual Dysfunction Common in Vets with PTSD

HOUSTON — In addition to all of their other issues, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also are at increased risk of sexual dysfunction.A review study published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found... View Article

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New Veteran Study Further Complicates Testosterone Replacement Issue

VA Researchers Find Normalizing ‘T’ Levels Lowers Heart RisksBy Brenda L. MooneyKANSAS CITY, MO — The question over how testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) affects cardiovascular health became even more contentious with a new U.S. veterans... View Article

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Statins Reduce Recurrence after Prostate Cancer Surgery

DURHAM, NC – Patients should be prescribed statins after prostate cancer surgery, according to the authors of a new retrospective analysis which finds that men whobegin taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs after radical prostatectomy are less... View Article

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Prostate Cancer More Aggressive in Younger Men

ANN ARBOR, MI – Prostate cancer diagnoses are on the increase in younger men, and a new analysis suggested that the disease is typically more aggressive in those cases. The study, conducted by researchers from... View Article

2013 Issues

Bladder Cancer Unexpectedly High in LUTS Minus Hematuria

ATLANTA — Bladder cancer occurs more often than previously expected in patients presenting solely with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) but without hematuria, according to a presentation at the 2013 meeting of the American Urological... View Article

2013 Issues

Medication Use Increases in VA LUTS/BPH Patients

IOWA CITY, IA — The proportion of men who were prescribed pharmacotherapy within 90 days of diagnosis of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and related benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) at the VA increased from 32.2%... View Article

2013 Issues

Advocates Seek Better Care for Urotrauma Wounds, Including Fertility Treatments

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Extremity loss, traumatic brain injury and eye injury each have their own DoD center of excellence, but urotrauma has not received the same policy attention and care coordination as those... View Article

2013 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Smarter Screening Strategies for Prostate Cancer Hotly Debated

By Annette M. Boyle Ruth Etzioni, PhD, of FHCRC SEATTLE, WA – For the VA, the ongoing discussion about use of the controversial prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer is far from academic. Veterans... View Article

2013 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Do Military Service and/or Mental Health Issues Lead to Urinary Tract Issues?

By Stephen Spotswood Benjamin Breyer, MD, Urologic Surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center SAN FRANCISCO – One of the most important realizations by VA physician researchers in the past decade has... View Article

April 2013

Study: Exercise Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk in Caucasians, But Not African-Americans

By Annette M. Boyle DURHAM, NC – Researchers are grappling with the results of a new study that shows an association between increased exercise and reduced risk of prostate cancer in white men but not... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Longer Treatment of Male UTI Doesn’t Decrease Recurrence Rates

By Brenda L. Mooney MINNEAPOLIS – In a rare study that looked at optimal treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI) in men, researchers from the Minneapolis Veterans Health Care System found that treating the condition... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Study Urging Watchful Waiting for Early Prostate Cancer Sparks Controversy

By Brenda L. Mooney MINNEAPOLIS — New research out of the Minneapolis VAMC finds that radical prostatectomy does not significantly reduce the risk of death in prostate cancer patients, when compared to observation over more... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

New Medications and Technology Advances Significantly Change VA’s BPH Treatment

By Annette M. Boyle GAINESVILLE, FL — Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the fourth most common diagnosis among VA patients over 50 years old, has changed radically in the last 15 years, with better... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Technology Offers Promise of Preventing and Repairing Dreaded Genitourinary Injuries

By Annette M. Boyle Since a report last year of the Army Dismounted Complex Blast Injury Task Force documented a sharp increase in the number of genitourinary (GU) injuries among U.S. warriors in Afghanistan, the... View Article


Low Risk Prostate Cancer Often Is Over Treated

BETHESDA, MD — Many men are receiving curative therapy for prostate cancer who would be better served by more passive, observational treatment, according to a panel of experts convened by the NIH. After examining the... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Expands Benefits for Veterans with Genitourinary Injuries

WASHINGTON — VA has expanded traumatic injury benefits to include servicemembers who suffered injuries in the genitourinary organs during their service. These servicemembers will now be eligible for Servicemember Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Increased Screening Might Explain Higher Prostate Cancer Rates in Air Force Personnel

While the rate of prostate-cancer diagnoses in active-duty servicemen has increased over time, higher rates of screening may be responsible, not a greater incidence of disease, according to a new study.1  “We started annual health... View Article