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Index to Health Issues of Interest to Men and to all People Who Respect Men and Families

  • Study: Gays Die 20 Years Younger Than Heteros; Adoptions At Risk?

By Tim Bueler
The Post Chronicle
Mar 31, 2007

Philadelphia -- "The life span of gays is 20 years shorter than the life span of heterosexuals."

So said Dr. Paul Cameron of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado-based think tank....
(Full Story — off-site)

  • HPV Vaccine Studied For First Time In Men

The vaccine is said to be 100 percent effective in preventing HPV infections by offering protection against four strains of human papillomavirus in men age 16 to 23, but will help only those who have not yet contracted HPV infections. (Full Story off-site)

  • 'I am denied wonder bone drug because I'm a man'

Daily Mail
Last updated at 22:18pm on 19th November 2006

Full Story (off-site)

  • [UK] International PSC Liver Conference, 1st September 2006

PRESS RELEASE : Give someone a chance

  • ABC: Abstinence, Be faithful, and (use) Condoms

Amidst the presence of a catastrophically large and growing AIDS pandemic in African nations (24 million infected with AIDS), Uganda has enormous success in curbing HIV infection rates by steadfastly promoting its ABC policy to halt the unchecked spreading of AIDS.

Stupidity in the Fight Against AIDS

By Jonathan D. Strong
November 25th, 2005
Full Article — off-site


Friday, 19 May 2006, 5:12 pm

Press Release: Society For Promotion Of Community Standards Inc.
19 May 2006 (link to story)

  • Abuse in Gay Male Relationships: A Discussion Paper

    by Kevin Kirkland, Ph.D., for the Canadian Government, National Clearinghouse on Family Violence. Full Paper (135kB PDF file)

  • Alcoholism
  • Anorexia Nervosa: New ideal of beauty or insane obsession?
  • Arthritis, Merck and Vioxx: Are you on arthritis medication, or do you know someone that is? (2004 09 30)

    The fact that Merck pulled its widely advertised and widely sold (US$2.3 billion in sales in 2003) arthritis medication Vioxx (rofecoxib) off the market is big news these days. The spin put on this is that Merck ran some tests through which they determined that the drug may pose an increased risk of heart attacks to arthritis sufferers taking it.  However, the whole story is somewhat different and a lot worse.
  • Autism and the mercury connection

  • The incidence of autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 150 today, an increase of over 6,000%. Many more children have been diagnosed with other neurodevelopmental disorders all considered to be on the same spectrum including Asperger's, ADHD/ADD, speech delay, and many other developmental delays and learning disabilities. (Full Story — off-site; do not overlook the index at the Generation Rescue site)
    (2005 06 27)
  • Deadly immunity (off-site)

    When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic.  Salon.com | June 16, 2005 ; By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Bird Flu and Tamiflu, the medication that supposedly helps cure bird flu infections

Some things about Bird Flu and Tamiflu you should know about (Source: Snopes, off-site)

Snopes examines an e-mail story about bird flu and Tamiflu that states, amongst other things,

The governments of the entire world threaten a pandemic and then buy industrial quantities of the product from Roche.
So we end up paying for medicine while Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush do the business.

Snopes does not discount the e-mail story and verifies some aspects of the claims about ownership by high-ranking American politicians of shares in Gilead, a corporation that profits from Tamiflu sales, but Snopes does not go into the details of the effectiveness of Tamiflu against bird flu infections.  Here are more details from another source on the effectiveness of Tamiflu:


In August 2005, the U.S. government said it would purchase millions of doses of a prototype bird flu vaccine from a French vaccine maker. The announcement came after the government said tests showed that the vaccine promoted an immune system response in healthy adults. The vaccine still needs to be tested over several months in adults older than 65 and in children. The vaccine won't be licensed until late in 2006, and it will take at least 6 to 12 months to produce useful amounts.

Right now, the primary treatment option is the flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), a neuraminidase inhibitor that works by preventing the virus from escaping its host cell. It's not clear how effective Tamiflu will ultimately prove against (A) H5N 1. In Southeast Asia, resistance to it seems to be developing quickly. Another antiviral flu drug, Relenza, may be an alternative.

But both drugs must be taken within two days after the appearance of symptoms, something that may prove logistically difficult on a worldwide scale, even if there were enough to go around. Because they're in short supply, it's not entirely clear how flu drugs would be allocated if there were a widespread epidemic.

Mayo Clinic
May 15 2006

  • Cannibalism

by Celeste McGovern
Alberta Report, 1999 08 23, p. 30

Eyewitness accounts from inside the booming trade in fetal body parts

Secrets of the Dead-Baby Industry — Aborted fetuses are being dissected alive, harvested and sold in pieces to fuel a vast research enterprise
   All of that reads like the sensational headlines we see in something like the National Enquirer, but is it hype or reality?  Read the story and decide.

2005 11 18

The Great Cholesterol Myth

We all know that a high cholesterol diet is bad for you, right? Wrong, says this medical writer.

By Malcolm Kendrick

Women: Victims of Men's Shorter Life Span (off-site)

When one cancer is more equal than another

[U.S.] Nursing homes quietly kill thousands

  • Full story (series in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Abstract and commentary (The problem of fatal abuse and neglect of the elderly on a massive scale is not unique to the U.S.)

By Dr. Nadia El-Awady, IslamOnline’s Health & Science Editor

This is an off-site article that provides a comprehensive overview of relevant issues and information, summarizing the latest results of research pertaining to homosexuality, relating, amongst others, to:

  • Husband Abuse: An Overview of Research and Perspectives

Prepared by Leslie Tutty for the Family Violence Prevention Unit, Health Canada.

This discussion paper provides insight into the issue of abuse against men by their intimate partners. It summarizes information from three sources: literature on husband abuse, studies in which abused men describe their experiences, and conversations with representatives from approximately 40 family violence treatment programs and men's issues groups. 1999, 28 p. Full Paper (292kB PDF file)

  • Inequity in cancer treatment: When one cancer is more equal than another

Observer health editor Jo Revill recently highlighted the case of Bill Elliot who was diagnosed with prostate cancer on the same day his wife learnt she had breast cancer. But while she was prescribed an expensive but effective drug, the local NHS trust refused to provide the treatment his oncologist recommended.

But then breast cancer currently receives 10 times more NHS funding than prostate cancer. Even acounting for the older age of most prostate cancer patients, the statistics do not appear to support this inequity. There are 41,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed per year, compared to 32,000 of prostate cancer. Breast cancer kills 12,400 women per year while prostate cancer kills 10,000 men. (Full Story off-site)

  • Men's Health in Canada

An overview of how our politicians and their handlers think men's health rates in the scheme of things, by Eeva Sodhi

The need for an Office of Men's Health is acute, and the evidence that men's health is being ignored can't be ignored. According to the Centers for Disease Control, adjusting for age, men lead in all of the 10 most common causes of death in the United States, and women live on average six years longer than men.
-- Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Francisco Daily Journal (12/18/01)

  • Nicotine, the miracle drug that doctors hate

...current smokers were found to have a 60% lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than people who never smoked. "Not only does smoking appear protective, but add a little caffeine to the mix and the chances of avoiding the debilitating illness are really quite good," writes Nancy Duetsch; coffee and tea seem to reduce the incidence of the disease, characterized by uncontrollable tremors, a further 30%. ...(nicotine also appears to have a role in preventing Alzheimer's and ulcerative colitis), ...

The Report Newsmagazine, 10-21-2002, Up Front, by Colby Cosh

Much more information is now available than was when Colby Cosh wrote his piece.  Check this:

...nicotine has been found to have powerful immunosuppressive and inflammation-suppressing effects. Of course, the health risks associated with smoking are immense. Yet epidemiological studies indicate that nicotine protects against several inflammatory diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, Parkinson's disease and even Alzheimer's disease. It can also reduce fever and protect against otherwise lethal infection with the influenza virus.
(Source: Inflammation: A nervous connection, Nature, 2003)

Nicotine has undergone an image overhaul, at least biomedically. In the past few years researchers have found that the substance can alleviate symptoms of ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Just how nicotine battles these foes, however, has remained unclear. Now, by studying sepsis, Luis Ulloa of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., has evidence elucidating nicotine’s biochemical pathways that could lead to more potent anti-inflammatory drugs....
(Source: Body Blazes : How Nicotine Stops Inflammation Could Lead To New Drugs, by Lisa Melton, Scientific American, June 2006, p. 24)


 Report Newsmagazine, Jan 6, 2003

Sexually transmitted diseases are becoming epidemic, especially among teens
(but chastity until marriage and fidelity afterwards is virtually as safe as no sex) Full Story

Syphilis cases amongst homosexual men in Quebec are increasing at a great rate, but Quebec is not the only place in the world where that happens. Therefore a recent warning by the FDA comes at a bad time. Full Story

See also: Syphilis is back, especially among gay men with HIV, by Maria Cheng AP Medical Writer, Dec 27, 2007

Read this.  It may save your life!

You are most likely alone when a heart attack hits you.  Here are simple instructions on what to do to save your own life.
(Full story – short and simple)

NIH is Neglecting Heart Disease in Men

  • World Health Organization and the UN pursue discriminatory and sexist health programs

Men's News Daily

Something Amiss in the United Nations' Gender Health Agenda

March 13, 2005

by Carey Roberts
Full Story (Off-site)

And for men's friends of the opposite sex

  • Breast self-examinations of little value, study finds.

...The results were reported October 2 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The women examining themselves reported more lesions and were given more breast biopsies--and it did them no good. In the BSE [breast self-examination] group, 135 women died of breast cancer over the study period. In the control group, 131 died. The conclusion: in countries where routine mammography does not exist, BSE is a waste of time that leads to a waste of money.

Find your disease, The Report Newsmagazine, 10-21-2002, Up Front, by Colby Cosh

  • Abortion and Breast Cancer, By William Gairdner

The fact is that millions of unsuspecting abortion clients all over the world are not being told that in 1981 the British Journal of Cancer published a study by Malcom Pike showing a a 2.4-fold increase (240%) in the risk of breast cancer for women under age 33 who had undergone induced abortion prior to a full-term pregnancy.
(Full Story — off-site)

  • On the pains of giving birth and the joys of motherhood

The oldest profession, The Report Newsmagazine, 10-21-2002, Up Front, by Colby Cosh

Posted 2002 02 16
2002 02 19 (added links to AIDS statistics and to Gay Issues)
2002 05 05 (added link to life-saver)
2002 07 29 (added link to Causes of Death — Canada (1992))
2002 10 05 (added link to article on sex-ed)
2002 10 11 (added link to letter regarding [US] NIH is Neglecting Heart Disease in Men)
2002 10 23 (added reference to fatal abuse and neglect of the elderly)
2002 11 16 (inserted item on nicotine, and added index to items for men's friends of the opposite sex)
2003 02 21 (added reference to research summary: Homosexuality in a Changing World)
2003 03 21 (expanded references to sex education)
2002 05 17 (added reference to Secrets of the Dead Baby Industry)
2006 04 22 (added reference to "Paraquat and Parkinson's Disease")
2006 08 26 (added reference to inequity in sex-specific cancer treatment: husband's prostate cancer vs. wife's breast cancer)