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www.renalandurologynews.com AUGUST 2010 Renal & Urology News 9 News in Brief Please visit us at www.renalandurologynews.com for the latest news updates from the ﬁelds of urology and nephrology Short Takes Cardiovascular Events Halt Acupuncture May Ease Hot Flashes from ADT pants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study. Daniel J. Study of Testosterone Gel Acupuncture may be an effective Brotman, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hos- treatment for hot ﬂashes in men receiving androgen deprivation pital in Baltimore, and colleagues found that over a median follow-up of A study of testosterone supplementation in older men was terminated after daily application of a testosterone gel was associated with a signiﬁ- cantly increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) adverse events. therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer 16 years, subjects aged 45-64 years The study involved 209 men aged 65 years and older (mean age 74 years) who (PCa), according to ﬁndings pub- with higher resting heart rates had a had limitations in mobility and a total serum testosterone level of 100- lished online in Urology. Tomasz twofold increased risk of eventually 350 ng/dL. At baseline, subjects had a high prevalence of hypertension, dia- M. Beer, MD, of Oregon Health and developing kidney failure; those with betes, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. During the course of the study, the testosterone- treated men had signiﬁcantly greater improvements in strength but also higher rates Science University in Portland, and a lower beat-to-beat variability in heart of cardiac, respiratory, and dermatologic events than those taking a placebo. colleagues studied 22 PCa patients rate had a 1.5-fold increased risk, CV-related adverse events occurred in 23 treated men versus ﬁve placebo who were on ADT and underwent according to ﬁndings published online recipients, Shehzad Basaria, MD, and colleagues reported online in The New acupuncture with electrostimulation in the Journal of the American Society England Journal of Medicine. biweekly for four weeks, then weekly of Nephrology. for six weeks. The primary endpoint was a reduction in hot ﬂash score af- ter four weeks of therapy. After four CKD, Low Income Linked in Blacks PSA Testing Found to Reduce weeks, nine patients (41%) achieved the primary endpoint. The research- Low socioeconomic status (SES) in- creases blacks’ risk of developing CKD Prostate Cancer Mortality ers noted that numerous placebo- nearly twofold, but does not increase controlled trials have shown a 25% response rate to placebo treatment the risk in whites, according to a re- cent report in the American Journal of D eaths from prostate cancer (PCa) fell by almost half after 14 years of biennial screening, according to data from a Swedish study. Among 7,578
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