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  1. January 16, 2024

    Testosterone pellets for male TRT

    The concept of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) dates back to the early 1900s. Observations of behavioral changes in castrated roosters formed the foundation of what we know to be hypogonadism or “low T.” The concept of “treat like with like” spurred research and by the mid 1930s, testosterone synthesis began. (1)

    During the 1930s, we saw the initiation of TRT with testosterone propionate injections as well as subcutaneous testosterone pellets.(2) By the mid 1940s, researchers had identified multiple indicators of low testosterone including depression, failing memory, increased fatigability, and reduced libido. We now apply that early research, with improved understanding of physiology and the aging process, to successfully treat millions of men who experience the unwanted effects of low testosterone.

    For years, men were prescribed testosterone injections,

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  2. January 12, 2024

    Cause (and cure?) for morning sickness

    Morning sickness is all about the hormones. That part isn’t surprising, but what’s newsworthy is that USC researchers say they’ve discovered exactly which hormone it is — and (potentially) what can be done about it.

    The hormone is called GDF15, and it’s produced by the fetus; it surges in the first trimester.

    “[T]he baby growing in the womb is producing a hormone at levels the mother is not used to. The more sensitive she is to this hormone, the sicker she will become. Knowing this gives us a clue as to how we might prevent this from happening.”

    Some women are especially sensitive to GDF15 and can have morning sickness that requires hospitalization. (Looking at you, Catherine, Princess of Wales.) Other woman have a genetic blood disorder that gives them chronically high levels of GDF15 so they

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  3. December 14, 2023

    Zinc vs thrush

    Vaginal yeast infections are often caused by a specific yeast called Candida albicans. And British researchers found an interesting bit of information about it.

    Candida albicans needs zinc to survive. When it doesn’t get enough, it tries to find more by producing a molecule called Pra1. And it’s Pra1 that triggers the inflammatory response that leads to thrush.

    In other words, give the yeast what it wants and no one gets hurt.

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  4. November 13, 2023

    Side effects after antidepressants

    Sexual problems when taking certain antidepressants aren’t news. But what’s less talked about are similar side effects for people who stop taking them — although “health authorities in Europe and Canada recently acknowledged that the medications can lead to lasting sexual issues.”

    The details are a bit … personal, but let’s just say patients are very disturbed. So set your Google Alerts to “post-SSRI sexual dysfunction,” but keep in mind that not everyone believes it’s real* — or at least that it’s related to the medication.

    “I think it’s depression recurring. Until proven otherwise, that’s what it is,” said Dr. Anita Clayton, the chief of psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    She has a bit of clout, having been one of the first to publish about

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