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Latest News from the ISSM - September 8, 2017 Member Login
Men With ED See Improvements After Shockwave Therapy

Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) could benefit men with vasculogenic ED by improving penile hemodynamics, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. 

The procedure uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger neovascularization (the formation of new blood vessels) in the penis. This process makes it easier for blood to flow into the penis for a firm erection. 

LI-ESWT has been used to treat other conditions like kidney stones and joint inflammation, but its use in ED patients is still experimental. 

In the study, 46 men with vasculogenic ED were randomly assigned to receive 12 sessions of LI-ESWT (30 men) or a sham treatment (16 men) over nine weeks. Overall, the men's average age was 54 years. 

Penile ultrasonography and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) were used to evaluate the men's progress. 

The assessments showed that men who received LI-ESWT had improved erections, which in most cases lasted 12 months. 

More information on the study, including the authors' suggestions for future research, can be found here. 

MESSM Biennial Meeting to be Held in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine, an ISSM affiliate, will be holding its 4th Biennial Meeting September 14 - 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The meeting's program will focus on the ways sexual problems affect both patients and partners.

"This theme targets both male and female and will involve new perspectives in diagnosis (new theories, new mechanism of actions, new lab tests, etc.), as well as management (new drugs, new surgery, new devices, new guidelines, etc.)," wrote Scientific Committee Chair Dr. Amr El-Meliegy in his welcome message.

Please click here for more information. 

What Happens to Testosterone Levels After Prostate Cancer Radiation?

We're pleased to announce that a new research summary has been posted to the ISSM website.

"External Beam Radiotherapy Affects Serum Testosterone in Patients With Localized Prostate Cancer" by Dr. Raisa S. Pompe, et al. was published online in May by the Journal of Sexual Medicine. 

The study focuses on the testosterone kinetics of 248 men who underwent external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) as monotherapy. 

Learn more about the study here. 

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