Study: Intramuscular Testosterone Did Not Raise Myocardial Infarction Risk
New Research: Vasectomy's Effects on Couples' Sex Lives
Intramuscular injections of testosterone did not raise the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in a group of older male study subjects, according to researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
They also found that testosterone "modestly" protected men who were at the highest risk for MI.
The study involved 6,355 men age 66 or over who had had at least one intramuscular injection of testosterone between 1997 and 2005. They were compared to 19,065 similar men who did not have testosterone therapy.
The researchers found no association between testosterone therapy and MI risk. Men in the highest quartile for MI risk saw that risk decline.
More research is still needed, however.
“In view of the large increase in the use of testosterone therapy in recent years, examining the short- and long-term risks of testosterone therapy holds increasing clinical and public health relevance,” they wrote.
The study was published online last month in The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Please click here to read more.
Sexual Medicine Reviews: New Editor-in-Chief Sought
A new research summary has been posted to the ISSM website.
"The Effect of Vasectomy on the Sexual Life of Couples" by Badereddin Mohamad Al-Ali, MD, et al. was first published online in May in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The researchers surveyed 76 heterosexual couples in their thirties. Twice the couples completed standardized questionnaires designed to evaluate sexual function. For men, the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) was used. The women completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).
These assessments were first taken about a week before the man underwent a vasectomy. They were again taken about six months after the procedure.
After analyzing the data, the researchers concluded that vasectomy has “neutral effects” on men’s sexual function and “favorable effects” on the female partners of these men.
Please click here to see the summary.
The ISSM Publication Committee is accepting applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews.
This position has a three year term that is expected to begin on 1 January 2015. A five-year extension is possible based on evaluation by the ISSM Publication Committee and Executive Committee. The complete job description and the scope of the publication are described here.
All applicants must submit their materials, including a CV and two letters of recommendation from ISSM members, to the ISSM Executive Office by 31 August 2014.
Interviews will be held during the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine this October in São Paulo, Brazil.
Please click here for more information on this opportunity.