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American Journal of Men's Health

Jianzhong Zhang, Bin Yang, Zhonglin Cai, Hongjun Li, Taoli Han, Ying Wang
The objective of the current study was to explore the role of body mass index (BMI) in sperm quality and erectile function in Chinese males of infertile couples. A total of 28 fertility centers in different regions of China were enrolled. Patient data were collected from June 1, 2017, through October 31, 2017. Semen analyses and demographic data were collected and the five-item International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) questionnaire was used to evaluate the erectile function in participants with different BMIs...
January 2, 2019: American Journal of Men's Health
Oscar Labra, Robin Wright, Gilles Tremblay, Danielle Maltais, Ray Bustinza, Gabriel Gingras-Lacroix
The article describes a mixed methods study of help-seeking in men living in the Chilean Central Valley, following exposure to a major earthquake event in 2010. The results identify that, within the sample, positive attitudes toward help-seeking correlated with younger age, higher education levels, above-average incomes, and stable personal relationships. It appears that education plays a significant role in shaping such positive attitudes, particularly by influencing views of gender roles and help-seeking...
December 29, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Skye A Miner, Davis Daumler, Peter Chan, Abha Gupta, Kirk Lo, Phyllis Zelkowitz
By surveying men who are currently infertile ( N = 251) and men who are potentially infertile (i.e., men with cancer; N = 195), the mental health consequences of reproductive masculinity, or the cultural assumption that men are virile and should be fathers, were investigated. There was no difference in depression levels between these two groups when controlling for demographic variables, suggesting that both groups of men have similar mental health needs. Since gendered notions of masculinity also suggest that men do not want to discuss their fertility health, their desire for online fertility-related social support was assessed...
December 26, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Marybec Griffin-Tomas, Sean Cahill, Farzana Kapadia, Perry N Halkitis
This research is a cross-sectional study of young adult gay men (YAGM), ages 18 to 29, that aims to understand their health-care access including: having a primary care provider (PCP), frequency of health-care visits, and instances of foregone health care. Surveys were conducted with a modified time-space sample of 800 YAGM in New York City (NYC). Surveys were conducted between November 2015 and June 2016. This study examined associations between sociodemographic characteristics and health-care access using multivariable logistic regression models...
December 20, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Luyao Zhang, Ke Cai, Yu Wang, Wen Ji, Zhen Cheng, Guanming Chen, Zhihong Liao
The objective of this study was to compare the effect of pulsatile gonadorelin pump (PGP) and cyclical gonadotropin (human chorionic gonadotropin [HCG]/human menopausal gonadotropin [HMG]) therapy (CGT) on spermatogenesis in congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) men. Twenty-eight azoospermic CHH males were included in this nonrandomized study. Ten received PGP and 18 received CGT. The primary endpoint was the earliest time spermatogenesis occurred during 24 months of treatment. Spermatogenesis time was significant earlier in the PGP group than the CGT group (median of 6 and 14 months, respectively, χ2 = 6...
December 20, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Jacob J van den Berg, Nickolas D Zaller, Fizza S Gillani, Shira I Dunsiger, Brandon D L Marshall, Christopher W Kahler, Don Operario
Examining how multiple concomitant factors interact to augment HIV transmission risk is needed to inform more effective primary and secondary HIV prevention programs for men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. The development of a "taxonomy" of long-term sexual and drug-related risk behavior profiles may have important implications for resource allocation and targeted HIV prevention programming. A secondary data analysis was conducted to explore longitudinal HIV transmission risk profiles among 423 MSM living with HIV enrolled in the Study to Understand the Natural History of HIV and AIDS in the Era of Effective Therapy (SUN Study)...
December 12, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Naif S Al-Barha, Khalid S Aljaloud
There are few studies investigating the role of Ramadan fasting on body composition and the characteristics of metabolic syndrome, especially in hot environments. The main aim of the study was to investigate the effect of Ramadan fasting on body composition and the characteristics of metabolic syndrome in apparently healthy men. In a randomized design, 44 college students aged 27.6 ± 5.8 years were selected to participate in the present study. Lifestyle was assessed by a developed questionnaire, body composition was measured using a bioelectrical impedance analyzer, and blood parameters were evaluated by taking a vein blood sample (10 ml) after fasting 10 hr...
December 12, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Otis L Owens, Jenay M Beer, Ligia I Reyes, Tracey L Thomas
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer among all men and the second most common cause of death. To ameliorate the burden of prostate cancer, there is a critical need to identify strategies for providing men with information about prostate cancer screening and the importance of informed decision making. With mobile phones becoming more ubiquitous, many individuals are adopting their phones as sources for health information. The objective of this systematic review is to identify and evaluate commercially available apps for promoting informed prostate cancer screening decisions...
December 7, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Sultan Ayoub Meo, Mohammed Almahmoud, Qasem Alsultan, Nawaf Alotaibi, Ibrahim Alnajashi, Waseem M Hajjar
The use of mobile phones has remarkably increased and become a basic need of daily life. Increasing subscriptions of mobile phones boost the installation of mobile phone base station towers (MPBSTs) in crowded commercial and residential areas including near school buildings. This study investigated the impact of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) radiation generated by MPBSTs on cognitive functions. Two hundred and seventeen volunteer male students aged between 13 and 16 registered from two different intermediate schools: 124 students were from School 1 and 93 students were from School 2...
December 7, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Binshuai Wang, Mingyuan Liu, Yimeng Song, Changying Li, Shudong Zhang, Lulin Ma
KLF2, a member of the Kruppel-like factor (KLF) family, is thought to be a tumor suppressor in many kinds of malignant tumors. Its functions in prostate cancer (PCa) are unknown. This study aimed to explore the role of KLF2 in the migration and invasion of PCa cells. The expression of KLF2 was measured by immunohistochemistry in PCa tissues and in paired non-tumor tissues. KLF2 and MMP2 expression in cells was measured by Western blot and RT-qPCR. Adenoviruses and siRNAs were used in cell function tests to investigate the role of KLF2 in regulating MMP2...
December 6, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Zhao-Xuan Zhang, Dai Zhang, Xiao-Tong Yu, Yue-Wen Ma
This study aims to determine the effect of radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy (rESWT) versus drug when treating chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS; type III B chronic prostatitis). The study included 45 participants with CPPS, divided into two groups: Group I comprised 25 participants, who were treated with rESWT (3,000 pulses each; pressure: 1.8-2.0 bar; frequency: 10 Hz) once a week; Group II consisted of 20 participants who received a combination of an α-blocker and an anti-inflammatory agent. Participants were treated for 8 weeks...
November 28, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
DeAngelo McKinley, Pamela Moye-Dickerson, Shondria Davis, Ayman Akil
Heart failure (HF) is responsible for more 30-day readmissions than any other condition. Minorities, particularly African American males (AAM), are at much higher risk for readmission than the general population. In this study, demographic, social, and clinical data were collected from the electronic medical records of 132 AAM patients (control and intervention) admitted with a primary or secondary admission diagnosis of HF. Both groups received guideline-directed therapy for HF. Additionally the intervention group received a pharmacist-led intervention...
November 28, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Min-Hee Kim, Sang-Wook Song, Kyung-Soo Kim
This research aimed to investigate the relationship between abdominal obesity and lower bone mineral density (BMD) at non-weight-bearing site in Korean men using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is a nationwide cross-sectional survey. The study population ( n = 5,941) was selected from the 2009-2010 survey. Abdominal obesity in men was defined as waist circumference ⩾ 90 cm. Lower BMD state was defined as having T-score of -2.5 or below. To investigate the association, multiple logistic regression analysis was performed...
November 25, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Tina L Rochelle
The present study draws on semistructured focus group discussions conducted with British men living in Hong Kong to examine how men's constructions of masculinity influence health behavior and attitudes. Twenty-eight men aged 21-51 years were divided into groups based on age (≤35 years and ≥36 years); length of residence ranged from 2 to 20 years. Discussions were analyzed using open-ended thematic analysis. Following intensive analysis of the transcripts, four subthemes were identified and analyzed in greater detail: (a) health talk; (b) help-seeking behavior; (c) health risk; and (d) health motivations...
January 2019: American Journal of Men's Health
Nuray Turan, Gülsün Özdemir Aydın, Hatice Kaya, Gayenur Aksel, Arzu Yılmaz
This study aimed at examining social appearance anxiety levels of male nursing students and their coping attitudes and identifying the relationship between them. A cross-sectional research approach was adopted in a study population of 180; the sample comprised 129 students. Data were collected using a socio-demographic information form, the Social Appearance Anxiety Scale (SAAS), and the Assessment of Coping Attitudes Inventory (COPE). The average age of students was 20.54 ± 1.49 years. The male students' average score obtained from the SAAS measure was 32...
January 2019: American Journal of Men's Health
Chibuokem G Amuneke-Nze, Benita A Bamgbade, Jamie C Barner
Little is known regarding interventions that incorporate health management perceptions among African American (AA) men, to reduce the risk for developing various medical conditions. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), the study objective was to better understand health-care perceptions of AA men by assessing participants' attitudes, subjective norms (SNs), and perceived behavioral control (PBC) regarding health management. AA adult males in Texas were recruited to participate in one of four qualitative focus groups...
November 15, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Lina Mrayan, Sanaa Abujilban, Jamila Abuidhail, Muneer Bani Yassein, Hanan Al-Modallal
Studies of different cultures have reported that expectant fathers experience physiological and psychological changes during their partner's pregnancy. These symptoms are classed as Couvade Syndrome (sympathetic pregnancy) symptoms. The main aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Couvade Syndrome among Jordanian expectant fathers. A descriptive quantitative research design that utilized the Men's Health During Partners' Pregnancy (MHDPP) questionnaire was employed to collect data from three Maternal and Child Health Care Centers in public hospitals...
November 2, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Cherisse L Seaton, Joan L Bottorff, Margaret Jones-Bricker, Sonia Lamont
Men are a hard-to-reach group in the promotion of modifiable behaviors such as physical activity. Examining the individual differences among men that might predict positive behavior changes could support customization of health promotion programs. This study examined the role of emotional outlook, positive emotion, and ego-resilience in determining men's physical activity and health-related quality of life following implementation of a gender-sensitive workplace health intervention. Using a pre-post within-subjects design, computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) was used to collect measures of emotion and ego-resilience along with physical activity and health-related quality of life (using the 12-item short form [SF-12]) at baseline ( n = 139) and after 6 months ( n = 80) from adult men ( Mage = 43...
November 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Burcin Erkal, Aysel Kalayci Yigin, Sukru Palanduz, Selcuk Dasdemir, Mehmet Seven
Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is a common sex chromosome-related abnormality seen among men. KS negatively affects spermatogenesis and testosterone production. It increases the risk of thrombosis but its molecular mechanism has not been well described yet. Elevated PAI-1 is a risk factor for thrombosis. The rs1799889 polymorphism located in the promoter region of the PAI-1 gene was detected in patients with deep venous thrombosis. In this study, the PAI-1 gene variant and its plasma levels in KS patients were examined...
November 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
Maya Kagan, Michal Itzick, Ahuva Even-Zohar, Ester Zychlinski
The current study assessed the association between demographic factors (age, relationship status, and education), psychosocial factors (self-rated health and self-reported loneliness), and factors related to attitudes and behaviors associated with seeking help (prior experience with social workers, attitudes towards social workers, and the stigma attached to seeking help from social workers, and the self-reported likelihood of seeking social workers' help among older men in Israel. The data were collected through structured questionnaires, administered to a sample of 256 older men...
November 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
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