Choosing a Family Physician: Making the most out of your primary health care

People are not just an amalgam of their body parts. Men are not composed of large prostate glands, sclerosed coronary arteries, and rusty libidos, although sometimes it feels that way. We come in complex packets of various sizes, shapes and colors, and attached to families, jobs, communities and cultures. Just like everyone else, we need […]

Prostate Cancer: The Basic Facts

Paul Lange, MD Professor Department of Urology University of Washington, Seattle WA What is it? Most men do not even know what a prostate is. Basically, the prostate gland sits between the bladder and penis, just in front of your rectum. The urethra, which is a tube that carries urine from your bladder through your […]

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA): What Every Man Needs to Know

Michael K. Brawer, MD Urologist Today prostate cancer is the most common tumor in American men and the second most common reason for a cancer related death in the United States. There are three ways to change these sobering statistics. We can improve therapies, develop methods of prevention, or improve early detection; improving the opportunity […]

Sexual Dysfunction

Fred Govier, MD Chief of Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle WA Professor of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle WA Introduction Sexual dysfunction in the male is a very common problem that encompasses erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation, and low libido as its main components. This update will focus primarily on ED, which is the […]

Skin Care

John Olerud, MD George F. Odland Professor, Department of Medicine; Head, Division of Dermatology Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine University of Washington, Seattle WA Skin Cancer Prevention Male Pattern Baldness SKIN CANCER Nearly half of all new cancers are skin cancer. More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed […]

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Alan Smith, MD Gastroenterologist Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, Washington Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US for men and women combined. It is also among the most preventable cancers, and there is growing public awareness of the importance of screening. While women are generally quite informed about the […]

Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome

Brad J. Wallum, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Washington, Seattle Washington Private Practice, Eastside Endocrinology and Diabetes, PS Bellevue, Washington Diabetes Mellitus (elevated blood glucose) affects 17 million individuals in the United States. It is projected that the prevalence will increase 23% by 2010. Approximately one-half of all individuals with diabetes are […]

Smoking: The Major Preventable Cause of Disease

Ronald O’quin, MD Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary MD2, Bellevue WA The single most important thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. If you do not smoke, don’t start! Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease in the United States. It is estimated that 400,000 deaths […]

14 Fad Diets

Brad J. Wallum, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Washington Private Practice, Eastside Endocrinology and Diabetes, PS Bellevue, Washington   IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE The connection between the quality of your diet and your health is well known. Improving your daily food […]

Exercise: The New Revolution in Strength Training

Peter Dickinson, MS, PT, SCS There is a revolution in strength training. New techniques now give us the ability to keep in shape, and tolerate the changing seasons of activity (and age). It’s called: progressive overload strength training. It’s perfect for anyone with a short attention span since it’s always changing. Maintaining good strength will […]