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Hi doctors,
I appreciate your taking the time to read this. I have a seemingly unique issue that I need your advice about. My hair stopped growing just after my 40th birthday. I’m 42 now and I havent seen hair loss but I also havent had to go to the barber even once. This seems really unusual and I don’t know whether this is worth seeing a doctor about. It isnt a “problem” really since I am saving money by not getting hair cuts but I just want to know if this is somethng you have heard of before. Why would my hair just stop growing and should I expect hair loss to follow in the near future??

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What you’ve described isn’t something I’ve encountered before.

Hair cycling occurs in everyone and it usually cycles each hair in about 2-4 years. Hairs grow in the anagen phase of the hair cycle. Could it be that your hair cycle is just extremely short? If that were the case, new hairs are continuing to grow and fall out like normal, but just not achieving any length because of a very short cycle (and thus appearing that it’s staying exactly the same).

It’s possible that some underlying health issues could be the cause of this, but I really don’t know. Are you using any chemicals or high heat to style your hair? Sorry, but I’m stumped on this one.

Tags: hair growth, hairloss, hair loss


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Guys, a loving spouse may save your life, U.S. health officials say. But living with a significant other doesn’t appear to confer the same health benefits as marriage.

Single and married men are more likely to see a doctor regularly than those living with a partner out of wedlock, according to a new U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) study.

And compared to husbands or other single men, cohabiting men are also the least likely to report having undergone preventive screenings such as cholesterol and blood pressure tests in the previous year, the researchers said.

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Read the rest — Marriage boosts men’s health. Living together? Not so much

The article goes on to say that, “about 71 percent said they’d been to the doctor at least once during the past year. For married men, the number was 76 percent, the study found. It fell to 65 percent for single men and 60 percent for men who lived with a partner.

It doesn’t prove that married men are healthier, just that those surveyed spent more time in a doctor’s office than those men that just lived with their partner.

Tags: mens health, marriage


I am 14 yr old male with a patch of white pubic hair. The area with the white public hair is also a bit fair and different from other. I just wanted to know if this is normal or not. Is it a side effect of something or a disease? Will the hair become black or not?

I have shaved my pubic hair, but it itched very much. Even the new hair grew white. I am not close with my dad and I am not comfortable talking to my mom about this. Is there some treatment or medicine?

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While 14 years old does sound pretty young, this can be an hereditary thing and there is really nothing that you can do. Shaving the area will usually result in it itching when it is regrowing, so that isn’t entirely surprising. I wouldn’t be concerned about the white color, and it doesn’t mean you have a disease or a side effect.

Tags: pubic hair, hair growth, hair color


I don’t buy into this false notion that women look at balding men and see their hair loss as a sign of virility. Do you believe that women who have bald fathers are more accepting of bald mates than women who have fathers with full head of hair?

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StathamBald men aren’t more virile (we posted about it late last year), and actually, bald men can be just as virile and sexually appealing as hairy men.

I don’t think Jason Statham, Yul Brynner, Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, LL Cool J, Patrick Stewart, Andre Agassi, Kelly Slater, Michael Jordan, Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, etc have issues with virility or attracting a mate. Besides, I can think of plenty of hairy men who have negative sex appeal.

Women see deeper than men do when it comes to the outer shell of a person. They see the attributes of the personality and make the determination of attractiveness based upon far more factors than us men do. I don’t have actual scientific research on the topic, though I sense that women with bald fathers who have a good relationship with them, probably accept balding men better than women whose relationship with their father is not good.

Tags: virility, virile, hairloss, hair loss, balding


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Eating nuts could help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes in individuals who are already at high risk for the disease, 2 new studies suggest.

Researchers from Spain and the United States reported on the potential benefits of pistachio nuts and almonds, so-called “tree nuts,” here at the 2014 European Congress on Obesity. Mònica Bulló, MD, of the human nutrition unit at Virgili University, Reus, Spain, and senior author on the pistachio study, told Medscape Medical News: “I would advise people to eat a handful of nuts whenever they can.”

Her study, conducted in 49 overweight or obese prediabetic subjects, showed that 57 g of pistachios daily for 4 months significantly reduced fasting glucose, insulin, and insulin resistance. Importantly, there was no change in body weight after eating the nuts.

The other trial, presented in a poster by Sze Yen Tan, PhD, of department of nutrition science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, reported on 137 adults at elevated risk for diabetes who were randomized to consume 43 g of almonds per day — either with meals or as a snack — or to no almonds, for 4 weeks.

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Read the rest — Eating Nuts May Help Pause Path to Type 2 Diabetes

Clearly a small study, but the results are promising. A second trial of 137 adults were given almonds, but the full results were not published yet.

Tags: diabetes, obesity, health, pistachios, almonds


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The number of Korean men seeking treatment for hair loss is seeing an annual increase of approximately 4.8 percent, according to the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service in Seoul.

The institution said the number of patients increased from 180,000 in 2009 to 210,000 in 2013. They spent 12.2 billion won ($11.88 million) for their treatment in 2009, and 18 billion won in 2013.

About 30 percent of the patients are in their 30s and 40s. “Hair loss can have many causes,” officials of the organization said in a statement.

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Read the rest from– More men treated for hair loss

This is great news for our branch in Seoul, Korea.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, korea


We’re off today to pay respect to the men and women who gave their lives for their country… also known as the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day. We’ll be back tomorrow!



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People who received the world’s first stem cell treatment for strokes have shown measurable reductions in disability and handicap a year after the injection into their damaged brains.

Some can move limbs and manage everyday tasks that were impossible before they received an injection of neural progenitor stem cells, which were clones of cells originally taken from the cortex of a donated fetus.

Apart from physical rehabilitation, there are few treatments for people left severely disabled by a stroke. Demand for more options is high, with 800,000 new cases each year in the US and 150,000 in the UK.

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Read the rest — First stem cell trial for stroke shows lasting benefits

Results were presented from 11 people disabled by stroke that were given injections of stem cells. This announcement was made in Nice, France at the European Stroke Conference last week, and it shows the power of stem cells in treating damaged organs.

We have seen remarkable benefits from stem cells after a heart attack where these cells changed into muscle cells to help the heart handle its output load. The future here is very bright! Who knows, one day we may even be able to create hair!

Tags: stroke, brain damage, stem cells


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Two new studies published this week lend credence to the idea that when it comes to exercise, there apparently can be too much of a good thing.

In the first study, led by Dr. Nikola Drca (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden), and published online May 14, 2014 in Heart, investigators report that men 30 years old, who exercised for more than five hours per week, had significantly higher risks of developing atrial fibrillation later in life compared to men who exercised less.

The report also showed that older adults who walked or rode their bicycle for about an hour per day had a significantly lower risk of atrial fibrillation compared with older adults who almost never participated in such recreational physical activity.

In the second study, led by Dr. Ute Mons (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany), also published in Heart, researchers studied the association of self-reported physical activity in 1038 subjects with stable coronary heart disease and confirmed previous findings of an increased risk of adverse events among inactive patients. However, they also found those who participated in daily “strenuous” physical activity had an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular causes.

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Read the rest — Too Much Exercise: Studies Report J-Shaped Link Between Exercise and CVD Risks

I guess it boils down to: “Bike riding for older folks is good. Exercise for 30 year olds is bad.

Tags: cvd, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, exercise, health


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Dogs are renowned for their keen sense of smell, and researchers have tested their abilities and have found they are almost four times better at detecting prostate cancer than traditional tests. These specially trained animals, known as Medical Detection Dogs are trained in Buckinghamshire, UK, and have the ability to accurately detect the cancer 90 percent of the time.

“MDD’s trained dogs can detect cancer before noticeable symptoms and others have been trained to recognize dangerously low sugar levels in diabetics. In short, this wonderful charity is training dogs to save lives,” said Betsy Duncan Smith, a trustee of the Medical Detection Dogs charity.

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Read the rest — Dogs Can Detect Prostate Cancer 4 Times Better Than Traditional Tests, With Low False-Positive Rate

Man’s best friend vs man’s worst disease.

Tags: cancer, prostate cancer, dog, canine


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