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Self-reported erectile dysfunction tied to increased CVD risk

Older men who report erectile dysfunction (ED) may be at greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) independent of other risk factors such as LDL cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure.   In a recent analysis based on data from the ongoing MESA* prospective cohort study, researchers found that men between ages 60 to 78 who […]

Sex, hormones, obesity affect diversity, composition of gut microbiota

The combined effects of obesity, sex and sex hormone concentrations influence the diversity and composition of gut microbiota, presenting with specific abnormalities in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), suggests a recent study.   Women had reduced bacterial α diversity compared with men, while obese patients with PCOS had reduced β diversity. Women with PCOS […]