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Expert warns of a rise in men with body image concerns which can develop into eating disorders • Body image issues on the rise in men, says Priory psychiatrist • She says the changing expectations of men in society can exert “extra pressure” • Men with poor self-image could become fixated on the media ‘ideal’ of being lean and muscular • A video case study explores the recovery of a male patient Body image issues among men are on the rise, according to a Priory expert – and this can develop into a serious eating disorder. Speaking as Mental Health
Scientists have identified for the first time the details of an ‘alternative’ biological process required to develop male genitals in an unborn baby. The findings by researchers at the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow along with French* and Swedish** collaborators also sheds more light on the reasons for babies being born with undescended testes or with malformed penises. Studies in the 1950s established that testosterone, produced by the testes in male foetuses is responsible for creating male genitalia through its conversion into a hormone, a “super-testosterone” called DHT. However, more recently, scientists have discovered that a second additional ‘backdoor’ process
Sperm that live for longer before fertilising an egg produce healthier offspring – according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden. New research published today shows that longer-lived sperm in an ejaculate of a zebrafish male produce offspring with longer and healthier lifespans – who in turn produce more and healthier offspring themselves – than the shorter-lived sperm in the same ejaculate. The findings may have important implications for human reproduction and fertility, particularly in the context of assisted fertilisation technologies. Lead researcher Dr Simone Immler, from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences, said:
Multiple miscarriages may be linked to the poor quality of a man’s sperm, suggests new research. The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London, investigated the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more consecutive miscarriages. The research, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, revealed that, compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage. The study team hope these findings may open new avenues to finding treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Recurrent miscarriage affects around one in 50
Kisspeptin, known as the master regulator of reproduction, not only has a crucial role in sperm and egg production, but may also boost reproductive behaviours. In a new study, scientists from Imperial College London investigated how the recently discovered hormone alters brain activity in healthy volunteers. In the new research, the scientists investigated how the hormone affects the brain when it is ‘at rest’. So-called resting brain activity is the state our brain enters when not concentrating on a task, and is akin to a car ticking over in neutral. Studying this ‘neutral’, resting state is crucial for understanding what
Most nations falling short of UN targets to cut premature deaths from chronic diseases. People in the UK, US and China have a higher risk of dying early from conditions like cancer, heart disease and stroke than people in Italy, France, South Korea and Australia. These are the findings of the most detailed global analysis of deaths from so-called non-communicable disease (NCDs) – chronic conditions including cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes. The research, led by Imperial College London, World Health Organization and NCD Alliance, reveals that a 30-year-old woman in the UK has a 9 per cent chance of dying from four key
Having successfully supported women for more than 24 years, national charity, Look Good Feel Better has developed a new programme to help men manage some of the side-effects of cancer treatment – providing expert advice all over the UK through, ‘Skin Fitness’ Workshops, a ‘Manual for Men’ and online tutorials. Sarahjane Robertson, Executive Director of Look Good Feel Better comments: “Following extensive research, people told us there was a lack of support, especially when it came to men and their appearance. Many of the men spoken to were concerned that the visible side-effects would ‘give away’ the fact that they
Having successfully helped women for more than 24 years, national charity, Look Good Feel Better has now developed a new programme to support men living with cancer – providing expert advice all over the UK through, ‘Skin Fitness’ Workshops, a ‘Manual for Men’ and online tutorials.
Why trying to be happy all the time is making us ill. Priory consultant psychiatrist Dr Paul McLaren, medical director of Priory’s Hayes Grove Hospital in Kent and its Wellbeing Centres in London, says: “In recent years, there has been a shift within society whereby happiness is valued above everything else. Across Instagram and social media, we are seeing constant posts about being happy, or, to use that old cliché, “turning that frown upside down”. However, the truth is that only by experiencing things that make us stressed or unhappy can we really know the difference that happiness brings. Happiness is
An astonishing 41% of us have had an accident relating to our smartphones. People are astounded at the following extraordinarily common injuries from smart phones: A senior sister in emergency care at a leading London hospital, reports that she not infrequently has had to remove shards of glass from patients’ bottoms after the screen of a smartphone in their back pocket has shattered in a high impact accident. Her informal and useful advice is to place the phone in your back pocket, screen side out. We can also fall foul of smartphones being in our back pockets when we go