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Over-the-counter sexual treatments could be harmful
New York : Most readily accessible over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health are largely ineffective and unsafe if taken without the guidance of trained physician, warns a new study.
 
"While certain natural supplements we reviewed show promise for improving mild sexual dysfunction, they lack robust human evidence," said study senior author Ryan Terlecki, associate professor of urology at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US.
 
For some products, there is no scientific evidence to support claims that can positively impact erectile function, libido and sexual performance. 
 
And some products that are advertised as being "natural," contain traces of phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors (PDE5Is), the same class of medication that includes prescription drugs such as Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction. 
 
"Men who use these medications without a physician's supervision run the risk of taking them inappropriately. Patients with advanced heart disease, for example, or who take nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, should not use PDE5Is as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure,” Terlecki said.
 
It has been found that nearly 80 percent of tested samples of over-the-counter products purchased in the US and Asia contained PDE5Is.
 
"Likewise, men with severe liver impairment or end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis should avoid these products," Terlecki pointed out.
 
In addition, Terlecki said, men with enlarged prostates who take medications such as Flomax (tamsulosin), terazosin or doxazosin need to know how to time the dosing of the two medications to avoid causing dizziness and potential falls, which may result in fractures.
 
An estimated 40 to 70 percent of men experience some form of sexual dysfunction during their lives. Due to concern regarding costs of prescription drugs, or embarrassment over discussing sexual concerns with their physicians, some men turn to over-the-counter products. 
 
"We reviewed the current evidence available for each of the ingredients in top-selling men's health products to provide urologists with a guide they could use to counsel their patients,” Terlecki said. 
 
"Patients are paying more than $5 per day to take products with no proven effectiveness," he noted. 
 
The results were published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Actor Shekhar Naware passes away
An analytical hypno-therapist and master practitioner of NLP, Shekhar Naware had acted in innumerable plays in Marathi and English. He acted in more than hundred TV programmes under top directors like BR Chopra, Ravi Chopra, Basu Chatterji and Vijay Anand
 
Well-known Marathi stage actor Shekhar Naware and a master practitioner, trainer of neuro linguistic psychology (NLP) passed away on Tuesday in Mumbai after prolonged illness.
 
Naware is best known for his lead role in and as Oedipus Rex, the Greek Tragedy. His performance in the famous play, "Waiting for Godot" as Pozzo had received excellent reviews. For his role as leper in the play, "And they lived happily ever..." he had received best actor award. Naware was also remembered for a character based on Gayle Wynand from the famous novel by Ayn Rand. 
 
Shekhar Naware also acted in various Marathi plays as lead actor, having appeared on the stage for at least nearly 3,000 times. Some of his famous plays include, "Kon Mhanata Takka Dila", "Tu Fakt Ho Mhan", and "Maaza Kaay Chukala”. He has also acted in several movies and has worked with top directors like BR Chopra, Ravi Chopra, Basu Chatterji and Vijay Anand. Some of his films include, Kranti Kshetra (1994), Taaqat (1995) in Hindi and Gadbad Ghotala (1986) in Marathi. In Taaqat, Naware acted as main villain opposite renowned actor Dharmendra.
 
Naware himself used NLP techniques to get the best in his performances and had been training people from different walks of life for over 15 years, including athletes and sportspersons like Pravin Amre, former test cricketer and top cricket coach. He had also conducted two sessions on NLP at Moneylife Foundation, which were extremely popular. However, he had reduced his work commitments in the past couple of years as he was undergoing regular dialysis. He used to say that it is NLP that ensured that he could continue to give his best on stage despite the painful treatment.

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71 trains cancelled due to fog
The trains running late include Howrah Express and Rajdhani Express, a railway statement said
 
Fog in northern India on Tuesday led to the cancellation of 71 trains, Northern Railway said. Another 10 train were said to be running late.
 
But flights here were unaffected, a Delhi airport official said.
 
The trains running late include Howrah Express and Rajdhani Express, a railway statement said.
 
"The sky is likely to remain clear throughout the day," the India Meteorological Department said.
 
The minimum temperature in Delhi was 8.5 degrees Celsius. The maximum was likely to hover around 25 degrees on Tuesday.
 
Humidity was recorded at 95 percent at 8.30 a.m. while visibility stood at 1,000 metres, the Met office said.
 
Monday's maximum temperature was 25.5 degrees, six notches above the average for this time of the season.
 
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