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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.
 
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Messi wins record fifth FIFA Ballon d'Or award
Zurich : Lionel Messi won an unprecedented fifth FIFA Ballon d'Or award, given to the footballer of the year, at a gala ceremony here on Monday, ending his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo's two-year hold on football's top individual prize.
 
Either Messi or Ronaldo, who became a three-time winner last year, have won the past eight awards. The FC Barcelona and Argentine superstar's reclaimed the prize from three-time winner Portugal's Ronaldo and he now leads 5-3 in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize.
 
Messi also shook off the challenge of his Barcelona team-mate Brazilian Neymar who was included on the three-man shortlist for the first time. He was handed over the award by former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka who himself won the award in 2007.
 
Messi received 41.33 percent of the votes, followed by Ronaldo (27.76 percent) and Neymar (7.86 percent). Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies in 2015, scoring 52 goals in 61 games with 26 assists.
 
Barcelona's dominance was shaped by the brilliance of their incredible offensive trio of Messi, Neymar and Uruguyan Luis Suarez."
 
"It's a very special moment for me, winning another Ballon d'Or after being in the audience watching Cristiano win the last two years. I want to thank all who voted for me and my teammates who without none of this would be possible. I want to thank football for everything it has brought me - both bad and good, it has helped me grow. Thank you," Messi said after winning the award.
 
The Catalan cluba's coach Luis Enrique was chosen as the men's "World Coach of the Year" after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup. 
 
He eclipsed rivals Pep Guardiola of Bayern Munich and Jorge Sampaoli, who led Chile to their first Copa America win earlier in the year. 
 
America's Jill Ellis won the World Coach of the Year award for women's football. La Liga dominated the FIFA FIFPro World XI with eight entries, four each from Barcelona and Real Madrid, including the Ballon D'Or nominees Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.
 
Brazilian Wendell Lira won the Puskas Award for the best goal. The striker plays for Vila Nova in the third tier in Brazil but at the time of the goal was playing for Goianesia. He earnt his side a 2-1 win with the strike against Atletico-GO.
 
American Carli Lloyd was named Women's World Player of the Year. Lloyd, 33, led the United States to victory in the Women's World Cup in July, memorably scoring a hat-trick in the final.
 
The FIFA FIFPro World XI: Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer Defenders: Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, Marcelo. Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Paul Pogba, Luka Modric. Forwards: Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo.
 
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