Mac Overmyer
Prostate biopsy-related infections raise transfusion risk
Paradoxically, the authors of a large study did not find a negative effect in functional outcomes analyzed.
Does specialty affect sling complication rate?
Gynecologists derive higher complication rates than urologists during the first 30 days following sling procedures for urinary incontinence, according to a multicenter study presented at the European Association of Urology annual congress in Munich, Germany.
MET found safe, efficacious in pregnant stone patients
New study data suggest an answer to the problem of managing stones in pregnant women.
Ultrasound stone repositioning facilitates passage
The first clinical trial of a novel ultrasound technology shows that it can safely reposition stones in situ to make them more amenable to natural passage and treatment.
Your most effective protection against a malpractice suit
Do you know the two most common reasons urologists are sued for malpractice?
FDA approves label update for advanced PCa treatment
Final analysis of a phase III trial shows abiraterone acetate (ZYTIGA) plus prednisone extended overall survival compared to placebo plus prednisone in chemotherapy-naive men with mCRPC.
Sexual effects data lacking on 5-ARI for hair loss
In men who take the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor finasteride (Propecia) for hair loss, published data on its sexual side effects are insufficient to create a safety profile of the drug, according to a recent study.
Urologist experience may influence surveillance choice
Urologists with higher surgical volumes, especially in robotic procedures, are more likely to recommend immediate treatment than active surveillance in men with low-risk prostate cancer, according to a recent study.
High-risk prostate cancer brings new challenge
Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer are among the great medical accomplishments of the latter part of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st. Five-year survival rates for newly diagnosed loco-regional cancer advanced from 68% in 1975-’77 to 83% in 1987-’89 to nearly 100% in 2003-’09, according to the American Cancer Society. This victory, however impressive, is incomplete.
Consolidation brings strength in numbers, culture shifts
A panel comprised of a highly experienced health care consultant and two group practice leaders finds that large group practices are likely to be one of the few entities allowing urologists or other specialists a refuge from the current chaos in the American health care system.

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