Richard R. Kerr
AUA look-back: TRT safety, PCa tests spark news, debate
The recently concluded AUA annual meeting in Orlando may not go down as one of the most memorable annual meetings in recent years. Nevertheless, it was noteworthy for some interesting news and lively debate on hot-button topics: the safety of certain urologic products, namely, testosterone and transvaginal mesh; new tests for prostate cancer; infection prevention and treatment; and use of an advanced prostate cancer agent in the pre-chemotherapy setting.
Targeted MRI biopsy more likely to find high-grade prostate cancer
Targeted biopsy locations using cognitive magnetic resonance imaging targeting were more than twice as likely to show prostate cancer compared with transrectal ultrasound template biopsy, and cancers in these locations were twice as likely to be high grade, researchers from Washington University, St. Louis reported yesterday.
Urologists mourn loss of John Fitzpatrick, MCh
Professor John Fitzpatrick, MCh, an international leader in the field of urology, died suddenly Wednesday, May 14.
Lumenis launches powerful laser for urologic applications
Lumenis Ltd. has announced the U.S. launch of the Lumenis Pulse 120H Holmium laser platform for a range of urologic applications.
Vitamin D deficiency may raise aggressive prostate cancer odds
African-American and European-American men at high risk of prostate cancer have greater odds of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease if they have vitamin D deficiency, researchers from Chicago’s Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago reported in a recently published study.
Study: Keep dietary advice simple for stone patients
When it comes to counseling patients on kidney stone prevention, less may be more, suggests a study presented at the National Kidney Foundation's spring clinical meetings in Las Vegas.
Female urology research examines sling surgery, robotic approaches, mesh
Sling surgery, robotic approaches to sacrocolpopexy and pelvic organ prolapse, and mesh are among the key studies in the area of female urology to watch for at the 2014 AUA annual meeting.
BPH research examines inflammation's role
Is inflammation a potential target for the treatment of BPH? New research being presented at the 2014 AUA annual meeting may help answer this question.
Urologists place third in physician earnings survey
Urologists rank third in earnings, tied with gastroenterologists, in a survey of physician compensation conducted by Medscape.
Staged buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty, urethrotomy/mitomycin combo among trauma/reconstruction advances
New research about staged buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty and a study examining urethrotomy with mitomycin C for recurrent bladder neck contractures are among the key research in trauma/reconstruction being presented at the 2014 AUA annual meeting.

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