What is actually in erectile dysfunction supplements?

first_img Related: By Bob Tedeschi Jan. 5, 2016 Reprints The ground-up bodies of blister beetles known as Spanish flies are among the folk remedies that have been used to treat erectile dysfunction. Gurinder Osan/AP In western Iran and other parts of the Middle East, some men forcefully strike their penises to generate stronger erections.“We hear a lot of things” men will try to treat erectile dysfunction, said Dr. Landon Trost, head of andrology and male infertility at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “That’s probably the most violent.”The ground-up bodies of blister beetles known as Spanish flies and extracts from the ginkgo biloba tree are perhaps the best-known folk remedies for erectile dysfunction, or E.D. But they are hardly the only ones.advertisement Tags dietary supplementserectile dysfunctionmen’s health Experts debate: Do we need tougher regulation of dietary supplements? Celebrity selfies, lax regulations drive booming supplement industry center_img In fact, some nutraceuticals marketed as E.D. treatments have been found to contain hidden traces of prescription E.D. drugs. That increases the odds that consumers will find them effective, but also increases the dangers to men with cardiovascular disease, or those who take prescription nitrates.“This tends to be the Wild West of therapies,” Trost said. “It’s very difficult to get something that’s not adulterated Viagra.”Nutraceuticals don’t require approval from the Food and Drug Administration or other regulators, making it easier for manufacturers to reach consumers with their products before safety issues are detected. Despite repeated warnings from regulators, nutraceutical sales have surged. HealthWhat is actually in erectile dysfunction supplements? The journal International Society for Sexual Medicine recently reviewed ingredients found in top-selling “nutraceuticals” — a category that includes nutritional supplements and herbal teas — promoted as remedies for E.D.As the authors note, consumers face a “dizzying array of formulations available and little regulation on the dosage, purity, or ingredients found in these products.”advertisement Related: Meanwhile, even E.D. treatments that are safe and free of pharmaceuticals aren’t necessarily working for the reasons consumers suspect, said Dr. Ryan Berglund, assistant professor of surgery and urologic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic.“If I give you a sugar pill, there’s a 20 to 30 percent chance it works,” he said. “Admittedly, it’s not fair of me to completely dismiss this stuff. I just don’t think these approaches have been subjected to rigorous scientific evaluation.”The authors of the paper in the International Society for Sexual Medicine set out to review existing medical literature about the ingredients commonly found in E.D. nutraceuticals.Here are some of their key takeaways:Red ginsengThe most common ingredient among popular sexual-health supplements, this extract increases production of nitric oxide and, as a result, can increase blood flow to the erectile tissue known as the corpora cavernosa. While ginseng “appears to be well tolerated, affordable, and reasonably safe, there is presently not enough quality evidence of efficacy to recommend it as first-line therapy for E.D.”Horny goat weedAn extract of the Epimedium plant, it has not been well studied in humans. Toxicity is rare and generally mild. “Despite promising animal studies,” there is “no evidence of improvement in sexual health among humans.”FenugreekAlso known as “methi,” fenugreek comes from the Fabaceae plant family. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 60 men, fenugreek yielded significant increases in “sexual arousal and orgasm domains,” among other benefits, while experiencing no adverse events. “Further human clinical trials certainly seem worthwhile,” the authors note, “before recommending it for men.”MacaThis root vegetable has been used for male sexual health for decades, the authors say, but is little studied in animals. Maca supplements seem safe, the authors say, but given the “limited hard evidence” that they improve sexual health, the authors don’t recommend it for routine use.DehydroepiandrosteroneA naturally occurring steroid produced in the adrenal glands, it has been the subject of at least two randomized, controlled trials — one of which showed positive effects. “Data on efficacy for treating sexual health problems is still lacking,” the authors conclude.Ginkgo bilobaPromoted as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including hypertension and Alzheimer’s dementia, it has been widely studied as an E.D. treatment. Results have been mixed, however. “There is no convincing clinical data to support its routine use in men with E.D.,” the authors conclude.YohimbineDerived from the African yohimbe tree, yohimbine “is one of the more promising natural products for treatment of E.D.,” the authors write. Research “showed improved erectile function with a low incidence of adverse reactions.” Still, the authors write, yohimbine hasn’t yet been tested alongside first-line pharmaceuticals such as Viagra, so it should “not be considered a first-line therapeutic choice.”last_img read more

Thailand rejects AIS offer, to hold re-auction in May

first_imgHomeAsiaNews Thailand rejects AIS offer, to hold re-auction in May Previous ArticleChina Mobile trials centralised RAN at stadiumNext ArticleAirtel to gain pan-India 4G footprint with Aircel spectrum deal 900MHz spectrumAISJas MobileNBTCre-auctionTrue Tags Author AIS looks to LG Uplus for immersive 5G content UPDATED 12/4: The Thai government rejected AIS’ offer to match Jas Mobile’s failed bid for a 900MHz licence and has called for the regulator to bring the re-auction date forward by a month to 27 May.Market leader AIS, the second highest bidder for the 4G block, told the telecoms regulator last week it would pay THB75.65 billion ($2.1 billion) for the 10MHz of 900MHz spectrum forfeited by Jas Mobile, but the government rejected the offer to avoid allegations of favouritism, the Bangkok Post reported.National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) chairman Takorn Tantasith said a re-auction offered the best option for all sides and would avoid possible legal challenges by other parties, which would cause further delays.True had urged the NBTC to push ahead with the planned re-auction in order not to lose credibility. The Post reported True CFO Noppadol Dej-Udom as saying the re-auction can expect serious competition between AIS and dtac, leading to higher bidding prices. He didn’t say if True plans to participate.NBTC’s draft rules had barred True, which won spectrum in both the 900MHz and 1.8GHz bands last year, from participating, but the government said all operators can join except for Jas Mobile.Next month’s re-auction will have a reserve price of THB75.65 billion, the winning bid by Jas Mobile, which forfeited the 4G licence last month when it couldn’t meet the payment schedule.The prime minister is expected to approve the updated draft rules today. Relatedcenter_img Thai energy company bids $5.4B for AIS AIS top-line grows on device gains Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 APR 2016 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Asia last_img read more

Woman Recovers Savings From Discarded Refrigerator

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA woman in Queens discovered the honesty of blue-collar workers from a recycling center this week after she accidentally left $5,000 in an old refrigerator her husband dropped off there.She returned to Atlantic Recycling in South Ozone Park in a panic early Thursday and explained to a worker what happened.“Tow truck driver Fred Alsterberg hunted for the fridge, but couldn’t find it amid the piles of scrap metal and car parts,” explained the New York Daily News.But he didn’t give up and found the bags of cash. He even contacted the local media to help find her — and was rewarded when Magda Castillo was found and reunited with her savings.(READ the story, w/ photo, from the NY Daily News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

1 in 7 cars involved in an accident will be a total loss

first_imgYou hear the horror stories about the person who bought a brand new car and within a short time the car was damaged or stolen. Even more devastating, the car may have been a total loss and the person is now upside down in a loan.Over the last several years, the insurance industry has seen a significant increase in the frequency and cost of total loss claims1. In fact, 12 to 14 percent1 of all post-accident insurance appraisals result in a total loss.  That means if your member is in an accident, there is a one in seven chance1 that the car will be totaled.  Beyond that, in 2012, there were an estimated 721,053 motor vehicle thefts2 nationwide. According to the FBI, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 44 seconds2 and less than 12% of those thefts were cleared, either by arrests or by exceptional means2.In either an accident or a theft situation, an auto insurance company will only reimburse the purchaser the estimated value of the vehicle at the time of the occurrence. There is no consideration for the balance of the loan. This can leave your borrowers in a disconcerting situation. If the value of the car is less than what they owe, the loan balance will still need to be paid. This can be an emotional situation, and borrowers may view their lenders as “the bad guy”.It’s hard to have a good member experience when the borrower has to continue to pay for something that they can no longer enjoy, especially if the incident wasn’t their fault.AutoShieldSM Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) by Transamerica helps protect your member’s loan and your member-centric reputation.After a home, a new vehicle is usually one of the largest purchases most people will make. With literally tens of thousands of dollars riding on four wheels, it’s important to make sure that investment is protected.  AutoShieldSM GAP helps protect your member from having the expense of paying the difference between the remaining loan balance and what the insurance company determines to be the value of the vehicle. It also helps keep you from having to look like the bad guy after your member has an unfortunate event.With AutoShieldSM GAP, should the vehicle be stolen or damaged beyond repair, the difference – or the gap – between the value of the vehicle and the outstanding balance of the auto loan or lease is paid up to your waiver addendum maximum.  And with more than 5 million vehicle accidents and nearly one million thefts occurring each year2, AutoShieldSM GAP has never been more beneficial.Since few people are prepared for a deficit when their auto insurance settlement check doesn’t cover the vehicle’s payoff amount, makes sure your borrowers are protected on their next auto loan.Transamerica – Your Complete Loan Protection Product ProviderTransamerica can help your Credit Union craft loan protection product solutions that will meet your members’ needs. Our combination of flexibility and thorough training helps provide you with a competitive advantage while helping to improve your profitability. Perhaps most importantly, Transamerica can help you give your borrowers peace of mind that their loan is protected.Transamerica’s overall approach and philosophy positively impacts and creates a successful culture with Credit Unions of all sizes. Learn more about the Transamerica Financial Solutions Group and the products and programs available to help expand your business and improve member services.1AutoTrader.com. Crash Course for Coping With a Totaled Car. Copyright 2014. http://www.autotrader.com/research/article/car-news/168401/crash-course-for-coping-with-a-totaled-car.jsp2Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. U. S. Auto Theft Statistics & Cost of Auto Crashes and Statistics. Copyright 2014. http://www.rmiia.org/index.asp 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: www.transamericafinancialsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

BCSC 2008: Lord Heseltine says return power to local people

first_imgHeseltine, speaking at the 2009 BCSC Conference in Liverpool, called for a `bonfire of controls’ to leave cities and towns to compete for Whitehall cash.Under a bigger, bolder version of his `City Challenge’ programme from 1990 which saw run down areas compete for cash, Heseltine envisages major conurbations taking greater control of their affairs.`If you leave this to Whitehall all you will get is formulae and platitudes’ Heseltine, who is credited with the revival of Britain’s inner cities in the 1980s, said.Asked how he viewed progress in the Thames Gateway, a concept he also conceived, Heseltine said: `The organagram controlling it is a shambles. Everybody is in charge and nobody is offended. It’s a political solution.’Heseltine also called for directly elected mayors for four year terms to also take on the role of council chief executive, forming a new cadre of highly-paid, dominant civic officials across the UK.last_img

Bosch motorcycle systems bags ASEAN NCAP award

first_imgLeading automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Bosch has been awarded with the “Safety Technology Award: Innovative Motorcycle Technology for Safer Riding” by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) this week.Image credit: BoschThe award sees Bosch being recognised for its continuous efforts in innovating safer riding with two-wheeler technologies such as the motorcycle anti-lock braking system (ABS), motorcycle stability control (MSC), and side view assist (pictured above) that were developed by its Japan-based Two Wheeler & Powersports Division.Both systems were displayed and demonstrated yesterday at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) during the Global NCAP #StopTheCrash campaign. You can check out our feature of the Bosch motorcycle ABS system demonstration we published yesterday.Presently, the ASEAN region sits as the world’s third largest motorcycle market, with Bosch highlighting the region’s rising demands for enhanced riding safety especially in emerging markets. With statistics indicating 21,000 fatal motorcycle accidents recorded annually in Indonesia and Thailand alone, it is easy to see why.Malaysia, on the other hand, has the third highest road traffic fatality rate in ASEAN. According to the World Health Organization’s records in 2015, around 18 road fatalities were recorded daily in Malaysia with more than 60% of which involving motorcycles. Simong-Song, Managing Director of Bosch receiving an award from David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP (far left) and Professor Dr. Wong Shaw Voon, Chairman of ASEAN-NCAP (middle).Pic Credit:Bosch Bosch motorcycle systems awarded with ASEAN NCAP Safety Technology award. According to Bosch, its accident research studies show that if every motorcycle is equipped with ABS, roughly one fourth of accidents could be prevented. Presently, motorcycle ABS has become mandatory equipment for all 125cc and larger bikes in the European Union. Examples include the  2016 Vespa Sprint ABS and Primavera ABS that were recently launched locally.Similar legislation will be enforced in Japan and Taiwan starting from 2018 and 2019 respectively.Presently, Bosch offers its new and compact ABS 10 suite that’s developed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets. The first new production motorcycle model to adopt it is the upcoming 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250/300 that’s slated to enter markets early next year.–Ads–last_img read more

Ioka to defend against Hernandez

first_imgThe hard-hitting Hernandez, 24, holds a record of 18-1 including 13 knockouts. Ioka stopped Thailand’s Oleydong Sithsamerchai in the fifth round of their Feb. 11 match to claim the WBC crown.The 22-year-old Ioka, who is 7-0 since his April 2009 debut, said he looks forward to stepping into the ring against Hernandez. It will be the first time in his career that he will fight at a venue outside the Kansai region.“Facing a tough challenger like him keeps me real sharp. I want to make this a good world title match,” said Ioka. “I want the fans to come out to watch a high-level match.” OSAKA – WBC minimumweight champion Kazuto Ioka will face Mexican challenger Juan Hernandez in the first defense of his title on Aug. 10 in Tokyo, Ioka’s camp said on Monday.Ioka, who set a Japanese record by capturing the WBC crown in the fewest number of fights at seven, is set to do battle with No. 1 contender Hernandez at Korakuen Hall. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Kofi Jantuah denies rumours

first_imgFormer International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight champion, Kofi Jantuah, has said it is not true that he had quit the sport as is being speculated.He said “At 34, I am still strong and kicking and hope my best is yet to come”, he told GNA Sports in Kumasi on Monday.Jantuah’s boxing records stands at 32 wins, three losses with 21 technical knockouts and has a total of 36 fights to his credit.The former champion called on his supporters to treat the speculation with the contempt it deserves since he noted it was a calculated attempt by his detractors to bring his career to a pre-mature end.Jantuah said he has plans of becoming a world champion again especially in the Middleweight division, and as such he has stepped up his training regimen to achieve his aim.“I call on my supporters to rally solidly behind me physically and spiritually as I launch a bid to reclaim my former status”, he told the GNA Sports. Jantuah took the opportunity to appeal to stakeholders and the corporate world to invest massively in the promotion of boxing to enable the nation produce more champions to salvage the dwindling fortunes of the sport.Source: GNAlast_img read more