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Discussions of erectile function can be challenging but it’s important for more than your sex life. Discussions of erectile function can be challenging but it’s important for more than your sex life. Tom Small/Flickr

Erectile dysfunction may be more than just a problem in bed

Erection problems are common but they can be embarrassing for men to discuss with partners and doctors. The sales of erection drugs on the internet or billboard advertising are boosted by keeping erectile…
Some people use steroids to enhance their physical appearance, others to boost their sporting or work performance. Some people use steroids to enhance their physical appearance, others to boost their sporting or work performance. Flickr/Istolethetv

Clean syringe programs must also cater for steroid users

The use of performance- and image-enhancing drugs such as steroids is on the rise in Australia, with more users accessing sterile injecting equipment from needle and syringe programs (NSPs). Between 1995…
Bad news: one study suggests bald men have fewer sexual partners. Bad news: one study suggests bald men have fewer sexual partners. Tony Deifell

Health Check: are bald men more virile?

The suggestion that bald men are more virile than their well-thatched contemporaries is probably an old wives’ tale, but it must be conceded that old wives are likely to be unusually authoritative in this…
Professional organisations offer conflicting recommendations on the merits of PSA testing for prostate cancer. Professional organisations offer conflicting recommendations on the merits of PSA testing for prostate cancer. Flickr/anaxolotl

Movember messaging: getting to the bottom of prostate cancer testing

The Movember campaign, which encourages men to grow moustaches each November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, has helped raise the profile of prostate cancer. Statistics such as “one in eight…
Bradley Wiggins, Tour de Force. Bradley Wiggins, Tour de Force. Josh Hallett

What does it take to be an elite athlete? Depends on the sport

Wherever we look there seems to be amazing feats of physical, mental and skilled endeavour in sport. Cycling is often cited as one of the most elite and the climax of the Tour of Britain yesterday saw…
Ageing men are seen as an especially lucrative niche sector. Ageing men are seen as an especially lucrative niche sector. Sean MacEntee

What to make of modern medicine’s attention to men

Women have long been subject to intrusive biomedical interventions. And the control that modern medicine exerts over women’s bodies has been the focus of much feminist activism. Men are usually seen as…
The study raises a number of questions about what influences puberty onset. The study raises a number of questions about what influences puberty onset. Gideon/Flickr

Rethinking the age boys reach puberty

Boys are entering puberty earlier than previously thought, according to research from the United States recently published in the journal Pediatrics. The largest study of its type, enrolling 4,131 healthy…
Men struggling with the traumatic legacy of child sexual abuse usually suffer in silence. Men struggling with the traumatic legacy of child sexual abuse usually suffer in silence. Jevuska/Flickr

Time to talk about male survivors of sexual abuse

Make a list of ten men in your life — perhaps your father, your partner, your friends, and some of your colleagues. It’s likely that at least one man on your list is struggling with the traumatic legacy…
Steroids have a range of negative side-effects and harms that many may not know about. Steroids have a range of negative side-effects and harms that many may not know about. arbyreed/Flickr

More young men using steroids but do they know the harms?

A recent national survey has found two-thirds of young men who began injecting drugs within the past three years were using steroids, overtaking methamphetamine and heroin use. Anabolic-androgenic steroids…
Around 90% of men with erectile dysfunction have a predominantly physical basis for their condition. Around 90% of men with erectile dysfunction have a predominantly physical basis for their condition. Horia Varlan

Monday’s medical myth: erectile dysfunction is all in your mind

It’s perfectly normal for men to have an occasional problem gaining or sustaining an erection. But for some men, these difficulties are frequent and severe, making penetration impossible. This condition…
There’s a clear need to move away from medical and behavioural approaches, There’s a clear need to move away from medical and behavioural approaches, Chaotic Good01/Flickr

Men’s health report highlights what’s missing from policy

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report on men’s health focuses the spotlight on widely unrecognised aspects of male health. This could mean that policy can now address men’s health…
Young men with mental health problems take an average of 9.5 extra days off work each year. Young men with mental health problems take an average of 9.5 extra days off work each year. PixieClipx

Bottom line on young men’s mental health shows high cost of inaction

Mental illness in young men costs the Australian economy $3.27bn a year in lost productivity, according to a report released today by the Inspire Foundation and Ernst & Young. The report, titled Counting…
Boys’ educational outcomes are heavily influenced by positive male role models and effective models of discipline. Boys’ educational outcomes are heavily influenced by positive male role models and effective models of discipline. The Tattered Coat

Life lessons: better education for boys means good health for life

As another set of high school exams roll through, there will undoubtedly be significant focus on how boys’ results differ from those of girls’. This is part of an ongoing focus on the trend of girls’ academic…
Promoting men’s care responsibilities to be equal to that of women might be quite a challenge. Promoting men’s care responsibilities to be equal to that of women might be quite a challenge. Chris. P

What could gender equity goals for men’s well being look like?

Achieving equity between men and women requires keeping track of important markers of difference between the genders. While the focus has traditionally been on areas where women are most disadvantaged…
Illness is inextricably linked to lifestyle stressors. Illness is inextricably linked to lifestyle stressors. Michael Clesle

To improve men’s health, treat the cause not just the illness

Whichever way you look at it, men’s health in Australia is uniformly worse than women’s. Men die, on average, five years earlier than women born at the same time and are likely to experience more health…

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Dads hardwired to look after children

New fathers have been found to experience a significant drop in testosterone levels shortly after the birth of their child…