Study Proves Drug Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Helth

Finasteride, best known as the enlarged-prostate medicine Proscar, is a safe, effective way to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, according to long-term findings from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT).

The trial was funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and enrolled nearly 19,000 men between 1993 and 1997. Initially it found that finasteride — a hormone-blocking drug — cut the risk of prostate cancer by 25 percent. Those results were published in 2003.

The newly released long-term data show that the reduction of prostate cancer risk has continued and that fewer than 100 men in the trial died from prostate cancer in more than two decades of follow-up, according to a research team led by Dr. Ian Thompson.

Balding Drug May Cut Heart Attack Risk

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Although best known for its ability to improve hair growth when used on the skin, minoxidil — which is classified as a potassium channel opener — was initially marketed as a vasodilator, and an oral formulation is sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure that has not responded to other medications. Earlier studies have suggested that minoxidil may increase elastin even in mature tissues.

A study published in American Journal of Physiology — Heart and Circulatory Physiology found that minoxidil, which is sold under the brand name Rogaine, makes stiff vessels more flexible and improves blood flow to vital organs like the brain. Continue reading

Fla. Sheriff Says Gun Control Is Already on Campuses and Calls Arming Teachers a ‘Game-Changer’

By Jenni Fink – Re-Blogged From IJR

The Parkland, Florida, school shooting yielded calls for more gun control, but Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd instead called for arming teachers.

Judd told Fox News that gun control on every campus in Florida dictates that no one can bring a gun onto campus. He added that the only person who violates this rule is the “crazed person — the active shooter.”

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