Monthly Archives: June 2017

Testosterone Reduces Lying in Men

In recognition of the last day of Men’s Health Month, this post will examine a unique study conducted in Germany.

Thousands of medical research studies are published each year. Many add to the existing knowledge base about a certain medical condition, while others may suggest new areas for future research. A handful of studies each year could be considered “game changers”, and may lead to immediate re-examination of existing clinical treatment protocols.

On the other hand, there are also those studies which may make you scratch your head and mutter “huh?”. A recent study may fall into this latter category. In the study, entitled “Testosterone Administration Reduces Lying in Men”, German researchers looked at the effects of the application of testosterone to a group of healthy men, average age 24 years. On day one of the experiment, men were given either real testosterone gel or a placebo. On the second day of the experiment the men participated in dice rolling and other experiments. Testosterone levels were checked in all study subjects, and were (as expected) much higher in the testosterone treated group.

The researchers concluded that there was a lower incidence of lying in the testosterone treated group.

It’s not clear if there will be a follow-up study here in the US, perhaps sponsored by one of the testosterone replacement product manufacturers. Politicians may be a group worthy of further study. 

 

(Source-PLOS ONE, October 2012, Volume 7, Issue 10)

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Acupuncture to Prevent Migraines

June is designated National Migraine Headache Awareness Month. In recognition of this today’s post is related to the topic of migraine headaches.

A group of researchers in China recently designed a study to investigate the long-term effects of true acupuncture on migraine headaches. A total of 249 subjects with ages from 18 to 65 years old and who had migraine headaches 2-8 times a month were included in the study.

The study lasted 24 weeks, and consisted of 4 weeks of treatment followed by 20 weeks of follow-up. Participants were randomized to a true acupuncture group, a fake acupuncture group, or a control group (wait list). Those in the true and fake acupuncture groups were treated 5 days a week for a total of 20 treatments, usually 30 minutes each visit.

The outcome measure of the study was the change in frequency of migraine headaches from the start of the study until 16 weeks. This was assessed by a migraine diary. A total of four acupuncture points were used for each treatment, two of which were fixed points that were used in each treatment session.

At the end of the study researchers found that in the true acupuncture group the frequency of migraines, number of days with migraines, and pain intensity of migraines was reduced to a greater degree than that in the fake acupuncture or control group.

Two important additional points-  although the acupuncture was only administered for four weeks the benefits last until the end of the study, which was 24 weeks, or 20 weeks after the last session of acupuncture. Also, the study consisted of 77% women, who suffer from migraines disproportionately.

It is estimated that over 37 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. These are found most often in folks between the ages of 35 and 55, and are much more common in women than men. Based on the results of this well-designed study perhaps acupuncture should receive more consideration as a prevention strategy for these debilitating headaches.

(Source- JAMA Internal Medicine 2017; 177 (4))

This blog is a review of medical and scientific literature, and should only be used for informational purposes. It does not constitute medical or health advice, nor does it create a physician-patient relationship with anyone. Discuss any health concerns with your personal physician.