Orlando, FL-Is assisted reproduction technology (ART) a better way to deal with varicocele-related infertility, or is surgical repair the better choice? Given the high pregnancy success of ART, the optimal management of infertility secondary to varicocele is unclear," said Paul J. Turek, MD, associate professor of urology, University of California, San Francisco.
As of January 4, the final Stark II rules became effective. These federal
regulations will have a profound effect on the relationship between urology
practices and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Their impact extends far
beyond lithotripsy, which has been the primary concern of many urologists,
to virtually every aspect of their practices. Practices that have not conformed
to the requirements of these new regulations are exposed to financial penalties
and other severe sanctions.
Jena, Germany-Botulinum toxin has shown promise as a potential therapy for chronic pelvic pain and lower urinary tract dysfunction. In a German study, injection of botulinum toxin type A into the urethral sphincter muscle led to improvement in muscle tone, pain, and urodynamic parameters in patients enrolled.
Rome-The prospects for safe and effective therapy for male erectile
dysfunction have never looked brighter, according to experts speaking at
the 4th Congress of the European Society for Sexual and Impotence Research
here. Results from clinical trials of new oral medications are particularly
promising, but research on other, non-oral agents also showed promise in
patients who fail to respond to oral treatment.
Orlando, FL-Infertile men are at increased risk for testicular cancer compared with the general population. That is the disturbing conclusion reached by researchers at the New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center, following a study of 4,470 men over a 13-year period.
San Francisco-Despite a settlement by TAP Pharmaceuticals last fall on charges concerning fraudulent pricing and marketing of leuprolide acetate (Lupron)
Varicocele was first recognized by Lawrence Dubin, MD, and Richard D.
Amelar, MD, as the male reproductive anatomic anomaly most amenable to surgical
correction. Varicocelectomy has long since played an important role in the
urologist's toolbox. Yet with the emergence of intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a variant
of in vitro fertilization in which a single sperm is injected into an ovum,
some have questioned the utility of all forms of reproductive therapy other
than assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). Among many papers presented
at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting-and reported
in this issue of Urology Times-several supported the continued role for
Section 530 of tax law allows relief from tax liability if two conditions
Employment taxes paid on the "wages" of a urology practice's
principal may only be a matter of several hundred dollars each year, but
over the course of a career, it can add up.
Patients' rights, regulatory reform, and research funding are still under
Washington-With a 5.5% decrease in Medicare reimbursement rates now in
place for 2002, urologists and other specialty groups are hoping to convince
Congress to quickly reduce those cuts and act on other issues important
to them, as well.
Washington-Despite the combined efforts of the American Lithotripsy
Society and the Urology Society of America to delay implementation of the
Stark II regulations until a lawsuit is brought before the courts, the groups'
injunction has been denied by the Federal District Court. The setback essentially
clears the way for the Stark II regulations to encompass lithotripsy when
the rules go into effect this month.