Health Highlights: Jan. 9, 2018

From Drugs.com - January 9, 2018

Health Highlights: Jan. 9, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Study Links Ibuprofen With Male Infertility

The widely-used over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen may pose a threat to male fertility, suggests a small new study.

Researchers found that young men who took ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes developed a hormonal condition linked to reduced fertility, CNN reported.

The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study included 31 men, ages 18-35. Fourteen of them took a daily dosage of ibuprofen that many professional and amateur athletes take: 600 milligrams twice a day. This 1200-mg-per-day dose is the maximum limit listed on the labels of generic ibuprofen products, CNN reported.

The other 17 men in the study took a placebo.

Within 14 days, the men taking the ibuprofen developed the hormonal condition linked with lower fertility. If it does occur in men, this condition typically begins in middle age.

While "it is sure" that the hormonal effects in the study participants who used ibuprofen for only a short time are reversible, it's unknown whether this is true after long-term ibuprofen use, study co-author Bernard Jegou, director of the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health in France, told CNN.

Even though this was a small study and further research is needed, the findings are important because ibuprofen is one of the most widely-used medications, Erma Drobnis, an associate professional practice professor of reproductive medicine and fertility at the University of Missouri, Columbia, told CNN.

She was not involved in the study.


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