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COVID-19; ADT; Baldness; and Testosterone Levels As a follicly-challenged male who is on ADT, I found two issues from the same newspaper article that have me both concerned and elated. Concerned because one study found that bald men were at greater risk of getting COVID-19, and elated because another study found that prostate cancer patients that are on hormone therapy, such as myself, are less likely to get COVID-19. Bald men are at a greater risk of severe coronavirus Emerging evidence suggests bald men may be at higher risk of suffering severe coronavirus symptoms. A Public Health England report found working-age males were twice as likely as females to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Scientists have been at a loss as to why. But, increasingly, they believe it could be because androgens – male sex hormones like testosterone – may play a part not only in hair loss, but in boosting the ability of coronavirus to attack cells. Men on androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) are less likely to contract COVID-19 A study from Veneto, Italy, of 9,280 patients found that men with prostate cancer who were on androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) – drugs that cut testosterone levels – were only a quarter as likely to contract COVID-19 as men with the disease who were on other treatments. Read the full story, courtesy of The Daily Telegraph, June 5, 2020 on both issues here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/ba… As an adjunct to the foregoing, here is an article from Harvard Health Publishing, a publication of the Harvard Medical School. Although testosterone and DHT are the leading suspects, the medical profession still does not know what accounts for the apparent associations between vertex baldness, prostate cancer, and heart disease. However, there is no reason to think that hair loss itself is harmful to the prostate or heart, although it may take a toll on some men’s self-image. Harvard Health Publishing Testosterone, prostate cancer, and balding: Is there a link? Updated: January 23, 2017 https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/testosterone-prostate… Zappped
Please send two quick texts re: rapid, in-home Covid testing to your reps! Coronovirus testing in the U.S. is a complete mess. We need a simple, cheap, in-home test (like a pregnancy test) that can be used every day to determine if one’s viral load is enough to be contagious. If yes, then stay home; if no, then it’s OK to go to work, school, meetings, etc. Harvard and other academic research labs, with the help of a number of biotech companies, have created such a test. But the FDA needs to approve it before it can be produced and released to the public. I just used a very simple system to text my governor and my federal elected representatives asking them to advocate for quick FDA approval of at-home testing. Would you please text yours, too? Just text to 50409: RAPID GOV (for Governor) and RAPID CONGRESS (for federal electeds.) The bot will ask a few questions and then will automatically send letters to your reps. Easy! Thank you! Together we can stay safe and healthy! p.s.: If you’d like to know more, here’s the Rapid Tests website: rapidtests.org And a New York Times article by Dr. Micheal Mina of Harvard: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/opinion/coronavirus-tests.html And a video discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP-MHKU_cQE
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