One more nail in the coffin for saw palmetto

Extracts of the berries of the saw palmetto plant (Serenoa repens) have long been used as an alternative form of therapy by men with symptoms suggesting lower urinary tract disorders (e.g., difficulty with urination; frequent urination; etc.). However, there is good evidence that such treatment is ineffective. … READ MORE …

Saw palmetto extract does not shrink prostate size (redux)

Saw palmetto extract (made from the berries of the saw palmetto plant, Serenoa repens) is widely used by many men to prevent or treat benign enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). While it is not known to have any effect on prostate cancer, the use of saw palmetto has long been a topic of discussion in the prostate cancer community. … READ MORE …

Tuesday’s news and reports: December 16, 2008

There are a number of interesting (if somewhat technical) reports today dealing with the following issues:

  • The size and metabolism of the “normal” prostate and their relationship to age
  • Defining who is potentially appropriate for focal therapy
  • Saw palmetto berry extract as an anti-tumor agent?
  • Is chlormanidone a helpful non-steroidal antiandrogen? … READ MORE …