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dysfunction

any consequence of an activity which inhibits the achievement of the desired objective. In the study of ORGANIZATIONS, dysfunctions refer to those aspects of organizations which are essential to the organization's proper functioning but at the same time detract from organizational performance. For instance, a justifiable emphasis on following the correct procedures can also stifle the flexibility that is often needed in work situations. See GOAL DISPLACEMENT.
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Erectile dysfunction is a common complaint in men over 40 years of age.
Developed and discovered by Pfizer, VIAGRA is the first effective oral treatment for erectile dysfunction, commonly known as "impotence.
In one, 21 of 24 men with erectile dysfunction who took ArginMax for four weeks reported improvement in their ability to maintain an erection during intercourse, compared to five of 24 men who were given a placebo.
He and his associates diagnosed untreated depression in 136 men (mean age, 56 years) who presented with erectile dysfunction to urologists.
But despite these guidelines, many men with erectile dysfunction continue to miss out on needed cardiovascular work-ups, Dr.
Post-prostatectomy erectile dysfunction results from injury to the cavernous nerve that provides the autonomic input to erectile tissue.
Rather than causing heart disease, erectile dysfunction is more likely to be a symptom or signal of underlying 'silent' heart disease and could in future become a useful marker to help doctors predict the risk of a cardiovascular problem.
After controlling for age, the association was dearest for smoking, which increased by 30% the risk of developing erectile dysfunction in men with or without prostate cancer.