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'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

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The Secret to a Good Sex Life

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Couples who regularly have sex tend to be happier, and now a new study suggests one reason why: affection. The study of couples in committed relationships found what many others had shown before: Couples who had sex more often were typically happier and more content with their lives. However, much of that link seemed to be explained not by sex itself, but by couples' general levels of affection – whether that meant cuddling or whispering sweet-nothings to each other. It all suggests that the "relational aspects of sexuality – and more specifically, the sharing of affection – are central in understanding why sex does good," said lead researcher Anik Debrot. That might be good news for people who worry about things like sexual performance or having a "perfect body," according to Debrot. Instead, they could "remember that sex is a great way to share an intimate ... Read more

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Most Women Stop Drinking After Positive Pregnancy Test, Study Finds

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – When they learn they're pregnant, most American women stop drinking alcohol, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 5,000 newly pregnant women in eight U.S. cities. They found that the vast majority stopped or reduced their drinking after their positive pregnancy test. "Our study was not focused on whether or not alcohol is safe in the early conception window," said study senior author Dr. Katherine Hartmann. "We wanted to see what actual women were currently doing. And we were pleasantly surprised about how promptly people changed their alcohol use," said Hartmann, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Most quit completely, while about 6 percent of women continued to consume some alcohol, almost all of them at very low levels, she said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – What makes for a happy, productive worker? It could be a good sex life. At least that's the suggestion of a new study that included 159 married employees who were surveyed daily for two weeks. Those who had sex were in a better mood at work the next day, which led to higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction. The beneficial effects that sex had on work were equally strong for men and women and lasted for at least 24 hours. "We make jokes about people having a 'spring in their step,' but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it," said study author Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University's College of Business. "Maintaining a healthy relationship that includes a healthy sex life will help employees stay happy and engaged in their work, which benefits the employees and the organizations they ... Read more

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When Cocaine's in the Mix, Safe Sex May Not Be

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – The long list of health woes linked to cocaine abuse includes risky sexual behavior, a small, new study suggests. The drug not only increases sexual arousal but also makes people impatient and more likely to have sex without a condom. This could increase their risk for sexually transmitted infections, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "Our study affirms and may help explain why people who regularly use cocaine are more willing to partake in risky sex when under the influence of cocaine," said study author Matthew Johnson in a university news release. He's an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Public health officials and physicians should be ensuring that cocaine users are supplied with condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease, Johnson said. Cocaine is a ... Read more

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Zika Lingers in Semen for Less Time Than Thought: Study

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – New research suggests the Zika virus lingers in a man's semen no longer than three months in almost all cases. Still, guidelines from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommend that infected men use condoms or abstain from sex for six months after infection with the Zika virus. Infectious disease experts said those guidelines should stay that way. "Better to err on the long end," said Matthew Aliota, an assistant scientist who studies viruses at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine. The Zika epidemic began nearly two years ago in Brazil and has since spread around the world, causing severe birth defects in thousands of babies born to women infected with the virus during pregnancy. The most common birth defect has been microcephaly, which causes an abnormally small head and brain. More subtle sensory and neurological ... Read more

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Does a Baby's Sex Affect Mom's Immunity During Pregnancy?

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – A baby's gender might affect a pregnant woman's immune system, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers checked levels of immune markers called cytokines in the blood of 80 pregnant women. The researchers found no differences in cytokine levels based on fetal sex. But they did find that "the immune cells of women carrying female fetuses produced more pro-inflammatory cytokines when exposed to bacteria," said principal investigator Amanda Mitchell. "This means that women carrying female fetuses exhibited a heightened inflammatory response when their immune system was challenged, compared to women carrying male fetuses," she explained. Mitchell is a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University's Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. The researchers explained that inflammation is critical in the body's response to viruses, bacteria and chronic ... Read more

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The Best Place to Find Your Valentine

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – If you're still searching for your perfect Valentine, maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. A new study contends that the best states for lovers are Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin. Virginia – the state with the longstanding ad campaign that claims "Virginia is for lovers" – didn't fare as well as expected in the new research. The scores placed it in the middle of state rankings. The study included surveys of more than 127,000 adults across the United States. Participants answered questions about the quality of their relationships, specifically attachment anxiety, in which people are "clingy" and constantly worry their partner will leave them, and attachment avoidance, in which people shun intimacy and are more distant and cold toward their partners. The top states for lovers scored low in both those areas, had the highest marriage rates ... Read more

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Gay Men Less Likely to Have Safe Sex Now: Survey

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – In a sign that powerful new ways to treat and prevent HIV are relaxing attitudes about safer sex, a new survey finds that gay and bisexual men are much less likely to use condoms than they were two decades ago. Men questioned at a Atlanta gay pride event in 2015 – including HIV-positive men – were more likely to say they'd recently had anal sex without a condom compared to men who were questioned at the same event in 2006 and 1997. Although there are signs that the rates of other sexually transmitted infections have increased and the possibility of a drug-resistant strain of the once-deadly virus looms, HIV experts said the condom-less trend may not be as troubling as it appears. "There has been an increase in the understanding that condom-less anal sex is not risky" if men take a drug to prevent HIV infection or take medication if they are already infected, ... Read more

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Do Older Guys Always Prefer Younger Women? Maybe Not

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests. The study of Finnish adults found that many heterosexual men were, in fact, interested in women substantially younger than they were. And on average, they had a more generous definition of "too young" than women did. But on the other hand, men were also attracted to women their own age. And as they aged, their preferences for a sexual partner matured, too. Basically, the stereotype that older men go for young women is "too crude," said researcher Jan Antfolk, of Abo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland. "Sure, some older men have a strong preference for clearly younger women, but most tend to also find older women attractive," Antfolk said. "An interesting finding is that as men age, they become less picky about age," he added. "They ... Read more

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A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans. Vasalgel works by plugging the vas deferens, the two tiny tubes that convey sperm into a male's semen, researchers said. The gel "doesn't break down. It just sets up a little more, and sticks where you inject it," said lead researcher Catherine VandeVoort. She's a professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Sixteen male rhesus macaque monkeys injected with the non-hormonal gel have proven incapable of reproduction, according to the study findings. No females have become pregnant in the males' presence, even though they were housed together for at least one breeding season – about 6 months. "We're over two years in a lot of these ... Read more

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Can Pregnancy Harm Your Heart?

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Pregnancy might affect a woman's risk of future heart problems, two new studies suggest. A woman's risk of atrial fibrillation – an abnormal heart rhythm – rises with each pregnancy, up to a nearly 50 percent increased risk with six or more pregnancies, according to the results from one study. "There's something about pregnancy itself that predisposes women toward this risk," said lead author Dr. Jorge Wong. He's a cardiologist with the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Meanwhile, a second study reports that women who experience a preterm delivery have a 40 percent higher increased risk of heart attack or stroke later in life. Neither of these studies proves a direct cause-and-effect relationship between pregnancy and heart problems, both teams of researchers noted. For the heart rhythm report, researchers ... Read more

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Study Counters Link Between Excess Pregnancy Weight and Overweight Kids

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Kids whose moms were overweight during pregnancy have increased odds of being overweight themselves – but the connection may be largely genetic, a new study suggests. The implication, researchers said, is that overweight women are unlikely to influence their kids' future weight by shedding pounds before pregnancy. But they also stressed that more research is needed to confirm their findings. And no one is suggesting that a woman's weight before and during pregnancy is unimportant. There are plenty of reasons to go into pregnancy at the healthiest weight possible, said Rebecca Richmond, the lead researcher on the study. A high body mass index (BMI) raises the risk of pregnancy complications such pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, explained Richmond, a senior research associate at the University of Bristol in England. Plus, she said, those extra pounds ... Read more

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Unlocking the Secrets of the Love Hormone Kisspeptin

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – There may be a way to boost the activity of a hormone linked to love and sex, British researchers report. The naturally occurring hormone is called kisspeptin. It stimulates the release of other reproductive hormones inside the body, the research team said. The study included 29 healthy, young heterosexual men. They received either an injection of kisspeptin or an inactive placebo. The men then underwent brain scans while being shown different types of pictures. After an injection of kisspeptin, seeing sexual or romantic images of couples triggered increased activity in brain areas typically activated by sexual arousal and romance, the findings showed. The researchers now want to study whether kisspeptin could help treat some psychosexual disorders – sexual problems with a psychological cause. These problems commonly occur in people with infertility, the study ... Read more

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U.S. Health Care Costs From Birth Defects Total Almost $23 Billion a Year

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – About three of every 100 U.S. newborns have a serious birth defect, and health care costs tied to these difficulties total almost $23 billion annually, new research shows. The findings might help "motivate change" in reducing costs associated with birth defects "through prevention, early detection and care throughout the life span," said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the advocacy group March of Dimes, birth defects are health conditions in newborns that "change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body." Common and serious birth defects include heart defects, cleft lip/palate and spina bifida (a major spinal cord defect), the group said. Each year in the United States, more than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect, the March of Dimes said. The costs to the baby's health – and the ... Read more

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