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Sexual Abuse May Cause Early Puberty in Girls: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – It's common for parents to worry that their kids are growing up too fast. But in certain cases, early puberty in girls may be linked to sexual abuse, a small study suggests. Pennsylvania State University researchers examined data from 84 girls with a history of sexual abuse and 89 girls with no history of abuse. Those who were abused entered puberty eight to 12 months earlier than those who weren't abused, the investigators found. "Though a year's difference may seem trivial in the grand scheme of a life, this accelerated maturation has been linked to concerning consequences, including behavioral and mental health problems, and reproductive cancers," said study author Jennie Noll. She is director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State. Typically, children's physical and mental development occur in tandem. "High-stress situations, such as ... Read more

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Few Military Doctors Well-Trained in Transgender Care: Study

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Transgender people serving in the U.S. military may be hard-pressed to find a doctor who's knowledgeable about their needs, a new study suggests. Surveying 180 military doctors and other care providers, researchers found few were adequately trained to prescribe cross-hormone therapy for "gender dysphoria" – strong feelings of identification with the opposite gender. Dr. David Klein, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., led the study. Results were published online March 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Given that education in transgender care was significantly associated with greater likelihood of prescribing hormone therapy and that prior research shows that additional medical instruction on transgender care contributes to greater competency, it will be vital to augment the training of military physicians to ensure skill ... Read more

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The Secret to a Good Sex Life

Posted 10 Mar 2017 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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Impotence Meds Might Give Men's Hearts a Boost, Too

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Men taking Viagra, Levitra or Cialis to revitalize their sex life might experience a valuable side benefit: enhanced heart health, researchers say. Those erectile dysfunction drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, appear to reduce a man's risk of death or heart failure after a first heart attack, according to preliminary study findings. Men taking this type of ED drug had a 33 percent reduced risk of death within three years of their first heart attack, compared to men not taking the PDE5 inhibitor, said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Andersson. The men also experienced a 40 percent reduced risk of subsequent hospitalization for heart failure, said Andersson, a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Further, it appeared that taking more of the drug increased the survival advantage, he added. "We also find a dose-dependent relationship between ... Read more

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More Sleep Time, Less Play Time in America's Bedrooms

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – "Not tonight" seems to be an increasingly familiar refrain in America's bedrooms, according to a new study that found people are having less sex than they previously did. Researchers surveyed more than 26,000 Americans, and found that adults had sex about nine fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 1995-1999. For married couples, the survey had even more potentially discouraging news – people who were married or lived together had sex 16 fewer times a year in 2010-2014 than in 2000-2004. "These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex," said study author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "In the 1990s, married people had sex more times per year than never-married people, but by the mid-2000s that reversed, with the never-married having more sex," she said in a university news release. ... Read more

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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

Posted 7 Mar 2017 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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As Trump Rolls Back Transgender Bathroom Rights . . .

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – The controversy over so-called transgender bathroom bills continues to escalate following President Donald Trump's decision Wednesday to overturn an Obama administration directive that allowed students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Conservatives who saw the Obama directive as a glaring example of federal government overreach were delighted with Wednesday's announcement. "No longer will federal officials distort federal law that is meant to equalize educational opportunities for women, and no longer will they force local officials to intermingle boys and girls within private areas like locker rooms, showers, hotel rooms on school trips and restrooms," Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Associated Press. But others, including medical professionals, saw the Trump ... 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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Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Trigger Same Good Feelings in Brain

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 – If you've ever turned on your favorite song to boost your mood when you're feeling down, the results of a new, small study probably won't surprise you. The research found that the pleasure you feel when you listen to music is triggered by the same brain chemical system that provides the good feelings associated with sex, recreational drugs and food. The study is the first to show that the brain's "opioid system" is directly involved in musical pleasure, according to the researchers at McGill University in Montreal. The researchers used a drug (naltrexone) to block this brain chemical system in 17 college students who volunteered for the study. Then they had the students listen to music. While on the drug, even the study volunteers' favorite songs no longer caused feelings of pleasure, the study authors reported. "The findings, themselves, were what we ... Read more

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Most Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Enjoy Good Sexual Health

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests. However, the study also found that most adult survivors of childhood cancer report having satisfying sexual and romantic lives. "As positive as it is to see this, we still should be closely monitoring sexual health in adults who did have cancer treatment as children, especially those needing high-dose neurotoxic [brain-harming] treatments," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who reviewed the new findings. He directs child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The new research was published online Feb. 6 in the journal Cancer and was led by Vicky Lehmann, of Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University in Columbus. Lehmann's team noted that treatment for childhood cancer can harm the developing brain in a way ... Read more

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Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women aged 50 to 79. The investigators found that 31 percent had insomnia, and a little more than half (56 percent) said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their sex life. But too little sleep – fewer than seven to eight hours a night – was linked with a lower likelihood of sexual satisfaction, the findings showed. "This is a very important study since it examines a question which has tremendous potential impact on women's lives," said Dr. Jill Rabin, who reviewed the findings. She's co-chief of the Women's Health Program at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Age played a key role in outcomes. For example, the study found that older ... 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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About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – One of the first comprehensive surveys on the subject estimates that about 1.3 million American adults currently identify as transgender. The new data is based on answers to a 2014 U.S. government survey of more than 151,000 adults conducted across 19 states. Transgender people identify with or express a gender identity that differs from the gender they were born with. Researchers say that 0.53 percent of respondents – about one in every 189 U.S. adults – answered "yes" to the question, "Do you consider yourself to be transgender?" Transgender individuals were more likely to identify as male-to-female (0.28 percent of adults surveyed) than female-to-male (0.16 percent), the study found. "The transgender population is a racially diverse population present across U.S. communities," concluded a team led by Dr. Halley Crissman of the University of Michigan. ... Read more

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Most Women Unfazed by Sharing Bathrooms With Transgenders

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Most women aren't concerned about sharing public bathrooms with transgender women. But many men are concerned about the safety and privacy of the women in their lives, a new online opinion survey says. A transgender woman is someone who identifies as female, but was registered at birth as male. Researchers analyzed 1,035 comments posted by readers of 190 online news articles about transgender women's use of public bathrooms. The issue is controversial, particularly in the United States, where so-called "bathroom bills" are being considered for transgender use of public facilities. Men were about 1.55 times more likely than women to express safety and privacy concerns. Women were much less likely to comment on the news stories. When they did, they were more restrained than men. Women were much more concerned about so-called "perverts" who pose as transgender ... Read more

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Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Testosterone treatment can increase a man's risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men taking the male hormone seem to have a 63 percent increased risk of a blood clot forming in a vein, a condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). These clots can cause a heart attack, stroke, organ damage or even death, according to the American Heart Association. "Risk peaks rapidly in the first six months of treatment and lasts for about nine months, and fades gradually thereafter," said lead researcher Dr. Carlos Martinez of the Institute for Epidemiology, Statistics and Informatics in Frankfurt, Germany. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or injections, hoping that the male hormone will boost their sex drive, stamina and strength. It's been known for a while that the estrogen in birth control ... Read more

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