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Testosterone Therapy May Be Linked to Serious Blood Clots

Posted 8 days ago 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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A Benefit of Back Pain Surgery: Better Sex

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Surgery for back pain can often improve patients' sex lives, researchers report. "The impetus behind our study was to initiate the process of understanding how back surgery affects patients' lives," wrote the researchers led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shane Burch, from the University of California, San Francisco. "An important aspect for many patients includes sex life," the researchers said. The study included 825 patients with degenerative spinal disease. Of those, 531 underwent some kind of surgery while 294 received nonsurgical treatment. Before treatment, 55 percent of the patients said they had back pain that affected lovemaking. Three months after treatment, less than 20 percent of surgery patients still had back pain during sex, compared with 40 percent of those who had nonsurgical therapy, the study found. The improvement among back surgery patients ... Read more

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Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

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Kids With Gay or Lesbian Parents Do Just Fine: Study

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say. Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. The researchers found no differences between those with same-sex or heterosexual parents. The study focused on behavior problems, stress levels, couple relationships, family function and relationship adjustments over time. "To the best of my knowledge this is the first study that has followed children adopted by lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents over time from early to middle childhood," said study author Rachel Farr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. "Longitudinal research [like ... Read more

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FDA Warns of Dangers From Testosterone Supplements

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Supplemental testosterone and related anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The agency said Monday that labeling on all prescription testosterone products – which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions – will be revised. Millions of American men currently use testosterone pills, gels or get injections in hopes of boosting their physical health or libido. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. But "testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders," according to an FDA news release. "Abuse ... Read more

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For Many Women, Sex Gets Better at Midlife

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Here's good news for middle-aged women who fear their sexual satisfaction is destined to decline: Aging can provide benefits that might make lovemaking even more enjoyable, a small study suggests. Interviews with more than three dozen women ages 45 to 60 revealed that some were more satisfied with sex at midlife even though they had it less often. These women "felt more confident and more comfortable in their own skin as they got older, and this allowed them to feel more free in the bedroom," said study lead author Dr. Holly Thomas. "They had a better knowledge and understanding of their own bodies as they got older. And they felt more comfortable and empowered to communicate their sexual needs to their partner than when they were younger," said Thomas, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Other research has examined the rates of ... Read more

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Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests. Italian researchers said they found that men exposed to just two weeks of daily doses of bright light saw their testosterone levels increase more than 50 percent, and their sexual satisfaction levels more than triple. "We were not surprised to observe our results," said study author Dr. Andrea Fagiolini. He is chairman of both the department of mental health and the school of specialization in psychiatry at the University of Siena. Fagiolini said that his team's light-box experiment took its cue from nature. Prior investigations, conducted by his team and other researchers, have found that both sexual interest and testosterone levels naturally go up in tandem during spring and summer. Fagiolini said that, ... Read more

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Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report. By not addressing the complex nature of sex education and offering a curriculum that isn't practical or helpful to young people, educators are missing a key opportunity to protect students' health and well-being, the study authors added. "Schools should acknowledge that sex is a special subject with unique challenges, as well as the fact and range of young people's sexual activity, otherwise [they] will continue to disengage from [sex ed], and opportunities for safeguarding and improving their sexual health will be reduced," the British researchers wrote. The research team, led by Dr. Pandora Pound of the University of Bristol School of Social and Community Medicine, analyzed 55 studies that examined sex education programs in schools ... Read more

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Sex Suffers for Younger Adults After Heart Attack

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – After a heart attack, many younger adults experience sexual difficulties – and women more so than men, a new study reveals. Moreover, those who don't talk to their doctors about sex in the first few weeks after a heart attack are more likely to delay a return to sexual intimacy, the researchers added. "A substantial number of younger men and women will experience sex-related problems after their heart attacks. Yet, very few ever had a conversation about this with their doctor," said Kevin Weinfurt, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. "This underscores a need for providers to talk to their patients about the possible effects of heart attacks on their sex lives and what they can do about it," said Weinfurt, who wrote a commentary accompanying the study. The issue: How do heart attacks ... Read more

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The Mystery of the Female Orgasm Solved?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – The female orgasm – famously faked by Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally" – may have its true roots in evolution as an aid to conception, new research suggests. In their study, researchers at Yale University noted that while the male orgasm's role in getting the sperm to meet the egg has long been clear, the female orgasm's role has been a mystery. It has no obvious role in the success of reproduction or in the number of children, so scientists have long tried to determine why women have orgasms, said a team led by Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Gunter Wagner. He and co-researcher Mihaela Pavlicev, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, studied other mammals for clues into how the female orgasm evolved. They looked at non-human mammals and focused on a specific reflex that goes along with orgasms in women – release of the hormones prolactin and ... Read more

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Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Being transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. And, such a change wouldn't be without precedent. The American Psychiatric Association removed gender identity disorder from the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). For the new study, Mexican researchers interviewed 250 transgender people. The researchers found levels of distress were more strongly influenced by social rejection and violence than by being transgender. Seventy-six percent said they suffered social rejection due to being transgender. This rejection most often came from family members, followed by schoolmates/co-workers and friends, the study showed. Nearly two-thirds were victims of violence due to their ... Read more

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Impotence Drugs Won't Raise Melanoma Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Three widely used erectile dysfunction drugs – Cialis, Levitra and Viagra – aren't likely to boost the risk of melanoma skin cancer, a new study reports. Why the concern in the first place? Laboratory tests suggested that lower levels of an enzyme that's inhibited by certain erectile dysfunction drugs might increase the growth of melanoma cells. Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer. But studies examining melanoma risk among men who take these drugs have had conflicting results, the researchers said. The new study included more than 145,000 men who used either Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil). These impotence drugs inhibit an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). The investigators compared the men taking the drugs to nearly 561,000 men who didn't use them. Although the study couldn't prove no cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 – It may seem like eye-rolling teens never listen, but a new U.S. government report finds many kids are getting some health messages loud and clear. Smoking among high school students is at an all-time low. Slightly more than one in 10 high schoolers used cigarettes in 2015. That's down from more than one in four in 1991, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. However, use of e-cigarettes is up. Also on the good-news front: premarital sex is down, as is soda consumption and illegal use of prescription drugs. But distracted driving and sedentary lifestyles continue to be problems. The survey – called the National Youth Risk and Behavior Survey – included more than 15,000 high school students. A number of factors have contributed to the decline in smoking, according to Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at ... Read more

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More Americans Engaging in Same-Sex Encounters

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – The number of Americans who say they've had sexual activity with someone of the same gender has doubled since the 1970s, a new survey reveals. And, during the past 40 years, the number of Americans who say they have no problem with same-sex sexual activity has more than quadrupled, the survey showed. "This data showed strikingly how quickly opinions on same-sex sexuality changed," said study lead author Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. The trend, she added, "suggests a fundamental shift in sexual behavior toward more freedom and the abandonment of previously strict social rules against same-sex sexuality." The findings come from the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey, spanning 1973 to 2014. Participants were between 18 and 96 years old. More than 34,000 men and women answered questions about their ... Read more

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Penis Reconstructions 'Life-Altering' for Men, Studies Show

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016 – Men who undergo surgery to create a new penis seem to fare well in the long term, two new studies show. The surgery, known as phalloplasty, is most often done for transgender men who want to undergo a surgical transition. But it's also an option for men who've lost their penis to cancer or trauma – including soldiers who've been wounded on the battlefield. The new studies, to be presented Saturday at the American Urological Association's annual meeting in San Diego, included both groups of patients. And the studies suggest that by and large, both types of patients do well in the long run. "A lot of people may not know there are surgeons who have this capability," said Dr. Gregory Bales, a urologist and surgeon at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the studies. But the procedure can be "life-altering," both for transgender men and for those who've ... Read more

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