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Sex, Drugs Hold Less Allure for Today's High Schoolers

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U.S. government survey finds. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the 2017 rates the lowest reported since the survey began in 1991, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The health of our youth reflects the nation's well-being," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said ...

Tragedy of Child Sexual Abuse Takes Financial Toll, Too

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Child sexual abuse in the United States exacts an enormous economic toll, researchers report. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calculated that in 2015 alone, the costs associated with the aftermath of abuse exceeded $9 billion. That figure included costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence and crime, ...

Health Tip: Risk Factors for an Ectopic Pregnancy

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

-- An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside theuterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. The growing fetus eventually will cause the fallopian tube to burst, which can lead to life-threatening bleeding that could require immediate surgery. Half of women who develop an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ...

Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

Posted 23 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples' sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the year of the study. "Our study suggests seafood can have many reproductive benefits, including ...

Teen Sexting Often Tied to Past Sexual Abuse

Posted 9 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Teens who share sexually explicit texts or emails – "sexters" – are more likely to have suffered sexual abuse than their peers, new survey results suggest. For some teenagers, "sexting may be a part of normal sexual development," said study lead author Dr. Kanani Titchen. But for others, it "may be an indicator of an unhealthy romantic relationship or a history of ...

Teens, Parents Aren't on Same Page When Talk Turns to Sex

Posted 6 May 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 6, 2018 – When it comes to having "the talk," many teens admit they're not communicating with their parents or their doctors about sex, new research reveals. "Teens and young adults account for more STIs [sexually transmitted infections] than all other ages combined," said study co-author Dr. Kari Schneider, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of ...

Sex Still Matters to Many Seniors, Survey Finds

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 – If you think seniors abandon their sex lives as the physical woes of aging descend upon them, a new survey suggests otherwise. The reality is that 40 percent of older Americans still have sex, while 54 percent of older couples still do it, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan. Even more couples – 61 percent – say that sex matters for their quality of ...

With 'Super Gonorrhea' a Threat, Many Still Getting Wrong Antibiotics

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 – When an unnamed British man recently contracted a form of "super gonorrhea" resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat it, the news spiked concern in doctors and microbiologists worldwide. This week, physicians did cure the man's sexually transmitted disease using an antibiotic called ertapenem, but they called the case a "major wake-up call for everybody." One ...

U.S. Women Loosening Up Sexually, Study Shows

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – American women are becoming more frisky in the bedroom, new research reveals. In a study of sexual trends in the United States, researchers at the University of Utah found that promiscuity is rising for women and declining for men. The number of women who've had sex with more than 15 partners has increased over the past few decades, from 3 percent to 7 percent. The ...

Zika May Linger in Semen for Shorter Period Than Thought: Study

Posted 12 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – Guidelines in place for protecting against the sexual transmission of Zika virus need to be re-evaluated, based on a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC currently recommends that men who have traveled to a Zika-active region either use condoms or abstain from sex for at least 6 months. But that guideline is based on data showing ...

Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids

Posted 10 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – Many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating, a new study shows. The study included 44 parents of LGBT teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The parents cited many challenges in trying to educate their teens about sex, including general discomfort in talking about it, ...

Super Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Coming to U.S., Experts Say

Posted 4 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 – Americans should expect that a super-resistant form of gonorrhea like that found in the United Kingdom will soon reach these shores, health experts say. Earlier this year, doctors diagnosed a man in England with a case of gonorrhea that could not be cured with antibiotics commonly deployed against the sexually transmitted bacteria. This was shocking to the public, but ...

Why More Teens Aren't Getting Protection Against Common STD

Posted 2 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 – Less than half of American teens are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and parents' reluctance is a big reason why, a child health expert says. Guidelines recommend that all children get a two-shot vaccine against HPV at their 11-year-old checkup. HPV can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, head or neck. There are many reasons ...

A Husband's Housework May Bring Bedroom Benefits

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Husbands who are less than satisfied with their sex lives might want to fire up the vacuum. Why? New research suggests that when partners in a marriage feel the division of housework is fair, sexual satisfaction improves for both. "Feelings of unfairness in housework and other aspects of your marriage can be corrosive to the relationship," said study co-author Anne ...

Male Birth Control Pill Shows Early Promise

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study. In a four-week trial of men under 50, an experimental hormone-based birth control pill was found to be "well-tolerated." And participants' testosterone levels dropped significantly along with two hormones essential for sperm production, the U.S. ...

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