January 17, 1985 |
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that there is no such thing as a safe and effective over-the-counter aphrodisiac and proposed a ban on the marketing of non-prescription drugs that claim to arouse sexual desire. The FDA issued a formal notice that it is tentatively adopting the conclusions of an advisory board that has been studying the drugs, a preparatory step to issuing a regulation banning them.
September 6, 1987
Here's a sampling of what University of Chicago Prof. Allan Bloom has to say about rock 'n' roll in his current best-seller, "The Closing of the American Mind." . . . Rock music has one appeal only, a barbaric appeal, to sexual desire--not love, not eros , but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored. . . . Young people know that rock has the beat of sexual intercourse. That is why Ravel's "Bolero" is the one piece of classical music that is commonly known and liked by them.
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February 19, 1998
The month of your birth may determine how tall you are, according to Austrian researchers. A survey they conducted on more than 507,000 Austrian soldiers showed that men born in the spring tend to be taller than those born in the autumn, but they had no explanation yet why that was the case. The researchers compared the heights of the soldiers measured by the Austrian Federal Army throughout a full year, and reported in Nature that they varied periodically by about 0.
June 19, 2010
Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim doesn't have an approved solution, but that hasn't kept it from marketing the problem. The German firm, which touts its new but as yet unapproved drug flibanserin as a treatment for women with low libido, has sponsored a website about the issue. It sent a soap-opera star on tour to discuss the problem, and, according to the New York Times, sponsored a Discovery Channel show on female sexual disorders and an online course for doctors that included a quiz question about an overworked, stressed middle-aged woman who had lost interest in sex. The "correct" response was for the woman to be evaluated for "hypoactive sexual desire disorder," a severe lack of libido.
August 13, 1995 |
Sometimes during sex, Gina, a happily married woman of 39, mentally morphs her husband into Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme--or a hunka-hunka fusion of all three. His arms and chest swell into strapping, heave-ho pistons of testosterone-pumping power. She, in turn, feels "tiny," temptingly gorgeous, a boiling Vesuvius of irresistible sexuality.
August 24, 1993 |
Thirty years after initiating his pioneering research on sexuality, Dr. William Masters says he is so disappointed by Americans' many misconceptions about sex that he is trying a thoroughly modern approach: the "900" telephone hot-line. "So much of sexual disorders and dysfunction is based on ignorance and lack of education," said Masters, a featured speaker at the American Psychological Assn. annual meeting, which concludes today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1994 |
Medical researchers are busy playing catch-up. Studies are being designed and rethought to include the impact of various drugs, lifestyle changes and environmental factors on women's health, to balance the data available exclusively about men's health. This process is fraught with obstacles to clear thinking presented by the way researchers, both male and female, have been socialized. One example of this is the search for medicines that will boost women's sex drives.
June 19, 2000 |
Last week's column, which focused on why it is so difficult for couples to regain intimacy after sexual dry spells, seemed to hit home for readers in long-term relationships. Many asked for more advice from sex experts on how to build a bridge back to intimacy following sexual estrangement. Several veterans in the field were happy to offer help: * Ask each other, "What can I do that will allow us to move back toward intimacy?" said Paul Abramson, a UCLA professor of psychology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1996 |
In a ceremony at a private home in Van Nuys last week, Gov. Pete Wilson signed a law requiring the chemical castration of repeat child molesters when paroled. But the law, which goes into effect in January, is sure to face legal challenges. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union will argue that injections of the hormone-suppressing drug Depo-Provera are a violation of an individual's right to privacy and cause medical problems.
April 28, 2003 |
With apologies to a certain athletic footwear company, Michele Weiner-Davis has three words of advice for married couples with an unsatisfying sex life: Just do it. That's not exactly conventional wisdom. Therapists usually like to talk about feelings, relationship issues, lines of communication and that sort of touchy-feely stuff before they urge couples to concentrate on the physical.