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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.
January 16, 2006 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
For several years I have been taking atenolol for my blood pressure, Zoloft for depression and Prevacid for acid reflux. During this time, my breathing has gradually gotten worse, and now I can't walk more than 20 or 30 feet without stopping to catch my breath. Up to a couple of years ago, I walked four to five miles a day at a fast pace. Could this change have anything to do with my medicines? Atenolol (Tenormin) is a possible candidate. This beta blocker can affect the lungs and cause fatigue.
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.
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Money worries are killing romance right when we need it, on Valentine's Day. The holiday means pricey dinners and sparkly gifts, an outlay of cash -- and added financial stress -- for many Americans. For those wanting to add some romantic sizzle, money worries are a cold shower. PHOTOS: For Valentine's Day, monogamous animals A recent survey shows money-related stress may be snuffing out sexual desire.  A majority of Americans surveyed in the Harris poll, conducted for financial data company Yodlee , thought about money more often than sex -- 62% of those 18 and older.
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.
May 30, 1994 | KAREN ENGBERG, Karen Engberg is a family-practice physician in Santa Barbara. and
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.
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.
December 14, 1987 | JOANN RODGERS, Rodgers is a Baltimore science writer and educator. This article is based, in part, on her book "Drugs and Sexual Behavior. "
Recent news stories have reported that marijuana sparks the sex drive by raising testosterone levels, tranquilizers prolong male "staying power," substances isolated from human sweat enhance sexual desire, room deodorants intensify orgasms, neurotransmitter boosters extend arousal for hours and antidepressants "drive" women to new sexual highs.
September 24, 1996 | ED BOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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 | Peter Jensen, The Baltimore Sun
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.
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