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August 8, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Obese men who want to improve their sexual health might have another solution besides their erectile dysfunction drugs. A study finds that overweight men who lost just 5% of their weight over eight weeks saw improvements in erectile dysfunction, sexual desire and urinary tract symptoms. The small study focused on 31 obese men with a body mass index of 30 or greater and who had Type 2 diabetes. Some were put on a low-calorie diet that included liquid meal replacements and others were assigned to a high-protein, low-fat diet that decreased their calorie intake by 600 calories a day. For 42 weeks afterward the participants stayed on the high-protein diet, or were switched to it. Those on the low-calorie diet lost 10% of their body weight and 10% off their waist circumference, and those on the high-protein diet lost 5% of their weight and waist circumference.
Long after Sigmund Freud suggested--and then backed away from the concept--that the source of many psychiatric problems in adults was sexual molestation in childhood, mental health therapists are only beginning to identify the problems that follow molestation victims into adulthood. But recent progress has been significant, experts say, as more adults come forward to reveal past abuse and seek treatment for emotional wounds.
October 13, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Sexual desire disorder in women is supposedly a significant problem in the United States, according to some studies and various companies that market products designed to improve women's sex lives. But a large study published this week finds that older women are mostly quite satisfied with their sexual health. If they have a problem, it's because they lack a partner or would like to have more sex, not less. The data are from the Women's Health Initiative, famous for its investigation into the effects of hormone therapy on post-menopausal women.
May 14, 1986
I read Ruth Macklin's article (Editorial Pages, April 22), "Castration for Sex Offenders? It's Wrong." I agree with Macklin when she says, "Rape should be viewed more as an act of aggression or hostility than as an expression of uncontrolled sexual desire." A rapist should be dealt with from a mental standpoint. When men rape, it is, mostly, because of a very sick mental problem, not because of the desire to satisfy their hormones. In my early years and being a victim (of rape)
March 28, 1994 | GABRIELLE CARTERIS, Gabrielle Carteris of "90210" is preparing for two firsts: a child, due in May, and the April start-up of 10 one-hour specials--"Lifestories With Gabrielle Carteris." The social activist - actress - mom-to-be hosts and co-produces the syndicated TV series, which spotlights such topics as drug abuse, rape and AIDS. and
In response to Judy S. Rasminsky's March 15 commentary regarding the character of my character, Andrea Zuckerman on "Beverly Hills, 90210," Rasminsky's facts are incorrect. Andrea has not dropped out of school. Rather, she has chosen to continue her education while realizing the difficult road she has chosen by keeping her child. Intellect does not define one's sexual desire--and perfection is an impossibility.
November 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration ordered Pfizer Inc. to yank cheeky television ads that promised better sex for men taking Viagra because the ads failed to disclose known risks associated with the drug, according to a letter released Monday.
January 12, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Men with low testosterone have long been cautioned against taking hormone supplements to improve sexual desire and performance because testosterone feeds some prostate cancers. But in a new study, researchers found that testosterone treatment didn't increase the chances that even men with an elevated prostate cancer risk would develop a malignancy.
March 18, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Hair-loss products that contain the drug finasteride and are sold under the brand names Propecia and Proscar are known to cause sexual side effects in some men. But a new study suggests that the sexual dysfunction can last for several months after stopping the medications. Researchers interviewed 71 men age 21 to 46 who were in good health but claimed they experienced sexual side effects after beginning finasteride. The men reported various problems such as erectile dysfunction (92% experienced this)
Forty years ago, the birth-control pill freed women from fear of pregnancy and gave them the ability to engage in spontaneous, uninterrupted sexual intercourse. So it is somewhat ironic that recent research has found that for a minority of women, the pill has the unintended and surprising effect of diminishing sexual desire.
April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space -- an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain -- in rare cases may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. And that's even in the absence of fungal and other contamination introduced by compounding pharmacies that killed 48 people in 2012 and 2013. Physicians offering these injections to patients with back or neck pain should discuss these rare but serious risks with patients considering a jab of steroidal medication into the cerebrospinal fluid, the FDA said Wednesday.
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