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SCIENCE
April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Over a five-year period, a government-mandated tracking system in France showed that physicians in that country treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2% of those encounters were with patients suffering from cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke, and circulation problems in the arms and legs. In roughly a quarter of those cases, the study found, the patient died. In the United States, when young and otherwise healthy patients show up in emergency departments with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmia, physicians have frequently noted in case reports that these unusual patients are regular marijuana users.
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SCIENCE
May 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sexual desire among female cancer survivors wasn't enhanced by the use of a skin cream containing the hormone testosterone, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The cream was no more effective than a placebo treatment in improving libido in 150 post-menopausal cancer survivors in a trial. The team said the result might be explained by low levels of estrogen, a female hormone, among the study participants
BUSINESS
February 14, 1992 | Reuters
Britain's sex life has taken a dive along with the economy, marriage counselors say. The number of couples complaining of a flagging sex life has increased sharply as financial worries and rising unemployment put many marriages under pressure, said Zelda West-Meads of Relate, a marriage counseling service. "If someone is angry or depressed, they experience a loss of sexual desire," West-Meads said. Relate saw a 30% rise in couples seeking advice as the unemployment rate in Britain climbed to 9.
NEWS
August 21, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Corroborating the testimony of the chief defendant in the McMartin Pre-School child molestation trial, a woman testified today that she had sex with Raymond Buckey in 1982. The unexpected testimony came after the defense had predicted that it would rest its case today after having called 40 witnesses over a 10-month period.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 7, 1990 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
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.
MAGAZINE
October 2, 2005 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times staff writer Anne-Marie O'Connor last wrote for the magazine about hit men of the Tijuana drug cartel.
Dr. Jennifer Berman was the golden newcomer to the burgeoning world of women's sexual health when, in 2001, UCLA lured her from Boston University with a prestigious fellowship and groomed her to open its Female Sexual Medicine Center. Her promise of an innovative approach to an array of disorders grouped under the newly minted term "female sexual dysfunction" had rocketed her to the forefront of the hunt for a drug to enhance female sexual pleasure.
NEWS
July 27, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
An expert panel met this week in New York to discuss E.L. James' "50 Shades of Grey": all literary sex writers, or maybe they should be called sexy literary writers, or perhaps writers of literature and sex. However they're described, they were convened to discuss the novel "50 Shades of Grey" and its impact on American sexual culture. The upshot? They were not impressed. Although the literary merit of "50 Shades of Grey" was not, ostensibly, in question, it came up again and again.
NEWS
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)
SCIENCE
April 22, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Live streaming video by Ustream The spacewalk tools have been laid out. The Quest airlock has been set up. There's a spacewalk coming, and you can watch it live right here. Early Wednesday morning NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson will don their spacesuits for a 2 1/2 -hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Barring any surprises, NASA's live coverage of the event will begin at 5:30 a.m. PDT. The spacewalk itself is scheduled to start at 6:20 a.m.  The spacewalk was ordered this month to replace a computer on the space station's exterior that failed during a routine check.
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