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OPINION
October 4, 2011 | By Nina Burleigh
Amanda Knox is nothing if not a good story. The pretty young American who headed to Italy for her junior year abroad, fell for an Italian boy and then landed in the dock with him, accused, convicted and then exonerated on charges of murdering another young woman in a sex game gone wild. Knox was never one of the usual suspects. Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student, was found on the night after Halloween 2007, raped, with her throat slit, in the Perugia apartment they shared.
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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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
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.
HEALTH
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.
NEWS
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.
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