October 31, 2011 |
OK, Halloween checklist: No eye color-changing lenses, because they can infect your cornea. Check. No black licorice for days at a time, as it lowers potassium and can cause heart arrythmias. Check. Don't go overboard on the chocolate, which contains caffeine; do brush your teeth after eating gummy candy; and plan an extra half-hour on the elliptical for the rest of this week. Check, check and check. Oh, and no unprotected sex with vampires: they might tell you you can't get pregnant, but just ask Bella: You can. He might tell you he doesn't have any sexually transmitted diseases, but can you imagine how many partners a 700-year old guy might have racked up (especially if he looks like Robert Pattinson or Stephen Moyer)
October 6, 2011 |
The makers of the erectile dysfunction medication Cialis (tadalafil) on Thursday got the Food and Drug Administration's blessing to market their popular drug for an affliction that affects more than half of all men older than 60:benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate. So now, when he can no longer urinate without fits and starts , a man can score a prescription for Cialis and, if he's lucky enough to have health insurance with a drug plan, get it paid for by insurance.
August 8, 2011 |
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.
May 7, 2008 |
Watching Alison Rooper's documentary "Doping for Gold," which premieres tonight on PBS' "Secrets of the Dead" series, it's easy to make it a "them" or even "then" experience. But with illegal steroid use taking down so many American sports "stars," that would be a mistake. If anything, "Doping" offers a "worst case" scenario that should give everyone pause.
March 13, 2008 |
Eliot spitzer paid a woman for sex. And got caught. Depending on whose statistics you choose to believe, more than one in every 10 American adult males have paid for sex at some point in their lives. What's more, in 2005, about 84,000 people were arrested across the nation for prostitution-related offenses. In other words, it's not terribly uncommon. It's a part of our culture, and it's not going away any time soon. Perhaps Spitzer's resignation will help convince Americans that it is finally time to decriminalize prostitution across the country.
April 30, 2007
The April 23 article ["For Boys, a Checkup Just Isn't Macho"] highlights challenges in ensuring the sexual health of young men. California has one of the nation's highest teen pregnancy rates, and recent L.A. statistics show that 49% of high school males are sexually active. In working to ensure the health of our youth, comprehensively addressing the barriers around effective reproductive healthcare for young men must be a crucial part of our efforts. As a public health professional and UCSF student nurse, I have worked with many teens.