Bad Marriages Harder on Women’s Health

More likely than mates to show signs of metabolic syndrome in strained unions, study finds The cardiovascular damage wrought by an unhappy marriage may be greater for women than men, a new study shows. While both men and women in “strained” unions, those marked by arguing and being angry, were more likely to feel depressed […]

Wine May Be Protective Against Esophageal Cancer

One glass a day may lower risk for Barrett’s, a precursor to disease, study finds Drinking a glass of wine a day may lower the risk of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that precedes esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus, which affects about 5 percent of the population, occurs when heartburn or acid reflux permanently damages the lining […]

Male Birth Defect May Be Linked To Genetic Mutations

Cryptorchidism, the congenital birth defect in which one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum, has been associated with certain genetic mutations, including a syndrome which is also a common cause of infertility, according to a study released on November 19, 2008 in JAMA. As the most common congenital birth defect in male […]

The Teen Benefits Of Not Having Sex Decline With Age

The percentage of teens who report solely positive benefits from not having sex declines precipitously with age, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco. The finding suggests that adults should give teens guidance in coping with both the negative outcomes of engaging in sexual behaviors, and the negative […]

Ore. Laws Requiring Contraceptive Coverage; Accommodations Fo Breast-Feeding Women Go Into Effect

An Oregon law that requires all health insurance plans in the state that provide prescription drug coverage to include coverage for prescription contraceptives went into effect on Tuesday, the Oregonian reports (Green, Oregonian, 1/1). About half of insurers in the state do not cover prescription contraceptives. The measure, which Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) signed into […]

Risky Sexual Behavior Among MSM In Europe Increasing Number Of Syphilis Cases, Health Officials Say

An increase in risky sexual behavior among men who have sex with men has been linked to a resurgence of syphilis cases in Europe, some health officials have said recently, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports. According to the AP/Herald Tribune, most syphilis cases in Europe are occurring among MSM, although the sexually transmitted infection also […]

Americans Not Making Time For Making Love – No Wonder Less Than Half Find Sex Lives Exciting

Americans spend nearly three hours every week grooming themselves, but less than one hour on foreplay and sexual intercourse. No wonder only 46% of them describe their love lives as exciting. And while there are several factors influencing sexual wellbeing, Americans seem to lack both quality and quantity. On average, Americans spend 35 minutes on […]

Americans Falling Behind In The Bedroom – United States Ranks 23 Out Of 26 Countries In Global Sex Survey

Americans are having a lot less sex than just about everyone else in the world, and when they do, less than half are fully satisfied. On average, Americans have sex just 85 times a year (about once every 4.3 days) – well below the global average of 103 times (about once every 3.5 days), with […]

10th ESSM Congress Most Successful Ever – Over 2,100 Specialists Gathered In Lisbon Over Four Days

The 10th Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine closed on the last day registering the highest number of participations ever. The number of participants at this year’s congress represented an increase of 20% last year’s. In all 2,132 specialists representing 43 countries were present in Lisbon over the four days of the congress […]

‘Test And Treat’ Strategy Closer With New Rapid Chlamydia Test

Wellcome Trust-funded researchers have successfully completed the clinical trial for a new rapid test for the sexually transmitted infection Chlamydia. The researchers believe the test, which is able to detect Chlamydia in less than 30 minutes — and often much faster — could be a valuable addition to screening programmes already in place, as well […]