(CBS/AP) More infections have been reported in a syphilis outbreak tied to the Los Angeles porn industry , county health officials announced Tuesday.
Four more cases of syphilis have now been found in the county's investigation of the outbreak , bringing the total to nine, and the discovery of more cases is likely, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Five cases were reported last week, causing a trade group for the multi-billion dollar industry, The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), to call for a halt in filming to prevent the spread of disease.
"It's not surprising in the adult film industry that we would have transmission of all sexually transmitted diseases because they're having unprotected sex, oftentimes with multiple actors," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.Continue »
(CBS News) Fewer teens and young adults are having oral sex compared to previous rates, according to a new statistical study from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. However more teens are still engaging in oral sex than vaginal intercourse, which health officials say is not as safe as some young adults may think.
The CDC's National Health Statistics Reports, published August 16 on its website, tracks sex trends among teens and young adults in an effort to help the government agency better understand current behaviors and design potential awareness interventions.
The report's authors say some adolescents have oral sex prior to vaginal intercourse to maintain virginity or avoid pregnancy or risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Other adolescents however have oral sex and rapidly have their first intercourse experience shortly thereafter, they say. The authors also cite research that suggests teens perceive oral sex to be safer with fewer health-related risks.
"However, young people, particularly those who have oral sex before their first vaginal intercourse, may still be placing themselves at risk of STIs or HIV before they are ever at risk of pregnancy," the researchers wrote, adding untreated STIs may also one day lead to infertility. "Given the higher rates of STIs among some groups of young people, it is important to understand the prevalence and correlates of various types of sexual behaviors, coital and noncoital, in this age group."Continue »
A new study published in the August 2012 issue of the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI) showed that men with larger waist lines who were experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) had more sexual problems.
"The findings demonstrate that obesity in men -- part of a growing global epidemic -- affects their well-being in profound ways," Dr. Steven A. Kaplan, the E. Darracott Vaughan Jr. professor of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical College, director of the Iris Cantor Men's Health Center and chief of the Institute for Bladder and Prostate Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, said in the press release. He was the senior investigator on the study.Continue »
Luis Canelos was 9 years old when a shotgun accidentally discharged and destroyed his penis and most of his testicles, according to a press release. Only part of his right testicle remains. The 16-year-old has had to urinate through a perineal urethra since the accident.
Two medical teams at the South Florida hospital plan to replace his penis with skin from his forearm and bone from a cadaver. The first surgery is scheduled for next month and is expected to take 24 hours, the Miami Herald reported.
"I cannot overemphasize how complex the operation is," Dr. Rafael Gosalbez, a pediatric urologist at Miami Children's Hospital, said to the Miami Herald. He and two other doctors will be leading the pro-bono procedure.Continue »
According to new research published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine in July 2012, one-fourth of teens admitted to having sent a sext. And, 76.2 percent of teens who were asked to send a sext, even if they don't agree to do it, admitted to having had sexual intercourse, compared to only 38.2 percent of teens who had not been propositioned.
"Given its prevalence and link to sexual behavior, pediatricians and other tween-focused and teen-focused health care providers may consider screening for sexting behaviors. Asking about sexting could provide insight into whether a teen is likely engaging in other sexual behaviors (for boys and girls) or risky sexual behaviors (for girls)," the authors wrote.Continue »
Scientists from the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield have discovered that lifestyle choices such as smoking or his weight may have no affect the number of swimming sperm a man has. Currently, organizations such as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Mayo Clinic claim that "general health and lifestyle issues," such as poor nutrition, obesity or use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs could cause male infertility.
"This potentially overturns much of the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility and suggests that many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as we previously thought," Dr. Andrew Povey, from the University of Manchester's School of Community Based Medicine, said in the press release.Continue »
Despite the fact that labels - and several institutions like the National Institute of Health and the Federal Drug Administration - claim that Plan B and other similar pills can work by blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's uterus, studies have shown that the medication does not function in that manner. Especially since Mitt Romney referred to the drugs as "abortion pills" and women's reproductive rights are a hot-button issue this election, changing this language to reflect what science has shown could effectively alter the discussion.
"I would be relieved if it doesn't have this effect," Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said to the New York Times. "So far what I see is an unresolved debate and some studies on both sides."Continue »
(CBS/AP) GENEVA - A strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to the disease's only remaining treatment, cephalosporin antibiotics, has officials at the World Health Organization warning doctors around the world to step up their efforts to stop the disease.
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The U.N. health agency said Wednesday it is urging governments and doctors to increase their surveillance efforts for the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that can cause inflammation, infertility, pregnancy complications and, in extreme cases, lead to maternal death. Babies born to mothers with gonorrhea have a 50 percent chance of developing eye infections that may cause blindness.Continue »
(CBS News) Against Me! lead singer Tom Gabel surprised fans when he announced that he had decided to transition into a woman.
Gabel described his long battle with gender dysphoria in Rolling Stone's latest issue, out on newsstands on Friday. The singer plans to undergo hormones and electrolysis treatments to remove unwanted body hair.
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments," Gabel said to Rolling Stone, "and that won't be fun. But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
It seems that fans in the online community is supportive, but understandably many people have questions about what "gender dysphoria" is and what transitioning to another gender might entail.Continue »
About 18 million Americans suffer from depression and another 20 million worldwide use dating websites each month, according to Online Dating Magazine. Chances are, there are people who will be in both groups.
But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression. "Sometimes if you don't feel like smiling but are in a situation where you're expected to be happy, that can make you feel even worse," says Dr. Helen Friedman, a clinical psychologist in private practice in St. Louis.
That said, meeting a new person can also be a source of joy. These 10 simple tips from our friends at Health.com can help make dating a bit easier...
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"This study confirmed the anatomic existence of the G-spot, which may lead to a better understanding and improvement of female sexual function," Ostrzenski, who had previously been a professor of gynecology at Florida International University, said in a written statement.Continue »
A new study, out in the April issue of Psychological Science, shows that people who have certain types of oxytocin and vasopressin receptor genes were more likely to be generous when coupled with that person's outlook on the world.
That's a 44 percent drop from 1991 to 2010. There were less teenage mothers in 2010 than any year since 1946.Continue »
"In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward," study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a university written statement.
In four separate experiments conducted in the U.S. and in Germany, each involving an average of 160 college students, researchers attempted to measure any differences between what people say about their sexual orientation and how they actually react. Their findings are published in the April issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.Continue »
(CBS News) We often joke that alcohol can make a person look more attractive. But do these rumored "beer goggles" exist?
According to a new study published on April 4 in Addiction, alcohol can make the heart grow fonder - or at least make people look more attractive.
Lewis Halsey, a senior lecturer in comparative and eco physiology at the University of Roehampton in London, and his colleagues wanted to find out if perception of face symmetry change with alcohol consumption. Previous studies have shown facial symmetry to be a factor in judging attractiveness.
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