Health

We generally believe that it is not appropriate to talk with our current partner about how attracted we are to someone else. We learn that jealousy is the appropriate and justified response, since we have the romantic notion that our partner should never notice anyone else. If they do, our insecurities kick in. While this interpretation makes sense, it is not the only interpretation available.

A new infographic from SolsticeMed.com looks at the impact of poor health on the United States. "Americans have a lower life expectancy, and an infant mortality rate that is higher than other rich industrialized countries," the graphic notes, adding that "American has the most fragmented health care system among the wealthy industrialized countries." More sobering statistics after the jump.

Bisphosphonates, a category of drugs that includes Fosamax and Boniva, are commonly prescribed to treat and prevent osteoporosis. Unfortunately, concerns have been raised about possible adverse effects of these drugs when used for longer than 3 – 5 years. One of the concerns regarding long-term use is the potentially higher risk of unusual thigh bone fractures (often called “atypical femur fractures”).

Boys are entering puberty earlier than previously thought, according to research from the United States recently published in the journal Pediatrics. The largest study of its type, enrolling 4,131 healthy boys between six and 16 years of age with broad geographical representation, provides evidence that male puberty begins in the general population around ten or 11 years of age. That’s six to 24 months earlier than what was understood from studies undertaken 40 to 50 years ago.

"About 25 percent of American adults report moderate to severe mental health issues," says a new infographic from BestMentalHealthDegrees.com. It goes on, "The effects of mental illnesses are widespread, affecting men and women; adults and children; the poor and the wealthy." What's more, women are reportedly two and a half times more likely to taking an antidepressant than men, with women in their 40s and 50s being the demographic with the highest percent of its population taking antidepressants.

We all know about the reproductive “biological clock” in women reminding them of the finite time in which they can have children. Now researchers have found evidence that men also have a reproductive “best before” date. But a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature demonstrates that as a man ages, the chances of his sperm containing more mutations within his genes also increases.

Detox diets make amazing promises of dramatic weight loss and more energy – all achieved by flushing toxins from the body. Toxins have very little to do with it; detox diets “work” because of the very severe dietary and energy restrictions they require someone to follow. What's more, very restrictive detox diets, such as water or juice only fasting, can be an unsafe form of weight loss and should not be used for more than a few days.

Fifty-year-old Vinnie Myers may have gotten his start "in Army boot camp tattooing serpents on soldiers," but over the past ten years he's "become almost a folk hero in the breast cancer world," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer's Michael Vitez. "He has perfected the three-dimensional nipple tattoo, restoring a final mark of femininity to at least three women a day, who have come from as far as Saudi Arabia and Brazil to Vinnie's Tattoo Parlor" near Baltimore.
A new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that Gardasil, one of the vaccines designed to prevent HPV and cervical cancer, is safe. Researchers found the vaccine caused skin irritation, including redness and swelling at the injection site that occurs within two weeks of the shot, and possible fainting episodes on the day of inoculation. But they found no connection to any serious health problems.

Health and fitness website Greatist has commissioned an infographic on sexual health called "The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex." "A roll in the hay may be a good time, but there's more to sexual health than just getting it on," the graphic notes, going on to cover who's having sex (and how often), STIs, other safety issues, and contraceptives. Did you know, for instance, that 80% of people infected with an STI will not have visible symptoms?

“Women aren’t dolphins” is a phrase often bandied about by those who question why women want to immerse themselves in pools or warm baths during labour and birth. They forget that we’re not mountain goats or birds, but that doesn’t stop us from rock climbing or hang gliding. As more scientific evidence emerges about the benefits of water immersion in labour and birth, hospitals and birth centres are increasingly adding large baths to their delivery rooms.

Attention women of the world: according to a flood of recent news headlines (78 at last count), it’s time to stop watching the news because negative news stories stress you out more than they do men. These headlines were prompted by a recent study which claimed that after reading negative news stories, women were more reactive to stress and more likely to remember than men.

In 2006, when the FDA approved the first HPV vaccine for girls and women ages 9 to 26, one of the concerns opponents expressed was that it might make young girls think it’s OK to have sex. So opponents should be pleased with this news: The journal Pediatrics published a new study this week that shows the HPV vaccination is not associated with increased sexual activity among girls.
Vegas Mixx, a Vegas club drug containing Valium and Viagra that promised to make users perform “Like a Porn Star,” turned out to be a bust. But it highlighted an evolution in the drug compounding industry, which has come under intense scrutiny after steroids produced by a Massachusetts company were linked to 12 fungal meningitis deaths and 137 infections in 10 states.

A new campaign from the Center for Reproductive Rights is causing quite a stir online. The Draw the Line campaign was created to help promote a Bill of Reproductive Rights, "a thundering statement...to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away." The campaign's videos and online tools feature celebrities like Meryl Streep, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Audra McDonald, and Amy Poehler.

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