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  1. 'Female Viagra' May Treat Low Sexual Desire

    May 18, 2010 -- Flibanserin, an antidepressant-like drug, makes sex more satisfying for some premenopausal women distressed over their low sexual desire. The findings come from phase III clinical trials that drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim hopes will convince the FDA to approve flibanserin for the tr

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  2. New Clues to Stubborn Urinary Tract Infections

    May 18, 2010 -- Hong Kong researchers have found that antibiotic resistance to E. coli is found in both humans and animals, signifying that these resistant bacteria may be transmitted from animals to humans. The research is published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The study shows the genes

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  3. New Birth Control Pill Natazia Gets FDA Approval

    May 13, 2010 -- The FDA says it has approved a new birth control pill called Natazia that is the first four-phase oral contraceptive to be marketed in the United States. The pill, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals of Wayne, N.J., contains two female hormones -- an estrogen called estr

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  4. HIV Vaccine Secret Found in 'Elite Controllers'

    May 7, 2010 - Harvard/MIT researchers appear to have solved one of the great mysteries of HIV -- and may at last be on track to develop an effective AIDS vaccine. The mystery is why about one in 200 people infected with HIV -- dubbed "elite controllers" -- never get AIDS. It's long been thought that

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  5. Birth Control Pills Put Brakes on Women's Sex Drive

    May 5, 2010 -- A new European study has found that women who use hormonal contraceptives such as the birth control pill are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction such as reduced desire and arousal than women who use non-hormonal contraception and women who do not use contraception. Reporting

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  6. Statins May Lower Testosterone, Libido

    April 16, 2010 -- Statin therapy prescribed to lower cholesterol also appears to lower testosterone, according to a new study that evaluated nearly 3,500 men who had erectile dysfunction or ED. ''Current statin therapy is associated with a twofold increased prevalence of hypogonadism," a condition i

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  7. Erections: Use It or Lose It?

    Men who have trouble getting erections have sex less often than men with normal sexual function, several studies have shown. But can a long sexual dry spell actually cause erectile dysfunction (ED)? And can men cut their risk for ED by having sex (or masturbating) on a regular basis? European scient

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  8. Gonorrhea Getting Harder to Treat

    March 29, 2010 -- Gonorrhea may soon reach superbug status, thanks to growing antibiotic resistance to the common sexually transmitted infection. A new study shows that treating gonorrhea is becoming more difficult because the bacterium has become resistant to many antibiotics. If trends continue, r

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  9. ED, Heart Disease May Be Deadly Duo

    March 15, 2010 -- Erectile dysfunction is a major warning sign for cardiovascular disease and early death. The finding comes from placebo-controlled studies comparing randomly selected men with ED and cardiovascular disease and men without ED. The men with ED and cardiovascular disease were: 1.9 tim

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  10. CDC: Genital Herpes Rates Still High

    March 9, 2010 -- One in six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes and close to one in two black women are infected, new figures from the CDC reveal. Rates of infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) -- the sexually transmitted virus that causes most genital herpes --

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