Health & Sex News
LGBTQ+ Support Groups in Schools Boost Students' Mental Health
- Healing and Rebuilding Your Life After a Spouse's Suicide
January 24, 2023 — Losing a loved one to suicide is a loss like no other. Unlike other causes of death (like illnesses or accidents), which happen to the person, suicide is an act performed by the person who has chosen death, leaving bereaved survivors with guilt and haunting questions.
- Staying Healthy While Staying Open: The Polyamory Dilemma
January 5, 2023 — Polyamory is becoming more common in the United States. In 2021, one in nine Americans said they’d been in polyamorous relationships, and one in six said they wanted to try it, according to a study by researchers at the Kinsey Institute.
- Is Using Antibiotics Before STI Exposure Risky?
December 9, 2022 — A new approach to limit sexually transmitted infections adds antibiotics before exposure, but will this prevent the spread of illness or help microbes change and no longer respond to treatment?
- ERs Seeing Huge Rise in Cases of Sexual Assault
October 21, 2022 — Rapes and other forms of sexual assault occur every 68 seconds in the United States, and their number rose from 93,000 in 2006 to nearly 140,000 in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Safe Sex Texts Don't Reduce STI Reinfections
September 29, 2022 — Health communications delivered by text message are effective, cheap, and highly cost-effective for some behaviors, such as smoking cessation – but they may not work for STI prevention.
- California to Allow Composting of Human Remains
September 22, 2022 — California will join a growing number of states allowing people to have their remains composted, under a new law signed this week. The process is called natural organic reduction.
- What ‘The Bachelor’ May Tell Us About Our Own Relationships
September 21, 2022 — Dating behavior and relationships greatly influence mental health, so some experts are watching the hit TV show for take-away learnings for their patients.
- A City's Struggle to Vaccinate Gay Black Men for Monkeypox
September 13, 2022 — The summer outbreak of the rare virus exposed how infectious diseases often exact a disproportionate toll on Black men who have sex with men, particularly in the South, and the struggles of the health-care system to provide them equitable protection
- Judge Rules NC Health Plan Must Cover Transgender Treatments
June 13, 2022 — A federal judge ruled that the North Carolina state employee health plan unlawfully discriminated by excluding services for transgender people and not covering hormone therapy and surgeries, as it once did.
- Alabama Criminalizes Transgender Medical Treatments For Minors
May 9, 2022 — Alabama is the first state to make it illegal for doctors to provide gender-affirming medical care to transgender people under the age of 19.
- Utah Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Transgender Kids From Sports
March 23, 2022 — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox made a plea for compassion on Tuesday after vetoing a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls sports.
- Doctors Have Failed Them, Say Those Who Regret Transitioning
March 22, 2022 — Young people who have detransitioned say the medical establishment has failed them on numerous occasions.
- Poll: Many Teens Don't Realize STD Risks From Oral Sex
February 2, 2022 — Oral sex can transmit herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer, and head and neck cancers.
- Move Over, G Spot -- Scientists Have Found the C Spot
February 1, 2022 — Researchers say they have identified the elusive part of the brain that drives clitoral stimulation and why it's been so hard to find all along.
- Transgender Docs Warn About Gender-Affirmative Care for Youth
November 29, 2021 — Leading experts on transgender medicine are accusing trans activists of muffling their concerns about the quality of evaluations of adolescents and young adults with gender dysphoria.
- Do Genes Drive How We Feel About Sex and Drugs?
November 8, 2021 — Genetics may explain why some people oppose casual sex and recreational drug use, while others embrace these behaviors, a new study of siblings and twins suggests.
- VA to Offer Gender Affirmation Surgeries to Transgender Vets
June 21, 2021 — The Veterans Administration will offer gender affirmation surgery to transgender veterans.
- Big Rise in U.S. Teens Identifying As Gay, Bisexual
June 15, 2021 — A nationwide surveys shows more teens in the U.S. are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
- Tennessee Transgender Bill Signed Into Law
May 19, 2021 — A bill that prevents schools from letting transgender teens use bathrooms that fit their gender identity is signed into law in Tennessee, and a bill to outlaw gender-affirming medical treatment for transgender teens fails in Alabama.
- Better Sleep May Mean Better Sex for Women
April 28, 2021 — Good sleep might be the best prescription for sexual satisfaction among older women, a new study suggests.
- Even Before Lockdowns, Young Americans Were Having Less Casual Sex
March 30, 2021 — A new study suggests young adults are largely saying no to casual sex, and less drinking and more video games are two reasons why.
- JAMA Podcast on Racism in Medicine Faces Backlash
March 4, 2021 — A 16-minute podcast from JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association that attempts to discuss structural racism in the U.S. health care system has stirred conversation on social media about the handling and promotion of the episode.
- Resuming Sex After Heart Attack May Help Recovery
September 23, 2020 — Research out of Israel finds that resuming a normal sex life in the months after a heart attack may actually boost survival.
- California Has First Plague Case in Five Years
August 19, 2020 — The patient, a resident of South Lake Tahoe, is receiving medical care while recovering at home, CBS News reported. Plague is easily treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early.
- More Young Americans Are Going Without Sex
June 12, 2020 — Sex, and lots of it, has long been the primary preoccupation of young adults, but more of them are now going months and years without any intimate encounters.
- Many Teens Suffer 'Digital Dating Abuse'
February 19, 2020 — Many U.S. teenagers may be using their smartphones to harass, humiliate or otherwise abuse their dating partners.
- LGBT Teens Still Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts
February 10, 2020 — Over the years, more kids have been identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) -- and their likelihood of reporting suicidal thoughts and behavior has gone down.
- Racy Slogans Halt Utah Condom Distribution Plan
January 17, 2020 — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert halted the distribution of 100,000 condoms that were part of an HIV-prevention effort due to racy messaging.
- For Trans Youths, a Tough Path to Gender Harmony
January 15, 2020 — Roughly 1.8% of high school students now identify as trans -- almost twice the rate of adults. The biggest jump appears to be in teenagers born female who want to transition to males.
- First Sexual Experience Forced for 1 in 16 Women
September 16, 2019 — Changes wrought by the #MeToo movement can't come soon enough, say researchers who found that for 1 in 16 U.S. women, their first sexual experience was forced.
- Transgender People Pressured on ‘Conversion Therapy’
August 30, 2019 — More than one in 10 transgender people say they've been pressured by a professional counselor to accept their birth sex.
- There Is No 'Gay Gene,' Major Study Concludes
August 29, 2019 — There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue.
- Trans Students More at Risk of Mental Health Ills
August 16, 2019 — About 78% of the students met criteria for one or more mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury and suicide risk, the survey found.
- Older Women Having Less Sex for Many Reasons
July 10, 2019 — A number of psychological factors contribute to the drop in libido, a new study claims.
- The Unsexy Truth: Fewer in the U.S. Having Sex
May 17, 2019 — Despite all the steamy action portrayed on our screens both big and small, new data suggest fewer people are actually having sex than in the past, including young adults and teens who seem to be less sexually active than their peers in previous generations.
- Your Valentine May Bring You Better Sleep
February 14, 2019 — If you can have a good relationship, you probably have good interpersonal skills. And if you get along well with your partner, you're probably less likely to get into a fight with your boss or a friend.
- Sham Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Often Begins at Home
November 15, 2018 — Among young adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) in a recent study, more than half of said others had tried to change their sexual orientation during adolescence.
- How Your Mother's Love Life May Affect Your Own
November 13, 2018 — People whose mothers who had more marriages or lived with more romantic partners were likely to follow the same path, a new study found.
- Weight loss ops linked to break-ups
March 28, 2018 — Weight loss surgery may increase your chance of getting divorced, according to a study.
- One Key Factor Raises LGBT Teens' Suicide Risk
February 27, 2018 — Researchers looked at responses from 6,800 U.S. students in grades 9 through 12 who'd become sexually active, according to a CDC survey.
- Hidden debts 'causing relationship breakdowns'
November 28, 2017 — Rising levels of household debt are putting a huge strain on relationships, triggering frequent rows, break-ups and divorce, Relate is warning.
- The royal engagement - does it reflect real life?
November 27, 2017 — Does the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reflect real life? And what are the rules of engagement in the modern, social media world?
- Happy Marriage, Healthier Spouses
June 16, 2017 — Nurturing each other translates to nurturing your health
- Was It Love at First Smell?
May 18, 2017 — Sight isn't the only sense involved in attraction to others, new research says
- Marriage Could Boost Health for Same-Sex Couples
April 18, 2017 — Survey found those who'd exchanged vows were better off physically and mentally than their single peers
- More Sleep Time, Less Play Time in U.S. Bedrooms
March 7, 2017 — Biggest drop in sexual activity seen for those married or living together, survey finds
- Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life
March 6, 2017 — Employees in better mood the next day, leading to more work engagement and job satisfaction, study contends
- The Best State to Find Your Valentine
February 13, 2017 — Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin top list of best states for lovers, survey finds
- A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy
September 28, 2016 — Your husband or wife can encourage good lifestyle habits, researchers say