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Another Drug Targets Impotence

A new medication, still in the trial process, is being developed to address the mechanisms in the brain that control erectile dysfunction in men. This could potentially help men that do not benefit from the current drugs used to treat impotence. The drug, known as ABT-724, is being developed by Abbott Laboratories and has been successful in animal tests and has moved into human trials.

Is sex good exercise?

Researchers are saying sex is good for your health. Is it just the exercise? We've seen evidence that even walking briskly for 20 minutes three times a week can help heart health, so that explanation may be adequate -- but there may be something else at work too.

What's Wrong with My Penis?

Skin that flakes off, and then grows back and flakes off again, can be a sign of basal cell carcinoma on any part of the body; forehead, nose, legs, genitals or anywhere else. So, go to a urologist. With one look, the urologist will be able to tell you what your next step should be.

Viagra at bedtime may prevent erectile dysfunction

Viagra taken at bedtime might offer a way to ward off the impotence that often strikes as men age, researchers suggest. While Viagra (sild!enafil) is safe and effective for treating erectile dysfunction, it is "not able to cure erectile dysfunction," Italian physicians note.

Male sexual dysfunction device approved for over-the-counter

A California company has received government approval to market an over-the-counter device to help men with sexual dysfunction. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that they had approved ACTIS, which was described by its maker, VIVUS of Mountain View, Calif., as "an adjustable constriction band used to enhance the erection process in men with erectile dysfunction."

New Impotence Treatment may be on the Horizon

US researchers have identified a protein that seems to play a key role in regulating erections in rats. They hope that a compound that blocks the protein may lead to an alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction in humans.

Scientists find way to select healthiest embryos

Researchers said they may have found a good way to identify the healthiest embryos for use in making test-tube babies and in the process, discovered some basic biology.

Singapore pioneers babies from frozen eggs, sperm

The world's first babies conceived from frozen eggs and sperm have been born in Singapore, raising hopes for couples who both have fertility problems. "For women, this means they can preserve fertility."

When fertility technology can't help

When male factor infertility prevents a couple from conceiving, some couples decide that the best choice is to seek out other ways of building a family. Here is one couple's story.

Contents: One Penis, Assembly Required

"Some assembly required." I'm comfortable with those instructions packed in the box with a toy or a piece of furniture, but how about in reference to a penis?

Topical ointment may help premature ejaculation

A topical cream that numbs the skin may have the seemingly odd effect of improving men's sex lives, researchers in the Netherlands have found. Applying a topical anesthetic shortly before having sex improved the experience for 15 men affected by premature ejaculation. www.healthcentral!.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=45988&src=n45

Viagra Finds Unsexy but Lifesaving Use Treats rare, deadly blood-pressure disorder (11/2/00)

Patients with a rare and frequently fatal blood-pressure disorder may owe a debt of gratitude to men with impotence. British researchers say they've used Viagra to successfully treat a young Londoner with primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition in which blood pressure in the lungs becomes dangerously high.

Sex and the City Tackles Impotence Problem (9/00)

I was over 50 before I found out that a healthy man gets an erection 3 or 4 times a night in his sleep, unrelated to fantasy. Just the penis doing it's own daily exercises. Now, million of viewers of Sex and the City have been exposed to the fact that over 18,000,000 men have erectile dysfunction, and a novel way to determine whether it is a physical or mental disfunction. The new husband could not consumate the marriage on the honeymoon and his distraugh and frustrated wife eventually came up with a way to determine if it was physical. She took some stamps from a roll of stamps, wrapped them around his flacid penis, while he was asleep, and licked the stamp to make a solid ring around his penis. She was elated in the morning to find that the ring was broken, which means, chances are, that the problem lies on the emotional side - performance anxiety, stress, fear, fatigue, alcohol or other emotional problems. The wife checked the internet for options, looking at implants and Viagra, which her husband rejected, but did agree on going to a sex therapist. What they learned was that he was actually masturbating on the side and they are now working on ways to work that in to the couple's sexual relationsip. Two thumbs-up to HBO for addressing some real life issues in such an open way!!! People need to learn about sexual dysfunction somewhere and it's been proven that we sure aren't teaching our kids at home. Here's one tv show that appears to help make up for this lack.

At-Home Semen Analysis Fertility Kit (3/23/00)

Twenty percent of couples have difficulty conceiving and approximately forty percent of the time it is male factor related, according to Evolution Diagnostic Laboratory citing data from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Part of the initial work up for the couple is the semen analysis by which can be inconvenient and sometimes embarrassing. In this regard, EDL offers an At-home personal semen analysis kit available for men to test their fertility potential in the privacy of their own home. Evolution Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. offers this unique service for the first time in the United States at Until now, a male patient had to get a prescription from a doctor to have this very personal test done at a local hospital. The specimen is collected and sent overnight to our certified lab in a preservative solution. Results are directly mailed back to the patient in an unmarked envelope for privacy. This report can be brought to their doctor.

EDL is an extension of Shore Institute for Reproductive Medicine located in Brick, NJ. Shore Institute is a full service medical infertility practice offering the full range of treatment such as in-vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, ovulation induction, and fertility surgery. The physicians at EDL have over 40 years experience in this specialty and semen analysis testing. Who could offer a better service with reliable results than a lab specializing in creating human embryos?

This new innovation is the first of its kind bringing the cyber-lab into the consumers home, according to Evolution Diagnostic Laboratory. This is the future of medicine; convenient, efficient, safe, reliable and at a reasonable cost. For more information contact Allen Morgan, M.D., President of EDL at 1-800-932-8908 or

Study suggests new therapy for impotence (10/27/99)

Impotence used to be a taboo subject, a highly personal issue not to be openly discussed. But with the introduction of Viagra and public figures like Bob Dole announcing their personal battles with the problem, millions of people are talking about erectile dysfunction.

This public interest in impotence is one reason scientists are scrambling to find new treatments.

In a study reported in this week's editions of the medical journal Nature Structural Biology, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say nitric oxide may hold the key to treating the problem. It's found naturally in the body and aids in smooth muscle relaxation, a requirement for erection.

"Nitric oxide is the messenger, if you will, the signaling molecule, and without that signal you can't get that signal from the brain to the penis for the erectile process," said Dr. David Christianson of the University of Pennsylvania.

An amino acid call L-argenine produces nitric oxide in the body. Researchers say they have found that a natural enzyme, argenase, that breaks down the L-argenine and renders it useless to make nitric oxide. This results in impotence.

What they have done is create an amino acid to stop this breakdown of L-argenine.

Erectile dysfunction affects half of the male population over 40 and according to Viagra makers Pfizer, their drug does not work in three out of 10 men.

"Their hopes have been so high, that when you get a patient and it (Viagra) doesn't work, they are depressed. They feel devastated by the problem," Urologist Steven Morganstern said.

According to the study's authors, Viagra works later in the erection process than this new therapy. They hope their findings may one day help Viagra work better as well as help those who are unable to take Viagra for medical reasons.

Continued testing is planned, but researchers warn it could be years before the therapy reaches the public.

Sexual dysfunction is widespread in U.S., study says (2/9/99)

Thirty-one percent of men and 43 percent of women regularly suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction, warranting recognition as a significant public health concern, according to a new comprehensive U.S. sex study.

"I think it gives us a base for explaining why we had this enormous response to Viagra," said the study's lead author, University of Chicago sociologist Edward Laumann.

Researchers are calling the findings the first of their kind since a 1948 report by Dr. Alfred Kinsey on human sexual behavior.

The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was based on data from the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey, a collection of interviews with 1,749 women and 1,410 men aged 18 to 59.

Information from the national probability sample concerning sex was reviewed in the wake of Viagra's popularity in treating male impotence since it was put on the market last year.

Survey participants were asked if they had experienced sexual dysfunction over several months during the previous year, including lack of sexual desire, difficulty becoming aroused, inability to climax or ejaculate, premature orgasms, pain during sex, anxiety over sexual performance and not finding sex pleasurable.

Lack of interest in sex was the top problem for women. A third said they regularly didn't want sex, 26 percent said they regularly didn't have orgasms and 23 percent said sex was not pleasurable.

For men, about one-third said they had reoccurring problems with climaxing too early, 14 percent said they had no interest in sex and 8 percent said they regularly experienced no pleasure from sex.

In all, 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men said they had one or more reoccurring problems with sex. Sexual problems were most common among young women and older men.

In both women and men, sexual dysfunction was related to emotional and stress problems including poor health, poor quality of life and prior traumatic sexual experiences.

Researchers, who were surprised by the findings, said the study offers hope and comfort for those with sexual problems.

"Often they don't even admit it to their partners. It's the old 'I've got a headache' instead of, 'I don't feel like having sex,'" Laumann said.


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