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Here's How That New Sex Pill for Women Actually Works

Yesterday, the FDA voted to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug, marketed as Addyi, has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But flibanserin doesn’t actually work like… » 6/29/15 6:44pm 6/29/15 6:44pm

Scientists May Have Finally Discovered a Chlamydia Vaccine

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, infecting around 1.4 million people in the United States in 2012. The infection is gnarly: it can lead to ectopic pregnancies, pneumonia, and infertility in women, and can also cause blindness if you get the infection in your eyes (which you should… » 6/23/15 9:30pm 6/23/15 9:30pm

Different Options for Male Contraception Could Be On Their Way

Last time we heard about Vasalgel, the male contraceptive that is expected to be the first one of its kind to be approved by the FDA, there was hope that it could be available to the public as soon as 2017. It’s now expected to hit the US market at least a year later, but there could be even more options for male… » 6/21/15 6:20pm 6/21/15 6:20pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 4:28pm 5/27/15 4:28pm

Who Among Us Knows When to Take Advil vs. Tylenol?

There are a lot of things that, much to my embarrassment, I have only learned recently. One thing is that the word “segue” is not “segway.” The other is when to take ibuprofen and when to take acetaminophen. The former is a perfectly acceptable thing to eventually discover; the other is a massive failure of… » 5/24/15 6:15pm 5/24/15 6:15pm

Texas Bill Would Prevent Doctors from Asking About Guns in the Home

A bill recently introduced into the Texas State Legislature would make it illegal for doctors to ask their patients if they own guns. Doctors ask about guns to make sure that they're being stored safely and to gauge a patient's domestic violence risks. But the bill sponsor, State Representative Stuart Spitzer, seems… » 3/25/15 6:40pm 3/25/15 6:40pm

Everything You Need To Know About The New, More Effective HPV Vaccine

A recently approved vaccine called Gardasil 9 protects against more strains of HPV and HPV-related cancers than any vaccine currently available. But who should get it? And how did it get so much better? Here's a complete rundown on the state of the art in HPV-cancer prevention. » 2/26/15 4:56pm 2/26/15 4:56pm

'Nothing Short of Attempted Murder': A Brief History of Anti-Vaxxers

There are virtually no photographs of twenty-first century American children covered with measles. The disease, as well as the sight of it, is something we have banished to the past: the stuff of medical archives and undeveloped foreign countries. Consequently, the photos and stock images that illustrate the news… » 2/10/15 12:30pm 2/10/15 12:30pm

A Medical First: Woman Successfully Gives Birth With A Donated Womb

For the first time in history, a woman has given birth to a baby after receiving a womb transplant. The mother and child, both of whom are said to be doing well, offer hope to women the world over with missing or non-functional uteruses who desire to carry their own children to term. » 10/05/14 2:10pm 10/05/14 2:10pm

Rich People in Hollywood Aren't Vaccinating Their Children

It's hard to believe that in the year 2014 we are still debating what most scientists believe to be fairly straightforward, research-proved facts. Yet, that is exactly the name of the game when it comes to critics of child vaccinations. While Jenny McCarthy was an excellent and deserving scapegoat for awhile, we can… » 9/10/14 6:15pm 9/10/14 6:15pm