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    THE MORE YOU KNOW

    Men, Your Breasts Aren’t Safe

    The FDA is encouraging drug companies to include men in breast cancer clinical trials. At present, there’s surprisingly limited knowledge on male treatment methods.

    It’s a call to action that might make even the most seasoned oncologist do a double take. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging drug companies to include an unexpected—and vanishingly small—demographic in future breast cancer clinical trials: men.

    Over the years, male breast cancer hasn’t attracted a legion of activists and advocates in the fashion of female breast cancer. “Male breast cancer [has] never had an important lobby,” Dr. Marleen Meyers, an assistant professor specializing in breast cancer at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, told The Daily Beast. “[It’s] a less known and less spoken about breast cancer.”

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    Sideshow Study

    MRSA Isn’t the Real Problem With E-Cigs

    A new study says e-cigs might promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. But with the tobacco companies behind this unregulated product, we didn’t need more evidence it’s a ringer.

    It’s early, but it sure looks as if the e-cigarette is going to turn out to be every bit as odious as its forebear, the paper and tobacco cigarette.

    Yet in a wondrous twirl of Don Draper magic, the e-cigarette has positioned itself as the St. Patrick of the 21st century, driving a carton of menthols out of our lives instead of snakes. Ad blitz aside, the e-cig is a problematic, likely toxic, surely untested, and unregulated battery-operated gizmo that delivers flavored nicotine mist to its sanctimonious users. These users have the assurances of the tobacco companies that are behind the e-cig that their new product, unlike their old product, which, oh well, turned out to be a little dangerous, is totally safe. And if you can’t believe the promises of Big Tobacco, well, hey, who can you trust?

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    Prevention

    Will This Pill Kill ‘Safe Sex’?

    I’m ambivalent about one side effect of the CDC touting an HIV-prevention drug. Will today’s young gay men never know the painful lessons learned during the AIDS crisis?

    I remember when AIDS was something I was afraid of.

    I came out of the closet as a gay man in the mid-1990s. After years of unconvincingly pretending to be something other than what I was, I let my friends and family know the truth. It was the most liberating experience of my life. And once the secret was out, I went about getting a life. I started going out, making friends with other young gay men, and trying to find a decent boyfriend.

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  • Bush League

    How Does Your Lady Garden Grow?

    The decision to ‘grow out the lady garden’ rather than succumb to landscaping has become a feminist issue worth debating—if only to quiet outdated societal standards once and for all.

    As celebrities on the movie promotion circuit are wont to do, Cameron Diaz is hawking her latest cause celebre. It’s not about global warming or starving children in third world countries. It’s about the pros and cons of pubic hair.

    Diaz positioned herself as the champion of the full bush a few months ago in The Body Book her first publishing venture in which she extolled the benefits of bucking the Brazilian trend and growing out the lady garden. She appeared on the Graham Norton Show to ostensibly promote her new movie The Other Woman, but instead spent a large chunk of time talking about—and even directly to—her pubic region, screaming “Why are you there?!?” 

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    EVIDENCE

    Annual Mammograms Don't Save Lives

    A 25-year-long study finds.

    An expansive study conducted over 25 years and featuring roughly 90,000 Canadian women showed that annual mammogram screenings for women ages 40 to 59 don't reduce breast-cancer deaths, but do help uncover cases of breast cancer. “We found absolutely no benefit in terms of reduction of deaths from the use of mammography,” said study leader Dr. Anthony Miller. This study is the latest to question the value of annual breast X-rays, and adds to a debate that is already incredibly heated. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, argued that yearly mammography instead finds small cancers that would not be dangerous if left alone.

    Read it at Los Angeles Times
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    HORNY?

    FDA: More Female Libido Studies!

    For drug to boost female sexual desire.

    The company behind an experimental drug for boosting sexual desire in women faces another new hurdle, as the FDA is now asking for more data on how the drug interacts with other medications, as well as on driving ability. In nearly 10 percent of company trials, women reported sleepiness when using the drug, dubbed flibanserin. If Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ drug is approved, it would be the first such drug for women, and a potential blockbuster that drug companies have been trying to achieve since the success of Viagra for men.

    Read it at Associated Press
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    SOMETHING’S WORKING

    Teen Births Reach New Low

    Experts cite less sex, more protection.

    The kids are going to be all right. Teen births reached a historic low in 2012, half of what they were at their peak in 1991, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. Rates were highest for minorities, more than doubling that of white teens. Overall, the national birth rate stabilized after four years of steady decline. Concerning the drop in teen birth, a spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy said, “It really is this magic formula of less sex and more contraception that has driven the rates down.” You don’t say?

    Read it at USA Today
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    VIRAL SENSATION

    Let’s Prancercise!

    woman behind the horsey exercise craze tells all.

    Joanna Rohrback knows you are laughing at her, and she doesn’t care.

    She’s aware that people think her exercise routine “Prancercise” is “goofy,” and that by extension its founder must be “spooky and goofy and weird and wacky. I say bring it on. I love it. Look at all the attention it’s getting me. If I wasn’t all those things, I wouldn’t be who I am.”

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    Safe motherhood

    Harnessing Social Media To Keep Moms Healthy

    As thousands of moms, advocates, and visionaries tuned in for the Mom+Social summit, Christy Turlington Burns shared her personal story about getting involved with maternal health, and gave a sneak peak about an exciting announcement to come.

    In the first minute of her 2010 documentary, No Woman, No Cry, model Christy Turlington Burns looks blissful, cradling her new baby daughter, Grace, in a white blanket at the St. Luke’s birthing center in New York. But within a minute, the midwife called for backup, and Turlington Burns began to hemorrhage. Then, there is an image of Turlington Burns’ bloody naked leg propped up on the shoulder of the midwife, as the obstetrician-midwife team manually extract the placenta—a process so painful, Turlington Burns said in an interview yesterday, that childbirth doesn’t begin to rival it. She said that in that moment, she felt that she “suddenly went from very proactive and powerful” to helpless.

    The team managed to control the bleeding, and luckily Turlington Burns didn’t need a transfusion. But two years later, in 2005, she had a realization, a “visceral experience,” she said. She went with CARE to El Salvador, where her mother is from. She was pregnant with her son, Finn, and visiting other pregnant women in a rural town. It occurred to her: there was no clean water, no electricity, and no paved roads. If she’d gone through the same emergency there, “It would have been game over,” she said.

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    Too Sexy For My Shirt

    Sex: Better Than Makeup

    A roll in the hay beats out cosmetics any day.

    With all the primping and preening women do to embody sexiness, we're ignoring the best, cheapest, most natural ways to make ourselves more gorgeous—a good, old-fashioned roll in the hay. Turns out, getting down and dirty actually helps you clean up nicely. As a fun gallery over on Betty Confidential shows, from the natural flush to nourished hair and a lower risk of heart disease, “doing it” really does a body good. Sexpert Mary Jo Rapini, M. Ed, L.P.C. says that not only does intercourse change your appearance for the better, but it gives you an extra boost of swagger—making you look all the more sexy. “The normal sex act itself takes between three and 20 minutes. That’s not very long, but it influences your whole day, it can even influence you for several days,” she says. Research has also shown that regular sex can help reverse the effects of ageing, lower stress levels, and help combat depression, mood swings and other additudinal things that negatively impact health. The cost of a decent eye-cream: $25. One-day gym pass: $10. A morning quickie: Priceless!

    Read it at Betty Confidential
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    SIZE MATTERS

    Study: Larger Penis, More Attractive

    Research suggests women are affected by size.

    Good news, Jon Hamm. According to a new report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the larger a man’s penis, the more attractive he is to women. The study—led by postdoctoral fellow Brian Mautz—presented short video clips of naked, computer-generated men to 105 Australian women. The clips displayed males with varying heights, body shapes, and flaccid penis sizes, but with similar facial attractiveness and hair. The womens’ 1–7 ratings presented a clear connection between penis size and male attractiveness. To be fair, it wasn’t the only thing the women were looking at, with shoulder-to-hip ratio accounting for the biggest variance.

    Read it at TIME
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    PLAN B

    5.8M Women Have Used Morning-After Pill

    Twenty-three percent of women ages 20–24 have used it.

    As many as 11 percent, or 5.8 million, of American women ages 15 to 44 have used emergency contraception, according to a federal report released Thursday. In the first federal study of emergency contraception since the so-called morning-after pill was approved in 1998, the National Center for Health Statistics said it conducted the survey of 12,279 women between 2006 and 2010. Half of the women who used the morning-after pill said they did so because they feared their birth-control method had failed, while the rest said they had unprotected sex. Among women 20 to 24, 23 percent had used emergency contraception, while just 5 percent of women ages 30 to 44 had used it—although researchers said that low percentage could have do with the contraceptive not being on the market during those women's young reproductive years.

    Read it at USA Today