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Why the Male Pill Still Doesn’t Exist

Had there been a male contraceptive pill in 1976, I probably wouldn’t be here to write this. That was the year when, after my mom—may she rest in peace—had been on the pill for 12 years, health worries made her doctor tell her to come off it. “She said to … Continue reading

Menopause As Heart Disease Risk Factor

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, for which risks increase after age 50 – the average age for menopause. Samar R. El Khoudary, from the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), and colleagues assessed data collected on 456 women, mean age 50.75 years, enrolled in The Study … Continue reading

Beyond Resveratrol: The Anti-Aging NAD Fad

Whenever I see my 10-year-old daughter brimming over with so much energy that she jumps up in the middle of supper to run around the table, I think to myself, “those young mitochondria.” Mitochondria are our cells’ energy dynamos. Descended from bacteria that colonized other cells about 2 billion years, … Continue reading

Low Free Testosterone Concentration as a Potentially Treatable Cause of Depressive Symptoms in Older Men

Context  Serum concentrations of gonadal hormones have been associated with various measures of well-being, but it is unclear whether their association with mood is confounded by concurrent physical morbidity. Objective  To determine whether the association between serum testosterone concentration and mood in older men is independent of physical comorbidity. Design  … Continue reading

Testosterone therapy does not raise risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Men with low levels of the male sex hormone testosterone need not fear that testosterone replacement therapy will increase their risk of prostate cancer. This is the finding of an analysis of more than a quarter-million medical records of mostly white men in Sweden, research led by investigators at NYU … Continue reading

Cravings for high-calorie foods may be switched off in the brain by new supplement

Eating a type of powdered food supplement, based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake and pizza, a new study suggests. Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow asked 20 volunteers to consume a milkshake that … Continue reading

Preserving Muscle in Menopause

New research suggests that taking vitamin D supplements can help women to significantly increase their muscle strength and reduce the loss of muscle mass for at least 12 years after menopause. Dr LM Cangussu, from the Botucatu Medical School at Sao Paulo State University (Brazil), and colleagues conducted the double-blind, … Continue reading

Many men with low testosterone levels do not receive treatment

The majority of men with androgen deficiency may not be receiving treatment despite having sufficient access to care, according to a report in the May 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Androgen deficiency in men means the body has lower than normal amounts of … Continue reading

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

All fats are not created equal. We know this because we’re constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally good or bad. Butter isn’t corn oil isn’t fish oil isn’t monounsaturated fat isn’t palmitoleic … Continue reading

How Your Gut Controls Your Brain

Whether you’re suffering from anxiety or are just in a crabby mood, before you start poking around your head as if looking for answers, you might do well to aim a little lower: your gut. “Do you have gut instincts? Do you get butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous? … Continue reading