March 4, 2001 |
I applaud the Womyn's Concerns student group at Pennsylvania State University for sponsoring the Sex Faire on Feb. 3. I'm aware that State Rep. John Lawless of Montgomery County believes the event was tasteless and unacceptable by community standards. But the truth that may be difficult for us to face is that college campuses are havens for heavy drinking and sex, often in combination. What that combination means is that unwanted pregnancies, rape and sexually transmitted infections - sometimes including HIV - are unspoken facts of life on many college campuses.
July 11, 1994 |
The Center for Sexual Health is looking for about 30 men and their partners to participate in a year-long study of a drug used to treat impotence or low sex drive. Daniel Goldberg, a psychologist and clinical director of the center, and his colleague, urologist Richard Milsten, will test Yocon, a mild drug made from the bark of the African yohimbe tree, which increases blood circulation needed to achieve an erection, Goldberg said. The drug has been prescribed for male erectile disorder for years, but has not been shown very effective in tests at the recommended dosage of about 5 milligrams per day, said Irvin Hirsch, an associate professor of urology at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia.
July 22, 1996 |
WHEN THIS APE TALKS, PEOPLE LISTEN Bummed out about the stock market plunge? Ready to find a new broker? Try a chimp. That's right, the dude in the monkey suit. A chimpanzee from the Krakow zoo earned a 10 percent return on a three-month investment choosing stocks on the Warsaw bourse, beating a respectable local brokerage, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported earlier this month. At the start of the second quarter in April the chimp, Karolina, chose five tangerines from more than 70 bearing the names of firms on the exchange's main market.
June 25, 1992 |
WEED FIGHTS CANCER Taxol, a substance derived from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, is effective in treating ovarian and breast cancer. Trouble is, there aren't enough Pacific yews to go around. But Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. says it has found a plentiful supply of the substance in the twigs and needles of Asian and European yews, long considered expendable weeds. And now, company officials say they have contracted with an Italian firm, Indena of Milan, Italy, to extract the anti-cancer agent.
July 8, 2001 |
The "Call to Action" recently issued by U.S. Surgeon-General David Satcher seeks to identify sound strategies for promoting responsible sexual behavior in the United States. Meant to serve as a starting point for a national dialogue on this important issue, the document offers in broad brush strokes a clear portrait of sexual health - or perhaps more accurately, sexual pathology - in America today. Three broad themes run through this document. The first points to what may be called a "crisis of self-possession.
October 17, 1991 |
A new plan to teach students from kindergarten through grade 12 about sex, including the topics masturbation, abortion, contraception and AIDS, was proposed yesterday by a group of health, education and sex experts. Children do not learn enough about sex in school, the experts said, noting rising rates of sexual disease and pregnancy among teenagers. "America in the '90s can be characterized as sexually diseased," said Debra Haffner, director of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States and a member of the National Guidelines Task Force, which drafted the report.
April 4, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA is literally in "poor health. " In a study released Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Philly as the least-healthy county in Pennsylvania for the third consecutive year. But it's not entirely city residents' fault. "Much of what this is about is poverty and socioeconomic factors that go beyond individual action," said Donald Schwarz, the city's health commissioner and deputy mayor for health and opportunity.
May 22, 2006 |
The Guttmacher Institute, the nation's premier research agency on reproductive and sexual health, just released its report, "Abortion in Women's Lives," a detailed account of the circumstances and decisions leading to abortion. What the report lacks, however, is something commonly overlooked in the debate about abortion: an understanding of the emotional needs and coping strategies of women after they undergo an abortion. Since 2002, my organization, Exhale, has operated a talk line for women and men to call after an abortion.
April 24, 2007 |
The federal government currently spends $0 per year on sex-education programs that include accurate information on abstinence and contraception. Instead, it spends $176 million to promote a misleading message of abstinence only. If President Bush gets his way, that expenditure will increase to $204 million next year. This is fiscally, politically and scientifically irresponsible. Recent evidence from a new study ordered by Congress shows that students who participated in abstinence-education programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not participate.
February 7, 2002
Dr. David Satcher, the nation's 16th surgeon general and a Clinton appointee, will soon depart for a job in academia. Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the father of aerobics, is heavily rumored to take his place. Dr. Cooper's credentials as a cheerleader for wellness can't be disputed. His 1968 book Aerobics not only introduced this healthful form of exercise to the planet, but instilled the notion that everyone should have a daily fitness and diet regimen. While the concept has produced nothing but guilt for many, it also has improved the lives of millions.