The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a study to explore the efficacy of a new form of male birth control. Unlike the birth control pills or injections that women use, this new male birth control is a gel that is rubbed into the shoulders and back to be absorbed through the skin daily. The gel serves to gradually bring down sperm counts so that a man can’t get a woman pregnant, NBC News reported. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the NIH, is helping enroll about 400 couples around the world to test how well the gel works to prevent pregnancy. Tests also would assess how well people like the gel and whether men will use it as directed. The gel formula, which is called NES/T, includes a progestin-containing compound called segesterone acetate, which is made under the brand name Nestorone, along with a dose of testosterone.RELATED READ: Doctors remove 70-pound tumor from man; he thought he had 'beer belly'Nestorone is also used … [Read more...] about Researchers are testing a new form of male birth control — and it’s a gel
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 28, 2018 / 9:19 PM GMT By Maggie Fox The National Institutes of Health is looking for a few good men —and a few brave women — to try out a new birth control gel for males. The gel, rubbed into the shoulders daily, gradually brings down sperm counts so that men cannot make a woman pregnant. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the NIH, is helping enroll about 400 couples at sites around the world to test how well the gel works to prevent pregnancy, and also check out how well people like it and whether men will use it as directed. “This is the first time that men are using it as part of a couple to test for effectiveness,” said Diana Blithe, chief of NICHD’s Contraceptive Development Program. The gel formulation, called NES/T, includes a progestin-containing compound … [Read more...] about Birth control for men: researchers test a male contraceptive gel
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 11:18 PM EST Nov 25, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, a person wrote that it took weeks to schedule an appointment with her primary care physician. I have found that it takes months, not weeks, to schedule an appointment with primary care physicians in my area (a large city with two medical schools). I am on Medicare, as are many of my friends. They have said that they have the same problem. Do some medical practices limit the number of appointments available for people on Medicare? My younger friends with regular insurance don’t seem to have this problem. L.S. Dear L.S.: A 2015 study of primary care physicians found that 93 percent accept Medicare, while 94 percent accept private insurance. In a 2018 study, 13 percent of Medicare recipients said there was a small problem finding a new primary care physician, and 14 percent said there was a big one. I suspect there are strong regional differences; however, those with private … [Read more...] about Does your insurer affect the wait for an appointment?
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: alternative medicine, Antidepressant, Brain, Coconut, coconut husk, Cocos nucifera, depression, goodhealth, goodmedicine, herbal medicine, Herbs, natural cures, natural healing, natural medicine, natural remedies (Natural News) The coconut isn’t just a delicious fruit — it’s also a versatile and nutritious one, at that. One of its health benefits, in particular, is its natural anti-depressant properties found in its husk. A study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines has suggested that the extract of coconut husk fiber can be used for treating depression. The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Federal University of Ceará in Brazil, aimed to determine the effects of coconut husk fiber extract on depression, its antioxidant activity in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and striatum, and on the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in mice. The … [Read more...] about Natural antidepressant: Coconut husk fiber shows potential as a mood enhancer
(CNN)Signaling a new chapter in the battle over abortion access in the United States, a European organization has stepped into the fray, providing Americans a way to get doctor-prescribed pills by mail to medically induce abortions at home. Called Aid Access, the organization says it uses telemedicine, including online consultations, to facilitate services for healthy women who are less than nine weeks pregnant. If a woman completes the consultation and is deemed eligible for a medical abortion, the organization's founder writes a prescription for the two pills used to terminate the pregnancy, misoprostol and mifepristone. Prescriptions are then sent to a pharmacy in India, which fills and mails orders to the US. There are other ways to get abortion pills by mail in the US, but Aid Access is the most affordable option at $95 and one that offers the possibility of financial help, as stated on its website. Plus, Aid Access is the only company to offer physician oversight, according to … [Read more...] about Abortion pills now available by mail in US — but FDA is investigating