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New Light On Intimate Lives Of Older Americans

A majority of older Americans are sexually active and view intimacy as an important part of life, despite a high rate of 'bothersome' sexual problems. The findings come from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings shed new light on the intimate social relationships and health of people ages 57 to 85, informing health care providers and patients about sexual norms in the older U.S. population.

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Survey charts sexual behavior among older adults

Survey of sexual attitudes, behaviors and problems among older adults in the United States has found that most people ages 57 to 85 think of sexuality as an important part of life and that the frequency of sexual activity, for those who are active, declines only slightly from the 50s to the early 70s.

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Barr Filed Application For Generic Version Of Chewable Contraceptive

Warner Chilcott on Wednesday announced it has received a notice from Barr Laboratories indicating that Barr has filed an abbreviated new drug application with FDA for a generic version of the chewable oral contraceptive Femcon Fe, Reuters reports (Tickoo, Reuters, 8/15). According to a Barr release, the company is challenging Chilcott's patent for Femcon Fe, stating that it was the first to file an Abbreviated New Drug Application with FDA (Barr release, 8/15).

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Testosterone Patch Benefits Women with Low Sexual Desire

Research supports the claim that women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder or HSDD (persistent or recurrent deficiency and/or absence of sexual fanatasies/thoughts, and/or desire for, or receptivity to, sexual activity, which causes personal distress) show noted improvement in sexual desire and sexual function following low dose testosterone treatment.

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Needle-Exchange Programs in Four New Jersey Cities Approved

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services on Tuesday approved the establishment of needle-exchange programs in four cities in the state, health officials announced, the Bergen Record reports. According to the Record, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark and Paterson have been approved by the health department to operate three-year pilot programs (Groves, Bergen Record, 8/1).

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Wyeth Oral Contraceptive Lybrel Available In US

Wyeth on Monday said its oral contraceptive Lybrel, which is designed to eliminate monthly menstrual periods, is now available in U.S. pharmacies, the AP/Forbes reports (AP/Forbes, 7/30). Lybrel, which contains a lower dose of synthetic hormones in a daily dose than traditional oral contraceptives, is taken 365 days a year with no placebo pills. The usual regimen for oral contraceptives is 21 active pills taken consecutively, followed by seven placebo pills. FDA approved the drug in May.

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New York Should Reject Federal Abstinence-Only Sex Education Funding

Federal Abstinence-Only Sex Education Funding

New York state, which receives more federal funding for abstinence-only sex education programs than any other state except Texas and Florida, should "join the other states" that have rejected the funding, Galen Sherwin, director of the New York Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Rights Project, and Corienne Carey, an attorney with the project, write in a New York Times letter to the editor (Sherwin/Carey, New York Times, 7/24).

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Pittsburgh Reacts To Trojan Condom-Promotion Commercial

"Controversy" surrounding a television commercial for Trojan condoms has "trickled down to the local level," with stations in Pittsburgh "roundly refusing" to air the commercial and stations in Seattle "giving it the green light," the New York Times reports (Newman, New York Times, 7/16). The commercial, which premiered last month, features women at a bar surrounded by pigs. When one pig goes to the restroom and returns with a condom purchased at a vending machine, he is transformed into an attractive man.

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