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If Drug-Slathered, Erection-Enhancing Condoms Won't Lead Men to Safe Sex, Nothing Will

By Valerie Ross | May 11, 2011 4:13 pm

For men who find that condoms sometimes, um, lessen their enthusiasm, some good news: Durex may soon be selling erection-enhacing condoms with a pharmaceutical boost.

The condoms, developed by UK biotech company Futura Medical, are lined with a gel that increases blood flow. The gel’s active ingredient, glyceryl nitrate, has been used for as a vasodilator for over a century. The tricky part was getting the gel to stay in the condom without degrading the latex, but the company found a way (and quickly patented it).

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World Sex Roundup: Pork as Aphrodisiac in Argentina; Bestiality Ban in Holland

By Smriti Rao | February 3, 2010 1:27 pm

condomsThe next time your partner isn’t in the mood for some nookie, how about tempting him or her with a piece of… er… pork? It may sound strange, but Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez swears that a little bit of pig has a whole lot of pop to it.

Reuters quotes the president:

“I’ve just been told something I didn’t know; that eating pork improves your sex life… I’d say it’s a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra,” President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry. She said she recently ate pork and “things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true.”

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Got a Migraine? Chronic Pain? Epilepsy? Try Viagra

By Allison Bond | June 27, 2009 12:04 pm

ViagraThe active ingredient in Viagra might hold information leading to new treatments for chronic pain, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. Brain cells contain active enzymes that help produce nitric oxide, which gives the little blue pill its power, and scientists think this molecule might help brain cells pass signals to on another. BBC tells us:

Researcher Adam Tozer said: “This prompts the question ‘Why is a molecule that can produce penile erections necessary in the brain? It is hoped that this research will go some way to solving the complexity of communication between brain cells, and therefore provide openings for therapeutic strategies against debilitating conditions. It will also help to shed light on communication in the healthy brain and this will enable a greater understanding of how we think.”

The Leicester team will focus on the junctions – or synapses – between cells that enable them to “talk” to each other. They will examine how nitric oxide can influence this communication.There is evidence to suggest that high levels of nitric oxide have a toxic effect, and may trigger serious brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust said: “It will be interesting to find out what nitric oxide does in the brain, and if it has any role in Alzheimer’s.”This study may help researchers understand how the brain works and how nerve cells communicate with each other. Understanding our thought processes and the brain is crucial to understanding and defeating diseases that affect it.”

Still, we have to wonder about which possible side effects of treatment with nitric oxide might, er, pop up.

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Weird Science Roundup: Free Botox, Tiny Teens, and Belligerent Blackbirds

By Allison Bond | June 12, 2009 12:10 pm

Yee-haw! It’s the blog roundup.• Don’t let unemployment put a wrinkle in your plans. Viagra isn’t the only treatment you can get for free—a spa has offered free Botox, too. Confused? Watch the video.

• Hear, hear! Severed your ear but don’t know where to store it? Consider copying this guy by having doctors attach it to your stomach. Then surgeons can use cartilage from your ribs to stitch it back onto the side of your head.

• A 15-year-old, two-foot-tall girl in India is the world’s smallest teenager. Doctors think she has a pituitary problem, but apparently they haven’t been able to pin down the problem.

• Check out this video of the blackbird that’s terrorizing people in San Francisco by dive-bombing their heads. (It’s ok to laugh…we won’t tell.)

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Weird Science Roundup: Fire-Fighting Robots, Tiny Cats, and Crazy Dental Implants

By Melissa Lafsky | May 26, 2009 1:30 pm

Yee-haw! It’s the blog roundup. • According to British health chiefs, white is the new black…at least when it comes to keeping your house cool.  They’re suggesting that all U.K. homes be painted white to combat global warming—a technique long used in hot Mediterranean countries like Greece.

• Turns out you’re not the only one who can prevent forest fires. Giant buzzsaw-wielding robots can do it, too!

•  Don’t let the economy get you, er, down: Some jobless Americans are now eligible for a free year’s supply of Viagra and other drugs.

•  Scientists are using human bile acids to make a replacement for mercury and plastic dental fillings.  As if going to the dentist didn’t already leave a bad taste in your mouth.

• And lastly, check out what might be the world’s smallest cat. Itty bitty kitty committee, anyone?

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Men, Beware! Sketchy Sexual Performance Drugs Prove Fatal

By Rachel Cernansky | March 5, 2009 6:59 pm

viagra2.jpgNo, there’s no cause for alarm over the FDA-approved Cialis or Viagra. But some illegal anti-impotence drugs in Singapore contaminated with the diabetes drug glyburide have caused dangerously low blood sugar levels in a reported 150 people—and led to the deaths of four men.

“Power 1 Walnut” and “Santi Bovine Penis Erecting Capsule” are the names of two of the offending drugs—or, rather, herbal supplements promoted for sexual enhancement. A counterfeit version of Cialis was also found by authorities.

Canada had already issued a Foreign Product Alert against the “Santi Bovine” last year, but that obviously did no good for people in Singapore.

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Weekly Science Blog Roundup

By Boonsri Dickinson | September 26, 2008 2:20 pm

roundup-22022.jpg· The “Father of the internet” says the Web will run out of IP addresses in 2010.

· Chances are, if you’re reading this, you spend 25 percent of your time doing personal tasks online at work.

· Google’s Tenth Birthday contest: The five best ideas to help as many people around the world as possible will get a total of $10 million in funding. Hurry! Submissions are due by October 20th.

· Dear Sarah Palin: In case you hadn’t noticed, a village in Alaska is melting.

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