Here's How That New Sex Pill for Women Actually Works

Sometime in the next two months, the FDA will vote on whether to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But flibanserin doesn’t… » 6/29/15 6:39pm Monday 6:39pm

XKCD Tips Its Hat to the Microbiome (and so Should You)

When was the last time you thanked the bugs in your belly? Even if the concept of a “healthy” microbiome is flawed, the trillions of microorganisms living in your gut (and mouth, and vagina, and nose, etc.) play a vital role in many of your body’s functions. They’re so essential, many refer to the microbiome as an… » 6/26/15 10:40am 6/26/15 10:40am

California Passes Bill Banning Personal Exemptions for Vaccination

California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak that began last December in Disneyland, mandates ALL schoolchildren be vaccinated, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, but still permits medical exemptions. » 6/25/15 3:07pm 6/25/15 3:07pm

It's True, Scar Tissue Can Bend Your Penis (NSFW)

It’s normal for a penis to curve a little when it’s erect, but Peyronie’s disease pushes that curve to alarming extremes. It doesn’t usually muck with a guy’s ability to get it up, but once the penis is erect, it can deviate 30° or more from its normal line of action. The curvature can be so severe it interferes with… » 6/22/15 2:30pm 6/22/15 2:30pm

About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

A recently conducted study concludes that that when extreme athletes (like ultramarathoners) overextend themselves, their guts can leak microbes into their blood stream, “poisoning” their blood and triggering a harmful inflammatory immune response. Scientific American’s Christopher Intagliata has more details. » 6/22/15 10:20am 6/22/15 10:20am

This Book Got The Author Sentenced to Three Months Hard Labor

Charles Knowlton didn’t think much of the laws of Massachusetts, at least when they interfered with his medical practice. By the time he opened a practice in the town of Ashfield, he had already been arrested in Amherst, MA for selling “infidel” books and had spent two months in the Worcester County Jail for grave… » 6/19/15 11:30am 6/19/15 11:30am

A Brief History Of Vaginal Cutting During Childbirth

During childbirth, the vagina has to stretch to accommodate a head the size of a grapefruit. This, you may imagine, takes time. So if something goes wrong during labor and delivery has to happen fast, doctors or midwives might speed things along by artificially widening the vaginal opening. With scissors. » 6/12/15 3:03pm 6/12/15 3:03pm

Recipient Of World's First Successful Penis Transplant Is A Father-To-Be

In March, the recipient of the world’s first successful penis transplant was said to have “made a full recovery and... regained all function,” based on his ability to urinate, produce an erection, orgasm, and ejaculate with his recently grafted member. Now, his girlfriend is pregnant. Fully functional, indeed. » 6/11/15 1:40pm 6/11/15 1:40pm