The governing body of track argued in court that Olympic champion Caster Semenya is "biologically male" and that is the reason she should reduce her natural testosterone to be allowed to compete in female competitions, according to documents released publicly for the first time on Tuesday and which provide new insight into a bitter legal battle. The documents released by sport's highest court shows that Semenya responded by telling the judges that being described as biologically male "hurts more than I can put in words." The 28-year-old South African runner said she was unable to express how insulted she felt at the IAAF "telling me that I am not a woman." The IAAF's stance on Semenya and other female athletes affected by its new testosterone regulations — and Semenya's outrage at the biological male claim — was revealed in a 163-page decision published by the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. It details parts of the courtroom exchanges that were held secret … [Read more...] about Olympic Champion Semenya Is ‘Biologically Male,’ IAAF Claims
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) exist for you to save money for out-of-pocket healthcare costs, which more often than not means copayments for doctor's office visits or insurance deductibles. While it's great to use your FSA funds for those reasons, you might be missing out on some great deals your FSA can provide for you -- whether you're in need of pain relief or pregnancy tests.Here are some unexpected health items you can buy with your FSA.Read more: FSA vs. HSA: What's the difference? | How to shop at Amazon with your FSA or HSA cardFirst, a quick disclaimer: The government provides an A-to-Z eligibility list, but if you're ever unsure about what you can or can't purchase with your FSA, be sure to check with the terms of your account first.1. Skin care Many skin care products SPF moisturizers and hand cream are FSA-eligible, as are acne treatment and prevention products. You can even buy a light therapy device for acne treatment with your FSA. Some skin care products, … [Read more...] about 14 unexpected things you can buy with your FSA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Mayzent (siponimod) tablets to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease. “Multiple sclerosis can have a profound impact on a person’s life,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “We are committed to continuing to work with companies that are developing additional treatment options for patients with multiple sclerosis.” MS is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that disrupts communications between the brain and other parts of the body. Most people experience their first symptoms of MS between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is among the most common causes of neurological disability in young adults and occurs more frequently in women than in men. For most … [Read more...] about FDA Approves New Oral Drug to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
Birth control pills have been available for nearly 60 years and about 100 million women take them. But despite their ubiquity, some researchers still that think certain aspects of the contraceptives deserve more research. Namely: how the pill might affect the brain. "We know a lot about the physical side effects [of birth control pills], but very little about the psychological side effects," said Alexander Lischke, a psychology researcher with the University of Greifswald in Germany. So, Lischke and his lab decided to look into how taking the pill might change someone's ability to process emotion. Their research, published today (Feb. 11) in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, found that women on the pill mislabeled the emotion on someone's face 10 percent more often than participants who weren't on the pill. Though few researchers have looked at this particular influence of the pill — and others think this research isn't even worth pursuing — the results have … [Read more...] about Can the Pill Affect How Women Recognize Emotions in Others?
Pharmaceutical multinational Exeltis has received acceptance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the filing of Slinda (4 mg Drospirenone-only pill), a novel oral contraceptive developed by the company. Slinda is an investigational estrogen-free oral contraceptive, with a 24/4 dose regimen that is believed to have a favorable safety and efficacy profile. "Once available in the market, it could give an improved bleeding profile and greater flexibility, maintaining contraception efficacy for up to 24 hours in the event of a delayed or missed pill dosage," said Yann Brun, managing director at Exeltis. Drospirenone is a synthetic progestin with a pharmacological profile similar to natural-produced progesterone. As an estrogen-free contraceptive option, Slinda is expected to reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) and to offer the advantages of drospirenone in terms of safety and … [Read more...] about FDA Accepts Filing of New Estrogen-free Oral Contraceptive