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?
I am most tired on during my period on Thursdays. It’s random fact, but one that I never confidently knew about myself until recently. When I was a teenager, my periods were agonizing; they were painful, unpredictable, difficult to track, and basically debilitating. The intense cramps and dizziness caused me to frequently miss school, so much so that my doctor recommended I skip periods altogether and start birth control to regulate my cycles. I didn’t look back for a decade. But before I knew it, 114 months had gone by, and now as a grown woman, I realized I didn’t know my body at all. Aside from the occasional breakthrough bleeding, I had no concept of what a real period felt like. The pill, with its notorious side effects, had taken it all away. So in an effort to renew a sense of understanding my body, I decided to dip my toes back in the bleeding-woman waters by using period tracking apps. Like any other Type A person, I identified a goal: I wanted to learn about … [Read more...] about How period tracking apps helped me regain control after going off the pill
By Elaine Ayala Published 12:20 pm, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae,” a documentary described as an examination of “the fallout of the sexual revolution of the 20th century,” will be screened in San Antonio on June 22 and 23. The film coincides with the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes as providing “beautiful and clear teaching about God's plan for married love and the transmission of life.” The showings are at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 20523 Huebner Road; and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church, 15415 Red Robin Road. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Dozens Found In Truck In San Antonio Associated Press Drive-by shooting at the Northside night club 21 Pro Video Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized in wrong-way crash … [Read more...] about ‘Sexual Revolution’ film examines the pill, fallout of the ‘60s and pope’s words
source Getty Images Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault. Cosby was accused of giving sedative drugs to women he wanted to have sex with. Here are the potential drugs he used, and the effects they have. Shortly before Bill Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, she says, he passed her three blue pills that he called “friends to help you relax.” On Thursday, Cosby was found guilty in a Pennsylvania court on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He faces up to 30 years in prison. To strengthen Constand’s case against Cosby, prosecutors in the trial utilized information that he’d previously admitted about the drugs and their role in his sexual encounters, the Associated Press reported. Cosby has said in a deposition that the pills were the allergy medication Benadryl. But prosecutors in his sexual-assault trial suggested there was reason to believe … [Read more...] about Bill Cosby has been found guilty — here’s what happens if you take the pills Cosby described as ‘friends to help you relax’
About a year ago, patients in a clinical trial of a Merck Alzheimer’s drug called Verubecestat received a phone call from their memory clinics. “Stop taking the pills and return those left to the clinic immediately,” they were told. “The trial has been cancelled.” My wife and about 1,500 Alzheimer’s patients around the world returned the containers of little blue pills back to their trial physicians. A statistical analysis of the first three years of the study showed there was no chance the drug would work. The test was costing hundreds of millions of dollars with no hope it would ever help patients or come to market. Another promising anti-Alzheimer’s drug had failed. Last month, the drug giant Pfizer halted all its Alzheimer’s (and Parkinson’s) research and laid off its researchers after a similar failure. After decades of research and billions of dollars, physicians and … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s Drug Trials Keep Failing- It May Be Because We Don’t Understand the Disease