FDA Approves Female Sex Pill
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Federal health officials have approved the first prescription drug to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by the pharmaceutical industry.
But safety restrictions on the daily pill, called Addyi, mean it will probably never achieve the blockbuster sales of men’s impotence drugs like Viagra, which have generated billions of dollars.
The new drug’s label will carry a bold warning that combining it with alcohol can cause dangerously low blood pressure and fainting.
Those problems can also occur if the drug is taken alongside certain common medications, including drugs used to treat yeast infections.
The Food and Drug Administration approval on Tuesday marks an unusual turnaround for the agency.
The FDA previously rejected the drug twice due to lackluster benefits and worrisome side effects.
The way to a woman’s desires may be through her stomach.
Researchers recruited 20 young women all of normal weight.
Half had tried to lose weight in the past and half never dieted.
Everyone fasted for eight hours then came to the lab hungry.
Researchers sent them into a functional MRI scan where they all viewed a group of romantic pictures followed by neutral images.
Similar results were seen in both groups.
However, after the women drank a 500 calorie meal replacement drink, they had a second scan and this time the women were more responsive to the romantic cues than when they were hungry.
The post-meal brain activity in response to romantic cues was especially strong in the young women who had reported dieting in the past.
Study authors say this was only a pilot study with a small group of women the same age.
Much more research is needed before any conclusions can be drawn.
We’ve all heard good and bad things about coffee.
These days, if you like it, you’re in luck.
Studies have shown three to five cups a day can reduce your risk of everything from heart disease to computer-related back pain.
Years ago it apparently wasn’t so good for you.
In 1916, coffee was faulted for stunting growth.
In 1927, researchers said kids who drank coffee got bad grades, and in the 1980s one study said five cups a day could give you a heart attack.
So now that it’s good for you again drink up before researchers change their minds.