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2020

Blood Yields Clue to Why COVID-19 Is Tougher on Men

Blood Yields Clue to Why COVID-19 Is Tougher on MenTUESDAY, May 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Since the coronavirus pandemic began, rates of hospital admission and death from COVID-19 have been significantly higher in men than women. Now, new Dutch research suggests a reason why: Compared to women, men have higher concentrations of a blood enzyme that helps the new coronavirus infect human cells. The enzyme is called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). "ACE2 is a receptor on the surface of cells," explained lead researcher Dr. Adriaan Voors, a professor of cardiology at the University Medical Center Groningen, in the Netherlands. His team published their findings May 11 in the European Heart Journal. ACE2 "binds to the coronavirus and allows it to enter and infect healthy cells," Voors explained in a journal news release. "High...

Drug Might Curb Dangerous Urges in Pedophiles: Study

8 May 2020
Drug Might Curb Dangerous Urges in Pedophiles: StudyFRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A testosterone-lowering drug can reduce male pedophiles' risk of sexually abusing children, according to a new Swedish study. The drug, called degarelix, is used to treat prostate cancer and turns off production of testosterone. It's given by injection every three months and can lower testosterone levels within hours, according to researchers. The study included 52 male pedophiles in Sweden who received either degarelix or a placebo. Treatment with degarelix reduced high sexual desire and sexual attraction to children -- two major risk factors for committing child sexual abuse. These effects were noticeable within two weeks, the study found. Many of the men who received the drug said they developed an inner calm, that thoughts of sex were no...

Pets May Help Parents of Kids With Autism Fight Stress

7 May 2020
Pets May Help Parents of Kids With Autism Fight StressTHURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Pets are stress-relievers for parents of children with autism and benefit their kids, too, a new study suggests. On average, parents of kids with autism have higher stress levels than other moms and dads, the study authors said, so some look to pets to help them relax. For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 700 families who have a family member with autism about the benefits and drawbacks of having a dog or cat. Despite the responsibility of caring for a pet, parents and kids with autism had strong bonds with their pets. Pet ownership didn't increase parents' stress, and those with multiple pets reported more benefits, according to the study published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. "Given that the...

Could Lower Testosterone Help Men Ward Off COVID-19?

7 May 2020
Could Lower Testosterone Help Men Ward Off COVID-19?THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many drugs are being tested to fight COVID-19, but now researchers report that blocking testosterone might help prevent the infection in men. Italian men with prostate cancer on androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) were less likely to get infected with COVID-19 and had less severe cases if they were infected, the researchers found. Lead researcher Dr. Andrea Alimonti, an oncologist at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Bellinzona, Switzerland, thinks it might be worth trying this therapy on men with severe cases of COVID-19. "This could give us a therapeutic window to treat patients that have been infected and haven't gotten better, to see whether this therapy would lead them to recover faster or to decrease the severity of their...

Virus Found in Semen of COVID-19 Survivors – Is It Sexually Transmittable?

7 May 2020
Virus Found in Semen of COVID-19 Survivors – Is It Sexually Transmittable?THURSDAY, May 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been found in the semen of some severely infected men, raising the possibility that the virus might be sexually transmitted, a new study from China claims. Researchers found evidence of the virus in six men out of a group of 38 COVID-19 patients at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China who provided samples. The six men included four who were still infected and two who were recovering, the researchers said. The study was led by Dr. Weiguo Zhao of the People's Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing, and findings were published May 7 in the journal JAMA Network Open. It's not surprising that the virus was found in semen samples, since it's also been found in stool and other body fluids, said Dr. Ryan...
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