American women still prefer to use the Pill for their birth control needs – but a new study says that's changing. According to HealthDay, long-term contraceptive methods like intrauterine devices (IUDs) are gaining popularity, unlike the condom, which is losing ground.
KPCC has news on a study that claims to have scientific evidence supporting the notion of sexual addiction – or "hypersexual disorder," as researchers called it. They defined the condition in part as being unable to keep sex from somehow controlling other aspects of their lives, and feeling powerless to change it.
Also in sexual health: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has a new study which found that losing weight doesn't lead to improved fertility in women, but it does improve sexual function.
Here's a stunner: Teens who are using an electronic device – like a cell phone or a music player – are more likely to be on the wrong end of a pedestrian accident. HealthDay says researchers looked at one trauma center and singled out all the patients who were there because they'd been struck by vehicles. Of those patients, about 13 percent – nearly 1,100 – were younger than 18. Use of electronics among the young patients was twice that of adults.
In other news we could have guessed, a new study found that caring parents who are involved with their children's lives are less likely to raise bullies. According to HealthDay, researchers found that kids whose parents know their friends, are supportive academically and talk to them are less likely to bully their peers.
If you enjoy six cups of green tea a day, you're in good shape: U.S. News & World Report says that may help slow the progression of prostate cancer. Researchers found that patients who drank that much green tea a day fared better than those who didn't on certain key signs like inflammation and DNA damage; there was no difference between the two groups, however, when it came to tumor growth. As such, authors noted the link is only associative, not causal.
The Washington Post has mapped out the world's smoking rates – and Eastern Europe beat everyone by a landslide, with an average annual consumption of 2,000 cigarettes per person. All of the highest rates are in that region, and outside of that, the heaviest concentration of smokers live in South Korea, Kazakhstan and Japan. Americans are right in the middle: about 1,000 cigarettes per person per year. The U.S. is tied with Israel, Australia and Ireland.
And finally: A Danish study has found that cancer diagnosis will not make young people who are not religious turn to religion – but it can confirm beliefs that already exist.
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