Your Baby Boy’s Health

August 21, 2014

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We plant trees for our grandchildren, the old saying goes.  The idea here is a selfless act that prudently provides for a future we may never live to see.  Parents who have baby boys have a similar challenge with a health issue that also requires us to consider a future we may never live to see but that can dramatically affect a boy's life in the future.  As reported by Men's Journal: Prostate cancer among young men has increased sixfold in the past 20 years, according to a new University of Michigan analysis. Even scarier, the disease usually spreads faster and is deadlier in guys younger than 55 compared to men in their 70s and 80s. "The type of prostate cancer younger men get seems to be more aggressive than the 'typical' prostate cancer, which is often slow growing and non-life-threatening," says Dr. Robert Mordkin, chief of urology and director of robotic surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, who was not involved in this research. Researchers aren't sure why rates have gone up but doubt that increased rate of cancer screenings are the culprit for these numbers.  In the article cited above the recommendation is to increase screenings, especially for men...

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Boring Sex

August 20, 2014

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Truth be told, Sexual Futurist's secret fear is that, in our effort to teach the world how to approach human sexuality with reason and knowledge, we might suck all the life out of human passion and intimacy.  Not to worry, that job was done long ago.  Case in point, consider the trajectory of sexual frequency between married partners; from Marital Coitus Across the Life Course, a study from the University of Georgia: It remains unclear whether the frequency of marital coitus does in fact decline universally across the life course, what shape that decay normally takes, and what best accounts for it: increasing marriage duration, women’s age or age of their partners. Using...data of 91,744 non-abstaining women in their first marriage, a generalized linear model is used to determine if there is a consistent pattern in the life course pattern of degradation in the frequency of marital coitus. Datasets were drawn from nineteen countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas.  It is found that declining coital frequency over time seems a shared demographic feature of human populations...   ...in most cases coital frequency declines with husband’s age and marital duration. Pretty hot stuff, right?  Bottom line, married people...

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Joking About Sex.

August 17, 2014

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Sexual futurists the world over understand that talking about human sexuality involves far more than just talking about "doin' it."  It's more than moralizing.  Often, we just wonder: how do I make this...this caldron of desire, morality, family and normalcy...how do I make it all work?  Even the most intelligent, educated and urbane among us have conniptions trying to talk about sexual matters. From Philip Galanes' excellent column in the NY Times: My husband and I have a good marriage; we’ve been true partners and best friends for nearly 15 years. But I can’t help noticing that when we’re at dinner parties, for instance, or out with friends, he often jokes about our sex life, implying that it’s boring or nonexistent. When I question him later, he insists that he was only joking. It’s true that many friends join him in this line of humor. But these jokes hurt my feelings. Should I make an issue of it or let it go? Sign me up for Team Sigmund on this one. Jokes, according to Dr. Freud, let us cast off our inhibitions (for a spell) and express our naughty, aggressive or angry impulses in relative safety. Don’t let this...

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