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Male impotence drugs may deserve a second look in women

... Levitra and Cialis - on the pudendal arteries that supply the penis, vagina and clitoris the blood needed to produce a satisfying sexual experience, ... dilator of blood vessels. The system works pretty much the same way in the vagina and clitoris. "If you have too much constriction or not enough ...

Vitamin D insufficiency linked to bacterial vaginosis in pregnant women

... most common vaginal infection in US women of childbearing age, and is common in pregnant women. BV occurs when the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. Because having BV puts a woman at increased risk for a variety of complications, such ...

Recurrence of group B strep high in subsequent pregnancies, say UT Houston obstetricians

... that is harmless to carriers but in some cases can be deadly to an infant passing through the mother's birth canal. It is normally found in the vagina and/or lower intestine of 10 to 30 percent of all adult women. GBS is not a sexually transmitted disease. Those women who test positive for GBS are ...

More than words: childbirth training change improves safety, cuts unnecessary procedures

... reduce the number and severity of episiotomies, a surgical procedure in which a doctor or midwife makes an incision in the tissue between the mothers vagina and rectum during childbirth. They were also able to increase the use of the hormone oxytocin which is given to mothers to make their uterus ...

Synthetic peptide targets latent papilloma virus infections

... DNA in cells of the epithelial tissue, such as skin and the lining of the vagina and cervix, and spreads as these cells divide. The UC Berkeley team ... or strains of HPV cause warts in surface tissues, including the penis, vagina and cervix, but three variants - HPV-16, 18 and 31 - are notorious as the ...

Researchers discover new details about HIV-1 entry and infection

... The primary targets of HIV-1 infection in the human vagina have been definitively identified in a new study published in the February ... may be principally responsible for local shedding of the virus in the vagina of women infected with HIV-1 while LC may harbor viable virus for some ...

Study defines effective microbicide design for HIV/AIDS prevention

... coating of microbicide delivered to susceptible tissues in a woman's vagina can significantly reduce the spread of HIV. The researchers reported ... and the protective coating that accumulates on the lining of a woman's vagina after she applies a topical microbicide. The model describes the diffusion ...

MetaChip provides quick, efficient toxicity screening of potential drugs

... scientists hope these agents--designed to be applied to the surface of the vagina to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)--will one day be a key ... of ReProtect, Inc., Baltimore, MD, boosts the natural acidity of the vagina in the presence of seminal fluid that neutralizes the vaginal environment. ...

International trial of two microbicides begins

... scientists hope these agents--designed to be applied to the surface of the vagina to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)--will one day be a key ... of ReProtect, Inc., Baltimore, MD, boosts the natural acidity of the vagina in the presence of seminal fluid that neutralizes the vaginal environment. ...

Anti-herpes treatment reduces HIV levels in women infected with both viruses

... The results showed that having the herpes virus increased the replication of HIV, and also revealed that the quantity of HIV in the blood and in the vagina was reduced by continuous anti-herpes treatment over 3 months. These findings open new avenues for the prevention of HIV transmission and for ...

Common parasitic infection leads to increased risk for HIV infection

... vaginal infections and addressing potentially harmful intravaginal practices such as douching, washing, or placing traditional substances in the vagina should be developed and evaluated in clinical trials as possible female-controlled HIV prevention interventions." ...

UCSF study will test new vaginal microbicide for herpes and HIV

... UCSF and lead investigator for the study. The gel is not a contraceptive, but a microbicide. Microbicidal gels or creams are inserted into the vagina solely to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. There are currently no such products on the market. Women who have ...

Defense peptide found in primates may block some human HIV transmissions

... virus that causes AIDS. The disease is often transmitted sexually, and the drugs produced from Cole's research would be applied to the vagina in the form of a gel or cream. Many of the laboratory tests have shown that retrocyclin can prevent HIV-1 infection of human vaginal tissue. ...

Topical treatment shown to inhibit HIV and herpes simplex virus infection

... Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers demonstrated that a gel applied in the vagina provides protection from both the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the herpes simplex Virus. The study, presented at the 12th Conference on ...
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