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Alternative medicine might help treat premature ejaculation

By Carolyn Crist Complementary and alternative medicine options may help men manage premature ejaculation, according to a new review of existing research. The improvements were small, and the studies were of varying quality, but preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine and a Korean topical cream may all have desirable effects, researchers conclude in the journal Sexual Medicine, online December 29. “There are a range of treatments available for premature ejaculation, including drug treatments, behavioral techniques and counseling, however, some men may not want to visit the doctor, take drugs long-term or be on a long wait list for counseling,” said lead author Katy Cooper of the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Police probe reported rape at Kansas University basketball dorm

The alleged attack was reported to have taken place between 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 18, campus police said in a statement. Deputy Chief James Anguiano said in an email that five members of the Jayhawks basketball team were witnesses. The victim was not a University of Kansas student and was visiting dorm residents, the police statement said.

Cricket-Australia’s Mennie suffers fractured skull, brain bleed

Pace bowler Joe Mennie has suffered a fractured skull and some bleeding into his brain after being hit on the head by a ball during training but he does not require surgery, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old was struck by a ball hit by Sydney Sixers team mate Michael Lumb in the nets on Monday ahead of their Big Bash semi-final against Brisbane, which takes place later on Wednesday. “After being struck on the head by a ball at training on Monday, Joe was transported to a hospital in Brisbane where he underwent a series of check-ups before being discharged later that evening,” CA’s Chief Medical Officer John Orchard said in a statement.

Wisconsin sued as teens claim unlawful conditions in youth facilities

The American Civil Liberties Union and Juvenile Law Center filed the lawsuit against Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials on behalf of four unnamed youths at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls in Irma, Wisconsin. The civil rights class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin named two department of corrections officials as defendants, as well as the supervisor of the facilities and the security director.

Egypt’s military to enter pharmaceutical industry

Egypt’s military has received the license required to form a pharmaceutical company, a decree by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail published on Sunday showed. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has often called in the military to assist in major infrastructure projects and with distribution of subsidized commodities to keep a lid on rising prices amid an acute shortage of dollars. Egypt has faced a drug shortage for months and the government raised prices on a number of medicines in January after months of negotiations with pharmaceutical companies hurt by dollar shortages and a weakening currency.

France to review food whitener additive for health risks

The French government has ordered a review of the safety of titanium dioxide as a food additive after a scientific study released on Friday found health effects in animals that consumed the substance. Titanium dioxide is widely used in industry as a whitener, notably for paint. It is an ingredient in some foods such as sweets and known as additive E171.

Ireland reports ‘mad cow’ case, says no risk to health

Ireland said on Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef’s trade status. The animal tested positive for ‘Atypical BSE’, Ireland’s agriculture department said in a statement, referring to the strain that it said has been identified more recently and which occurs spontaneously in older animals with a low incidence rate. “The disclosure of this case of Atypical BSE does not have any impact on Ireland’s current OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) BSE ‘controlled risk’ status or trade status,” the department said.

Trump election prompts U.S. mothers to warn children about assault: poll

Mothers in the United States are teaching their children about sexual consent and assault following President-elect Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women, according to research published on Tuesday. Roughly two in five U.S. women think that women are more likely to feel unsafe and men more likely to feel entitled to treat women as sexual objects since Trump was voted into office on Nov. 8, the poll by PerryUndem, a nonpartisan Washington-based research firm, showed. As a result of his election, 50 percent of women, and 35 percent of men, who are parents, say they are teaching their children about consent or sexual assault issues, the polling showed.

Luxottica and Essilor confirm plans to merge companies

Italy’s Luxottica and France’s Essilor confirmed on Monday plans to agree on a merger worth some 46 billion euros ($48.83 billion) to create a global powerhouse in the eyewear market. The two companies said in a joint statement that the deal would entail Delfin – the holding company of Luxottica’s founder Leonardo Del Vecchio – contributing its shares in Luxottica to Essilor based on an exchange ratio of 0.461 Essilor share for 1 Luxottica share. “The marriage between two key companies in their sectors will bring great benefits to the market, for employees and mainly for all our consumers,” Leonardo Del Vecchio, Chairman of Delfin and Executive Chairman of Luxottica Group said in a statement.

Bulgaria reports virulent bird flu at over 50 farms, culling 430,000 poultry

A virulent bird flu virus has spread to 55 poultry farms in Bulgaria prompting the veterinary authorities to announce a cull of some 430,000 birds since it was first detected in the middle of December, agriculture minister Dessislava Taneva said on Saturday. The Balkan country has also registered four cases of bird flu in wild ducks since mid-December. Bulgaria has imposed a nationwide ban on poultry markets and on the hunting of game birds, and has already spent over a million levs ($543,714) to cull birds in a bid to contain the outbreak.