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Legendary, Emmy-winning Fox TV anchor, Ernie Anastos -- who just had a day named after him by the mayor of New York City-- kicks off his new television show with this "Doctors on Call" segment.

Here, in the first installment of the recurring series, he had urologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Dr. David Samadi and me, ACSH's Director of Medicine, to answer viewer medical-related questions. 

We brought practical answers to viewer questions that ranged widely from acupuncture to sexual health.

Hopefully,...

Basic —but vital—needs being met contribute significantly to overall health and well-being.  They play a substantial role in disease prevention, maintenance and the success of many therapeutic interventions. 

A well-balanced diet, sufficient sleep, routine exercise and social connection are core tenets that empower us to go out into the world each and every day.  These necessary tools of daily living serve to improve our physical and mental health.  

Sex is also considered an essential component of life and wellness.  Touch, intimacy and the resultant pleasurable physiologic responses bestow a number of benefits and facilitate the ability for us to participate in the experience of being human.  

Though most research in the United States tends to emphasize the...

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) adversely impacts over 30 million men in the United States to some extent.  Medical efforts to combat this considerable personal strain and relationship stressor are replete with various shortcomings.  

Depending upon the cause, treatment options can be limited.  Traditionally as a last resort when a man is ineligible or has failed less invasive alternatives, surgical insertion of a penile implant is considered.  

The common types that exist fall under the inflatable (IPP) or malleable (MPP) penile prosthetic umbrellas.  Innovation in this field has been relatively stagnant the last 40 years which is why a team of researchers —whose concept was recently patent-approved...

It isn’t hard to imagine that as our enlarging and ever-stiffening polarized political spheres come to a head, an article about what maintains the penis’ potency might be a kind of crowning glory.

To start, let’s give you a sturdy grasp of what prompts erectile dysfunction (ED) firming up any confusion.

More than 30 million men in the United States are affected by ED to some extent, so prevalence is certainly high (1).

The mechanism to control a man’s ability to get erect and maintain it is quite complex.  The point and shoot components are controlled by your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  When there is impairment in either arena, there is a flawed rigidity or ejaculation.  

When nerves are firing and blood is flowing, this pleasurable...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report which reflects record highs in the three most commonly reported conditions in the United States in 2015 (in the following order of descending rate of increase in cases):  primary and secondary syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

It is estimated there are 20 million new STDs in the U.S. every year with 50% representing those 15-24 years of age (chlamydia and gonorrhea tend to be highest in this population).  Because not all cases are properly diagnosed or reported —in conjunction with other STDs like herpes and human papillomavirus, for example, it is assumed this is an underestimation of the actual burden.  There were previous declines, but 2015 was...

With the heartbreaking photo of a Syrian child rescued from a bombed house making its way around the internet -- as well as our nonstop election circus -- it's time for some good news for a change.

The CDC reports that pregnancy in teens aged 15-19 has fallen by 46% from 2007 to 2015.

The CDC did not discuss the specific reasons for this decline. However, there are probably three major contributors:

First, it is known that teens are having less sex.

Second, use of the "morning-after pill" has skyrocketed from 8% in...

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If clinicians are charged with the responsibility of counseling on medications, diet, and exercise post adverse cardiac events (for example a heart attack) or cardiac procedures, then why doesn't their professional expertise extend to advise on sexual activity and safety?

This issue...

young-couple-kissing-in-the-gras-10-1311084-639x960Women scored a major win for family planning in 1960 with the approval of Enovid, the first oral contraceptive approved in the United States. Since then contraceptives for women has expanded to include safer, more effective versions of "the pill," as well as intrauterine devices and emergency contraceptive.

However, aside of progressing from sheep skin to latex for condoms, advances in male contraception have been non-existant. If a man seeks...

kissing-1541268-1279x1023The American College of Cardiologists has a message for everyone, especially heart patients: It's OK to have sex.

Many believe that the exertion involved in sexual activity is a risk factor for heart attack. However, according to one new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, this is statement that is not supported by data.

The researchers conducted surveys of 536 heart disease patients, aged 30 to 70, to gauge their sexual activity during three time periods. The first was for...

aids-prevention---condoms-3-213424-mThere is a perception out there that the technology and social media booms of the last decade have been detrimental to public health. In particular hookup apps are being blamed by many for having contributed to the increases in sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STIs). This belief is not entirely unwarranted; earlier this year the state of Rhode Island...