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Hand Washing Vs Alcohol Sanitisers

February 04, 2016

In recent years, there has been an increase in advertising for antibacterial products. Some companies have promoted alcohol washes and wipes as a substitute for hand washing. What is the evidence that they are as effective and safe? There are two issues here. One is the cleaning of general non-pathogenic …

Weighing Up the Benefits: Are the New Combined Oral Contraceptives Worth the Cost?

In the last several years there has been an influx onto the market of several types of new third generation combined oral contraceptives (COCs). These novel COCs have a slightly different side-effect profile compared to the older COCs (which date back to the 1970s or even earlier). They also can …

The Elephant in the Room: Delayed Ejaculation

 
Delayed ejaculation may be defined as inability to ejaculate when desired, despite with what the man considers to be appropriate sexual stimulation.1 Although it typically accompanies lack of orgasm (but not lack of erection), it should be noted that men may have orgasms without ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation (semen is pushed …

The Deadly Flea

 

Above is the most celebrated insect illustration – the flea, from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665): a classic of microscopy, it is reproduced in many historical studies.  1665 was the year of the “great plague” in London, but the flea aroused no suspicion then as an agent of bubonic plague spread …