Female condoms?

With an initial grant of $100,000 for her research project, “Development and Testing of the Female Pleasure Condom,” IU sex researcher Debby Herbenick and her collaborator, if successful, will be in the running for a follow-up grant of up to $1 million from Grand Challenges Explorations, a global health initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dietary iron and heart disease — what’s meat got to do with it?

The body, it turns out, doesn’t treat all dietary iron equally. A new study from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington linked consumption of iron from meat with an increased risk of heart disease – a 57 percent increase.

Play now, pay later? College athletes’ quality of life later in life

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom multimedia intern Lena Morris: Beyond having their names screamed at the games, Division I athletes symbolize the best health and physique of our age group. However, a recent study conducted by Janet Simon, doctoral student at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, shows that such ideas might not be […]

Advice on talking with children about sex and consent

Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, offers parents and guardians some nuts-and-bolts tips in this New York Times article that discusses talking with children about sex and the important topic of giving and receiving consent. Think your kids are too young? (And don’t […]

Any time is a good time to hit the water

During frigid weather like we’ve seen in Indiana, I inevitably find myself daydreaming about balmy, sandy beaches and peaceful lapping waves. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, functional fitness guru at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, reminded me this week that I can enjoy water — and get a good workout — any time of the year. Some […]

A visit to the Bloomington Sex Salon — what’s in it for you?

Guest post by IU Newsroom colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. Women’s perceptions of their genitals, masturbation, bisexuality and erotic art — these are just a few of the topics on tap at the Bloomington Sex Salon. The Bloomington Sex Salon began in February as a monthly discussion series led by Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for […]

Gift guides galore

I’ve gotten some good ideas from holiday gift guides over the years — and some of the guides have been my own handiwork, with the help of insightful IU health and wellness experts. My most recent IU Health & Vitality media tip sheet included a gift guide with ideas geared toward sustainability. I’d LOVE so […]

What’s wrong with Molly?

As a somewhat introverted person, I can see the appeal of the party drug “Molly,” with its purported feelings of emotional warmth, empathy. It’s often associated with dancing and fun. Who doesn’t want to have fun? And who doesn’t want to have hyperthermia, seizures, stroke, and kidney and liver failure while they’re at it? Uh, […]

Addicted to your cell phone?

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Gym class isn’t just for jocks — or it shouldn’t be

Personally, I always loved gym class as a kid. Dodgeball, relay races. I have flashbacks to my classmates standing around the trampoline as we took turns bouncing. So, I was somewhat surprised when I realized it wasn’t for everyone. “I always dreaded the picking of teams and kids yelling at you when you mess up,” […]