Is gender bias preventing approval of ‘Female Viagra’?

Men have 24 approved drugs to treat their sexual dysfunction. Women have none, and now some women’s groups are wondering if this is because of gender bias and a societal squeamishness in talking about women’s sexual pleasure.

According to the Washington Post, a 2008 study showed that 12 percent of women may suffer from female sexual problems.

From The Washington Post:

“Low sex drive in women has been studied since the 1970s, but developing a treatment has proved more difficult than addressing male dysfunction, which often involves poor blood flow to the penis.

“The principal problem for men is plumbing. They don’t have low libido,” said Jan Shifren, director of the Midlife Women’s Health program at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Women don’t have a problem with anatomy. They have a much more complex problem.”…”

Some drugs have been invented but have not made it through the approval process. For example, there’s flibanserin.

“A drug called flibanserin, touted by some as the …

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Would you give chronically ill child medical marijuana?

USA Today wrote a fascinating story about chronically ill children moving to Colorado to be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition.

The story specifically looks at children who are having massive amounts of Epileptic seizures each day.

Seven-year-old Greta Botker has had 15 or so seizures every day since she was five months old, according to the USA Today article. She couldn’t walk steadily, feed herself or talk.  Her family lives in Minnesota but the parents decided that one parent should move with Greta to Colorado so they could try a specific medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web, which comes in a liquid form.  (The parents, Maria and Mark, switch off so they can also be with their kids in Minnesota too.)

From USA Today:

“Realm of Caring, a Colorado foundation started by the family that grows Charlotte’s Web, has 100 patients whose families have moved to Colorado from 43 states and two countries, says executive director Heather Jackson. It has a waiting …

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Should we rethink spend-the-night parties?

A friend shared an interesting article about whether or not you should let your kids spend the night at friends’ houses or even family members’ houses for that matter.

The article is featured on a Mormon lifestyle website (LDS Living), but I don’t think people should disregard the information because it comes from a religious publication. I think it should be viewed as a conservative parent publication.

Here is what the mom argues. From LDS Living.com:

“For us, the sleepover issue actually began at a stake conference fireside in late 1995. Our stake president at the time, Larry Lawrence, counseled our stake to beware of sleepovers and slumber parties. He explained that many children have drunk their first beer, sworn for the first time or lost their virtue “on a night when they did not have to look their parents in the eye when the night was over.” He advised us to take comfort in knowing our families were safe under the same roof at the end of each night.”

“His own children …

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Should teachers give snow day assignments?

I am hearing via Facebook that some teachers in Georgia sent home two days worth of homework so students won’t waste their snow days.

Some of the friends are pro assignments saying it gives them something to do other than video games, but others say the kids should just be able to enjoy the day.

(Get Schooled has a list of online study sites provided by DeKalb County that kids can use during their snow days to prepare for standardized testing.)

So kids in Georgia have already missed several days of school (I’m reading five but don’t think that is accurate for all counties), how should they spend these snow days? Should they have assignments due? Should they practice for standardized tests? Should they just be able to read a book or play games with their marooned families?

Are schools within their rights and responsible to send home assignments or should a snow day should be a snow day?

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Another one bites the dust: 3 kids home with the flu!

Lilina came down with the flu 10 days ago, Walsh came down it five days ago and Rose came down with it Monday night.

Despite all having our flu shots, and three of us taking Tamiflu, our family has been knocked out by the flu. (Michael is feeling lucky being in Russia and away from the sick house.) I do think the shots and the Tamiflu have kept it from being terrible but it has just lingered for a really long time.

I sent Lilina to school on Monday thinking she was finally over it. She hadn’t run a fever for a week and seemed much better. When I picked her up Monday after school she was crying and felt awful. By the time we got home, she spiked a 102-degree fever so I guess it was too soon to go back.

Rose said her throat was hurting Monday night so I kept her home on Tuesday. Lilina and Walsh both had low-grade fevers so they both had to stay.

Rose has spent the day watching movies and drinking hot tea. I keep trying to get Walsh to do homework because his school is so scary …

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How is your school using Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

I am hearing more and more from friends in Gwinnett County about their schools using Bring Your Own Device to class, and I want to know more about how the kids are actually using the technology. (Here is a PDF about Gwinnett’s BYOD program.)

Devices are outlawed at our middle school and I assume the elementary school too. My 12-year-old knows she can listen to her iPod before school but not during school. They aren’t even supposed to take it out of their backpacks.

I absolutely think that technology has a place in the classroom and can benefit the students greatly. At the university level, my students brought in iPads, iPhones, laptops – whatever they wanted to use to take notes, to explore and to learn.

I was helping in my daughter’s first-grade class two weeks ago and the assignment was for the kids to write about where they would want to visit in the world.  I started talking to one of the little girls and she just didn’t have enough knowledge about continents or countries …

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My Winter Olympics: Clean out the house, repair a pool deck

My husband is in Sochi, Russia, helping to lead AP's coverage of the Olympics. I believe this is at the airport. (Photo courtesy of Michael Giarrusso's Facebook page.)

My husband is in Sochi, Russia, helping to lead AP's coverage of the Olympics. I believe this is at the airport. (Photo courtesy of Michael Giarrusso's Facebook page.)

My Olympic event is cleaning the playroom out. It takes peseverance, good decision-making a lot of patience. The playroom didn't always look like this. This was a particularly bad day.

My Olympic event is cleaning out the playroom. It takes peseverance, good decision-making and a lot of patience. The playroom didn't always look like this. This was a particularly bad day.

The garage is also on my Olympic event list. I have a Pottery Barn train table to sell and snow walker thing from Star Wars.

The garage is also on my Olympic event list. I have a Pottery Barn train table and snow walker thing from Star Wars to sell.

My husband, the new global sports editor for The Associated Press, is currently in Sochi, Russia, helping lead his company’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. (He led Super Bowl coverage on Sunday night and then jetted to Russia on Monday night.)

He is working with a tremendous team of reporters, editors, photographers and videographers covering every angle of the Games.

We’ve texted with him on Textfree but only talked to him once via FaceTime since he landed. He showed us his hotel room (not ghastly …

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Should moms be put on Tamiflu when kids are?

My 6-year-old came downstairs Sunday around 5 a.m. barking, wheezing and crying. Initially I just thought she was having an asthma attack because we had hiked the day before and everything is starting to bloom here. But then I felt her and she clearly had a fever.

I treated her asthma with multiple inhalers, gave her ibuprofen and put her in my bed. Two days of bed rest later, she actually looked worse. (Although her bark was gone and her lungs sounded clear).  So we went to the doctor. I assumed she was going to tell us a sinus infection. The doctor walked in and immediately said she has the flu.

Lilina had her flu shot and that’s why it wasn’t worse according to the doctor. She said it would have been much worse without the shot attenuating it. The doctor prescribed Tamiflu for her and then turned to me.

My pediatrician knows that my husband is in Russia for the Olympics, and I am alone taking care of three kids. (All my family lives 2,000 miles away!) She said you’re going …

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How are you getting rid of old family financial documents?

I am currently clearing out our garage to put our house on the market, and I know I have several boxes/bags of old financial documents that I need to eliminate. They probably go back 10 to 15 years but a lot of our account numbers are still the same.

I bought a shredder the first time we moved with the intention of taking care of it then but it took way too long to shove through three or four sheets at a time. So I just moved it all but I’m not doing that again.

I did a little research and found several option. The UPS store and Office Max will let you bring in your documents. They put them in a locked box until they have enough to call the shredding company and then your documents are shredded. You won’t see them shredded and it could be anywhere from a week to a month later. The price varied from .50 to .99 cents a pound depending on the store and the amount you are shredding.

Now another company would bring a truck to you so you could physically see them shred your …

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Super Bowl: GoldieBlox toys aim to make girls engineers

Very few Super Bowl ads caught my attention but I stopped cold and watched little girls drag their pink toys down the street to the tune of Quiet Riot’s “Come On Feel the Noise.” They appeared to be making a bonfire, but it was actually a girl-made rocket ship that shot off into the space.

The ad was from a new company called GoldieBlox, which was created by 30-year-old Stanford-trained engineer Debbie Sterling. Her mission is to disrupt the pink toy aisle by creating toys that encourage girls to build and problem solve. (Click here to see how this start-up won the prime ad space.)

From Forbes.com:

“We are taught from a very young age that we want to become princesses,” explained Sterling in a 2013 TED talk. At present, 14 per cent of the country’s engineers are women, according to a 2012 congressional report. As she told a rapt TED audience: “Just because this is the way things are doesn’t mean this is how they have to be.”

“Armed with both her engineering degree and a …

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