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Oct 16

Vault Health Expands its Mens Telehealth Service to 37 New U.S. States – News Anyway

After Becoming First Provider of Rapid At-Home Covid-19 Testing, Vaults Testosterone Treatments and Specialized Healthcare for Men is Now Available Nearly Nationwide

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2020 NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2020 Vault Health, a mens telemedicine startup offering direct-to-consumer prescription treatments, supplements, and testosterone replacement therapy, has expanded its service to 37 U.S. states.

Previously only available in three states, Vaults rapid expansion comes on the heels of its $30 million Series A funding round in March.

Perhaps best known for providing the first FDA-approved rapid at-home saliva test kit for Covid-19, the mens healthcare company specializes in personalized treatment plans that are designed to help men improve their sexual, physical, and mental health.

Low testosterone affects one in every four men over the age of 30. This can cause an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, irritability, low energy, loss of lean muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, decreased sex drive, osteoporosis or fracture, brain fog, and more.

Through Vaults telehealth service, men are able to easily connect with medical professionals via video calls and get personalized treatment plans, which may or may not be testosterone-based, or other shipped directly to them, taking the inconvenience and apprehension out of healthcare by discreetly treating men where they are.

CEO Jason Feldman, former Head of Amazon Prime Video Direct, co-founded the healthcare startup last year. Feldman got the idea for Vault when he noticed how many of his male friends seemed embarrassed about certain medical conditions and were reluctant to seek medical attention for them, or simply didnt know they could do something about it.

In fact, according to Vault Healths recent survey of 1,500 men ages 35-60 in the US, 61% of men said they dont like going to the doctor while a staggering 41% said theyd rather watch paint dry than go to the doctor. Additionally, the survey found that 40% admitted that they are often too embarrassed to ask their doctor questions about their health that are sensitive or personal in nature.

While theres a wealth of womens healthcare specialists and resources out there, the options for men are much more limited. Now that Vault is serving nearly three-quarters of the nation, we want men to know were here for them. We understand them. And we can help them, says Feldman.

Leading mens integrative healthcare expert Dr. Myles Spar, MD serves as Vaults Chief Medical Officer. According to Dr. Spar, many doctors tend to treat the symptoms of low testosterone, instead of the cause, while Vault takes a different approach by focusing on the root of the problem.

We focus on what matters to the patient not whats the matter with the patient and offer a strategy to optimize health so that he can achieve his goals, says Dr. Spar, who is also an author, teacher, TEDx speaker, and a frequent contributor to Mens Journal and the Dr. Oz. show.

Vaults various treatments are bundled together into kits that are tailored to address specific types of concerns. These include a Body Kit that helps users maintain a healthy weight and energy level, a Sex Kit that improves sexual health and performance, and a Brain Kit that enhance users sleep quality and memory, among others.

Treatment plans are offered on a subscription basis with prices starting at $75 per month, which includes ongoing healthcare visits and continuous access to Vault medical professionals to ensure men are achieving their desired results.

While Vault has expanded service to 37 states, its testosterone-based treatments are available on a state-by-state basis. The states Vault Health is able to provide testosterone-based treatments in are indicated with an asterisk: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas*, Colorado, *District of Columbia, *Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, *Illinois, Iowa, Maine, *Maryland, Michigan, *Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, *New Hampshire, New Mexico, *New York, *North Carolina, *Ohio, Oklahoma, *Oregon, *Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, *Tennessee, *Texas, *Utah, Virginia, *Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To learn more or schedule an assessment, visit http://www.vaulthealth.com.

About Vault HealthVault Health is a performance-based healthcare service designed to help men take control of their health through specialized in-home treatments for a better body, better sex, and better brain health. Through extensive education, professional medical evaluation, and personalized treatment plans, Vault offers a comprehensive approach that overcomes traditional shortcomings in existing mens healthcare offerings to help more men achieve optimal overall health. For more info, visit http://www.vaulthealth.com.

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Oct 16

World Rugby bans trans women from elite womens game due to injury risks – The Guardian

Trans women will not be permitted to play elite womens rugby for the foreseeable future because of significant safety concerns, World Rugby has stated after releasing new guidelines for transgender players.

In a statement explaining its decision, World Rugby said that after months of research and examining the latest scientific research it had concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby.

The Guardian first revealed in July that World Rugby was considering becoming the first international sports federation to adopt such a policy after finding at least a 20-30% greater risk of injury risk factors when a female player is tackled by someone who has gone through male puberty.

In a document explaining its decision published on Friday, World Rugby said that It is known that biological males (whose puberty and development is influenced by androgens/testosterone) are stronger by 25% to 50%, are 30% more powerful, 40% heavier, and about 15% faster than biological females.

That combination of mass, strength, power and speed means that in a direct physical contest, ciswomen in all these domains will be at significant risk of injury.

It added: Studies suggest that the compounded or cumulative effect of these attributes may be even greater, with one study showing that punching power - a composite of mass, force/strength, and power is 160% higher in biological males than in biological females.

Previously it was thought that such advantages were negated when trans women lowered their testosterone levels to 5 n/mol for at least 12 months - which is the current International Olympic Committee policy applied across almost every sport. However World Rugby said that new research showed that they retain significant physical advantages over biological women even after they take medication to lower their testosterone.

All trans women will still be able to play non-contact rugby against women, however. The guidelines also do not apply to trans women who have not undergone male puberty as they will not have the gained the advantages of extra testosterone and androgens.

It will also be up to each individual federation to decide whether to enforce the policy for the grassroots game. However in a statement explaining its decision, World Rugby made clear the potential added risk to player safety if countries went against its guidelines.

Given the best available evidence for the effects of testosterone reduction on these physical attributes for transgender women, it was concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby, it said.

As a result, the new guidelines do not recommend that trans women play womens contact rugby on safety grounds at the elite and international level of the game where size, strength, power and speed are crucial for both risk and performance, but do not preclude national unions from flexibility in their application of the guidelines at the community level of the game.

Trans men are permitted to participate in mens contact rugby.

Reacting to the announcement, Nancy Kelley - chief executive of LGBT rights charity Stonewall - said she was deeply disappointed with the news.

There is still a lot to learn about the impact of transition on athletic ability, but this does not mean that trans people are not already playing rugby or any other sport safely and fairly, she said. As the world continues to evolve, it is vital that policies expand rather than restrict any sports potential to grow and benefit all our communities.

We stand in solidarity with trans people across the world wholl be disappointed by this news. We will do everything we can to make sport everyones game.

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Oct 16

Rugby the latest battleground for transgender women as England breaks ranks – The Straits Times

LONDON (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - A ban on transgender women competing in international rugby matches will not stop them playing the women's game in England, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday (Oct 14) in the latest split over trans competitors in sport.

World Rugby, which controls international matches, banned trans women from international female games last week, saying they were a risk to fellow players.

But trans women will still compete in English women's matches if they maintain testosterone levels below a certain level for a year, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said.

More evidence, it said, was needed to justify a full ban.

The issue of trans competitors in women's sport is hotly debated, with opponents saying it is impossible to keep competition safe and fair.

Supporters say the evidence does not support a ban.

"The RFU does not currently plan to adopt World Rugby transgender guidelines as it believes further scientific evidence is required," a spokesman for the RFU, which has about 37,000 registered female players, said via email.

"The RFU is committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion as well as safety and fairness across all levels of the game," she added.

World Rugby justified its ban by saying the hormones that trans women take to lower their testosterone do not override the physical benefits already accrued in male puberty.

Eight Australian federations, including those for tennis and Australian Rules football, issued guidelines to encourage the participation of trans athletes earlier this month.

Rugby Australia now requires trans athletes get a medical specialist to complete a consent form that specifies their "physical development, skill level and experience are appropriate" for full-contact sport.

Last month, Rugby Canada said that trans athletes would continue to compete freely, with no requirement for them to take hormones or disclose their transgender status.

Olympic guidelines in place since 2015 say trans women can compete in women's sport if they keep their testosterone levels below 10 nanomoles per litre. Many sports bodies, including the RFU, now use a level of 5 nanomoles.

Verity Smith, a transgender man who plays wheelchair rugby league, having previously played women's rugby, called England's stance "a massive step forward for inclusion within the game".

Smith said a tackle by a 1.52m-tall player born female had caused the injury that put him in a wheelchair and there were no reports of injury caused by trans women in the women's game.

But Fair Play For Women, which campaigns against having transgender women in women's sport, said the international ban put safety top of its agenda in a sport that carries a heavy injury toll.

"World Rugby has put the safety of its professional female players first," the group tweeted. "If the RFU don't do the same, then thousands of amateur players will be left asking why they don't deserve the same protections."

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Oct 16

You Can Tell If a Man Will Cheat by the Sound of His Voice, Study Says – Yahoo Lifestyle

There a plenty of red flags that someone is cheating on youthey're secretive with their phone, they've changed their appearance, or they're picking fights with you, to name a few. But there's another factor that's right in front of your faceor earsthat can tell you if a man will cheat before the affair even begins. A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences in September was the first to examine the association between male vocal characteristics and their fidelity. What the researchers found is that men with deeper voices are more likely to cheat on their partners. Read on to find out more, and to see what age is ripe for infidelity, check out This Is the Age When Married Men Are Most Likely to Cheat.

To make their discovery, the researchers recorded the voices of 116 men and 145 women to gauge their pitch. Then they administered a self-reported questionnaire that asked how likely they were to remain faithful to their partners on a scale from one to seven. There was no strong correlation between female vocal pitches and infidelity. However, the findings showed a strong correlation between deep male voices and the likelihood of cheating.

Researchers hypothesize two reasons for men with deeper voices' proclivity towards cheating. "This result might suggest that masculine voices and infidelity development in men have the same biological basis, that is, they are influenced by testosterone levels," the study authors note.

A 2006 study published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that men with more testosterone were more inclined to cheat, which corroborates this theory.

Another probable reason, according to the study, is due to increased access to mates. "Masculine voices among males are significantly associated with long-term health and social dominance and are more likely to be perceived as attaining higher social positions, all of which were valuable for women during evolutionary history," the authors add. "Given that, the relationship between men's vocal characteristics and infidelity intentions is more likely to be mediated by increased access to women."

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Whether the correlation is due to too much testosterone or too many partners to choose from, you may want to think twice before getting involved with a guy who sounds like Barry White. And for more potential causes for splits, know that Half of Men Say They Would Break Up With a Woman Who Does This.

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Oct 13

Female Moles Have ‘Ovotestes’ that Produce Testosterone That Make Them Excellent Diggers – News18

A mole. (Credit: Twitter)

Most mammalian chromosomes dictate their sex-identity with X and Y chromosomes. XX is female, XY is male, including in humans. However, in nearly six species of moles, XX females have been found with a hybrid of ovaries and testes known as ovotestes.

The testes arent fully functional. They cannot produce any sperm but they can release very high levels of testosterone (male-associated hormone). As a result, these moles become excellent diggers which helps them with their underground life.

The puzzle for scientists is how these male reproductive tissues are being formed in female moles even without the Y-chromosome. The answer is probably to look at the regions which control the genes instead of the genes themselves. The study was published in journal Science.

The female Iberian mole can be considered as intersex, as it has both male and female reproductive tissue. However, she develops a vagina only during the mating season and has functional female organs.

With most animals, males fertilize the egg produced by a female. However, 1% of humans can be born intersex. Other species like snails, earthworms, slugs etc can be hermaphrodite i.e. fully developed male and female reproductive parts.

The mole, however, feels different from them all, she has a male-looking external genital with a clitoris that looks like a penis. And for the most part of her life, the vaginal canal has no opening. While the testosterone production low in mating season, it can be higher than XY males for the rest of the year in these intersex moles.

At a certain point, sexual development usually progresses in one direction or another, male or female, explained Daro Lupiez, Geneticist at Max Planck Institute. However, they want to study how the evolution of these animals modulates sexual behaviour. The team theorizes that the ovotestes suggest some other gene must be active in the females, one that is not found on Y chromosome. The gene responsible for producing male hormones is CYP17A1.

They observed that it was present three times in the female moles genome instead of one. The triplication appends additional regulatory sequences to the gene which ultimately leads to an increased production of male sex hormones in the ovotestes of female moles, especially more testosterone, explained Francisca Martinez. She is the lead author of the study from the Institute for Medical Genetics and Human Genetics in Berlin.

Studies like these are important to normalise the existence of intersex individuals, even in humans, who are generally pathologized.

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Oct 13

Help Pennington with soldiers’ study (lots of exercise, little sleep and food) and pocket $7,500 – The Advocate

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for a few good men. Specifically, 18 to 35 year olds who dont mind lots of exercise, limited sleep and not enough food.

For those who do the work, a hefty $7,500 paycheck is waiting.

Called Optimizing Performance for Soldiers 2, the study seeks to solve a problem soldiers can face in combat, where long days and hard work have them burning through more calories than they take in. The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

These three things combined for a long period of time will cause them to lose weight, lose muscle mass and decrease performance, said Jennifer Rood, principal investigator for OPS 2. Were looking at how can we maintain or improve performance in those war fighters.

As the study title indicates, this is Penningtons second attempt at this issue. OPS 1 was four years ago. Like the current study, it targeted men ages 18 to 35 and created a program designed to mimic combat conditions. For 21 days of the 50-day study, participants exercised during most waking hours and were provided food but not as many calories as they were burning.

Under those conditions, men lose weight, and their testosterone levels also drops, which affects them both physically and cognitively, said Rood, Penningtons associate executive director of cores and resources. That diminishes their effectiveness in combat.

The first study sought to show whether weekly testosterone injections would maintain normal testosterone levels and minimize muscle loss and fatigue and improve performance. It did: All participants lost the same amount of fat, but those receiving testosterone actually gained lean muscle and lost less weight.

However, there were two problems. Weekly injections arent practical in many combat situations. Also, they decided the study wasnt grueling enough.

The first one, I thought it was a vacation with exercise, said Gus Britton, 27. It wasnt that hard.

Pennington thinks its solved that problem. Instead of giving participants eight hours of sleep during their 20 nights at the center, it will be a mixture of what Rood calls high-stress days (four hours of sleep) and low-stress days (eight hours of sleep). Britton noticed.

The second, we were waking at 4 a.m. doing 14 hours of cardio every day in some fashion, said Britton, whohas completed OPS II.Wed go on morning pack walks every day, come back, eat breakfast, go to the gym before the suns even up, work out until the next meal, go back and forth to the gym three or four times a day.

The participants arent just wearing out the treadmill. They do a variety of activities like hikes with 70-pound packs, shoveling sand, carrying water buckets, pulling weighted sleds throughout the day.

The food, however, is limited. On low-stress days, they get 1,000 fewer calories than theyre expending. On high-stress days, its 3,000 fewer calories.

You always feel hungry before the next meal, Britton said. At no point were we getting to the next meal going, No, Im good. Youre always wanting more.

Paradoxically, that isnt always the case in combat, when fatigue overcomes hunger, project manager Melissa Harris said. Soldiers will open their MREs and eat only what they like, throwing away the rest, she said. The OPS II rations take that into account.

The one stress the study cant account for is the fear of death, wounds or capture.

Were trying to simulate exactly what happens if theyre in the field or if theyre on a training mission, Rood said. We can only do so much. On the first study, we didnt do the sleep deprivation, and we didnt see as robust a result as we expected. We know thats one thing we can control for. We can keep them active for a longer period of time.

Each participant receives a single injection when the 21-day on-site phase begins. Half receive testosterone, the rest a placebo. No one directly involved with the study the participants, the nurses giving the injections, Rood or her staff knows who is getting which, and they wont until the study is over and the analysis phase begins.

Pennington continues to recruit participants for OPS 2. Candidates must be males age 18-35, be physically active, be willing to live at Pennington for 21 consecutive days and be willing to refrain from alcohol, smoking, e-cigarettes or use of any nicotine product, caffeine and dietary supplement throughout the entire study period. Participants receive $7,500 for completing the study. More information on OPS 2 is available at pbrc.edu/clinical-trials.

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Oct 13

Five surprising signs of low sperm count in men – News24

You might need to consult a doctor to know about your actual sperm count.

A low sperm count can be a source of frustration for any couple that is attempting to build a family.

In many cases, a low sperm count can be addressed by dietary changes, adjustments and sexual practices and even changes in underwear.

A low sperm count is not related to sexual anxiety or poor performance.

It only relates to the volume and quality of sperm that the man produces - but how do you know your sperm count without tests? If you suspect you have a low sperm count you'll need to consult a doctor.

We have listed a few signs which indicate that you have a low sperm count.

1. Hormonal issues

Hormonal imbalances could also be the reason behind a low sperm count. In some men, this manifests as a lack of facial hair.

Obesity could cause a dip in testosterone levels, while very low body weight can disturb hormonal balance in the long run.

2. Deep voice

Some studies claim that men who have deep voices tend to have higher chances of having low sperm count.

Generally, women are attracted to men who have a deep, manly voice. Such voices may indicate good testosterone levels, but a voice which is too deep could indicate low sperm count too.

3. Muscles

Men who are unable to develop muscle may also have higher chances of suffering low sperm count.

Too much muscle fat can transform into estrogen and when estrogen levels rise, your sperm count may be affected.

4. Extreme fatigue

If you feel tired and lack the energy levels or the zeal to even get up and do something, it could be one sign that your testosterone levels are low.

5. Swelling

Other signs of low sperm count are swelling and pain in the testicles. When the veins swell in the testicles the sperm count may dip.

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Oct 13

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Oct 13

Fighting LGBTQ+ discrimination through sport | sportanddev.org – sportanddev.org

LGBTQ+ peoples around the world are still persecuted. The Human Dignity Trust states that there are still 72 countries that criminalize LGBT people, and over half of these countries are in the Commonwealth. In 11 of these countries, being LGBTQ+ is still punishable by death. In developed countries like Canada, while a lot of progress has been made, homophobia is still reflected in many government and private sector policies and in society.

LGBTQ+ people are also not explicitly mentioned in any of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Lesbains and Transgender women fall under Goal 5, Gender Equality, but it does not address the homophobia and transphobia that they face. Goal 10, Reducing Inequalities addresses the unequal distribution of wealth around the world. Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, does not list sexuality. As such, LGBTQ+ peoples are not the focus of many international development programs and often neglected in sport for development and peace projects.

How can sport address these problems?

Sport has an important role to play in advocacy and changing the narrative on LGBTQ+ discrimination around the world.

Hosting committees can ensure that sport is inclusive for all athletes by taking action during large sporting events. Hosting Pride Houses at the Olympic Games and other multi-sport events is an important step for advocating for LGBTQ+ peoples. Inclusion should not, and does not, end at a Pride House. Other events during sporting events can and should take place. Putting the statements like below from the 2019 Winter Canada Games around facilities and in athlete villages puts it upfront that this is a place for everyone.

Sport organisations can also take steps by allowing transgender and intersex people to compete in the gender with which they indetify. The Canada Games Council adopted their Gender Inclusion policy in advance of the 2019 Winter Games in Red Deer. There have been positive developments at the international level - at the International Olympic Committee, in 2015 they approved the policy that transgender people do not have to have gender reasignment surgery; however athletes are still required to show that their testosterone levels are below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition.

Recently we have seen in the news the story of Caster Semenya as she continues her struggles against discriminatory policies in sport. Just last month, she lost her legal battle to overturn IAAFs testosterone regulations that keeps her from competing in races over 400m unless she agrees to lower her testosterone level through medication or surgery.

In many sports for development programs, sport is identified as an important tool for empowerment. Sports help build confidence and build connections with the community. If we can use sport to help youth development around the world, and show that LGBTQ+ peoples are not so different than ourselves, we can help change the mindsets and the negative societal conceptions about LGBTQ+ peoples. We can use sport to help building confidence for LGBTQ+ youth.

LGBTQ+ peoples are also affected by poverty, and health issues (among other development challenges) just like anyone else can be. International development needs to be geared towards fighting homophobia so that LGBTQ+ peoples can get lifted out of poverty and get the health care that they need. Sometimes the needs of this community are different and need to be taken into consideration when developing programming. Sports are a versatile tool that can be implemented and help these people.

Sport can also be a platform for advocating for LGBTQ+ peoples. At the Commonwealth Games in 2018, British Diver Tom Daley used his gold medal win to call on 37 Commonwealth countries to decriminalize homosexuality. Before Sochi 2014, the Canadian Olympic Committee launched its One Team program. This program was partly to highlight Russias anti-gay propganda laws that came into affect before the Olympics. This program focuses on promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools and sport throughout the country. Sport organisations and athletes can use their resources to make change.

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Oct 9

Covid-19 could lower testosterone levels and libido in men – heres what the new study found – Morpeth Herald

A new study has revealed that men who contracted Covid-19 have their testosterone levels lowered by 30 per cent, on average.

Even two thirds of men who showed no symptoms reported a loss of libido.

Researchers in Turkey analysed levels of sex hormone in 232 men who were hospitalised after they tested positive for Covid-19.

What is hypogonadism?

More than half (51 per cent) of the men had developed a condition called hypogonadism, meaning their bodies did not produce enough testosterone.

On average participants levels were drained by 30 per cent post-infection, to borderline unhealthy levels.

Academics from the University of Mersin who ran the study claim there is a direct correlation between severe illness and lower testosterone levels.

Lead author, Professor Selahittin ayan (a urologist at the university) said, In our study, the mean total testosterone decreased, as the severity of the Covid-19 increased.

The mean total testosterone level was significantly lower in the ICU group than in the asymptomatic group.

In addition, the mean total testosterone level was significantly lower in the ICU group than in the standard care group.

Why do men need testosterone?

Testosterone is key to the development of sex organs and muscle growth. The hormone also helps regulate the bodys immune responses, including fighting off viral infections.

Low levels have been linked to an increased risk of dying from the flu, as well as inflammation, heart disease and high blood pressure.

A healthy level of testosterone is usually considered to be above 300 nanograms per decilitre (ng/dl).

Results in the study showed that patients saw their levels drop by a third, on average, from 458 ng/dl to 315 ng/dl.

Professor ayan describes the uses of the hormone saying, Testosterone is associated with the immune system of respiratory organs, and low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of respiratory infections.

Low testosterone is also associated with infection-related hospitalisation and all-cause mortality in male in ICU patients, so testosterone treatment may also have benefits beyond improving outcomes for Covid-19.

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