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Study shows women often suffer sexual problems in silence (VIDEO/AUDIO)

It’s commonly thought sexual desire fades as people get older – especially for women. A recent study is countering that belief by finding women do want healthy sexual lives as they age, however, they’re not discussing problems with their doctors, and therefore, not receiving necessary treatments. 
Clinical researchers asked more than 500 women between the ages of 40 to 75 years and older, who were in a relationship, about the quality of their sexual lives and how that impacted their relationships. The two most prevalent sexual concerns for women in this age group were loss of sexual interest and sexual discomfort that occurred with menopause.
“Women’s sexuality still remains essentially underground. One reason is we haven’t until recently had any treatments for sexual dysfunction for women. We now have one approved medication for low sexual desire,” says Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, Behavioral Medicine Specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. “We also are a little uncomfortable talking about sexuality when it comes to women. That doesn’t just occur in our media but it also occurs in the doctor’s office as well.”
Dr. Kingsberg wasn’t surprised low sexual desire was one of the main concerns for women, as one in 10 women of all ages will suffer from it.
However, the other top concern, sexual discomfort, is contributed to inadequate vaginal lubrication, or vaginal dryness, which affects mostly post-menopausal women. Many women aren’t aware there are medical solutions available, and therefore, suffer in silence.
Dr. Kingsberg wants to remind women they’re not alone regarding sexual problems and to be proactive about seeking treatments. She says around 40 to 45 percent of women will have some kind of sexual concern across all ages.

Cancer Moonshot Ready to Launch (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- "I think it's really a new start for the whole cancer field," says Stan Gerson, MD, Director of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center of the passage by the Senate of the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes almost $2 billion for cancer research. "It gives us more tools and financial support to take our discoveries and bring them to patients more quickly."

The 21st Century Cures Act has passed the U.S. Senate 94 to 5 after passing the U.S House of Representatives with bipartisan support by a vote of 392 to 26. It will allocate $1.8 billion for Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative in addition to helping the NIH and FDA among other health initiatives.

The Cancer Moonshot Initiative accelerated the timeline from ten years to five for advances in genetic research, personalized care, immunotherapy, new technologies, and also the implementation of this research, which is called Implementation Science.

"In English, that means, how can you fancy guys off in laboratories and in big cancer hospitals take care of me fifteen miles away?" says Dr. Gerson. "Take that advance and bring that to the community and show us how you can do it well."

Dr. Gerson says we cure more cancer now than we did five years ago but now it's time to focus on four particularly devastating types of cancer: ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, and brain tumors. "Those are the four areas that still need a whole lot of work," says Dr. Gerson, who was recently named president of the Association of American Cancer Institutions.

"I'm actually hopeful this will be a longstanding leap for the whole nation," says Dr. Gerson, "that it won't just be a little fly that happens now and disappears. We really want to catapult this forward so we can transform the way we take care of cancer patients."

President Obama announced the Moonshot Initiative for Cancer during his State of the Union in January. The bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act now heads to President Obama, who promises to sign the bill into law.

There's Got To Be a Morning After: Post-Thanksgiving Tips (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- "Thanksgiving is one day of the year," says Lisa Cimperman, RD, a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. 

That one day includes football, family, and food, platefuls and platefuls of food. But once we have our fill of feasting, it doesn't mean you don't have to think about healthy eating until it's time for New Year's Resolutions.

"We get into trouble when we overeat from Thanksgiving to January one," says Cimperman. "Overeating at Thanksgiving doesn't have to derail your healthy eating or exercise plan for the rest of the year."

"I think the biggest thing to keep in mind is that if you keep your indulgences to one day, it's not going to completely derail your healthy eating plan, your weight, your exercise schedule," says Cimperman. "It's not about starving yourself up until Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving to make up for those calories but just sort of enjoying the day for what it is."

5 Tips for Post-Thanksgiving

*Start the Day Off Right: Those who don't eat breakfast make poor choices later in the day and tend to consume more calories.
Suggestions: oatmeal with walnuts, banana with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit (combine complex carbohydrate and lean protein)

*Plan meals around lean protein and add only small portions of leftovers: White turkey meat, even dark meat, is healthy but try to avoid the skin. Eat plenty of vegetables with only small portions of the indulgence foods from the day before.
Suggestions: salad with turkey and a small slice of sweet potato casserole on the side or little bites of things you enjoy bolstered with fresh vegetables 

*Prioritize your indulgences: don't take something of everything but rather pick the foods you enjoy the most.
Suggestions: eat stuffing or mashed potatoes, but not both

*Exercise: Get moving! It helps with digestion and starts the exercise routine.
Suggestion: go for a walk with your family

*Perspective: Keep Thanksgiving in perspective and remember it's only one day
Suggestion: get back to your regular routine on Friday, maintain exercise habits, and keep things in check when there aren't family gatherings or holiday parties

The Memory Game: Apps for Fighting Alzheimer's (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- Is fighting Alzheimer's as easy as playing an online game or using a mobile app? Boomers are now seniors and efforts for Alzheimer's prevention, early identification, and treatment now include game-based help, perhaps most notably Lumosity, free online games used by 70 million people worldwide which promise to help memory, attention, speed of processing, and problem solving.

The scientific community is also playing along, with researchers releasing initial results from the largest Alzheimer's study in history, a study which used a mobile app, Sea Hero Quest.

"It's possible use of the game might actually improve your spatial navigation skills," says Alan Lerner, MD, Director of the Brain Health and Memory Center at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "We've said it declines throughout life at some rate and we may be able to improve that."

The game Sea Hero Quest involves a sea journey with three sections: navigation, shooting flares to test orientation, and chasing creatures. Dr. Lerner wonders how much playing the game will help improve real-world brain skills.

"How much will this generalize to other cognitive abilities?" asks Dr. Lerner. "For example, people who do crossword puzzles get good at crossword puzzles but it may not help them find their car or remember what they needed to get from the grocery store."

Spatial navigation abilities decrease throughout adult life so research like this is a valuable tool for fighting dementia, especially with a database this large. Sea Hero Quest has been played more than 2.4 million times and has the equivalent of 9400 years of lab-based research.

A study this large has great value, according to Dr. Lerner, since doctors can use diminishing game scores for early intervention in dementia and researchers can measure drug trials by these game scores.

But can playing these games help fight off Alzheimer's and dementia?

"They've never been proven to actually make a difference," says Dr. Lerner. "It might be you have to do it for a very long time so that a week, a month, six months, a year might not even be long enough."

Gail Murray B-Roll (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND -- Video of Gail Murray, PhD, an audiologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, with two patients, Maggie Gleason and Mallory Kuivila.

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