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  • 1.   JACK ≠ OUGHTON Health    Writing    Portfolio  •  ≠  •   Some  Compiled  ‘Intimate’  Product  Articles         W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments. For more information, please contact me with your proposal.  
  • 2. W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments, for more info, please contact me with your proposal.   Article  -­‐  Madonna  (almost)  Keeps  Aging  At  Bay  With  Exercise   And  Cosmetics     Internationally  famous  recording  artist  Madonna  has  done  better  than  most  in   maintaining  her  youthful  looks  and  figure.    This  is  probably  due  to  her  strict   adherence  to  a  workout  regime  and  macrobiotic  diet,  and  partly  down  to    well   applied  skincare  and  cosmetics.     She  looked  positively  youthful,  celebrating  her  52nd  birthday  party,  surrounded  by  a   gaggle  of  people  half  her  age.  The  even  took  place  at  the  fashionable  and  exclusive   Shoreditch  House,  a  private  members  club  in  East  London.     Despite  her  glowing  face  and  fresh  complexion,  the  ravages  of  time  were  not   completely  hidden  from  us.  Clutching  her  expensive  leather  handbag,  it  was  easy  to   spot  arms  that  looked  almost  diseased,  frail  and  emaciated,  completely  at  odds  with   the  rest  of  her  glamorous  appearance.     The  celebration,  with  a  host  of  celebrity  guests  such  as  Paul  Whitehouse,  Claudia   Winkleman  and  Billy  Piper,  was  thought  to  have  cost  £100,000.  Guests  ate  scallops,   calamari,  crayfish  and  quails'  eggs,  and  the  merriment  went  on  long  into  the  early   morning,  finishing  at  4am.     The  Mysteries  of  Celebrity  Skin   Celebrity  skincare  is  almost  a  dark  art,  with  celebrities  taking  all  number  of  different   approaches.  Accomplished  musician  and  movie  diva  Queen  Latifah  insists,  "I've  been   washing  my  face  with  baking  soda  for  years.  It's  not  harsh  on  the  skin  and  gives  me  a   glow."     Jennifer  Aniston,  of  Friends  fame,  swears  by  Neutrogena.     Needless  to  say,  we  all  need  to  find  the  solution  that  works  for  us.  Quality  skincare  is   important  to  enhance  and  accentuate  our  natural  beauty  and  sensual  nature.   © 2010 Jack Oughton  
  • 3. W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments, for more info, please contact me with your proposal.   Article  –  NHS  Health  Checker   Technological  initiative   The  launch  of  the  NHS’  online  sexual  health  symptom  checker,  in  July  promises  to  help  women   who  may  feel  too  embarrassed  to  approach  their  doctor  with  sexual  health  concerns.     The  website,  NHS  Direct,  allows  women  to  seek  advice  on  sensitive  issues,  such  as  sexually   transmitted  diseases,  loss  of  sex  drive,  pain  in  urination  and  complications  during  sex.   Helen  Nurse,  NHS  Direct’s  chief  Nurse  said:  “Our  health  and  symptom  checkers  can  provide   confidential  and  evidence-­‐based  advice  quickly  or  signpost  patients  to  the  most  appropriate   place  to  get  help.”     Big  demand   The  website  has  been  developed  using  the  same  protocol  used  by  NHS  Direct’s  Telephone   service,  and  is  of  course  free.     The  website  is  created  to  deal  with  the  high  demand  of  NHS  demand  calls  that  are  related  to   sexual  health  issues.  Of  the  12,000  calls  the  service  receives  a  month,  about  three  quarters  come   from  women.  Common  complaints  are  often  about  vaginal  bleeding,  painful  urination,  vaginal   discharge,  rectal  bleeding,  and  needing  advice  regarding  missed  or  emergency  contraception.     Other  options  are  available   If  women  wish  to  discuss  their  options  in  person  they  can  choose  to  request  call  backs  from  NHS   Direct  nurse  advisors,  and  it  can  be  done  anonymously.  Women  can  also  recommend  the  online   service  to  the  men  they  know  as  well,  as  a  male  version  of  the  sexual  health  checker  already   operates.  There  are  also  four  other  online  direct  services,  similar  in  nature,  which  cover  mental   health,  colds  and  flu,  contraception  advice  and  initial  assessments.  All  are  available  from   nhs.uk/nhsdirect     Fearless   This  is  not  the  first  time  that  the  NHS  has  tackled  sexual  issues  head  on.  In  2006  they  released   guidelines  for  busy  people  to  do  more  ‘sexercise’,  stipulating  that  a  healthy  sex  life  lowered  the   risks  of  heart  attack  and  help  people  live  longer.     Taking  a  step  away  from  the  clinical  tone  the  NHS  often  uses  to  inform  it’s  readers,  suggestions   for  achieving  more  orgasms  included  practising  alone  in  advance  and  how  to  find  and  use   “pleasure  muscles”  —  pelvic  floor  muscles  —    in  order  to  “aid  sexual  arousal  and  make  orgasms   more  intense,  frequent  and  longer  for  you  both”.     © 2010 Jack Oughton  
  • 4. W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments, for more info, please contact me with your proposal.   Article  –  Chlamydia  Outreach  Scheme   Awkward Problems.. In an inventive scheme to deal with the difficult problem of Chlamydia, the NHS is testing a scheme of outreach teams in regions where youths at risk of contracting the disease may be. Chlamydia, with its particular lack of symptoms, is a great concern amongst government officials, and has affected the older teen population especially. Many young people are unaware they have contracted it until much later in life, when other conditions caused by the disease are revealed. Chlamydia can affect fertility, cause arthritis and in many cases, cause ectopic pregnancies. Sarah and Abbi In Colchester, Sarah Robertson and Abbi Jones make the rounds of the local youth haunts. A bubbly and enthusiastic pair, they are the perfect, outgoing types for their unusual but deadly important job; inviting people to take a Chlamydia test when they are in the toilet on a night out. Abbi, aged 20 comments about her job: “We want to get the facts across, but not scare people. It’s amazing how many people know so little about the disease.” The scheme appears to be doing very well, with the pair having a guideline target of 85 people to test each night, and usually they exceed it by a comfortable margin. How it Works Abbi and Sarah’s approach to ensuring people take the test is quite simple. Abbi explains: “We just say, ‘You are in the toilet anyway, why not take a test?’” And it works. David Cohen, the team leader at NHS North Essex where Sarah and Abbi work, is proud of his team and pleased with progress. Explaining the scheme a little more, he went on to explain that it works through an incentive system, and offers a pretty reasonable deal for those who agree to take the test. “They get two free condoms, a key ring and, at the moment, we are giving away shades; so for the sake of a two-minute test, they walk away with all these things and, most importantly, peace of mind they have been checked out.” The test is pretty quick and simple to administer, with males providing a urine sample and females using a swab. These are collected by and sent off for later analysis. The only information required from subjects is a mobile number, name age and a postcode North Essex is one of the first NHS areas to implement the scheme, which has done so well that it is now going to be copied by other trusts about the country. Should test results come back positive, treatment simply involves taking four tablets and abstaining from sex for a week. © 2010 Jack Oughton  
  • 5. W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments, for more info, please contact me with your proposal.   Article  –  Erectile  Dysfunction’s  links  to  Coronary  Heart  Disease   Erectile  dysfunction  now  strongly  linked  to  risk  of  coronary  heart  disease   Worrying  news  has  emerged  in  the  Journal  Of  Sexual  Medicine  that  the  presence  of  depressive   symptoms  in  men  with  erectile  dysfunction  constitutes  a  series  risk  factor  for  major   cardiovascular  problems.     The  link  between  erectile  dysfunction  and  emotional  depression  has  been  clearly  made,  and  both   symptoms  are  associated  with  an  increased  risk  of  cardiovascular  problems  and  early  death.     Researchers  headed  by  Elisa  Bandini  at  the  University  Of  Florence  studied  approximately  2000   male  patients  using  a  structured  interview  which  scored  for  depressive  symptoms.  The  research   took  place  in  a  clinically  controlled  environment  and  aimed  to  make  our  understanding  of  the   relationship  between  impotence,  depression  and  coronary  heart  disease  further.     Elisa’s  results   Results  from  the  study  show  that  in  subjects  with  erectile  dysfunction,  depression  increased   cardiovascular  problems,  independent  of  other  risk  factors.  Moreover,  the  use  of  antidepressant   medication  didn’t  alter  the  relationship  between  severe  depressive  symptoms  and  potentially   fatal  cardiovascular  events.     Commenting  on  the  findings  was  Irwin  Goldstein,  Editor-­‐in-­‐Chief  of  the  Journal  of  Sexual   Medicine  and  director  of  sexual  medicine  at  Alvarado  Hospital  in  San  Diego.  "What  is  important   about  this  study  is  the  broader  concept  of  the  sexual  medicine  problem  no  longer  being  just  about  a   man's  performance  in  the  bedroom,  but  about  his  psychological  mood  and  his  cardiovascular   health.”       Irwin  also  added  "This  is  a  valid  reason  for  a  woman  to  encourage  her  partner  to  seek  help  for  his   erectile  dysfunction."       Further  evidence  is  easy  to  come  by   In  another  study  in  March,  German  researchers  found  that  men  with  cardiovascular  disease  and   erectile  dysfunction  (compared  to  those  with  normal  sexual  function)    were:   1.9  times  more  likely  to  die  from  cardiovascular  disease;   twice  as  likely  to  have  a  heart  attack;   1.2  times  more  likely  to  be  hospitalized  for  heart  failure;  and   1.1  times  more  likely  to  have  a  stroke     Commenting  on  the  findings,  Michael  Böhm,  M.D.,  lead  author  of  the  study  conducted  at  the   University  of  Saarland,  put  it  bluntly;  “ED  is  an  early  predictor  of  cardiovascular  disease.” © 2010 Jack Oughton  
  • 6. W: writing.xijindustries.com ∞ | E: writing@xijindustries.com - I am available for freelance assignments, for more info, please contact me with your proposal.   Article  –  The  High  Rate  of  Unreported  Impotence  In  China Intimate  problems  in  the  Orient   Provocative  findings  were  presented  in  July  by  Wang  Xiaofeng,    the  director  of  the   urology  surgery  department  at  Peking  University.  They  show  a  trend  towards  increasing   sexual  impotence  in  men  in  China.  Presenting  the  results  at  the  Fifth  China  Andrology   Forum  in  Beijing  over  the  weekend,  Wang  had  a  battery  of  unhappy  statistics  for   conference  attendees  to  digest.     The  released  figures  are  based  on  surveys  on  erectile  dysfunction  carried  out  in  11   cities.    They  follow  news  of  a  2009  survey  that  ranked  China  11th  out  of  13  Asian   countries  for  sex  life  satisfaction.  The  impotence  figures  where  higher  in  men  over  40   years  old,  with  over  40%  of  them  admitting  to  impotence.     Chinese  tradition  doesn’t  help  sufferers   Wang  continued  to  add  that  83%  of  sufferers  did  not  seek  medical  support  for  the   condition,  citing  social  stigma  and  poor  public  awareness  related  to  the  condition.  The   majority  of  sufferers  didn't  partake  in  any  vigorous  physical  exercise,  Wang  said.  The   study  also  reveals  the  possibility  of  underreporting  of  the  condition,  due  to  the  shame   associated  with  suffering  from  it.     This  is  the  same  shame  that  caused  a  Chinese  man  to  murder  his  wife  in  December  2009,   after  she  taunted  him  about  his  inability  to  make  love  to  her.     Considering  the  size  of  China’s  population  these  figures  suggest  there  are  about  78   million  people  unable  to  engage  in  intercourse.       Simple  changes   He  urged  that  sufferers  seek  medical  advice  and  stressed  that  simple  lifestyle  change,   such  as  increasing  exercise  and  cutting  down  on  smoking,  could  help  prevent  the   condition.  The  study  found  that  most  sufferers  had  at  least  one  risk  factor  for   cardiovascular  disease,  such  as  diabetes,  poor  cholesterol  or  hypertension,  all  of  which   can  be  alleviated  with  healthier  habits.     In  comparison,  according  to  U.S.  based  HealthDay,  in  a  study  conducted  in  2007,  just   18.4  percent  of  American  men  reported  erectile  dysfunction.     Aiming  to  put  a  positive  spin  on  the  results,  Wang  was  emphatic  the  condition  was   psychological  for  most  sufferers,  and  stated  that  only  7.2  percent  had  a  purely  physical   problem.     © 2010 Jack Oughton