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Researchers working on a COVID-19 vaccine say the vaccine will only work if Black people participate in the clinical trials.

Calethia Hodges, a Black clinician who recruits Black people for human trials has a tough job. She is struggling to convince Black Atlantans to participate in the clinical trials.

Photo may have been deleted Hodges, a clinician at Infinite Clinical Trials near Atlanta, said Black people are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. "And that's why I am here, in this neighborhood that is predominantly African American," she told NBC News.

She said researchers need Black people to volunteer to determine "how genetic factors affect relations to drugs."

So far, she has had no success recruiting Black volunteers in Atlanta.

Researchers put it bluntly: "A vaccine might not work in African Americans if African Americans do not participate in the clinical trials to create the drug."

But Black people are overwhelmingly saying "No, thanks."

Hodges is having difficulty recruiting Black men due to the fear of clinical trials after the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that spanned 40 years from 1932 to 1972.

28 of the original 399 volunteers died of syphilis because they never received the drug to treat it. Another 100 died of related complications, 40 of their wives were infected, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.

"The reasons I hear African Americans will not participate are heartbreaking and disappointing," Hodges said. "I have heard about the Tuskegee experiment a lot. And I have heard 'They [doctors] will give me the virus.' And 'They will put a chip inside me.' Many say their parents raised them 'to never participate in medical research.' It's all tough to overcome."

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A new op-ed by Frank Furedi, a sociology professor and author, explores the link between men "shunning” sex, the MeToo movement and the "feminization" of young men.

Furedi notes that "Celibacy has become the new normal," as studies show the number of sexually inactive males is increasing.

A survey published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that sexual inactivity is increasing among men aged 18 to 24.

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1 in 3 young men reported no sexual activity during the past year.

One expert theorized that young men are having less sex because they are taking longer to grow up. Young men are preoccupied, perhaps with video gaming, social media or other young men.

Others say the decline of sexual activity is due to the economic insecurity many young people face.

They blame the "feminization" of young men in cultural and social life. The MeToo movement, for example, encourages a "defensive and anxious approach towards dealing with women."

The MeToo movement serves as a constant reminder of the inferiority of identity. This sentiment is most strikingly expressed through the negative qualities associated with the term ‘white man’. In these circumstances, it is not surprising that many men become hesitant and defensive in their relations with women. Defensiveness can lead to adopting the strategy of avoiding disappointment through disengagement from sexual interaction. Source

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A new study has revealed why morbidly obese people are more at risk for dying from Covid-19.

The study shows morbidly obese people are at high risk of dying from Covid-19 because their fat cells produce more of a protein that the virus needs to infect human cells.

Fat cells express more ACE2 receptors, which doctors say may explain why obese people are more at risk of dying from Covid-19.

The coronavirus attaches to ACE2 receptors that provide pathways into human cells. Researchers and epidemiologists have known for some time that the coronavirus infects people who have more ACE2 receptors. European white women have the least level of ACE2 receptors.

For instance, more men die from coronavirus than women. That is because men express more ACE2 in their testicles. Biological women don't have testicles.

The study collected data from hospitalized patients.

A separate study found that 66% of hospitalized patients were infected while at home on quarantine.

Doctors fear that restrictions such as sheltering at home may cause the infection to spread faster between family members than if they were outdoors.

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U.S. doctors have started prescribing hormone replacement therapy for men after learning that men are more likely to die from Covid-19 than women.

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 uses ACE2 (Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) as a pathway to enter human cells. ACE2 is expressed in the lungs, kidneys, and testicles.

Doctors are hoping estrogen will help protect men from the virus. Estrogen is naturally present in the blood of both sexes, but women have much higher levels of the sex hormone than men for the purpose of reproduction and carrying a baby to term.

According to the NY Times, two clinical trials are currently underway to determine whether dosing men with female sex hormones will protect them from the virus.

Last week, doctors on Long Island started treating male Covid-19 patients with Estradiol to boost their immune systems.

Los Angeles doctors will begin treating Covid-19 patients next week, according to the Times.

"There's a striking difference between the number of men and women in the intensive care unit, and men are clearly doing worse," said Dr. Sara Ghandehari, a pulmonologist at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

She said 75 percent of Cedars-Sinai's Covid-19 patients on ventilators are men.

Dr. Ghandehari said pregnant women, who have high levels of estrogen and progesterone, tend to have mild symptoms.

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Chinese researchers who analyzed over 72,000 patient records found that the Wuhan coronavirus has been more fatal in men than women.

Covid-19 primarily targets men, elderly, smokers and those with preexisting respiratory or cardiac conditions.

According to SCMP, doctors in central Wuhan are planning to conduct a study of the effects of Covid-19 on the male reproductive system after a smaller study of 81 men found that Covid-19 patients had roughly half the normal levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.

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Researchers analyzed blood samples from 81 men ages 20 to 54 who tested positive for the coronavirus and were hospitalized in January.

Previous studies show that the virus binds to ACE2 receptor cells which are found in the lungs, kidneys and testicles.

Researchers plan a long-term study which may include the collection and analysis of sperm samples as well as interviews with coronavirus patients.

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The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has asked scientists to investigate whether the deadly 2019 Coronavirus was bio-engineered in a laboratory.

ABC News reports that the OSTP sent a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, asking that scientific experts "rapidly" look into the origins of the virus.

The news comes amid reports that the virus was developed in the only level 4 biohazard lab in China.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology lab is located near the Wuhan fish and wildlife market where Chinese authorities claim the virus jumped from animal to human.

ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton asked the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease about concerns that the coronavirus could have been engineered or deliberately released into the population in Wuhan, China.

"There's always that concern," Dr. Anthony Fauci said. "And one of the things that people are doing right now is very carefully looking at [gene] sequences to see if there's even any possibility much less likelihood that that's going on."

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The White House has good reason to be concerned that the 2019 Coronavirus may have been developed inside a laboratory.

Zerohedge.com was immediately banned from Twitter.com after publishing a detailed article describing the work of one of China's top virologists and immunology experts, Dr. Peng Zhou.

For over a decade, Peng studied the immune system of Chinese horseshoe bats, which carry some of the world's deadliest pathogens such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Ebola, Marburg virus, and Lassa Virus.

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Peng studied bats to understand why they carried such dangerous pathogens inside them but never get sick.

Normally, SARS-like Coronavirus found in bats can not infect humans. Bat virus would have to be genetically engineered in a lab or evolve naturally in nature to infect humans.

The theory is that Peng and his team of researchers - after discovering they couldn't make the bats sick - began experimenting with bat Coronavirus to modify it to bind to human ACE2 receptor cells in the lungs to infect humans.

Zerohdege.com reports that Peng studied the STING pathway immune defenses in bats and injected the bats with genetically altered virus to overcome their pathways in order to make the bats sick. But the virus did not enter the bat cells.

Peng discovered that the combined SARS-like Coronavirus and HIV superbug could not attach to bat ACE2 receptor cells.

But the superbug was able to enter human cells via human ACE2 receptor cells.

Peng justified his research by claiming he modified the bat virus in order to develop a vaccine before the bat virus could naturally evolve to infect humans in nature.

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Does your minor child own a cell phone? If the answer is yes, he or she has probably been exposed to "sexting" or sexual text messages.

A new study shows 37% of children who own cell phones are exposed to sexting by age 13. The data for the study came from a parenting app called Jiminy that allows parents to regulate the content their children see on the Internet.

The company found that 14.8% of children who own a smartphone had sent or received a sexual text message by age 10 and more than 37% had sent or received sexting messages by age 13.

Jiminy warns parents that their children are far more open to sexual exploration online, which puts them at risk of being approached by sexual predators.

"Sexting is quickly becoming a normative form of sexual exploration among preteens and teens," the study finds. "As such, parents would expect the real possibility that their children may be approached by others, known or unknown, or approach others in a sexually explicit manner."

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Most women are attracted to men who are macho or masculine in appearance and behavior. But certain women prefer men who are more feminine.

According to Psychology Today, macho men have exaggerated masculine traits that women find valuable. They also think macho men are more virile and make good biological fathers.

Women who prefer feminine men usually have a past history that includes physical abuse or rape. Such women consider feminine men to be more sensitive, gentler and kinder than masculine men.

"In some circumstances, masculine qualities are more valuable. In others, a more feminine partner might be the better choice. The results of 15 years of research consistently show that women prefer masculine men more for a short-term fling than for marriage, perhaps because macho men are generally less committed."

A research study by Glasgow University's Iris Holzleitner tested 500 women who rated the attractiveness of a set of male faces that had been manipulated to appear more feminine or more masculine.

Holzleitner found that, generally, women most preferred male faces that were moderately masculine.

Women also differed in their preferences according to their own attractiveness: Women who thought they were highly attractive didn't find feminine male faces very attractive at all.

Women who thought of themselves as less attractive were more attracted to men with feminine features, according to Holzleitner.

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Women dating or marrying a bisexual man used to be taboo. But thanks to the hard work of LGBT activists and their allies, times have changed.

A 2016 survey by Glamour magazine found that almost two-thirds of women "wouldn't date a man who has had sex with another man."

Socialite Amber Rose, who is bisexual herself, once said she would have a problem dating a bisexual man.

"Personally — no judgment — I wouldn't be comfortable," she said during a Facebook Q&A. "I just wouldn't be comfortable with it and I don't know why."

But recent studies show women are increasingly warming up to the idea of dating bisexual men.

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Researchers in Australia interviewed 79 women in relationships with bisexual men. The researchers found that bisexual men were better in bed and more caring long-term partners and fathers.

The women who took part in the Australian study said they could not go back to dating straight men after being with bisexual men.

According to the women, straight men carried more emotional and misogynistic baggage.

The reasons were varied. The researchers found that bi men were more open to experimenting in bed. Whereas straight men were most likely to question their own masculinity if a woman asked them to engage in less heteronormative sexual acts, such as anal penetration by their women partners.

"Their partners had to question their masculinity and sexuality," Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli tells The Independent. "Because of this, [bisexual men] were far more sensitive and desired to establish an equitable relationship. They were far more respectful. They were keen fathers and wanted to set up equitable gender relationships in the home."

The women found themselves exploring BDSM, polyamory, and were themselves encouraged to explore same-sex relationships, although most women chose not to go down that path.

However, it would be a mistake to paint relationships between bisexual men and women as black and white utopias, says Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli, who added that bi men are still subjected to "incredible stigmatization, marginalization, and discrimination for their bisexuality."

"One example was of a man who basically married his female partner to cover his same-sex attractions," says Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli.

"He did, however, go overseas and brought his male partner back. He threatened her not to say anything to their religious and ethnic community, and she basically became their housekeeper and for the mother of his children."

Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli says the lack of LGBT sex education in schools is partly to blame for these issues between women and bisexual men and why this pairing is poorly understood.

Still, Dr Pallotta-Chiarolli said, "We had some women who said that after dating a bi man, they could never go back to dating a straight man."

"Bisexual men were more open to designing a relationship that works for them, rather than a straight man who would come in with certain assumptions of what that relationship should be."

She adds: "You always end up getting more than what normative society sets as what a relationship should be."

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