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Latest News from the ISSM - December 26, 2014 Member Login
Happy New Year!

All of us at the ISSM would like to wish you and your families a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! 

- Wayne Hellstrom, ISSM President, and the ISSM Board of Directors

New Treatment Could Fight Prostate Cancer Growth

A new study in mice has had encouraging results in the fight against prostate cancer.

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Nottingham as well as the University of the West of England have found a compound that could stop the activity of SRPK1 molecules

SRPK1 molecules are involved with angiogenesis - the formation of new blood vessels that bring nutrients to prostate cancer tumors.

With the blood supply cut off, the tumors cannot grow.

The findings support further research on this treatment, the authors wrote.

Oncogene published the study online in November. Please click here for more information.

How Common Are Specific Sexual Fantasies?

A survey of over 1,500 people in Canada has revealed what types of sexual fantasies are rare, unusual, common, and typical - at least for that group of study subjects.

While sexual fantasies are often evaluated in legal and clinical settings, determining what types of fantasies are "unusual" has been difficult.

A team of Canadian researchers set out to learn more about the frequency and intensity of certain sexual fantasies.

Their survey respondents ranged in age from 18 to 77 with a mean age was 30 years.

They were asked to rate 55 different sexual fantasies and indicate which ones they had most frequently and most intensely. They were also allowed to describe their favorite fantasy, if it was not included on the list.

Fantasies classified as statistically "typical - occurring in 84.1% of the study subjects or more -  involved romance and having sex in a certain location.

The two fantasies considered "rare" - occurring in 2.3% of the respondents or less - involved sex with children and with animals.

Fantasies varied among men and women. For example, women were more likely to fantasize about their current partner. Men tended to fantasize more about other partners, not their current one.

The study authors suggested a patient's reaction to a particular fantasy might be more important than the actual content of that fantasy.

The study was first published online in October in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. More details may be found here.

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