Testosterone Drugs May Be Overused, FDA Warns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue.

The agency says drugmakers must clearly state in their labeling and promotions that the drugs, currently taken by millions of U.S. men, are only approved to treat low testosterone levels caused by disease or injury, not normal aging. Additionally, the FDA cautioned that the drugs may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Drugmakers must add information about that potential risk to their prescribing labels and conduct a long-term study to further examine the issue, the FDA said.

Health officials in Canada issued a similar warning about testosterone risks last July.

The FDA action follows years of industry marketing for new gels, patches and injections that promise relief from low testosterone or “Low-T.” Promotions from AbbVie, Eli Lilly & Co. and others link the condition to a variety of common ailments in aging men, including sexual problems and low mood.

“There’s been a very successful advertising campaign to make men feel that whatever their problem is, the answer is to buy more —> Read More Here

How One Filmmaker Is Using His Camera ‘To Inspire Others To Fall In Love With The Wild’

Nat Geo WILD’s second annual “Wild To Inspire” short film competition is underway. The contest is looking for the next generation of wildlife filmmakers as documentaries like 2013’s “Blackfish” and last year’s “Virunga” have captivated audiences concerned with the growing perils our planet faces.

The Huffington Post is featuring each of the four finalists selected, and the winner will be announced in March. All of the films showcase stunning images of the wild world around us in line with this year’s theme: Destination Wild. Filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade’s short, “Adapt,” features incredible cinematography demonstrating how nature has become his “salvation.”

“The minute I picked up a camera, that’s when I found my voice,” he says in his film. “If nature was my savor, then photography was my soulmate.”

“My life’s passion is to use my camera to inspire others to fall in love with the wild, the same way that I have,” DeAndrade said.

Take a look at his submission above, which includes an intense encounter with a bison and some shots of pure bliss only found when you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.

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Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Stockpiled Ivory

By Fredrick Nzwili

NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya today burned tons of stockpiled ivory, sending a strong message against elephant poaching and ivory trafficking.

The burning is the latest in a series of ivory stockpile destructions by nations across the world. During the past three years, Gabon, Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA have all destroyed contraband ivory and rhino horn.

In Nairobi National Park, site of previous symbolic ivory burnings, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to 15 tons of tusks.

The event—timed for World Wildlife Day, as well as the African Union’s designated day to celebrate the late Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai—was attended by African Union representatives, UN agencies in Nairobi, international environmental organizations, and diplomats.

“Today,” Kenyatta said, “I once again assure the international community that Kenya is resolved to preserve humanity’s shared heritage in wildlife. Our commitment to save our great species, especially the elephant and the rhino, remains as strong as ever.”

Kenyatta pledged to destroy the rest of Kenya’s ivory stockpile by the end of this year.

In 2011, President Mwai Kabaki set ablaze more than five tons of ivory at the official launch of the Lusaka Agreement —> Read More Here

A Mix Of These Simple Household Items Can Get Rid Foul-Smelling Skunk Spray

While there are some particularly inventive myths about the best way to combat the foul odor of skunk spray, a concoction of a few household items is enough to do the trick.

Rick Schwartz, a global ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, stopped by HuffPost Live along with a few skunks on Monday and explained the home remedy that eliminates the horrible stench.

“Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and grease-cutting dish soap. Those three things mixed together in the moment then allow you to chemically break down … the oils and alcohol base of their spray,” he told host Caitlyn Becker.

The mixture is “much more effective than anything else that’s out there,” Schwartz added.

For those of us who’d like to avoid getting sprayed altogether, Schwartz shared the telltale signs of an impending skunk attack and when to keep your distance.

“First thing they would do is they would hiss and groan,” he said. “They’d stomp their back feet, [and] if that didn’t scare off the predator, they actually flip up [their tails] and they can shoot about 10 feet.”

Learn more about the animal populations at the San Diego Zoo here. —> Read More Here

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