After we heard about the boy with the ring on his penis, we now hear of another ‘ring on penis’ story…

While on routine patrol in Laguna Beach, California, just after noon on Saturday, a LBPD sergeant was flagged down by a couple who were concerned about a man in a vehicle with the windows rolled up.

They told him that they had heard moaning coming from the area of the parked car the night before.

They were on their way to breakfast on Saturday morning when they observed a man in the car and believed he might be deceased. That didn’t dissuade them from their breakfast plans, however.

After returning they flagged down the officer and asked that he check on the man.

Captain Jason Kravetz said: “The Sergeant contacted him and saw that he was soaking wet from sweat and also pale white. He said he had passed out in the vehicle the previous evening and was severely dehydrated.

“When asked to stand up, he was not able to, because he had a bag of ice on his groin and was suffering from a metal ring stuck on his penis.”

He added that he had taken a “Superman” form of Viagra and placed the 2” diameter metal ring on his penis three days ago.

After engaging in intercourse, he was still unable to remove the ring, police said.

After three days of trying to remove the ring, he went to a friend’s home in Laguna Beach for help.

Kravetz explained, “The man was in extreme pain and asked for medical assistance from LBFD. After the medics explained to him that the tourniquet like ring could permanently injure his penis if not drained, he insisted on trying to remove it himself. He was provided privacy and used a tube of lubricating jelly to successfully remove the ring. He was then able to drive himself to the hospital.”

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Hospital pharmacists in Italy are threatening to cut Italians off from their Viagra.

The plan will go ahead unless the government amends its plans to reform professions that have high entry barriers.

Union official Loredana Vasselli said that pharmacists decided to focus the protest on Viagra because it is a sought-after drug whose absence “does not put patients’ health at risk.”

Pharmacists will stage a series of labor actions during April, culminating with the so-called “Viagra strike” if their complaints are not redressed.

One group protested Thursday outside Parliament under the banner “No Viagra, No Party.”

Hospital pharmacists, part of Italy’s public health care system, say Premier Mario Monti’s economic liberalization plan is unfair because it gives private pharmacists preference for new licenses. The reform calls for opening 5,000 new pharmacies.

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Viagra may have new market: children

On February 27, 2012, in Science & Medicine, by Weird

This story really has me worried about the side-effects…

Pfizer‘s little blue pill, Viagra, is getting a boost these days from children.

The active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction blockbuster (almost $2 billion in sales last year) was recently granted an additional six months of U.S. patent protection because it is being tested in studies on children with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Viagra shares an active ingredient, sildenafil, with another Pfizer drug, Revatio, which is marketed to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, or high blood pressure in the lung’s arteries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration previously asked Pfizer to test Revatio in children with pulmonary hypertension.

Pfizer conducted the studies and has applied for FDA approval to market Revatio for use in children; an FDA decision is expected in May.

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Bhutan’s Yak herders have struck gold from trading a rare aphrodisiacal mushroom found only in the high Himalayas.

These herders earn more in a month from collecting the wild, parasitic Cordyceps sinensis fungus – dubbed “Himalayan Viagra” – than they can in a year from yaks. And it’s all thanks to recent tales of its aphrodisiacal and medical properties doing the rounds in Asia.

It sells for as much as $80,000 a kilogram in Hong Kong after a Chinese running coach credited it with the success of his record-breaking athletes.

With a licensed household collecting as much as a kilogram of the fungus in a season, the archery-loving herders even started importing expensive bows from the US.

Dophu Dukpa, a Cordyceps auctioneer, said, “You can see the effects everywhere, in the new clothes and shoes. They are slaughtering far fewer yaks and spend a lot more time on their archery. But instead of the traditional bows, they are importing these fancy bows from the US.”

Nigel Hywel-Jones, a British mycologist researching whether the trade is sustainable, said, “For one thing, it is very hard to find. It looks like a brown twig in a landscape of brown twigs. Secondly, an area that might be full of Cordyceps one year will have almost none the next. Those cycles, and the fact that pickers always miss a fair proportion, probably allow populations to recover.”

The mushroom, which feeds on and then grows out of the body of the ghost moth caterpillar, is the subject of widespread pharmaceutical research.

One possible explanation for its effectiveness is that it contains an acid that closely mirrors one of the constituent elements of DNA.

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A 14-year-old paintball nut got a big surprise when he opened a box for an gun accessory he’d ordered online – and found Viagra and porn instead.

Connor Whelihan, of Bourne, Mass., had plunked down $60 at PaintballOnline.com for a barrel for his paintball gun.

But when the package arrived it contained the erectile dysfunction drug, sex oils and a porno DVD.

“It was so far off from what I ordered,” Whelihan told Fox 25.

While he found it funny, his mother was furious.

She tried to contact the Vancouver, Wash.-based company, but no one would answer their questions.

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It seems as though men have even more incentive to use a condom now than before.

A Brit medical company, Futura Medical, has made an erection-enhancing condom and plans to market it all over Europe.

The CSD500 condom is currently licensed to pharmaceutical firm Reckitt Benckiser for sale under its Durex brand. It has received EU approval and they are just waiting for the coveted CE mark which should take about a month to come through.

The condom has gel in its tip that dilates the arteries and increases blood flow to the penis, resulting in ‘a firmer and bigger erection’.

They claim that the condom can be used by healthy men to help maintain a firmer erection during intercourse whilst wearing a condom.

Apparently a double blind clinical study on the condom’s effects was conducted and both men and women reported improvements in the firmness of the man’s erection during intercourse when using the new condom, compared against a standard condom.

Of course this study was co-sponsored by Futura itself, which kind of casts some doubt of the claims.

My suggestion is that men should try it for themselves…

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