This Week in Boomer History: Sgt. Presley … Three Mile Island … Viagra

Notable events from our shared experience Viagra, patented in 1996, is approved to treat erectile dysfunction on March 27, 1998. Sales in 2012 are about $2 billion; competitor Cialis isn’t far behind. On March 26, 1953, Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully completed a small-scale test of a vaccine to protect against polio. Boomers soon line up to be vaccinated in school. Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958. Serving in Germany, he meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu; they marry almost eight …

FDA Reviewing Safety of Testosterone Therapy

For older men who suspect their flagging energy and sex drive might be due to low testosterone, or “low T,” as commercials and advertisements call it, getting a prescription for testosterone gel seems to be an easy way to put the spring back in their step. In fact, the gel (brand name AndroGel) has become so popular (and so heavily marketed), it’s even outselling Viagra. But recent research – including a large new study published last week – links the …

¿La pí­ldora azul no es un pasaporte al amor ni a la felicidad?

Cuando se estrenó hace 15 años la pastilla azul, mejor conocida como Viagra, se la percibió como un verdadero “milagro” de la medicina que cambiarí­a las vidas de millones de hombres con impotencia sexual. Y las ha cambiado. Desde entonces, los hombres la han considerado un buen condimento para mejorar su intimidad o impulsar nuevas relaciones. Incluso quienes no padecí­an la enfermedad se lanzaron a probarla bien sea por entrar en la “moda”, por el “boom” o por los mitos que se …

Are You a Viagra Wife?

Millions of boomer men have recharged their sex lives thanks to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs, but are their wives equally thrilled? That was the question that writer Judith Newman poses in her article “Love in the Time of Viagra,” in the May issue of Prevention magazine. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter As she puts it, “While men of a certain age are undoubtedly thrilled to have their sexual potency restored, maybe their wives’ enthusiasm is a …