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Briefs: Research center offers free memory screenings

schedule a Free memory screening

A free, confidential memory screening will be offered next week at the Comprehensive NeuroScience research center in St. Petersburg as part of a national initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Scores will be evaluated by Dr. Margarita Nunez, and test takers will have a chance to go over results with Nunez. The screening, which may take from five to 15 minutes, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the center, 9887 Fourth St. N, Suite 200, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 576-8474.

Testosterone gel could help women

Doctors in Hampton Roads, Va., have begun a clinical trial on a new female testosterone gel called LibiGel that they hope can help menopausal women who have lost interest in sex. Patients apply the gel once a day to skin on their upper arm, delivering testosterone through the skin and into the bloodstream. An estimated 40-million women suffer from some type of sexual disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A low level of testosterone — a hormone that plays a key role in sex drive in both men and women — often is to blame. Early studies on LibiGel showed it raised blood testosterone levels to normal levels in women who had gone through surgical menopause. Participants in the study, affiliated in part with Tidewater Physicians for Women, reported more satisfying sex lives with no serious side effects. If the trial goes well, the treatment could be available by prescription in about three years.

Kids talk about health care

In 2007, nearly 9,500 U.S. kids were interviewed about their health and their health care. Here is how they answered some of the questions, as reported by the National Health Interview Survey 2007 and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

83 percent said their health was excellent or very good.

12 percent of kids without insurance hadn't seen a doctor in more than two years.

6 percent had no regular doctor or clinic.

Compiled from Times staff, wire reports

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