The Science of Sexual Satisfaction

A happy sex life is an important part of a fulfilling life. What a happy sex life means is subjective, as our sexual desires, expectations and needs differ from one another and change as we grow and age. Some people want to have sex daily, while other people are content never having sex throughout their lifetime.

The subjectivity of sexual satisfaction is an important consideration in research and diagnosis of sexual dysfunction. On the World Health Organization (WHO) quality of life survey, the four questions that ask about participant’s sex lives are all subjective (1). Relatedly, although about 4 out of 10 women report some sort of sexual dysfunction, a little more than 1 out of 10 report that their sexual dysfunction is negatively impacting their lives (2–5), suggesting that a satisfying sex life doesn’t mean a “perfect” sex life.

Despite this subjectivity, there are biological, psychological, physical, relational and socio-environmental factors that can positively or negatively affect our sex life. Some of Continue reading The Science of Sexual Satisfaction

We’re About to Cripple the Genomic Medical Era

Over the past two years, as the Chief Data Scientist for the U.S., I’ve had the opportunity to look over the horizon and see what’s coming in advancements to medicine. First off, I couldn’t be more bullish. The costs of genetic testing continues to drop and is increasingly used to address diseases like cancer. We also now have a wide array of new sensors to understand the impact of our environments both around us (e.g., air quality) Continue reading We’re About to Cripple the Genomic Medical Era

13 ways to defeat your fears

We all have fears — fears that keep us from embracing the lives we want. Indeed, it is that which stands between success and true failure.

Defeating our fears is not an easy feat. Because it is often a battle against one’s own Continue reading 13 ways to defeat your fears