A large study of men from Southern California found a correlation between men who are taking more medications, and men with an increased risk of erectile disfunction. Medical reporter Helen Branswell points out that this poses an interesting chicken/egg problem: Does taking lots of medications cause ED? Or do guys with ED have lots of underlying issues that require medication? Nobody knows yet.

10 Responses to “Which came first?”

  1. beemoh says:

    Sounds like a hard question.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Which came first? Sounds like those poor chaps didn’t get to come at ALL.

  3. Tyler Roy-Hart says:

    eggs came first btw…there were eggs long before chickens

    did I just BLOW YOUR FREAKING MIND??!??!??!?!?

    ….whaddya mean “no” ?

  4. Gordon McMillan says:

    I learned right here on bb that “it turns out correlation and causation are so tightly correlated that it appears correlation causes causation.”  Which, I believe, answers the question.

  5. Mike Noordijk says:

    We need to know what sorts of controls they used, it could be interesting or utter nonsense.

  6. Nylund says:

    Errr…we’ve had statistical methods used to sort out such issues for quite some time.  Did the study really not look into that?

  7. franzy franzy says:

    Medications = illness = not really having as much Get Up And Go?

    I bet more medication also correlated with jogging less, anxiety, all the other stuff that goes with what happens to you which causes you to take medication.

  8. ultranaut says:

    I never had ED until I started boozing it up and taking amphetamines. Actually, it wasn’t until I discovered my girlfriend was cheating on me, but most drugs seem to make things worse. Sustained amphetamine use in particular makes it nearly impossible to get an erection unless she is explicitly enthusiastic or I’ve taken a solid dose of a vasodilator and/or PDE5 inhibitor. It’s a depraved new world!

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Vicodin has never prevented me from getting promptly onto the yellow brick road, but it does sometimes take quite a while to reach the Emerald City.

  10. Guest says:

    YEAH!!

    Where does Maggie get off shoving these things down our throats? It’s a limp thrust towards pornographic populism! We must punch these monkeys until they retract such pendulous bollocks. (added:this was funnier with the troll in the room)

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