September 2, 2011

10-Year Decline

1 Male Circumcision Rates at Hospitals Fall

Hospital circumcision rates of male babies haven fallen steadily over the past 10 years, finds the Centers for Disease Control which analyzed data from 3 national surveys to determine hospital rates of circumcision, the removal of the foreskin of the penis. In one survey, newborn male circumcision rates fell from 62.9% in 1999 to 56.9% percent in 2008. Circumcision is a ritual obligation for Jewish male infants and is done outside of a hospital setting by a mohel, a Jewish person trained in the practice. The wider US population adopted it due to potential health benefits including lowering transmission of the HIV virus.The practice has come under fire from critics who say it causes unnecessary pain. Cost may be a factor too; as of 2009, Medicaid covered circumcision in 33 states.

More at LATimes.com | Hat tip to en.wikipedia.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Circumcision Can Prevent Sex Related Injuries

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Circumcision, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Injured Reptile Survives

2 Man Arrested for Biting Pet Python

Officers responded to a reptile assault in Sacramento on Thursday. David Senk, 54, is accused of taking two bites out of someone's three-foot pet python, reports BBC. The city's animal care services performed emergency surgery on the snake, which lost a few ribs. The bites were severe enough to expose the python's liver. What's eating Senk? It's a mystery, but alcohol was involved. Senk has said he has no memory of the event. A witness told police that about the incident, and Senk was arrested for maiming a reptile. The python's owner has not yet claimed the injured pet.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Drunk Man Bites Python, Cruelty to Snakes, Pet Pythons, Surgery for Snakes, Crazy Drunk Stories

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Researchers Finally See a Link

3 First Gene Linked to Myopia Discovered

A gene linked to myopia has been discovered by researchers at the University of the Negev. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness is the most common vision problem, tends to run in families and can lead to other complications such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, early-onset glaucoma and cataracts. The discovery of LEPREL1 is the result of many years of looking for such a gene. It alters collagen in the eye but when mutated abnormal collagen forms which lengthens the eyeball such that light focuses in front of the retina. The cohort in this study suffered from severe early-onset myopia and another group using insect models demonstrated that the mutation does lead to myopia. Future studies will examine the gene’s role, if any, in myopia within the larger population.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Nearsightedness May Increase Glaucoma Risk

Tags: Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Myopia, Nearsightedness, Vision Loss, Vision Problems, Genetics of Myopia, Retinal Detachment, Early-Onset Glaucoma, LEPREL1, Myopia Risk Factors, Severe Early-Onset Myopia

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