August 29, 2012

Unkindest Cut? Not Really.

1 US Pediatricians Give Okay to Circumcision

The American Academy of Pediatrics has departed from its 13-year position that newborn male circumcision was unwarranted, and now says that the health benefits of the practice outweigh any risks or drawbacks, and in fact believes it should be covered by health insurers. While not actually recommending circumcision as a standard procedure, the AAP does state that it should be available to those who want it. Circumcision opponents claim that it is painful genital mutilation and both psychologically and sexually damaging, but the AAP questions those charges and cites evidence that it reduces rates of HIV and other sex-linked diseases, urinary tract infections, and penile cancer. Though the practice has been declining, about half the 2 million male babies born each year are circumcised.

More at Abcnews.go.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Circumcision May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Circumcision, Benefits of Circumcision, AAP Policy

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2 Internet Addiction Is Real

Internet addiction is real, say researchers from the University of Bonn who studied internet use over the course of several years. The data showed that, of 843 participants, 132 exhibited problematic behavior, including an unhealthy obsession with the internet. In addition, these 132 people were often carriers of a genetic variation that also affects nicotine addiction. The findings indicate that the genetic variant occurs more frequently in women than in men - although many surveys have shown that men are more prone to internet addiction. Researchers say larger studies are needed to further analyze the connection between this gene variant and internet addiction. "If such connections are better understood, this will also result in important indications for better therapies.”

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Study Links Smoking with Lower IQ Scores

Tags: Addiction, Genetic Variation, University of Bonn, Internet Addiction, Internet Obsession

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Yikes - Might Be from Mites

3 Bacterial Cause Found for Rosacea

Rosacea, a common dermatological condition that causes inflammation and reddening of facial skin, affects about 3% of the population. This condition, which is more common in fair-skinned women, ages 30-50, may be triggered by bacteria from tiny mites called Demodex mites, that live within the skin, say researchers at the National University of Ireland. The mites are normal inhabitants of facial skin and increase in number with aging and skin damage, including sun exposure. Scientists isolated the bacteria from inside the Demodex mite and found that it provoked an immune reaction in rosacea patients. Scientists are hoping these findings will result in effective treatments for rosacea that may include targeting the bacteria or controlling the population of Demodex mites.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Lotions Target Skin Conditions on Genetic Level

Tags: Rosacea, Demodex Mites, Inflammation of Facial Skin, National University of Ireland, Skin Conditions, Dermatological Conditions

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