January 24, 2013

Hope the New Look Is Worth It

1 Pubic Grooming Injuries Hit 12,000 Per Year

The subject of pubic hair trimming may seem titillating or frivolous, but according to a study by the University of California at San Francisco, the increasingly common practice sends almost 12,000 people a year to ERs to have injuries treated, and the trend is upward. In fact, researchers found that genitourinary injuries related to such grooming soared by 500 percent from 2002 to 2010, to a record 11,704. Other findings: 83 percent of the injuries were due to accidents with razors; the most frequent injury, at 36.6 percent, was laceration; the average patient age was 31; and nearly half the injuries, 43.3 percent, occurred among men, perhaps due to their relative inexperience with body shaving. The good news: 97.3 percent of the victims were easily treated and sent home.

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

Previously: Bladder Cells Repair Urethral Injuries

Tags: Pubic Shaving Injuries, Pubic Hair Trimming, Hazards of Pubic Hair Trimming, Injuries Due to Pubic Grooming, Shaving Your Pubic Hair

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How Are Things at Home?

2 Docs Should Screen Women for Domestic Abuse

Doctors should screen female patients for domestic abuse recommends the US Preventive Services Task Force, a panel that advises the federal government. The new recommendations reverse a 2004 decision when the panel found insufficient evidence to support such screenings. The new guidelines apply only to women aged 14-46, but the panel acknowledges that abuse occurs at all ages. More evidence is needed to recommend broader screenings, it says. If abuse is confirmed, it’s recommended that doctors provide intervention or refer patients to services that do. Experts say the new recommendations may lead organizations to adopt standard protocols to screen for abuse. The CDC estimates that about 31% of women have experienced domestic abuse in their lifetimes.

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

Previously: Women to Get New Benefits under Obamacare

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Domestic Abuse, US Preventive Services Task Force, Screenings for Domestic Abuse, Female Patients

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Don't Just Roll Over

3 Snoring May Signal Future Atherosclerosis

Snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance, and shouldn't be ignored, warn researchers who found that snoring can put you at greater risk for thickening or abnormalities in the carotid artery. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit performed carotid artery duplex ultrasounds on 54 patients ages 18 to 50 years old to measure the intima-media thickness of the carotid arteries. None of the patients had sleep apnea, but their snoring may have caused changes in the carotid artery due to snoring vibrations. Carotid intima-media thickness can be used to find and track atherosclerotic disease. Compared to non-snorers, those who snored had significantly greater intima-media thickness of the carotid arteries, placing them at greater risk for atherosclerosis.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Therapy via Telephone Helps with Depression

Tags: Atherosclerosis, Henry Ford Hospital, Health Risks Snoring, Abnormalities Carotid Artery, Snoring and Cardiovascular Risk, 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the Triological Society

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Quit at 64, Gain 4 Years

4 It Really Is Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Quit smoking by age 34, and you may gain a decade of life, find researchers. With new data to back up their life-expectancy claims, researchers also say that even people aged 64 can gain four years if they give up the habit. In the study, smokers who quit between ages 35 to 44 gained about nine years of life, while those who quit smoking between 45 and 54 gained about six years. Researchers say that smokers are only half as likely to make it to age 80 compared to people who never smoked. Smokers were also three times more likely to die during the study. Their deaths were mostly due to heart disease, lung disease or other smoking-related health problems. The research, published in New England Journal of Medicine, included data from more than 200,000 Americans.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hospice Cat Sabrina Made Dying Easier

Tags: When Quit Smoking, How Many Years Added Life Quit Smoking, Add 10 Years Life Quit Smoking, Center for Global Health Research, New England Journal of Medicine Smoking Research

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