April 18, 2014

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1 Study: Circumcision Benefits Exceed Risks

Circumcision rates for newborns in the U.S. have fallen from 83 percent in the 1960s to 77 percent as of 2010, and that's unfortunate, according to a review of clinical data just published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, which concludes that the health benefits resulting from the procedure outweigh its risks and drawbacks by a factor of more than 100 to one. While circumcision opponents claim that it involves "serious health risks," the complication rate among infants is in the area of 0.2 percent, mostly minor and easily treated, whereas some 50 percent of uncircumcised males will at some point need medical treatment for a problem associated with an intact foreskin. Circumcision’s pluses include reduction in urinary tract infections and HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

More at Thedailybeast.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Circumcision Can Prevent Sex-Related Injuries

Tags: Benefits of Circumcision, Circumcision Arguments, Circumcision Pros and Cons, U.S. Circumcision Trends

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Salmonella’s Down

2 Most Foodborne Illnesses Are on the Rise

Foodborne illnesses are increasing, finds the Centers for Disease Control’s new annual report. Vibrio infections, those contracted from raw or undercooked shellfish, are up 75% while campylobacter infections, linked to dairy products and chicken, are up 13% since the organization’s previous analysis from 2006-2008. But it’s not all bad news. Cases of salmonella, the most common foodborne infection, have dropped 9%. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans gets food poisoning each year and many cases go unreported. The FDA, CDC and Department of Agriculture are using these stats to evaluate new standards for food safety and preparation. Said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, acting chief scientist of the FDA, "The findings reinforce the importance of moving ahead with food safety from farm to consumer."

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Egg Producer Apologizes for Salmonella Outbreak

Tags: Campylobacter Bacteria, CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Agriculture, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Foodborne Illness, Salmonella, Vibrio Infections, Dr. Stephen Ostroff

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