Human Oral Papillomavirus—Now There’s a Real Mouthful

Now let’s be clear. Michael Douglas is not a doctor, nor does he play one on TV. But when he recently blamed his bout with throat cancer on having contracted Human Papillomavirus (HPV) from performing oral sex, he may have been on to something. In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, HPV may be [...]

Sperm Stories,Part III

In Part I and Part II of Sperm Stories, we talked about some of the factors that can affect sperm quality and quantity. In Part III, we’ll go beyond testing sperm and talk about some interesting stories—good and bad—that have to do with using sperm in the manner nature intended: to create babies. New trends [...]

Don’t Put off HPV Vaccine for Your Daughter or Son

hpv vaccine recommended for boys and girls -- reduces genital warts

Human Pappilomavirus (HPV) causes most cases of cervical cancer, as well as penile, anal, and several other cancers. And the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for all boys and girls ages 11 and 12, teens who didn’t get the vaccine when they were younger, young men up to age 21, and young women up to age 26. Unfortunately, more and more parents are not getting their kids vaccinated, mostly out of completely misplaced fears about the vaccine’s safety and whether it could lead to early sexual activity.
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Take a Deep Breath… New Tests Diagnose Cancer, Predict Obesity

For years, police departments around the world have been using breathalizer tests to determine a person’s blood alcohol levels. In the not-too-distant future, your doctor will be using similar breath testing to diagnose cancer and predict obesity. Scientists in Israel have produced a test that, with better-than-90 percent accuracy, can identify which patients with stomach [...]

Pass the Salt: The Spice of Life Might Kill You

When you think of the top causes of death in this country, things like cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes come to mind. But what about salt? Yep, that seemingly harmless stuff that’s in practically everything we eat may be responsible for as many as 1 in 10 deaths in the US. And worldwide, excessive salt [...]

How Much Are Your Balls Worth?

At one point or other, most of us have said something like, “I’d give my left nut if I could….” That always seems like a pretty safe comment. After all, chances are pretty slim that we’d actually have to sacrifice a testicle for whatever it is we want. And even if we did, we’d still [...]