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6:15am

Thu August 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Popularity Of Circumcision Falls In U.S., Especially Out West

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:09 am

Where a boy is born has a big influence on whether he'll be circumcised, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.
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Boys born in the West are more likely to skip circumcision than they are to have the once common procedure.

It's a dramatic change over the past 32 years. Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were.

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11:25am

Wed August 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Brushing And Flossing Could Cut Risk Of Oral HPV Infection

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:19 pm

Oral HPV infections are on the rise. Brushing and flossing well wouldn't hurt.
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The human papillomavirus is a big cause of mouth and throat cancers, and those cancers have been getting more and more common.

So researchers asked: Could brushing and flossing make a difference?

It looks like the answer is yes, at least when it comes to being infected with oral HPV.

People with poor oral health are more likely to have an oral HPV infection, according to research from the the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.

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7:19am

Wed August 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Teen Girls' Yen For Indoor Tans Sparks Battle Over Risks

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:50 am

Almost one-third of white high school girls say they seek out indoor tans.
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Teenage girls remain big fans of tans.

So a report in JAMA Internal Medicine that found about a third of white high school girls indulge in indoor tans wasn't exactly startling. What was a bit startling was how the tanning industry responded, saying, in effect, that we should be worrying more about skin cancer in middle-aged men, not girls.

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3:52pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:58 pm

Black-legged ticks like this can transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.

"It confirms what we've thought for a long time: This is a large problem," Dr. Paul Mead tells Shots. "The bottom line is that by defining how big the problem is we make it easier for everyone to figure out what kind of resources we have to use to address it."

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8:14am

Thu August 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Disclose Plans To Make Superflu In Labs

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:56 am

Some scientists think new types of bird flus should arise only in chickens, not in labs. Here a worker collects poultry on a farm in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the H5N1 virus was infecting animals in October 2011.
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Who do these guys think they are, the Dr. Frankensteins of virology?

First, two teams of virologists created more dangerous versions of the deadly H5N1 flu. Now they want to give the H7N9 virus, which has already sickened at least 134 people and killed 43 people in Asia, a few new capabilities: drug resistance, faster transmission between people and the ability to sneak past the immune system.

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