Men with curved penises are at a higher risk of certain cancers, new research shows. Researchers at Baylor College in Houston, who reviewed patient data of over 1.5-million men from the Truven Health Market Scan database, found a link between those with Peyronie’s Disease also known as penile fibrosis and skin, stomach, and testicular cancers. The risk of getting testicular cancer and stomach cancer is 40 per cent higher for men with the condition, and the likelihood of melanoma jumps 29 per cent, the study shows. Researchers found this out after examining 48,423 men with Peyronie’s as part of the study, 1,177,428 with erectile dysfunction and 484,230 controls with an average age of 49.8 years over a four-year period. “While they are significant in the sexual and reproductive life-cycles
People who have suffered from gum disease for ten years or longer are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study has discovered. The research, published in Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, looked at more than 25,000 people to examine whether patients age 50 or older with severe gum disease - also called ‘chronic periodontitis' - had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Although they did not determine any direct causal link between the two diseases, they did discover that people who suffered from long standing gum disease, of ten years of more, were up to 70 percent more likely to then develop Alzheimer's disease. Leading UK health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has long recognised close links between poor oral health and general health an
What is the recipe for a happy marriage? According to a new study, sex is a key ingredient. Researchers have found that sexual intercourse produces an "afterglow" that lasts for 2 days. What is more, this afterglow may boost long-term relationship satisfaction. Lead author Andrea Meltzer, of Florida State University, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Psychological Science. A number of studies have shown that sex contributes to short-term bonding between partners, but the researchers note that the majority of couples do not engage in sexual activity every day. According to the International Society of Sexual Medicine, only 21 percent of married men and 24 percent of married women have sex on 4 or more days each week. So what bonds partners in between sexual ac...
Cuddling a kitten could give pet owners a life-threatening infection, a study has found known as 'cat-scratch disease', the illness can cause an intense fever, pustules and - if complications develop - can even result in death. Caused by bacteria transmitted from cat to cat by fleas, humans risk contracting the disease by kissing or nuzzling cats; this can also happen when scratched or bitten by cats. The large-scale survey of the disease was conducted by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in the US, and revealed kittens and strays were especially susceptible to carrying the bacteria. Dr. Christina Nelson, of the CDC, said: "The scope and impact of the disease is a little bit larger than we thought."Cat-scratch is preventable. If we can identify the populations at risk