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Circumcision, Prostate Health Linked

Being circumcised may offer men a degree of protection against developing prostate cancer later in life, according to new research published in the journal BUJ International.  The findings build on previous research that linked circumcision with lower risk of a number of sexually transmitted diseases as well as…

Baby Circumcision Complications Rare

Babies who are circumcised rarely have medical complications, though older kids who undergo the procedure are more likely to have issues, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.  More from Reuters: Previous research found wide variations in the rates of complications following male circumcisions….

U.S. Hospital Circumcision Rates Falling

A report by the National Center for Health Statistics reveals that circumcisions of newborn boys in U.S. hospitals have dropped 6 percentage points over the last 30 years, from 64.5 percent in 1979 to 58.3 percent in 2010. The sharpest declines took place in Western states, Reuters reports….

Could Circumcision Lower the Risk of HIV Infection?

Circumcision may lower the risk of a boy becoming infected with HIV because of changes in bacteria that live around the circumcision site on the penis, a new study published in the journal mBio has found.  The new finding builds on previous research that had associated circumcision with…

A News Round-Up, and a Thank You

First and foremost, big thanks to Erin O’Donnell for the terrific job she did guest-blogging while I was in blissful away-land these past 2 weeks.  I enjoyed visiting PNN as a reader, and I certainly learned a lot from what I read. It was an eventful two weeks…

Pediatricians Say Benefits of Circumcision Outweigh Risks

The American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its policy on circumcision, saying the benefits of the procedure mean parents should get access to it, and insurance companies should pay for it. But the academy stopped short of recommending circumcision for all baby boys, saying it’s up to parents…

Lower Circumcision Rates Could Mean Increased Health Care Costs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been studying the ongoing decline in the number baby boys who are circumcised, concluding that the drop could mean increased health care costs, to the tune of billions of dollars.  The study comes as a growing number of states’ Medicaid insurance programs…

German Court Rules Against Circumcisions of Minors

In a move that one rabbi called “fatal to the freedom of religion,” a German court has ruled that boys cannot be circumcised because the practice inflicts bodily harm on children who are not able to give their own consent for the procedure.  The Guardian newspaper has more:…

California Lawmakers Say No To Circumcision Bans

If you’re following the circumcision debate in California, here’s the latest: The California legislature this week approved a bill that prevents local communities from banning circumcision, The Associated Press reports. The bill was a response to events this summer in San Francisco, where an anti-circumcision group collected more…

U.S. Circumcision Rates Dropping, CDC Says

Fewer parents are choosing to have their newborn sons circumcised at the hospital, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC looked at three different surveys that tracked rates of hospital circumcisions, and found the circumcision rate dropped slightly in all…

California Legislature Moves to Protect Circumcision Choice

A committee of the California Senate has unanimously approved a bill that declares male circumcision to have health, cultural, and other benefits that warrant its being governed by state rules, rather than city or town ordinances, The Associated Press is reporting.  If passed, the bill will prevent future…

Circumcision Bill Removed from San Francisco Ballot

A ballot measure that would ban circumcisions, even those performed for religious reasons, in California has been removed from the ballot by a San Francisco judge, CNN.com is reporting.  The city’s Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi wrote that male circumcision is “a widely practiced medical procedure” and that…

Circumcision Ban on Ballot in California

This November, voters in two California cities will consider a ballot measure that would ban circumcision on male children under age 18.  San Francisco and Santa Monica’s ballots will vote on the measure, referred to as the Male Genital Mutilation bill.  If it passes, parents who circumcise their…