Health

  • Cheating on your wife could lead to penile fracturing, study says

    10/3/11 11:56 AM

    Maryland researchers have set out to find one of the most important questions in humanity: What causes penile fracturing, and why does it often happen when a man is cheating?

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  • No one in the GSA building is allowed to pee or poo today

    9/26/11 4:45 PM

    Everyone working in the General Services Administration building right now is counting the minutes until 5 p.m., when they get to leave the office and find the nearest public restroom (but not in Starbucks). They're all holding their bladders and bowels because a toilet exploded, sending a woman to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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  • Gay D.C. teen lived in abandoned building, now headed to college

    9/15/11 3:53 PM

    Kadeem Swenson told his parents he was gay when he was 16 years old. Two weeks later, he says they asked him to leave their Waldorf, Md., home. “You know I didn't really fight it, I just left,” Swenson said.

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  • The storms are gone, but the war against mosquitoes has just begun

    9/14/11 10:04 AM

    Hurricane Irene did more than than just damage our historical buildings and kill really old trees, and Tropical Storm Lee did more than cause massive flooding. The storms also sparked a late-season mosquito boom.

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  • UVA study finds that 'SpongeBob SquarePants' rots kids' brains

    9/12/11 6:26 PM

    The results of a University of Virginia study suggest what the rest of us have known for decades: Television rots children's brains. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study found that watching just nine minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants can shorten attention spans and even cause learning problems in four-year-olds.

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  • And we're on to round two of the ground turkey recalls

    9/12/11 11:11 AM

    Cargill, one of the world’s largest food companies, issued a massive recall in August—36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products—and temporarily closed its Arkansas plant to deal with Salmonella contamination. The plant reopened on August 19 after what Cargill described as extensive cleaning of its processing line. But over the weekend, the company was forced to issue another recall for another round of products after an August 24th sample tested positive for Salmonella.

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  • The Wild West of tanning salons in D.C. is coming to an end

    9/2/11 2:56 PM

    The District has drafted 74 pages of new rules for tanning salons that, once finalized in the coming weeks, will regulate everything from stocking the bathrooms with toilet paper to housing fish in an appropriate manner. Some of the rules, of course, are utterly reasonable.

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  • Hurricane Irene forced us to eat massive amounts of junk food

    8/30/11 8:28 PM

    The news cycle on Hurricane Irene has come full circle (as it were). First, the media reported with increasing alarm that the storm was gathering strength and bearing down on the Northeast. Then came stories about residents stocking up on supplies, inspiring others to do the same. With the 'cane done hitting/assaulting/lashing us, we get a Post feature about all those silly people who bought more food than they know what to do with.

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  • A local lawyer's dry advice on avoiding a surprise penis amputation

    8/25/11 11:48 AM

    By now, you probably know the story of Phillip Seaton, who awoke from surgery to find that, rather than a basic circumcision, part of the tip of his penis had been cut off — which was done, as proven, because it had become cancerous. Still, not a nice surprise. So how can you protect yourself against a potentially knife-happy doctor?

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  • New campaign encourages HIV testing among at-risk groups

    9/27/11 8:30 PM

    D.C. officials and Aids advocates on Tuesday launched a campaign to raise awareness and encourage HIV testing among at-risk groups, hoping to stem the spread of the disease.

     

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  • D.C. drinks more coffee than all but five U.S. cities

    9/23/11 12:46 PM

    People in D.C. can be a little high strung sometimes, but maybe it has nothing to do with politics. Turns out we're the the sixth most caffeinated city in the country, with Arlington not far off at 15th.

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  • Ladies, never feel guilty about eating white bread again

    9/14/11 11:23 AM

    Many women have had it drilled into their heads that they should be eschewing white bread in favor of whole grain, so much so that picking up a loaf of white at the store is guilt-inducing. Guilt no more, white-bread-eating ladies. Turns out white bread is pretty good for women of child-bearing age.

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  • Virginians support abortion regs they have never heard of

    9/14/11 9:31 AM

    Virginia's new law requiring abortion clinics to meet hospital standards is one of the most stringent in the nation, and could potentially shutter most of the commonwealth's clinics. The law is being sharply criticized by liberals and left-leaning media, but Virginians? They love it — even those who know nothing about it!

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  • Beef is about to get a little less full of E. coli

    9/12/11 3:02 PM

    Federal food safety officials announced today that six strains of E. coli bacteria are hereby banned from the ground beef supply. The elimination of the six toxic strains, which have shown up increasingly in the food supply, was opposed by many in the meat industry.

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  • Colon cleansing is not only uncomfortable, but possibly dangerous

    9/6/11 3:37 PM

    Going on a post-summer cleanse? While you're busy embracing all sorts of new-age health fads, you may want to avoid having herbal water shot up your large intestine: according to a Georgetown University physician, colonic irrigation is more than just uncomfortable; it's actually bad for you.

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  • Bedbugs will find you where you sleep, including MoCo fire stations

    9/2/11 9:29 AM

    It's been a while since we've heard from those bedbugs that are taking over D.C. Perhaps the debt-ceiling debate drove them away? It appears not. The insects' assault on everything we hold dear has reached a new height, as they've taken up residence in three of Montgomery County's 35 firehouses. The fire department won't say which stations are contaminated — hello? FOIA? — but Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the bugs "are not a public health issue." We beg to differ.

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  • Men marry more than women do, to avoid becoming fat drunks

    8/25/11 1:48 PM

    Our male readers have likely heard a female friend complain that it's impossible to find a good, single man in this town — you know, that they're all gay or married. It's also likely that you rolled your eyes and pointed to this article. But your friend might be right: Here in Washington, men tie the knot at a higher rate than women. Why? Because men "need" to be married, otherwise they drink and drive and generally can't take care of themselves.

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  • It's an earthquake miracle! Deaf man regains hearing

    8/25/11 9:34 AM

    This past Father's Day, Robert Valderzak suffered a fall that caused him to lose his hearing — both a "conductive loss" and a "nerve loss," according to his doctor at Virginia Medical Center — and has been in the hospital ever since. On top of that, the 75-year-old VA patient is battling cancer. There are few people who need a break — or perhaps a miracle? — more than this man, and on Tuesday, when the earthquake hit D.C., he got one.

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