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August 22, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
A baby boy born in Chicago or St. Louis is about 77% more likely to be circumcised in a hospital in his first days of life compared with an infant born in San Francisco or Seattle, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, the proportion of newborn boys who are circumcised before they leave the hospital has declined nearly 10% since 1979, when the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics began keeping track. In 1979, 64.5% of baby boys had the procedure done during their initial hospital stay; by 2010, that figure had dropped to 58.3%.
November 16, 1986
The article "Spirited Debate Over the Question of Circumcision" commendably reported what few expectant parents are told: that no medical purpose is served by routine circumcision of the newborn, and that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists hold that circumcision is medically unnecessary. Studies which report that uncircumcised men are more prone to infections or could cause cervical cancer or other diseases in women have been discredited, because the studies were performed in underdeveloped countries where hygiene is generally poor.
August 21, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars of unnecessary medical costs in the U.S. as these boys grow up and become sexually active men, researchers at Johns Hopkins University warned. In a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a team of economists and epidemiologists estimated that every circumcision not performed would lead to significant increases in lifetime medical expenses to treat sexually transmitted diseases and related cancers - increases that far surpass the costs associated with the procedure.
July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Circumcising men routinely across Africa could prevent millions of deaths from AIDS, World Health Organization researchers and colleagues reported this week in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine. They analyzed data from trials that showed men who had been circumcised had a significantly lower risk of infection with the AIDS virus and calculated that if all men were circumcised over the next 10 years, about 2 million infections and 300,000 deaths could be avoided.
June 4, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The image of a bearded, black-hatted Jew with an evil grin and a bloody blade seems straight out of the annals of classic European anti-Semitism. In this case, however, it is straight out of the pages of a comic book that landed in the middle of a campaign to outlaw circumcision in San Francisco for males under the age of 18. "Foreskin Man," featuring a blond, buff hero who battles dark, evil Jewish characters, has added a strange and possibly...
December 14, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection by half, according to a new study conducted among nearly 8,000 adult males in Kenya and Uganda, researchers reported Wednesday. Circumcision proved so effective that the study was halted a year early and the procedure was offered to all study participants. Previous research has suggested that circumcision is beneficial, but the new trial is "definitive," according to Dr. Anthony S.
June 1, 2011
Sen. Boxer's vision Re "It's time to get out," Opinion, May 27 It appears that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is confused. We went to war against the Taliban, which was the actual government of Afghanistan, not Al Qaeda. The Taliban allowed Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden to exist within its borders. So while we may have one of those groups under control, we still need to defeat the Taliban. The Taliban is one of the most oppressive and hateful governments that has ever existed.
May 21, 2011 | Tim Rutten
In November, the residents of San Francisco will not only cast their ballots on pressing state and local issues, they also will decide whether to approve a proposition banning the circumcision of male children. The immediate temptation, of course, is to roll the eyes and dismiss the measure as another reminder that, along with the wild yeast that produces terrific sourdough bread, a strain of lunacy floats on the Bay Area breezes. Moreover, even if it were to pass, the proposal does such obvious violence to the 1st Amendment that its chances of surviving constitutional review are even more improbable than Donald Trump's hair color.
November 3, 2008 | Marc Siegel, Siegel is an internist and an associate professor of medicine at New York University's School of Medicine.
" 'Til Death" "Circumdecision" episode, Fox, Oct. 8 The premise: Kenny Westchester (J.B. Smoove) loses his swim trunks at a water park, and his new girlfriend, Angie, seems concerned that he is uncircumcised. "It doesn't quite work for her," Kenny says. As Kenny approaches his third date with Angie believing they may be about to have sex, he considers circumcision.
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