500K American men get vasectomies every year – a specialist explains the easy and reversible procedure

This year, many vasectomy patients are young or single men concerned about unwanted pregnancy at a time when abortion care may not be as available as before. Thomas Barwick/Stone via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~ About half a million men undergo a vasectomy in the United States in any given year. The percentage of men getting them had been dropping for the past two decades, but it looks like those numbers are going up in the wake of the June 24, 2022, Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Appointments up It’s too early for official numbers, but as a urologist and microsurgeon specializing in vasectomies, I can report that more new patients are coming to see me. We used to perform about...

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“God, No, Not Another Case.” COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn’t Have to Happen.

This story was originally published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Late one afternoon last October, Dr. Shelley Odronic sat in her office and, just as she had thousands of times before, slid a rectangular glass slide onto her microscope. A pathologist who works in rural Ohio, Odronic leaned forward to examine tissue from the placenta of a woman who had recently given birth. She increased the magnification on the microscope. Never had she seen so many tiny, congealed reservoirs of blood or such severe inflammation of the tissue, a sign the placenta had been fighting an...

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Bascom Palmer Is No. 1 for the 21st Year and Sylvester Enters Top 50 in U.S. News Best Hospitals

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is once again ranked No. 1 in ophthalmology in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings, while Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center moves into the top 50 for the first time, and neurology/neurosurgery vault into the top 25. The new rankings mark the 21st time, and the 19th consecutive year, that Bascom Palmer has been ranked No. 1 for treating eye-related conditions since U.S. News began surveying physicians for its annual rankings in 1990. Sylvester, the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in South Florida, is ranked among the best hospitals for treatment of cancer for the first time, at No. 48. In addition,...

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Inside the brains of aging dogs

In a citizen science project, thousands of pet dogs are helping scientists to understand what happens to memory and cognition in old age Hana aced her memory test. After viewing the contents of three identical boxes arrayed in an arc on the back deck of her home, the 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel had to remember which box held a treat — a task she quickly learned after just a few trials. Hana and her human companion, Masami Shimizu-Albergine of Bainbridge Island, Washington, are helping scientists to learn something too: when dog smarts reach their peak and how they decline with age. Hana is part of a pack that has grown to nearly 40,000 pet dogs enrolled in a citizen science...

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