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Archive for October 2011

Broken penis? It’s OK, you can wait a week before getting surgery

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If you’ve broken your penis, you might think that you should get treatment right away. But the authors of a recent study suggest that you can wait several days and have the same outcomes — you know, if you have other priorities, or errands to run, anything like that.

The authors, urologists at Mansoura University in Egypt, treated 180 men for broken penises between January 1986 and May 2010. After dividing them into groups according to whether they showed up in the emergency room within 24 hours of their injury, they concluded in Urology: Read the rest of this entry »


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October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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Did Paleolithic men pierce and tattoo their penises?

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If you haven’t found yourself wondering how a Paleolithic man would decorate his penis, well, neither have I. But a group of French and Spanish urologists were apparently curious about that very question.

In a Journal of Urology paper called “Phallic Decoration in Paleolithic Art: Genital Scarification, Piercing and Tattoos,” they review art objects from the Paleolithic period, finding dozens of what they call “phallic pieces.” Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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Shot in the balls? We have a study for you

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The medical literature is often dry and boring — some might even say clinical — but one study in the BJU International caught my eye today:

Gunshot wounds to the scrotum: a large single-institutional 20-year experience

That single institution was Temple University in Philadelphia, a city that is no stranger to gunshots.

So, how many men were shot in the balls over the course of 20 years? Read the rest of this entry »

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October 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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