Cell phones and cancer have yet to be definitively linked, but a recently launched study will take a serious look into the long-term effects of cell phone usage on the human body. The Cohort Study of Mobile Phone Use and Health (COSMOS) will follow 200,000 mobile phone users in five countries over 30 years, monitoring their health for higher risk of brain cancer, head tumors and salivary gland cancer. The radiation risk seems plausible — a 2009 World Health organization found that long-term mobile users had a higher risk of cancer, a 2008 American Journal of Epidemiology study suggested a link between big-time cell users and salivary gland cancer, and a 2006 study in Sweden indicated a 240% risk increase for head tumors on the side of the head used most often for talking. Thirty years is a long time to wait for results of this big study, so in the meantime maybe use that land line for long calls!
Archive for May, 2010
Getting men to pay attention to their own health isn’t easy. When given the chance to read Maxim or schedule a prostate gland exam with the doc (yup, it’s the one with the finger up the butt), I think we all know which is more appealing to the dudes. A few different organizations are wisely using things that men love — drinking beer and growing mustaches, namely — to get them thinking about screening this very important male gland. Pints for Prostates uses the glory of hops to get men to think about getting screened. Some recent studies that swigging beer is actually good for your prostate will prolly help their cause as well! Movember Australia also focuses on prostate health, and raises awareness by getting the gents to grow a moustache in November (Australia’s men’s health month, American prostate health month is in September). So even though it’s months away, our prostate stopped shaving and donned a nice ‘stache in honor of this awesome organization.
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for our plush reproductive glands to arrive, and hooray, hooray, they are finally here and are available for purchase now! The first three folks to order any of the four new glands — testis, ovary, mammary or prostate — will get a free Spill Your Guts journal! So whether you’re celebrating your vasectomy or mourning a recent mammogram, one of these plushes just might need to go home with you.