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Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV



 

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

Recently, a research team at the University of Antwerp in Belgium published a study in Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, suggesting that paper straws might pose a greater health risk compared to plastic ones.

 

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are commonly used in the production of cosmetics, non-stick cookware, waterproof gear, and firefighting foam, among other things. PFAS pose potential threats to human health and the environment.

Exposure to high concentrations of PFAS can have adverse effects on the human liver, immune system, and is associated with certain cancers, reproductive issues, and developmental problems.

 

Researchers collected 39 different brands of straws from the market, including 20 paper straws, 5 glass straws, 5 bamboo straws, 5 stainless steel straws, and 4 plastic straws. They conducted two rounds of testing to comprehensively detect 29 different PFAS compounds.

 

The results showed that paper straws had the highest proportion of positive PFAS detections at 90%. The positivity rates for other types were as follows: bamboo straws at 80%, plastic straws at 75%, glass straws at 40%, and stainless steel straws contained no PFAS at all. (Source: Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A)

 

 

WHO: Approximately One-Third of Global Men Infected with HPV

On September 1st, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement indicating that based on the latest research, approximately one-third of men globally are infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

 

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

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A recent study published in The Lancet Global Health revealed that among men aged 15 and older worldwide, about one-third are infected with at least one type of HPV, with one in five carrying one or more high-risk or carcinogenic HPV strains.

The study emphasizes that men frequently carry HPV and underscores the importance of including men in efforts to control HPV infections and reduce the incidence of HPV-related diseases.

 

HPV is most prevalent among young people and peaks between the ages of 25 and 29 before slightly declining.

Most infections are asymptomatic but can lead to long-term complications and death. Over 3.4 million women die from cervical cancer each year.

HPV infections in men often manifest as anogenital warts and are also associated with penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers.

 

Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes at WHO, stated, “This global study confirms the ubiquity of HPV infections. Preventing HPV infections and reducing the incidence of related diseases must be a priority.” (Source: WHO)

 

 

BMJ Publishes NICE Guideline Update Summary: Changes in Referral Criteria and Assessment for Weight Loss Surgery

On August 29th, BMJ officially published a summary of updates to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, summarizing the latest recommendations released in July.

Previously, NICE recommended weight loss surgery for individuals with a BMI ≥ 40 or a BMI of 35–39.9 with severe obesity-related comorbidities who had tried all non-surgical interventions and were under 3-tier service management.

 

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

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The new NICE guidelines suggest that a comprehensive assessment for weight loss surgery should be offered to these populations without the previously mentioned restrictions.

The guidelines also provide an evidence-based checklist of significant health conditions that can be improved through weight loss surgery, helping clinicians decide who should undergo an assessment and providing recommendations on the content of the assessment. (Source: BMJ)

 

 

 

 

Latest WHO Update: About One-Third of Men Infected with HPV

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