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Could Blue Light Help Men 'Get It Up'?

Study: Rats injected with DNA and exposed to blue light got erections

(Newser) - While Viagra is the most popular erectile dysfunction treatment in the world—and there are an estimated 150 million men globally suffering from the disorder—it only strengthens an existing erection and cannot actually instigate one. Another potential treatment is in the works that doesn't incorporate drugs at all:... More »

Penis-Transplant Doctor on Patient: 'Life Was Just Hell'

Dr. Andre van der Merwe says patient's life was 'just hell'

(Newser) - Last month brought the announcement that surgeons in South Africa had not only successfully transplanted a penis in December, but that it was working properly in every way well ahead of schedule. Dr. Andre van der Merwe was the man at the helm of the operation, which involved a 21-year-old... More »

Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Penis

South Africa team says it's the world's first successful one

(Newser) - Surgeons in South Africa are laying clam to the world's first successful penis transplant. In the nine-hour procedure late last year, a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital gave the 21-year-old recipient his new penis, and they report today in a news release that it's working properly... More »

Study Defines 'Normal' Penis Length

Here it is: 5.16 inches

(Newser) - For any man who's secretly wondering if he measures up, here's the answer: UK researchers set out to determine what can be considered a "normal" penis length by analyzing prior studies and identifying 20 that met their criteria. That gave them a data pool of 15,521... More »

Alleged Crime: Attempt to Bite Guy's Penis Off

Assault said to have followed an alcohol-fueled argument

(Newser) - In Tulsa, a man has narrowly avoided the brutal loss of a key appendage, KJRH reports. Amber Ellis, 32, and her boyfriend were feuding "about how needy she had become" last week after they had been drinking, according to a police report. At home afterward, they slept separately. The... More »

Teen Has Surgery to Reduce Size of Penis

It had become deformed and enlarged thanks to a medical condition

(Newser) - Yes, a Florida teenager has undergone what surgeons believe to be the first procedure to reduce the size of a penis, reports Medical Daily . But the 7-inch penis in question had a circumference of 10 inches prior to the surgery—due to a medical condition, not nature—and drew comparisons... More »

Study Reveals 'Most Dangerous' Sex Position

Penile fracture is twice as common when the woman is on top

(Newser) - When it comes to sex-related injuries among men, penile fractures are rare yet painful ; now researchers say they know which positions are likeliest to result in them. Researchers reviewed records from three hospitals over a 13-year period in Campinas, Brazil, a city of roughly 3 million people. In a paper... More »

Suit: Man's Penis Ruined Thanks to His Insurer

Rupert Collins sues Kaiser over 'penis erosion'

(Newser) - As far as lawsuits go, this line contained in one filed by Rupert Collins against his insurer has to rank among the most horrifying: "Rupert's penis and urethra is permanently eroded away." Courthouse News Service has the graphic details on Collins' suit, which he filed Dec. 30... More »

Play-Doh! Hasbro Toy Looks a Lot Like a Penis

Someone missed risque-looking icing maker

(Newser) - "Oh no, Play-Doh" has been the horrified reaction of some parents whose kids unwrapped their Hasbro Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain playset over the holidays. The reaction of practically everyone else: hysterical, juvenile laughter at the set's icing maker (or, as Hasbro calls it, the "2-piece extruder"),... More »

Here's How Penises Evolved

Scientists identify link between genitalia and growth of limbs

(Newser) - Most guys probably don't sit around the locker room pondering the finer points of how the male penis evolved, so leave this one to Harvard researchers: The mystery is solved thanks to … lizard limbs. Yup, Harvard scientists investigating the origin of external genitalia have found a link relating... More »

Study: Sex Is 385M Years Old

First time was awkward, 'done sideways, square-dance style'

(Newser) - Let's face it: Spawning in the water isn't terribly efficient or much fun at all. An extinct vertebrate named "Microbrachius dicki" sorted this out when it apparently became the first to master internal fertilization some 385 million years ago—far earlier than previously thought, reports Phys.org... More »

17-Hour Erection Sends Man to Hospital

Jason Garnett suffered from priapism after having sex

(Newser) - Last Friday, Jason Garnett greeted a new day, as many men do, with an erection. But 17 hours later, doctors were stabbing the British man's penis with needles in order to end his member's persistent salute, UPI reports. The 23-year-old North Yorkshire man didn't worry when his... More »

Scientists Close In on Lab-Grown Human Penis

They've had success with rabbits, are approaching first clinical trials

(Newser) - If you think a bio-penis is only for guys who've run into angry, knife-wielding partners, think again. Genetic defects, penile cancer surgery, trauma, and even erectile dysfunction are all reasons a sizable number of men might opt for a bioengineered penis. A team of researchers has done it successfully... More »

Man Sues Hospital After Surprise Penis Amputation

It was supposed to be a routine circumcision, but something went terribly wrong

(Newser) - Oops. An Alabama man may have just experienced one of man's worst nightmares—he awoke from surgery stunned to find that his penis had been amputated. In a lawsuit he and his wife filed against a hospital and two doctors, Johnny Lee Banks Jr. says he'd gone in... More »

Oldest Known Erotic 'Graffiti' Found in Greece

Phalluses, sexual boasting dating back to 5th century BC leave little to the imagination

(Newser) - Think phallic graffiti art exclusively belongs to the baseless present? Think again. An archaeologist has uncovered what the Guardian touts as the earliest erotic graffiti on the planet, found in Greece—and predating, in one case, even Athens' Acropolis . Since 2011 , Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos has been directing fieldwork on the... More »

Man Sues Hospital for Shortening Penis

Canadian says his wife left him

(Newser) - Next time someone complains about all the weird lawsuits in the US, point to Canada: A man has sued a hospital there because he says it shortened his penis, reports AFP . This does not get any less strange in the telling: The unidentified Montreal resident says he injured his penis... More »

Wild Discovery: Insects With Female Penises

Tiny creatures have sex for 40 to 70 hours

(Newser) - For the first time, scientists have discovered animals whose genitalia seem to be swapped: The female has a penis-like structure while the male has an organ akin to a vagina, LiveScience reports. The animals in question are four species of flea-sized insects from the genus Neotrogla, found in Brazilian caves.... More »

FDA Approves Drug for Penis Curvature

Xiaflex is a little pricey, though

(Newser) - Men suffering from serious and even painful penis curvature have a new medical option—if they can afford to pay $26,000 or more. The FDA has approved Xiaflex , a drug that targets Peyronie's disease by reducing the build-up of a protein that creates scar tissue in the penis,... More »

Colbert: NASA's Penis Doodle Proves Our Cosmic Might

He discusses NASA's latest 'feat'

(Newser) - The United States has its problems, but Stephen Colbert thinks that NASA's latest feat clearly shows America's cosmic might—that feat being an image of a penis left on Mars. The Internet erupted after a photo of the seemingly phallic track patterns the Curiosity rover left in the... More »

'Penis-Snatching' Case Startles Visitor in Africa

Anthropologist 'intrigued' by alleged witchcraft

(Newser) - An American anthropologist was surprised to encounter reports of penis-snatching in an African village—but only because the "crime" is normally confined to more populated areas, the Daily Mail reports. Writing at AlterNet , Louisa Lombard recounts her visit to the village of Tiringoulou in the Central African Republic, where... More »

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