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As Circumcision Rates Fall, Health Care Costs Jump

Medicaid shouldn't drop procedure, researchers say

(Newser) - American health care costs could be snipped significantly if the fall in circumcision rates was reversed, a new study claims. Around 55% of baby boys in the US are circumcised (down from 79% three decades ago), and 18 states have reduced funding for the procedure. If levels fall to Europe'... More »

Babies' Foreskins Could End Animal Testing in Labs

Could one day be used to create artificial corneas, too

(Newser) - Babies' foreskins: The new wonder material? Maybe. They're already being used to make wrinkle creams , and now German scientists have developed a machine that uses the foreskin of young boys to grow artificial skin, reports the Local . For now, the researchers hope their innovation can be used for testing... More »

SF to Vote on Circumcision Ban

Ban on snipping under-18s makes it onto November ballot

(Newser) - San Franciscans are indeed going to be the first American voters asked to decide on giving circumcision the chop. "Intactivists" have succeeded in getting a proposal to ban the circumcision of males under 18 onto the November ballot, reports the AP . The proposal would make performing a circumcision—even... More »

Babies' Foreskins Turned Into Beauty Products

Circumcisions also result in skin grafts for burn victims

(Newser) - On the off chance you've ever wondered what happens to the leftover foreskins from babies' circumcisions, Christie Haskell at Cafe Mom has three words for you: "Penis wrinkle cream." Turns out the foreskin—"or more accurately, the fibroblasts from the cells of the foreskin"—can be... More »

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