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  1. Sex, lice and pubic shaving: study highlights risks

    Pubic hair grooming has become a common phenomenon worldwide, with popular media changing people's definition of attractiveness, cleanliness and "genital normalcy"People who shave, wax, or trim their pubic hair are at higher risk of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), but less likely to get lice, a study suggested on Tuesday. Sharing tools such as razors may also be a risk, they said, citing a case of HIV transmission between brothers using the same blade. Pubic hair grooming, it explained, "is correlated with an increased number of lifetime sexual partners and is viewed as a preparatory act to sexual engagement".


  2. Ex-coup leader, DEA fugitive wins Haitian Senate seat

    By Makini Brice PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A former Haitian coup leader wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for alleged cocaine trafficking and money laundering has won election to Haiti's Senate, according to preliminary results released by the electoral council. Guy Philippe defeated all other candidates in the second round of elections, held on Nov. 20, for the southwestern Grand Anse region, which is still recovering from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Matthew. "Victory, thank you Grand Anse," said a message posted on Philippe's Facebook page late on Sunday.
  3. DNA offers hard evidence of malaria in Roman Empire

    Malaria currently kills nearly 450,000 people every year, the majority of them children under the age of fiveA DNA analysis of 2,000-year-old teeth unearthed from an Italian graveyard has offered hard evidence that malaria existed during the Roman Empire, researchers said Monday. The findings are based on mitochondrial DNA -- genetic material inherited from one's mother -- extracted from teeth belonging to 58 adults and 10 children at three imperial-period Italian cemeteries, their report in the journal Current Biology said. Two of the adults in the cemeteries, which date to the 1st and 3rd centuries, were found to have genomic evidence of malaria.


  4. U.S. attorneys argue Aetna-Humana deal violates antitrust law

    A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeA U.S. Justice Department attorney told a federal judge on Monday that health insurer Aetna Inc's planned acquisition of Humana Inc would break antitrust law by reducing competition in Medicare Advantage and Obamacare exchange businesses, kicking off a trial expected to last weeks. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in July asking the court to stop Aetna's $34 billion deal for Humana, arguing it would lead to higher prices for seniors and the disabled on Medicare and for people who use the individual insurance program created under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Aetna defended the deal on Monday, arguing that Medicare Advantage competes with the government's traditional Medicare program for elderly or disabled patients.


  5. Many smartphone health apps don't flag danger, says review

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don't warn when you're in danger.

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