Saturday, September 1, 2012
Study indicates the practice of circumcision is declining, but the American Academy said it reduces chances of infection and decline could cost $4 billion in health care costs in coming years.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
To circumcise or not – that’s always a big question with the birth of a newborn son. It often causes a difference of opinion, even between the parents, and reports are that the practice is in decline. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is now reported to be moving closer to endorsing the procedure, albeit still with leaving the final decision up to the parents. Fox News reported that the policy statement Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics claims that circumcision reduces chances of infection with HIV and transmission diseases, urinary tract infections and penis cancer. It is these benefits that have now caused the academy to update its policy to make this recommendation. Circumcision is a procedure that removes foreskin at …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The group says that medical insurers should pay for the procedure. If you're a parent, what do you think about this?
Even as the circumcision rate for newborn baby boys in the United States reaches its lowest level in decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Monday that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. It’s the first time that the influential medical group has updated its circumcision policy since 1999. The academy said that medical insurers should cover the procedure. A review of medical literature published Monday in the journal "Pediatrics" finds that circumcision may protect heterosexual men against HIV infection. The policy shift comes as circumcision becomes a charged political topic from the Bay Area to Germany, where a court ruled in June that circumcision is illegal. Jewish groups are asking the German …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This week's Mom's Talk discusses this controversial issue for mothers.
Circumcision has been common practice in many cultures for thousands of years. It was introduced to most cultures through religious beliefs and rituals. Throughout history it has been used for religious reasons and to prevent disease. In the United States, it is now done to prevent disease and for aesthetic purposes. For an historical look at circumcision, click here. When I was pregnant with my son I realized that most of what’s available on the Internet about circumcision is contradictory. There is childish bickering on forums, and Web sites are full of claims, but few real facts. I needed answers on the topic. My OB-GYN told me to talk to a pediatrician, and the pediatrician’s receptionist handed me a brochure that appeared to have been…