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Why men often die earlier than women

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Death visits men before women. Men, on average, die about five years earlier than women. Men’s behavior plays a huge role in why they tend to die younger, said Ronald Levant, a professor of psychology at the University of Akron in Ohio. Some men who endorse and conform to “traditional masculine norms” have higher mortality rates. These norms include avoiding all things feminine, restricting the expression of emotions, dominance, extreme self-reliance and toughness. These “traditional” men also place a great deal of importance on sexuality and tend to have negative attitudes toward sexual minorities, Levant said. “The norms of masculinity are something every boy and man in our society has to contend with because they are out there, they are promoted,” he said. Baron Rogers, a Ph.D. psychology student at the University of Akron, recently completed a research study on African...

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Men slow to accept HPV treatment

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Some men do not even know they are killers. There are many misconceptions that say the human papillomavirus (HPV) only affects women, but men are certainly not in the clear. About one in four people in the United States are currently infected with some form of HPV, which is the most common sexually transmitted disease today. Forty-five percent of men and women are infected with HPV in the U.S., according to Dr. Janice Han, a doctor in the division of gynecologic oncology at Womack Army Medical Center, in Fort Bragg, N.C. HPV vaccination rates are higher in women than they are in men. In 2006, women were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to get the Gardasil shot to prevent HPV-related cancers. Men, however, were not introduced to the vaccine until 2011, according to Dr. Elissa...

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