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Half of all men may be infected with HPV

Today in the news: New evidence that up to half of men may have HPV; optimism speeds surgery recovery; Galliano fired by Dior for anti-Semitism; Charlie Sheen’s continued implosion; and the ‘five second’ rule, debunked.

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A new study shows that half of men may have the Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV, which causes cervical and other cancers and genital warts. The study looked at 1,100 men in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico, and found that some 50 percent were infected. Researchers say the data will help strengthen the argument for having boys vaccinated with the HPV vaccine, which is currently only offered to girls. 

So it turns out that being all cheery and optimistic is good for something other than annoying your cynical, pessimistic buddies – recovering from surgery! According to a recent study of nearly 3000 patients undergoing heart surgery, those with the highest expectations of recovery were actually far more likely to recover than those with a negative outlook on their chances of getting better. In fact, those with better attitudes lived about 20 percent longer then the whiny, complaining naysayers. So give us a smile – your heart will thank you.

Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano has been fired after a video of him praising Adolf Hitler surfaced on the internet. This comes in the wake of an incident in Paris last week, where he reportedly unleashed an anti-Semitic tirade on a dining couple. Natalie Portman, who is Jewish and the face of Dior, released a statement saying she would not work with Galliano, and some in the industry are speculating this may have contributed to his firing. Either way, here’s to hoping this is the last time we’ll be seeing his racist, moustached face for a long, long time. 

If you haven’t been following Charlie Sheen’s bizarre, drug-addled meltdown, Jezebel has created a tidy video library of what will surely go down as one of the most epic celebrity implosions in Hollywood history. Watch as Sheen explains to various primetime news outlets how he survives ingesting copious amounts of drugs and why he lives with a porn star and a model whom he refers to as “the goddesses.”    

How many times have you dropped a piece of food on the floor, grabbed it, yelled “five second rule!” and then shoved it in your mouth? Well, according to a recent article in the New York Times, the five second rule should really be the zero second rule. Dr. Roy M. Gulick is the chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College, and had this to say: “Eating dropped food poses a risk for ingestion of bacteria and subsequent gastrointestinal disease, and the time the food sits on the floor does not change the risk.” So seriously, don’t eat that.