Common procedure may be linked to prostate cancer

A new study conducted by Harvard University suggests that there may be a link between vasectomies and prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death among American men.

Published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the study states that male participants who’d had a vasectomy showed a 10 percent increase in risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer. Vasectomies were associated with a 20 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer and a 19 percent greater risk of terminal prostate cancer. These risks appeared most strongly among men who’d had their vasectomies early in life.

About 15 percent of males in the U.S. have had a vasectomy. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and is performed under local anesthetic. During the procedure, a segment of the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles is removed and the ends are sealed off. A vasectomy is a common alternative to a woman’s tubal ligation because it is cheaper, safer and thought to have fewer complications.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Moving To ‘Fox & Friends’

NEW YORK,  (UPI) —  Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who describes herself as a “longtime fan of ‘Fox & Friends,'” is moving there from ABC’s “The View,” Fox announced Tuesday.

ABC said Wednesday is Hasselbeck’s final day on “The View.” She will join “Fox & Friends” in September, replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is getting her own show.

“Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on ‘The View,'” Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said. “She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”

Hasselbeck got into TV through appearing on “The Survivor,”   where she survived into the final four in the show’s second season.

“I have been a long-time fan of ‘Fox & Friends’ and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home,” Hasselbeck said in Fox News Channel’s announcement.

Walmart Apologizes For Refusing To Print Breastfeeding Picture

EDMONTON, Alberta,  (UPI) —  An Alberta woman said she was “pleased and shocked” when Walmart apologized for refusing to print a picture of her breastfeeding her baby.

Kayla Andre, who lives in the Edmonton area, said her husband had attempted to have the picture printed at Walmart so he could frame it as a Mother’s Day gift, but the store refused to print the photo, citing a policy against printing pictures with nudity, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

Andre said she planned to hold a mass breastfeeding event at Walmart Thursday to protest the event but decided to cancel the demonstration when she received a call Tuesday from Walmart’s Canadian head office.

She said officials apologized to her and said the workers had erred in refusing to print the photo.

“Lots of people were saying, ‘You can’t do anything, it’s Walmart. Nothing’s going to change,'” Andre said. “I’m actually really, really pleased and shocked and surprised that someone from head office … contacted me and remedied the situation.”

Corporate Affairs Director Alex Roberton, who called Andre Tuesday, said stores across the country have been informed that breastfeeding photographs do not violate the company’s policy.