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February 14, 2007
Writing about web page http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2007-02-13T214650Z_01_N13184401_RTRUKOC_0_US-VASECTOMY-DEMENTIA.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C3-healthNews-3&rpc=92
Thinking of getting a vasectomy? Perhaps thinking of getting one when you're married? Well you might want to think again:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Men who have had a vasectomy may face an increased risk of developing a rare type of dementia marked by a steady loss of language skills, researchers said on Tuesday.
Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois, writing in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, linked this male sterilization surgery to a neurological condition called primary progressive aphasia, or PPA.
It causes people's language capabilities to decline steadily, with symptoms such as faulty recollection of names of people and things, difficulties in speech, reading and writing, and poor comprehension.