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In the United Kingdom, ethicists are debating whether to allow men to volunteer to posthumously donate their sperm to strangers. That is, their sperm would be retrieved postmortem and used by persons unknown to them.

Advocates say it will help ease a shortage of sperm donors and meet a critical need in the same way as organ donation. They say it should be viewed as a similarly altruistic gesture. Skeptics ask who would pay for sperm retrieval and whether donors' families could veto their loved one's decision to be a dead donor.

Body of Knowledge

It's estimated that 1% to 5% of people have polymastia or polythelia: They possess an extra nipple. The extra nipple is typically small, may look more like a mole than a nipple and can appear anywhere on the body, though most often it appears somewhere on the front chest or abdomen. The nipples are generally not dangerous and are easily removed for cosmetic reasons, rather than health reasons.

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that between 2014 and 2018, nearly 40,000 injuries from electric scooter accidents were treated in the emergency room, an increase in the injury rate over that time of 222%. Injuries to the head and lower extremities were the most common injury sites, while fractures, contusions and abrasions were the most common injury types.

 

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15: Percentage of American adults who are physically inactive, who do not even meet minimum exercise recommendations.

1 in 10: Number of premature deaths linked to physical inactivity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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