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A cosmetic surgical procedure to alter women's genitals is rising in popularity thanks in part to the porn industry, even as many questions loom about unknown medical and social consequences.

Labiaplasty involves “trimming” or reshaping the labia minora, usually to make them smaller or more symmetrical.

When the second working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth report March 31, its unexpected emphasis on the positive may have been more than a reflection of better efforts to deal with the impacts of a warming planet. It may also have been smart marketing strategy.

The television docudrama Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey is in free-fall, having dropped in the ratings for the third straight week after a somewhat tepid debut. TV By the Numbers reports that only 3.91 million people watched the fourth episode of the series, down from (an already mediocre) 5.77 million who watched the pilot.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that a Pennsylvania-based company is voluntarily recalling several products marketed as dietary supplements for “male enhancement” after the agency says it found they contained active drugs.

Nova Products, Inc., an adult products wholesaler, will recall packs of African Black Ant, Black Ant, XZen Gold, ZXen Platinum, XZen 1200, XZone Gold, and XZone 1200, according to an FDA press release.

Canada’s Parliament will debate a bill next week that could add significant new powers to regulate the sale and recall of drugs in the country.

Exposure to media that promotes conspiracy theories may increase belief in them, but exposure to debunking information can decrease that belief, a new study has found.

The report, published in the January-March edition of the journal Communication Quarterly and conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, suggests that messages can influence peoples' beliefs, even in a fragmented media world.