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Oral sex may raise risks of head, neck cancer

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LONDON —Oral sex can raise the risk of head and neck cancer by seven times, according to a new study published online in ‘JAMA Oncology’.

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine research shows a strong connection between the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be spread through oral sex, and head and neck cancer.

The study, which involved nearly 97,000 people in two studies, also shows that the virus can be detected in a mouthwash. The virus can also be prevented with a vaccine.

The virus can raise the risk of getting head and neck cancer by as much as seven times, and maybe by far more, the Independent reported.

Head and neck cancers were long thought to have been caused by smoking and drinking. But a sharp rise in the number of cases led doctors to speculate that there may be another cause, and the new study is the first to show conclusively that HPV-16 precedes the development of those cancers.

The explanation gained particular publicity when actor Michael Douglas said that he believed he had contracted his cancer through oral sex. The new study is proof of the strong connection between those two activities.

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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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