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What is earwax?

That brownish/yellowish gunk that comes out on your finger if you scratch deep inside your ear? It actually serves an important purpose in your body.
Women and their doctors need to communicate about potential sexual side effects from procedures that involve the cervix. RacheeLynn/Shutterstock.com

The cervix is sensitive, and surgeons need to acknowledge the part it plays in some women’s pleasure

Sexual health experts say it’s a misconception that the cervix is insensitive, which can have implications for some medical procedures.
Male pileated woodpecker. FotoRequest/Shutterstock.com

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

Pecking holes in a solid wood tree trunk would give you a headache, if not serious brain damage. What special assets allow a woodpecker to do it?
Rugby World Cup 2019 semi final match between New Zealand and England. Mark Cristino/EPA

Cauliflower ear: all you need to know

Rugby players, wrestlers, mixed martial artists are at risk of it. As are piano movers.
Men have nipples because of a quirk in how embryos develop. But that’s only part of the story of this seemingly redundant body part. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do men have nipples?

How embryos develop, evolution and sexual pleasure all help explain why men have nipples. But ‘man boobs’ are a different story.

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