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>> Heated car seats may be associated with male subfertility. A German study has found that sitting on a heated car seat increases scrotal temperature by 0.5-0.6°C (Fertility and Sterility 2008;90:335-9). The controlled study involved 30 men who sat on a heated car seat for 90 minutes. Although the study did not look directly at the effect that this might have on fertility, previous studies have shown that excessive testicular heat can result in subfertility.
>> Long term exposure to incense raises the risk of respiratory cancer, a study published by researchers in Singapore has found(Cancer 2008 Aug 25, doi: 10.1002/cncr.23788). The cohort of 61 320 Singapore Chinese citizens was studied for 12 years. The researchers found that the relative risk of respiratory squamous cell carcinoma among long term users of incense was 1.8 (95% confidence interval 1.2