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Scrotal temperature is increased in disposable plastic lined nappies
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    Re: Scrotal temperature: Clarification on methodology

    Dear Editor

    Can the scrotal temperature be measured with a conventional thermometer?

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    Other implications of disposable nappies
    Dear Editor

    Partsch, Aukamp and Sippell propose that increased testicular temperature in early childhood might affect later spermatogenesis. They suggest that 'disposable' nappies could contribute to this and demonstrate a significant difference between the scrotal skin temperature recorded in infants using 'disposable' nappies and washable cotton nappies. They mention in their introductory paragraph that other environ...

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    Scrotal insulation
    Dear Editor,

    As someone with a long-standing interest in the effects of heat on the testes of farm and experimental animals, I was particularly interested to read the article by Partsch et al (Arch Dis Child 2000;83:364-8) and the accompanying Leading Article (2000;83:281-2) by Professor Hughes. The extent of the temperature elevation produced by the disposable plastic lined nappies is not much less than that of 1.5 to 2...

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    Scrotal temperature: Clarification on methodology
    Dear Editor:

    My question for the authors of this study is what sort of cover or wrap was used on the children to avoid leakage while they were wearing the cloth diapers? Was there no cover, a wool or fleece cover, a plastic cover, or perhaps some other material? This seems like it might inflence the temperature as well and this information would make interpretation of this data more useful.

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    Decline in male gonadal health: nappies not to blame

    Dear Editor:

    Partsch and colleagues speculate that a rise in testicular temperature in infants and young children consequent to the wearing of modern plastic lined disposable nappies [diapers] may have contributed to both the fall in sperm counts and the increase in testicular cancer which have been reported in some countries.[1] In support of this hypothesis Partsche et al refer to reports of rising incidence ra...

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