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July 16, 2007

Science: Purple Nurples May Cause Moobs

We called them Purple Nurples. You might have called them titty-twisters. Not only were they really painful and pretty gay, they might cause boys to grow breast tissue.

Dr. Oscar Escobar, of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, recently treated two adolescent boys with breast enlargement, and there appeared to be a connection.

The boys were not related, but they came to the doctor with the same history: Both were involved in a popular, prankish game in which boys twist one another's nipples.

"I think that may have produced some mechanical triggering, or irritation, that can be implicated in the genesis of their gynecomastia," Escobar said. "Something like that can induce breast development, and it absolutely should be discouraged."

There are many causes for gynecomastia, the medical term for enlarged breast tissue in a man or boy.

The condition is characterized by excessive fat in the chest area, excess glandular tissue or a combination of the two. Typically, males with gynecomastia can feel or see a button- or disc-like growth beneath one or both nipples.

No word yet on whether Eric Cartman's "Rochambeau" game might spur penis growth.


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