Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in China

More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year in China, with new cases in the group increasing fourfold since 2010

Young gay men at the frontline of AIDS prevention in ChinaYoung gay men are the frontline of China’s battle to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, with new cases occurring at one of the fastest rates of any segment of the population. More than 2,300 students between 15 and 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS in the first nine months of this year, with new cases in […]

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotaller

Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol

This newly discovered gene explains why you are a teetotallerThe researchers said that, their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. Alcoholics were not included in the research, the study authors said. Participants […]

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccine

The most ambitious HIV vaccine trial is now underway. Will it work? 

HIV and an elusive search for a vaccineThe first HIV vaccine trial in seven years is launching in South Africa. The trial is called HVTN 702, and the goal is to enrol 5,400 sexually active men and women between 18 and 35 throughout South Africa, where more than 1,000 people are infected with HIV each day. It’s the most ambitious HIV vaccine […]

Medical science says likeness attracts likeness. Opposites attract is actually a myth

This preference for likeness is so strong, that we even tend to choose partners who physically resemble ourselves or our parents

Medical science says likeness attracts likeness. Opposites attract is actually a mythEver felt instantly attracted to a stranger but you couldn’t figure out why? Though you might have brushed it off as fate or destiny, a recent study has a much more scientific explanation: We may subconsciously be more attracted to strangers when we feel that we can accurately interpret their facial expressions and emotions. If […]

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only once

It is believed only 10 cases of this rare phenomenon, known as superfoetation, have been documented across the world

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only onceKate Hill was receiving hormone treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that meant she was not ovulating. She apparently conceived twins at different times despite only having unprotected sex once during that time. It is very rare for a woman to conceive a second time when already pregnant. Most twins are the result of […]

Zika still an emergency, just a different kind, WHO says

World Health Organisation observes Zika causes not only microcephaly, but a range of other terrible and subtle birth defects and is a longer-term problem

Zika still an emergency, just a different kind, WHO saysThe spread of the Zika virus and the birth defects it causes are no longer a public health emergency of international concern, but a longer-term problem, the World Health Organization said Friday. The WHO officials denied that change in status means Zika is less of a concern, but they said for funding and other bureaucratic […]

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victory

The youngster knew she only had weeks to live when she wrote a heart breaking letter to a judge asking to be frozen until a cure could be found

Tragic: British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victoryKnowing she had only weeks to live rather than her whole life ahead of her, a dying schoolgirl desperately turned to cryogenics in the hope she could one day be brought back. Described as a “bright, intelligent young person”, the tragic 14-year-old spent her last month’s fervently researching how she could be frozen until a […]

How to spot symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease

The illness is typically mild, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. HFMD is caused by several different viruses and it’s possible that people can get the disease again

How to spot symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth diseaseA public health department in Georgia, which serves 15 counties across the state’s west central region, is warning parents of reports of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease — also called coxsackie virus — in the area. “The illness is typically mild, and nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. HFMD […]

Experimental vaginal ring to fight HIV, but doubts persist whether women will use it

While the point of the ring is to help women fight HIV, what their partners think and what it would do to their sex lives — also matters

Experimental vaginal ring to fight HIV, but doubts persist whether women will use itThat’s a question researchers posed as part of the ASPIRE study, which tested the flexible silicone rings with women ages 18 to 45 living in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. And it’s a practical one, explains Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded ASPIRE. The less […]

Study identifies enzyme which causes obesity

German researchers have identified a particular enzyme found in immune cells that is responsible for triggering obesity’s negative effects on a person’s health. The enzyme is known simply as “Kit”

Study identifies enzyme which causes obesityAs obesity and its chronic complications continue to place a heavy burden on the health care system, researchers are trying to better understand the mechanisms behind it. In a new study, researchers from the German Cancer Research Center examined how the physiological effects of obesity cause diseases, and how to potentially curb them. The authors […]