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Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine

Australian scientists closer to creating HIV vaccine Canberra, Nov 21 : Australian scientists have taken a step in the "right direction" to creating a vaccine for the deadly HIV virus.

Researchers from South Australia's University of Adelaide and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have used a common cold virus to introduce their DNA-based vaccine into the immune system of laboratory mice, Xinhua news agency reported.


Happy sex life ensures super oral health

Happy sex life ensures super oral health Sydney, Nov 21 : If you are not happy with your bedroom life, check your dental hygiene. Teeth stand witness to your happy love life, says a study, suggesting that individuals who are in a trusting, secure and loving relationship may have good oral health compared to those in a bad one.


Mobile phones don't cause brain cancer, latest study suggests

Mobile phones don't cause brain cancer, latest study suggests Melbourne: Amid concerns over possibility of a connection between cellphones and brain tumous, a new study has denied the claims and stressed that mobile phone use does not appear to be linked to brain cancer.

Researchers from University of Sydney claimed that they found no rise in tumours over 30 years in Australia despite widespread use of the devices.


Half the world's people to become myopic by 2050, says study

Half the world's people to become myopic by 2050, says study Sydney: Nearly five billion people, that is about half the world's population, are poised to become myopic or short-sighted by the end of 2050, indicates a study.

Also called nearsightedness, myopia is a vision condition in which people can see clearly the objects that are close to eyes but objects far away appear to be blurred to the sight.


Photo diary can help you shed those extra kilos

Photo diary can help you shed those extra kilos Melbourne, Jan 22 : People who are having difficulty losing weight should consider keeping a photo journal as a new study suggests that taking photo of yourself each week can help you ditch those extra kilos.

The University of Alicante study has shown that keeping a photo diary can keep dieters motivated, making them more likely to achieve their target weight, News. com. au reported.


Stressed out.Turn off emails and avoid stress!

Stressed out.Turn off emails and avoid stress!Melbourne, Jan. 4 - Stress and Gen Y are just so made for each other and one of the reasons for the same is the constant email updates.


Meet the hard-luck builder who landed with 5-day erection post Viagra overdose

Meet the hard-luck builder who landed with 5-day erection post Viagra overdoseMelbourne, Sept 14 - A British builder, who necked 35 Viagra pills for a "laugh" during a drunken bender, ended up in hospital after being stuck with a five-day erection.

The father of two, Daniel Medforth, decided to take the erectile dysfunction medication while celebrating the August 31 bank holiday at a friend's house, News.com.au reports.


Teen left horrified after doctors discover 26 cockroaches inside right ear

Teen left horrified after doctors discover 26 cockroaches inside right earMelbourne, Aug. 29 - A 19-year-old, who went to his doctor complaining of a ear ache, was horrified when he was told that 26 cockroaches were living inside his ear.

Li, 19, recalled that he woke up in the middle of the night with an unbearable itch in his ear that grew increasingly painful, reports news. com. au.


Skinny jeans don't suit your nerves!

Skinny jeans don't suit your nerves!Adelaide (Australia), June 24 - Bizarre as it may sound, news of Australian woman being admitted to a hospital in Adelaide for four days to treat a nerve problem exacerbated by the skinny jeans that she wore, has turned to be true.


Eat few peanuts every day to slash early death risk from cancer

Eat few peanuts every day to slash early death risk from cancerMelbourne, Jun 11 - A new study has suggested that peanuts can protect against early death from cancer and heart disease.

The Maastricht University study found that men and women who eat at least 10g of nuts or peanuts and not peanut butter per day have a lower risk of dying from several major causes of death than people who do not consume them, News. com. au reported.


In a first, woman gives birth with ovary tissue frozen before puberty

In a first, woman gives birth with ovary tissue frozen before pubertyMelbourne, June 10 - Several women get pregnant with the help of ovarian tissues taken from adult women, but for the first time a woman has given birth after surgeons implanted ovarian tissue frozen before puberty.


World's first 'feeling' prosthetic leg provides new hope for amputees

World's first 'feeling' prosthetic leg provides new hope for amputeesMelbourne, June 9 : Austrian surgeons have innovated world's first artificial limb that has sensors which sends signals to the brain and allows the patient to feel the leg like a real one.


Magazine prints entire issue with HIV-positive blood to combat stigma

Magazine prints entire issue with HIV-positive blood to combat stigmaMelbourne, May 5 : A Vienna-based men's magazine has printed its May issue using ink infused with HIV-positive blood in a bid to "break the taboo" linked with the disease.

The Vangardist magazine said that handling a copy of the edition carries no risk of infection as it was produced as per the most stringent controls using guidelines set by Harvard and Innsbruck University, News.com.au reported.


Soon, Viagra dispensing condoms that actually feel like the 'real thing

Soon, Viagra dispensing condoms that actually feel like the 'real thingMelbourne, Apr 13 : Scientists are designing ultra-durable condoms they claim could feel like the "real thing" and even better than nothing at all.

Scientists at the University of Wollongong in Australia are working with an ultra-tough material called hydrogel that could be used to create condoms that actually feels good.


Pre-clinical trials for suppressing HIV set to begin

Pre-clinical trials for suppressing HIV set to beginBrisbane, April 2 : Pre-clinical trials for permanently suppressing HIV are set to begin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, in Brisbane.

Associate Professor David Harrich said that the gene therapy could replace or diminish the need for the constant cocktail of drugs HIV patients currently need to stop HIV from crippling their immune system or developing into AIDS.


Antibiotic resistance linked to corruption: Study

AntibioticMelbourne: Researchers have linked antibiotic resistance with poor governance and corruption around the world.

"We found poor governance and higher levels of corruption are associated with higher levels of antibiotic resistance," lead researcher Peter Collignon from The Australian National University (ANU) School of Medicine said.

"It is a finding that will be surprising to most people in the field of Medicine," said Collignon.


Chocoholics can now just 'sniff' chocolates without fear of getting fat!

Chocoholics can now just 'sniff' chocolates without fear of getting fat!Melbourne, Mar 16 : Chocolate lovers will now be able to enjoy chocolates without any fear of putting on weight, as a Belgian chocolatier has invented Chocolate Shooter with which one could feel the taste of chocolate by just sniffing it.


Latest `birthing trend`: New mums turning placentas into `healthy` smoothies

Latest `birthing trend`: New mums turning placentas into `healthy` smoothiesMelbourne, Mar 12 : The latest "birthing trend" shows that an ancient practice of consuming the placenta after birth is gaining popularity in some affluent Sydney suburbs.


15 new breast cancer genetic risk 'hot-spots' identified

15 new breast cancer genetic risk 'hot-spots' identifiedMelbourne, Mar 10 : Researchers have recently identified 15 new gene regions linked to breast cancer risk that makes the count up to around 100 markers, which will ultimately help in more efficient screening.

Scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Cambridge University, in collaboration with the international Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC), have identified new gene regions.


Stressed teens face higher risk of heart diseases later in life

Stressed teens face higher risk of heart diseases later in lifeMelbourne, Mar 5 - A study has revealed that teenagers who suffer with stress are more likely to face higher risk of heart diseases in adulthood.

The American and Swedish researchers has found that tackling stress and promoting physical fitness in teenage can be a good option as being fit when young leads to a reduced risk of heart disease later in life, News. com. au reported.


These 10 'red flag' warning signs will help detect cancer on time

These 10 'red flag' warning signs will help detect cancer on timeMelbourne, Feb 11 - Scientists have revealed 10 red-flag cancer warning symptoms, which if present in a person, should get immediately checked out by a doctor.

According to the new research of more than 1700 people by Cancer Research UK, key to beating cancer was knowing these warning signs and "If in doubt, check it out,", News. com. au reported.

The 10 Cancer symptoms are:

1. Persistent cough or hoarseness


Oz woman becomes first to give birth after ovarian tissue transplanted into abdomen

Oz woman becomes first to give birth after ovarian tissue transplanted into abdomenMelbourne, Feb 9 - An Australian lady named Vali Creus, has become the only woman in the world who has given birth to twins even after getting ovarian tissue transplanted into abdomen.

Creus was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 19-year-old, and at that time her one ovary was removed and the other was frozen and defrosted many years later, News.com.au reported.


Morphine-like protein discovered in coffee

Morphine-like protein discovered in coffeeMelbourne, Jan. 26 - Scientists have recently discovered a protein in coffee that has effects like morphine, it has been reported.


'Good fat' can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes

'Good fat' can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetesMelbourne, Nov 25 : A new study has revealed that brown fat, nicknamed the "good fat," can help control type 2 diabetes because it not just warms up the body in cold temperatures, but burning up calories in the process, it also "hoovers up" excess sugar.


Cheating may be in your genes: Study

Cheating may be in your genes: StudyMelbourne - Women with variations in a particular gene are more likely to cheat on their partners, according to a new study which suggests that infidelity may be inherited.

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia found that infidelity may be handed down by parents and grandparents.

They have also identified a single gene which has variations which make women more likely to commit adultery.


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