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Mar 15 2013

Scientists May Have Found “Functional Cure” for HIV

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by thepleasurechest

You may have heard about the baby who was recently cured of HIV. French scientists are now saying that they’ve found a “functional cure” for 14 adult  patients living with HIV.

“They still have HIV, it is not eradication of HIV, it is a kind of remission of the infection.”

The patients were all treated with a combination of antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of being infected with HIV. Though they still technically have the virus, they were able to discontinue drug treatment after an average of just three years. Read more at the BBC.

Mar 08 2013

Tonight! I Have a Headache!

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by thepleasurechest

Researchers in Germany have discovered that sex may actually cure a headache.

“Our data suggest…that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients,” wrote the authors of the study, published Feb. 19 in Cephalagia.

The scientists studied 800 patients who suffered from migraines and 200 who reported chronic cluster headaches. One third of respondents admitted to having sex during their episodes. 67% of those with migraines reported a partial or total alleviation of symptoms, while  37% of cluster headache patients said sex helped lessen the pain. Sex didn’t work for everyone and seemed to help men more than women. But the results are promising.

Do you suffer from headaches? Does sex make you feel better or worse?

h/t CBS News

 

Feb 21 2013

The Male Birth Control You’ve Never Heard Of

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Have you heard of RISUG? It’s a revolutionary birth control method for men. RISUG is an acronym for reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance; it’s a quick, relatively painless procedure developed by Indian scientist Sujoy Guha.

In a traditional vasectomy, the vas deferens is severed. In Guha’s procedure, the vas deferens is injected with a nontoxic polymer that renders any sperm passing through sterile for up to 10 years. When you’re reading to make babies, you simply inject a solution of baking soda and water to flush out the polymer. Can it really be that simple? And why isn’t RISUG a household word?

Check out this video from Discovery News to learn more.

h/t The Awl