Archive for the 'Science' Category

10 Surprising Sex Statistics

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Whether it’s penis size, papillomavirus risk, or profligate pregnancies, it’s good to know the numbers. Check out these stats to see if you are well within the sexual mean — or if you’re off the charts. 1. Are you infected? At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women will have a genital HPV [...]

Women Smell Better than Men

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Body odor reveals more than when we last showered — it also packs important biological information. And apparently women are better at catching the scent of body odor than men, a new study found. “It is quite difficult to block a woman’s awareness of body odor. In contrast, it seems rather easy to do so [...]

New German law restricts genetic testing

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The German Parliament has passed legislation to limit the genetic testing of humans. It bans secret paternity tests and severely restricts the use of genetic testing by employers and insurance companies. Health Minister Ulla Schmidt welcomed the new law as a crucial step in protecting the rights of patients. She said that after 10 years [...]

WHO convenes emergency meeting on swine flu outbreak

Friday, May 1st, 2009

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said on Friday that it was convening an emergency committee to advise whether outbreaks of swine flu in the United States and Mexico constituted an international public health threat. “WHO will convene, sometime in the very near future, an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations, which will consider [...]

Mating Game Is a Waiting Game

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

How long do you wait before having sex with a new sweetie? Three dates? 10? A new study suggests that both males and females benefit from extended courtships in which mating is delayed: By holding out, females can more accurately screen for potential providers, while waiting males can prove they’re suitable mates. The study, published [...]

Seemingly misplaced DNA acts as lenses

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Nocturnal mammals orient nucleic material in retinal cells to focus light Mice and cats don’t usually agree, but both animals have the same bright idea about night vision. Cats, rats, mice and other nocturnal mammals arrange DNA in some eye cells to form miniature lenses that help focus light, a new study shows. Scientists at [...]

Smokers may boost cancer chances by eating fruit

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

THE HAGUE (AFP) — Smokers may increase their chances of contracting colon cancer by eating fruit and vegetables, according to a new Europe-wide scientific study said Wednesday. A high intake of fruit and vegetables appeared to reduce the risk among non-smokers but seemed to have the reverse effect on smokers, findings by the Dutch National [...]

Children Take A Toll On Marital Bliss

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Science Daily (Apr. 8, 2009) — What married couples have suspected for years is now proven by researchers at the University of Denver (DU) and Texas A&M – children can add problems and stress to a marriage. According to an eight-year study of 218 couples, ninety percent of the couples experienced a decrease in marital [...]

Why Some Women Find Sex Painful

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Women who experience pain during sex are not as alone as they might think: Past research has shown that 15 percent of women experience dyspareunia, or recurrent genital pain during intercourse. Dyspareunia mostly afflicts women. Hardly any men report it. Now a new study finds that women who report painful sex have more easily triggered [...]

Search for a twin solution to matters of life and death

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

A database of 300,000 pairs of twins that would be by far the largest in the world is being planned by British scientists to investigate the genetic and environmental origins of disease and behaviour, The Times has learnt. Twins in Britain will be invited to join the resource under proposals drawn up by researchers at [...]