Scientists in Japan have created a microscopically thin film that can coat individual teeth to prevent decay or to make them appear whiter, the chief researcher said.
The "tooth patch" is a hard-wearing and ultra-flexible material made from hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel, that could also mean an end to sensitive teeth.
Snakes are able to convert their venom back into harmless molecules, according to new research published Wednesday that scientists said could have important implications for diseases like cancer.
The joint British-Australian study of venom and tissue gene sequences in snakes showed that venom not only evolved from regular cells but could be turned back into harmless proteins.
Covered in smog and cramped apartment towers, Hong Kong is not usually associated with a healthy lifestyle. But new figures show that Hong Kongers are the longest-living people in the world.
Hong Kong men have held the title for more than a decade and recent data show female Hong Kongers are overtaking their Japanese counterparts for the first time, according to the governments in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
Suicide rates can rise by between eight and 15 per cent in times of economic hardship, according to studies that separately probed the effects of Europe's economic crisis and of droughts in Australia.
Writing in the BMJ medical journal, researchers estimated the recession may have been to blame for some 1,000 people taking their own lives in Britain between 2008 and 2010.
Before the financial crisis, the suicide rate in Britain had been on the decline, reaching a 20-year low of 4,006 deaths in 2007, the team wrote.
India is among the few countries that have made significant reductions in HIV infections amid extensive interventions for control of the epidemic, which seems to be stabilising now.
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulan Nabi Azad said HIV infections have declined by 56 per cent during the last decade to 120,000 in 2009 from 270,000 in 2000.
Gay sex in a conservative Catholic society where the influential church forbids the use of condoms is fuelling an alarming rise of HIV infections in the Philippines, experts warn.
The Southeast Asian country is facing a HIV epidemic, with sex between men making up nearly 90 percent of all new cases, according to the health department and the United Nations' Development Programme (UNDP).
Ten new infections are being detected every day, three times the rate of just a few years ago, the UNDP said.
Experienced yoga teachers from Australia are queuing up for the first intensive, month-long training course to be held in Quy Nhon – a small, seaside fishing town along Vietnam’s central coast and one of the region’s emerging yoga destinations.
Australian yoga school Rainbow Kids Yoga will hold its annual specialization teacher training at the 63-room Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon, from Dec. 9, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013.
Three decades into the AIDS pandemic an end to new infections is in sight, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
"We don't even know if a cure is possible. What we know is it is possible that we can end this pandemic even without a cure," Fauci said in an interview ahead of the International AIDS conference July 22-27 in the US capital.
Joslin Researchers Find Critical Diagnostic Marker for Differentiating Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in Young Asian Americans Plus Basis for Changes to Treatment Approaches for Type 2 Asian Patients
Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have determined key differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the Asian American population. This study, published today in PLoS ONE, identified ways to differentiate the types of diabetes, which can be clinically similar in young Asian Americans.