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India hosts growing number of foreigners seeking budget sex-change surgery
After decades of battling depression, former soldier Betty Ann Archer finally flew to New Delhi to complete her gender transition, one of a growing number of foreigners heading to India for budget sex-change operations.
 
Laboratory advance provides window into early stage of embryo development
New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.
 
Common calculator 'overestimates' heart disease risk: study
A commonly used method of calculating a person's risk of heart attack or stroke in the next five years may overestimate the actual risk, leading doctors to unnecessarily prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs, researchers said Monday.
 
Taiwan has entered the peak season for enterovirus infections, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director General Kuo Hsu-sung said on Tuesday, expecting to set up higher level command centers in the near future.
 
Antibody protects macaques from 'HIV' infection for 23 weeks: study
Just one shot of a lab-produced antibody protected macaques against a sort of monkey HIV for nearly six months, said a study Wednesday into a potential vaccine alternative.
 
For those mired in the eternal quest for health and happiness, there's some good news. Harvard is on the case.
 
FDA ceases imports of drug-tainted US beef
Dangerous levels of muscle-enhancing additive ractopamine have been detected in beef imports from the U.S., the first such case since the government lifted bans on U.S. beef four years ago, announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) on Wednesday.
 
Lab mice that spent just two weeks in orbit showed early signs of liver damage upon returning to Earth, raising concern about what long-duration spaceflight might do to humans, researchers said Wednesday.
 
S. Africans still sweet on sugary drinks, in spite of new 'fat tax'
South Africa plans a new "fat tax" on sugary drinks to combat an obesity epidemic -- but sweet-toothed consumers say its chances are slim of making them cut down.
 
Peru has suffered its first case of sexually transmitted, locally contracted Zika virus, authorities said Saturday.
 
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