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D.C. Bans Conversion Therapy for Gay Teenagers

Washington, D.C.’s city council voted Tuesday to ban a controversial therapy practice that aims to convert gay teens into heterosexuals.<p>The bill, …

Grandson Of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Is Exiled From Hate Group

This February, Zach, who was born and raised in the church, left Westboro, having suffered for weeks with a back injury his parents believed could be cured with prayer. After begging them to no avail to take him to the emergency room, he decided he was done being a martyr. “I don’t love this …

Scientists identify brain regions that may predict success rate for quitting smoking

Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.<p>Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers studied the neural activity of 80 smokers seeking treatment. Participants were …

U.S. contractor Alan Gross marks 5 years jailed in Cuba, says he will die if not freed by May | Fox News

Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.<p>It's …

Number Of Children Contracting HIV Is Dropping: New Report

Though children are still less likely than adults to get HIV treatment, the number of kids contracting the virus has dropped considerably.<p>According to a new UNICEF report, 1.1 million HIV infections among children in low- and middle-income countries were averted between 2005 and 2013. The …

Public Health

Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Viruses are masters at mutating.<p>So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time.<p>It looks like just the opposite is happening with HIV — although it's happening slowly.<p>"HIV can generate any mutation in the book, on any …

17 states sue Obama for executive order on immigration: Texas attorney general

A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents.<p>The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal …

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

A scientist who chose to ignore the mainstream nearly 30 years ago has found a new way to regenerate nerves in the spinal cord, at least in animals. A drug that Jerry Silver, a professor of neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University, helped design a drug that has allowed paralyzed rats to …