Month: July 2014


Gay rights activists in China are bent on stopping what could be termed a “homosexuality conversion therapy” advanced by some Chinese doctors. Chinese gay communities have organized a series of protests and a video footage of one demonstration showing activists holding up a protest banner reading “Being gay is not an illness”, at a Beijing medical conference.

gay flagThough the modern medical consensus in the West is that there’s no good evidence that sexual orientation can be changed, Chinese doctors argue that homosexuality can be treated. The delegates do not seem convinced. “We cannot support homosexuality,” a doctor said. “Although we try to understand it,” his colleague adds.

Dr Zhou Zhengyou of the Nanjing Urban Psychiatric Consultancy Centre claims to cure up to 70% of his gay patients, although he says it is a long and difficult process. According to Dr. Zhou, he uses counseling alone and does not treat his patients with so-called aversion-therapy offered elsewhere in China. However, to the “aversion therapy”, he says “One common method is electric shock. When the patient has a gay thought, we electrocute them or inject them with drugs that make them sick”.

After decades of refusal, China for the first time has allowed gays to challenge gay conversion therapy in the courts. According to Xiao, the man bringing the case, he went through the treatment in order to gather the evidence and now he hopes a successful court ruling will effectively ban the practice.

A Chinese court is due to hear the case, a first of its kind, brought against a clinic that reportedly offers “gay conversion therapy” by gay rights activists.






232 Small white pearly-like teeth

232 Small white pearly-like teeth

232 teeth have been extracted from the mouth of a 17-year old boy in India. Ashik Gavai had to undergo a seven- hour operation for the teeth, which looked like “small white pearls”, to be extracted.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai’s JJ Hospital’s dental department, said “Ashik’s malaise was diagnosed as a complex composite odontoma where a single gum forms lots of teeth.”

According to Dr. Dhiware, the medical literature on the condition he suffered, is “known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 37 teeth have been extracted from the tumour in the past. But in Ashik’s case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and it had hundreds of teeth.” Dr. Dhiware said she had “”not seen anything like this before in my 30-year career”, but was “thrilled to get such an exciting case”.

Ashik was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, and had suffered for 18 months before travelling from his village to the city for proper medical attention. The surgery was conducted on Monday, and Ashik now has 28 teeth left. Doctors have described his condition as “very rare” and “a world record”.