Sex-boost slimming pill

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Scientists are developing a pill which could boost women’s libido and reduce their appetite.

The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behaviour and ate less.

The team from the Medical Research Council’s Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh believe a human version could be available within a decade.

But a psychologist said low-libido was usually caused by relationship issues.

Up to 40% of women are thought to experience a lack of sex drive at some point in their lives.

A third of women constantly worry about the way their body looks, a survey last year suggested.

‘Rump presentation’

The Edinburgh team, led by Professor Robert Millar, have been looking at the properties Type 2 Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone.

When it was given to monkeys, they displayed mating behaviour such as tongue-flicking and eyebrow-raising to the males, while female shrews displayed their feelings via “rump presentation and tail wagging”.

But the animals also ate around a third less food than they normally would.

Professor Millar hopes to achieve a similar rise in libido and fall in appetite in a pill for women.

He told the Scotland on Sunday newspaper: “This hormone is distributed in the brain in areas that we suspect affect reproductive behaviour.

“It is considered a major pharmaceutical endeavour to address the area of libido.

“So the next stage is to produce a drug that simulates the actions of this hormone.

“It is most likely that we will do it in partnership with a pharmaceutical firm. It could be available to women within the next 10 years.”

He said it may also be possible to develop a pill which worked for men, but he has so far not carried out any tests on male animals.

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Beamed up: Star Trek star Scotty goes to final frontier

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THE ashes of James Doohan, better known as Scotty in Star Trek, were blasted into space aboard a private rocket yesterday from a launchpad in the New Mexico desert.

Many fans turned out in full Star Trek regalia for a memorial service for the Canadian-born actor the day before the launch of the SpaceLoft XL rocket.

Doohan’s widow, Wende, said her husband was eager to reach the final frontier: “He would be ecstatic. He would be the one pressing the button. He totally was so into space.”

Doohan, who died aged 85, played the chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the Starship Enterprise and was gracious to the end to “trekkies” who besieged him for autographs and appearances.

Captain Kirk never quite said, “Beam me up, Scotty” — the closest he came to it was, “Scotty, beam me up” — but it became one of the most famous phrases in television.

A symbolic portion of his ashes was loaded into a silver capsule with those of the American Mercury 7 astronaut Gordon Cooper and 200 other people whose families paid $495 (£248) for the privilege.

On board the flight were messages in memory of Doohan and Cooper and a CD, Celestis: Space Ceremonial Music, recorded by the Russian band Cyclotimia.

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