Prime-time love Knowing when the time is right to try for a baby could soon be as easy as checking the time of day or month. Biotechnology and medical diagnostics company Pheromone Sciences of Vancouver, Canada, has developed a wristwatch-like gadget that tells women when they are about to ovulate and are most likely to conceive. 'It works by measuring changes in the acidity of sweat. This is determined by hormone levels which indicate the woman's fertility status,' according to a report in New Scientist magazine. The PSC Fertility Monitor can indicate if a woman is fertile, non-fertile or ovulating. Worn at night while sleeping, it includes a chemical sensor and micro-processor that calculates the changes, which are displayed on the face of the device or sent to a computer. Women are usually most fertile and likely to ovulate half way through their monthly cycle, usually days 10 to 17. But many women may not fit the general pattern and will have a much more variable fertility window. Happy cure for shyness Anti-depressant drugs could cure the very shy of panic attacks, anxious nausea and blushing, according to a Danish pharmaceutical firm. Jarne Elleholn, managing director of Lundbeck, said he hoped year-long trials in Glasgow would show the drug was able to end the anxiety-induced misery that at least one-in-15 people suffer from at some stage in their lives. After a six-month course, which would cost about #100 pounds (HK$1,110), social phobia sufferers could be cured of their fears, Elleholn said. The remedy, Escitalopram, is in the same group of drugs as the anti-depressant Prozac, which boosts the release of mood-enhancing serotonin in the brain. Breast surgery for men Cosmetic breast operations are no longer the sole preserve of women. In a bid to stay attractive, men are sacrificing themselves to the rigours of the operating theatre. They want to rid their bodies of tell-tale, feminine curves at chest height. Almost one-in-10 German men is unhappy with the shape of his breast, estimates plastic surgeon Joachim Hecker. And more of them are seeking cosmetic surgery, confirms Detlef Witzel, head of the Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Berlin. By the time the male upper chest has assumed feminine proportions, hormone therapy is too late and the only answer is to surgically remove the female breast-like fatty tissue. The most common cause of abnormal enlargement of the chest, says Hecker, is the use of muscle growth drugs. They often contain steroids, relatives of the female hormone oestrogen, which can cause the build-up of fatty tissue. The pleasure dome Scientists in Hungary think they have discovered the part of the human brain that triggers orgasms. By studying a rare case of orgasmic aura experienced by a young woman with epilepsy, the team, led by Jozsef Janszky, concluded that orgasms come from the right hemisphere of the brain. The 31-year-old woman told her doctor that during the onset of an epileptic fit she had feelings similar to those of an orgasm. Janszky and his team, from the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Budapest, evaluated 22 cases of similar orgasmic aura using EEG (electroencephalogram) records. They found that the fits seemed to be triggered by the right side of the brain in an almond-shaped area called the Amygdala. This part of the so-called limbic system governs emotions. The scientists believe that a 'normal' orgasm originates in the same part of the brain and plan more chemical tests to localise the feelings of sexual lust. Stress elimination Monika Parker offers tips about the symptoms and sources of stress and how to eliminate it (in English). March 2, 2pm-5pm. Raja Yoga Centre, 17 Dragon Road, Tin Hau. Free. Tel: 2806 3008.