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  • USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    USAID launches latest clean-up for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

    The US launched on Saturday a $183 million clean-up at a former Vietnam storage site for Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used in their bitter war which years later is still blamed for severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities. Located outside...

  • Dementia, sex and the law

    Dementia,  sex and  the law

    There are events in life that do not fit our black and white moral principles. The monochromatic reality of our moral world is always outshone by the Technicolour nature of reality. People who are suffering from dementia expose some of these...

  • 'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    'World's smallest baby boy' set to go home in Japan

    The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of...

  • Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

    Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals - or even humans - alive. Authors of the US-based...

  • Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone: why defining a 'normal' level is hard to do

    Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. It’s best known for its role in the development of male sexual characteristics and physical features, but there are also many surprising and lesser known functions of testosterone that make it an...

  • Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Half of statins patients don't hit 'healthy' cholesterol levels

    Millions of patients around the world taking statins to lower the risk of heart disease fail to achieve the recommended levels of cholesterol reduction after two years of treatment, new research said Monday. Statins - a class of medicines designed...

  • Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    Type of grass pollen, not count, could be important for allergy sufferers

    As the winter cold is replaced by warmer temperatures, longer days and an explosion of botanical life, up to 400 million people worldwide will develop allergic reactions to airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Symptoms will range from...

  • Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

    Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants. The heart, about the size of a rabbit's, marked "the...

  • Sugar added to 77% of items

    Sugar added to 77% of items

    Processed foods have taken over most of the food we eat at the expense of those included in healthy nutritional advice. Many of us seem to be removing most of the fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, proteins and fibre from our diets. Along this...

  • Mother of 3-DNA baby praises new fertility treatment

    Mother of 3-DNA baby praises new fertility treatment

    The Greek mother of the first baby born using DNA from three people on Friday praised the revolutionary technique that helped her conceive - and thanked the mystery woman who donated her egg. Under the terms of the treatment, she was not allowed...

  • Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

    Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

    The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 750 people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday, ahead of a key review on the severity of the epidemic.  WHO's latest toll for the outbreak declared in eastern...

  • Sense of taste changes as we age

    Sense of taste changes as we age

    Taste is a complex phenomenon. We do not experience the sensation through a single sense (as we would when we see something using our sense of sight, for example) but rather it is made up of the five senses working together to allow us to...

  • Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

    Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

    Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition. Sulfiya, a Russian woman in her 60s, has travelled to Azerbaijan's north-western city of Naftalan in...

  • Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    Push to cure hepatitis B, a neglected disease

    A coalition of researchers, health organisations and patient groups on Wednesday launched an ambitious campaign to cure hepatitis B, a disease that kills twice as many people as malaria but gets far less attention. "Inexplicably, despite the huge...

  • A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    A shot of truth: the MMR vaccine and the conspiracies that dog it

    It was 1992 when the floodgates of immunisation conspiracy theories opened. Gastroentologist Andrew Wakefield had suggested that the MMR vaccine was linked to autism in children. The detriment caused by that since-discredited claim remains more...

  • Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Electric bikes can boost older people's mental performance and well-being

    Getting on your bicycle can give you an enormous sense of freedom and enjoyment. It can increase your independence and knowledge of the local area, and improve your access to the natural (or urban) environment. It can also be highly nostalgic –...

  • Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Online tool encourages healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of obesity in both mothers and babies. To avoid dangerous gestational weight gain, it is important to identify effective tools for behavior change. A new study appearing in the Journal of...

  • New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York mandates vaccine to contain Brooklyn measles outbreak

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to contain a measles outbreak concentrated in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. The order concerns all...

  • Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    Cutting-edge procedure mends Jagger's 'heart of stone'

    When the Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger underwent heart valve replacement surgery in New York recently, according to media reports the doctor in France who invented the technique took a modest bow. "I am not especially a fan of the Rolling Stones but...

  • Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    Will London's new charge on drivers help air pollution?

    A new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being introduced in London, to reduce harmful emissions from traffic and improve air quality. Those who drive polluting vehicles into the city centre will face a daily charge – £12.50 for cars, motorcycles...