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Sulphur-powered shipworm unearthed in Philippines

Posted by on 19/04/2017
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Sulphur-powered shipworm unearthed in Philippines

Sulphur-powered shipworm unearthed in Philippines

MANILA: An enormous black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria has been unveiled by scientists for the first time. The slimy giant shipworm can grow up to 155 centimeters in length, despite living a sedentary life in ocean sediment and […]

Marijuana safer than opioids, But moms should stay away

Posted by on 18/04/2017
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Marijuana safer than opioids, But moms should stay away

Marijuana safer than opioids, But moms should stay away

DENVER: Americans think it’s safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday. Twothirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are “riskier” […]

How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

Posted by on 17/04/2017
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How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

How Spain became the world leader in organ transplants

MADRID: Juan Benito Druet has just learned that his life may be about to change. In the next few hours he will receive a healthy kidney thanks to a pioneering system that has made Spain the world leader in organ transplants for the past 25 years. “We don’t know what will happen. But you have […]

Iraqi baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

Posted by on 15/04/2017
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Iraqi baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

Iraqi baby with eight limbs gets new lease on life in India

NEW DELHI: A baby born with eight limbs, including two protruding from his stomach, has undergone surgery in India to successfully remove the extra arms and legs, in an operation being hailed as a world first. Seven-month-old Karam was born in Iraq with an extremely rare condition where a conjoined twin did not fully form […]

Catastrophic failure: Why shoelaces come undone

Posted by on 12/04/2017
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Catastrophic failure: Why shoelaces come undone

Catastrophic failure: Why shoelaces come undone

PARIS: A mystery as old as laced shoes was unraveled yesterday by experiments that reveal how shoestrings come undone when we are on the move. “The failure of the knot happens in a matter of seconds, often without warning, and is catastrophic,” scientists reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A. The researchers […]

‘Sliding into catastrophe’: South Sudan famine could spread

Posted by on 11/04/2017
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‘Sliding into catastrophe’:   South Sudan famine could spread

‘Sliding into catastrophe’: South Sudan famine could spread

Conditions to deteriorate as lean season approaches AWEIL, South Sudan: Two months after the world’s youngest nation declared a famine amid its civil war, hunger has become more widespread than expected, aid workers say.  South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal region is on the brink of starvation, with 290,000 people at risk of dying without […]

Iraqis haunted by war overwhelm mental health facilities

Posted by on 10/04/2017
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Iraqis haunted by war overwhelm mental health facilities

Iraqis haunted by war overwhelm mental health facilities

KHAZER, Iraq: Six-year-old Mustafa suffers nightmares, cries at the sound of airplanes and occasionally wets himself, symptoms that worsened last year when an explosion in Mosul killed his cousin and wounded his father before his eyes. He was a young witness to more than two years of Islamic State rule and months of heavy fighting […]

Polluted London sets its sights on cars

Posted by on 09/04/2017
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Polluted London sets its sights on cars

Polluted London sets its sights on cars

British capital once again choked by pollution LONDON: Gone are the days of London’s “pea souper” smogs, but like many European cities, the British capital is once again being choked by pollution-and has road traffic firmly in its sights. In 1952, the Great Smog suffocated London for five days, bringing the city to a standstill […]

‘Sci-fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors: study

Posted by on 05/04/2017
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‘Sci-fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors: study

‘Sci-fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors: study

WASHINGTON: It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumor treating fields, and it’s not […]

Indian clinic treats Bangladeshis seeking mercy deaths for free

Posted by on 04/04/2017
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Indian clinic treats Bangladeshis seeking mercy deaths for free

Indian clinic treats Bangladeshis seeking mercy deaths for free

Mumbai-based Institute offers stem cell therapy DHAKA: Three Bangladeshis suffering from a highly debilitating form of muscular dystrophy are receiving free treatment in India after a relative’s plea for them to be allowed to die brought their plight to global attention. Fruit seller Tofazzal Hossain sparked a rare debate about euthanasia in conservative Bangladesh in […]

Adan Hospital doctors successfully perform 12-hour heart surgery

Posted by on 03/04/2017
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Adan Hospital doctors successfully perform 12-hour heart surgery

Adan Hospital doctors successfully perform 12-hour heart surgery

KUWAIT: A medical team at Salman Al-Dabbous heart center of Adan Hospital, led by the head of heart surgery center Prof Riyadh Al-Tarrazi and assisted by a team from University of Hanover, succeeded in carrying out a Vascutek Thoraflex frozen elephant trunk surgery, which lasted over 12 hours. This operation is considered the most critical […]

Indonesian village have no reservation on eating exotic animals

Posted by on 03/04/2017
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Indonesian village have no reservation on eating exotic animals

Indonesian village have no reservation on eating exotic animals

Indonesia’s selfie monkey threatened for its meat TANGKOKO, Indonesia: The crested black macaque shot to fame when one of the monkeys snapped grinning selfies and became embroiled in a US court battle-but the tussle over copyright is the least of the rare animal’s worries. In a remote corner of their native Indonesia, amid smoking volcanoes […]

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