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EU drug agency to review new birth control pills for blood clot risk

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it would review safety data for third- and fourth-generation birth control pills, responding to French concern that these contraceptives may cause dangerous blood clots. The agency, describing contraceptive pills as carrying only “a very rare risk” of clots, said a special panel…

Author of climate change report: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’

by Heather Stewart Lord Stern speaks out in Davos on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise Lord Stern, author of the government-commissioned review on climate change that became the reference work for politicians and green campaigners, now says he underestimated the…

Cities affect weather thousands of kilometers away: study

Heat from large cities alters local streams of high-altitude winds, potentially affecting weather in locations thousands of kilometres (miles) away, researchers said on Sunday. The findings could explain a long-running puzzle in climate change — why some regions in the northern hemisphere are strangely experiencing warmer winters than computer models…

Experts warn obesity will soon reach pandemic proportions

Obesity has become a global pandemic that could leave more than half of all adults worldwide overweight within two decades, experts said, calling for urgent action beyond just blaming people for lacking willpower. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, health, nutrition and fitness experts said the world’s increasingly…

FDA panel pushing for new limits on access to Vicodin

Citing concern over increasing reports of addiction and overdoses, a Food and Drug Administration safety panel has recommended new restrictions on access to the commonly-used painkiller Vicodin and other products. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the panel voted 19-10 to suggest that Vicodin and other products containing…

Malaysian biologist named head of U.N. biodiversity panel

A prominent Malaysian biologist on Saturday was named first chief of a UN scientific panel which aims to turn the world’s spotlight on species loss, as a Nobel-winning counterpart has done for climate change. In their first plenary meeting, members of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or…

Leprosy: an ancient disease thrives in 21st century

It has been called the world’s oldest recorded disease, an evil that humans have known for more than 3,500 years, as papyri from ancient Egypt testify. Yet drugs to cure leprosy are cheap, plentiful and effective. So why is this biblical curse still around? Doctors speaking ahead of World Leprosy…

One-third of fish caught in English Channel have plastic contamination

Fish were found to contain small pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’, in a study of 10 species One-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, scientists have found. The Plymouth University study, published in…

Earth’s species may not be vanishing as fast as previously believed

Mass extinction? Man may still have time to catalog Earth's species. For years, ecologists and biologists have warned that the planet is sliding into a mass extinction event comparable to the one that did in the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But Earth’s species may not be vanishing as fast…

More than 1 in 5 infected with H1N1 virus worldwide during 2009-10 flu season

More than a fifth of the world’s population was infected by the H1N1 virus in the 2009-2010 flu pandemic, according to new estimates released on Friday. The study confirms warnings that so-called swine flu was highly contagious. It also estimates that the flu’s lethality — as previously reported — was…

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