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Study: Antidepressants don’t raise pregnancy risks

The use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs. The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who…

China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem

Business,Environment,World News: China’s taste for pork serves up a pollution problem (1008) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A401039212 Nicola Davison, The Guardian http://www.guardiannews.com/ STANDFIRST: No one asked the villagers of Houtonglong before the pig farm was built near their homes and their health began to suffer Fan Jianjun points to a concrete…

Children of sperm donors demand changes to discover their genetic histories

Hideaki Kato discovered his true identity by accident. During his medical training a decade ago, the now 39-year-old Japanese doctor was performing blood tests on family members when he learned something startling: his dad was not his biological father. Suspecting an extramarital affair, the Tokyo-area physician questioned his mother while…

Documentary filmmaker invites Estonians to visit his 14 man-made lakes

It started as a whim, but snowballed into a life-long passion. Estonian Tonu Tamm has dedicated the past two decades of his life to his obsession of creating artificial lakes. Surrounded by water in the south of the small Baltic republic, his enthusiasm is infectious as he insists everyone should…

Climate change drives boom in tree-killing beetle population: study

Climate change is causing a population boom in a species of tree-killing beetles across a major swath of north America, according to new research published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The higher-than-usual temperatures and light rainfall over the last decade have allowed the mountain pine beetle…

David Attenborough first to capture on film newly-discovered Galapagos pink iguana

Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which begins Tuesday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D”, which goes out…

Space travel can accelerate Alzheimer’s: U.S. study

Long journeys into deep space, including a mission to Mars, could expose astronauts to levels of cosmic radiation harmful to the brain and accelerate Alzheimer’s disease, said US research Monday. The NASA-funded study involved bombarding mice with varied radiation doses, including levels comparable to what voyagers would experience during a…

Dried squash holds guillotined French king’s blood: study

Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on an ornately decorated calabash that it…

U.S. regulators approve new tuberculosis drug

U.S. health regulators said Monday they had licensed a new treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis — the first such federal approval aimed at tackling the deadly disease in 40 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was approving the drug, named Sirturo, as an alternative treatment for adults suffering…

Nobel medicine laureate Levi-Montalcini dies aged 103

Nobel medicine laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, a neurologist and developmental biologist, died on Sunday at her home in Rome aged 103. She was the oldest living Nobel laureate at the time of her death. Levi-Montalcini shared the prize with colleague Stanley Cohen in 1986 for their ground-breaking discovery of growth factors.…

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