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Quarter of ethnic Chinese genetically more susceptible to dangerous flu

Nearly a quarter of ethnic Chinese have a tiny genetic variant that boosts sixfold their risk of falling gravely ill when infected with flu, a study published on Tuesday said. Researchers in China and Britain looked at Chinese hospital data from the 2009-2010 pandemic of H1N1 influenza. Patients who had…

Biologists: Pet cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds and 20.7 billion mice annually

Domestic cats in the United States kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice, voles and other small mammals each year, biologists estimated on Tuesday. Puss is probably the biggest human-induced killer of these species, outstripping better-known culprits such as habitat loss, agricultural chemicals or…

Study shows ‘coming out’ is good for your health

A recent study showed that for LGBT people, the act of “coming out of the closet” and opening up to friends and family resulted in better health outcomes by reducing the effects of stress on the body. According to a report published Tuesday in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, people who…

Harvard Medical School to study health of NFL players

Harvard Medical School announced Tuesday a $100 million grant from the union representing NFL football players for an unprecedented study into the health of participants in the violent sport. The National Football League Players Association awarded the funds for a 10-year initiative dubbed the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and…

Coral reefs going through ‘extremely alarming’ decline in the Caribbean

Coral reefs in the Caribbean are producing less than half of the key ingredient that makes their calcium skeleton compared to pre-industrial times, scientists said on Tuesday, describing the findings as “extremely alarming.” The amount of new calcium carbonate being added by coral reefs is at least half, and in…

Ecologists: Hedgehog population in dramatic decline

Once common sightings of hedgehogs are becoming rare in the UK’s gardens, parks and hedgerows, say ecologists The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, with the spiny species having suffered a dramatic decline in recent years on a par with the loss…

U.S. soldier receives rare double arm transplant

A US soldier who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq has successfully received a rare double arm transplant, Johns Hopkins hospital said Monday. The infantryman, whose name and age were not released, is one of just seven people in the United States who have…

Climate change increases risk of severe flu epidemics: study

Warmer than average winters could result in more severe flu epidemics, according to research published Monday in PLOS Currents: Influenza. The study mathematically analyzed climate patterns and cases of influenza in the U.S. from 1997 to the present. Though mild winters tended to reduce the spread of influenza, the following…

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…

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