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Omega-3 fatty acids don’t reduce stroke risk: study

WASHINGTON — Omega-3 fatty acids, hailed by some for properties said to enhance heart health, were found to have no effect in reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack or death, according to a study released Tuesday. The study, which followed nearly 70,000 patients at a hospital in Greece who…

Latinos more vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes: study

LOS ANGELES — Latinos are more vulnerable to the most common form of diabetes because of how they store fat and produce insulin, according to a US study published Tuesday. Latinos are more likely to store fat in the pancreas and less able to compensate by excreting additional insulin, said…

Study: Routine ovarian cancer screenings are ineffective

Routine screening for ovarian cancer is ineffective and at times can do more harm than good, a panel of cancer specialists has concluded. “There is no existing method of screening for ovarian cancer that is effective in reducing deaths,” said US Preventive Services Task Force member and chair Dr Virginia…

Researchers: Subconscious cues can trigger the placebo effect

Subliminal information can trigger the placebo effect and its opposite, the nocebo effect, researchers say. The finding suggests that patients with certain ailments may feel better or worse depending on subtle cues their brains pick up from the environment, but which they are not consciously aware of. Karin Jensen, who…

Report: Climate change will extend hay fever season by six weeks

Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons and highly allergenic new strains from invasive plants, a new report on the health effects of climate change on the UK warned on Tuesday. Global warming will cause earlier flowering, possibly extending the hay fever season by six weeks, and enable new species…

Conservationists release plea to save 100 most threatened species

Conservation experts released a list Tuesday of the world’s 100 most threatened species and warned that only a changed public and government mindset could save them from imminent extinction. The list compiled by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in a report titled “Priceless or Worthless?” comprised 100 animals, plants…

Study hints at brain chemistry of cocaine withdrawal pain

WASHINGTON — US researchers have uncovered part of what’s happening, on a cellular level, to make cocaine addicts going cold turkey feel so bloody awful, according to a study published Monday. The results provide a better understanding of what’s creating that crashing low of withdrawal — and may offer a…

Game makers to release Alan Turing Monopoly game

Alan Turing, it turns out, had a theory about Monopoly. Fascinated by data patterns and algorithms the father of modern computing was convinced that there was a code-based tactic to playing and winning at the board game. When he discovered that the son of brilliant mathematician Max Newman had drawn…

Landmark Higgs boson announcement clears key formal hurdle

The announcement two months ago that physicists have discovered a particle consistent with the famous Higgs boson cleared a formal hurdle on Monday with publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Two laboratories working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) had jointly announced on July 4 they had detected a…

Caribbean coral reefs face collapse

Caribbean coral reefs are in danger of disappearing, depriving the world of one of its most beautiful and productive ecosystems Caribbean coral reefs – which make up one of the world’s most colourful, vivid and productive ecosystems – are on the verge of collapse, with less than 10% of the…

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