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Archaeologists may have found bones of King Richard III

Archaeologists hunting for the lost grave of King Richard III under a city centre car park have found human bones, the team carrying out the dig said on Wednesday. Researchers from the University of Leicester in central England have sent the remains for DNA testing to prove whether or not…

Researchers claim they’ve made progress in cloning a woolly mammoth

There may be some life left yet for the woolly mammoth, according to controversial research by Russian and South Korean scientists that has raised hopes the extinct animal could be cloned. The team of researchers from Russia and South Korea said they had discovered mammoth tissue fragments buried under metres…

Study: Asthma patients may not need daily steroids

Asthma patients may not need daily doses of inhaled steroids according to a study out Tuesday, a finding that could alter treatment for millions suffering from the respiratory ailment. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people who use corticosteroids every day to control mild…

New nano-code ups the fight against counterfeiters

PARIS — Scientists on Wednesday reported they had invented an invisible tag using the widely-used “quick response” code to help thwart banknote forgers and criminals who sell bogus drugs or fake vintage wine. The QR code is a square of black and white pixels that can be scanned by a…

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…

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