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Sick bird study could point to bird flu clues

House finches avoid sick members of their own species, scientists said in a finding that could be useful for tracking the spread of diseases like bird flu that also affects humans. Laboratory tests showed that the house finch, a particularly social North American species, was able to tell the difference…

Looking old linked to higher risk of heart attack

If you look old, you might be at higher risk of heart trouble. People with several visible signs of aging such as hair loss and fatty deposits around the eyes have a higher risk of developing heart problems than those of the same age who look younger, according to a…

Pet surgery could save human lives

Jon Henley: Many devoted pet owners are happy to spend thousands on operations for their cats and dogs – and these procedures could help teach scientists about human diseases, too If he could see himself now, Harry would be horrified. Slack-mouthed, out for the count, he has got drips going…

House committee summons pharmacy CEO to testify on meningitis outbreak

Head of compounding pharmacy blamed for outbreak that has killed 30 summoned to appear alongside drug regulators The head of a compounding pharmacy blamed for a meningitis outbreak that has killed 30 people in the US has been summoned to appear before a House committee, alongside drug regulators. The energy and commerce…

Alzheimer’s may be detectable earlier than thought

PARIS — Researchers said Tuesday they had seen the earliest-ever warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease — among a high-risk group of 20-somethings — in the ongoing quest for early detection and prevention. A major problem in the search for a cure for this debilitating form of dementia is that symptoms…

First gene therapy drug to go on sale in Europe next year

Dutch biotech company uniQure said Monday it would start selling the first human gene therapy to be approved in the West by mid-2013 and predicted an explosion of similar therapies to come. The European Commission approved Glybera on October 25, making the drug for treating the extremely rare disorder lipoprotein…

Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘finds’ Superman’s homeworld

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has found an existing star located at the spot in the universe corresponding to the fictional home planet of DC Comics character Superman, The New York Post reported Monday. The “real” planet of Krypton, Tyson said, is a star in the Corvus constellation, just over…

Smell of freshly baked bread makes you kinder: study

Study: Smell of Freshly Baked Bread Makes You Kinder (via NewsLook) A study in the Journal of Social Psychology says certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which ultimately makes you nicer.…

Proponents of hurricane suppression technology seek more research, funds

Devastating tropical storms of the kind that battered the US last week could be weakened and rendered less deadly using a simple and cheap technology based on a surprising component – old car tyres. One of Britain’s leading marine engineers, Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of engineering design at Edinburgh university…

NASA launches alerts to spot the space station from your back yard

Galactic tourism may still be a daydream for most of us, but for anyone interested in a glimpse of the International Space Station sooner, NASA is ready to help. The US space agency, celebrating the 12th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the orbiting lab, launched a new service…

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