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Cancer study: Close monitoring of prostate tumors may make radiation, surgery unnecessary

Close monitoring of prostate cancer tumours may make radiation and surgery — which can cause incontinence and impotence — unnecessary, a new study has shown. Prostate cancer is one of the slowest-growing forms of the disease, and many men with tumours may never develop symptoms during their lifetime, meaning that…

Dutch medical schools are asking for samples of travelers’ poop

Three top Dutch medical schools are asking thousands of travellers to tropical countries to donate stool samples on return for a study into the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. The combined study, launched this week by the Academic (AMC), Erasmus and Maastricht medical centres will focus on 2,000 travellers mainly…

Watch: Korean elephant ‘imitates human speech’ and has a vocabulary of several words

An elephant at a zoo in South Korea has learned to imitate human speech and has a vocabulary of several words, researchers said Friday. Koshik, a 22-year-old male Asian elephant at Everland zoo in Yongin, a city south of Seoul, greeted visiting journalists by “saying” choah (good) and nuo (lie…

New fight needed against killer malaria in Asia

Asia is hit with 30 million cases of malaria a year resulting in 42,000 deaths, a report said Friday as experts called for an urgent response to the disease which stalks billions in the region. Most international efforts to defeat malaria have so far been concentrated on Africa, where the…

Man to test bionic leg by climbing skyscraper

Man to Test Bionic Leg by Climbing Skyscraper (via NewsLook) Three years ago, doctors had to amputate Zac Vawters right leg from above the knee after a motorcycle accident.…

Daylight Savings messes with sleep schedule, study finds

Daylight Savings Messes With Sleep Schedule, Study Finds (via NewsLook) A study conducted in England says that the extra hour of sleep that comes with setting the clocks back for Daylight Savings is the beginning of poor sleep through the winter. According to the study, we’re not able to rebound…

Were it not for his own drug-induced hallucinations, Oliver Sacks might not have taken patients seriously

It is fitting for the author of a new book about hallucinations to have had so many himself. “A spider on the wall said hello to me,” recalls neurologist Oliver Sacks. “And for some reason it didn’t seem too surprising that a spider should say hello. We had a conversation…

Genomes project publishes inventory of human genetic variation

Scientists have published the full genetic sequences of more than 1,000 people from 14 countries, creating the most complete inventory of the millions of variations between people’s DNA sequences ever assembled. The resource built by the 1,000 Genomes Project will shed light on the genetic roots of complex diseases and…

Scientists uncover oldest known prehistoric ‘town’ near ancient salt mines

Archaeologists in eastern Bulgaria say they have unearthed the oldest prehistoric town ever found in Europe, along with an ancient salt production site that gives a strong clue about why massive riches were discovered in the region. Excavations at the site near the modern-day town of Provadia have so far…

Pacific sharks see mass decline despite fishing, finning limits over soup demand

Pacific stocks of the oceanic whitetip shark, a favourite of fin soup enthusiasts, sank by as much as 17 percent a year between 1995 and 2010 despite catch and finning limits, a study said Wednesday. And the north Pacific blue shark, also sought after by Asian chefs, showed a worrying…

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