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Study reveals ADHD children’s views on drugs, doctors

New research finds that children with disorder are concerned that doctors do not understand the condition Children with hyperactivity problems do not feel that Ritalin and other drugs they are given turn them into zombies or robots, but say they feel the medication helps them control their behaviour, according to…

New comet likely to impress when it passes closest to Earth in December

A comet found recently beyond the orbit of Jupiter could well become spectacular late next year and may be a sibling of one of the most celebrated comets of all time. What is formally known as Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was not at first recognised as a comet when it…

Research: High-status people more readily return smiles of low-status people

People who feel powerful are more likely to return smiles of those they see as low status, according to study If you smile at your boss and she smiles back, beware. It could be a sign that she does not think too highly of you, according to a study. People…

Study: Moon water may come indirectly from the sun

Scientists on Sunday said they had found water molecules in samples of lunar soil, and their unusual signature points to the Sun as the indirect source. Samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions carry molecules of water and a precursor of water called hydroxyl, according to their study, published…

Butterfly pioneer laments threat to species

Chen Wei-shou, the pioneer of Taiwan butterfly research, remembers being spell-bound when as a boy of six he first saw “a flower that could move”. A life-long obsession had begun. Now aged 81, Chen can look back at a long career which has spanned seven decades, 77 books and has…

‘Love hormone’ eases cravings in alcoholics

Nasally-administered doses of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone,” have been shown to ease the urgent cravings experienced by alcoholics who are trying to quit drinking. According to New Scientist, a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led by Dr. Court Pederson, treated…

Meningitis outbreak: Massachusetts agencies ‘failed to enforce regulations’ on big pharma

State agencies are facing questions over the enforcement of existing regulations covering compounding pharmacies like the New England Compounding Center Authorities in Massachusetts have been accused of failing to properly enforce regulations aimed at protecting patients from contaminated drugs, after the death toll from an outbreak of meningitis linked to…

Soyuz rocket launches two Galileo satellites

A Soyuz rocket launched two Galileo satellites into orbit on Friday, marking a crucial step for Europe’s planned navigation system, operator Arianespace announced. The launch took place at the Kourou space base in French Guiana, at 3:15 pm (1815 GMT). Three and three quarter hours later, the 700 kilogramme satellites…

Space shuttle Endeavour makes final journey — by road

The US space shuttle Endeavour began its final journey Friday, at the less-than rocket-propelled speed of 2 mph (3.2 kmh), in a meticulously planned trip through the streets of Los Angeles. Some 400 trees have had to be cut down — provoking mild protests from locals — and power lines…

Rats recruited to sniff out TB in Mozambique

A group of trained rats is on its way to Mozambique to help the country’s over-stretched health system detect tuberculosis in patients, officials said Friday. The authorities have enlisted the much-maligned rodents to help sniff out the disease, after Mozambique’s first lady learned of their success in neighbouring Tanzania. “We…

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