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Two dead in new outbreak of Ebola in Uganda: minister

A fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in central Uganda has killed at least two people, the health minister said on Thursday. The virus has killed two members of the same family since Saturday about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Kampala, said Health Minister Christine Ondoa. “The…

IQ research prompts warning over drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Research showing that children of women who drank as little as two glasses of wine a week during pregnancy had lower IQs has prompted calls for mothers-to-be to avoid alcohol. The study, by academics at Bristol and Oxford universities, found that offspring of women who consumed between one and six…

Exposure to light at night lowers cognitive function: study

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that regular exposure to bright lights at night can result in depression and learning impairments. “Basically, what we found is that chronic exposure to bright light — even the kind of light you experience in your own living room at home or in…

Grunt work: Scientists decode pig genome

PARIS — Scientists said Wednesday they had laid bare the genetic code of the pig, revealing that besides providing ham, bacon and sausages, the domestic swine may also be useful in fighting human diseases. Pigs and humans share 112 DNA mutations which in Man have been linked to obesity, diabetes,…

Brazil eyes cloning to bolster endangered species

BRASILIA — Scientists in Brazil will try cloning endangered animal species like the jaguar, a researcher said Wednesday. “The idea is to start with an animal that is endangered, or where species numbers have gone down sharply, such as the jaguar, the maned wolf or even the local deer,” said…

NASA: Cut in Russia comm link to space station not serious

NASA minimized the impact of a cut in Russia’s communications link with the International Space Station on Wednesday and said the problem would likely be fixed within the hour. “It is a cut communications cable outside of the mission control center in Moscow. That happened before. It happens from time…

Astronomers: Lonely planet traveling in space without star system

Astronomers on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet that had strayed from its star system and was wandering alone in deep space. Object CFBDSIR2149 is believed to be a cold, young world that for unknown reasons has pulled free of the gravitational pull of its mother star, the European…

Meditation may lower heart attack risk: study

WASHINGTON — Obese African American heart patients who regularly practice transcendental meditation are 48 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or die, a new study found Tuesday. Regular meditation also lowered blood pressure and reduced stress levels, while greater time spent meditating was associated with longer survival,…

Sky-gazers in Australia in awe of total eclipse

PALM COVE, Australia — Sky-gazers in northern Australia donned protective glasses as the clouds parted Wednesday to allow them to witness one of nature’s greatest phenomena — a total eclipse of the sun. All eyes and cameras turned to the heavens over tropical north Queensland as the moon began moving…

Drug-resistant UTIs are rising red state problem

Antibiotic overuse is producing new drug-resistant strains of the second most common infection in the U.S., urinary tract infections. According to Extending the Cure (ETC), a division of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, the problem is particularly acute in the southeastern U.S., where doctors routinely over-prescribe antibiotics,…

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