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Inspirational doctor Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams brings humor therapy to Peruvian cancer patients

Bubbling with optimism and energy, the US physician who was the inspiration for the Robin Williams film “Patch Adams” will do anything to elicit a soothing laugh. Even something as bawdy as flatulence is not out of bounds for Hunter Adams. He addressed that earthy issue this week during a…

Toxic chemicals in everyday products pose a serious risk to expectant mothers

By Jake Jacobs, The Conversation After decades of use in some of the most well-known hygiene and cleaning products in our bathrooms and kitchens, concerns about the safety of triclosan – an anti-germ chemical used in products including Colgate Total toothpaste – means it is being phased out by some…

Vaccine for painful mosquito-borne chikungunya virus shows promise in human trial

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use. In a study published on Thursday in the Lancet medical…

Scientists may have figured out a way to defend Earth from a massive asteroid impact

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT) have made a novel discovery that may potentially protect the world from future collisions with asteroids. …

Study reveals Antarctic minke whales feeding ‘frenzy’

ntarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer, new research showed Friday. The Australian Antarctic Division said it was the first time that the feeding behaviour of the animals under…

Endangered, extremely rare crocodiles Crocodylus mindorensis survive in Philippine ‘Noah’s Ark’

A chorus of chirps filled the room as one of the Philippines’ top crocodile breeders checked on his wards in an overcrowded ‘Noah’s Ark’ for one of the world’s most endangered animals. The chick-like cries came from metal tanks holding the baby Philippine crocodiles, artificially hatched by incubators from eggs…

Junior high sex education book featuring bondage pulled after outcry from Calif. parents

Your Health Today removed from classrooms in Fremont, with anatomical drawings and passages on ‘erotic touch’ slammed as ‘borderline pornography’ at school board meeting A sex education book has been pulled from classrooms in Fremont, California, after more than 2,000 protesters objected to its “inappropriate” coverage of sex. The textbook,…

Breakthrough: Scientists use gene-editing to prevent muscular dystrophy in mice

Proof-of-principle experiment shows gene-editing can be used to prevent muscle wasting in Duchenne muscular dystrophy Scientists have prevented muscle wastage in mice with a form of muscular dystrophy by editing the faulty gene that causes the disease. The radical procedure could not be performed in humans, but researchers believe the…

Scientist discovers new language spoken by plants

The discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized."…

Experimental chikungunya vaccine shows promise in first human trials

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use. In a study published on Thursday in the Lancet medical…

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