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HIV may have returned in ‘cured’ patient: scientists

WASHINGTON — An American man whose HIV seemed to disappear after a blood marrow transplant for leukemia may be showing new hints of the disease, sparking debate over whether a cure was really achieved. Scientists disagree over the latest findings on Timothy Brown, also known as the “Berlin patient,” presented…

NASA poised to launch ‘black hole hunter’

NASA is poised to launch on Wednesday a sophisticated orbiting telescope that uses high-energy X-ray vision to hunt for black holesin the universe. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) will first be carried into the skies by a jet which will deploy a rocket that sends the satellite into space, NASA said. “Why launch…

Stem cells can be harvested long after death: study

PARIS — Some stem cells can lay dormant for more than two weeks in a dead person and then be revived to divide into new, functioning cells, scientists in France said Tuesday. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, unlocks further knowledge about the versatility of these cells, touted…

Skeleton from ‘vampire’ ritual unearthed in Bulgaria

Another centuries-old skeleton of a man who was subjected to a ritual to stop him from turning into a vampire was unearthed in central Bulgaria Tuesday, archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said. “The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his…

Brain-filled Harvard freezer fails, setting autism research back a decade

A malfunctioning freezer at Harvard-affiliated MacLean Hospital has led to the loss of one of the largest brain archives in the world and set autism research back at least ten years, according to the Boston Globe.  The freezer, which was supposed to be backed up by two alarms, failed in…

Scientists: China’s soil pollution could be a bigger long-term problem than air or water

Nowhere is the global push to restore degraded land likely to be more important, complex and expensive than in China, where vast swaths of the soil are contaminated by arsenic and heavy metals from mines and factories. Scientists told the Guardian that this is likely to prove a bigger long-term…

Study: Breast cancer reoccurs in 22.6 percent of patients within 10 years

Almost one in four women who develop breast cancer will see the disease return within 10 years, according to the first British study of how many sufferers confront the UK’s commonest cancer twice. Research into 1,000 women who were first diagnosed with the disease between January 1999 and March 2002…

Athens HIV infections rise 1,450 percent after authorities canceled needle exchange program

The head of Médecins sans Frontières Greece has accused the Athens authorities of pursuing a wrong and dangerous public health strategy that ignores the root causes of disease outbreaks and penalises those most at risk. Reveka Papadopoulou, the general director of the medical aid charity’s Greek branch, said cases of…

Iran confirms agreement on nuclear talks content

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator on Tuesday confirmed an agreement had been struck with the EU official representing world powers negotiating with Tehran on the content of upcoming talks inMoscow. Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had a telephone conversation late on Monday,…

Greenpeace slams crucial EU fishing policy talks

The European Union, the world’s third fishing power, came under sharp pressure from green groups and the EU executive to save the oceans from overfishing at key talks Tuesday to overhaul the sector. Angry Greenpeace activists waving giant fish bones and banners reading “Stop Overfishing” delayed the start of a much-awaited ministerial…

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