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Whooping cough vaccine efficiency questioned

US researchers are questioning how the United States protects against whooping cough, a disease that killed 11 babies and sickened thousands of people in a major outbreak in 2010. The current vaccine known as DTaP, which is designed to protect against whooping cough but also tetanus and diphtheria, wanes greatly…

West Nile virus deaths up 35% in the U.S.

Deaths linked to the West Nile virus jumped 35 percent in the United States over the past week, amid one of the worst US outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease, according to officials. As of Tuesday, a total of 118 fatalities have been blamed on West Nile virus infections since the…

Mars rover Curiosity working ‘flawlessly’: NASA

WASHINGTON — For the past week, the rover, which touched down on August 6, has undergone a series of instrument tests, as well as a rebooting of its steering computers, and everything so far appears fine, according to officials with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Through every phase…

Climate change: Research questions ‘worse drought’ warnings

PARIS — Some computer models for global warming may be over-estimating the risk of drought, according to a study published on Wednesday by the journal Nature. Several key models used in climate research that factor in warming trends suggest that droughts will intensify as world temperatures rise. This is on…

Higgs Boson scientists map long-term global strategy for particle physics

Scientists who searched for the famous Higgs Boson concluded a three-day brainstorming session on Wednesday for mapping a long-term global strategy for particle physics. The conference in Krakow, Poland, follows the July 4 announcement of the discovery of a new particle consistent with the elusive boson, which is believed to…

Archaeologists may have found bones of King Richard III

Archaeologists hunting for the lost grave of King Richard III under a city centre car park have found human bones, the team carrying out the dig said on Wednesday. Researchers from the University of Leicester in central England have sent the remains for DNA testing to prove whether or not…

Researchers claim they’ve made progress in cloning a woolly mammoth

There may be some life left yet for the woolly mammoth, according to controversial research by Russian and South Korean scientists that has raised hopes the extinct animal could be cloned. The team of researchers from Russia and South Korea said they had discovered mammoth tissue fragments buried under metres…

Study: Asthma patients may not need daily steroids

Asthma patients may not need daily doses of inhaled steroids according to a study out Tuesday, a finding that could alter treatment for millions suffering from the respiratory ailment. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people who use corticosteroids every day to control mild…

New nano-code ups the fight against counterfeiters

PARIS — Scientists on Wednesday reported they had invented an invisible tag using the widely-used “quick response” code to help thwart banknote forgers and criminals who sell bogus drugs or fake vintage wine. The QR code is a square of black and white pixels that can be scanned by a…

Omega-3 fatty acids don’t reduce stroke risk: study

WASHINGTON — Omega-3 fatty acids, hailed by some for properties said to enhance heart health, were found to have no effect in reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack or death, according to a study released Tuesday. The study, which followed nearly 70,000 patients at a hospital in Greece who…

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