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Breakthrough surgery restores hand function to paralyzed patient

For the first time, US surgeons have used a new type of operation called nerve transfer to restore hand function in a patient who was paralyzed by a neck injury, said a study published Tuesday. The breakthrough surgery worked by taking a non-functional nerve that controls pinching the forefinger and…

Cancer deaths among UK 50-somethings drop to lowest level in 40 years

Deaths from cancer among 50-somethings have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years, thanks to better diagnosis, fewer people smoking and new drugs improving patients’ chances of survival. In 1971 over 21,300 people in the UK aged between 50 and 59 died of cancer, but in 2010 a total…

Scientists use modified virus to make mice live longer

An experimental gene therapy recently tested on mice at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre found that by modifying a non-replicating virus to trigger production of an enzyme that repairs chromosomes, scientists were able to slow down cellular aging in the mice by up to 24 percent. The study, published…

London faces up to ‘greenest’ Olympic Games pledge

London has pledged to host the greenest Olympic Games ever staged, but it could take years before the promises start to flower. The pledge was made seven years ago by then-prime minister Tony Blair when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics. Bigger, more beautiful, cleaner: all Olympic Games make the…

HIV/AIDS patients at higher risk of cardiac death: study

WASHINGTON — People suffering from HIV/AIDS are at much higher risk than the general population of sudden cardiac death, researchers in California have found. In a paper published Monday in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology,” two professors at the University of California-San Francisco show incidents of “sudden…

Earliest wall art is found in France

WASHINGTON — A massive block of limestone in France contains what scientists believe are the earliest known engravings of wall art dating back some 37,000 years, according to a study published Monday. The 1.5 metric ton ceiling piece was first discovered in 2007 at Abri Castanet, a well known archeological…

Bosnian capital sees first spring snow in 50 years

The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing. “The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is…

Fox News contributor: ‘Hundreds of thousands’ of scientists deny climate change

Fox News contributor Deroy Murdock says that that there are “hundreds of thousands” of scientists “on both sides” debating if climate change is real. In a Sunday appearance on Fox News, Murdock, who also writes for Scripps Howard News Service and National Review Online, told anchor Eric Shawn that six…

Study: Writers more influenced by contemporaries than literary classics

Harold Bloom famously dubbed it the “anxiety of influence” (paywall): the effect which the literary canon has on writers. Less today than it did in the past, according to a mathematical study which analysed thousands of works written over the last 500 years. American mathematicians, led by the chair of…

Adverse effects of chiropractic treatments are under-reported in medical trials

Chiropractic treatments might appear safer than they actually are because their adverse effects are under-reported in medical trials, a study has found. Improper reporting of the adverse effects of a medical intervention was unethical, said Edzard Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula medical school, University of Exeter, who…

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