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Wealthy Americans ‘less generous’ than middle-class Americans: study

Wealthy Americans are less generous than middle-class Americans, according to a study published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Of the 1,000 most-generous communities in the United States, only 9 are among the country’s wealthiest, according to the study. The most-generous communities were defined as those who gave the largest percentage…

Study: Risk of genetic abnormalities in babies rises as father’s age increases

Do older fathers doom their children to genetic disease? This is the question raised by a new study that says older men produce moregene mutations in the children they sire, boosting their risk ofschizophrenia and autism and possibly other diseases. A father’s age is by far the biggest factor determining the rate of…

Nearly half of Swedes think cancer is contagious

Nearly half of Swedes aged between 16 and 20 think cancer is a contagious disease, according to a study by a Swedish charity supporting young patients published Wednesday. Ung Cancer found that 44 percent of young people thought that leukaemia could be transmitted via contact with someone’s blood. “We didn’t think their knowledge would be…

Scientists: No link between cat parasite and brain cancer

While a study published last year may have given cat owners a jolt by suggesting that there’s a link between cat ownership and brain tumors, a new study says that the connection may have been significantly oversold. Last year, a team of French researchers published a paper in the scientific…

Yale study: Alcohol’s gateway effect much larger than marijuana’s

A Yale study published Tuesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that people who used alcohol or tobacco in their youth are almost twice as likely to abuse prescription opiate drugs than those who only used marijuana. Researchers were careful to specify that any youth substance abuse, including just marijuana…

Arctic cap on course for record melt: scientists

The Arctic ice cap is melting at a startlingly rapid rate and may shrink to its smallest-ever level within weeks as the planet’s temperatures rise, US scientists said Tuesday. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder said that the summer ice in the Arctic was already nearing its lowest…

NASA’s Mars rover set for first ‘test drive’

LOS ANGELES — A little more than two weeks after its arrival on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover will on Wednesday make its first “test drive” before setting off on its Red Planet mission, the US space agency said. The $2.5 billion rover, which landed on Mars on August 6, has…

Giving babies antibiotics could lead to obesity: study

Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday. “We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly studies suggest it’s more complicated,” said co-author Leonardo Trasande of the New York University…

Fewer circumcisions could cost the U.S. billions: study

As debate rages over the ethics of infant circumcision, a study published Monday said falling rates of the once-routine procedure in the United States could cost billions of dollars in health costs. “We find that each circumcision not performed will lead to $313 of increased expenditures over that lifetime,” said…

NASA wants to measure ‘Marsquakes’

Just 10 days after NASA’s Curiosity rover sent back its first color photos of the Martian landscape, the US space agency said it wants in 2016 to take a better look at what’s happening beneath the Red Planet’s surface. “Does Mars have fault lines like the Earth does? How extensive…

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