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‘Dissecting brains is pretty intense’

What’s it like to spend your career cutting up people’s grey matter? A neuropathologist at the UK’s Brain Bank reveals all You never know how you’re going to feel, watching a brain being dissected. We’re just about to get called in to watch, Jill Davis from Parkinson’s UK, Marius Kwint,…

Deaths from cancer in U.S. continue to fall

WASHINGTON — Cancer deaths in the United States continued to decline over the past decade, said a yearly report on US cancer statistics released Wednesday. Trends in death rates from cancer declined an average of 1.7 percent per year among men and 1.3 percent among women and children from 1998…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made global-warming gases…

Half of all cancers are preventable: study

Half of all cancers could be prevented if people just adopted healthier behaviors, US scientists argued on Wednesday. Smoking is blamed for a third of all US cancer cases and being overweight leads to another 20 percent of the deadly burden that costs the United States some $226 billion per…

Creatures from the deep surface in NY exhibit

NEW YORK — They have their own lights, teeth, and weird names like vampire squid, stoplight loosejaws, and bristlemouth — meet the weird denizens of the deep surfacing for an exhibition in New York starting this week. The American Museum of Natural History’s “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence,” which opens…

Climate change to drive weather disasters: UN experts

PARIS — Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said man-made…

U.S. committee will decide if international scientists allowed to publish flu research

The row over whether scientific journals can publish details of mutant strains of the H5N1 bird flu virus that can spread to other animals is about to come to a head in Washington One Monday morning in September last year, Ron Fouchier, a virologist at the Erasmus medical centre in…

Study: Milky Way may harbor ‘billions’ of potentially habitable planets

A study published this week suggests that there may be “tens of billions” of planets in the Milky Way galaxy that fall within what scientists call “the Goldilocks zone,” where the conditions for spawning life are thought to exist. Working with a relatively new technology called the HARPS spectrograph, located…

UK Parliament says breast implants response ‘inadequate’

The response of the government and regulators to a massive breast implant scandal which affected thousands of British women was slow and inadequate, a group of MPs said Wednesday. The House of Commons Health Committee noted that “urgent action” to gather evidence and warn women of the possible risks only came 21 months after surgeons were…

Man gets ‘most extensive’ face transplant ever

A US man who lost his lips, nose and teeth in a 1997 gun accident has received the most extensive face transplant to date, according to doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Richard Lee Norris, 37, had undergone several life-saving and reconstructive surgeries after the accident but had…

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