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Care centers deny elderly the right to sex: medical journal

Care facilities often deny elderly people the basic right, and one of their few remaining pleasures, to continue having sex, according to a paper published on Tuesday. Many older people, including those with early stage dementia, enjoy sex while they live at home, but this changes once they move into…

California condor faces ‘epidemic’ of lead poisoning

The endangered California condor faces an “epidemic” of lead poisoning from scavenging carcasses contaminated by lead bullets despite years of costly conservation efforts, scientists said Monday. The rare birds were reduced to a population of just 22 in 1982, and have since recovered to number about 400, with half of…

Study: Math-heavy research cited half as often

Artistic types are not the only ones whose eyes glaze over when confronted with too many numbers, according to research out Monday that suggests scientists, too, find lots of equations hard to read. The study by researchers at the University of Bristol analyzed nearly 650 studies on ecology and evolution…

Robot completes world’s first automated liver transplant

A medical transplant centre on the Italian island of Sicily said Monday it had carried out the world’s first partial liver transplant using only a robot to remove the organ of the donor. According to a statement from the ISMETT transplant centre in Palermo, only the arms of a robot…

Study: Spinach makes you stronger

Famous cartoon character Popeye is right to down a can of spinach when he wants his biceps to bulge, according to a Swedish study presented Monday showing why the leafy vegetable makes us stronger. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said Monday they had conducted a study showing how…

South African health officials worry over rare birth defects

Health officials in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region Monday voiced concern at the increased number of children born with rare deformities. “There have been 50 cases of rare deformities in the past two years and five conjoined twins in less than 18 months,” provincial health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told…

‘Andatu’ becomes the fourth endagered Sumatran rhinoceros born in captivity

A critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, which became Saturday only the fourth birth in captivity in more than a century, was named Monday a “gift from God”. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said he had picked the name “Andatu” for the male calf, which was born at an Indonesian sanctuary, on the…

UK government plan to kill 100,000 badgers to protect cows heads to court

The bitter battle over the government’s plan to kill thousands of badgers reaches the high court on Monday, when the Badger Trust will tell a judicial review that the action is neither legal nor scientifically justified. Caroline Spelman, the secretary of state for environment, believes the cull is necessary to…

Age-old practice of eating placenta after birth also on the rise in China

After Wang Lan delivered, she brought home a baby girl and her placenta, which she plans to eat in a soup — adopting an age-old practice in Chinese traditional medicine. The health-giving qualities of placenta are currently creating a buzz in Western countries, where some believe it can help ward…

Male blue tits start stepping out when female partners lose their looks

Not unlike some among their human counterparts, male blue tits lose interest when their mates’ beauty starts fading, staying out longer and neglecting their offspring, a report said Monday. Scientists who dulled the bright blue head tinge that crowns the female of the species, subsequently noticed the males skulking off…

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