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Botox developer rues missing out on billions

Botox developer Alan Scott says he rues the day he handed over rights to the best-selling wrinkle-smoothing drug to a US company for just $4.5 million, saying he might have become a billionaire. Botox has become a front-line weapon in cosmetic medicine for erasing wrinkles — while therapeutic applications of…

Europe’s new space rocket Vega makes first flight

A lightweight rocket aimed at securing Europe a stake in the market to launch small satellites lifted off from Kourou space base on itsmaiden flight on Monday. Vega, whose development has cost more than a billion dollars, raced into the sky from the launch site in French Guiana in a streak of light, carrying a…

New study casts doubt on lung cancer treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A controversial radiation treatment for patients who’ve had lung cancer surgery may not help elderly people live longer, U.S. researchers have found. Postoperative radiotherapy, or PORT, is thought to cut the chances that a tumor will return. But it can damage the heart and lungs,…

With no firm science, sleep standards are slipping

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kids never got enough shuteye, even back in grandpa’s day. That’s according to a century’s worth of expert advice and sleep studies, which a team of researchers has now distilled into a brief report in the journal Pediatrics. “There is a common belief that children…

Lab study raises questions over nano-particle impact

PARIS — Tests involving chickens have raised questions about the impact on health from engineered nano-particles, the ultra-fine grains commonly used in drugs and processed foods, scientists said on Sunday. Chickens exposed to high oral doses of polystyrene particles 50 nanometres (50 billionths of a metre) across absorbed less iron…

Erectile drugs might help premature ejaculation: studies

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most studies looking at whether erectile dysfunction drugs can help men overcome premature ejaculation problems agree that the pills make a difference, but much of the research is flawed, according to a new review of the evidence. Of the 14 studies included in the review,…

Experts build crab-like robot to remove stomach cancer

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Inspired by Singapore’s famous chilli crab dish, researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that can remove early-stage stomach cancers without leaving any scars. Mounted on an endoscope, it enters the patient’s gut through the mouth. It has a pincer to hold…

Rapunzel number helps scientists quantify ponytails

LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists said on Friday that a “Rapunzel Number” may have helped them to crack a problem that has perplexed humanity since Leonardo da Vinci pondered it 500 years ago. Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick said they had devised a “Ponytail…

Cancer drug reverses Alzheimer’s in mice: study

WASHINGTON — A widely available cancer drug has shown remarkable success in reversing Alzheimer’s disease in mice, raising hope of a breakthrough against incurable dementia in humans, US researchers said Thursday. Mice treated with the drug, known as bexarotene, became rapidly smarter and the plaque in their brains that was…

Himalayan meltdown not so fast after all: study

Himalayan glaciers and ice caps that supply water to more than a billion people in Asia are losing mass up to 10 times less quickly than once feared, reports a study published Thursday. Based on an improved analysis of satellite data from 2003 to 2010, the findings offer a reprieve…

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