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Study faults research linking hormone therapy to cancer

A landmark investigation which found that hormone treatment for the menopause boosts the risk of breast cancer is riddled with flaws, a new study published on Monday alleges. The so-called Million Women Study (MWS) unleashed headlines when it was first published in 2003. Based on questionnaires returned by more than a million…

Europe’s ‘Big Bang’ observatory completes cosmic survey

PARIS — A 900-million-dollar orbital observatory has completed the biggest-ever search for remnants of the “Big Bang” that created the Universe, the European Space Agency said on Monday. The main instrument on the Planck observatory failed on Saturday when — as expected — it ran out of coolant, ending a…

Fewer kids being hospitalized for near-drowning

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Half as many kids are sent to the hospital after almost drowning than were two decades ago, according to a new study that suggests public health education campaigns about drowning risks may be working. Researchers found that hospitalization rates dropped in both boys and girls,…

Carbon dioxide affecting fish brains: study

Rising human carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous systems of sea fish, with serious consequences for their survival, according to new research. Carbon dioxide concentrations predicted to occur in the ocean by the end of this century will interfere with fishes’ ability to hear, smell,…

Almost 3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

CAIRO — Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said on Sunday. The rare find was made accidentally by a team from Switzerland’s Basel University headed by Elena Pauline-Grothe and Susanne Bickel…

Russia Mars probe ‘crashes into Pacific Ocean’: military

Russia believes fragments of its Phobos-Grunt probe which spiralled back to Earth after failing to head on a mission to Mars crashed Sunday into the Pacific Ocean, a spokesman for its space forces said. “According to information from mission control of the space forces, the fragments of Phobos Grunt should have fallen into the Pacific Ocean…

Study shows humans were skilled fishermen 42,000 years ago

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Fish hooks and fishbones dating back 42,000 years found in a cave in East Timor suggest that humans were capable of skilled, deep-sea fishing 30,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers in Australia and Japan said on Friday. The artifacts — nearly 39,000 fishbones and three…

Failed Russia Mars probe set for Sunday crash

Russia’s space agency on Sunday called off all predictions of the likely crash site of its ill-fated Mars probe only hours before the 13.5-tonne spacecraft was due to begin its fatal descent. Roscosmos said on its website that fragments of the stranded Phobos-Grunt voyager would probably fall to Earth on…

Thousands protest Bulgaria ‘fracking’ plans

Several thousand Bulgarians demonstrated across the country on Saturday against plans for shale gas exploration by US companyChevron that they say could harm the environment. About 1,000 youngsters marched along the streets of the capital Sofia, beating drums and blowing whistles as “a wake-up call to all Bulgarians,” an AFP correspondent at the…

Magnesium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A fresh look at past research concludes that people who eat lots of greens and other foods rich in magnesium have fewer strokes — a finding that supports current diet guidelines. But because the research focused on magnesium in food, the authors stopped short of…

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