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Researcher accused of faking red wine studies

WASHINGTON — A US university on Thursday accused one of its researchers of widespread fraud by publishing fake studies that touted the benefits of red wine in as many as 11 scientific journals. Dipak Das, a professor in the department of surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at…

Cut back on soot, methane to slow climate change: study

WASHINGTON — There are simple, inexpensive ways to cut back on two major pollutants — soot and methane — and taking action now could slow climate change for years to come, international scientists said Thursday. When it comes to fending off global warming, the focus often is on harmful carbon…

Child leukaemia doubles near French nuclear plants: study

PARIS (Reuters) – The incidence of leukemia is twice as high in children living close to French nuclear power plants as in those living elsewhere in the country, a study by French health and nuclear safety experts has found. But the study, to be published soon in the International Journal…

Pool chlorine tied to lung damage in elite swimmers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Competitive swimmers who train at indoor chlorinated swimming pools may have lung changes similar to those seen in people with mild asthma, a new study has found. Researchers from France and Canada compared lung tissue and breathing tests from twenty-three elite Canadian swimmers, whose average…

Milky Way teeming with ‘billions’ of planets: study

PARIS — The Milky Way is home to far more planets than previously thought, boosting the odds that at least one of them may harbour life, according to a study released Wednesday. Not long ago, astronomers counted the number of “exoplanets” detected outside our own solar system in the teens,…

World’s tiniest frogs found in Papua New Guinea

WASHINGTON — With voices hardly louder than an insect’s buzz, the tiniest frogs ever discovered are smaller than a coin and hop about the rainforest of the tropical island of Papua New Guinea, US scientists said Wednesday. Not only are these little peepers with the big names — Paedophryne amauensis…

FDA finds fungicide in orange juice imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fears that the U.S. might ban imports oforange juice from Brazil drove orange juice futures to an all-time high on Tuesday as health regulators began testing all incoming shipments for traces of an illegal fungicide called carbendazim. According to the Food and Drug Administration, a U.S. juice producer had detected low levels of carbendazim in orange juiceconcentrate…

Hormone helps obese shed weight: study

An appetite-curbing hormone found in the gut may help overweight and obese people shed weight, lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, according to a study released Wednesday. Known as glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1, the hormone is naturally secreted from the intestine when we eat. Recently, doctors have begun to use GLP-1 to treat…

World’s deepest sea vents reveal unknown creatures

The ocean’s deepest volcanic vents, kilometres below the surface, are teeming with life forms never before seen that thrive near super-hot underwater geysers, according to a new study. Eyeless shrimps and white-tentacled anemones were photographed bunched around cracks in the ocean floor spewing mineral-rich water that may top 450 degrees Celsius…

Owning car, TV linked to heart attacks: study

PARIS — Car owners with a television are 27 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than people who have neither, according to a global study on physical exercise and heart disease published Wednesday. More broadly, the study — covering more than 29,000 people in 52 countries — showed that…

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