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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…

No long-term lung damage from occasional marijuana use

WASHINGTON — People who occasionally smoke marijuana do not suffer long-term lung damage the way cigarette smokers do, and may actually experience a slight improvement, said a 20-year US study published Tuesday. Since the research included more than 5,000 people over a long time span, the authors said it should…

1,000 South Americans to sue over French implants: lawyer

About 1,000 South American women plan to sue French firm PIP over the potentially faulty breast implants the company supplied to about 300,000 women across the world, their lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer Arie Alimi said about 500 Argentinian women and an equal number from Venezuela were planning to be civil plaintiffs in the probe by French police…

Over-65s are frequent binge drinkers: U.S. study

Binge drinking is more common in the United States than previously thought, particularly among young adults, though the most frequent offenders are over 65, said a US government study on Tuesday. One in six Americans, or 17.1 percent of the population, binge drinks, defined as consuming five or more alcoholic beverages…

‘One-minute Physics’ lesson: How are neutrinos measured?

In a minute-long video published Tuesday, New Scientist contributor Henry Reich gives viewers a brief physics lesson, explaining just how complicated it is to measure the speed of a neutrino, which scientists claimed to have captured traveling faster than the speed of light. That’s a big claim — it may…

Penis tattoo gives man permanent erection

An Iranian who set out to get a pithy phrase tattooed on his penis got a little more than he bargained for. The unnamed 21-year-old asked for the words “borow be salaamat” — translated as “good luck with your journeys” — and his girlfriend’s initial, “M,” on his penis and…

Insight: New DNA reader to bring promise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new DNA reader could bring genetics to medical clinics. After years of predictions that the “$1,000 genome” – a read-out of a person’s complete genetic information for about the cost of a dental crown – was just around the corner, a U.S. company is announcing…

Broken heart boosts risk of cardiac attacks: study

Grief over the death of a loved one can cause a huge spike in a person’s risk of heart attack, especially in the early days after the loss, said a US study on Monday. The research tracked nearly 2,000 adults who survived a heart attack and found that among those…

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