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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…

Cholesterol meds raise diabetes risk in women: study

Post-menopausal women who take medication to lower their cholesterol face a higher risk of getting diabetes than women who do not take the popular drugs, known as statins, said a US study on Monday. The risk was apparent even after researchers adjusted for variables such as age, race/ethnicity and body…

Nicotine therapy doesn’t help smokers quit: study

Gums, patches and nasal sprays that supply smokers with nicotine do not help people quit cigarettes over the long term any better than going it alone, a US study said on Monday. The research by the Harvard University School of Public Healthfollowed 787 adults in the state of Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking, and…

Belgium says 674 people got PIP breast implants

At least 674 people were fitted in Belgium with potentially faulty breast implants made by French firm PIP, nearly seven times more than previously estimated, the health ministry said Monday. About 300,000 women in 65 countries are estimated to have received implants made by PIP, which allegedly used an illegal industrial-grade gel that investigators say has…

Astronomers make biggest map of dark matter in universe

WASHINGTON — International astronomers said Monday they have created the largest map of dark matter ever observed in the universe, using data from potent telescopes that scanned 10 million galaxies. The mysterious substance is believed to make up about a quarter of the universe, but its nature is a puzzle…

Healthy eating may help ADHD kids

Simply eating healthier may improve the behavior of children withattention deficit hyperactivity disorder if therapy and medication fail, said a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers, however, said that their review of recent controlled scientific studies had shown conflicting evidence on the impact of supplements and restricted diets —…

UK drinkers urged to shun booze two days a week

Drinkers should have at least two alcohol-free days each week, a committee of British MPs has recommended. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee also called for a review of safe drinking guidelines but ruled out any increase in drinking limits. “Alcohol guidelines are a crucial tool for government in its effort to…

‘Unwell’ Stephen Hawking misses 70th birthday event

British scientist Stephen Hawking was forced to miss a scientific debate to mark his 70th birthday Sunday due to ill health but sent an upbeat message saying he was living at a “glorious time”. As scientists and media gathered at Cambridge University for a symposium to mark Hawking’s birthday, vice-chancellor Professor Sir…

Global warming: European species lag in habitat shift

PARIS — Fast-track warming in Europe is making butterflies and birds fall behind in the move to cooler habitats and prompting a worrying turnover in alpine plant species, studies published Sunday said. The papers, both published by the journal Nature Climate Change, are the biggest endeavour yet to pinpoint impacts…

‘Couch potato pill’ may also prevent heatstroke

PARIS — A drug discovered nearly four years ago that builds muscles in lazy mice may also prevent heatstroke, according to lab research reported on Sunday. If further tests work out, the compound could help athletes or soldiers who are so sensitive to heat that they could die from exertion…

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