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Five women in Belgium have had PIP implants removed

Five women in Belgium have had potentially faulty breast implantsmade by French firm PIP removed since the beginning of December, the country’s health watchdog said Saturday. The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AFMPS) had received the information because a royal decree obliged health professionals to keep it informed of such matters, spokeswomanAnn Eeckhout told AFP. To…

Poor first names could lead to feeling dumber, lonelier

Future parents may want to be careful naming their children after a new study revealed a poor first name could have major consequences. According to research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, data from 12,000 adults revealed that an unfortunate name could make a person feel lonelier…

Fish imitates an octopus that imitates a fish

The so-called Mimic Octopus has become well known for its ability to imitate any number of other sea creatures, ranging from flatfish to crabs to sea snakes. But now it turns out that at least one black-marble jawfish has found a way to ensure its own safety by swimming close…

Brain power can decline from age 45: study

Cognitive skills can start to fall from the age of 45, not from around the age of 60 as is commonly thought, according to research published on Friday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers led by Archana Singh-Manoux from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health in…

First mixed-embryo monkeys are born in U.S.

WASHINGTON — US researchers said Thursday they have created the world’s first mixed-embryo monkeys by merging cells from up to six different embryos, in what could be a big advance for medical research. Until now, rodents have been the primary creatures used to make chimeras, a lab animal produced by…

Doctors to remove Vietnamese man’s 90kg tumour

A man left unable to walk by a tumour on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife in Vietnam on Thursday to have the growth removed, hospital officials said. Nguyen Duy Hai’s massive 90 kilogramme (198 pounds) tumour is to be…

Study: Men, women more psychologically different than thought

WASHINGTON — Mars and Venus are much further apart than previously thought — and we’re not talking about planets. In research by three European psychologists, using a new model for analyzing personality differences between men and women, claimed the gap between the genders has been sorely underestimated in previous studies.…

Number of U.S. twins surge due to fertility advances

WASHINGTON — Advances in fertility treatment and a trend toward later-life childbirth are fueling a boom in twins in the United States, where one in 30 babies is a twin, according to US data out Wednesday. The number of twins doubled in 2009 compared to 1980, rising from 68,339 to…

U.S. restricts some antibiotics in livestock

WASHINGTON — US health officials said Wednesday they will begin restricting the use of some antibiotics in cows, pigs and poultry due to concerns that infections in humans may be growing resistant to treatment. The order by the Food and Drug Administration applies to a common class of drugs known…

UK wants results of breast implant review this week

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain expects the results of a review of breast implant safety to come this week following a global health scare focused on products from a now defunct French company,Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said on Wednesday. The government is sticking to its advice that routine removal ofimplants from Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) is not…

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