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Stem cell research on donor eggs often not disclosed

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Many U.S. fertility clinics don’t tell egg donors that embryos made from their eggs may end up being used in stem cell research, according to a new government survey. That’s despite widespread opposition to such research, which is considered morally offensive by a third of…

2011 a ‘horrible year for elephants’

The past 12 months have seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, a leading wildlife watchdog said Thursday, saying it had been a “horrible year for elephants”. TRAFFIC, which runs the ETIS database of illegal ivory trades, said there had been at least 13 large-scale seizures…

Twin NASA probes approach lunar orbit

Twin NASA spacecraft are set to blast into lunar orbit at the weekend on a mission to study the subterranean structure of the Moon in order to better understand the origins of planets. The first Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-A) will begin orbiting the Moon at 2121 GMT on…

Red meat lovers have more kidney cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who eat lots of red meat may have a higher risk of some types of kidney cancer, suggests a large U.S. study. Researchers found that middle-aged adults who ate the most red meat were 19 percent more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer…

Elderly who eat better stay mentally sharp: study

WASHINGTON — Elderly people with higher levels of certain vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood score better on mental acuity tests than those who eat junk food, a study released Wednesday showed. The study published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, also showed…

French breast implant tycoon hits back as scandal grows

Holed up at his home in the south of France, the founder of troubled breast implant manufacturer PIP is fighting back against a growing international scandal over his allegedly faulty products. Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries from Europe to Latin America have implants made with sub-standard silicone gel by…

French breast implant maker warned as early as 2000

The US Food and Drug Administration warned a French maker of breast implants now feared to be at risk of rupture of “serious”quality control violations involving saline implants back in 2000. Following a May 2000 inspection of a factory in France operated byPoly Implant Prothese (PIP), the FDA sent a firm warning letterdated June 22, 2000, warning saline implants…

Japan scientists hope slime holds intelligence key

A brainless, primeval organism able to navigate a maze might help Japanese scientists devise the ideal transport network design. Not bad for a mono-cellular being that lives on rotting leaves. Amoeboid yellow slime mold has been on Earth for thousands of years, living a distinctly un-hi-tech life, but, say scientists, it could…

Canada secretly shipping ‘bomb-grade’ uranium to the U.S.

According to a confidential Canadian government memo, shipments of “bomb-grade” uranium are being moved secretly from Canada into the United States. The memo was obtained through an “Access to Information Act” filed by the CBC or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Documents show that one shipment of nuclear material has been moved…

‘Cocoon’ vaccination strategy causes controversy

This Fox News segment with Dr. Cathleen London discusses the question of vaccinating extremely young infants against some diseases. The practice of “cocooning”, which is endorsed by the CDC, involves vaccinating all adults who will come into contact with the infant rather than exposing the child to potential risks of…

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