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‘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…

French breast implant maker faced U.S. lawsuits

NEW YORK — Breast implants made by troubled French firm PIP have been at the heart of multiple lawsuits in the United States, where they were sold up until 2000, documents filed with the US government show. Tens of thousands of women worldwide have been fitted with the implants, which…

Doctors look to treat sick children in virtual worlds

Doctors in a domed laboratory in Canada are designing a virtual world where they hope to one day treat traumatized children with colorful avatars using toy-like medical gadgets. Sensory stimulation could be used to make a burn victim feel she is encased in a block of ice. Three-dimensional images of a child’s bedroom…

Moscow has mildest December in 113 years

Russian meteorologists recorded the mildest temperatures for 113 years in the capital Moscow, registering 4.1 Celsius (39.4 Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. “At 1:00 am (2100 GMT Monday), a temperature of 4.1 degrees Celsius was recorded Tuesday, beating the 1898 record of 3.3 degrees in December,” in Moscow, a spokeswoman for the…

Electricity sparks new life into Indonesia’s corals

PEMUTERAN, Indonesia — Cyanide fishing and rising water temperatures had decimated corals off Bali until a diver inspired by a German scientist’s pioneering work on organic architecture helped develop a project now replicated worldwide. Based on “Biorock” technology (http://www.globalcoral.org), it is implemented in 20 countries, mainly in Southeast Asia, the…

Study: Bad maternal relationships more common in obese kids

According to a new study in the January issue of Pediatrics, children who struggle to connect happily with their mothers are more likely to be obese by their teen years. Ohio State University conducted the research, using almost a thousand kids born in 1991 to measure how mothers interacted with…

Australian man reportedly contracts HIV from tattoo in Bali

Indonesia is investigating the case of an Australian who is believed to have been infected with HIV while getting a tattoo on the resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. “We received a report about this case from the health ministryyesterday and officials will be visiting tattoo parlours today to verify this claim,” Bali…

Cancer-causing toxin discovered in Chinese milk

China has discovered excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin in milk produced by one of the nation’s leading dairy companies, the firm said, in the latest in a series of food safety alarms. The government’s quality watchdog found high levels of an aflatoxin, which is caused by mould, in milk produced by theMengniu…

Capture of rare Sumatran rhino gives hope for species

Malaysian wildlife authorities said Monday the capture of a young female Borneo Sumatran rhino had given them a last chance to save the highly endangered species from extinction. The female rhino, aged between 10 and 12 years old, was caught on December 18 and is being kept in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah…

Ancient ‘purity’ seal found near Jerusalem temple site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found a 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem’s Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblicalJewish Temple. The button-shaped object bears the Aramaic words “pure for God,” suggesting it was used to certify food and animals used in sacrificial ceremonies. The Western Wall is part of…

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