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Broken arms among boomers likely to rise: study

(Reuters) – Broken arms send several hundred thousand U.S. residents to emergency rooms each year, and the number may rise by nearly a third by 2030, when the youngest baby boomers will turn 65, according to a U.S. study. Arm injuries spike among women after 40 and men after 60,…

Second rare white kiwi hatches in New Zealand

WELLINGTON — A second rare white kiwi has hatched at New Zealand’s national wildlife centre, conservation officials announced Friday, months after the world’s first hatched in captivity. The chick is believed to have the same parents as Manukura, which arrived in May, and it has given its carers an extra…

Large Hadron Collider finds new variant of particle

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously engaged in the quest for the Higgs boson, has turned up a heavier variant of a sub-atomic particle first discovered a quarter-century ago, scientists reported on Thursday. The newcomer is called Chi-b(3P), which was uncovered in the debris from colliding protons, according to research published in the…

1,100-year-old Mayan ruins found in North Georgia

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the mountains of North Georgia believed to be at least 1,100 years old. According to Richard Thornton at Examiner.com, the ruins are reportedly what remains of a city built by Mayans fleeing wars, volcanic eruptions, droughts and famine. In…

U.S. population grows at slowest rate since 1940s

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The population of the United States is growing at its slowest rate in more than 70 years, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Wednesday. The country’s population increased by an estimated 2.8 million to 311.6 million from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011. The growth…

Taiwan kills 1,000 pigs in foot-and-mouth outbreak

Taiwanese authorities said Thursday they had slaughtered nearly 1,000 pigs following the island’s worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in more than 14 years. The pigs were culled earlier this week at a farm in the southern city of Tainan after showing symptoms of the disease. Altogether 983 out of the…

Single gene links rare cancers

WASHINGTON — Canadian researchers have discovered that a common gene links a number of rare reproductive cancers, a finding that could lead to new approaches for treatment, said a study published on Wednesday. Ovarian, uterine and testicular cancer were all found to have the same mutation in a gene called…

U.S. official says bird flu limits not ‘censorship’

Leading US health official Anthony Fauci on Wednesday rejected claims that the United States is censoring science by seeking to limit potentially dangerous bird flu information in major journals. The controversy arose when two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — separately found ways to…

UK authorities see no breast implant cancer link

LONDON (Reuters) – Women with breast implants made by a now defunct French company have no reason to have them removed but should seek medical advice if they believe they have ruptured, British health officials said on Wednesday. French officials have said they will decide soon whether to offer surgery to remove the Poly Implant…

Leak halts production at major Shell field off Nigeria

An oil leak has caused a production halt at a Shell facility off Nigeriacapable of producing 200,000 barrels per day, the company said Wednesday, adding that “less than 40,000 barrels” have spilled. “Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company can confirm it is responding to an oil leak at the 200,000 barrel-per-day capacity Bonga deepwater facility, approximately 120 kilometres off…

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