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Washington whooping cough outbreak prompts call for adult booster shots

As cases of pertussis, or as it’s more commonly known, “whooping cough” spread in the western U.S., the CDC is issuing a warning that adults who have not had a pertussis booster shot after the age of 18 should get one, or risk catching the disease and helping it spread…

China, Japan, U.S. to witness ‘ring’ solar eclipse

At sunrise in some parts of China and Japan and by sunset in thewestern United States, a partial solar eclipse is set to slink across a narrow swath of the Earth on May 20 and 21. Depending on where people are in the eclipse’s path, some may be able to witness an annular eclipse…

British scientists protest budget cuts with mock funeral

When Vince Cable made his first major speech on science in September 2010, it was too much for Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London. Stung by the business secretary’s implication that “mediocre” British science deserved significant cuts in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review, she blogged: “Sod it.…

Breakthrough surgery restores hand function to paralyzed patient

For the first time, US surgeons have used a new type of operation called nerve transfer to restore hand function in a patient who was paralyzed by a neck injury, said a study published Tuesday. The breakthrough surgery worked by taking a non-functional nerve that controls pinching the forefinger and…

Cancer deaths among UK 50-somethings drop to lowest level in 40 years

Deaths from cancer among 50-somethings have fallen to their lowest level in 40 years, thanks to better diagnosis, fewer people smoking and new drugs improving patients’ chances of survival. In 1971 over 21,300 people in the UK aged between 50 and 59 died of cancer, but in 2010 a total…

Scientists use modified virus to make mice live longer

An experimental gene therapy recently tested on mice at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre found that by modifying a non-replicating virus to trigger production of an enzyme that repairs chromosomes, scientists were able to slow down cellular aging in the mice by up to 24 percent. The study, published…

London faces up to ‘greenest’ Olympic Games pledge

London has pledged to host the greenest Olympic Games ever staged, but it could take years before the promises start to flower. The pledge was made seven years ago by then-prime minister Tony Blair when London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics. Bigger, more beautiful, cleaner: all Olympic Games make the…

HIV/AIDS patients at higher risk of cardiac death: study

WASHINGTON — People suffering from HIV/AIDS are at much higher risk than the general population of sudden cardiac death, researchers in California have found. In a paper published Monday in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology,” two professors at the University of California-San Francisco show incidents of “sudden…

Earliest wall art is found in France

WASHINGTON — A massive block of limestone in France contains what scientists believe are the earliest known engravings of wall art dating back some 37,000 years, according to a study published Monday. The 1.5 metric ton ceiling piece was first discovered in 2007 at Abri Castanet, a well known archeological…

Bosnian capital sees first spring snow in 50 years

The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing. “The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is…

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