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Surgery better for diabetes in the obese: studies

CHICAGO — Two clinical studies suggest that gastric surgery is better than traditional methods of care when it comes to controlling diabetes in overweight and obese patients. The first study, coined STAMPEDE, and presented at the American College of Cardiology conference, showed that patients who had operations fared three to…

Too much or too little sleep linked to heart problems: study

People who sleep less than six hours per night or more than eight are more likely to suffer heart problems than people who sleep between six and eight hours, according to a US study. The findings confirm those in previous, smaller studies, but are based on what researchers described as…

‘Titanic’ director Cameron reaches bottom of Mariana Trench

WASHINGTON — “Titanic” director James Cameron reached the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean in his solo submarine, mission partner the National Geographic said Sunday. The explorer and filmmaker reached a depth of 35,756 feet (10,898 meters) at 7:52 am Monday local time (2152 GMT Sunday) in the Mariana Trench…

People who see images of their badly clogged arteries are more likely to lose weight

People who see images of their badly clogged arteries are more likely to lose weight and take anti-cholesterol drugs than people who don’t see severe disease on a computerized scan, according to researchers. Two studies presented at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting in Chicago showed that having a…

South Africa launches plan to curb rampant lung disease

South Africa on Saturday launched a plan to diagnose tuberculosis in the country’s gold mines, where the disease’s incidence is the highest in the world. Speaking to mine managers in Driefontein, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the goal was to “ensure that all mine workers, particularly in the gold mining sector, are screened and tested for TB…

Stem cell treatment could repair heart damage

Patients with advanced heart disease who received an experimental stem cell therapy showed slightly improved heart function, researchers said at a major US cardiology conference on Saturday. The clinical trial involved 92 patients, with an average age of 63, who were picked at random to get either a placebo or…

ISS crew takes shelter to avoid passing space junk

A piece of an old Russian satellite whizzed by the International Space Station on Saturday, forcing its six-member crew to temporarily take shelter in two Soyuz escape capsules, officials said. The incident was the third of its kind in more than a decade of continuous inhabitation of the orbiter, whose…

Debate still raging on site for super-telescope

An international consortium planning to build the world’s most powerful radiotelescope is still debating whether South Africa or Australia should host the $2 billion project, an official said Friday. Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light on fundamental questions about the universe, including how it…

Placebos could reduce the side effects of drug treatments

Few of us would be happy to find out that we’d been prescribed a placebo. When we’re sick, we want real medicine. But what if the placebo was not intended to replace your medicine, but to work alongside it? That’s the rationale behind research into placebo-controlled dose reduction. Patients on…

Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry

There was a time during the cold war when the Pentagon wanted to bury hundreds of nuclear missiles in the vast emptiness of Nevada, in case the United States came under attack from the Soviet Union. In a 21st-century version of an existential struggle in the desert, the city of…

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