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Yoga aids chronic back pain: study

WASHINGTON — People who took yoga classes for chronic lower back pain experienced more lifestyle improvements and better overall health than those who sought a doctor’s advice, said a study published Monday. The research in the US journal the Annals of Internal Medicine was led by scientists at the University…

Group calls for HIV screening of teens who have sex

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – All sexually active adolescents should be screened for HIV, the American Academy of Pediatricssaid Monday in a new policy statement that broadens earlier recommendations. And in areas with higher rates of the infection, all teens over 16 should get the test, the group added in its statement. More than…

Russia launches first ISS supply ship after mishap

MOSCOW — Russia on Sunday launched its first supply ship destined for the International Space Station since the embarrassing loss of a similar vessel in August raised questions about its space programme. The unmanned Progress spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1011 GMT on a Soyuz-U…

More and more twins delivered by C-section

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The proportion of twins who are delivered by cesarean section in the U.S. has shot up “dramatically” since the mid-1990s, according to a new study. While sometimes the babies’ position or other delivery complications make a C-section necessary, California researchers reported that the largest relative…

Air pollution tied to lung cancer in non-smokers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who have never smoked, but who live in areas with higher air pollution levels, are roughly 20 percent more likely to die from lung cancer than people who live with cleaner air, researchers conclude in a new study. “It’s another argument for why the…

Heavy drinking tied to higher stomach cancer risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Men who down more than four alcoholic drinks in a day may have a heightened risk of stomach cancer, a large European analysis suggests. A number of studies have looked at whether people’s drinking habits are related to their risk of stomach cancer, and come…

Russia to resume space station flights

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A Russian cargo ship is poised for liftoff on Sunday to the International Space Station following a launch accident in August that cut staffing levels aboard the orbital outpost. The Progress freighter, due to launch at 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome…

‘Maalox’-and-water solution used as anti-tear gas remedy by protesters

A flier and web-page making its way around Facebook and other social media recommends a solution of Maalox or other liquid antacids as an antidote to the eye pain, blindness, and respiratory distress related to tear gas attacks. The flier, which we found via “OccupyMARINES” states that it is distributed…

NASA to launch weather-climate satellite Friday

WASHINGTON — The US space agency is preparing to launch a satellite Friday that will send back data on climate and weather to better help forecasters predict major storms and other changes in the environment. The $1.5 billion National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is expected to…

Kidney drug fails to work in international trial

WASHINGTON — A drug known as sulodexide has failed to show any benefit toward halting kidney failure in people with diabetes and an international trial has been stopped early, a US medical journal said Thursday. The drug, once seen as a potentially promising treatment to reduce protein in the urine,…

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