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‘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,…

Scientists confirm fungus as U.S. bat-killer

PARIS — The disease that has ravaged bat populations across North America since 2006 is caused by a fungus, scientists confirmed in a study published Thursday. Since the first known outbreak in a colony of bats in upstate New York, white-nose syndrome (WNS) — named after the discoloration on infected…

HPV vaccine can prevent most anal cancers: study

WASHINGTON — A vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease HPV, which can cause cervical cancer in women, has also been shown to prevent most anal cancers in gay men, an international study said Wednesday. Men who were vaccinated against human papillomavirus developed 75 percent fewer anal lesions that lead to…

U.S. panel urges HPV vaccine for boys

Boys should get routinely vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cancer, a US government advisory panel recommended on Tuesday. All boys aged 11-12 should get the HPV vaccine, which is already approved for use in girls, said the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee…

Breast cancer screening review launched

An independent review into breast cancer screening has been launched amid concerns that the diagnostic process could be more harmful than beneficial. Last month researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark claimed women given mammograms were being “misinformed” and not told about the risk of overdiagnosis. A London-based consultant raised similar concerns, sparking questions over…

Gas pump handles top study of filthy surfaces

(Reuters) – Just when you thought filling up your car could not hurt any more, researchers may have found another reason to avoid touching the gas pump: germs. Gas pump handles turned out to be the filthiest surface that Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a study…

NASA ‘solves’ 2,000-year supernova mystery

WASHINGTON — New infrared observations from NASA telescopes have revealed how the first supernova ever recorded occurred and how its shattered remains ultimately spread out to great distances. The US space agency said Monday its Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) had solved a mystery dating from…

Professor explains how economic inequality harms societies

University of Nottingham professor Richard Wilkinson showed during a recent TEDTalk that economic inequality was associated with the health and basic values of a society. There is no correlation between a country’s economic prosperity and the average lifespan of its citizens, he explained. But as economic inequality increases, overall measures…

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