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Indian doctors remove giant tumour from patient

NEW DELHI — An Indian woman is in a stable condition in a hospital in the northern state Haryana after doctors removed a tumour larger than the size of a football from her ovary on Monday, a medical officer said. The tumour, weighing 22 kilogrammes (48 pounds), was removed from…

Upper class people more likely to cheat: study

WASHINGTON — People from the wealthy upper classes are more likely than poorer folks to break laws while driving, take candy from children and lie for financial gain, said a US study on Monday. The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto…

Climate change threatens South Africa’s rooibos tea

Farm workers swing their sickles through red branches, bundling them up before laying them out in the sunshine to dry. The annual harvest at Groenkol Rooibos tea estate, in South Africa’s Western Cape helps quench the world’s growing thirst for “red bush” tea, but farmers fear that climate change could…

Pediatrician group backs HPV shot for boys

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Boys 11 years and up should get Merck & Co’s Gardasil vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, the nation’s largest group of pediatricians said Monday. “What we are hoping will come…

European Neanderthals were nearly extinct before modern humans arrived

An international team of researchers has concluded that most of the Neanderthals in Europe died off about 50,000 years ago — some 10,000 years before the arrival of modern humans. It has generally been assumed that modern humans caused the demise of the Neanderthals, either by killing them directly or…

‘Super sherpa’ says climate change may make Mount Everest unclimbable

Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world’s top mountaineers have warned. Apa Sherpa, the Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times, said he was disturbed by the lack of…

Pioneering lab work aims to smash women’s fertility barrier

PARIS — An experiment that produced human eggs from stem cells could one day be a boon for women who are desperate to have a baby, according to a study published on Sunday. The work sweeps away the belief that a woman has only a limited stock of eggs and…

Two bodies found after blast at Brazil’s Antarctic base

Two bodies believed to be those of navy personnel reported missing Saturday after an explosion at a Brazilian base in Antarctica have been found, the defense ministry said. A ministry statement said Defense Minister Celso Amorim was told the bodies found at the Antarctic base appeared to be those of…

Bird flu cases more common than thought: study

Bird flu is believed to be a rare disease that kills more than half of the people it infects, but a US study out Thursday suggests it may be more common and less lethal than previously thought. The research could help soothe concerns about the potential for a deadly pandemic…

Expectations of Burmese pythons overrunning Everglades called ‘premature’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Reports that Burmese pythons are devouring almost entire populations of mammals in the Florida Everglades are premature, according to some exotic species experts and a co-author of a widely quoted study. The idea of pythons annihilating the Everglades made headlines after a January…

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