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French breast implant maker warned as early as 2000

The US Food and Drug Administration warned a French maker of breast implants now feared to be at risk of rupture of “serious”quality control violations involving saline implants back in 2000. Following a May 2000 inspection of a factory in France operated byPoly Implant Prothese (PIP), the FDA sent a firm warning letterdated June 22, 2000, warning saline implants…

Japan scientists hope slime holds intelligence key

A brainless, primeval organism able to navigate a maze might help Japanese scientists devise the ideal transport network design. Not bad for a mono-cellular being that lives on rotting leaves. Amoeboid yellow slime mold has been on Earth for thousands of years, living a distinctly un-hi-tech life, but, say scientists, it could…

Canada secretly shipping ‘bomb-grade’ uranium to the U.S.

According to a confidential Canadian government memo, shipments of “bomb-grade” uranium are being moved secretly from Canada into the United States. The memo was obtained through an “Access to Information Act” filed by the CBC or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Documents show that one shipment of nuclear material has been moved…

‘Cocoon’ vaccination strategy causes controversy

This Fox News segment with Dr. Cathleen London discusses the question of vaccinating extremely young infants against some diseases. The practice of “cocooning”, which is endorsed by the CDC, involves vaccinating all adults who will come into contact with the infant rather than exposing the child to potential risks of…

French breast implant maker faced U.S. lawsuits

NEW YORK — Breast implants made by troubled French firm PIP have been at the heart of multiple lawsuits in the United States, where they were sold up until 2000, documents filed with the US government show. Tens of thousands of women worldwide have been fitted with the implants, which…

Doctors look to treat sick children in virtual worlds

Doctors in a domed laboratory in Canada are designing a virtual world where they hope to one day treat traumatized children with colorful avatars using toy-like medical gadgets. Sensory stimulation could be used to make a burn victim feel she is encased in a block of ice. Three-dimensional images of a child’s bedroom…

Moscow has mildest December in 113 years

Russian meteorologists recorded the mildest temperatures for 113 years in the capital Moscow, registering 4.1 Celsius (39.4 Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. “At 1:00 am (2100 GMT Monday), a temperature of 4.1 degrees Celsius was recorded Tuesday, beating the 1898 record of 3.3 degrees in December,” in Moscow, a spokeswoman for the…

Electricity sparks new life into Indonesia’s corals

PEMUTERAN, Indonesia — Cyanide fishing and rising water temperatures had decimated corals off Bali until a diver inspired by a German scientist’s pioneering work on organic architecture helped develop a project now replicated worldwide. Based on “Biorock” technology (http://www.globalcoral.org), it is implemented in 20 countries, mainly in Southeast Asia, the…

Study: Bad maternal relationships more common in obese kids

According to a new study in the January issue of Pediatrics, children who struggle to connect happily with their mothers are more likely to be obese by their teen years. Ohio State University conducted the research, using almost a thousand kids born in 1991 to measure how mothers interacted with…

Australian man reportedly contracts HIV from tattoo in Bali

Indonesia is investigating the case of an Australian who is believed to have been infected with HIV while getting a tattoo on the resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. “We received a report about this case from the health ministryyesterday and officials will be visiting tattoo parlours today to verify this claim,” Bali…

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