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U.N.: HIV drives families into ‘irreversible poverty’

Tens of thousands of HIV-affected households in Asia are facing “irreversible poverty” because of the cost of living with the disease, with women and children hardest hit, a UN report said Thursday. Catastrophic healthcare costs and the loss of employment opportunities due to widespread discrimination mean that many HIV-positive households…

Bachmann suggests intelligent design is a ‘scientific fact’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says schools should teach children about evolution and intelligent design because “the best thing to do is to allow all scientific facts on the table.” During a question-and-answer session at the University of Northern Iowa Wednesday, Bachmann was asked if intelligent design should be taught…

Philippine solar light bottles offer hope

Filipino entrepreneur Illac Diaz is aiming to help a million poor people in a year, and with the help of some plastic bottles and a clever social media campaign may do even better. Diaz’s project appears simple — fill discarded soft drink bottles with water, place them in roofs of houses and allow the…

World deforestation rate ‘accelerating’: U.N.

The world’s deforestation rate has accelerated to 6.4 millionhectares a year, a new UN survey showed on Wednesday, but Asia showed net gains in forest land-use largely due to extensive planting in China. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) used satellite technology for the first time to map forests, finding there was a net…

Study: Legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities

States that have passed initiatives to legalize medical marijuana have also seen a decline in traffic fatalities, according to a new study out this week by the Institute for the Study of Labor. Opponents of medical marijuana often focus on the social detriment to making America’s most valuable cash crop…

Many Americans with HIV go untreated: study

Nearly three quarters of Americans with HIV do not have their infection under control, raising the risk of death from AIDS and transmission to others, said a US study on Tuesday. One in five people with human immunodeficiency virus are unaware that they have the disease, added the report by the Centers for…

Vomiting virus found ‘in majority of British oysters’

Three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, a bug which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, according to new research published on Tuesday by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). But the government health experts warned that their tests did not reveal the extent of infectious norovirus, the strain that makes people ill. Nor…

More extreme weather expected as planet warms: U.N.

DURBAN (Reuters) – The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and increasing temperatures are expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns around the planet, said a U.N. report released on Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization, part of the United Nations,…

Some boys with autism have larger brains: study

WASHINGTON — Abnormal brain growth starting at four months of age occurs in a type of autism in which toddlers lose language and social skills they once had, according to a US study published Monday. The brains of boys with regressive autism grew six percent larger than typically developing counterparts…

Climate change denial still runs strong in U.S.

On the US political stage, skepticism and denial of climate changeare as popular as ever, and experts say that world talks which opened Monday in Durban, South Africa are unlikely to turn the tide. But while a binding deal on harmful carbon output remains elusive by the world’s second biggest polluter after China, some…

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