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1,000 South Americans to sue over French implants: lawyer

About 1,000 South American women plan to sue French firm PIP over the potentially faulty breast implants the company supplied to about 300,000 women across the world, their lawyer said Tuesday. Lawyer Arie Alimi said about 500 Argentinian women and an equal number from Venezuela were planning to be civil plaintiffs in the probe by French police…

Over-65s are frequent binge drinkers: U.S. study

Binge drinking is more common in the United States than previously thought, particularly among young adults, though the most frequent offenders are over 65, said a US government study on Tuesday. One in six Americans, or 17.1 percent of the population, binge drinks, defined as consuming five or more alcoholic beverages…

‘One-minute Physics’ lesson: How are neutrinos measured?

In a minute-long video published Tuesday, New Scientist contributor Henry Reich gives viewers a brief physics lesson, explaining just how complicated it is to measure the speed of a neutrino, which scientists claimed to have captured traveling faster than the speed of light. That’s a big claim — it may…

Penis tattoo gives man permanent erection

An Iranian who set out to get a pithy phrase tattooed on his penis got a little more than he bargained for. The unnamed 21-year-old asked for the words “borow be salaamat” — translated as “good luck with your journeys” — and his girlfriend’s initial, “M,” on his penis and…

Insight: New DNA reader to bring promise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new DNA reader could bring genetics to medical clinics. After years of predictions that the “$1,000 genome” – a read-out of a person’s complete genetic information for about the cost of a dental crown – was just around the corner, a U.S. company is announcing…

Broken heart boosts risk of cardiac attacks: study

Grief over the death of a loved one can cause a huge spike in a person’s risk of heart attack, especially in the early days after the loss, said a US study on Monday. The research tracked nearly 2,000 adults who survived a heart attack and found that among those…

Cholesterol meds raise diabetes risk in women: study

Post-menopausal women who take medication to lower their cholesterol face a higher risk of getting diabetes than women who do not take the popular drugs, known as statins, said a US study on Monday. The risk was apparent even after researchers adjusted for variables such as age, race/ethnicity and body…

Nicotine therapy doesn’t help smokers quit: study

Gums, patches and nasal sprays that supply smokers with nicotine do not help people quit cigarettes over the long term any better than going it alone, a US study said on Monday. The research by the Harvard University School of Public Healthfollowed 787 adults in the state of Massachusetts who had recently quit smoking, and…

Belgium says 674 people got PIP breast implants

At least 674 people were fitted in Belgium with potentially faulty breast implants made by French firm PIP, nearly seven times more than previously estimated, the health ministry said Monday. About 300,000 women in 65 countries are estimated to have received implants made by PIP, which allegedly used an illegal industrial-grade gel that investigators say has…

Astronomers make biggest map of dark matter in universe

WASHINGTON — International astronomers said Monday they have created the largest map of dark matter ever observed in the universe, using data from potent telescopes that scanned 10 million galaxies. The mysterious substance is believed to make up about a quarter of the universe, but its nature is a puzzle…

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