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Doctors to remove Vietnamese man’s 90kg tumour

A man left unable to walk by a tumour on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife in Vietnam on Thursday to have the growth removed, hospital officials said. Nguyen Duy Hai’s massive 90 kilogramme (198 pounds) tumour is to be…

Study: Men, women more psychologically different than thought

WASHINGTON — Mars and Venus are much further apart than previously thought — and we’re not talking about planets. In research by three European psychologists, using a new model for analyzing personality differences between men and women, claimed the gap between the genders has been sorely underestimated in previous studies.…

Number of U.S. twins surge due to fertility advances

WASHINGTON — Advances in fertility treatment and a trend toward later-life childbirth are fueling a boom in twins in the United States, where one in 30 babies is a twin, according to US data out Wednesday. The number of twins doubled in 2009 compared to 1980, rising from 68,339 to…

U.S. restricts some antibiotics in livestock

WASHINGTON — US health officials said Wednesday they will begin restricting the use of some antibiotics in cows, pigs and poultry due to concerns that infections in humans may be growing resistant to treatment. The order by the Food and Drug Administration applies to a common class of drugs known…

UK wants results of breast implant review this week

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain expects the results of a review of breast implant safety to come this week following a global health scare focused on products from a now defunct French company,Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said on Wednesday. The government is sticking to its advice that routine removal ofimplants from Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) is not…

Avoiding fracking earthquakes: expensive venture

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With mounting evidence linking hundreds of small earthquakes from Oklahoma to Ohio to the energy industry’s growing use of fracking technology, scientists say there is one way to minimize risks of even minor temblors. Only, it costs about $10 million a pop. A thorough seismic survey to assess tracts of…

Wind turbine maker’s shares plunge 19 percent

Vestas, the world leader in the wind turbine industry, saw its share price plummet around 19 percent at the opening Wednesday, a day after issuing a profit warning. The Danish company announced late Tuesday that its sales for 2011 would be around 400 million euros ($522 million) lower than expected a few months…

Scientists say unreported drug data a health hazard

LONDON (Reuters) – Unreported data from early trials of experimental medicines in humans can result in harm to future patients and needless costs for health systems, according to scientists writing in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday. In a series of studies for the BMJ on the extent to which…

Modern disease found in ancient bones

WASHINGTON — US scientists said Tuesday that their study of a set of medieval bones found in Albania has revealed traces of a modern infectious disease that afflicts people who eat unpasteurized dairy products. The findings, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, are the first to suggest that…

Calories, not protein, boost body fat: study

WASHINGTON — People who eat too much of a high-calorie, low-protein diet tend to gain more body fat than people who overeat high amounts of protein, US researchers said Tuesday. A study published in the January 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included 25 people in…

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