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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…

Climate set to worsen food crises: Oxfam

Storms and droughts that have unleashed dangerous surges in food prices could be a “grim foretaste” of what lies ahead when climate change bites more deeply, Oxfam said on Monday. In a report issued at the start of UN climate talks, the British charity pointed to spikes in wheat, corn and sorghum prices, triggered byextreme weather,…

Nuclear waste train nears journey’s end

A shipment of radioactive waste was nearing its final destination in Germany Monday after a five-day journey from France marked by sometimes violent clashes between police and protesters. The train carrying 11 containers of radioactive nuclear waste arrived in the northern German town of Dannenberg shortly after 0400 GMT after running the gauntlet of protesters trying to block its journey. The authorities were…

Archaeologist traces Pocahontas wedding site

Archaeologist William Kelso is certain he’s discovered the remains of the oldest Protestant church in the United States, standing between two holes he insists once held wooden posts. In 1614, Pocahontas was “married right here, I guarantee,” Kelso told AFP at the Jamestown, Virginia archeological site southeast of the nation’s…

HIV trial scrapped after gel found ineffective

In a major setback for AIDS prevention research, a clinical trial of a new vaginal gel supposed to reduce HIV infections has been suspended after studies showed it to be ineffective. Researchers from the Microbicide Trials Network, set up by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), expressed surprise at…

Russia launches Chinese satellite

A Russian Proton-M rocket completed the successful launch Saturday of an advanced Chinese communications satellite that should help expand television coverage in parts of Southeast Asia. The Roscosmos space agency said the AsiaSat 7 satellite was placed in its designed orbit at 0423 GMT after being launched from the Baikonur…

Heart patients prefer longevity over quality of life

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When an elderly person’s chronic disease is impossible to cure, many doctors might assume that patient would chose to improve the quality of his or her remaining life rather than to extend it as is. Those doctors would be mistaken most of the time, according…

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