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Lean beef OK for certain diets: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People using a diet centered on fruits and vegetables to lower their cholesterol may be able to introduce lean beef and get similar results, suggests a new study. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are similar to those of past research…

Fruit, veggie lovers not immune to weight gain

Researchers found that of nearly 374,000 adults in 10 European countries, who were followed for five years, those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were no less likely to gain weight once other factors — like calorie intake and exercise habits — were taken into account. The results, reported…

Man dies from bird flu in China

Health authorities in southern China are urging residents not to panic after a man who contracted the bird flu virus died at the weekend, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The man, surnamed Chen, died on Saturday in Shenzhen – a boomtown that borders Hong Kong where thousands of chickens have already been culled after three birds tested…

Two NASA probes go into lunar orbit

WASHINGTON — The second of two NASA lunar probes on a mission to study the Moon’s inner core went into orbit as planned, the US space agency said. The second Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-B) will join GRAIL-A which reached lunar orbit on Saturday, according to officials at NASA’s…

FDA approves pneumonia vaccine for adults

(Reuters) – U.S. health regulators approved the expansion of Pfizer Inc’s blockbuster Prevnar vaccine for use in adults 50 and older to fight pneumonia, meningitis and other diseases cause by pneumococcus bacteria. Prevnar 13 is designed to fight 13 forms of a bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. Pneumonia caused…

New China food safety scandal widens to oil, peanuts

Chinese authorities in a southern boomtown have detected a cancer-causing toxin in peanuts and cooking oil that was only recently discovered in milk, in the nation’s latest food safety scandal. The food safety regulator in Shenzhen said it had found excessive levels of aflatoxin in peanuts sold in three stores,…

Scientists monitoring restless Alaska volcano after ash plume

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Scientists were watching a remote Alaska volcano on Friday, a day after it belched out an ash cloud that quickly dissipated, and officials said airline flights over the region had not been disrupted. Ash from the 5,676-foot volcano is considered potentially dangerous to aircraft because Cleveland’s…

WHO ‘deeply concerned’ by mutant bird flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was “deeply concerned” about research into whether the H5N1 flu virus could be made more transmissible between humans after mutant strains were produced in labs. Two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — have…

Zoo to use pop music to keep giraffes calm on New Year’s Eve

THE HAGUE — Keepers at a Dutch zoo have found an unorthodox solution to calm down skittish giraffes spooked by the sound of thousands of end-of-year fireworks going off: playing them pop music. “We have tried a few things to calm the giraffes down over the years,” Amersfoort Animal Park…

Hidden cameras show 35 rare endangered rhinos in Indonesia

Hidden cameras in the jungles of Indonesia’s Java island have captured images of 35 critically endangered Javan rhinos, including five calves, an official said Friday. The forestry ministry set up 44 infrared cameras from January to October this year in the rugged Ujung Kulon National Park on the western-most tip…

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