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Hundreds feel sting of jellyfish on Florida’s east coast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – Thousands of jellyfish washed up on Florida’s east coast over the Memorial holiday weekend, stinging swimmers and thwarting beachgoers. Ocean lifeguards said about a thousand people had been stung since Friday, mostly at central Florida’s popular Cocoa Beach. “There’s so many. If you walked out…

USDA reviews birth control pill safety over clot risk

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is reviewing recently published studies which have pointed to an increased blood clot risk associated with a certain type of birth control pill. The studies involve pills that contain drospirenone, as opposed to another type of progestin known…

Shuttle Endeavour lands after final mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The space shuttle Endeavour glided home for its final landing early Wednesday and the conclusion of the next to last mission of the 30-year-old US shuttle program. Endeavour and its crew of six astronauts — five Americans and one Italian — made a nighttime touchdown…

NASA rolls out shuttle Atlantis for final time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The US space agency sent its last shuttle, Atlantis, out to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center so it can prepare for the final launch of the American shuttle program in July. The shuttle began its trek at 8:00 pm (0000 GMT) on Tuesday. The…

Taiwan, Philippines warn of tainted sports drink that shrinks testicles

MANILA (AFP) – Taiwan and the Philippines have warned some sport drinks may have been contaminated with a chemical that could cause infertility and block boys’ sex organ development, officials said Tuesday. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration is monitoring some imported Taiwanese sport drinks, fruit juices and soft drinks…

Cell phone radiation officially listed a potential cancer risk

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies cell phones as a possible carcinogen in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries in the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization,…

Missouri twister: 29 still missing, ‘miracle needed’

JOPLIN, Missouri (AFP) – The number of people still missing from a killer tornado has dropped to 29, but officials said finding any of them alive eight days after the twister struck would require “a miracle.” The massive May 22 tornado killed 142 people in Joplin, Missouri, in what was…

Smoking could kill 8 million a year by 2030: WHO

LONDON (Reuters) – Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Since there is often a lag of many years between…

‘Perfect storm’ looms for world’s food supplies: Oxfam

PARIS (AFP) – Oxfam called on Tuesday for an overhaul of the world’s food system, warning that in a couple of decades, millions more people would be gripped by hunger due to population growth and climate-hit harvests. A “broken food system” means that the price of some staples will more…

Victory over AIDS epidemic finally within reach: U.S. researcher

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic surfaced, hope of conquering the deadly epidemic has never been greater, according to a longtime US leader in the AIDS fight, Anthony Fauci. This hope has been spurred by recent advances toward a vaccine and new breakthoughs in treatment and prevention,…

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