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U.S. approves drug for middle-of-the-night insomniacs

The US Food and Drug Administration, for the first time, approved Wednesday medication specifically designed for those who wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back to sleep. Intermezzo, manufactured by Transcept Pharmaceuticals of California, is a lower-dose formulation of zolpidem, first approved in the United States in…

Russia’s stranded Mars probe sends signal to Earth

Engineers fought desperately on Wednesday to save Russia’s Phobos-Grunt spacecraft after the Martian probe sent “a first sign of life” more than two weeks after being stranded in orbit. After days of frustrating silence, contact with the probe was made on Tuesday at 2025 GMT at a European Space Agency ground station in Perth, Western Australia,…

BPA spikes 1,200 percent after eating canned soup: study

WASHINGTON — People who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels of the chemical bisphenol A spike 1,200 percent compared to those who ate fresh soup, US researchers said on Tuesday. The randomized study, described as “one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans…

Russia brings astronauts safely back to Earth

Three astronauts landed safely in the Kazakh steppe aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule on Tuesday after a stay of over five months aboard the International Space Station, Russian mission controlsaid. American Mike Fossum, Japan’s Satoshi Furukawa and Russia’sSergei Volkov touched down outside the remote settlement of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan just before sunrise after undocking from…

‘Little chance’ of saving stranded Mars probe

Russia’s space agency said Tuesday there was little chance of saving its Phobos-Grunt probe that aimed to bring back soil from Mars’ largest moon but has been stranded in Earth orbit since its launch. “There is little chance that we will be able to realise this mission,” the deputy head of Roscosmos Vitaly Davydov said in…

NASA rover launch to Mars delayed

WASHINGTON — The US space agency has postponed by one day its plan to launch the biggest rover ever to Mars, with the liftoff of the Mars Science Laboratory now set for November 26. The delay will “allow time for the team to remove and replace a flight termination system…

AIDS-related deaths slashed by treatment: U.N.

A significant expansion in access to treatment helped slash the number of AIDS-related deaths in 2010, bringing the number of people living with HIV to a record 34 million, the United Nationssaid Monday. “We are on the verge of a significant breakthrough in the AIDS response,” said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS. “NewHIV…

Study rejects ‘faster than light’ particle finding

(Reuters) – An international team of scientists in Italy studying the same neutrino particles colleagues say appear to have travelled faster than light rejected the startling finding this weekend, saying their tests had shown it must be wrong. The September announcement of the finding, backed up last week after new…

Overweight people eat less often: study

(Reuters) – Overweight adults eat less often than people in the normal body weight range, but still take in more calories and are less active over the course of the day, according to a U.S. study. By contrast, normal weight adults, including those who had lost a lot of weight and kept it off,…

Africa reports improvement in HIV treatment: U.N.

Access to HIV treatment has improved greatly in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region which has long been worst hit by the AIDS epidemic, leading to a steady drop in deaths, the United Nationssaid Monday. “The most dramatic increases in anti-retroviral therapy coverage have occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, with a 20 percent increase between 2009 and 2010 alone,”…

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