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Health panel cautious on HPV screening vs Pap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. government-backed medical panel on Wednesday took a cautious view of a new generation ofcervical cancer tests, discouraging women under the age of 30 to screen for human papillomavirus as a way to prevent cancer. In proposing changes to its 2003 guidelines on cervical cancer, theU.S. Preventive Services…

British ‘Green Deal’ to boost energy efficiency

LONDON (Reuters) – An energy act came to law on Wednesday which aims to boost energy efficiency in residential homes, the department for energy and climate change (DECC) said. More than half of homes in the UK do not have sufficient insulation, and around 50 percent more energy is used to heat…

‘Promising’ step for world’s first malaria vaccine

WASHINGTON — The search for the world’s first malaria vaccine received a boost Tuesday with the release of early results from a major clinical trial showing it cut risk by about half in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S is made by the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s lab in…

Branson opens world’s first ‘spaceport’ in U.S.

British billionaire Richard Branson opened the world’s first-ever commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the new home for his company, Virgin Galactic. The eccentric businessman, with usual flair, sported a black jacket and waves of hair flying as he inaugurated the building by breaking a champagne bottle against a hanger building, while…

Sick U.S. South Pole scientist flown to New Zealand

A US scientist stranded in Antarctica for almost two months following a suspected stroke has been evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand in a hazardous airlift. Renee-Nicole Douceur spoke of her relief after arriving in the South Island city of Christchurch on Monday night. Television pictures showed a…

Doctors discourage TV for babies under two

Like 90 percent of American parents, Matthew Sullivan allows his infant daughter and five-year-old son to watch television, videos and sometimes web-streamed content on his smartphone. He usually limits their screen viewing to just over an hour a day, and admits that handing his phone to his 16-month-old daughter so…

Climate change poses immediate threat to health: experts

LONDON — Climate change poses an immediate and serious threat to global health and stability, as floods and droughts destroy people’s homes and food supplies and increase mass migration, experts warned Monday. In a statement issued at a meeting in London, they urged tougher action to reduce climate change including…

Imagined smells can precede migraines: study

(Reuters) – Hallucinated scents such as a burning or rotten smell, or even the scent of foie gras, can be a part of the “aura” that some people perceive before a migraine attack, although it is rare, according to a U.S. study. About 30 percent of people with recurrent migraines have sensory disturbances…

Premature babies 5x more likely to be autistic: study

Babies who are born early and small are five times as likely as normal infants to develop autism, according to a two-decade-long US study released Monday. Premature babies have long been known to risk a host of health problems and cognitive delays, but the study in the journal Pediatrics is the first…

Imagined smells can precede migraines: study

(Reuters) – Hallucinated scents such as a burning or rotten smell, or even the scent of foie gras, can be a part of the “aura” that some people perceive before a migraine attack, although it is rare, according to a U.S. study. About 30 percent of people with recurrent migraines…

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