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Women chocoholics ‘run smaller risk of strokes’

Have a sweet tooth? It could protect you from a stroke, according to a large Swedish study published Tuesday on women chocolate-lovers. “We followed 33,000 women over the course of 10 years, and we found that those who ate most chocolate had a much lower risk — 20 percent lower…

Film exposes cancer epidemic downstream from Koch Industries plant

Residents of a small Arkansas community say that the toxic pollutants being dumped for years by a Koch Industries plant is killing them. Only 15 families reside around Penn Road and already 11 people have died of cancer. Even more are sick. In a new documentary by Brave New Foundation,…

Nuclear inspector gives green light to atomic energy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s nuclear power plants are safe enough to continue operating and the government’s strategy for building new nuclear plants is adequate, the country’s Chief Nuclear Inspector said in his final post-Fukushima report on Tuesday. “I remain confident that our UK nuclear facilities have no fundamental safety weaknesses (but) no matter…

Japanese scientist unveils ‘thinking’ robot

Robots that learn from experience and can solve novel problems — just like humans — sound like science fiction. But a Japanese reasearcher is working on making them science fact, with machines that can teach themselves to perform tasks they have not been programmed to do, using objects they have…

HIV project in India averted 100,000 infections: study

PARIS — A scheme in six Indian states that concentrated safe-sex campaigns on a few niche groups prevented 100,000 HIV infections over five years, according to estimates published in The Lancet on Tuesday. The so-called Avahan project was launched in 2003 in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, along…

New study sees little need for vitamins, cites risks

There is no need for most people to take vitamin supplements and some may even be linked to a higher risk of dying in older women, according to a study published Monday in the United States. Iron stood out among supplements as a particular concern, while calcium appeared to be…

Heart attacks hit smokers younger: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smokers tend to suffer heart attacksyears earlier than non-smokers, suggests a new study from Michigan. “Individuals who smoke are much more likely to have a heart attack, and will present with a heart attack a decade or more earlier,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiologist at the David…

Future electronic devices may run on nose power

Three materials science researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a means of harvesting energy from the human nose that could potentially power small electronic devices. The invention consists of a tiny belt made out of polyvinylidene fluoride that accumulates an electrical charge when it vibrates under the influence…

Sperm donors father huge ‘families’ in US, Canada

In a scenario straight from science-fiction, experts are increasingly concerned about lax rules for sperm donors in the US and Canada where some men have anonymously fathered dozens of children. Unlike in some countries such as France and Britain, there are no laws in either Canada or the United States…

Don’t have penis enlargement: Cuban sexpert

A leading Cuban sexologist Saturday urged young men who are worried about the size of their penis not to take advantage of the communist nation’s free health care to have surgery to enlarge their manhood. “It is not necessary that the penis be so long to encourage a woman… because…

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