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Progress in fight against ovarian and breast cancer

CHICAGO (AFP) – Significant progress is being made in the prevention and treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, according to findings discussed at a global oncology conference. “The studies presented at this meeting show impressive progress in disease control and prevention of breast cancer,” said Dr. Andrew Seidman, professor of…

Fukushima Reactor No. 1 more radioactive than ever

At the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a robot sent into the building housing Reactor No. 1 on Saturday detected the highest levels of radiation measured since the crisis began on March 11. According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that radiation levels in the…

Estrogen blocker cuts breast cancer risk 65%: study

CHICAGO (AFP) – An anti-estrogen drug has shown a “promising” 65-percent reduction of breast cancer risk among post-menopausal women, according to the findings of a study released Saturday. The research could lead to a breakthrough for women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, which strikes some 1.3…

Thai customs seize 451 turtles in suitcases

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai customs has found 451 turtles worth 1 million baht ($33,000) stashed in suitcases offloaded from a passenger flight from Bangladesh, the latest seizure of live creatures at Bangkok’s bustling Suvarnabhumi airport. Turtles of varying sizes worth around 2,000 baht apiece in Thai markets, and seven false…

Parts of Africa, India, China could get too hot for key crops

By Marlowe Hood PARIS — Climate change is on track to disrupt lifeline food crops across large swathes of Africa and Asia already mired in chronic poverty, according to an international study released Friday. More than 350 million people face a “perfect storm” of conditions for potential food disaster, warns…

U.S. anti-coal film shows painful reality of mountaintop mining

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A new film protesting against US coal mining and starring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. aims to boost green alternatives such as wind power and highlight “criminal” destruction by the industry. Five years after “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s landmark movie about climate change, makers of “The…

2011 is deadliest U.S. tornado season in 75 years

CHICAGO (AFP) – The deadliest US tornado season in 75 years has ripped babies from their mother’s arms and transformed entire towns into apocalyptic scenes of destruction as the toll hit 523. And it isn’t over yet. While warmer summer weather should hopefully reduce their intensity, the peak tornado season…

Toxic new strain of E.coli blamed in European deaths

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The E. coli epidemic in Europe is caused by a new, highly infectious and toxic strain of bacteria that carries genes giving it resistance to a few classes of antibiotics, Chinese scientists who analyzed the organism said. The scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute, who are…

NZ prisoners given carrot sticks to quit smoking: report

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand prisoners are reportedly being offered carrot sticks to help them overcome nicotine cravings as jails prepare to go smoke-free next month. A leaked internal memo from Invercargill Prison said prisoners were being supplied with two carrot sticks a day in an effort to make them…

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…

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