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McCain: Afghan drawdown plan ‘unnecessary risk’

KABUL — Top US lawmakers on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama’s military drawdown plans for Afghanistan as “risky”, unsupported by his military commanders and a threat to progress made in the last year. Withdrawal at the rate Obama has planned on — including the removal of 33,000 surge troops by…

Cell phones ‘don’t cause cancer’: study

LONDON — Scientific evidence goes increasingly against the theory that mobile phones cause cancer, a new study has concluded. The review carried out for the Institute of Cancer Research found “no convincing evidence of a link” between the technology and brain tumours. The panel, set up by the International Commission…

FDA: Silicone breast implants ‘mostly safe’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a 63-page report concluding that silicone breast implants are mostly safe in spite of a higher incidence of complications than saline implants, including leakage, infections, and a slightly elevated risk of a specific type of lymphoma. The report tracks two long-term studies,…

Fitch Ratings sees risk of Greek, U.S. debt defaults

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Fitch Ratings warned it would treat a voluntary rollover of Greece’s sovereign bonds in any rescue package as a default and would cut the credit rating, keeping pressure on European policymakers who intend to outline a new plan by mid July. Fractious euro zone finance ministers are…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

Olive oil could lower stroke risk: study

WASHINGTON — Older people who eat olive oil have a lower risk of stroke than those who do not, suggested a study of more than 7,000 French people that was published Wednesday in the United States. Researchers at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, France followed…

TV-watching boosts risk of diabetes, heart problems and early death

WASHINGTON — A review of published studies in the past 40 years has shown a higher risk of diabetes, heart problems and early death among people who watch lots of television, US researchers said Tuesday. The results of the meta-analysis performed by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health…

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…

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…

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…

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