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Victory over AIDS epidemic finally within reach: U.S. researcher

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic surfaced, hope of conquering the deadly epidemic has never been greater, according to a longtime US leader in the AIDS fight, Anthony Fauci. This hope has been spurred by recent advances toward a vaccine and new breakthoughs in treatment and prevention,…

Raising ‘good’ cholesterol has little impact: Study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Raising the blood levels of good cholesterol does nothing to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients already taking statins to lower their bad cholesterol, a federally-funded study has determined. Scientists at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which led the study of some…

Nuclear radiation leads to more boy babies than girl babies

A new study carried out in Germany has concluded that parents who have been exposed to low-level sources of nuclear radiation give birth to more boys than girls. Two German scientists have found a male-female gap associated with global nuclear fallout from atomic tests in the 1950s and early 60s,…

Drinking six cups of coffee a day cuts prostate cancer risk

WASHINGTON — More is better when it comes to drinking coffee to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major US study released Tuesday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60 percent…

Obama warns on debt ceiling risk

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama warned the United States risked plunging back into recession if a standoff over the US debt ceiling lingers, as a top Republican said he was ready to cut a deal. The United States is due to hit the $14.29-trillion ceiling set by Congress on…

Breast-feeding linked to better behavior

LONDON — Babies who are breast-fed for several months develop fewer behavioural problems in early childhood than those who are bottle-fed, researchers have said. The British study which involved around 10,000 mothers and their babies found that breastfeeding for at least four months lowered the risk of behavioural problems in…

Are gay men more at risk for cancer?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More gay men reported being cancer survivors than straight men in a new study from California. That suggests they may need targeted interventions to prevent cancer, the researchers said, but more studies are needed to answer lingering questions. For example, are gay men more likely…

Obama on ’60 Minutes’: Osama bin Laden mission was ‘worth the risk’

In a pre-taped interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Barack Obama said that he didn’t regret the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. “As nervous as I was about this whole process, the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin…

Researchers: Chemical in crude oil may cause babies to develop heart defects

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Babies who are exposed before birth to ethyl benzene, a toxic component in crude oil, may have a higher risk of developing congenital heart disease, US researchers said Saturday. Another chemical used as an industrial metal degreasing agent, trichloroethylene (TCE), also boosted heart risks, said the research…

WIKILEAKS: 7 SHOCKING GITMO REVELATIONS

A massive leak of more than 700 military documents, attributed to infamous transparency group WikiLeaks, was released Sunday night. Much of the new information deals with detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, records that begin immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks and range to 2009, including documents relating to 172…

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