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IVF and Down’s syndrome: New test raises questions

A test designed to spot chromosome abnormalities in eggs could be a “revolution” in fertility, helping older women determine their chances of having an IVF baby, doctors said on Monday. But in developing the test, they added, worrying evidence emerged that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) may boost the risk of a…

Federal agency backtracks on pro-marijuana info after 11 days

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has removed information about the anti-tumor effects of marijuana from its online treatment database just eleven days after becoming the first federal agency to formally recognize marijuana’s medicinal properties. The Colorado Independent first reported that the NCI replaced a sentence about marijuana’s “possible direct anti-tumor…

Electric brain stimulation can improve math skills

Stimulating the brain with a very low electric current can enhance a person’s maths ability for up to six months, British neuroscientists said on Thursday. Researchers at Britain’s Oxford University studied 15 volunteers and demonstrated for the first time that electrical stimulation of the brain improved their performance in a…

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