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Human corpses harvested in multimillion-dollar trade

Willson et al. theage.com.au A grisly trade in human body parts leaves relatives grieving and some recipients at risk of life-threatening disease. On February 24, Ukrainian authorities made an alarming discovery: bones and other human tissues crammed into coolers in … Continue reading

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Discovery offers insight into treating viral stomach flu

Melanie Bernds EurekAlert ST. LOUIS, MO, March 21, 2012—Twenty million Americans get sick from norovirus each year according to data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Often called vomiting illness, it can spread rapidly on cruise … Continue reading

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Heart disease drug ‘combats racism’

Telegraph A common heart disease drug may have the unusual side-effect of combating racism, a new study suggests. Volunteers given the beta-blocker, used to treat chest pains and lower heart rates, scored lower on a standard psychological test of “implicit” … Continue reading

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Oldest organism with skeleton discovered in Australia

Iqbal Pittalwala EurekAlert RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A team of paleontologists has discovered the oldest animal with a skeleton. Called Coronacollina acula, the organism is between 560 million and 550 million years old, which places it in the Ediacaran period, before … Continue reading

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Bird flu, pig flu, now bat flu? Human risk unclear

Associated Press USA Today ATLANTA – For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear. The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the … Continue reading

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Fasting ‘could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatments’

Sadie Whitelocks Daily Mail Going without food for short periods may help to combat cancer and boost the effectiveness of treatments, say scientists. A study found fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumours and cured some cancers when it … Continue reading

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The Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows

Damian Carrington Guardian The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows. The discovery has … Continue reading

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Riot control: How can we stop newspapers distorting science?

Guardian Have you heard that the devastating riots across England were caused by a chemical deficiency in the brain? Or that we will soon be able to cure such behaviour with a nasal spray? Over the past two weeks, such … Continue reading

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Discovery Predicts Patient Sensitivity to Important Drug Target in Deadly Brain Cancer

Source: PR Newswire GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A recent discovery by Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists enables the prediction of patient sensitivity to proposed drug therapies for glioblastoma – the most common and most aggressive malignant … Continue reading

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Banner week in bee science: Zombie flies & poisonous ‘planter exhaust’

Source: Panna The online journal PLoS One released two bee studies last week: one on an old parasite newly found in honey bees, the other confirming that bees are being poisoned by the controversial pesticide clothianidinin and around the 88 … Continue reading

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