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  • Gene identified as critical to low-oxygen tolerance

    Researchers have identified a gene that helps people tolerate low-oxygen conditions, according to a study published Monday, opening the way for new treatments for heart failure and related conditions. "This is the first demonstration that a gene involved in high altitude adaptation is critical in…

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  • Alps tests to see if altitude can boost athletes' performance

    Researchers have taken to the peaks of France's Mont Blanc this summer to see whether the body's production of red blood cells at high altitudes has similar effects in athletes to doping agents like EPO. In a month-long experiment ending in mid-August, a group of 11 Norwegian downhill skiers aged…

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  • Hard liquor: Officials seize Chinese spirits laced with Viagra

    Chinese authorities have seized thousands of bottles of spirits laced with chemicals used to make erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, officials said. Two manufacturers in Liuzhou were found to be adding elements including sildenafil and tadalafil, the chemicals more commonly known by their…

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  • First child double hand transplant announced in US

    An eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors,…

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  • Ebola cases fall to year low but WHO warns of trouble ahead

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone. There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra…

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  • 'Leaky' vaccines may strengthen viruses: study

    Defective or 'leaky' vaccines may lead to even more powerful viruses, according to a study on poultry that raises concerns about vaccine development in humans. "Our research demonstrates that the use of leaky vaccines can promote the evolution of nastier 'hot' viral strains that put unvaccinated…

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  • Rugby study probes concussion impact on brain

    A major study of rugby union players points to a potential link between frequent concussion and brain function, the project's lead researcher said Tuesday. Releasing preliminary findings from the long-term study in New Zealand -- the largest of its type to ever focus on rugby union -- researcher…

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  • South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

    South Korea on Tuesday declared the effective end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy. Addressing a meeting of government officials in Seoul, Prime Minister Hwang…

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  • Data analyses back Sanofi dengue vaccine

    A dengue vaccine candidate by French drugmaker Sanofi protects more than three quarters of participants, an analysis found Monday. The experimental drug allowed 80.8 percent of children aged nine and older to avoid hospitalization, according to three trials analyzed by the New England Journal of…

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  • Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

    The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease. Dubbed Mosquirix or RTS,S, the drug received a "positive scientific opinion" from the European…

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  • 'Hidden' alcohol problem for affluent over-50s

    Affluent over-50s who are in good health and with active social lives are more likely than others in their age group to drink harmful amounts of alcohol, a study showed. "We can sketch -- at the risk of much simplification -- the problem of harmful alcohol drinking among people aged 50 or over in…

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  • Costa Rica to regulate IVF after long row

    San José (AFP) - Costa Rica's president will issue a decree to regulate in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a long legal battle, he said Wednesday. President Luis Guillermo Solis said his office will issue regulations by September to comply with a regional court ruling by the Inter-American…

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  • Cooking rice in a coffee-brewer could erase arsenic: study

    Arsenic in rice is a global health concern, but researchers in Northern Ireland have found a way to remove it by cooking rice the way coffee is brewed, a study said Wednesday. A percolator that cooks rice by passing hot water through it, rather than boiling it in a pot, was able to remove 85…

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  • Eye drop gives hope for knifeless cataract cure

    An eye drop tested on dogs suggests that cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in humans, could one day be cured without surgery, a study said Wednesday. A naturally-occurring molecule called lanosterol, administered with an eye dropper, shrank canine cataracts, a team of scientists…

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  • First direct evidence that autism is not rising

    The way autism is diagnosed in the United States has led to an apparent tripling in cases in recent years that does not reflect reality, researchers said Wednesday. Rather, more youths with intellectual or developmental disabilities are being reclassified as autistic, said the study in the…

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  • Women with Alzheimer's may face faster decline than men

    Women with Alzheimer's may face a swifter mental decline than men with the same condition, but researchers are not sure why, according to a study released this week at US a medical conference. Some two-thirds of US seniors living with Alzheimer's disease are women, and women are almost twice as…

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  • Wheelchairs for Nigeria: getting polio survivors on the move

    Six new wheelchairs are lined up near the entrance of the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People's Centre in the central Nigerian city of Jos. The chairs' new owners -- all of them polio survivors -- crawl one by one to the three-wheeled machines with flip-flops on their hands, dragging atrophied,…

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