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Foods to Improve Memory Power

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Eating healthy nutritious foods can help improve memory power and prevent brain-related illness. Eat foods that have numerous health benefits for keeping your brain healthy.

Connection between Air Pollution Exposure and Increase in Risk Factors for Diabetes and Obesity Explored

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Researchers are providing insight into the connection between the air pollution and increased risk of obesity, diabetes and chronic kidney disease today at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) 53rd Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 30 percent of the US population has metabolic syndrome, which is the name for a group of factors that increase the sufferer''s risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems. While researchers have connected ...

After Quake Repair, Washington Monument to Reopen on May 12

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Nearly three years after it was shut due to damage from a rare earthquake centered near the US capital, the Washington Monument will be reopened to public on May 12. The 170-meter (555-foot) obelisk, a major tourist draw, was shuttered when engineers found more than 150 cracks in the structure in the wake of a 5.8-magnitude quake in Virginia in August 2011. The repair bill totaled (Dollar) 15 million. "We are delighted to be in the home stretch ...

Ban, the Japanese Architect, Says Not Worthy of Top Pritzker Prize

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Shigeru Ban, the Japanese architect who uses cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing violence, won his field's highest honour, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Award sponsor The Hyatt Foundation said Monday that it had chosen the 56-year-old architect, who has offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, as its 2014 laureate. Ban, who works in disaster zones and with private clients, has spent about two ...

2013 Sixth Warmest Year on Record, Says Review

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Weather extremes in 2013 are likely to be influenced by rising global temperatures, reveals review. In some ways 2013 was a typical year for the global weather. Heatwaves, cold snaps, violent storms, droughts and floods all played their part in shaping 2013 - as they do every year - but there is growing evidence that human activities are making weather extremes more frequent or extreme, the World Meteorological Authority revealed. Some of the ...

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure in Middle Age Damage Your Brain and Cognition

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The devastative impact of diabetes on cognitive ability is already known, but it doesn't end there. A recent study finds that individuals who develop a href="http:www.medindia.net/patients/patientInfo/diabetes.asp" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"diabetes/a and high blood pressure in middle age may be at a higher risk of a href="http:www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/headinjury.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink"brain damage/a compared ...

Perfume That Smells Like a Corpse

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A Nebraska-based chemist claims she can create 'Eau De Death' that mimics the smell of rotting human flesh, by mixing a combination of three compounds namely putrescine, cadaverine and Methanethiol. While putrescine and cadaverine are emitted by the body in the early stages of decay, Methanethiol smells like rotting eggs. "Putrescine and cadaverine are largely responsible for the foul odour of putrefying flesh but also contribute to bad breath ...

Guinea's Battle Against the Killer Virus, Ebola

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One of the deadliest viruses known to mankind is the cause of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever plaguing Guinea and killing up to 90 percent of people it infects. The tropical virus can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhea. In the worst cases it shuts down organs and causes unstoppable bleeding. Of some 1,850 people diagnosed with Ebola hemorrhagic fever since the virus was first identified in ...

Smart Eyewear from Google Partnership With Ray-Ban Maker

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Google declared on Tuesday that it is joining forces with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands to come up with creating and selling glass Internet-linked eyewear in the US. The California-based technology titan billed the partnership with Luxottica as its "biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market." Luxottica brands include Oakley, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban, and Vogue-Eyewear. The first smart glasses by Luxottica ...

Seven Million Deaths in 2012 Owing to Air Pollution

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Sources of air pollution ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes have contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, revealed the UN health agency on Tuesday. "Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries," said Maria Neira, the World Health Organization's public and environmental health chief. Globally, ...

Reduced Prescribing Errors Due to Electronic Medication Alerts Designed With Provider in Mind

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Safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders, with a change in presentation medication alerts in electronic medical records as found in a study published online in the iJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association/i. "The VA electronic medical record system is one of the most widely used and respected EMR systems in the country," said Alissa L. Russ, Ph.D., a human factors engineer who ...

Rising Number of Patients Admitted With Antibiotic-Resistant Infections: RI Hospital

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Community-acquired infections like urinary tract infections, due to emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains are on the rise, say Rhode Island Hospital researchers. The study is published online in the journal emAntimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control/em. "Over the last several years, we've seen an increase in the number of bacteria -- many of which are forms of emE. coli/em -- that are resistant to commonly administered antibiotics," said Leonard ...

Financial Decline Owing to Treatment Reported by Twenty-Five Percent of Breast Cancer Survivors

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A study by University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers revealed that four years after being treated for breast cancer, a quarter of breast cancer survivors were worse off financially, at least partly because of their treatment. In addition, 12 percent reported that they still have medical debt from their treatment. Financial decline varied significantly by race, with Spanish-speaking Latinas most likely to be impacted. Debt was reported ...

Increased Risk for Diabetes, Heart Problems on Excess Weight Gain at 1 Year Postpartum

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TORONTO - 'Preventing new risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease is possible in women by watching out for weight gain within a year of giving birth.' That advice for women comes from a study published today in the journal iDiabetes Care/i. While it has long been believed that not losing 'baby weight' for several years after pregnancy carries long-term risks of diabetes and heart disease the research team at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, aimed to test ...

New Technique Helps Get Closer to HIV and Hepatitis C Vaccines

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An important step forward has been taken towards developing a new type of DNA vaccine to protect against the deadly HIV and Hepatits C viruses, with University of Adelaide researchers applying for a patent based on groundbreaking new research. Professor Eric Gowans from the University's Discipline of Surgery, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has submitted a patent application for what he describes as a relatively simple but effective ...

Peaches Inhibit Breast Cancer Metastasis

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In mice, peach extract was found to inhibit breast cancer metastasis, say researchers. AgriLife Research scientists say that the mixture of phenolic compounds present in the peach extract are responsible for the inhibition of metastasis, according to the study, which was this month published in the iJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry/i. "Cancer cells were implanted under the skin of mice with an aggressive type of breast cancer cells, the ...

Health Insurance Premiums are Expected to Rise Due to Various Reasons

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Recent studies show that the the cost of healthcare will show a rising trend as according to The Affordable Care Act, insurers will now provide cover for pre-existing ailments and preventive care like mammograms etc: which lead to higher prices. A recent analysis found that firms which offer employer based insurance cover have increased deductibles and other cost sharing provisions which will cause employee's out of pocket expenses to rise. The costof providing ...

Rapid, Non-Invasive Screening Method for Alzheimer's Disease

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In late-onset Alzheimer's disease cases, the apolipoprotein E gene (and) #949;4 allele is considered a negative factor for neural regeneration. Apolipoprotein E genotyping is crucial to apolipoprotein E polymorphism analysis. Peripheral venous blood is the conventional tissue source for apolipoprotein E genotyping polymorphism analysis. Blood yields high-quality genomic DNA and can meet various research purposes. However, because of invasiveness, taking blood samples ...

Will French Prisons Provide Halal Food to Muslim Prisoners After Fresh Orders?

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Pending a definitive ruling on the latest issue to pit France's secular tradition against Islamic practice, a French prison has been ordered to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is contesting a November ruling by an administrative tribunal in Grenoble that the local Saint-Quentin-Fallavier prison should provide halal meals on the basis that failing to do so would violate Muslim prisoners' right to practice their religion. ...

Instant Immune Booster Improves Outcome of Bacterial Meningitis, Pneumonia

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Research lead Professor Wilhelm Schwaeble explained: "I am really excited about this landmark discovery. We demonstrate that boosting the innate immune system can have a significant impact on the body's ability to defend itself against life-threatening infections." He is the professor of Immunology and Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder from the University of Leicester. An additional benefit of this treatment is that it was shown to effectively neutralise ...

Pregnant Woman Should Avoid Fatty Food to Prevent Child's Alzheimer's

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A new research has suggested that fat-rich diet of a pregnant woman can put her unborn child in the high-risk category of suffering from Alzheimer's disease later in life.." According to scientists at the University of Southampton, fat-rich diet led to accumulation of harmful sticky beta amyloid proteins, which causes Alzheimer's." The researchers conducted the study on mice and found that fatty food restricted blood flow to brain, a condition related to the ...

Person's Identity can be Used to Predict Location

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There are many different types of people throughout the world, and their identity can tell a lot about where they live. The type of job they work, the kind of car they drive, and the foods they eat can all be used to predict the country, the state, or maybe even the city a person lives in. The brain is no different. There are many types of neurons, defined largely by the patterns of genes they use, and they "live" in numerous distinct brain regions. ...

Obamacare: Half the Americans Can't Explain a Deductible

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The week before open enrollment closes for new health care exchanges, a study shows that those who might potentially benefit the most from the Affordable Care Act - including those earning near the Federal Poverty Level - are also the most clueless about health care policies. The study was done by researchers at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. The opening of health care exchanges ...

Physicians Adopt Patient Portals

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In response to governmental incentives for meaningful use (MU), many physicians are adopting patient portals. But the stage 2 requirements for portal use may be particularly challenging for newer electronic health record (EHR) users. This study examines enrollment, use based on MU requirements, and satisfaction in a recently-adopting fee-for-service multispecialty system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) financial incentives for meaningful use ...

Breast Microbiota Raises Tantalizing Questions

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The female breast contains a unique population of microbes relative to the rest of the body. This is according to the first-ever study of the breast microbiome. That study sought to lay the groundwork for understanding how this bacterial community contributes to health and disease, says first author Camilla Urbaniak, a PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. The research was published ahead of print in iApplied and Environmental Microbiology/i. "Proteobacteria ...

Adult Day-Care Services Boost Beneficial Stress Hormones in Family Caregivers

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Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on days when they use an adult day care service for their relatives with dementia. This is according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin. DHEA-S controls the harmful effects of cortisol and is associated with better long-term health. "This is one of the first studies to show that DHEA-S can be modified by an intervention, which in our ...

Canadians Spend More on Private Health Insurance

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Spending by Canadians on private health insurance has more than doubled over the past 20 years, but insurers paid out a rapidly decreasing proportion as benefits. This is according to a study published in the iCMAJ/i (iCanadian Medical Association Journal/i). The study, by University of British Columbia and University of Toronto researchers, shows that overall Canadians paid (Dollar) 6.8 billion more in premiums than they received in benefits in 2011. ...

Timing Is Everything for Radiation Therapy and Cancer Vaccines

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Radiation therapy fights cancer in many ways, not only does it force cancer cells to self-destruct, but several studies demonstrate that it also activates the immune system to attack tumor cells. This activation can be used to boost current immunotherapies, such as anti-tumor vaccines, to produce better clinical results. What's less clear, however, is exactly how to combine the two therapies to get the best bang for the therapeutic buck. To address ...

Study Explains Why Smokers Can't Savor Actual Taste of Coffee

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The toxic chemicals in tobacco cause a loss of taste among smokers, reveals study. According to the study, smoking status had no influence on a person's ability to recognize salty, sweet or sour tastes but it has an effect on people's ability to taste the bitter taste of caffeine. The study has found that 20 percent of smokers and 25 percent of former smokers could not correctly identify the bitter samples they were asked to taste. The ...

White-Footed Mice Give Ticks a Free Lunch

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In the northern and central parts of the U.S., people are more likely to contract Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments when white-footed mice are abundant. Mice are effective at transferring disease-causing pathogens to feeding ticks. And, according to an in-press paper in the journal emEcology/em, these "super hosts" appear indifferent to larval tick infestations. Drawing on 16 years of field research performed at the Cary Institute of ...

Pritzker Award Won by Japanese Architect

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A Japanese architect who uses cardboard tubes to construct temporary houses for victims of natural disasters and violences has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Award sponsor The Hyatt Foundation said Monday that it had chosen the 56-year-old architect, who has offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, as its 2014 laureate. Ban, who works in disaster zones and with private clients, has spent about two decades travelling the world to help design low-cost ...

Depression may be Prevented by Lifestyle Interventions

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Major depression can be prevented by lifestyle interventions in adults having mild symptoms, a new study revealed. Depression is common and treatments often don't completely resolve the disability that attends the illness, said senior author Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., UPMC Endowed Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Sadness, fatigue and disinterest in activities that used to bring pleasure can leave patients ...

Oncologists Differ Widely When It Comes to Offering Cancer Gene Testing

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As an assessment of physician's attitude towards the rollout of the tumor profiling project called Profile at DF/BWCC, a survey was conducted in 2011 and early 2012. The Profile technology platform includes complete DNA sequencing of more than 300 genomic regions to detect known and unknown cancer-related mutations. The technology can also examine those regions for gains and losses of DNA sequences and rearrangements of DNA on chromosomes. The results are entered into a database ...

Men Having Sex With Men Use Internet to Find Sexual Partners Who Don't Identify as Gay

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Online sexual hookups do present a unique opportunity to find out more about decision making factors that inform sexual health. A study conducted by Eric Schrimshaw, PhD, at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Martin J. Downing, Jr., PhD, of the National Development and Research Institutes, found evidence that men having sex with men use the Internet to find sexual partners who do not identify as gay, either to fulfill a fantasy or because it allows anonymous ...

Gout Drug may Cut Down Your Risk of Death

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Use of the drug allopurinol may reduce the risk of death in hyperuricemic patients, a new research found. The study, the first in a general population, has found the overall benefit of allopurinol on survival may outweigh the impact of rare serious adverse effects. Researchers from the Section of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) contributed to this study. Gout has been associated with an increased ...

Syrian Refugee Kids Rehearse Shakespearean Plays

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100 Syrian refugee kids, under a white test in the desert of Jordan, rehearse King Lear, one of the greatest tragedies put down by Shakesphere. They form a circle around Syrian actor-turned-director Nawwar Bulbul, who has worked with them for more than two months at Zaatari refugee camp in the hope of drawing attention to their plight. "I seek to revive laughter and joy among children to help them express themselves," said Bulbul, who was in several ...

This Wireless Pacemaker is Smaller and Safer: Study

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A study by an Indian-American researcher in New York City shows a new wireless pacemaker which is safer, smaller and can be inserted without a surgery. The new device is faster, smaller than a triple-A battery and easier to implant compared to the traditional pacemakers. Traditional pacemakers have some complications attached with them, said Vivek Y Reddy, MD, lead author of the study and director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Hospital in New ...

Attitude Towards Depression Changing: Survey

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A recent survey has revealed that intolerance towards depression and anxiety in Australia has gone down over the past decade. But according to Kate Carnell, CEO of Beyondblue which conducted the survey, more awareness needs to be spread and more effort is needed to educate Australians about mental illness. The statement was made keeping in mind the survey which stated that one out of four persons still believe that people with severe depression were unpredictable, ...

Forks That Emit Flavours Developed

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Forks that emit smells to make people think they are tasting flavours like ginger, coffee or banana as they eat their meal has been developed by Canadian researchers. Called Aromafork, these gadgets has a capsule filled with 'liquid aroma' underneath the handle. It is soaked through a small blotting paper and released gradually as you eat your meal. The fork emits smells which waft over the food and reportedly add to the flavour. "The ...

MH370 Crashed in 'Suicide Mission', Says UK Newspaper

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The missing Malaysian Airline passenger jet MH370 is a deliberate act in an apparent 'suicide mission', states a UK newspaper. The Daily Telegraph, in its report said that according to its 'well-placed sources,' the plane was crashed in a suicidal mission. However, the paper's claims contradict the statements made by Malaysian authorities who said that the focus of the investigation is moving away from the pilots, Sydney Morning Herald reports. ...

Smoking Tobacco Ups Risk of Recurrent Tuberculosis

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A new study published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease reveals regular tobacco smoking boosts the risk of recurrent tuberculosis. "More than ever before, we understand how tobacco harms people who have already been successfully treated for TB," said Dr Chung-Yeh Deng of National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, an author of the study. "No one should undergo the long, complex treatment for TB only to unknowingly place themselves ...

Keeping Employees Happy can Lead to a Rise in Productivity

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A new study conducted by researchers at University of Warwick reveals that keeping employees happy can lead to a rise in productivity and added that Google leads the way in ensuring good mood among its employees, in turn enjoying a 12 percent increase in productivity. The researchers selected a group of more than 700 employees and conducted a series of tests, including allowing them to watch a comedy video strip, providing them with free chocolates, drinks and fruit ...

New Device can Accurately Mimic Coronary Arteries

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a new device that can accurately mimic coronary arteries in the heart and can be used for personalized testing of anti coagulants. The researchers made use of the microfluidic device to test out the effectiveness of aspirin in preventing heart attacks among a group of 14 people and found that while the drug does provide protection against dangerous blood clots in some patients, it was not effective in preventing in all patients ...

Study Says Active Moms Have Active Kids

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Researchers at Cambridge University have found that the physical activeness of four-year-old children was linked with the activity patterns of their mothers. The researchers observed more than 500 mothers and their four year old kids and found that children who had the least levels of physical activity had mothers who themselves lacked recommended exercise levels. The researchers also found that the likelihood that the chances of a child indulging in moderate-to-vigorous ...

Jubilant Life Sciences to Partner With US Institute to Develop New TB Drugs

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Noida based pharmaceutical company, Jubilant Life Sciences revealed that it has joined hands with a US-based research institute to develop new drugs in order to combat tuberculosis in the subcontinent. The company said that its US subsidiary, Chemsys, will be collaborating with Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in developing a new TB drug. IDRI has received over (Dollar) 3.4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of the Lilly TB drug discovery ...

Internet Eyewear: Google to Partner With Frame Maker

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Google will partner with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other brands to create and sell Glass Internet-linked eyewear in the US. The California-based technology titan billed the partnership with Luxottica as its "biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market." Luxottica brands include Oakley, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban, and Vogue-Eyewear. The announcement in a Google blog post came as the web titan sought to burnish the Glass image ...

Health Official Reveals Presence of Possible Ebola Case in Canada

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WHO Data Indicates Air Pollution Killed Seven Million People in 2012

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The World Health Organization has said that air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012. "Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries," said Maria Neira, the World Health Organization's public and environmental health chief. Globally, ...

Clinton-to-Space Laptop Up for Auction

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A more than 15-year old laptop used by Bill Clinton to send the first ever US presidential email is up for grabs. The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton's cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in November 1998 still on the hard drive -- is the featured item in an online sale by Massachusetts-based RR Auction. "I wouldn't be surprised if it goes for (Dollar) 100,000 or more. Just the content of it is awesome," Bobby Livingston, a spokesman ...

No Link Between Quitting Smoking and E-Cigarette Use

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A new study has found that people who use electronic cigarettes do not report higher rates of quitting than regular cigarette smokers. The findings were based on survey answers from 949 smokers, reported in a research letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Just over 13 percent of the people in the study reported quitting smoking within one year. E-cigarette use "did not significantly predict quitting ...

Italy to Take Up Fight Against Traffic Light Food Labels

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Italy will use the upcoming presidency of the European Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against Britain's "traffic light" food labels. Speaking as he went into EU farm ministers' talks, Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said "uniformity" in European food labelling is "a theme we need to put on the agenda". Britain argues that the scheme -- which classifies food as red, amber or green according to the fat, salt and sugar content ...