• Gebrselassie misses marathon due to pollution

    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie said on Monday he would not compete in the Olympic marathon because of fears that Beijing's air pollution would damage his health. The Ethiopian runner, who suffers from asthma, said he would still compete in the shorter 10,000 meters event in the August Games. >> Read the Full Article
  • Japan seeks new form of flu vaccine

    TOKYO (Reuters) - A group of Japanese researchers has developed a substance that could potentially help make flu vaccines effective for multiple strains of the disease, including strains of the bird flu virus, Japan's National Institute of Infectious Diseases said on Monday. The substance faces a lot more testing but investors seized on media reports of it on Monday, pushing the shares of a chemical firm involved in the project, NOF Corp, up nearly 21 percent. >> Read the Full Article
  • Hong Kong wild bird tests positive for H5N1

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A wild magpie robin in Hong Kong has tested positive for the H5N1 birdflu virus, the government said in a statement on Friday. The bird was found and collected on February 29 near the Tai Po Kau nature reserve in the New Territories. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Lollipops Can Fight Cavities

    Your parents always told you candy would give you cavities. But what if you could satisfy your sweet tooth with something that's actually good for your teeth? Now you can, thanks to UCLA microbiologist Wenyuan Shi, who's just invented a sugar-free lollipop that contains a licorice root extract (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) which naturally targets and kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay. >> Read the Full Article
  • Convert Guantanamo to Disease Research Centre

    Guantanamo Bay detention camp should be converted into a biomedical research institute dedicated to combating the diseases of poverty in the Western hemisphere, says Peter J. Hotez. In an editorial in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, he says the move would tap into the tradition of vaccine diplomacy that began 50 years ago — when Moscow and Washington put aside ideological differences to collaborate on the development of a live polio vaccine at the height of the Cold War. >> Read the Full Article
  • How to Stop a Hurricane, Cow-Free Steak, and Other Amazing Scientific Innovations

    Studying rice may not sound like the world's most exciting job. But think again: One plant biologist, Dr. Monty Jones, has made the study of rice his life's work – and as a result of his amazing innovations in the field, he's dramatically improved the lives of millions of farmers and the general population throughout West Africa. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mysterious Disease Claims Lives Of More Than 10,000 Bats In New York Area

    Last year at four caves near Albany, N.Y., more than 10,000 bats died from a mysterious disease involving a white fungus growing on some bats’ noses, leading researchers to dub it “white-nose syndrome.” The mounting death toll stopped last year when spring arrived and the bats left the caves. But the deaths returned with a vengeance after the bats went into hibernation this winter. With 14 known caves infected across New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, scientists estimate as many as 500,000 bats may currently be affected with the syndrome. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mexico to ban smoking in eateries, public spaces

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban smoking in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces across the country, which counts some 65,000 cigarette-related deaths each year. Joining a string of newly smoke-free countries from Britain to Uruguay, Mexico will slap fines on establishments that breach the ban, and could subject recalcitrant smokers caught illicitly puffing to up to 36 hours in jail. >> Read the Full Article
  • Gene discovery may lead to new baldness drugs

    LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have identified a gene linked to hair loss that could lead to new drugs to treat baldness. The gene is responsible for a rare hereditary form of hair loss known as Hypotrichosis simplex, a condition affecting 1 in 200,000 people, in which people begin going bald in childhood, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Genetics. >> Read the Full Article
  • Scientists aid arrest of fake drug producers

    [BEIJING] The results of analyses of fake antimalarials which led to the arrests of counterfeit drug producers in China have been published. An international consortium of scientists, known as 'Operation Jupiter', conducted physical, chemical and biological analyses on 391 samples of the antimalarial drug artesunate from South-East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. >> Read the Full Article