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May 28, 2015 06:48PM

Sleep training 'can reduce prejudice'

Levels of unconscious racist and sexist bias have been reduced by manipulating the way the brain learns during sleep.

May 28, 2015 04:02PM

Sugar warning over fruit snacks

Many supposedly "healthy" fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than a bag of sweets, says campaign group Action on Sugar.

May 28, 2015 05:06PM

Smoking ban 'cuts child illness'

The ban on smoking in public places - which came into force in 2007 in England - has cut child hospital admissions by some 11,000 a year, research suggests.

May 28, 2015 08:35AM

Pocket optician 'good as eye charts'

A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician's clinic, a trial suggests.

May 28, 2015 02:47AM

'Give HIV drugs at diagnosis'

HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way the disease is treated.

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May 28, 2015 06:09AM

Tattoos last, but for 1 out 10, so does the pain

A new study suggests people suffer infections, itching and chronic complications for their body art.

May 28, 2015 06:12AM

5 ways to focus and reduce stress

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CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS on May 29, 2015 02:45AM

Well: Ask Well: Floss or Brush First?

Few studies address the question, and dentists have opinions both ways. One says it?s human nature to skip the tougher job, so get that done first.

REBECCA R. RUIZ and KATIE THOMAS on May 28, 2015 03:40PM

Teva Settles Cephalon Generics Case With F.T.C. for $1.2 Billion

The agency accused the company of illegally blocking generic competition to Provigil, a sleep-disorder drug.

GINA KOLATA on May 28, 2015 02:24PM

A Proposal to Modify Plants Gives G.M.O. Debate New Life

Some scientists are hoping techniques that give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them might be more acceptable to opponents of genetically modified organisms.

JACK HEALY on May 28, 2015 02:21PM

Colorado Killer James Holmes?s Notebook: Detailed Plans vs. ?a Whole Lot of Crazy?

Prosecutors say the defendant was sane and methodical, planning his rampage with murderous intent. Defense lawyers say his writing brims with delusions that were the product of a profoundly diseased mind.

TARA PARKER-POPE on May 28, 2015 01:34PM

Well: Ask Grover: How to Get Children to Eat Vegetables

Sesame Street?s Grover took over Ask Well this week to answer questions about the new cookbook ?Sesame Street Let?s Cook!? and how to encourage healthful eating for children.

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May 29, 2015 02:50AM

South Korean becomes China's first confirmed MERS case

By Sui-Lee Wee and Nicole LI BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China said on Friday a South Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China's first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in the 38 people who had close contact with him. Health authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said it was likely the disease would spread as the patient had taken a bus, crossed a busy border checkpoint and stayed in a hotel before being taken to hospital. "As we have said before, the possibility of MERS transferring into Guangdong is very high," He Jianfeng, director for the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control, told reporters.

May 29, 2015 02:38AM

MERS infects 10 in South Korea but no virus mutation: WHO

Handout transmission electron micrograph shows the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirusBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Ten people in South Korea are confirmed as having the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, transmitted by a traveler, but there has been no sustained human-to-human spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The United Nations health agency said it was not recommending screening of passengers or that travel or trade restrictions be imposed on South Korea due to the outbreak. All 10 people in South Korea are in hospital or self-quarantine, he said, including the traveler, who infected relatives and health care workers.

May 29, 2015 01:57AM

Radioactive leak at India's Delhi airport, no risk to passengers

Radioactive material leaked from a medical shipment on Friday at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, Indian government and airport officials said, adding that the incident had been contained and there was no risk to passengers. The leak was found at the airport's cargo-handling complex in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 - a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine - that had been on board an inbound Turkish Airlines passenger flight. "This area is far away from any of the passenger terminals and there is absolutely no risk of exposure to any passengers," Delhi International Airport Ltd, the airport's operator, said in a statement.

May 29, 2015 01:01AM

Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia

Researchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reportedResearchers have gained new understanding on the workings of amnesia through research that used light to revive lost memories in mice, a study reported. Amnesia remains a controversial subject in the field of neuroscience, with some researchers arguing that it occurs when cells are damaged and memory cannot be stored, while others believe that the memories are simply blocked and cannot be recalled. "The majority of researchers have favored the storage theory, but we have shown in this paper that this majority theory is probably wrong," researcher Susumu Tonegawa of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

May 29, 2015 12:54AM

Radioactive leak in Delhi was sodium iodide - regulator

The leak of radioactive material on Friday at Delhi's international airport was of sodium iodide 131, an official at India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) told Reuters. "It's a localized leak," AERB Vice-Chairman R. Bhattacharya told Reuters by telephone. Sodium iodide 131 is used in so-called nuclear medicine, and is used for treatment of hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancers.

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