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  • Experts hope mosquito-borne bacteria can beat the Zika virus

    LONDON (AP) — Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases.

  • The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy

    The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthyMore than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies ...

  • Pakistan to execute schizophrenic murder convict

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan issued a death warrant on Wednesday for a paranoid schizophrenic convicted of murder, his lawyers said, after the Supreme Court ruled his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant. Imdad Ali, 50, was certified by government doctors as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia in 2012, following his conviction for the 2001 murder of a Muslim cleric.

  • Gene study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

    White House marks World AIDS Day with giant ribbon on North PorticoBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as "Patient Zero" for seeding the U.S. outbreak. Scientists have long suspected that HIV had been circulating in the United States for a decade before the first few AIDS cases were identified in Los Angeles 1981. "What we've done here is tried to get at the origins of the first cases of AIDS that were ever noticed," said Michael Worobey, the evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona who led the study.

  • Pope Francis the manager - surprising, secretive, shrewd

    Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with the media onboard the papal plane while en route to RomeBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name. Francis announced that the simple, white-haired Roman Catholic priest, who had spent many years in jail during Albania's communist dictatorship, was to become a cardinal. It was the first that Simoni, or any of the other 16 new cardinals named by Francis at the same time, had heard of their elevation to the prestigious rank.

  • Virus-resistant mosquitoes to be unleashed in Colombia, Brazil

    A view of Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae infected with the Wolbachia bacteriumGovernments and philanthropists on Wednesday announced an $18 million plan to release mosquitoes resistant to Zika, dengue and other viruses in urban areas of Colombia and Brazil. The program aims to boost mosquito-control efforts by using Wolbachia bacteria beginning next year, following the alarming spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects. Wolbachia occurs naturally in 60 percent of insects, but not mosquitoes.

  • 'Low FODMAP’ diet may ease irritable bowel syndrome

    By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – In a randomized trial, people with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) had significant pain and symptom relief on a diet that starves gut bacteria of some of their favorite foods, according to a new study. The “low FODMAP” diet restricts foods that are high in fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs), short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the body but quickly fermented by intestinal bacteria. Fermentation produces gas and excess liquid, and may underlie the symptoms of IBS, the authors write in American Journal of Gastroenterology.

  • U.S. warned Berlin on China-Aixtron deal: Handelsblatt

    The logo of Aixtron SE is pictured on the roof of the German chip equipment maker's headquarters in HerzogenrathFRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence services told Germany that a proposed Chinese takeover of semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Aixtron could give Beijing access to technology that could be used for military purposes, the Handelsblatt newspaper said on Wednesday. The German economy ministry said on Monday that pending a review it had withdrawn its approval for Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) to buy the Aachen-based firm for 670 million euros ($732 million), citing previously unknown security-related information. Aixtron said it had so far not received any questions from the ministry related to the review.

  • Why Health Care Premiums Are Rising Under Obamacare

    Average premiums are expected to rise an average of 22 percent.

  • Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strike

    Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strikeA man who acknowledges he attacked the computer network at world-renowned Boston Children's Hospital two years ago, costing it hundreds of thousands of dollars, is now waging a hunger strike in prison ...