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How pitching changes little leaguers' shoulders

At this year's Little League World Series, new rules for the first time forced players to limit the number of times pitchers could throw the ball, and coaches had to strategize how pitchers were used more carefully.

Umbilical cord gene expression signals premature babies' lung disease risk

Diagnosing a risk of fatal lung disorders may be possible by analysing the umbilical cords of premature babies, according to research published in the online open access journal Genome Biology. Until now, paediatricians have not been able to predict the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) because of the difficulties with obtaining lung samples.

'Extreme' teenagers

Adolescents have grown taller and put on weight over the last thirty years, but the problem of underweight teens may be worse, a study in the online open access journal BMC Public Health suggests. An analysis of the height, weight, and body-mass index of teenagers during 1966-1969 and 1995-1997 in Norway demonstrates a shift towards taller and heavier teenagers, but also hints that there are more...

Russia marks Sputnik anniversary

Russia on Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the tiny satellite whose crackly beeps started the Space Race between the Cold War superpowers.

Robots May Aid Aging Japanese Population

(AP) -- If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit - all examples of cutting-edge technology to care for the country's rapidly graying population.

Vulnerable Germ Labs Tough to Identify

(AP) -- Federal terror-fighting agencies can't identify all the American research laboratories that could become targets of attackers, congressional investigators have found.

Medtronic Stent Expected to Be Approved

(AP) -- U.S. doctors haven't seen a new drug-coated stent heart device for years, but that could change soon if the Endeavor stent from Medtronic Inc. wins U.S. regulatory approval. The Minneapolis-based company expects approval by the end of this year.

Judge Won't Block NASA Background Checks

(AP) -- A federal judge denied a request Wednesday by more than two dozen workers at one of NASA's research labs to block a Bush administration directive requiring background checks and access to personal information.

Toyota's Environmental Image Challenged

(AP) -- Never mind that the Toyota Prius is popular with environmentally conscious motorists - some environmentalists still wonder if Toyota is living up to its image as a green automaker.

Minn., Iowa Residents See Flaming Object

(AP) -- Residents from the Twin Cities to the southwestern corner of Minnesota and into Iowa reported seeing a flaming object shooting through the sky Wednesday, and experts said they may have been watching a meteor.


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Naturally-occurring apple compounds reduce risk of pancreatic cancer

Eating flavonol-rich foods like apples may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, says a team of international researchers. Quercetin, which is found naturally in apples and onions, has been identified as one of the most beneficial flavonols in preventing and reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer. Although the overall risk was reduced among the study participants, smokers who consumed foods...

Researcher: Texas Dinosaur Misidentified

(AP) -- Bones discovered in the 1990s that spurred the Legislature to declare the pleurocoelus the state's official dinosaur were misidentified and actually came from a different species, according to a student's research.

Target Lawsuit Given Class-Action Status

(AP) -- A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that Target Corp. is breaking California and federal law by failing to make its Web site usable for the blind.