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Shoulder pain from using your iPad? Don't use it on your lap

The sudden popularity of tablet computers such as the Apple iPad has not allowed for the development of guidelines to optimize users' comfort and well-being. In a new study published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Microsoft Corporation, and Brigham and Women's Hospital report that head and neck posture during...

Tobacco smoking and high blood pressure are biggest killers of Japanese adults

The life expectancy of a person born in Japan is among the highest in the world (82.9 years) yet tobacco smoking and high blood pressure are still the major risk factors for death among adults in Japan, emphasizing the need to reduce tobacco smoking and to improve ongoing programs designed to help people manage multiple cardiovascular risk factors, including high blood pressure, according to a...

US publisher Meredith buys Allrecipes.com

Meredith Corp., publisher of Better Homes and Gardens and other magazines, announced Tuesday it has bought Allrecipes.com from The Reader's Digest Association Inc. in a $175 million transaction.


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Gates defends focus on high-tech agriculture (AP)

AP - Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger are too expensive or bad for the environment: Countries can embrace modern seed technology and genetic modification or their citizens will...

Samsung Wins Dutch Decision in Apple Patent War

Samsung has won a major battle in the Apple-Samsung Legal World War. On Tuesday, an appeals court in The Netherlands denied Apple's request to ban sales in Europe of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The decision upholds a lower court ruling in August, in which Apple had contended that Samsung illegally copied the iPad's design. Apple had previously won a Europe-wide preliminary injunction in...

Acid reflux drug does not improve asthma in children

Children without symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux whose asthma was being poorly controlled with anti-inflammatory treatment did not have an improvement in symptoms or lung function with the added treatment of the proton pump inhibitor lansoprazole, compared to patients who received placebo, according to a study in the January 25 issue of JAMA. Use of lansoprazole was associated with increased...

Bilayer graphene works as an insulator

A research team led by physicists at the University of California, Riverside has identified a property of "bilayer graphene" (BLG) that the researchers say is analogous to finding the Higgs boson in particle physics.

Fungi-filled forests are critical for endangered orchids

When it comes to conserving the world's orchids, not all forests are equal. In a paper to be published Jan. 25 in the journal Molecular Ecology, Smithsonian ecologists revealed that an orchid's fate hinges on two factors: a forest's age and its fungi.

Global AIDS Fund head to quit

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS announced on Tuesday that its head Michel Kazatchkine will quit but denied media reports that it was connected to his links with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Hot attraction in bimetals: A cyano-bridged vanadium-niobium bimetal assembly with a Curie temperature of 210 K

Cyano-bridged bimetal assemblies attract attention because of their magnetic properties such as photomagnetization, humidity-induced magnetization, and nonlinear magneto-optical effect, which make them suitable for many applications. A high Curie temperature is an asset for the use of such magnetic compounds in functional materials. Hexa-, hepta-, and octacyanometalates have been shown to have...

Marine mammals on the menu in many parts of world

The fate of the world's great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental catching and killing of dolphins, porpoises, manatees, and other warm-blooded aquatic species are rarely studied or monitored.

PFCs, chemicals in environment, linked to lowered immune response to childhood vaccinations

A new study finds that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), widely used in manufactured products such as non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing, and fast-food packaging, were associated with lowered immune response to vaccinations in children. It is the first study to document how PFCs, which can be transferred to children prenatally (via the mother) and postnatally from exposure in the environment,...