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Oil boom possible but time is running out

Oil recovery using carbon dioxide could lead to a North Sea oil bonanza worth £150 billion ($240 billion) – but only if the current infrastructure is enhanced now, according to a new study published today by a world-leading energy expert.

Scientists prepare for confined field trials of life-saving drought-tolerant transgenic maize

Crop specialists in Kenya and Uganda have laid the groundwork for confined field trials to commence later this year for new varieties of maize genetically modified to survive recurrent droughts that threaten over 300 million Africans for whom maize is life, according to a speech given today by the head of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) at the World Food Prize Symposium.

Study warns that over-the-counter weight-reducing products can cause harm and may even kill

The desire for a quick-fix for obesity fuels a lucrative market in so-called natural remedies. But a study of medical records in Hong Kong revealed 66 cases where people were suspected to have been poisoned by a "natural" slimming therapy. In eight cases the people became severely ill, and in one case the person died. The study is published today in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

WHO: 1 billion suffer from hidden tropical disease

(AP) -- The World Health Organization estimated Thursday that 1 billion of the world's poorest people suffer from neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, rabies and leprosy that remain concentrated in remote rural areas and urban slums despite being mostly eradicated from large areas of the world.

Yoga alleviates pain and improves function in fibromyalgia patients

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a debilitating condition affecting 11 million individuals in the US alone. FM carries an annual direct cost for care of more than $20 billion and drug therapies are generally only 30% effective in relieving symptoms and 20% effective in improving function. Standard care currently includes medications accompanied by exercise and coping skills approaches. In a study published in...

Alzheimer's Unlocked

After years of disappointing vaccine and drug trials, researchers are finding new ways to interrupt the memory-robbing disease, just in time for an anticipated explosion in cases

How the whole is greater than sum of its parts

After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to diseaseAfter mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas...