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Same-Sex Marriage Backed by Hillary Clinton

  • March 25, 2013
Same-sex marriage has been backed by the former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. This declaration brings her into line with other potential Democratic candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination. Clinton said LGBT Americans are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship, which includes marriage. Clinton said she supports marriage for lesbian and gay couples "personally and as a matter of policy and law", reports the Guardian. Clinton ...
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Report Says Only 21 Percent Foreign-Educated Doctors can Practice in India

  • March 25, 2013
The parliament was informed on Thursday that just 21.76 percent of Indian doctors trained abroad have qualified to practice in the country. A total of 14,476 doctors who completed their medical degrees abroad appeared for the screening test during the year 2012 out of which 3,150 candidates or 21.76 percent qualified the test, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. As per information provided by the National Board of ...
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Laws Governing Underage Children on Facebook, Google, Tumblr to be Tightened

  • March 25, 2013
A new report says that Facebook, Google, Tumblr and others will likely be forced to remove photos, videos, audio recordings or other personal identifiers of children by July this year. As a part of updates to a 15-year-old American law the tech giants would face stiff fines if they do not follow the rules. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted in 1998. According to Fox News, in 2011, the FTC beefed up the measure, ...
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Researchers Sequence First High-Quality Neanderthal Genome

  • March 25, 2013
The first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome has been completed by German researchers, who are making it freely available online for other scientists to study. The genome produced from remains of a toe bone found in a Siberian cave is far more detailed than a previous "draft" Neanderthal genome sequenced three years ago by the same team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "This allows even the small ...
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Exposure from Dental Amalgam Fillings may be Overestimated by Common Test

  • March 25, 2013
University of Michigan researchers have revealed that a common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount released from fillings. Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release mercury vapor into the mouth. But both the amount of mercury released and the question of whether this exposure presents a significant health risk remain controversial. Public health studies often ...
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Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Tennis Elbow Improved by Platelet Rich Plasma

  • March 25, 2013
Most athletes have been given platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to manage pain associated with torn tendons, muscles and ligaments. Though it has anecdotally been successful, the evidence to support its efficaciousness is weak. Researchers at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson participated in a multi-center randomized prospective study to evaluate the clinical value of PRP versus an active control group to determine its effectiveness in managing the pain and ...
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Climate Swings and Not Global Warming Alone Increase Monsoon Rainfall

  • March 25, 2013
Research has shown that natural swings in the climate have significantly intensified Northern Hemisphere monsoon rainfall. This indicates that they must be taken into account for climate predictions in the coming decades. Monsoon rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere impacts about 60 percent of the World population in Southeast Asia, West Africa and North America. Given the possible impacts of global warming, solid predictions of monsoon rainfall for ...
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Study Shows Bidi Smoking Causes Cancer

  • March 25, 2013
A first of its kind study in India has proven conclusively that smoking bidi increases the propensity for cancer. P. Jayalekshmi of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here, who led the study on bidi-induced lung, oral, laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer, said lung cancer risk among former bidi smokers was higher than in those who never smoked bidis. Separate studies on the impact of bidi smoking on lung and oral cancers, and cancers of larynx and hypopharynx ...
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Brain Connectivity is Reduced in Autistic Children

  • March 25, 2013
A new study has suggested that patterns of brain communication in toddlers with autism shows evidence of abnormal neural communication. A team of researchers from The Netherlands (University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, and VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam) compared electroencephalography (EEG) recordings from young children with and without autism. The researchers evaluated the patterns ...
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Potential of New Technology to Diagnose Disease Highlighted in Scripps Research Study

  • March 25, 2013
Cutting-edge technology that can successfully screen human blood for disease markers has been developed by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in Jupiter, FL. This tool may hold the key to better diagnosing and understanding today's most pressing and puzzling health conditions, including autoimmune diseases. "This study validates that the 'antigen surrogate' technology will indeed be a powerful tool for diagnostics," said Thomas Kodadek, ...
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