Sterilised mosquito trial slashes dengue-spreading population

SYDNEY: More than 80 percent of a dengue fever-spreading mosquito has been wiped out in an Australian town during a landmark trial scientists said Tuesday offered hope for combating the dangerous pest globally. Researchers from Australia’s national science body CSIRO bred millions of non-biting male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in laboratory conditions at James Cook University […]

Sticking with the same doctor may extend patients’ lives

  Seeing the same doctor over the years helps people live longer, suggests a new international study. “We had nine different countries on four different continents in all sorts of different health systems, so we don’t think it’s a local or cultural effect, we think it’s a human effect,” said lead author Sir Denis Pereira […]

War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws

For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts. But that may be starting to change, thanks largely to vigorous environmental campaigning. Under pressure from activists, the European Union, Britain, India and even fast food giants like McDonald’s have all made some headway towards bringing the use […]

Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study

  PARIS: Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine […]

Climate change sinking Arctic archeological treasures

  OTTAWA: A mad rush is needed to preserve or catalogue thousands of Arctic archeological sites before they are washed away by warming hastening the thaw of permafrost and coastal erosion, a study said Thursday. For millennia, the cold has conserved ivory artifacts, driftwood houses and human remains in often near-perfect conditions. But with faster […]

Nestle suspended from ‘sustainable’ palm oil body

  GENEVA: Swiss food giant Nestle confirmed Thursday the suspension of its membership in a body aimed at ensuring sustainable palm oil production and use, blaming “fundamental differences” in theories on how to reach that goal. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a non-profit group that counts members from across the palm oil supply chain, […]

Portable music players tied to hearing loss in kids

  Children who listen to music through headphones may be at greater risk of noise-related hearing loss, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers examined hearing test results for 3,316 children ages 9 to 11. They also asked parents about hearing complaints from their children, how often kids used portable music players and how high they typically […]

Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise

  WASHINGTON: Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long warned of the problem. – What are the causes of ocean noise? The main human activity that causes noise is maritime shipping. Among the loudest […]

Gut microbes may lead to depression, anxiety in obesity

    WASHINGTON:  American researchers found the bacteria in the gut might be a potential contributor to depression and anxiety for people in obesity, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. Mice on a high-fat diet showed significantly more signs of anxiety, depression and obsessive behavior than animals on standard diets, according to a study published on […]