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What is Artemisinin?

Coartem, a malaria drug whose potency is derived from a Chinese herb, may soon be approved for sale in the United States.

December 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Chinese face-transplant recipient has died

One of the four people known to have received a partial face transplant has died, according to published reports.

Li Guoxing, 32, died in July at his home in southwestern China after taking herbal medicines instead of immune-suppressing drugs typically used to prevent recipients from rejecting donated tissue, his surgeon, Guo Shuzhong, told Agence-France Presse over the weekend...

December 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Conscience clause and relaxed environmental regs among Bush's lame-duck rulings

Reproductive health and enviro activists are fuming over two more last-minute rule changes by the outgoing Bush administration: a new reg that allows heathcare workers to nix treatments to which they have moral objections, and another one that bars regulators from taking into consideration a power company's climate change–causing greenhouse gas emissions when applying for a license to build new coal-fired plants...

December 19, 2008 — Jordan Lite

John Holdren to advise Obama on science, reports say

President-elect Barack Obama is poised to name John Holdren, a well-respected Harvard physicist and outspoken critic of the Bush administration's science policy, as his pick for White House science advisor, according to online reports...

December 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Your shopping personality explained

Do opulent Christmas displays in stores and frenzied ads make you feel overwhelmed, depressed, or psyched? The emotions you feel might be a clue to your “shopping personality” – a pattern of behavior that corresponds with how you act in the rest of your life...

December 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Baby's hot wheels: An incubator made of car parts

Some four million babies around the world die within a month of their birth, according to the World Health Organization. But one designer who's trying to get working incubators to developing countries says as many as 1.8 million of those infants might be spared if they could spend just a week in the units, which help babies who are born early or at low birth weights regulate their body temperature until their organs fully develop...

December 16, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Sleep badly, burn calories?

Sleep apnea, a disorder that can cause sufferers to temporarily stop breathing while snoozing, has long been associated with obesity. Paradoxical new findings suggest an ironic benefit: the worse the disease gets, the more calories patients burn...

December 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Colonoscopy: Not so great after all?

For about a decade, public health officials have been aggressively pushing colonoscopy, a procedure that inspects the colon for growths using a tube and camera, as the gold standard for detecting tumors while they're still treatable...

December 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Free broadband plan on hold after FCC meeting is scrapped

A vote that would have decided whether U.S. Internet users would get access to free, nationwide broadband service has been put off. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday at which regulators would have decided whether the agency would auction off a spectrum of unused airwaves for the purpose of building the massive network...

December 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite
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