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Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

Feb 25, 2015

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had been in car and ...

Feb 25, 2015

Biologists lift lid on eyelash mystery

Why do humans and other mammals have eyelashes? Experts have been batting rival theories around for years. Eyelashes are dust catchers, snaring things that would otherwise drift into the eye, went one idea. Or they were sensors, acting like a cat’s whiskers, to warn ...

Feb 24, 2015

World's diet worsening with globalization, study finds

The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food ...

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Feb 24, 2015

Sauna-goers may live longer: Finnish study

Men who regularly visit saunas live longer and are less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, a Finnish study published Monday. In often frigid Finland, going to the sauna is a popular activity, and is ...

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

Feb 24, 2015

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

It is the early hours of the morning and bars in the Liberian capital are packed as revellers drink, sing and rejoice their first night of freedom with the Ebola curfew lifted. For long, miserable months people have trudged home in the evenings under ...

Feb 24, 2015

Sierra Leone quarantines Ebola-hit orphanage

More than 20 children have been quarantined at a British-run orphanage in Sierra Leone after one of its staff was diagnosed with Ebola. St. George Foundation orphanage, on the outskirts of Freetown, said Sierra Leonean employee Augustin Baker collapsed during a meeting last week. ...