Ireland passes EU’s first tobacco plain packaging law

Ireland on Thursday became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal...

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Melatonin not for children, study finds

Although it may be tempting to give a child who can't sleep a dose of the natural sleep aid melatonin, an Australian research team says this could lead to problems as the child grows...

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Study states breakfast-skipping teenagers should get back on track

Skipping breakfast could change how your body manages its glucose levels and could one day possibly contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of...

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Coca-Cola’s iconic bottle design turns 100

Coca-Cola is marking the 100th anniversary this year of its instantly recognizable Contour bottle. In 1915, Coca-Cola – whose then straight-sided bottle was easily replicable – launched a...

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Skin test could help diagnose Alzheimer’s

Skin biopsies could help reveal information about Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to a new study. The biopsies can detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with...

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Pill taken before sex could prevent HIV

An HIV prevention pill taken by gay men before and after sex reduced the risk of virus transmission by 86%, according to the results of a clinical trial released this week. Truvada contains HIV...

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Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory

Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big...

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Reunions and ransoms – a day online in Myanmar’s Rohingya camps

In this teeming camp for displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, it's easy to overlook the internet huts. The raw emotion they generate is much harder to ignore. The huts have bamboo...

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Dutch artists make waves with ‘dead animal’ art

In a loft in a disused school, Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra takes a frozen crow carcass from a refrigerator and cuts it open, pursuing her latest "dead animal art" project. Wearing surgical...

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Drunk in love: rats recover when given oxytocin

The love hormone, known formally as oxytocin, may have another unexpected effect. When tested on intoxicated lab rats, it helped them act as if they were sober, international researchers said...

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A bionic hand in many ways as good as a graft

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...

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Sauna-goers may live longer

Men who regularly visited a sauna lived longer and were less likely to die of sudden heart attacks than men who did not visit as often, said a Finnish study out Monday. In often frigid Finland,...

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Keeping a regular daily routine could be key to happiness

A structured schedule with established meal times and – importantly – early bedtime could improve quality of life and could even help head off mental illness, according to researchers at Douglas...

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London greenhouse helping to keep chocolate lovers in stock

Chocolate lovers take heart – a steamy greenhouse near London is helping to ensure that cocoa crops globally remain disease-free and bountiful to cope with the growing appetite for sweet...

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Formula-fed babies have higher arsenic levels than those breast-fed

Young babies who are fed formula have far higher levels of arsenic in their bodies than breast-fed infants, according to research released on Monday. Arsenic in the urine of six-week-old babies...

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Study examines the evolution of musicality in humans and animals

More than a cultural phenomenon, music is present in all human cultures, meaning that it's part of our biological makeup, yet we're not the only musical species that inhabits the earth. Parrots...

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50 Shades of Red – A Malaysian Lunar New Year

Forget the titillating lure of the newly-unveiled "50 Shades of Grey" movie (unless you’re willing to travel down south). As Malaysians celebrate the Lunar New Year, the nation is enveloped with...

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Zang Toi puts on Venetian-inspired show at New York Fashion Week

Kelantan-born fashion icon Datuk Zang Toi presented stunning creations at the New York’s Lincoln Center for New York Fashion Week. Toi’s creations, inspired by Venetian motifs, included...

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Gender and personality affect how we cope, study finds

When we succumb to illness, men and women employ different coping mechanisms that vary even more depending on our personalities, said researchers at Washington State University and at the...

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Main trends for fall/winter at New York fashion week

New York Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday after more than 300 catwalk shows and presentations. From furs to flats, here are the main trends for fall/winter 2015.  TWEED The woolen cloth...

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