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  • World's heaviest woman also branded 'Half-Ton Killer' loses over 271 Kgs

    November 24, 2013 2:47 AM 33

    Updated Thursday, November 21st 2013 at 17:48 GMT +3 The world's heaviest woman has lost a staggering 600lbs in the five years since she shot to fame as the 'Half-Ton Killer'. She made headlines in 2008 after being accused and then found not guilty of murdering her nephew with her own 1,000-pound body, and now Mayra Rosales, 32, has embarked on a grueling

  • Kenya declares polio a public health emergency

    November 23, 2013 11:16 PM 32

    In its eight meeting at State House Nairobi, the Cabinet noted that there has been a re-emergency of the disease despite its elimination in 1984. The Cabinet has now directed the Ministry of Health to fast-track the ongoing immunization exercise and ensure the entire country is covered. “Cabinet declared the outbreak a Public Health emergency and directed

  • Are You Fitter Than Your Fifth Grader? Yes, You Probably Are

    November 23, 2013 10:32 AM 44

    And that’s not such a good thing. Today’s kids are less fit than their parents were at the same age, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, and that could mean health problems later on. The fact that younger kids are huffing and puffing more than their parents did at their age doesn’t just mean they aren’t

  • Y chromosome: Why men contribute so little

    November 22, 2013 11:50 AM 28

    Scientists have practically obliterated the ultimate symbol of maleness in DNA, the Y chromosome, and believe they may be able to do away with it completely. They condensed all the genetic information normally found on a mouse's Y chromosome to just two genes. Their study, in the journal Science, showed the male mice could still father babies, albeit

  • AIDS guidelines for children may improve treatment access

    November 21, 2013 8:16 PM 40

    (The Almagest) According to a new report published in journal PLOS Medicine, it has been brought to notice that the recent changes introduced by the World Health Organization guidelines for providing anti-AIDS drugs in young children may or may not improve death rates but it can definitely increase the numbers of children receiving ART by simplifying

  • Does the internet make us more forgetful?

    November 21, 2013 11:11 AM 33

    21 November 2013 Last updated at 10:40 GMT Researchers in the US have suggested that people are relying on the internet as an extension of their own brains, and in turn causing them to neglect their memories. Historian Kate Williams and LJ Rich, a reporter for the BBC's technology programme, Click, discussed the issue that was raised by scientists Daniel

  • Engineer saves his own life and 40 others by inventing device to repair life-threatening heart defect

    November 20, 2013 5:39 PM 155

    A patient who used his engineering skills to repair his own heart defect has helped save the lives of 40 people. Tal Golesworthy, 57, suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic, life-threatening condition that left his aorta - the largest artery - in danger of splitting. But faced with gruelling surgery and a lifetime on blood-thinning drugs, he designed