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Summit endorses Obama goal on nuclear security

Associated Press – In full accord on a global threat, world leaders Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama’s call for securing all nuclear materials around the globe within four years to keep them out of the grasp of terrorists. They offered few specifics for achieving that goal, but Obama declared “the American people will be safer and the world will be more secure” as a result. Read article

Group Protests Scanners at Kansas City Airport

Action News – Airports across the country are adding body scanners for extra security, despite the controversial nature of the new technology. Many worry about privacy and how much of a person’s body shows up on the scanners. Kansas City International Airport recently added one of the scanners to Terminal B. Read Article

Women less likely to die in childbirth in Albania than in UK

The Guardian – Older mothers and obesity explain surprise statistic as developing world makes inroads. Just as many women are dying in pregnancy and childbirth in the UK as they were 20 years ago, leaving Britain trailing behind countries like Albania, Poland and Slovakia as well as the wealthier nations of Europe. The stagnation of the UK, only 23rd in the global league table, contrasts strikingly with the developing world where, according to a major new and comprehensive study, real inroads are being made on death rates among women in childbirth. Read Article

U.S. says “good news” Kyrgyzstan to keep base deal

Reuters – But a U.S. military official said the Manas transit center would not be used as a hub for sending troops into Afghanistan in the near term, citing the need to free it up for possible humanitarian aid or other logistical purposes. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said the assurances, given by interim leader Roza Otunbayeva to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday, would allow the two countries to discuss arrangements for the facility. Read article

Trader blows whistle on gold & silver price manipulation

New York Post – There is no silver lining to the activities of JPMorgan Chase and HSBC in the precious-metals market here and in London, says a 40-year veteran of the metal pits. The banks, which do the Federal Reserve’s bidding in the metals markets, have long been the government’s lead actors in keeping down the prices of gold and silver, according to a former Goldman Sachs trader working at the London Bullion Market Association. Read Article

Philips ups ante on LEDs with 60-watt bulb replacement

Green Beat – Just a week after General Electric unveiled its light-emitting diode bulb capable of replacing 40-watt incandescents, Philips has already one-upped it, announcing that it will start selling an LED equivalent of 60-watt incandescents by the end of the year. Philips may be the biggest lighting manufacturer in the world, but don’t count General Electric out quite yet. The latter claims that its 9-watt bulb has a lifespan of 17 years “” meaning it could literally light your child’s bedroom from birth until he or she goes off to college – Read Article

Fears grow as study shows genetically modified crops ‘can cause liver and kidney damage’

Daily Mail – Fresh fears were raised over GM crops yesterday after a study showed they can cause liver and kidney damage. According to the research, animals fed on three strains of genetically modified maize created by the U.S. biotech firm Monsanto suffered signs of organ damage after just three months. The findings only came to light after Monsanto was forced to publish its raw data on safety tests by anti-GM campaigners. Read Article

‘Russia engineered air crash that killed President Kaczynski,’ claims Polish MP

Daily Mail – The Russian government prevented the Polish president’s plane from landing four times to divert him from a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, according to an MP. Artur Gorski said the Russians ‘came up with some dubious reasons’ that the aircraft couldn’t land because they feared President Leck Kaczynski’s presence would overshadow a similar event hosted by the Russian prime minister a few days before. Read article

Computer Chips Inspire New Water Purifier

Discovery – Water may kill a computer chip, but a new water purifier inspired by computer chip technology could save millions of lives. Developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the new water purifier uses magnetic fields to separate harmful contaminants and produce clean water. Scaled up and mass produced, the new technology could save millions of lives in developing countries by preventing the transmission of water-borne diseases – Read Article

US personal income falls 3.2% during Obama’s term

Washington Times – Real personal income for Americans – excluding government payouts such as Social Security – has fallen by 3.2 percent since President Obama took office in January 2009, according to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Read Article

Generation ‘could die before their parents’ as avoidable health complaints soar

Daily Mail – Today’s children could die at a younger age than their parents as preventable diseases reach epidemic levels, the UK’s leading hospitals warned today. Doctors from Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital said the number of avoidable health complaints such as obesity and tooth decay were booming. As a result they were spending an increasing amount of time dealing with avoidable conditions. Read Article

Are Your Canned Foods Leaching Unsafe Chemicals?

Thedailygreen – In the U.S., most food cans are made of steel while beverage cans are usually made out of aluminum. Chromium and nickel can find their way out of steel, but the amounts would be miniscule to nil. Slightly more troubling is the fact that aluminum — large amounts of which have been linked to nervous system disorders and other health problems — could in theory leach out of cans into their food or drink contents. In order to prevent any such leaching — which is bad for the food and eater but also for the can (as it can cause corrosion) — the insides of most cans on grocery shelves today are coated with food-grade epoxy. But these liners have been shown to contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other potentially harmful chemicals. BPA is a synthetic plastic hardener that has been linked to human reproductive problems and an increased risk of cancer and diabetes. A 2009 analysis of common canned foods by the non-profit Consumers Union found measurable levels of BPA in a wide range of items, including some bearing a “BPA Free” label – Read Article

Soros warns Europe of disintegration

Financial Times – The eurozone area and wider European Union is now “on the brink” of disintegration unless Germany steps up and provides loans at below-market rates to Greece, George Soros, the hedge fund manager, has warned. Read Article

About 300 dead, 8,000 injured in 7.1-magnitude quake in China’s Qinghai

Xinhua- About 300 people have died and 8,000 others were injured after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwest China’s Qinghai Province early on Wednesday, a local official said. Many others are still buried under the debris of collapsed houses near the epicenter, said Huang Limin, deputy secretary-general of the government of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu. About 700 soldiers are now struggling to clear away the rubble and rescue the buried people, a spokesman with the Qinghai Provincial Emergency Office said. More than 5,000 additional rescuers, including soldiers and medical workers have been dispatched to the quake-hit region, according to a news conference held by the Qinghai provincial government – Read Article

Women with hormonal disorder at risk of heart disease

PhysOrg.com — University of Adelaide researchers have found evidence of a link between a common hormonal disorder in women and heart disease – and they’re seeking more women to take part in a new study to confirm their results. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder affecting about 10% of women of reproductive age and is a leading cause of infertility. A preliminary study … has exposed other major health risks and some common misconceptions about PCOS. Read Article

‘Growing concern’ over marketing tainted beef

USA TODAY- Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds. A program set up to test beef for chemical residues “is not accomplishing its mission of monitoring the food supply for “¦ dangerous substances, which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce,” says the audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General. The health effects on people who eat such meat are a “growing concern,” the audit adds - Read Article

Vatican comment on paedophiles draws gay groups’ anger

BBC – Gay rights activists have criticised a Vatican official who sought to link homosexuality to paedophilia when commenting on child sex abuse scandals. The UK’s Stonewall group said it was astonishing gay people should still be dealing with “such an offensive myth”. Read article

Forensic DNA blow to commercial whaling proposals

Newscientist – Proposals to resume commercial whaling have been dealt a blow by DNA detective work showing that restaurants in the US and South Korea illegally sold whale meat from Japan. In June, Japan, Iceland and Norway are expected to ask the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for permission to resume commercial whaling. They say they can prevent smuggling by matching the DNA of whale meat sold in markets to a register of all legally caught whales. But all have refused to make their DNA registers public – Read Article

Intel wants Brain Implants by 2020

Popsci – If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don’t tell Intel researchers. Intel’s Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020. The scientists anticipate that consumers will adapt quickly to the idea, and indeed crave the freedom of not requiring a keyboard, mouse, or remote control for surfing the Web or changing channels. Read Article

Spanking Can Make Children More Aggressive Later: Study

PhysOrg.com — Children who are spanked frequently at age 3 are more likely to be aggressive when they’re 5, even when you account for possible confounding factors, according to a new study co-authored by Tulane University School of Public Health community health researcher Catherine Taylor. The study, “Mothers’ Spanking of 3-Year-Old Children and Subsequent Risk of Children’s Aggressive Behavior,” will appear in the May issue of Pediatrics. Read Article

Smiling could help you live longer

Daily Telegraph – The wider you grin and the deeper your laughter lines, the more likely you are to have a long existence. Broader smiles and wrinkles around your eyes point to a positive outlook on life which translates to better long-term health. It has long been thought that a happy disposition can impact on life expectancy, and the recent study by experts at Wayne University in Michigan, America, seems to back this. Read Article

Glass helps damaged bone regenerate

PhysOrg.com — A prosthodontist from Egypt is helping Lehigh [a private University, Pennsylvania] researchers develop bioactive glass that mimics the behavior of living tissue. Like human bone, the glass bone scaffold developed by the researchers is porous at the macroscale as well as the nanoscale. Read Article

Experimental immune-boosting drug worsens TB in mice

PhysOrg.com – An experimental drug that boosts production of the immune system protein interferon worsens tuberculosis (TB) in mice, according to scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The drug acts indirectly by drawing certain immune cells, in which Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) bacteria thrive, to the lungs. The findings may have potential implications for the care of people infected with TB, the authors note. The research is reported in the May 3 issue of Journal of Clinical Investigation, now available online. Read Article

Johnson & Johnson Pushed Drugs on Seniors, Suit Alleges

Consumer Affairs News – A lawsuit filed last week accuses Johnson & Johnson of conspiring with pharmaceutical consultant Omnicare in an effort to push J&J drugs on nursing home residents, and violating federal Medicaid laws in the process. As a result of the scheme, “residents were overcharged for their medications, had additional medications administered and were unlawfully switched to Johnson & Johnson drugs,” all in the name of increasing revenue, according to the lawsuit. Read Article