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Why Anticancer Drug Avastin Causes Potentially Fatal Brain Inflammation In Certain Patients, Study Suggests

New research by scientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute may help explain why the anti-cancer drug Avastin, which targets a growth factor responsible for creation of new blood vessels, causes potentially fatal brain inflammation in certain patients.

Institute scientists mimicked the drug's activity in mice and found that it damaged the cell lining that prevents fluid from leaking from the ventricle into the brain. The ventricle is the structure in the brain that holds cerebral spinal fluid after it is produced and which is continuous with the spinal cord.


How we fell in love, by the brother and sister who grew up apart and met in their 20s

Perhaps it is because Danielle Heaney and Nick Cameron don't look in the least alike that they pass so easily for a pair of young lovers no different from any other.

She is a petite, delicate, blue-eyed blonde, while he is a strapping young man with auburn hair and soft brown eyes which never stray for long from her face.

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Tragedy of the children born with genetic defects because their parents are cousins

A young mother opens her kitchen fridge, taking out a mango yoghurt for her 11-year-old son. She calls him to the table three times. When the boy fails to appear, she runs up the narrow stairs of their terrace house in a former Yorkshire mill town to get him.


UK: Supermarkets recall salmon over contamination

Supermarkets were forced to withdraw about 50 salmon products from their shelves yesterday, after it emerged they may have been contaminated with diesel.

Ten supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, have had to withdraw products ranging from Tesco's salmon en croute to Co-op's salmon fillets. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said salmon supplied by Marine Harvest to Morrisons and to a second firm, Young's Seafood, who make their own brand as well as those for other retailers, is believed to be the source of the contamination.

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Salmon fillets and other fish on ice at a counter.


How a vasectomy operation killed my husband

Jem Abbott, a healthy 37-year-old, had gone into hospital for a vasectomy, the male sterilisation operation performed on more than 100,000 men every year in Britain.

The operation is routine, yet a little over a week later Jem was dead, the victim of septicaemia.

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Devoted: Jem and Karen before he fell victim to septicaemia


American Academy of Pediatrics Initiates Public Relations Effort to Counter Bad Vaccine Publicity

National Autism Association Requests AAP Instead Focus on Removing Unnecessary Toxins From Vaccines and Providing Medical Treatments for Children with Autism


Sex and the Evolution of Love

I am such a loser.

According to evolutionary psychologists, women are supposed to look for mates who are good providers and willing to support a brood of children. But I've chosen an artist, someone with no real income, no access to affordable health care and no financial future.


In Romance, Looks Matters Most to the 'Beautiful'

In the world of romance, we seek out partners who are just as "hot" or "not hot" as we are.

A new study supports the idea that super models flock together while individuals lacking the perfect face and body also stick together.


Broiler Chicken Welfare Definitely Isn't Pukka

If you kept your television tuned to BBC One after the England-Switzerland football match on Wednesday night, you might have caught a feature on the Ten O'Clock News about a paper published in last week's PLoS ONE (although the Beeb didn't think to mention the journal). Nonetheless, we were impressed that the story was second only to the coverage of some voting I hear is going on in a faraway land...


A genetic variant increases the risk of developing schizophrenia in women

A complete scan of the human genome has revealed that a genetic variant in the Reelin gene increases the risk of developing schizophrenia in women only. Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Oxford, who conducted the study in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, confirmed their findings by establishing a multinational collaboration that included populations and researchers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, and China. Their research is published in the February issue of the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.