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Feb 18, 2015

Alcohol-free drinks get health stamp

Two beerlike nonalcoholic beverages on Wednesday obtained government recognition as a foodstuff with known health benefits, the first such designation for this group of products, despite a warning by an advisory panel that it might lead to more minors consuming alcoholic drinks. The Consumer ...

Feb 6, 2015

Hospital pioneers Magneto-style stem cell surgery

In a world first, a team at Hiroshima University Hospital on Friday conducted regenerative knee surgery using a technique that employs magnets to concentrate iron-laced stem cells around damaged cartilage, it said. The endoscopic surgery is less arduous for the patient, said the team ...

Feb 6, 2015

Japanese Ebola drug works: France

The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research said Thursday that clinical trials of the Japanese influenza drug Avigan Tablet, also known as Favipiravir, are showing encouraging results on Ebola patients in Guinea. The office of the French president was informed of the ...

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

Feb 5, 2015

Japanese scientists find a genetic basis for gout

Researchers have identified a genetic predisposition for gout that puts certain people at a greater risk of contracting the painful condition. Analyses of genes of 1,600 Japanese male gout patients and 1,300 healthy Japanese men found a heightened risk among people with gene variations ...

Japan launches new spy satellite

Feb 1, 2015

Japan launches new spy satellite

Japan successfully launched a backup spy satellite Sunday after the first attempt was canceled last week due to bad weather, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. Tokyo put spy satellites into operation in the early 2000s after North Korea fired a ballistic missile ...

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

Jan 28, 2015

Fossil may be new type of primitive human

A fossil human jawbone found in waters off Taiwan indicates the existence of a new type of primitive man that lived at least 10,000 years ago, an international team said Tuesday in Nature Communications, an online British science journal. The team believes the finding ...