Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Jan 11, 2017

Trump taps skeptic Kennedy to launch review of vaccines

Vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he will oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in a move likely to reignite debate over now-debunked research that tied childhood immunizations to autism. “President-elect ...

Jan 8, 2017

Unipac develops air-conditioner filter to counter hay fever

A Japanese company has developed air-conditioner filters for trapping and holding allergens that cause hay fever. Unipac, based in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, will start selling the filters to schools and large commercial facilities in February, ahead of the hay fever season. They can be ...

Jan 7, 2017

Human brain's face recognition develops into adulthood: studies

The part of the human brain involved in face recognition keeps developing into adulthood, a pair of new studies found, surprising scientists who thought brain tissue growth stopped in early childhood. Researchers led by Kalanit Grill-Spector, a psychology professor at Stanford University, examined the ...

Spanish first for smog: Madrid curbs half of cars

Dec 29, 2016

Spanish first for smog: Madrid curbs half of cars

Madrid’s City Hall announced Wednesday it had ordered half of most private cars off the roads to fight a particularly bad bout of pollution, a first in Spain. From Thursday, between 0530 GMT and 2000 GMT, “vehicles with even-number registration plates will be allowed ...

Dec 23, 2016

Brain wave: using sound to diagnose concussion

From blows to the head on the sports field, to car crashes and playground falls, concussion is a common brain injury notoriously difficult to diagnose — until now, researchers said Thursday. A U.S.-based team unveiled a fast, portable and reliable test measuring differences in ...

Duterte's painkiller use draws concern in Philippines

Dec 21, 2016

Duterte's painkiller use draws concern in Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results. Duterte on Dec. 12 revealed that he used to take fentanyl, often prescribed for ...