Jan 9, 2015

Indian official sacked for pulling 24-year sickie

An Indian public official has been sacked for taking leave 24 years ago and never returning to his desk in the country’s notoriously work-shy bureaucracy, the urban development ministry said Thursday. Assistant executive engineer A.K Verma went on leave in 1990 after joining India’s ...

Jan 8, 2015

Post-traumatic stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Women who suffer from post-traumatic stress are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women not affected by the disorder known as PTSD, a U.S. study said Wednesday. The research in the journal JAMA Psychiatry was led by public health scientists ...

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Dec 12, 2014

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist ...

Nov 30, 2014

When pigs fly? Not on U.S. Airways

This was a pig that truly could not fly. It was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after crew members determined it had become disruptive, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for the carrier’s parent, American Airlines, said Friday. The ...

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Nov 28, 2014

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 21, 2014

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While many people think that most, ...