Science and Technology  February 27, 2015
Water found in astronaut's helmet after spacewalk
This February 21, 2015 NASA TV image shows astronauts Barry Wilmore (L) and Terry Virts during a spacewalk to lay cable on the International Space StationA US astronaut found water pooling in his helmet right after completing a six-plus hour spacewalk on Wednesday, raising new concerns about flaws with NASA's spacesuits.The water inside Terry Virts' helmet was "kind of pooling on the front side of his helmet above the eye level," European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti told mission co...  Full Story
19 trapped manatees rescued from Florida drainpipe
A herd of 19 manatees is rescued in Florida after becoming trapped in a drainpipe while they searched for warm watersA herd of 19 manatees was rescued in Florida Tuesday after becoming trapped in a drainpipe while they searched for warm waters. The manatees got stuck Monday off the shore of Satellite Beach, prompting a 10-hour rescue operation by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Sea World to free the large mammals. Officials applauded the res...  Full Story
Eating peanuts early could prevent allergy in infants
With peanut allergies on the rise worldwide, a study Monday found that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergiesWith peanut allergies on the rise worldwide, a study found that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies.The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine are based on a British study of 640 children, aged four months to 11 months, who were considered at high risk o...  Full Story
Limited promise in early results from Ebola drug trial
Early results from an Ebola trial using the experimental drug Avigan (favipiravir) show it is somewhat effective at saving lives if given early in the illnessEarly results from an Ebola trial using the experimental drug Avigan (favipiravir) showed Monday it was somewhat effective at saving lives if given early in the illness, but not later.The antiviral treatment is being developed by the Japanese company Toyama Chemical, and has been shown safe and effective against some other viruses including influen...  Full Story
Arsenic levels higher in formula-fed babies: study
Young babies who are fed formula have far higher levels of arsenic in their bodies than breast-fed infants, research showsYoung babies who are fed formula have far higher levels of arsenic in their bodies than breast-fed infants, according to research released Monday.Arsenic in the urine of six-week-old babies who were fed formula was 7.5 times higher than babies who were drinking breast milk, said the study in the February 23 edition of the journal Environmental Heal...  Full Story
Spacewalking 'cable guys' wrap up work outside station
A close-up view of the International Space Station photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery on March 7, 2011A pair of American astronauts Saturday wrapped up the first of three spacewalks to route cables outside the International Space Station so commercial spaceships carrying crew can dock there in the coming years.The spacewalk bega at 7:45 am (1245 GMT) when Barry "Butch" Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts placed their suits on internal battery p...  Full Story
Eating placentas? US moms swear by health benefits
Claudia Booker prepares pieces of human placenta and umbilical cord for dehydrationHealth trends come and go, but one post-birth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas.Convinced it helps to boost energy, produce healthy milk and ward off postpartum depression, the practice is catching on among mothers who shun modern medicine for natural care, or ...  Full Story
US authorities discover deadly 'Bourbon' virus
The virus -- named "Bourbon" after the county where the victim lived -- is part of a group of viruses known as thogotovirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statementUS health authorities on Friday announced the discovery of a new virus believed to be responsible for the death of a previously healthy man in Kansas last year.The virus -- named "Bourbon" after the county where the victim lived -- is part of a group of viruses known as thogotovirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statemen...  Full Story
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