Science and Technology  July 01, 2016
Hundreds of US companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'
The report in the journal┬áCell Stem Cell found that at least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinicsHundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concerns about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday.At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at 570 individual clinics, their report in the jo...  Full Story
New version of Android crowned 'Nougat'
There were 1.16 billion smartphones shipped in 2015 that are powered by Android, according to research group Gartner. That accounted for 82 percent of the market, dwarfing the 225.85 million for AppleGoogle's newest mobile operating system will be called Nougat, continuing a tradition of naming Android software after sweet treats, the tech giant said Thursday.Google had invited people to send in suggestions at its annual developers conference in May, and revealed the winning Android name at a playful ceremony at its campus in the Silicon Valley...  Full Story
Deaths from heroin, opioid drugs in US rise sharply
From 2010 to 2014, the number of deaths from opioid drugs such as fentanyl almost doubled, according to a new reportThe Obama administration on Tuesday emphasized the need for funding to treat opioid and heroin addiction, releasing new statistics showing explosive growth in overdose deaths. From 2010 to 2014, the number of heroin overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled, while deaths from opioid drugs such as fentanyl -- which killed the singer Pri...  Full Story
Phelps cruises into 200m butterfly semi-finals
Michael Phelps of the United States competes in a preliminary heat of the menSuperstar Michael Phelps got his bid to make a fifth Olympic team off to a smooth start on Tuesday with the top qualifying time in the 200m butterfly at the US swimming trials."I just wanted to swim," said the 18-time Olympic gold medallist, whose reduced program at this year's trials left him kicking his heels on the first two days of competition....  Full Story
NASA tests deep space rocket booster ahead of 2018 mission
The second and final qualification motor test for the Space Launch SystemNASA on Tuesday performed its second and last test-fire of a rocket booster for the Space Launch System (SLS), a powerful engine that may one day launch astronauts to Mars, the US space agency said.Fire and gray smoke billowed from the booster, which lay on the ground during the two-minute test fire in the remote hills of Utah at 11:05 am (1605 GMT...  Full Story
Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab
The Zika virus is mainly spread via the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoNew research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.Two prototype vaccines tested on lab mice "provided complete protection against the Zika virus" with just a single shot, reported the first team."These findings certainly raise optimism ...  Full Story
Second US patient identified with super-resistant bacteria
In May 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the establishment of a network of labs that would respond quickly to antibiotic-resistant superbugs in the USA second US patient has been infected with a superbug that is highly resistant to last-resort antibiotics, scientists said.Virologists found the rare mrc-1 gene, which causes the resistance, in a strain of E. coli from a patient in New York, according to findings published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy."We are very close to s...  Full Story
Omega-3s cut fatal heart attack risk 10 percent: study
Sardines, salmon, and anchovies are a major source of omega-3s fatty acidsConsuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and anchovies, can reduce risk of a deadly heart attack by 10 percent, a study out Monday said.Researchers looked at blood and tissue omega-3 levels in participants of 19 studies across 16 countries, the report published in the US journal JAMA Internal Medicine said.They found th...  Full Story