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Italian cyclist cut from Tour de France for doping

Italian cyclist cut from Tour de France for doping

Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco today was pulled from the Tour de France after he tested positive for the banned substance EPO , a hormone that boosts oxygen levels in the blood and, hence, stamina.

July 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Killer hot peppers? Jalapeños join tomatoes as salmonella suspect

Killer hot peppers? Jalapeños join tomatoes as salmonella suspect

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials are now investigating whether jalapeño peppers (as well as closely related serrano peppers) may be linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak first reported in April.

July 11, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Implant for children promises to straighten young spines

Implant for children promises to straighten young spines

Scientists in Spain and France have developed a new implant designed to help children with scoliosis, abnormal curvature of the spine. Developed at NADAR Computerized Medical Systems in Langreo, Spain, the implant uses a hydraulic piston to apply a force between two points along the spine—gradually straightening the excess bend, according to New Scientist .

July 11, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Who's happy? You are

Who's happy? You are

Believe it or not, the world is becoming a happier place, at least according to the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research's 2005 to 2007 World Values Survey.

July 7, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
The latest buzz on the West Nile Virus

The latest buzz on the West Nile Virus

The season's first cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported the past few weeks in places like Colorado and Pennsylvania. But lest you worry too much, take note: The U.S.

July 3, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy
Evidence-based medicine in Russia: the challenge and the hope

Evidence-based medicine in Russia: the challenge and the hope

[ Editor's note: Merrill Goozner has spent the last two weeks reporting on the state of Russian health care. See his previous posts from the field: "It's all about the oil: Russia's resurgence rests on slippery foundation" and "Russia boosts healthcare in Siberia" ] MOSCOW – On my last morning in Russia, I dined with Vasiliy Vlassov, professor of research methodology at the Moscow Medical Academy and head of a small but feisty group of Russian physicians called the Society of Specialists in Evidence-Based Medicine.

June 16, 2008 — Merrill Goozner
Health care reform, one fainting spell at a time

Health care reform, one fainting spell at a time

When I wrote last week about Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.), an allergist-turned member of Congress who turned down the vaunted Federal employee health insurance plan and has his own plan for health care reform, I had no idea just how quickly he planned to work.

May 16, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
DuPont and Danisco fuel new ethanol venture

DuPont and Danisco fuel new ethanol venture

Chemical maker E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (more commonly known as DuPont) and Danish biotech firm Danisco, A/S, are pumping resources into ethanol, which they hope will meet an anticipated rapidly growing demand for the biofuel, a demand that critics say will raise food prices and cause even worse damage to the environment than gasoline.

May 15, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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