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Ocean plastics raise risk of coral reef disease

Miami, United States | AFP | When coral reefs come in contact with plastic trash in the ocean, their risk of becoming diseased skyrockets, said an international study out Thursday. Researchers examined more than 120,000 corals on 159 reefs — some polluted with plastic, others not — from Indonesia, Australia, Myanmar …

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Global warming will expose millions more to floods

Miami, United States | AFP | Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will …

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Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

  Paris, France | AFP |  Alcohol damages the DNA of stem cells responsible for producing new blood, according to a mouse study which may explain the link between drinking and cancer, scientists said on Wednesday. Health watchdogs have long warned that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer …

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Smartphone addiction

Study shows danger of imbalance it creates in your brain Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented on November 30 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North …

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COMMENT: Research for policy makers

Six barriers that make it difficult for African states to use research for policy COMMENT | WILLEM FOURIE | African policymakers need access to high quality evidence to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) successfully. The SDGs are arguably the most broad-ranging development goals to be ratified by United Nations member …

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How parents behave is linked to suicide risk: research

Miami, United States | AFP | Adolescents who feel their parents rarely express interest in their emotional well-being are far more likely to consider suicide than youths who see their parents as involved, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings by the University of Cincinnati come as the suicide rate among teenagers …

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In US, people with HIV often go 3 years without knowing

Washington, United States | AFP | People who are infected with HIV in the United States often go for years without being diagnosed, with the median, or midpoint, being three years, according to US government data Tuesday. That’s a slight improvement over the previous report in 2011, which found the …

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Canadian mice adapt to warming by mutating, moving north: study

Montreal, Canada | AFP | Mice in Canada are mutating and migrating farther north in response to climate change, according to McGill University research released Monday. The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Ecology, found that “milder winters have led to physical alterations in two species of mice in southern Quebec …

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