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(MENAFN - AFP) A study conducted over 20 years in the Los Angeles area has shown that the region's improving air quality has led to children having better functioning lungs, researchers said.

The findings, which tracked 2,000 young people from age 11 to 15, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The scientists studied three cohorts of different children ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Marriages are more likely to end in divorce if the wife takes seriously ill, a US study has found.

The research, detailed in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found that divorce was six percent more likely if the wife fell ill, than if she remained in good health.

In contrast, when husbands fell gravely ill, the likelihood ...

(MENAFN - AFP) People who suffer from gout can take comfort in one thing: they may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, researchers said Wednesday.

The same uric acid that can crystallise to cause gout, a form of arthritis, may protect against Alzheimer's, they wrote in the online journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Testing a theory that antioxidant ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.

"I don't want to trap myself in time frames that cause us to make mistakes. We don't work with time frames, we work with guarantees so everything is ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Fast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health, as worries grow over resistance to crucial drugs.

McDonald's said it would work with poultry farmers to halt the use of what the World Health Organization has identified as "critically important antimicrobials" to feed the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hong Kong and Shanghai markets led a broad Asian sell-off Thursday after China set tepid 2015 economic and trade growth targets, while the euro struggled to recover from 11-year lows ahead of a key European Central Bank meeting.

Wall Street provided a negative lead again despite an upbeat report on the state of the US economy and another round of healthy private-sector ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China lowered its 2015 economic growth target to "approximately seven percent" Thursday, scaling down expectations in the face of "formidable" difficulties for the world's second-largest economy after its decades-long boom.

The figure announced by Premier Li Keqiang is the lowest since a similar goal in 2004 and comes after China's gross domestic product (GDP) ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French energy giant GDF Suez said it sold four tranches of debt Wednesday for a total value of 2.5 billion euros ($2.7 billion), including a rare zero-coupon bond.

"The coupons for each tranche are the lowest obtained by GDF Suez at these maturities in euros. In particular, the two-year tranche bears a zero-percent coupon," the group said in a statement.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto told British investors in London on Wednesday that his country was open for business, as he seeks to boost confidence abroad amid concerns over violence and corruption.

"Mexico is a good country to invest in," the president told the London audience, noting the reforms he had brought in since coming to power in 2012.

"Our ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The EU took a step Wednesday to reduce its energy dependence, especially on Russia, seeking instead to improve connections between renewable energy giants Spain and Portugal, and the rest of Europe.

At a summit, the leaders of Spain, Portugal and France sought how to transit to the rest of Europe the spare energy produced south of the Pyrenees mountains separating ...

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