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(MENAFN - AFP) Aspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half, but only in people who carry high levels of a specific type of gene, a study released Wednesday found.

Researchers previously were aware that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin could reduce colorectal cancer risks, but they did not understand why some saw a benefit and others ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US industrial giant General Electric is in discussions to take over France's Alstom in a deal which could cost more than $13 billion, Bloomberg reported.

General Electric declined to comment on what a spokesman referred to as "rumors and speculation," but the report said an agreement could be announced next week.

Alstom, like GE, builds trains and ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Rome is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and dozens of foreign delegations visiting the Vatican on Sunday for an historic event -- the double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

Italy's interior ministry said it is expecting 19 heads of state, 24 heads of government and 800,000 pilgrims.

"It will be an event of global ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization hit back on Wednesday against vaccine deniers who claim that immunisation is pointless, risky and that the body is better off fighting disease unaided.

"The impact of vaccines on people's lives is truly one of the best things that one could see out there," said Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, head of the UN health agency's immunisation ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish scientists have for the first time used gene therapy to reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's, an advance that could lead to new drugs to treat the disease, they said Wednesday.

The Autonomous University of Barcelona team injected a gene which causes the production of a protein that is blocked in patients with Alzheimer's into the hippocampus ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk for serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers on Wednesday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association raises new concerns about the safety of marijuana, just as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on its use and medicinal marijuana is gaining ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Work to expand the Panama Canal -- interrupted earlier this year for a dispute over cost overruns -- halted Wednesday, this time for a strike by workers demanding higher wages.

"The project to enlarge the Panama Canal ... is paralyzed," said Saul Mendez, secretary general of the construction-worker union Suntracs.

Work had halted for 15 days in February ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Broad selling in tech stocks pulled US markets lower Wednesday, cutting short a six-day streak of gains by the S&P 500.

Boeing, Dow Chemical and Delta Air Lines registered strong gains on better than expected quarterly reports, but their impact was offset by poor performances from AT&T and biotech giant Amgen.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ...


(MENAFN - AFP) With one hand on a sewing machine and the other on a pair of gray pants, May was a picture of concentration as she carefully stitched the outline for a buttonhole.

Her calm, deft movements were a contrast to the upbeat buzz emanating from New York's newly revitalized historic garment sector, which over the years had fallen victim to cheaper overseas labor ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Swedish investment giant Investor on Wednesday said its first-quarter profits slumped by a quarter, underlining the Nordic country's vulnerability to international instability.

From January to March 2014 the group -- one of the largest investors in Nordic-based multinationals including Saab, Atlas Copco and Ericsson -- reported a 25 percent drop in profits ...

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