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(MENAFN - AFP) Seals and sea lions probably brought tuberculosis to the Americas centuries before Christopher Columbus first set foot there, scientists said Wednesday.

A new study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced TB to the New World, where it killed millions of indigenous Americans along with other foreign diseases like whooping cough, chicken pox and flu.

As ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said Wednesday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its tracks, at least temporarily.

The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine are based on studies of mice with stomach cancer.

Researchers found that Botox could block signals from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A total of 172 "suicide tourists" travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number, to die with medical assistance - a practice prohibited in many countries, a study said Thursday.

German and UK citizens were the bulk of visitors, and the reasons most often cited were neurological conditions like paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's and multiple ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil's central bank said Wednesday it would ease banks' reserve requirements for the second time in less than a month, freeing up $4.5 billion to stimulate lending and boost the sluggish economy.

Under the new rules, banks will be allowed to use up to 60 percent of reserves for credit operations, an increase from the 50-percent limit announced on July 25.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue rose for the first time in three years, nudged by improved computer sales everywhere except Russia and China.

Net revenue for the quarter that ended July 31 was $27.6 billion, a one percent improvement from the same period last year when the California computer maker took in $27.2 billion.

Meanwhile, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Activist investor Carl Icahn Wednesday disclosed a large stake in Hertz and signaled plans to push for a shakeup at the slumping car-rental giant.

Icahn and Icahn-related entities acquired 38.8 million Hertz shares worth $470.5 million, equivalent to about 8.5 percent of the company, according to a securities filing.

The shares were bought "in the belief ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Up to 30,000 people would have required Ebola drugs in the west African outbreak by now, according to a scientific attempt to quantify demand for a treatment and vaccine, published Wednesday.

No approved drugs exist though several are under development and the World Health Organisation last week gave the green light for experimental medicines to be used to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An experimental drug treatment can help monkeys survive an otherwise deadly infection with a tropical virus called Marburg, which is similar to Ebola, researchers said Wednesday.

The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine show the potential for a similar drug treatment against Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic virus that is sweeping across West ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) One of two hedge funds that sued Argentina over defaulted bonds branded the country's leaders "outlaws" Wednesday after Buenos Aires moved to shift its bond payment method.

"Argentina's leaders have literally chosen to be outlaws. They have chronically flouted US court orders, lied to our courts, and proclaimed utter disdain for our courts," Aurelius Capital ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Target Wednesday reported a big earnings drop and lowered its forecast as the slumping chain again felt the weight of poor sales in Canada, a huge customer data breach and heavy discounting.

Target, which has 1,795 stores in the US and 130 in Canada, notched second-quarter earnings of $234 million, down nearly 62 percent from the year-ago period. Revenues rose ...

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