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Mamba Venom Holds Promise for Pain Relief, Researchers Say

PARIS - Scientists have used the venom of Africa's lethal black mamba to produce a surprising outcome in mice which they hope to replicate in humans -- effective pain relief without toxic side effects. READ MORE

Oct 04, 2012 / 0 comments


How Sea Lions make Mega-dives

Scientists in California have shed light on a marine mystery: how diving mammals can hunt for food at great depths without getting the "bends," according to a study published on Tuesday. READ MORE

Sep 20, 2012 / 0 comments


U.S. Officials Warn of Swine Flu Outbreak at Fairs

CHICAGO - U.S. health officials on Friday warned the public to be careful around pigs after an outbreak of flu among visitors to county fairs. READ MORE

Aug 06, 2012 / 0 comments


New Bird Flu Virus Killing Baby Seals, Study Says

WASHINGTON - A new kind of bird flu has been causing deadly pneumonia in baby seals off the northeastern U.S. coast and could pose a risk to humans, according to U.S. research released Tuesday. READ MORE

Aug 01, 2012 / 0 comments


Dogs May Protect Babies from Some Infections, Study Says

WASHINGTON - Babies who spend time around pet dogs have fewer ear infections and respiratory ailments than those whose homes are animal-free, said a study released on Monday.   READ MORE

Jul 09, 2012 / 0 comments


Scientists Suspect Link Between Cat Feces, Female Suicide

WASHINGTON - Women infected with a parasite spread by cat feces run a higher risk of attempting suicide, suggests a study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark published in a scientific journal this week. READ MORE

Jul 05, 2012 / 2 comments


Japan's Runaway Penguin Suffering From Pink-Eye

TOKYO - A plucky penguin that was recaptured last week after nearly three months at large in the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay has conjunctivitis, an aquarium official said Monday. READ MORE

May 29, 2012 / 0 comments


Fake Testicles, Facemasks, the New Level of Pet Pampering

NEW YORK - People and their pets often end up resembling each other, but image-obsessed Americans are taking that age-old relationship a step further, treating their four-legged friends to everything from spa facials to testicle implants. READ MORE

May 23, 2012 / 2 comments


U.S. Urges Voluntary Cuts in Farm Antibiotics

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators on Wednesday urged a series of voluntary measures to limit the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock and farm animals amid concerns of growing drug resistance in humans. READ MORE

Apr 12, 2012 / 0 comments


Dogs on the Job Drive Down Workplace Stress, U.S. Study Says

WASHINGTON - Employers looking to ramp up productivity in these dog-eat-dog times might consider letting their staff bring Fido to the office, a scientific study published last Friday suggests.   READ MORE

Apr 05, 2012 / 1 comments


Meat-eating Animals Lose Taste for Sweets, Study Says

WASHINGTON - European and U.S. scientists said Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavors over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution. READ MORE

Mar 13, 2012 / 0 comments


Is Sharing the Key to Advanced Society?

WASHINGTON - The ability to share knowledge and learn from each other may be the key difference between people and chimpanzees that helped humans to dominate the modern world, scientists suggested on Thursday. READ MORE

Mar 02, 2012 / 0 comments


Cat-sized Horses Were the Norm in a Hotter Past, Study Says

WASHINGTON - More than 50 million years ago, the Earth was a hotter place than it is today and horses the size of pet cats roamed the forests of North America, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. READ MORE

Feb 23, 2012 / 0 comments


Manitoba Bans Dog Ear Cropping

OTTAWA - A veterinary medical association in Western Canada announced Friday a ban on the cosmetic cropping of dogs' ears, but some breeders warn it could lead to torn floppy ears. READ MORE

Feb 10, 2012 / 0 comments


Oldest Known Croc Had a Shield-Like Head, Study Says

WASHINGTON - The oldest known species of crocodile had an armor-plated head and a body half the length of a subway car, according to research released Tuesday by US scientists who identified the now-extinct creature. READ MORE

Feb 01, 2012 / 0 comments


Japan Studies Flora and Fauna Near Fushima Plant

TOKYO - Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said Monday. READ MORE

Jan 30, 2012 / 0 comments


Battling Cancer - Annie's Story

With a Little Help from Her Friends, Annie Sage Found Love and Health   READ MORE

Jan 24, 2012 / 2 comments


U.S. Supreme Court Overturns California Meat Safety Law

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday overturned a California law that set strict standards for slaughtering and selling the meat of sick and injured animals. READ MORE

Jan 23, 2012 / 0 comments


Hints That 'Extinct' Giant Tortoises Live On

WASHINGTON - It may be the ultimate paternity test for a reptile believed lost to history. READ MORE

Jan 10, 2012 / 0 comments


U.S. Restricts Some Antibiotics in Livestock

WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials announced Wednesday they will begin restricting the use of some antibiotics in cows, pigs and poultry due to concerns that some infections in humans may be growing resistant to treatment. READ MORE

Jan 04, 2012 / 0 comments