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Bariatric surgery safe, produces unrivaled health benefits, says Study

Bariatric surgery safe, produces unrivaled health benefits, says Study

According to a latest study, weight-loss surgery can cut the vulnerability to heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other health problems related to obesity. Study co-author and head of the Bariatric Centre for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery at University College London Hospital, Rachel Batterham said that bariatric surgery is risk free and gives unparalleled health advantages that are cost-saving and can alter the life of patients.

Batterham is also a professor at the Centre for Obesity Research at University College London in England.

Light Streak Brightens Nevada Skies

Light Streak Brightens Nevada Skies

A streak of light brightened up the Nevada skies on December 22 2015, reported Fleischmann Planetarium Director, Dan Ruby. People in Bakersfield and Sacramento in California, as well as in and around Las Vegas saw the light. It was reported that the celestial object causing light, disintegrated in the sky. Also, it was revealed by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society that the peak of the Ursids meteor shower was to appear over the night of December 22.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Produces 50 Grams of Plutonium-238

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Produces 50 Grams of Plutonium-238

A team of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) today announced that they have been successful in producing 50 grams of Plutonium-238. The recently produced isotope is just the size of a golf-ball, said its makers.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is for the first time that scientists have produced any Pu-238 since its Savannah River Plant is South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.

The ORNL has been working on this project since past few years using the finding provided by NASA via the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.

Dawn Spacecraft beams back First Images of Ceres from its Closest Orbit

Dawn Spacecraft beams back First Images of Ceres from its Closest Orbit

Dawn spacecraft has sent first images of Ceres from its lowest orbit, as per US space agency NASA. The photos beamed back by the probe in final orbit at the dwarf planet are providing close views of icy world’s cratered and fractured surface.

NASA said Dawn spacecraft, first probe to visit Ceres, captured closest pictures of the dwarf planet’s craters in a region, called Gerber Catena, on December 10. Primary camera of Dawn which is healthy started clicking photos on December 16, the space agency added.

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Planned Parenthood faces further cuts in Texas and Utah

Planned Parenthood faces further cuts in Texas and Utah

Texas health department has planned to cut funding to Planned Parenthood Houston and the services will be provided by local health departments in the region. The contract has not been extended for a Houston Planned Parenthood affiliate, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.

The $600,000 annual grant is set to expire on December 31 and the department has decided to not extend the contract with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. The contract is managed by the state but is federally funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Lands Successfully

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Lands Successfully

Landing of a rocket is no more considered a very significant deal; however, in reality it is quite a tough task. This explains the reason for SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s excitement following the successful landing of its Falcon 9. The rocket landed close to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on December 21 2015. The 14-story booster returned intact after successfully launching 11 commercial satellites to orbit.

Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

Bacteria with Colistin-Resistance Detected In UK

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been discovered in the UK. The doctors have already treated 12 patients, whose illness was related to strong strains of salmonella and E.coli containing resistant gene. The lethal superbug is being said to be resistant to the strongest antibiotic, colistin.

Furthermore, the superbugs containing the same gene have been detected in the chicken meat bought from Europe. It was also found by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate that pigs from three different farms in the UK were infected with E.coli bug carrying the resistant gene.

Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

Judicial Watch sues NOAA for Documents related to Controversial Climate Change Study

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has revealed that it has filed a court case against a government agency for seeking records related to a climate change research. The lawsuit announced Tuesday was filed in the US District Court on December 2.

Chinese Lunar Rover finds new kind of volcanic rocks on Moon

Chinese Lunar Rover finds new kind of volcanic rocks on Moon

Chinese Lunar Rover Yutu has discovered a different kind of volcanic rock on Moon compared to what has been earlier brought by Apollo and Luna lunar missions. The Chang'e-3 lunar mission sent by Chinese space agency has discovered a new type of rock on the moon, for the first time in last 40 years. With the help of Yutu rover, a team of geologists led by Zongcheng Ling, astronomer at Shandong University in Weihai, China, has identified a different type of rock on lunar surface.

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Kangaroo Style Skin-to-Skin Contact Beneficial for Infants

Kangaroo Style Skin-to-Skin Contact Beneficial for Infants

A meta-analysis conducted by Harvard Research team has found that skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo mother care) between mother and infant during the first few days of life improves the survival rates for infants with low birth weight. The study team found that infant death cases were down by more than 35 percent when there was more skin-to-skin contact between mother and child. The study was conducted by a team of medical researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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