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Playing harmonica may improve lung function in pediatric patients
Playing the harmonica is a new program which is being used at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, to improve breathing in pediatric patients with asthma and pneumonia and pediatric patients who are postoperative to exercise their lungs. ANI

Biological invasions 'may be more damaging than natural disasters'
Biological invasions get less attention than natural disasters, but can be more economically damaging, according to biologists.nthony Ricciardi of McGill University and his colleagues said that species invasions are becoming more frequent worldwide, largely because of international trade. ANI

Brain-controlled prosthetic arm developed
Two Ryerson University undergraduate biomedical engineering students have developed prosthetic arm that is controlled by brain signals. ANI

Mosquito, house fly share common ancestry
The mosquito branched off the same evolutionary tree as the housefly around 220 million years ago, according to a new study. ANI

New tool opens alternate door to prostate cancer diagnosis
A new study has suggested that it may not be necessary to look for tumors directly in patients with prostate cancer - analyzing non-tumor tissue may be an effective option. ANI

World's biggest radio telescope to have its base in UK
It's official! The world's biggest radio telescope will have its base at Jodrell Bank Observatory near Manchester, UK. ANI

Europe was populated by Kashmiris around 40,000 years ago: Study
Researchers have found that Europe was populated by people from Kashmir around 40,000 years back and that they carry two to four percent Neanderthal genes - an ancient species of homosapiens. ANI

Mum's happiness more important to children
A new UK study has found that a mother's happiness in her partnership is more important to the child than the father's. ANI

Genetic variation that cuts bladder cancer risk identified
Scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a common genetic variation, which is linked to both bladder cancer risk and to the length of protective caps found on the ends of chromosomes. ANI

Aimless protein plays crucial role in pathogen-based disease
Scientists have discovered that a supposedly inactive protein actually plays a crucial role in the ability of one the world's most prolific pathogens to cause disease, findings that suggest the possible role of similarly errant proteins in other diseases. ANI

Medical advance may allow women to freeze their eggs in 20s, have babies at 50
A new IVF breakthrough could allow women to have babies in middle age after freezing their eggs years before. ANI

Waste chicken feathers could be used to produce biodegradable plastics
New research suggests that chicken feathers could be used to produce eco-friendly, biodegradable plastics. ANI

Ants, termites have positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture
A new research has revealed that ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture. ANI

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