NEWS 31.March.2016


New research may shed light on why vegetarians are almost 40 percent more likely to suffer colorectal cancer than those of the carnivorous persuasion. The study goes beyond an individual’s diet though, pointing to a multi-generational factor at work.

A new study from Cornell University found a generation variation – or adaptive allele – that appears in populations who have subsisted on a vegetarian diet for generations. This adaptive allele is believed to have occurred to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb essential fatty acids from plants, but it also leaves them more susceptible to inflammation.

According to the study authored by J. Thomas Brenna, “The mutation, called rs66698963 and found in the FADS2 gene, is an insertion or deletion of a sequence of DNA that regulates the expression of two genes, FADS1 and FADS2. These genes are key to making long chain polyunsaturated fats.

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An investigation into a massive global oil bribery scandal has been launched by authorities in the US, Britain, and Australia, after leaked confidential files indicated that some of the world’s most powerful corporations were part of the racket.

The global investigation by authorities comes after the biggest leak of confidential files in the history of the oil industry, obtained by The Huffington Post, unveiled widespread corruption taking place in oil-rich countries. The US Department of Justice, FBI, UK National Crime Agency and Australian Federal Police are now jointly investigating the allegations in what could become the world’s biggest probe into corruption allegations.

The scandal is being revealed in a three-part series titled The Bribe Factory, which is the result of a six-month investigation by The Huffington Post and Australia’s Fairfax Media.

The report’s first release disclosed apparent dodgy dealings in the Middle East and North Africa. The second will focus on alleged corruption in former Soviet states, and the final will focus on Asia and Africa.

Citing the trove of leaked documents, the report has revealed that government contracts worth billions of dollars were awarded on the basis of bribes, many of which were organized by a ‘fixer’ company known as Unaoil.

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Tens of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with less-than-honorable discharges, many with physical and mental injuries, were being denied care by the Department of Veterans Affairs, claims a new report by a veterans’ advocacy group.

“The VA created much broader exclusion criteria than Congress provided, failing to give veterans due credit for their service to our country,” said the report by advocacy group Swords to Plowshares, published on Wednesday.

Under the 1944 GI Bill, Congress expanded eligibility for veteran benefits to almost all veterans, even those with less-than-honorable discharges, provided the misconduct was not so severe that it should have led to a trial by court-martial and a dishonorable discharge. Congress left open the door to benefits for spectrum of discharges between honorable and dishonorable, including “undesirable” and “other than honorable.”

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Our Local Heroes spent only 2 percent of its £500,000 budget in 2015 on grants for veterans, according to the UK’s charity watchdog.

The charity spent £155,000 on office space and wages for eight employees, but a mere £10,000 went to actual veterans in need.

The Lancashire-based outfit was set up to support armed forces veterans through hardship, but after investigating financial records the Charity Commission found substantial amounts of money was being used to cover running costs and project outside any sensible remit.

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More than 500,000 Americans receiving food stamp benefits will no longer qualify for them beginning on April 1. This is a result of government requirements linking the assistance to an individual’s ability to find a job and work.

In order to keep their access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than three months, able-bodied adults ages 18-49 who don’t have children or other dependents must work, volunteer, or enroll in a job-training program for 20 hours a week or more.

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Scientists have teamed up with insurance companies to develop a ‘death clock’ that can predict when customers are going to die.

The four-year project at the University of East Anglia (UEA) aims to use medical databases to determine life expectancy and long-term illness.

The program follows worldwide trends by insurance companies to find out as much as they can about people’s health and lifestyle.

Professor Elena Kulinskaya, from UEA’s School of Computing Sciences, said scientists want to use ‘Big Data’ to predict the future.

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Scientists are due to start human clinical trials on a new contraceptive that stops sperm with a single injection to the testes.

Vasalgel might just be the holy grail of male birth control – it’s reversible, non-hormonal and blocks sperm for 12 months.

Currently the only options for male contraceptives are condoms or a vasectomy, which is generally considered permanent.

The treatment forms a spongy hydrogel, and developers claim it could be available to the public as early as 2018.

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