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My disability has never come in the way

My disability has never come in the way

Manikandan Kumar, aka Mani Rogers, is India’s first world Para-climbing Champion, a feat for anyone in India, where recognition for outdoor activities and sports is a rarity.  However, in the case of Mani Rogers, this was taken a step further. Apart from breaking the norm, this young 28-year-old

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Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

Paralysed soldier learns to walk with exoskeleton

A former British soldier who was paralysed in Afghanistan is learning how to walk again with the help of an exoskeleton.  James Johnson, who served with the Grenadier Guards, is the first paraplegic person to be part of the Salford University pilot scheme to teach people how to walk using robotics

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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible. It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early acc

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Kangaroos are lefties

Kangaroos are lefties

Here's an interesting bit of information for your next trivia night: by and large, kangaroos are left-handed. This might seem like really weird news, but the study that backs this up may help scientists get a better handle on the evolution of mammals — in addition to dispelling the notion that tr

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Mushroom 'helps keep fat off'

Mushroom ‘helps keep fat off’

A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals, say researchers in Taiwan. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggested Ganoderma lucidum slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut. The researchers suggested the mushroom could eventually be

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Even a Little Walking Can Improve Your Health

Even a Little Walking Can Improve Your Health

Want to reduce your risk of dying at a young age? Try walking casually for as little as 2 minutes per hour. While it is well known that intense exercise can help you get fitter, a new study has found that even a little exercise can still go a long way. Study participants who traded time on the s

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New Species of See-Through Frog Found

New Species of See-Through Frog Found

Calling all Muppets fans: A new species of see-through glass frog found in Costa Rica looks just like Kermit. The lime-green amphibian, which took the Internet by storm this week, has bulging white eyes with perfect black pupils, much like Jim Henson's musical puppet.But th

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Ten-month-old conjoined baby girls survive world-first operation to separate them

Ten-month-old conjoined baby girls survive world-first operation to separate them

Conjoined twins who were connected at the chest and abdomen have been separated after an operation that has never before been successfully attempted. Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born in Texas last April and were welcomed by parents Elysse and John Eric. The couple, from Lubbock, were

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Standing on one leg help keep you young!

Standing on one leg help keep you young!

How good is your balance? Can you stand on one leg for 20 seconds? What about for a whole minute - or with your eyes closed? It's something you might not have given much thought to before, but how well you can balance offers an insight into your general health. A study published in the journal Str

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Yes, Animals Have Feelings

Yes, Animals Have Feelings

On Saturday mornings I drive 15 miles to a sanctuary in rural Maryland where I join a small team of volunteers tending to farm animals rescued from neglect or abuse. Some of these animals will never fully trust a human. Others want to interact. As a biologist with a special interest in animal hap

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