Health

Monarch butterflies return to Mexico on annual migration


Mexico City: The first monarch butterflies have appeared in the mountaintop forests of central Mexico where they spend the winter, Mexico’s Environment Department said Saturday. The first butterflies have been seen exploring the mountaintop reserves in the three largest traditional wintering grounds — Sierra Chincua, El Rosario, and Cerro Pelón in Michoacan state. Normally they arrive...

‘Bubble barrier’ among finalists for Prince William’s prize


London: A bubble barrier that prevents plastic waste from reaching the ocean is one of 15 initiatives named as finalists for the year’s Earthshot Prize, a global competition aimed at finding new ways to protect the planet and tackle climate change. Prince William, the heir to the British throne, unveiled the finalists on last Friday....

Death in US gene therapy study sparks search for answers


New York: The lone volunteer in a unique study involving a gene-editing technique has died, and those behind the trial are now trying to figure out what killed him. Terry Horgan, a 27-year-old who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, died last month, according to Cure Rare Disease, a Connecticut-based nonprofit founded by his brother, Rich, to...

Medicare enrollees warn about deceptive marketing schemes


Washington: Mailers designed to look like official government forms, buses sporting scam pitches for Medicare websites, and TV commercials featuring celebrities who encourage people to sign up for Medicare plans that do not always include their current doctors. With Medicare’s open enrollment underway through Dec. 7, health experts are warning older adults about an uptick...

Flu season off to a fast start as other viruses spread


New York: The U.S. flu season is off to an unusually fast start, adding to an autumn mix of viruses that have been filling hospitals and doctor waiting rooms. Reports of flu are already high in 17 states, and the hospitalization rate hasn’t been this high this early since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, according...

Breathing and Meditation exercise for soothing nerves


By Atul Vyas We are living in a highly toxic environment and our bodies need little help. When the toxic load from modern living overwhelms the body's natural detoxification system, never meant to handle the onslaught of modern lifestyle, full of so much pollution, processed food, and sedentary life, one needs yogic intervention to prevent...

Sidestepping the Nonsense of Non-living Texts


By Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya Subjects that encompass knowledge that helps society and its members are considered disciplines in the best universities. However, those subjects that help people take care of their minds, and themselves and empower their inner abilities are considered unscholarly. Self-development is considered unteachable and unprofessional. These tools are relegated to self-help groups,...

Maine begins removing those naughty license plates


Portland, Maine: Maine is cleaning up its roadways by removing the flippin’ vulgarities from license plates. The state is enforcing new rules to eliminate f-bombs and other obscenities that appeared on vanity license plates after the state effectively eliminated its review process. The state began issuing recall letters this month, with a handful each day....

Alaska-Australia flight could place bird in record books


Canberra, Australia: A young bar-tailed godwit appears to have set a non-stop distance record for migratory birds by flying at least 13,560 kilometers (8,435 miles) from Alaska to the Australian state of Tasmania, a bird expert said. The bird was tagged as a hatchling in Alaska during the Northern Hemisphere summer with a tracking GPS...