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Noisy work environments hazardous to heart--study

A noisy environment at your workplace could take the toll on your health. A new study has revealed that working in a very noisy workplace, where you’d have to raise your voice to be heard, can significantly raise your chances of developing heart disease.

Mood disorders likely in men having partner with breast cancer, study

A new surprising research has proposed that men, having wives suffering from breast cancer have a great probability of landing into depression or developing mood-related disorders.

Immigrant opossums adapt to Brooklyn

New York -- Community leaders in New York's Brooklyn borough say they are being overrun by a booming population of opossums introduced as a rat-control measure.

The nocturnal creatures have been prowling around the alleys, yards and even golf courses in the borough, much to the chagrin of the folks who live there.

"They are everywhere," said Theresa Scavo, chairwoman for Community Board 15, told the New York Post.

The newspaper reported Sunday opossums were actually brought into Brooklyn by the city a few years ago as a predator to New York's venerable rat population.

Although opossums do eat rodents, there appears to be little dent in the rat population.

Call for European ocean health 'network'

Brussels -- Scientists and policy makers in Europe say they want an integrated network of marine observatories to monitor the health of the area's seas and oceans.

The aim is reliable, long-term data to underpin science and policy decision regarding the use of seas for fisheries, aquaculture, energy and shipping, as well as tourism and recreation, a European Science Foundation release said Thursday.

"We should not take for granted the wealth and well-being provided by the seas and oceans" Lars Horn of the Research Council of Norway and chair of the Marine Board said. "This call needs to be heard by national and European decision makers and budget holders.

Ban on public smoking helps kids with asthma

A recent study reveals that reducing exposure to secondhand smoke lessens the chances of hospitalization or asthma greatly.

Stem cell financing continues for now, scientists feel future hazy

Though temporary, but a federal appeals court has on Thursday approved financing stem cell research, till it considered the last month’s order that banned funding the research.

U.S. markets head higher

New York -- U.S. stocks turned higher Wednesday morning, despite losses in Japan and continued concern over the health of banks in Europe.

The Bank of Japan's efforts to devalue the yen have done little to stop the yen from appreciating, which puts a crimp in Japan's critical export businesses. Stocks in Japan fell for the second consecutive session Wednesday as the yen hovered close to a 15-year high against the U.S. dollar.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 67.55 points, 0.65 percent, to 10,408.24. The Standard & Poor's 500 index added 7.19 points, 0.66 percent, to 1,099.03. The Nasdaq composite index rose 0.73 percent, 16.15 points, to 2,225.04.

Medicaid, CHIP participation second-lowest in Utah

Findings of a latest report have revealed that participation rate in Medicaid and the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was only 66.2 per cent in Utah.

Genetic screening, preventive surgery raise cancer survival rates--study

Women carrying BRCA1 or BRCA2, the common cancer gene mutations, can cut their risk of death, breast cancer and ovarian cancer by opting for pre-emptive removal of breasts or ovaries, findings of a new study suggest.

Nourishment on Budget

Having a tight budget does not necessarily mean depriving yourself of you daily nutritional needs. Eating smart and not scarcely is the mantra to surviving the economic crunch.