Singing reduces stress, improves motor function

WASHINGTON — A preliminary study revealed that singing might reduce stress and improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease. The study presented on Wednesday at the on-going Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference showed that those improvements among singing participants are like the benefits of taking medications. “Some of the symptoms that are improving, such as … Read More

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer’s disease: study

SYDNEY — Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years, according to latest Australian research. People who followed the diet showed significantly slower rates of the amino acid-related amyloid beta (A) peptides accumulation in their brains, Edith Cowan University said in a statement about its researchers’ findings late Tuesday. The buildup … Read More

Bamboo shoot fiber helps prevent obesity

KUNMING — The insoluble dietary fiber isolated from bamboo shoots is effective in preventing obesity and improving insulin sensitivity, according to a recent Chinese study. Scientists from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences tested two representative bamboo shoot fibers by feeding them to high-fat diet-fed mice. The fibers helped suppress body weight … Read More

Scientists discover ‘smarter’ way to produce energy from sun

SYDNEY — A team led by scientists at Australia’s Curtin University have created a much cheaper and environmentally friendly way of turning solar energy into clean fuels like hydrogen. In a paper published on Tuesday, researchers described how they developed tiny nanocrystals as highly efficient catalysts to generate solar energy for the production of clean fuels. … Read More

California firm launches driverless grocery delivery

SAN FRANCISCO — A California-based autonomous driving startup Nuro said it has begun pilot driverless grocery delivery service in the state of Arizona in partnership with Kroger, the largest US operator of traditional supermarkets. “Grocery delivery with Nuro self-driving vehicles starts today! Our pilot with @kroger in Scottsdale, AZ is now accepting orders,” Nuro tweeted. Nuro … Read More

Italy declares state of emergency due to collapsed bridge

GENOA, Italy — The Italian government has declared the state of emergency in the Liguria region surrounding the northwest city of Genoa, a day after the dramatic collapse of a major motorway bridge that caused dozens of victims, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday. A state of emergency request had been filed by the regional … Read More

New drugs put cancer cells into ‘permanent sleep’

SYDNEY — Australian scientists said they have discovered a new type of drug that targets specific proteins to arrest the growth and spread of cancer, without the harmful side effects of conventional therapies. The drug, which put cancer cells into a “permanent sleep” without damaging DNA, have “already shown great promise in halting cancer progression in … Read More

Heat wave hits Canada

OTTAWA — A total of 90 heat warnings were in effect in eight of Canada’s 10 provinces Tuesday morning, according to Environment Canada. Environment Canada warned that much of the provinces will see temperature between 29 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees on Tuesday, with humidex values potentially topping 40. Similar conditions were expected on Wednesday. The … Read More

2 confirmed dead, more missing after dam collapses in Laos

VIENTIANE — At least two people are confirmed dead as of 4:30 p.m. local time (0930 GMT) on Tuesday, and a number of villagers are still missing after an under-construction dam collapsed causing flash flood in southern Laos, state-run online newspaper Vientiane Times quoted a senior provincial official as saying. The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam … Read More

Death toll in wildfires near Athens rises to 74

ATHENS — The number of killed in the devastating fires near Athens was revised upward to 74 on Tuesday afternoon, while the search for more victims continued in Attica’s eastern coast, Greek national news agency AMNA reported. The number of injured stood at 187, according to the latest official announcement by the fire brigade press spokesperson … Read More

Japan floods, landslides death toll rises to at least 112

TOKYO — The death toll from landslides and floods caused by widespread torrential rain across western Japan has risen to 112, with at least three others in a critical condition, public broadcaster NHK said Monday. Authorities have also said that 79 people still remain unaccounted for and, as such, the death toll will likely increase. Search … Read More

Man arrested for plotting attack on July 4 holiday

WASHINGTON — A US man was arrested and charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization, according to court papers released Monday. The 48-year-old man, named Demetrius Pitts, was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the central city of Cleveland Sunday, and appeared in court Monday afternoon. Pitts, who uses other names … Read More

47 die after bus plunges into deep gorge in India

NEW DELHI — As many as 47 people have been killed after a passenger bus skidded off a steep mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Sunday, police said. The accident occurred on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal district, some 200 km from the state capital of … Read More