Sun Sends Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth; Will Hit Thursday [VIDEO]

The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth will likely be affected somewhat by the magnetic fields and ionized gas that are now shooting toward the planet. But the phenomena might also bring aurora light shows to residents of the northern United States

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Methane, Soot Are Targets Of New U.S. Climate Initiative

The United States and five other nations are embarking on a new program to limit pollutants connected to global warming. But they’re not targeting carbon dioxide with this effort — instead, they’re looking at methane gas, and soot.

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 Methane, Soot Are Targets Of New U.S. Climate Initiative

Will U.S. Amputation Rates Continue To Fall In People With Diabetes?

There may be some good news in regard to amputation rates in patients with diabetes in the United States.

A recent study in Diabetes Care found that nontraumatic lower extremity amputation rates have decreased in patients with diabetes over age 40.1 Lin and colleagues found the amputation discharge rate per 1,000 people with diabetes was 3.9 in 2008 — down from 11.2 in 1996.

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Gardening Map Of Warming U.S. Has Plant Zones Moving North

Gardeners: Take heed. An updated plant map shows that the United States is getting warmer. That means spring planting may come earlier and some plants can tolerate new northern latitudes.

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 Gardening Map Of Warming U.S. Has Plant Zones Moving North

Four Drugs Cause Most Hospitalizations in Older Adults

Just four drugs — blood thinners and diabetes medications — cause most emergency hospital visits for drug reactions among people over 65 in the United States, a new study shows.

Farm-Fresh Food May Have Shaped The Modern Mouth

Easy-to-chew foods like rice and corn may have influenced the evolution of the human jawbone. New research says it may also help account for the fact that children in the United States often need to have braces because their mouths can’t accommodate their teeth.

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 Farm Fresh Food May Have Shaped The Modern Mouth

Where Is The Urgency For Treating Disastrous Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)?

I was thinking recently about how we react to shared impending calamity (or challenge). The Allies worked together to battle a shared enemy in World War II. The Manhattan Project was an example of this (for better or worse). We worked together within the United States to reach the moon (as a challenge from Sputnik and our then adversaries in the U.S.S.R.). I am sure that if we faced a shared disaster such as a killer asteroid, we would all probably team up to nudge that rock into someone else’s orbit.

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Falling Satellite Slows, Earth Strike Delayed

The 6-ton NASA satellite clung to space Friday, apparently flipping position in its ever-lower orbit and stalling its death plunge. Canada, Africa and Australia are in the potential crosshairs, although most of the satellite should burn up during re-entry. The United States wasn’t entirely out of the woods either.

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 Falling Satellite Slows, Earth Strike Delayed

Emerging Insights With The Ankle Implant Arthroplasty

PT1011CoverLead Emerging Insights With The Ankle Implant Arthroplasty

Can the total ankle replacement (TAR) provide a viable alternative to ankle arthrodesis? In addition to reviewing the FDA approved TARs in the United States, advances in device design and the current literature, these authors emphasize proper patient selection, sound pre-op planning and other insights from their experience in performing total ankle arthroplasty procedures.

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Nuclear Waste Piles Up As Repository Plan Falters

With plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository scrapped, the United States has no central facility to permanently store used-up nuclear fuel from reactors. In the meantime, utilities around the country are stuck with some 65,000 tons of nuclear waste.

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 Nuclear Waste Piles Up As Repository Plan Falters

Can Google Plus Compete With Facebook And Twitter?

Google Plus isn’t Google’s first foray into social networking–Orkut and Buzz already exist, but neither caught on in the United States. Can Google Plus do better? Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, discusses how the new social network stacks up to Facebook and Twitter.

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 Can Google Plus Compete With Facebook And Twitter?

A Closer Look At Dermatologic Conditions In Skin Of Color

PT0711Skin5 A Closer Look At Dermatologic Conditions In Skin Of Color

Given the changing population demographics in the United States, it is more important than ever to be able to recognize and treat dermatologic conditions that are more prevalent among patients with skin of color. Accordingly, this author discusses the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions including vitiligo, melanonychia and keloids.

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