Gluten-Free Diets Surge in Popularity, Yet Celiac Rates Remain Stable

The percentage of Americans who follow a gluten-free diet is more than three times higher than the percentage of Americans with celiac disease, the main medical reason the diet is recommended, a new estimate suggests. 

Researchers found that between 2009 and 2014, the percentage of people in the U.S. with celiac disease remained steady, while the percentage of Americans without the condition who stick to a gluten-free diet rose steadily over… Continue reading

On the ground with the peshmerga, preparing to retake Mosul

ERBIL, Iraq — Kurdish peshmerga forces in Northern Iraq raise their rifles during another day of training; Italian soldiers carefully instruct them on how to accurately hit their target, which is a dummy board 25 meters away.

For many peshmerga, it is the first time they have fired an M16 assault rifle. They are learning new methods of fighting and experimenting with new firearms.

They are exchanging Russian weapons for American ones.

Their… Continue reading

WSJ to Trump: Start acting presidential or exit race

Donald Trump spent the weekend lashing out at the media over what he called “dishonest” coverage of his campaign. But the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board is getting tired of the Republican nominee’s anti-media tirades, saying that Trump has no one to blame for his flailing presidential bid but himself.

“Mr. Trump prefers to watch the cable shows rather than read a briefing paper,” the Journal said in a scathing editorial… Continue reading

Alaskan woolly mammoths died of thirst: study

Miami (AFP) – One of the world’s last surviving groups of woolly mammoths likely died of thirst as the salty seas rose around these iconic Ice Age creatures 5,600 years ago, researchers say.

The study also warns that a similar scenario could imperil island people and animals in the coming years as the climate warms and sea level rises, making fresh water harder to access.

The research took place on St. Paul… Continue reading

New crop of robots to vie for space in the operating room

By Susan Kelly

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.

Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries – more than double current levels – is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms. Companies developing new robots also plan to expand their use in India, China… Continue reading

'No Man's Sky': PlayStation Plus requirement lifted

Ahead of its release the week of August 9, the studio behind sprawling space exploration game “No Man’s Sky” has revealed that players won’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription to benefit from its online features.

A surprise announcement in December 2013 and hotly anticipated since, “No Man’s Sky” sees players set off across the universe on a journey of discovery and adventure.

Each planet, plant and animal can be named by the… Continue reading

The Cleveland convention is ratifying the GOP’s loss of party power

CLEVELAND — One of the last real levers of power that political parties hold in their hands in America is the nominating convention.

And the Republican Party this week used that instrument of power — which it controls almost completely — to push over the finish line the nomination of a presidential candidate whose ascendancy demonstrates how weak and ineffectual the party itself has become this election year.

Throughout American history, political parties… Continue reading

CIA Director John Brennan on terror, technology and going ‘outside the fence’: A Yahoo News interview

It was just a few hours after terrorists had attacked the airport in Istanbul. The cable channels were once again filling up with scenes of chaos and bloody terror. CIA Director John Brennan greeted me in a small waiting room outside his seventh-floor office, with his usual grave demeanor accentuated by the pronounced limp he has developed. That impression was only slightly leavened by a desiccated wit. “You’ve had to

Superbug gene detected in a second person in the U.S.

Researchers have found bacteria resistant to the antibiotic of last resort in a sample from a second patient in the United States, according to a study published Monday. The patient had surgery at a New York hospital last year, researchers said. The news comes after researchers reported in late May that a patient in Pennsylvania carried a strain of E. coli bacteria that was resistant to the antibiotic colistin, the… Continue reading

Highest-Altitude Prehistoric Rock Art Revealed

New digital scans reveal the highest-elevation prehistoric rock paintings ever discovered, in living color.

The scans were made in the Abri Faravel, a small rock overhang in the southern French Alps. In 2010, researchers found paintings decorating the ceiling of the rock shelter, consisting of parallel lines as well as what look like two animals facing each other. Excavations reveal signs of human activity starting in the Mesolithic (the period between… Continue reading