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Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about. from www.shutterstock.com

Organs ‘too risky’ to donate may be safer than we think. We crunched the numbers and here’s what we found

Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
Eating lots of red meat increases your risk of cancer and a range of chronic diseases. Sailing Gypsy/Shutterstock

Yes, we still need to cut down on red and processed meat

The advice is still to limit your red meat intake to a maximum of 500g a week. So why did some headlines tell us otherwise this week?
Clinical trials are important, but can’t get us to medicine prescribing that is 100% effective. Image Point Fr/Shutterstock.com

Why drug trials are only part of the answer to making sure medicines work

Clinical trials are used to establish that medicines work. But these don't take into account the genetic differences between us that can mean very different outcomes for different patients.
A government-commissioned report estimated that South Australia’s ban on genetically modified crops cost canola growers A$33 million since 2004. Greenpeace/AAP Image

GM crops: to ban or not to ban? That’s not the question

South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee. AP Photo/Dave Martin

Why are Atlantic and Gulf coast property owners building back bigger after hurricanes?

'Building back better' refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
How much is your backpack and the laptop that it contains worth to you? Nicola/Flickr

Lessons from the Moscow airport crash: your luggage or their lives

More than 40 people died in the May 5, 2019 crash, and reports indicate that passengers taking luggage with them may have slowed the evacuation. So what do we need to do to stop such behaviour?
Many cities have plans in place to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. But are they credible? An ongoing study looks into the question. David Blackwell/Flickr

Are our cities effectively planning for climate change?

In the fight against climate change, cities are now seen as having a major role to play. An ongoing study examines the effectiveness of the adaptation and mitigation plans of 126 coastal cities.
Bottles of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer in the United Kingdom, relabelled by activists to highlight the World Health Organization’s judgment that its main ingredient is a probable carcinogen. Global Justice Now

Roundup weed killer lawsuit hits a snag, but Monsanto is not off the hook

Thousands of people are suing Monsanto, claiming that its Roundup herbicide gave them cancer. A California judge has reduced the first damage award but let the verdict against Monsanto stand.
Bejing. Bird flu is transmitted in various ways and the process needs to be studied in depth. Sojourner in a Strange Land/Flicker

Bird flu: are viruses still in the air?

A scientific question fascinates experts : under which conditions can bird flu virus be transmitted to humans by aerial particles, and what will be the consequences for those who aren’t immune?

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