Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Odds & Sodds

A few southern Maine towns will be installing turtle-crossing signs. The road signs aim to warn motorists of endangered turtle road-crossing locations with the hope of reducing road deaths of two of the state's rarest species.

The German city of Hamelin may be in need of another Pied Piper - it seems the rats are back. City officials say a popular fountain has been put out of service after the rodents gnawed through a power cable, according to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

An experimental cholesterol treatment being jointly developed by Regeneron and Sanofi has shown it can lower bad cholesterol in difficult-to-treat patients, according to a study. The treatment, a monoclonal antibody that work by blocking a protein called PCSK9 which preserves high bad cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, is a component of a new type of drug that could become effective in preventing heart attack and stroke.

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