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Chanel No. 5 at stake as EU sniffs out allergens?

Europe's grand old perfume houses and organic cosmetic newcomers may be looking at a major clean-out as the EU sniffs out ingredients blamed for skin allergies in up to 15 million people. A report by the EU's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) found three allergens -- HICC and moss extracts atranol and choroatranol, which give a woody bouquet such as that in Chanel No. 5 -- were "not safe", the Commission said. The three have been implicated in thousands of allergy cases, especially eczema, and should be banned from cosmetic products, it said.

Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties. An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and brain scans from more than 1,500 healthy 14-year-olds and gave them a series of tests to establish their verbal and non-verbal intelligence.

Football: Dortmund's Kuba confirms he has torn knee ligament

Borussia Dortmund's Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski confirmed on Sunday he has torn his cruciate knee ligament and is expected to be out for six months. "Unfortunately, the worst fears have been confirmed: it's a torn cruciate ligament," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I have the operation on Thursday and straight away THE FIGHT FOR MY COMEBACK BEGINS!" The 28-year-old suffered the injury just two minutes into Borussia's 2-2 draw at home to Augsburg on Saturday.

Growing beard popularity shaves P

Procter & Gamble Friday revealed its latest challenge to earnings glory. This time it's a facial issue. The US consumer giant, fresh off a recent corner office shakeup and already facing a battle for market share in shampoo, said second-quarter earnings were marred by the growing preference of men for moustaches and beards, which hit sales in its "grooming" segment. But the company said that increasingly popular body-shaving by men had the potential to offset the loss of the facial-hair business.

Football: Lazio's Ederson to undergo thigh surgery

Lazio's Brazilian striker Honorato Ederson will undergo surgery in Lyon on Tuesday on a ruptured hamstring in his left thigh, medical sources said. The operation will be carried out by Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet. The same surgeon already operated on Ederson's right thigh in 2010 while he played for Ligue 1 side Lyon. He picked up that injury playing a friendly for Brazil in New York against the United States. Ederson's season is over as he is expected to be sidelined for six months. The 28-year-old picked up the injury playing against Udinese last week.

Pluristem stem cell trial to treat muscle injury meets main goal

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Pluristem Therapeutics Inc said results from its early/mid-stage clinical trial indicated its placenta-derived stem cells for the treatment of muscle injury were safe and provided evidence the cells might be effective in treating orthopedic injuries. "Patients treated with PLX-PAD had a greater improved change of maximal voluntary muscle contraction force than the placebo group," Israel-based Pluristem said in a statement on Tuesday.

RugbyU: France Six Nations hopes hit by Dusautoir blow

France's hopes of a successful Six Nations tournament suffered a major blow on Sunday as it was announced by his Top 14 club Toulouse that captain Thierry Dusautoir had been ruled out of the tournament. The 32-year-old flanker -- capped 65 times and world player of the year in 2011 -- will be out for four months after he tore a tendon in his right biceps, Toulouse head coach Guy Noves told AFP. France finished bottom of the Six Nations last year and start their campaign this term at home to England in a fortnight.

Football: Neymar suffers ankle sprain in Barca Cup tie

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey, last 16 second-leg match at Getafe on Thursday. "Neymar sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow," said a statement on the club's official Twitter account. The 21-year-old collapsed to the ground in pain after falling awkwardly as he tried to attempt a cross on the left side of the penalty box.

Football: Neymar suffers ankle sprain in Barca Cup tie

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar suffered a sprained right ankle which forced his substitution just 22 minutes into the Catalans' Copa del Rey, last 16 second-leg match at Getafe on Thursday. "Neymar sprained the peroneal tendon in his right ankle. He will undergo additional tests tomorrow," said a statement on the club's official Twitter account. The 21-year-old collapsed to the ground in pain after falling awkwardly as he tried to attempt a cross on the left side of the penalty box.

Vonn undergoes successful knee surgery

(Reuters) - Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has undergone successful surgery to repair the injured right knee that cost her a chance of defending the title she won in Vancouver four years ago, the American announced on Wednesday. Vonn, who has battled knee ailments over the past year, was forced to withdraw from next month's Sochi Games in Russia to have the operation, although she is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2014-15 World Cup season.
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