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Season saw fewest Pacific storms on record

State College, Pa. -- The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season was an active one but the Eastern North Pacific basin yielded the fewest storms on record this year, forecasters said.

The Pacific Basin normally sees 15 tropical storms form each season, with an average of nine becoming hurricanes, but this year only seven tropical storms formed, with three becoming hurricanes, reported Tuesday.

Sixty percent of all storm development in the region during the season occurs in September and October, but this September was the quietest on record with only one tropical storm, Accuweather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

October yielded no tropical activity, something that hasn't happened since 1977, he said.

Earthquake fault identified in Idaho

Boise, Idaho -- U.S. seismologists say they've mapped a previously unknown active earthquake fault in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho capable of generating a 7.5 magnitude quake.

The 40-mile fault at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains near the small town of Stanley was of some concern, and shaking from a temblor on the fault could extend to the state capital of Boise, Glenn Thackray, chairman of Idaho State University's geosciences department, said.

Scientists say they believe two earthquakes have occurred along the fault in the past 10,000 years, with one occurring 7,000 years ago and the other 4,000 years ago.

Red yeast rice supplements' ingredients vary widely

The proportions of active ingredients vary widely in different formulations of red yeast rice supplements, reveals a recent research.

Diabetes drug may have cancer uses

Houston -- An ancient herbal remedy whose active ingredient is the main constituent of a modern diabetes drug may help combat cancer, two U.S. studies show.

The studies, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, support previous research that found diabetes patients receiving the drug metformin are less prone to developing cancer.

Metformin helps stabilize blood sugar by decreasing the liver's glucose output and increasing the sugar's use by muscle tissue.

Scott Lippman, an oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, estimates more than 40 million metformin prescriptions have been filled in the United States.

"It's been around for a while," he says.