H5N1 bird flu hits Benin, home of Voodoo ritual
December 17, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters
COTONOU (Reuters) - Benin, the home of ritual Voodoo sacrifice, became the latest in a string of West African states to report cases of H5N1 bird flu after laboratory tests confirmed the deadly virus on two poultry farms.
California Stem Cell Agency Comes Under Fire On Transparency
December 16, 2007 02:18 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The California stem cell agency's identification of only 12 research institutions recommended to compete for $260 million in facilities grants makes a mockery of any claim to openness and transparency in the selection process, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) said today.
Is Your Yoga Mat Lacking Personality? Toxic?
December 16, 2007 01:47 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Lakewood, NJ - The ancient practice of yoga has moved one step forward with the introduction of non-toxic, personalized yoga mats. The new product is the brainchild of Gwen Bandes an eco-committed entrepreneur. The company offers all yoga lovers the option to embroider their name, friend's name, or even their pet's name on to an eco friendly yoga mat. Perhaps most importantly the mat is toxin free. It does not contain PVC, lead, or toluene. It's also biodegradable and recyclable.
One dead, five infected with bird flu in Pakistan
December 15, 2007 12:27 PM - Alistair Scrutton, Reuters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has recorded its first human death from bird flu and five other people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
Alcohol sales linked to gang violence
December 14, 2007 11:00 AM - UC Riverside Newswire
Riverside, California - Gang violence that plagues communities throughout the United States may be reduced by enforcing laws that ban the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside.
Sociologist Robert Nash Parker, co-director of UCR’s Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, and sociology graduate students Kate Luther and Lisa Murphy (now an assistant professor of criminal justice at California State Universit, Long Beach) found a link between high rates of gang violence and high densities of alcohol outlets in a study that grew out of a 12-year gang-intervention project in Riverside, a city of more than 290,000 in Inland Southern California.
Heavy traffic makes breathing a burden in children
December 14, 2007 08:17 AM - American Thoracic Society
Exposure to traffic pollution may increase respiratory problems and reduce lung volumes in children with asthma, according to researchers who studied the effects of road and traffic density on children’s lung function and respiratory symptoms in the border town of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.
EU watchdog backs Glaxo breast cancer pill
December 14, 2007 06:32 AM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency has recommended conditional approval of GlaxoSmithKline Plc's new breast cancer pill Tykerb, Europe's biggest drugmaker said on Friday.
The medicine, which is already on sale in the United States, will be marketed as Tyverb in Europe. It is designed to be given in combination with Roche Holding AG's Xeloda for treating patients with advanced or metastatic breast cancer whose tumors overexpress the HER2 protein.
Chemical Spill Threat in China
December 14, 2007 03:35 AM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - A ship carrying 130 tons of a corrosive chemical was sinking on China's vast Yangtze River on Friday, but there was immediate no sign of pollution, state media said.
The ship was carrying liquid caustic soda and was sinking in the middle reaches of China's longest river, Xinhua news agency said.
Merck Fined $1.5M, Settles Clean Water Act Violations, Fined $1.5 Million, Must Overhaul Disposal System, Invest Millions
December 13, 2007 09:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON - Merck, the global pharmaceutical research company, has agreed to resolve violations of federal and state water pollution control regulations arising from spills including a June 2006 spill at its pharmaceutical plant outside of Philadelphia, announced Pat Meehan, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
New Jersey legislature votes to end death penalty
December 13, 2007 07:21 PM - By Jon Hurdle, Reuters
TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - New Jersey on Thursday became the first U.S. state to legislatively abolish the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.