Health

Canadian retail chain pulls plastic water bottles
December 10, 2007 08:22 AM - Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.

Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op became the first major Canadian retailer to stop selling products that contain bisphenol A over fears the chemical can leach from plastic food and water containers.

 

 

 

China hunts father-and-son bird flu link
December 10, 2007 05:53 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities said on Monday they were hunting for the causal link between a son and his father both struck by bird flu, but have found no evidence that the virus has mutated into a new strain.

The 52-year old father was diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of bird flu late last week in the eastern province of Jiangsu, days after his 24-year old son died from the disease.

U.N. seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian crises
December 10, 2007 05:29 AM - Reuters

Sudan is the biggest focus of the U.N. appeal, issued to governments on Monday. It wants $930 million for humanitarian work in 2008 in the country where violence and upheaval continues in the Darfur region.

Lebanese dump has stench of environmental neglect
December 9, 2007 07:30 PM - By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent, Reuters

SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) - Every day bulldozers pile more garbage on to a mountain of waste on the Sidon seafront in a symbol of Lebanon's environmental problems, aggravated, activists say, by politics, mismanagement and greed.

Health care challenges fire up U.S. students
December 9, 2007 07:20 PM - By Joanne Kenen, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One measure of the troubled state of U.S. health care is the hordes of idealistic young people lining up to fix it.

China market may be breeding ground for deadly viruses
December 9, 2007 07:16 PM - Reuters

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Scorpions scamper in bowls, water snakes coil in tanks and cats whine in cramped cages, waiting to be slaughtered, skinned and served for dinner.

UNICEF cites child health progress, work remains
December 9, 2007 07:02 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Progress in expanding breast-feeding and fighting measles and malaria has improved the health of children worldwide, but many in developing nations still don't have enough to eat, UNICEF said on Sunday.

Sex "switch" points way to smarter pest control
December 9, 2007 01:30 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Turning off a sex "switch" triggered when female insects mate may be a smart and green way of controlling pests in future.

Don't shake hands, Museveni tells Ebola-hit Uganda
December 8, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters

"Ebola spreads through contact. For the time being, people should resort to jambo (waving)," Museveni was quoted in the state-owned newspaper New Vision as saying. "If I don't shake your hand, it doesn't mean I don't like you."

U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition
December 7, 2007 09:08 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.

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