Health

Babies absorb phthalates from baby products
February 4, 2008 10:36 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that baby lotion, baby powder, and baby shampoo may be exposing babies to potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates.

You are what you eat: diet shown to be factor in evolution
February 4, 2008 09:20 AM - ENN

Humans consume a distinct diet compared to other apes. Not only do we consume much more meat and fat, but we also cook our food. It has been hypothesized that adopting these dietary patterns played a key role during human evolution. However, to date, the influence of diet on the physiological and genetic differences between humans and other apes has not been widely examined.

World Bank head sees Mozambique AIDS spread threat
February 4, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

MAPUTO (Reuters) - The head of the World Bank said on Monday he was worried very high rates of HIV/AIDS infections and related tuberculosis in Mozambique could spread as new transport routes are developed to meet growing economic activity. World Bank President Robert Zoellick met government officials, donors and non-profit groups, urging them to ramp up prevention and awareness efforts among the population.

Is Climate Change Making Us Sick?
February 3, 2008 09:33 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Ask the people of Yorkshire. As a result of global warming, many homeowners this week are up to their waists in muddy water. And flooding could be just the beginning of our worries. This week a paper in the British Medical Journal gave warning that climate change could be particularly damaging to the health of people in the developing world, but research also suggests that it could be bad news for Britain. Delegates at a conference in London on Tuesday will be told that global warming will drive up rates of cardio-respiratory disease, diarrhoea and insect-borne diseases such as malaria in the UK.

Turkey detects bird flu virus in poultry
February 3, 2008 07:25 AM - Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey detected bird flu virus in dead chickens found late last month in the northern part of the country after it had started culling poultry due to bird flu suspicions, the Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday. The culling was sparked after residents reported chicken deaths in a district in the Samsun province in the northern Black Sea region.

Bird flu spreads in Bangladesh, port city on alert
February 3, 2008 06:07 AM - Reuters

The latest outbreaks were reported in southwestern Gopalganj, northeastern Sylhet and northern Mymensingh district, officials said.

Is it organic or not?
February 2, 2008 12:12 PM - American Society of Agronomy

MADISON, WI, January 28, 2008 -- As organic farming becomes more common, methods to identify fraud in the industry are increasingly important. In a recent study in Journal of Environmental Quality, scientists successfully use nitrogen isotopic discrimination to determine if non-organic, synthetic fertilizers were used on sweet pepper plants.

U.S.-Vietnam dioxin effort makes progress at airport
February 1, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese military technicians have capped an area of a former U.S. military airport with concrete to stop dioxin or "agent orange" contaminating a lake, part of a joint project to deal with a bitter war legacy. The measures taken in recent months at Danang in central Vietnam were temporary, but an important milestone, a group of prominent Vietnamese and Americans said on Friday.

Polycarbonate Bottles unsafe for hot liquids
January 30, 2008 09:10 AM - ENN

CINCINNATI—When it comes to Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure from polycarbonate plastic bottles, it’s not whether the container is new or old but the liquid’s temperature that has the most impact on how much BPA is released, according to University of Cincinnati (UC) scientists. Scott Belcher, PhD, and his team found when the same new and used polycarbonate drinking bottles were exposed to boiling hot water, BPA, an environmental estrogen, was released 55 times more rapidly than before exposure to hot water.

U.S. dietary guides criticized for potential harm
January 28, 2008 02:07 PM - Reuters

Some researchers are questioning whether national guidelines advising Americans to eat a low-fat diet have had the unintended consequence of feeding the current obesity epidemic. The federal government has issued official dietary guidelines every five years since the late 1970s. In 1990, a recommendation was added that people should get less than 30 percent of their daily calories from fat.

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