Health

The very old may benefit from L-carnitine: study
January 1, 2008 01:12 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The dietary supplement L-carnitine can lessen fatigue and boost mental function in very old people, Italian researchers report. Study participants given L-carnitine also experienced significant increases in muscle mass and reductions in fat mass, Dr. Mariano Malaguarnera and colleagues from the University of Catania report in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical nutrition.

Bird flu forces Bangladesh to cull 20,000 chickens
January 1, 2008 06:46 AM - Reuters

The latest infection was at Mirpur, on the outskirts of Dhaka, said Salahuddin Khan, director of the government's livestock department.

New smart tire senses damage, increases safety
January 1, 2008 12:10 AM - Gary Krutz, Purdue University Newswire

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A new type of "smart" tire developed by a Purdue University professor is able to sense damage when a tire goes flat or loses treads, making it safer for road travel. The tire's technology also can be used to detect impending defects before a tire is mass produced.

"Swish-and-spit" test screens for cancer
January 1, 2008 12:09 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A simple mouth rinse may provide a new way to screen for head and neck cancers in people at high risk for these diseases, researchers said on Tuesday. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore are developing a saliva test -- inexpensive, easy to perform and painless -- that could spot diseases like mouth and throat cancer in heavy smokers, heavy drinkers and others at high risk.

Veterinarian suggests top 10 holiday gift ideas for pets
January 1, 2008 12:06 AM - Maggie Morris, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As you check gifts off your holiday shopping list, consider the gift of health for your pet, says Lorraine Corriveau, a wellness veterinarian at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Top Ten Tips from a cardiologist for a heart-healthy season
December 31, 2007 11:36 PM - UC San Francisco Newswire

San Francisco - The holidays can be a hectic time. A leading cardiologist has 10 tips for getting through the season feeling healthier and less stressed. “For most of us, even if we’re healthy the rest of the year, holidays can really take a toll on our stress levels and diets,” says Rita Redberg, MD, director of UCSF Women’s Cardiovascular Services and author of numerous books, articles and scientific papers on heart-health and lifetime wellness.

Brain imaging and genetic studies link thinking patterns to addiction
December 31, 2007 11:18 PM - UC San Francisco Newswire

San Francisco - Scientists have for the first time identified brain sites that fire up more when people make impulsive decisions. In a study comparing brain activity of sober alcoholics and non-addicted people making financial decisions, the group of sober alcoholics showed significantly more "impulsive" neural activity.

China to crack down on unlicensed production, sale of food
December 31, 2007 11:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Beijing - China will launch another nationwide campaign on Jan. 1 next year to crack down on unlicensed production and sale of food, in a fresh effort to ensure food safety, the country's top quality inspection watchdog said.

Nobel Expert: Car Industry Can Reach, Exceed New Standards
December 31, 2007 10:54 PM - UC Davis, Newswire

Davis California - UC Davis auto fuels authority Daniel Sperling says that despite years of automakers "kicking and screaming" about the new mileage standards that Congress set this week, the industry should be able to reach -- even exceed -- 35 mpg by 2020.

More Resolve to Take on More in 2008
December 31, 2007 10:25 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LONDON - A new survey shows a trend towards taking more on, rather than giving things up for the New Year. The clichéd resolutions to give up smoking and junk food are making way to more positive decisions to learn new skills, take up more hobbies and be more active.

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