Health

Climate change threatens human rights of millions: U.N.
February 19, 2008 11:39 AM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Climate change threatens the human rights of millions of people who are at risk of losing access to housing, food and clean water unless governments intervene early to counter its effects, experts said on Tuesday. At a conference on climate change and migration, United Nations officials said rising sea levels and intense storms, droughts and floods could force scores of people from their homes and off their lands -- some permanently.

Dead poultry raises bird flu alarm in Vietnam
February 19, 2008 05:52 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Dead poultry have been found in rivers and streams in northern Vietnam, a sign of a possible new bird flu outbreak during a prolonged cold spell, officials said on Tuesday. The Agriculture Ministry said in a report that callers to an animal health department hotline reported large numbers of dead birds in five provinces, but was not specific.

Indonesian boy dies of bird flu
February 18, 2008 04:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Indonesian boy from South Jakarta has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 105, a health ministry official said on Monday. Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry, said the boy died on Friday and two tests had confirmed he contracted the H5N1 virus.

Indonesian teenager dies of bird flu
February 16, 2008 06:28 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Indonesian boy from Central Java has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 104, the health ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said on its Web site the boy had fallen sick on February 3 with fever symptoms and respiratory problems after five chickens belonging to him and a neighbor died.

22,000 died amid delayed Bayer drug recall: doctor
February 14, 2008 09:28 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lives of 22,000 patients could have been saved if U.S. regulators had been quicker to remove a Bayer AG drug used to stem bleeding during open heart surgery, according to a medical researcher interviewed by CBS Television's 60 Minutes program. The drug Trasylol was withdrawn in November at the request of the FDA after an observational study linked the medicine to kidney failure requiring dialysis and increased death of those patients.

EU wants partial ban of toxic paint removers
February 14, 2008 08:01 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The sale and use of paint removers containing dichloromethane, a chemical with toxic vapor, would be restricted under a proposal made by European Union regulators on Thursday. Some experts have expressed concern that a number of accidents and deaths in the EU in recent years were linked to use of the substance, the European Commission said.

Pepper may help disfiguring skin condition: study
February 14, 2008 07:17 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Black pepper could lead to better treatments for a disfiguring skin condition that affects about 1 percent of the world's population, British researchers said on Thursday. A team at King's College London showed in a study of mice that piperine -- the compound that gives black pepper its spicy, pungent flavor -- and its synthetic derivatives helped stimulate pigmentation in the skin of people with vitiligo.

Airport noise instantly boosts blood pressure
February 13, 2008 12:28 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Living near an airport isn't just irritating, it is also unhealthy, researchers said on Wednesday, in a study that showed loud noise instantly boosts a sleeping person's blood pressure. The louder the noise, the higher a person's blood pressure went, a finding that suggests people who live near airports may have a greater risk of health problems, said Lars Jarup, who led the European Commission-funded study.

Sulphuric acid spill pollutes China river
February 13, 2008 09:15 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese tanker truck carrying more than 30 metric tons of sulphuric acid has crashed in southwest China, spilling its load into a river and causing "serious pollution," state media said on Wednesday. The accident occurred on Tuesday, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday, when the truck ran into the guard rail on a highway linking Anning and Chuxiong in the mountainous province of Yunnan, Xinhua news agency said.

Sampling Of Drinking Water To Track Emerging Chemical
February 12, 2008 10:43 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

DALTON, Ga. - Georgia plans to begin statewide sampling this year at drinking water intakes for perfluorooctanoic acid, according to a program manager of the Environmental Protection Division. The acid is labeled a "likely carcinogen" by a federal panel and is found in the Conasauga River.

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