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What Are You Washing Your Baby With?
September 26, 2007 04:13 PM -

RIVERVIEW, Fla.- When new mothers are making a new commitment to live more natural, chemical-free lifestyles, they may think that changing diet alone is enough. Most families focus on moving into organic, farm- raised, or preservative-free food, a very good start. But, toxins hide elsewhere too. It's easy to miss the fact that large amount of chemicals are being absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin every day from soaps and shampoos. Not realizing that can prove to be a deadly mistake for their children over time.

Organic And Fortified Food, For Baby
September 26, 2007 03:46 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A new line of baby food will both omega 3 fatty acids and probiotics to their baby foods. The addition early infant brain and eye development while potentially staving off future allergies, asthma, and eczema, says respected pediatrician Bob Sears, MD who worked with the company to design the foods.

"The first time you lay eyes on your new born you immediately look for ten fingers and ten toes," says Dr. Sears, best selling author and lecturer. "What you can't see is how babies are developing internally. Strong brain, eye and immune advancements at the earliest stage possible are crucial building blocks in the overall good health and wellbeing of children." Sears says these baby cereals conveniently provide the necessary DHA and Probiotics to achieve solid early development."

Global Fund Asks $8 Billion From Richest Nations To Fight Disease
September 26, 2007 02:44 PM - Madeline Chambers, Reuters

BERLIN, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Anti-poverty campaigners led by rock star Bono want the world's rich nations this week to pledge about $8 billion for the next three years to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The Global Fund, a multi-lateral body which channels funding for projects to combat the diseases, opens a three-day conference to boost its coffers in Berlin on Wednesday.

The diseases kill 6 million people a year, say campaigners.

Rock star Bono, long involved in the campaign to fight poverty, urged countries to pay up.

Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners
September 26, 2007 02:23 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Washington - Could the floral scent of your air freshener contain toxic chemicals known to cause birth defects? NRDC recently tested 14 different air fresheners and found that 12 contained chemicals called phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as "all-natural" or "unscented" contained the hazardous chemicals.

In addition to phthalates, air fresheners may contain allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Report : Cancer Research and Information Impeded
September 26, 2007 02:19 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON — Allegations of mismanagement, industry influence, and suppression of whistleblowers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) are being investigated by Congress, and the director has temporarily stepped down. Today, OMB Watch released a report that further documents industry's attempt to restrict access to health and safety information produced by NTP.

U.S. breast cancer death rate continues dropping
September 25, 2007 09:59 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The death rate from breast cancer continues to drop steadily by about 2 percent a year, but black women are not seeing the same benefits as whites, the American Cancer Society said on Tuesday.

The group found that during 2001 through 2004, breast cancer diagnoses fell by an average of 3.7 percent a year -- in part because women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy and in part because fewer got mammograms and therefore were not diagnosed.

Death rates fell by 2 percent during that period.

For women over the age of 50, breast cancer rates fell more sharply, by 4.8 percent a year since 2001, the group said. Breast cancer rates were stable among black women and younger women, the group said.

The berry with punch
September 25, 2007 09:03 AM - Terri Coles -Reuters

All hail the acai, the latest of a variety of trendy fruits that are finding their way into drinks like smoothies, teas and juices, along with the promise of giving your health a boost.

 

A few years ago, pomegranate was suddenly everywhere, but new options like goji berries and mangosteen became popular once the bright red seed-filled fruit went mainstream.

Why are U.S. kids obese? Just look around them
September 25, 2007 09:00 AM - Julie Steenhuysen -Reuters

Tough choices tempt kids at every turn -- whether it is soda in school, junk food ads on TV or the fast-food chain around the corner -- and school policies limiting physical activity only make matters worse, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. This throng of temptations may explain why childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, they said.

'Healthy' restaurants help make us fat, says a new study
September 25, 2007 08:43 AM - Cornell University, Chronicle

If you're like most, you eat worst at healthy restaurants.  The "health halos" of healthy restaurants often prompt consumers to treat themselves to higher-calorie side dishes, drinks or desserts than when they eat at fast-food restaurants that make no health claims, according to a series of new Cornell studies.

Study: Acupuncture Works for Back Pain
September 25, 2007 07:28 AM - Associated Press

Fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing for low back pain, and either kind performs much better than usual care, German researchers have found. Almost half the patients treated with acupuncture needles felt relief that lasted months. In contrast, only about a quarter of the patients receiving medications and other Western medical treatments felt better.

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