Health

Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart
September 6, 2007 11:15 AM - Maria Cheng -Associated Press

Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. "If it really is a few degrees warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

13 percent of women stop taking breast cancer drug because of side effects, U-M study finds
September 6, 2007 07:02 AM - University of Michigan Health System

More than 10 percent of women with breast cancer stopped taking a commonly prescribed drug because of joint and muscle pain, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Fairbank Farms Recalls Beef Patties
September 6, 2007 06:56 AM - Associated Press

Fairbank Farms, a national company that sells ground beef, announced a recall Wednesday of 85 percent lean ground beef patties sold in Shaw's Supermarkets. The ground beef patties, sold fresh under the Shaw's label, could have been purchased by consumers in New England between about 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Study: High Rate Of Asthma In College Athletes
September 5, 2007 07:09 PM - Ohio State University Medical Center

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than a third of college athletes assessed for breathing problems had test results suggesting exercise-induced asthma, even in those athletes who had no previous history of asthma, a new study shows. The findings, published in the September issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, paralleled earlier findings of a high prevalence of exercise-induced asthma among Olympic athletes. The work also underscores the need to develop more routine diagnosis and management tools in athletes to detect the potentially serious condition among athletes.

Study: New Way to Rehab Fried-Food-Loving Couch Dwellers
September 5, 2007 05:55 PM - Northwestern University News

CHICAGO --- For lunch, Joy Hesemann loved to dive into a platter of deep-fried, crunchy chicken tenders with a side of ranch dressing. At night, she'd fry up ground beef for Hamburger Helper or another boxed meal for her family's dinner. Later, she'd plop in front of the TV or computer screen and rip into a bag of Oreos or potato chips. "I knew I was constantly overeating and eating the wrong things, and I wasn't exercising," admitted Hesemann, 27, an administrative assistant from Streamwood, Ill. "I wanted to change, but I needed some motivation."

ConAgra To Act To Limit "Popcorn Lung"
September 5, 2007 04:14 PM - Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - At least one person has reportedly developed "popcorn workers lung" from an additive in microwave popcorn, U.S. food regulators said on Wednesday, and they are checking to see if popcorn butter flavoring and the lung disease are related. The Food and Drug Administration received a doctor's report saying a person who ate large amounts of butter-flavored popcorn had the life-threatening lung disease, similiar to an illness that affects workers in plants where microwave popcorn is made, FDA spokesman Michael Herndon said in an e-mailed statement.

White House Drug Czar Launches New Anti-Methamphetamine Campaign
September 5, 2007 04:10 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - The White House National Drug Control Policy Director, John Walters, today announced a new campaign targeting young adult methamphetamine (meth) users. The Anti-Meth Campaign will include advertising and public education outreach to raise awareness about the dangers of meth and provide information about the effectiveness and availability of meth treatment. The main target audience for the Campaign is young adults, ages 18 to 34.

Clinical Trials To Test Traditional Herbal Medicine To Treat HIV
September 5, 2007 03:31 PM - Carol Campbell, SciDevNet

South Africa - Clinical trials to test a traditional medicine's effectiveness in delaying the onset of AIDS in HIV-positive patients will begin in South Africa within weeks, according to researchers. Approximately 125 HIV-positive patients at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province will take part in trials of the herb Sutherlandia frutescens, a well-known South African traditional medicine. The purpose of the trial will be to test the safety and effectiveness of capsules of Sutherlandia in patients newly diagnosed with HIV.

Virtual Dissection Software Teaches Kids, Spares Animals
September 5, 2007 03:26 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

AUSTIN, Texas - A textbook and technology publisher has developed a cruelty free, bloodless way for middle and high school grades to dissect animals in school. The company, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, created a virtual dissection labs CD-ROM. The lifelike lab dissections of six specimens give schools an alternative method - animal friendly - for teaching anatomy and physiology.

Germany: Massive Attacks On U.S. Sites Foiled
September 5, 2007 10:11 AM - By Noah Barkin and Sabine Siebold

BERLIN (Reuters) - German security services foiled a plan by Islamist militants to carry out "massive bomb attacks" against U.S. installations in Germany and arrested three suspects, officials said on Wednesday. Federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the men, two German nationals and one Turk, had been on the verge of launching their attacks after acquiring enough material to make a bomb with explosive power equal to 550 kilograms of TNT. The men were arrested on Tuesday, the same day Danish police seized eight young Muslims they suspect of plotting a bomb attack and a week before the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 hijacked plane attacks on targets in the United States.

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