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.

Climate change poses a huge threat to human health
January 25, 2008 09:30 AM - BMJ-British Medical Journal

Climate change will have a huge impact on human health and bold environmental policy decisions are needed now to protect the world’s population, according to the author of an article published in the BMJ today. The threat to human health is of a more fundamental kind than is the threat to the world’s economic system, says Professor McMichael, a Professor of public health from the Australian National University. “Climate change is beginning to damage our natural life-support system,” he says.

Waiter, There's Mercury in my fish! Online guide helps consumers make healthy choices.
January 24, 2008 10:26 AM - Environmental Defense

Tuna with unsafe levels of mercury is on dinner menus at some of New York’s most well known and expensive eateries, according to a report in today’s New York Times. At some restaurants, mercury levels in tuna sushi even exceeded limits set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Environmental Defense described the report as a wake up call that FDA was not protecting consumers from dangerous seafood.

Role Addiction
January 24, 2008 10:12 AM - Abigail Paris, Global Policy Innovations Program

The American Medical Association (AMA) published a report in 2007 reviewing research data on the addictive potential of video games. The report suggests that gaming addiction is likely to be a subset of Internet addiction and may cause negative physical, psychosocial, or behavioral problems. The condition most frequently occurs in players of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs). The definitions of Internet addiction and MMORPG addiction are still informal. The term Internet addiction was first used in the 1990s, extending the psychiatric lexicon of addiction to include persons using the Internet to such an extent that it causes "significant social, psychological, and occupational impairment."

Bird flu threat still real, scientists say
January 23, 2008 03:26 PM - Reuters

The world cannot afford to be complacent about the H5N1 bird flu virus despite its failure to trigger a human pandemic four years after sweeping across most of Asia, experts and officials said on Wednesday. The latest outbreaks in India underscored the need for constant vigilance against a virus endemic in birds in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, they told a Bangkok conference.

Don't blame wild birds for H5N1 spread: expert
January 23, 2008 07:28 AM - Reuters

There was also no proof that wild birds were a reservoir for the H5N1 virus, Scott Newman, international wildlife coordinator for avian influenza at the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, said at a bird flu conference in Bangkok.

Seawater spray cures kids colds, say to Czech researchers
January 22, 2008 11:11 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - For parents worried about how to treat children's colds now that some medicines have been called into question, the answer may be a dose of salt water.

Chemical Food Additives - Are They Slowly Killing Our Children?
January 22, 2008 10:38 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Let me start by saying a chemical additive doesn't necessarily 'appear' to be a problem immediately after ingestion. Quite often the effects are cumulative; a gradual build-up in the body produces roller-coaster days, some good, some bad. Some children are more sensitive to food chemicals and display immediate effects soon after ingestion of additives, colours in particular. In small amounts additives are not harmful. Effects are dose related and, tragically, dose for weight, children are consuming several times more additives than the acceptable daily intake (ADI). Before we get into the details of the most common problem foods, it is necessary to understand the testing and approval process, with emphasis on those factors that may confer the level of risk of toxic additives in infants and young children's diets.

Caffeine doubles miscarriage risk: study
January 22, 2008 05:30 AM - Reuters

Pregnant women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day have twice the risk of having a miscarriage as those who avoid caffeine, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said the study provides strong evidence that high doses of caffeine during pregnancy -- 200 milligrams or more per day or the equivalent of two cups of coffee -- significantly increase the risk of miscarriage.

Industrial air scrubbers may spread disease
January 21, 2008 03:27 PM - Reuters

An industrial pollution-control air scrubber in Sarpsborg, Norway has been identified as the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that occurred in May 2005, according to health officials who investigated the outbreak. Legionnaires disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria in water droplets.

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