Health

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.

Hand-rolled cigarettes more carcinogenic: study
September 5, 2007 08:20 AM - Jack Kim -Reuters

Smokers of hand-rolled cigarettes tend to consume less tobacco, but face a greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who smoke manufactured cigarettes, a study on Norwegian lung cancer patients has found. Norway is one of the last Western countries that still use a significant amount of hand-rolled tobacco, amounting to one-third of tobacco sales, according to the study released on Wednesday.

Doctor Warns Consumers of Popcorn Fumes
September 5, 2007 08:18 AM - Marcus Kabel -Associated Press

Consumers, not just factory workers, may be in danger from fumes from buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn, according to a warning letter to federal regulators from a doctor at a leading lung research hospital.

New hope for children with rare cancer
September 5, 2007 07:38 AM - University of Cambridge

Pioneering cancer charity AICR (Association for International Cancer Research) has awarded its biggest grant of the year to a brilliant young Polish scientist, who has been working in Cambridge for the last five years to help him discover more about a rare disease in children that can lead to a particularly aggressive form of leukaemia.

Britain To Decide On Human-Animal Embryo Research
September 4, 2007 09:26 PM - Tim Castle, Reuters

LONDON - British regulators will decide on Wednesday whether to permit the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos for research into illnesses such as Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and Alzheimer's. Research in the controversial area has been on hold in Britain for nearly a year awaiting the outcome of a public consultation conducted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Two teams of scientists have applied to the HFEA for permission to inject human cell nuclei into hollowed-out cow egg cells to overcome a shortage of donated human eggs.

Project Underway To Develop Technology To Detect Human Exposure To Environmental Toxins
September 4, 2007 07:38 PM - UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley - Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have received a $4.7 million grant to develop cutting edge methods for detecting diseases in humans exposed to environmental contaminants.

Mattel Plans Third Chinese Toy Recall: Report
September 4, 2007 07:16 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toymaker Mattel Inc is to announce a third recall of Chinese-made toys because they may contain too much lead paint, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The latest recall involves a Fisher-Price toy and accessories to a Barbie playset and covers several hundred thousand units, the AP reported, citing two anonymous persons it said had been briefed by Mattel executives. Mattel, which has recently announced two recalls of millions of Chinese toys because of lead paint, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Avocados May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
September 4, 2007 07:03 PM - Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nutrients taken from avocados are able to thwart oral cancer cells, killing some and preventing pre-cancerous cells from developing into actual cancers, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Researchers found that extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer. Hass avocados are year-round fruits known for their distinctive bumpy skin that turns from green to purplish-black as they ripen.

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