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.
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.