Health

Burma Bans Nine Imported Milk Powder Products
October 10, 2008 11:06 AM - redOrbit

Myanmar's junta has banned nine dairy products found to be contaminated with melamine, state-run newspapers reported Friday. The official government announcement published in all three state- run newspapers said the nine brands of milk powders were contaminated with melamine and the government "hereby prohibited" their import, processing, distribution and use.

Research shows link between bisphenol A and disease in adults
October 10, 2008 10:17 AM - The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry

A research team from the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and the University of Iowa, have found evidence linking bisphenol A to diabetes and heart disease in adults A research team from the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and the University of Iowa, have found evidence linking Bisphenol A (BPA) to diabetes and heart disease in adults.

Toxic Loans, Tainted Food
October 9, 2008 10:51 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

What do American collateralized debt obligations have in common with Chinese dairy products? For starters, both can be highly toxic. Collateralized debt obligations based on subprime mortgages have brought America's economy to its knees. In China, dairy tainted with melamine was used to make infant formula that is now blamed for sickening 53,000 infants and killing at least four.

Hundreds of deaths from ozone predicted
October 6, 2008 10:39 AM - http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Hundreds more people could die because of increasing levels of ozone at street level, according to scientists. A study by the Royal Society found ground levels of ozone, the pollutant caused when sunlight hits a mixture of gases in the air, has risen by six per cent per decade since the 1980s.

MADAGASCAR: Seasonal food shortages on the doorstep
October 3, 2008 09:15 AM - IRIN

The price of rice, the staple food of Madagascar's 19 million people, has stabilised, but the country's southern regions, where remote communities are vulnerable to chronic food insecurity, are preparing for the onset of seasonal food shortages that usually start in October. "For the time being, prices in Madagascar are stable, but we cannot say we have overcome the problem," Marco Falcone, emergency coordinator of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Madagascar, told IRIN. "The situation remains very fragile and any change could have a big impact."

US$4.6 million bonus to broaden global health network
October 2, 2008 12:39 PM - , SciDevNet

A Mexican institute and a Chinese university are among those receiving funding as part of the expanded Framework Programs for Global Health initiative of the Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health.

'Green' Beauty Products May Come With Hidden Risks
October 2, 2008 11:53 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The next time you spend a pretty penny on lotion, shampoo or cream that claims to be organic or natural, you may want to think twice. So-called "green" products are not always as beneficial as they seem.

Trader faces damages case for I. Coast toxic waste
September 30, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Up to 30,000 people from Ivory Coast will seek tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Dutch-based oil trader Trafigura for illness they suffered after toxic waste was dumped in 2006, their lawyer said on Monday. The class action suit will be heard in a London court in October 2009, lawyer Martyn Day of British law firm Leigh Day & Co told Reuters.

South Asia fights disease from floods, seeks aid
September 25, 2008 11:03 AM - Reuters

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - Doctors and health workers struggled to treat thousands of villagers suffering from water-borne diseases in India's east on Thursday, officials said, as the death toll mounted from weeks of flooding in South Asia.

Liquid milk sold by three big firms contaminated
September 19, 2008 09:21 AM - Zhu Zhe (China Daily)

Liquid milk sold by three leading companies is contaminated with melamine, tests showed on Thursday, the day when the number of infant deaths caused by the chemical rose to four.

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