Health

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.

Breastfed Babies May Sleep Less When Mothers Smoke
September 4, 2007 05:12 PM - Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK - Nursing mothers who smoke may be cutting their infant's nap times short, a new study shows. Babies whose mothers smoked shortly before breastfeeding napped about 20 minutes less over the following three and a half hours than those whose mothers had abstained from cigarettes for several hours, Dr. Julie A. Mennella and colleagues found.

Rock Stars More Likely To Die Prematurely
September 4, 2007 04:04 PM - Tim Castle, Reuters

LONDON - Rock stars -- notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles -- really are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age. A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population. Between 1956 and 2005 there were 100 deaths among the 1,064 musicians examined by researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University.

New Data: Growth In Carbon Emissions Slowing
September 4, 2007 03:47 PM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

LONDON - Growth in global emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide slowed slightly last year, preliminary data from the U.S. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) suggest. CDIAC is the primary source of climate-change data and information analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy. In the past, its preliminary emissions estimates have been subsequently revised upwards. "It is hard to put too much emphasis on the last number in a time series, it is always the most subject to revision," said Gregg Marland, senior scientist at CDIAC and at Austria's International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Unique Grape Skin Extract Inhibits Prostate Cancer Cell Growth
September 4, 2007 01:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Laboratory experiments show that an extract of the skin of muscadine grapes can inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. Investigators found that muscadine grape skin extract produced this result even though it does not contain significant amounts of resveratrol, another grape skin component that has been widely studied and shown to be of potential benefit in preventing prostate cancer growth.

Study: Obese toddlers have iron deficiency
September 4, 2007 07:33 AM - Clarla K. Johnson -Associated Press

Pudgy toddlers have an alarmingly high rate of iron deficiency, and Hispanic youngsters are more affected than other groups, according to new research by Dr. Jane Brotanek, who was lead author of the study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The study is the first to discover a link between obesity and low iron levels in preschoolers. Iron deficiency can cause mental and behavioral delays, so the findings underscore the importance of healthy eating habits in children ages 1 to 3.

Chicago: Nation's Largest School Bus Company Switches Entire Fleet To Bio-Fuel
September 3, 2007 08:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHICAGO - The nation's largest independent school bus company, the Cook Illinois Corporation in Chicago, is switching its entire fleet of school buses to burn bio diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In addition, company officials will kick off a new Clean Air Club for kids and a new website that teaches kids about the importance of reducing air pollution. Cook-Illinois is now the largest school bus fleet in Illinois and the largest independently owned bus company in the country to use this new fuel.

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