Cholera outbreak reaches Iraqi capital
September 21, 2007 05:22 PM - Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
GENEVA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - More than 1,500 people have cholera in Iraq and the outbreak has spread from the north to Baghdad, where conditions are ripe for the disease to thrive, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
Some 29,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been reported by Iraqi authorities since mid-August, including 1,500 confirmed as cholera, the United Nations health agency said. At least 10 people have died, all in the north.
WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said a 25-year-old woman in Baghdad has contracted cholera, the first confirmed case in the Iraqi capital.
Overweight kids show heart risks as teens
September 21, 2007 02:58 PM - Amy Norton, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Overweight children may show a collection of risk factors for heart disease by the time they are teenagers, a new study shows.
Researchers found that overweight and obese 8-year-olds were seven-times more likely than their thinner peers to have multiple heart disease risk factors at the age of 15. These risks included high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and elevations in blood sugar and insulin, a blood-sugar-regulating hormone.
FTC OK's rBGH-free Milk Ads
September 21, 2007 01:35 PM - A.P.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has refused to take action against dairy companies that advertise their milk products as “free of genetically engineered hormones.” Federal regulators said that ads they reviewed made no misleading claims about recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is injected into cows to boost milk production.
Amid Big Promises, Plans Proceed For First GMO Foodcrop Release In India
September 21, 2007 12:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
India - India is about to serve as host to a newly developed GMO eggplant, the first ever GMO foodcrop for India. The plant has been genetically modified to contain a pesticide that promoters hope will make it resistant to the fruit and shoot borer. Researchers admit, many questions about the new GMO food remain unanswered. No human trials have been conducted in the US or India.
Air Pollution Triggers Blood Clots: Study
September 21, 2007 08:15 AM - Reuters
CHICAGO - Tiny particles of air pollution -- less than one tenth the width of a human hair -- can trigger clotting in the blood, U.S. researchers said on Thursday in a finding that helps explain how air pollution causes heart attacks and strokes. Large population studies have shown pollution from the exhaust of trucks, buses and coal-burning factories increases the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.
Court Halts Introduction Of GMO Rice In The Philippines
September 20, 2007 05:12 PM - Imelda Abano, SciDevNet
PHILIPPINES - A Philippine court has temporarily halted an application to bring genetically modified (GM) rice to the country, pending a study of possible health and environmental effects.
A temporary restraining order was issued yesterday (18 September) after Greenpeace, together with other nongovernmental organisations, challenged the Philippine government's right to approve Bayer Crop Science's LL62, a herbicide-tolerant type of hybrid rice.
Canada's first hospital solar thermal energy site
September 20, 2007 03:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
TORONTO - In an effort to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hospital for Sick Children Atrium in Toronto is installing a new solar panel system on the roof. The solar energy system will supplement the hospital's hot water system, providing an environmentally friendly method to reduce energy costs and increase savings for the hospital. Ninety-two collectors, also know as solar panels, are being installed on SickKids' roof, along with 480 gallons of storage volume. The collectors are fixed to the roof on pre-engineered racks that are bolted to the roof below.
St. Marys River, Tannery BayCleaned Of Mercury, Chromium
September 20, 2007 03:25 PM -
CHICAGO - The Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup of Tannery Bay on St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is complete. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Phelps Dodge and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have finished dredging 44,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the bay. St. Marys River is the connecting channel between lakes Superior and Huron.
Report: 89.6 Million Americans Uninsured During 2006-2007
September 20, 2007 03:08 PM -
WASHINGTON - Approximately 89.6 million Americans -- more than one out of three people (34.7 percent) under 65 years of age -- were uninsured at some point of time during 2006-2007, according to a report released today by the health consumer organization Families USA.
The report, based mainly on Census Bureau data, showed that most of these uninsured individuals lacked coverage for lengthy periods of time: nearly two- thirds (63.9 percent) were uninsured for six months or more; and over half (50.2 percent) were uninsured for nine months or more.
Natural Cosmetic Sales Approaching US $7 Billion Worldwide
September 20, 2007 02:52 PM - , Organic Consumers Association
London – Global sales of natural & organic cosmetics are soaring with revenues projected to approach US $7 billion this year. New research finds that North America and Europe are the two engines of growth, comprising the bulk of the US $1 billion sales increase this year.
The major drivers of market growth are the mainstreaming of natural & organic cosmetics, inward investment and growing consumer demand for green products. Distribution of natural and organic cosmetics is increasing in supermarkets, drugstores, and pharmacies across North America and Western Europe. Investment is coming in from large cosmetic manufacturers, retailers, private and financial investors.