Health

China Drafts Laws To Curb Pollution
August 26, 2007 04:29 PM - Lindsay Beck, Reuters

BEIJING - China began deliberating a draft law aimed at boosting energy saving and emissions reductions on Sunday, its latest effort to curb widespread resource waste and degradation.

Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening
August 25, 2007 06:43 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation's obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested in eating them. Also, gardening not only gets children off of the couch and outdoors, but it also counts as physical activity.

Hormone regulates fondness for food
August 25, 2007 12:18 PM - University of Cambridge

Scientists have discovered that leptin, one of the key hormones responsible for reducing hunger and increasing the feeling of fullness, also controls our fondness for food. The report is published in today's edition of Science Express.

Cancer Drugs That Block Blood Vessel Growth From Inside Cells May Lead to Serious Long Term Health Problems
August 24, 2007 04:48 PM - UCLA

Los Angeles - Angiogenesis inhibitors, drugs that block a tumor's development of an independent blood supply, have been touted as effective cancer fighters that result in fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy. However, a new study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center has shown that one method of blocking blood-supply development could result in serious and potentially deadly side effects.

Study Links Air Pollution To Premature Births
August 24, 2007 04:27 PM - University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles - A new study shows that women who live in regions with high carbon monoxide or fine-particle levels — pollution caused mainly by vehicle traffic — were approximately 10 to 25 percent more likely to have a pre-term baby than women who lived in less polluted areas. This was especially true for women who breathed polluted air during the first trimester or during the last months and weeks of pregnancy.

ALERT: USDA Says 'Raw' Foods Can Be Pasteurized With Suspected Carcinogen
August 24, 2007 03:59 PM - Organic Consumers Association

WASHINGTON - Under pressure from industrial agriculture lobbyists, the USDA has quietly approved a new regulation that will effectively end distribution of raw almonds, while putting many family farmers out of business. The regulation is scheduled to go into effect in just a few short days on September 1st, unless thousands of consumers take action now.

Toxic Grounds
August 24, 2007 03:56 PM - Stacy Shepard , Environmental Health News

Groundwater beneath the Rosedale Highway refinery is saturated with toxic chemicals leaked or spilled on the property over the last 20 years, some of it pooling dangerously close to two public drinking supplies including the Kern River.

Morning-After Pill Sales Jump As U.S. Access Eases
August 24, 2007 03:03 PM - Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON - Sales of the Plan B "morning-after pill" nearly doubled in the past year, exceeding expectations after the U.S. government allowed adults to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription. A three-year battle ended last August when the Food and Drug Administration decided that women and men 18 and older could buy the Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc product without a doctor's order if they showed proof of age at a pharmacy.

FEMA Moves Hurricane Victims Out of Trailers over Health Complaints
August 24, 2007 08:22 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

About 1,000 Louisiana families have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to move them out of government-issued trailers and mobile homes over concerns that the shelters are contaminated, FEMA officials said Thursday.

Shaken By Product Safety Woes, China Declares "War"
August 24, 2007 07:51 AM - Reuters, Chris Buckley

China has launched a four-month "war" on tainted food, drugs and exports, state media reported on Friday, as beleaguered officials embraced time-tested campaign tactics to clean up the country's battered image.

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