Canada set to order restart of isotope reactor
December 12, 2007 12:13 PM - David Ljunggren, Reuters
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament was set to overrule the country's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday and order a reactor that makes crucial radioisotopes for cancer tests be restarted immediately.
U.S. says homegrown attack poses biggest risk
December 12, 2007 12:09 PM - Reuters
Chertoff, who said over the summer that he had a "gut feeling" that the country faced a heightened risk of attack, said that assessment still stands.
Kenya to compensate locals for planting shrub
December 12, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters
Baringo District residents had argued during a one-year legal battle that Prosopis Juliflora, known locally as Mathenge weed, had spread rapidly and that its thorns caused the paralysis of limbs in humans and livestock.
IBMâ€™s Green Drive Reaches South Africa
December 12, 2007 08:45 AM - , Triple Pundit
According to the base case reference scenario built into the US Energy Information Administration's International Energy Outlook 2006, worldwide electricity demand is expected to grow at a healthy average 2% per annum pace between 2000 and 2030—increasing from 400 to more than 700 quadrillion BTUs per year. The majority of increasing demand will be in industrializing countries where more than 80% of the world’s population will live by 2030.
China takes U.S. to task on currency, food safety
December 12, 2007 06:53 AM - By Glenn Somerville and Eadie Chen, Reuters
XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - An assertive China fended off U.S. pressure over currency policy and food safety on Wednesday and told Washington to put its own house in order rather than blame Beijing for its economic problems.
H5N1 bird flu found at fifth site in Poland
December 12, 2007 01:33 AM - Reuters
A stork and two buzzards, which died from the virus, were being kept at a wild bird rehabilitation centre near the town of Orneta, northeastern Poland, regional government veterinarian Ludwik Bartoszewicz was quoted as saying on the TVN24 Web site.
Mediterranean diet lengthens Americans' lives
December 11, 2007 09:22 AM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating the Mediterranean way could help you live longer, according to the first study to look at how the dietary pattern relates to mortality in a U.S. population.
Men whose diets were closest to the Mediterranean ideal were 21 percent less likely to die over five years than men whose diets were least Mediterranean-like. Similar results were seen in women.
Bird flu case suspected at S.Korea poultry farm
December 11, 2007 07:40 AM - Reuters
There was no information on which strain of bird flu, at the farm in Paju, around 24.85 miles north of Seoul, had been identified. Results of further testing should be known in about two weeks, a local official told Yonhap news agency.
Antibacterial Chemical disrupts hormone activities
December 10, 2007 05:13 PM - University of California, Davis, Newswire
Davis, California - A new UC Davis study shows that a common antibacterial chemical added to bath soaps can alter hormonal activity in rats and in human cells in the laboratory -- and does so by a previously unreported mechanism.
The findings come as an increasing number of studies -- of both lab animals and humans -- are revealing that some synthetic chemicals in household products can cause health problems by interfering with normal hormone action. Called endocrine disruptors, or endocrine disrupting substances (EDS), such chemicals have been linked in animal studies to a variety of problems, including cancer, reproductive failure and developmental anomalies.
High blood pressure tied to dementia: researchers
December 10, 2007 04:14 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elderly people with high blood pressure may be more likely to develop thinking and learning problems that can lead to dementia, researchers said on Monday.
Hypertension was linked to one of two types of mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can foreshadow the development of dementia, but not the type strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to the study published in the journal Archives of Neurology.