Health

100 percent of people carry at least 1 type of pesticide
January 5, 2008 04:18 PM - Universidad de Granada

A study carried out by researchers from the Department of Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Granada, in collaboration with the Andalusian School of Public Health (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública), found that 100% of Spaniards analyzed had at least one kind of persistent organic compound (POC´s), substances internationally classified as potentially harmful to one’s health, in their bodies. These substances enter the body trough food, water or even air. All of them tend to accumulate in human adipose tissue and easily enter into the organism through the aforementioned mediums.

China reports bird flu outbreak in far west
January 4, 2008 10:41 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has reported an outbreak in poultry of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in its far west Xinjiang region, Xinhua news agency said on Friday. The first bird flu outbreak in the country since September came about a month after the virus killed a 24-year-old man in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

Food for thought: delivering the promise of food processing
January 4, 2008 10:09 AM - European Science Foundation

Humans have transformed raw ingredients into food since prehistoric times. But scientists are still looking for new ways to make food taste better and survive longer. Presenting their findings at a recent European Science Foundation (ESF) and European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) conference, scientists show how new food technologies are changing European diets.

First-ever study to link increased mortality specifically to carbon dioxide emissions
January 4, 2008 09:05 AM - Stanford University

A Stanford scientist has spelled out for the first time the direct links between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increases in human mortality, using a state-of-the-art computer model of the atmosphere that incorporates scores of physical and chemical environmental processes. The new findings, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, come to light just after the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent ruling against states setting specific emission standards for this greenhouse gas based in part on the lack of data showing the link between carbon dioxide emissions and their health effects.

Childhood pneumonia can be treated at home, say scientists
January 3, 2008 09:12 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treating severe pneumonia in children at home with oral antibiotics works just as well as treating them with intravenous drugs at a hospital as advised by the World Health Organization, scientists said on Thursday.

J&J drugs don't work in treating aggression: study
January 3, 2008 07:02 PM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Two Johnson & Johnson antipsychotic drugs long used to treat aggressive behavior in people with limited intelligence do not work and should not be prescribed for these patients, researchers said on Friday.

Group sues U.S. in push for new antibiotic warning
January 3, 2008 04:16 PM - Reuters

The antibiotics -- widely prescribed for gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tract infections -- include Johnson & Johnson's Levaquin and Bayer AG's Cipro and Avelox. Cipro also is sold by generic companies under the name ciprofloxacin.

Handling Pesticides Associated With Greater Asthma Risk In Farm Women
January 3, 2008 10:13 AM - American Thoracic Society

"Farm women are an understudied occupational group," said Jane Hoppin, Sc.D., of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and lead author of the study. "More than half the women in our study applied pesticides, but there is very little known about the risks."

Drug found better at suppressing hep B virus
January 3, 2008 08:48 AM - Reuters

Two international studies of a new drug, telbivudine, have produced potentially good news for hepatitis B patients, showing that it suppresses the virus that damages the liver faster and better than other treatments. Chronically infected people are at high risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, diseases that kill about one million people a year, the World Health Organization says.

Israel investigates suspected bird flu in chickens
January 3, 2008 07:42 AM - Reuters

"The H5 bird flu strain has been found in the fowl," the Health Ministry said in a statement, referring to 18 dead chickens found in the kindergarten, which was ordered closed for two days.

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