Health

Dole Food Takes New Steps to Head Off More E.coli
August 31, 2007 07:34 AM - Reuters

Dole Food Company, a top U.S. food and fruit producer, has stepped up testing and tracking of produce to prevent outbreaks of E.coli like the one that sickened hundreds last fall, the firm said on Thursday. Eric Schwartz, Dole's president for worldwide vegetables, told Reuters in an interview the company is testing samples from every acre of spinach and other vegetables that will be marketed under the Dole label.

Fad Autism Treatments Grow On Internet
August 30, 2007 06:03 PM - Ohio State University

SAN FRANCISCO — Ineffective or even dangerous fad treatments for autism, always a problem, seem to be growing more pervasive, according to researchers who studied the problem. “Developmental disabilities like autism are a magnet for all kinds of unsupported or disproved therapies, and it has gotten worse as more children have been diagnosed with autism,” said James Mulick, professor of pediatrics and psychology at Ohio State University .”

Chinese Officials Vow Stop Online Performance-Enhancing Drug Sales
August 30, 2007 05:29 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Chinese officials on Wednesday pledged to crack down on the sale of illegal performance-enhancing drugs on the Internet. China was tainted with a string of doping scandals in sport in the 1990s, but since then it began to step up efforts to fight against drugs. The number of dope tests totaled 9,424 last year and is expected to be more than 10,000 this year, according to Jiang.

Not All Risk Is Created Equal, Men Take On More, Sooner
August 30, 2007 04:23 PM - University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— A camper who chases a grizzly but won't risk unprotected sex. A sky diver afraid to stand up to the boss. New research shows that not all risk is created equal and people show a mixture of both risky and non-risky behaviors. The survey also shows that men are significantly riskier than women overall.

Study: Cirrhotic Alcoholics Get More Brain Damage
August 30, 2007 01:57 PM - University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas—An examination of gene expression in the frontal cortex has found that brain function is even more impaired in alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver, one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Sustained exposure to alcohol can cause scarring and dysfunction of the liver, referred to as cirrhosis. Heavy alcohol use can also cause brain damage.

Flaxseed Shows Potential to Reduce Hot Flashes
August 30, 2007 01:41 PM - Mayo Clinic. Minn.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Data from a new Mayo Clinic study suggest that dietary therapy using flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women who do not take estrogen. The findings from the pilot study are published in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

California Grower Recalls Salmonella- Tainted Spinach
August 30, 2007 08:19 AM - Reuters

California produce grower Metz Fresh LLC said on Wednesday it voluntarily recalled fresh spinach in grocery stores and food service packages after a sample tested positive for salmonella. The privately held King City, California-based company and a spokesman from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there have been no reports of illness or problems related to the spinach.

China Says Toy Recall Scare Shows Protectionist Agenda
August 30, 2007 07:32 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Mattel has only itself to blame for a huge toy recall that has stoked global alarm about Chinese-made goods, state media said on Thursday, charging that a slew of foreign safety scares had exposed a protectionist agenda.

Many Nations Suffer Problem of Arsenic in Drinking Water, New Research Finds
August 30, 2007 07:19 AM - Associated Press

Arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people, according to new research. Large numbers of people are unknowingly exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, Peter Ravenscroft from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, told an annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday.

Cocaine Use Related to Level of Education
August 29, 2007 08:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Cocaine use has dropped in the United States over the last 20 years, but mostly among the highly educated. Cocaine use among non-high school graduates remained constant, a bad sign, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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