Health

New Study: Compound In Broccoli Could Boost Immune System
August 21, 2007 01:31 PM - By Sarah Yang, UC berkeley

A compound found in broccoli and related vegetables may have more health-boosting tricks up its sleeves, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Veggie fans can already point to some cancer-fighting properties of 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a chemical produced from the compound indole-3-carbinol when Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale are chewed and digested. Animal studies have shown that DIM can actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells.

Russia Bans Italian Poultry to Stop Bird Flu
August 21, 2007 01:31 PM - Reuters

Russia banned poultry imports from Italy from Monday to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus after outbreaks in the EU member state, but Italy said the strain was not dangerous and the ban impact was negligible.

Dense Breasts, Hormone Levels Are Risk Factors For Breast Cancer
August 21, 2007 01:16 PM - Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington

Washington, D.C.--The density of a woman’s breast tissue and her level of sex hormones are two strong and independent risk factors for breast cancer, according to a team of researchers from Harvard and Georgetown universities. The finding dispels the common belief that the risk associated with dense breasts merely reflects the same risk associated with high levels of circulating sex hormones, they say.

Follow your nose: Houston air quality study finds a few surprises
August 21, 2007 09:55 AM - University of Houston

Mercury and formaldehyde levels have scientists scratching their heads.As a frequent addition to the list of America’s most polluted cities, Houston is no stranger to having more than just oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air. But a University of Houston study found a few surprising results in the air Houstonians breathe day in, day out: mercury and formaldehyde.

HIV denialists spread misinformation online -- consequences could be deadly; and more
August 21, 2007 09:33 AM - Public Library of Science

The Internet is serving as a fertile medium for "HIV denialists" to spread false ideas about HIV/AIDS, which could have terrible public health consequences, say scientists in a policy paper in PLoS Medicine.

Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
August 21, 2007 09:29 AM - Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. —— Clemson University chemists have developed a method to dramatically improve the longevity of fluorescent nanoparticles that may someday help researchers track the motion of a single molecule as it travels through a living cell.

Study: Too Fat? Maybe A Virus Is To Blame
August 20, 2007 05:54 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

A common virus caused human adult stem cells to turn into fat cells and could explain why some people become obese, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The research builds on prior studies of adenovirus-36 -- a common cause of respiratory and eye infections -- and it may lead to an obesity vaccine, they said.

Roof, Paints, Carpets - New Phildelphia Senior Development Goes Totally Green
August 20, 2007 04:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

From the 20,000 square foot vegetation-covered roof, to low-VOC paints and caulking, to the carpets, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has created a new 'best-practices' standard for green senior housing. It's called the Nellie Reynolds Gardens. Philadelphia, already a leader in building Energy Star affordable housing, is taking its commitment to energy efficiency and a clean environment to a new level, building its first "totally green building" in North Philadelphia.

Organic Wild Hoodia, Appetite Suppressant, Arrives
August 20, 2007 02:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

A Canadian herbal supplement company has begun marketing organic, wild grown Hoodia Gordonii, an African herb known for its high levels of steroidal glycoside - the principal appetite suppressant molecule in the plant. The company says organic certification is pending.

Green Fundraising Comes Of Age As Schools Say No To Unhealthy Fundraisers
August 20, 2007 01:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The search for healthy alternatives to unhealthy school fundraisers may be over. When new laws banned the sale of unhealthy foods to raise money for schools, parents and school representatives were left without many options, scratching their heads for new sources of money. Enter 'Fundraising Green', the first fundraising company focused solely on providing healthy and eco-friendly fundraisers.

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