Health

Beijing's Pollution Could Compromise Athletes' Performance, Scientists Say
August 29, 2007 08:11 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

For most people, breathing polluted air means itchy eyes, a nagging cough, or a nasty smell. But for Olympic athletes competing in Beijing next year, it could mean losing a medal -- unless authorities deliver on promises for a radical cleanup.

UF scientists reveal how dietary restriction cleans cells
August 29, 2007 07:52 AM - University of Florida

Reduce, recycle and rebuild is as important to the most basic component of the human body, the cell, as it is to the environment. And a University of Florida study shows just how much the body benefits when it “goes green,” at least if you’re a rat: Cutting calories helps rodents live longer by boosting cells’ ability to recycle damaged parts so they can maintain efficient energy production.

Forgo Bottled Water — and Soda — To Save The Planet
August 29, 2007 07:43 AM - Jennifer Wilkins, Cornell Chronicle

The bottled water industry is in the crosshairs of a debate about health, the environment, truth in marketing and the privatization of a public good for private gain. The criticism about this ubiquitous beverage springs from numerous sectors — nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, government officials and restaurateurs.

China Sentances Food Official For Bribery, Tries To Calm World Health Org's
August 29, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

China has sent a notice to the World Health Organisation defending its food safety standards and sentenced another food and drug watchdog official for bribery, its latest moves to assure the world its exports are up to par. A series of scandals involving sub-standard Chinese exports ranging from pet food and toothpaste to toys has put increasing pressure on Beijing to clean up its manufacturing sector.

New Zealand Warns of Toxic Chinese Toothpaste
August 29, 2007 07:27 AM - Reuters

New Zealand on Wednesday asked retailers and consumers to dispose of 11 brands of Chinese-made toothpaste after tests confirmed they contained toxic chemicals. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that a third of the Chinese-made toothpaste tested contained "unacceptable levels" of diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent used in paint and antifreeze and can cause kidney and liver damage.

He has your... fear of veggies
August 29, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

British researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of identical and fraternal twins, researchers from University College London found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited. "Parents can be reassured that their child's reluctance to try new foods is not simply the result of poor parental feeding practices, but it is partly in the genes," said Dr. Lucy Cooke and her team.

Mothers' baby cradling habits are indicator of stress, suggests new research
August 29, 2007 07:02 AM - Durham University

Mothers who cradle their baby to their right hand side are displaying signs of extreme stress, a new study suggests. Although most mums feel stressed in the early stages of their baby�s life, the study by Durham University researchers suggests their baby cradling habits are a key indicator of whether this stress could become overwhelming and lead to depression. Previous research has already shown that the majority of mothers prefer to cradle their baby to their left regardless of whether they are left or right handed.

Biologic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and the risk of cancer
August 29, 2007 06:58 AM - John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The relationship between rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease marked by chronic inflammation of the joints and tissue surrounding vital organs, and the incidence of cancer is complicated. Epidemiologic studies have generally demonstrated that blood, lung, and skin cancers are increased among RA patients, while breast and colon cancers are decreased.

Kids At Risk, Christian Leaders Call For FDA To Control Tobacco
August 28, 2007 04:53 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NASHVILLE - A diverse coalition of clergy and lay members from throughout Tennessee called on southern congressmen and women to support legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. The new legislation would protect kids from tobacco and save lives. As members of the House Subcommittee on Health, Representatives Gordon and Blackburn will play a key role in advancing this legislation, H.R. 1108, The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Bacteria Sense Light, Use It To Regulate Virulence
August 28, 2007 04:39 PM - UC Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz - The bacteria that cause brucellosis can sense light and use the information to regulate their virulence, according to a study in the August 24 issue of the journal Science. The discovery comes after 120 years of research into the disease, which causes abortions in livestock and fevers in humans. Researchers found that two other bacteria, including a species that attacks plants, sense light using the same type of protein structure, and at least 94 more species possess the code for it in their DNA.

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