Health

Breastfed Babies May Sleep Less When Mothers Smoke
September 4, 2007 05:12 PM - Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK - Nursing mothers who smoke may be cutting their infant's nap times short, a new study shows. Babies whose mothers smoked shortly before breastfeeding napped about 20 minutes less over the following three and a half hours than those whose mothers had abstained from cigarettes for several hours, Dr. Julie A. Mennella and colleagues found.

Rock Stars More Likely To Die Prematurely
September 4, 2007 04:04 PM - Tim Castle, Reuters

LONDON - Rock stars -- notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles -- really are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age. A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population. Between 1956 and 2005 there were 100 deaths among the 1,064 musicians examined by researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University.

New Data: Growth In Carbon Emissions Slowing
September 4, 2007 03:47 PM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

LONDON - Growth in global emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide slowed slightly last year, preliminary data from the U.S. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) suggest. CDIAC is the primary source of climate-change data and information analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy. In the past, its preliminary emissions estimates have been subsequently revised upwards. "It is hard to put too much emphasis on the last number in a time series, it is always the most subject to revision," said Gregg Marland, senior scientist at CDIAC and at Austria's International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Unique Grape Skin Extract Inhibits Prostate Cancer Cell Growth
September 4, 2007 01:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Laboratory experiments show that an extract of the skin of muscadine grapes can inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. Investigators found that muscadine grape skin extract produced this result even though it does not contain significant amounts of resveratrol, another grape skin component that has been widely studied and shown to be of potential benefit in preventing prostate cancer growth.

Study: Obese toddlers have iron deficiency
September 4, 2007 07:33 AM - Clarla K. Johnson -Associated Press

Pudgy toddlers have an alarmingly high rate of iron deficiency, and Hispanic youngsters are more affected than other groups, according to new research by Dr. Jane Brotanek, who was lead author of the study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The study is the first to discover a link between obesity and low iron levels in preschoolers. Iron deficiency can cause mental and behavioral delays, so the findings underscore the importance of healthy eating habits in children ages 1 to 3.

Chicago: Nation's Largest School Bus Company Switches Entire Fleet To Bio-Fuel
September 3, 2007 08:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHICAGO - The nation's largest independent school bus company, the Cook Illinois Corporation in Chicago, is switching its entire fleet of school buses to burn bio diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In addition, company officials will kick off a new Clean Air Club for kids and a new website that teaches kids about the importance of reducing air pollution. Cook-Illinois is now the largest school bus fleet in Illinois and the largest independently owned bus company in the country to use this new fuel.

Lettuce, leafy greens and E. coli
September 3, 2007 08:51 AM - Society for General Microbiology

The rise in year-round consumption of fresh leafy greens such as lettuce and baby spinach is increasing the difficulty of keeping produce free from contamination by food poisoning bacteria, according to US scientists speaking today (Monday 3 September 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 September 2007.

China Vows to Clean Up Toxins Amid Food Scares
September 3, 2007 07:32 AM - Reuters

China will clamp down on foods tainted with illegal and excessive chemicals as it seeks to quell domestic and foreign alarm about toxins in meat, seafood and vegetables, the country's top agriculture official said. China is battling a torrent of warnings and recalls abroad that have shaken international markets' confidence in the "made in China" label on products ranging from toothpaste and toys to food and tires.

Baby Yoga, Made Easy
September 1, 2007 05:27 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

COLUMBUS, Ohio, - It's called Itsy Bitsy Yoga. As the name implies, it's yoga for babies, taught to mom and baby via DVD. The DVD introduces babies to yoga routines that can help them learn to stretch, roll and crawl, while helping moms better understand their babies' physical development and abilities. A recent survey of fitness providers found a 40 percent increase in demand for parent-baby fitness classes(1). Additionally, research shows that having a baby triggers greater attention to health and nutrition issues(2).

WHO confirms five human bird flu cases in Vietnam
September 1, 2007 07:27 AM - Reuters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed five human bird flu cases in Vietnam, four of them fatal, the U.N. agency said in a statement. The four, including two women, died between June 21 and August 3 while a fifth person, a 29-year-old man, had recovered, it said. All five cases, which had been confirmed earlier by Vietnam-based laboratory tests, were from the country's north. They brought the total human infections in the Southeast Asian country since 2003 to 100 with 46 fatalities.

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