Health

Corn Syrup Makers Claim No Link Between Soft Drink Consumption and Obesity
August 20, 2007 10:29 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

According to a report, sponsored and conducted by corn syrup makers whose sweetner is used in soft drinks, people who frequently consume soft drinks sweetened with corn syrup, do not have a higher obesity rate than those who rarely drink them.

Nigerian Villagers Trade on Their Own Health for a Bit of Oil Money
August 20, 2007 09:12 AM - Heidi Vogt, Associated Press

The fire burned strong for 45 days and 45 nights, blanketing the village with ash and torching the young cassava plants in Ada Baniba's field. As she weeded, the flames flared out of the leaking oil pipeline behind her.

MTV and The Associated Press Release Landmark Study Of Young People and Happiness
August 20, 2007 09:02 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

New York - The majority of young people - 13-24 - are happy with their lives and optimistic about the future a new study reports today. The study also say parents are a big positive influence, along with spirituality. Younger sexually active kids reported much lower levels of happiness.

Group Pushes Back Against Drug Marketing In Medical Schools
August 20, 2007 08:51 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Protecting medical students and new doctors from aggressive drug company marketing tactics is the focus of a new campaign offered by an independent medical education group. The group, the American Medical Student Association, has launched an effort to help new doctors make decisions based upon solid medical evidence and not marketing from drug companies. The nonprofit group will offer print, online and PDA-based drug information that is independent, peer-reviewed, and unbiased in critical evaluations of drugs, with special emphasis on new drugs. The information is directed at physicians and other health professions.

New Poll: Menopausal Women Settle For Less Sex
August 18, 2007 07:49 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

More than half of U.S. women ages 35 and over are having less sex during menopause than before menopause. According to the recent Sex & Menopause Survey, commissioned by the Red Hot Mamas(R), a leading menopause patient organization. The poll found 54 percent of the women asked reported a decrease in the frequency of sex after entering menopause.

Minnisota Blue Cross Funds Workplace-Exercise Program
August 18, 2007 07:44 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

15 Minnesota workplaces that will receive funding to encourage exercise at work. It's part of a program to create long-term health improvement to prevent heart disease and cancers by addressing their root causes -- physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and tobacco use.

HIV Launches Two-Pronged Attack On Brain
August 18, 2007 06:32 PM - Jia Hepeng and Li Jiao, SciDevNet

Scientists have identified a way that HIV causes dementia, which could help in developing drugs to treat the disorder. The study was published this week (16 August) in the journal Stem Cell. HIV infection can cause difficulties in memory and learning in patients with advanced disease, a condition known as HIV-associated dementia.

DDT And Breast Cancer - Teen Exposure Raises Adult Risk
August 18, 2007 05:36 PM - Pete Myers, Ph.D., Environmental Health News

Women exposed to relatively high levels of DDT prior to mid-adolescence are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer later in life than women with lower exposures. But exposure after adolescence does not increase risk.

Toys "R" Us Stops Sales of China-Made Bibs
August 18, 2007 05:14 PM - Reuters

Retailer Toys "R" Us on Friday said it removed all Hamco Inc.'s vinyl baby bibs, which were made in China, from its shelves as a precaution after an independent tester found two samples of bibs containing excessive amounts of lead.

High School And College Football - Leading Cause Of Injuries, Over 500,000
August 18, 2007 02:51 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

High school and College football is the leading cause of sports-related injuries. During the 2005-06 season, high school football players sustained more than half a million injuries nationally. A study conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Columbus Children’s Hospital, is the first to compare injuries among high school and collegiate football players using a nationally representative sample. According to the study, published in the August issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, four out of every 1,000 high school football exposures resulted in an injury, while eight out of every 1,000 collegiate football exposures resulted in an injury.

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