Health

Gene discovery may lead to new baldness drugs
February 25, 2008 09:05 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have identified a gene linked to hair loss that could lead to new drugs to treat baldness. The gene is responsible for a rare hereditary form of hair loss known as Hypotrichosis simplex, a condition affecting 1 in 200,000 people, in which people begin going bald in childhood, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Genetics.

Scientists aid arrest of fake drug producers
February 22, 2008 09:52 AM - , SciDevNet

[BEIJING] The results of analyses of fake antimalarials which led to the arrests of counterfeit drug producers in China have been published. An international consortium of scientists, known as 'Operation Jupiter', conducted physical, chemical and biological analyses on 391 samples of the antimalarial drug artesunate from South-East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Risks of Nanotechnology Remain Uncertain
February 22, 2008 09:48 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Toxicology experiments on nanomaterials often seem to run the same way: put some nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, or other kind of nanosized structures in a petri dish, water column, soil sample, or lab test tube of choice. Then expose daphnids, microbes, zebrafish, pig lung cells, human skin cells, or other model organisms to the new and exciting materials. Sit back and see what happens.

U.N. says world fisheries face collapse
February 22, 2008 09:19 AM - Reuters

MONACO (Reuters) - A deadly combination of climate change, over-fishing and pollution could cause the collapse of commercial fish stocks worldwide within decades, said Achim Steiner, head of the United Nations Environment Program. "You overlap all of this and you see you're potentially putting a death nail in the coffin of world fisheries," Steiner told reporters on Friday on the fringes of a climate conference involving more than 150 nations and 100 environment ministers.

Nintendo rolls out Wii fitness game product
February 20, 2008 11:33 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Games maker Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will launch a new physical fitness game product called Wii Fit for U.S. shipping in May. The Wii Fit, which will debut on May 19, will come with a weight-and-motion sensing device called the Wii Balance Board, the company said in a statement.

Whole grains may curb belly fat, inflammation
February 20, 2008 11:29 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cutting calories helps people lose weight, but doing so by filling up on whole grains may be particularly heart-healthy, new research suggests. In a study of obese adults at risk of heart disease, researchers found that those who trimmed calories and increased their whole-grain intake shed more belly fat and lowered their blood levels of C- reactive protein or CRP.

Indonesia president urges fair bird flu virus sharing
February 20, 2008 04:41 AM - Reuters

Indonesia, the nation worst hit by bird flu with 105 human deaths, has held back its virus samples since last August and wants guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that poor countries get access to affordable vaccines derived from their samples.

Climate change threatens human rights of millions: U.N.
February 19, 2008 11:39 AM - Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Climate change threatens the human rights of millions of people who are at risk of losing access to housing, food and clean water unless governments intervene early to counter its effects, experts said on Tuesday. At a conference on climate change and migration, United Nations officials said rising sea levels and intense storms, droughts and floods could force scores of people from their homes and off their lands -- some permanently.

Dead poultry raises bird flu alarm in Vietnam
February 19, 2008 05:52 AM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Dead poultry have been found in rivers and streams in northern Vietnam, a sign of a possible new bird flu outbreak during a prolonged cold spell, officials said on Tuesday. The Agriculture Ministry said in a report that callers to an animal health department hotline reported large numbers of dead birds in five provinces, but was not specific.

Indonesian boy dies of bird flu
February 18, 2008 04:37 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Indonesian boy from South Jakarta has died from bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 105, a health ministry official said on Monday. Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry, said the boy died on Friday and two tests had confirmed he contracted the H5N1 virus.

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