Germany: Massive Attacks On U.S. Sites Foiled
September 5, 2007 10:11 AM - By Noah Barkin and Sabine Siebold
BERLIN (Reuters) - German security services foiled a plan by Islamist militants to carry out "massive bomb attacks" against U.S. installations in Germany and arrested three suspects, officials said on Wednesday. Federal prosecutor Monika Harms said the men, two German nationals and one Turk, had been on the verge of launching their attacks after acquiring enough material to make a bomb with explosive power equal to 550 kilograms of TNT. The men were arrested on Tuesday, the same day Danish police seized eight young Muslims they suspect of plotting a bomb attack and a week before the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 hijacked plane attacks on targets in the United States.
Hand-rolled cigarettes more carcinogenic: study
September 5, 2007 08:20 AM - Jack Kim -Reuters
Smokers of hand-rolled cigarettes tend to consume less tobacco, but face a greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who smoke manufactured cigarettes, a study on Norwegian lung cancer patients has found. Norway is one of the last Western countries that still use a significant amount of hand-rolled tobacco, amounting to one-third of tobacco sales, according to the study released on Wednesday.
Doctor Warns Consumers of Popcorn Fumes
September 5, 2007 08:18 AM - Marcus Kabel -Associated Press
Consumers, not just factory workers, may be in danger from fumes from buttery flavoring in microwave popcorn, according to a warning letter to federal regulators from a doctor at a leading lung research hospital.
New hope for children with rare cancer
September 5, 2007 07:38 AM - University of Cambridge
Pioneering cancer charity AICR (Association for International Cancer Research) has awarded its biggest grant of the year to a brilliant young Polish scientist, who has been working in Cambridge for the last five years to help him discover more about a rare disease in children that can lead to a particularly aggressive form of leukaemia.
Britain To Decide On Human-Animal Embryo Research
September 4, 2007 09:26 PM - Tim Castle, Reuters
LONDON - British regulators will decide on Wednesday whether to permit the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos for research into illnesses such as Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and Alzheimer's. Research in the controversial area has been on hold in Britain for nearly a year awaiting the outcome of a public consultation conducted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). Two teams of scientists have applied to the HFEA for permission to inject human cell nuclei into hollowed-out cow egg cells to overcome a shortage of donated human eggs.
Project Underway To Develop Technology To Detect Human Exposure To Environmental Toxins
September 4, 2007 07:38 PM - UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley - Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have received a $4.7 million grant to develop cutting edge methods for detecting diseases in humans exposed to environmental contaminants.
Mattel Plans Third Chinese Toy Recall: Report
September 4, 2007 07:16 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toymaker Mattel Inc is to announce a third recall of Chinese-made toys because they may contain too much lead paint, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The latest recall involves a Fisher-Price toy and accessories to a Barbie playset and covers several hundred thousand units, the AP reported, citing two anonymous persons it said had been briefed by Mattel executives. Mattel, which has recently announced two recalls of millions of Chinese toys because of lead paint, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Avocados May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
September 4, 2007 07:03 PM - Ohio State University
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nutrients taken from avocados are able to thwart oral cancer cells, killing some and preventing pre-cancerous cells from developing into actual cancers, according to researchers at Ohio State University. Researchers found that extracts from Hass avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer. Hass avocados are year-round fruits known for their distinctive bumpy skin that turns from green to purplish-black as they ripen.
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.