Health

U.S. Seeks Home For Research On Fearsome Diseases
August 27, 2007 06:12 PM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

WASHINGTON - A federal laboratory off Long Island, known as the "Alcatraz for animal disease," may move to the U.S. mainland as part of a new $450 million research center. Plans for the next-generation National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, slated to go online by 2013, include biosafety labs where scientists, clad in outfits resembling spacesuits and tethered to air supplies, would research diseases that can spread to people from animals.

Study: Viagra Also Increases "Cuddle Chemical"
August 27, 2007 05:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of Wisconsin-Madison - A new study finds Viagra increases the release of a key reproductive hormone. Scientists found that the little blue pill may do more than get the blood pumping. Sildenafil — the generic name for Viagra — also increases release of a reproductive hormone in rats, according to a new study. The finding is the first indication of a chemical mechanism through which erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra may have physical effects besides increasing blood flow to sexual organs, says study author Meyer Jackson, a physiology professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

New Study: No Link Between Night Shift Work and Cancer Risk
August 27, 2007 03:57 PM - Ohio State University

COLUMBUS , Ohio — Working the night shift doesn't appear to increase the risk of developing cancer, suggests the findings of a new study of Swedish workers.

Dunkin' Donuts Cuts Trans Fat from Menu
August 27, 2007 12:25 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK - Restaurant company Dunkin' Brands Inc. said on Monday that all menu offerings in its Dunkin' Donuts restaurants will have zero grams of artery clogging trans fat by October 15 this year. The company also said all ice cream products at its Baskin-Robbins chain will have zero grams trans fat by January 1, 2008. Privately held Dunkin' Donuts, which has tested over 28 alternative oils since 2003, said it has already tried trans fat free doughnuts in about 400 restaurants throughout the United States, over a period of four months.

Age-related Vision Loss - Genes Vs Lifestyle
August 27, 2007 10:25 AM - Harvard Public Health Review

Nature versus nurture. When it comes to health, both exert powerful influence. To what extent does a particular disease—diabetes in children, say, or cancer in the elderly—arise from genetic baggage beyond our control, and to what degree does it result from modifiable environmental and “lifestyle” choices? While most disorders result from a combination of both genetic and environmental factors, researchers say parsing out the roles of these two players is complicated business.

When is a stem cell not really a stem cell?
August 27, 2007 07:40 AM - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Working with embryonic mouse brains, a team of Johns Hopkins scientists seems to have discovered an almost-too-easy way to distinguish between �true� neural stem cells and similar, but less potent versions. Their finding, reported this week in Nature, could simplify the isolation of stem cells not only from brain but also other body tissues.

Smoking increases risks for head and neck cancers for men and women
August 27, 2007 07:19 AM - John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Smoking significantly increases the risk for head and neck cancers for both men and women, regardless of the anatomic site. Published in the October 1, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, a large, prospective study confirmed strong associations between current and past cigarette smoking and malignancies of the head and neck in both genders.

N.Korea Floods Left 600 People Dead Or Missing
August 26, 2007 04:38 PM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

SEOUL - Some of the worst flooding to hit North Korea in decades has killed at least 600 people, double the previous known toll, the official news agency said at the weekend.

China Drafts Laws To Curb Pollution
August 26, 2007 04:29 PM - Lindsay Beck, Reuters

BEIJING - China began deliberating a draft law aimed at boosting energy saving and emissions reductions on Sunday, its latest effort to curb widespread resource waste and degradation.

Study: Combating Child Obesity With Gardening
August 25, 2007 06:43 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Researcher Candice Shoemaker thinks she might have an answer to the nation's obesity epidemic in children: gardening. She hopes to show that gardening can promote a healthier lifestyle and combat childhood obesity in several ways. First, Shoemaker said, when children help to grow their own fruits and vegetables, they are more interested in eating them. Also, gardening not only gets children off of the couch and outdoors, but it also counts as physical activity.

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