Health

The Danger of PBDEs
December 25, 2007 10:34 PM - UC Riverside

Riverside, California - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as fire retardants, can be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, they are being found in alarming concentrations, in human blood and breast milk - a potentially major concern for human health. In addition, these industrial chemicals have been associated with cases of feline hyperthyroidism, a potentially fatal condition in cats.

Vietnam suspects bird flu killed young child
December 25, 2007 08:37 PM - Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) - Doctors suspect bird flu may have killed a four-year-old child in northern Vietnam, state-run radio said on Wednesday. A Health Ministry official told a government meeting on Tuesday the child had a fever and serious pneumonia after eating chicken which died of unknown cause in the mountainous province of Son La, the Voice of Vietnam radio said.

Worms infect more poor Americans than thought
December 25, 2007 08:13 PM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday. Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Hispanic women at risk of breast cancer gene
December 25, 2007 04:27 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A gene known to give many Jewish women a high risk of cancer also puts many Hispanic women at high risk, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. They found that 3.5 percent of Hispanic women entered in a Northern California breast cancer registry had the BRCA1 genetic mutation, compared to 8.3 percent of Ashkenazic Jews and 2.2 percent of non-Ashkenazic white women.

Gifts for grown-ups: Natural, organic and non-toxic ideas
December 24, 2007 09:01 PM - By Radish staff, BuildingGreen

Does your holiday shopping list include someone who would love something natural? Something healthy? Something locally made? In a world full of plastics, polyester and pollution, here’s a list of non-toxic suggestions.

Turning plants into pills in Kenya
December 24, 2007 08:35 PM - Jack Githae, Tatum Anderson , SciDevNet

Kenya - Traditional healers are joining forces with plant chemists in Kenya to develop antimalarials isolated from plants, reports Tatum Anderson. In the shadow of Mount Kenya, traditional healer Jack Githae enters what he describes as his 'natural pharmacy'.

What to Consider when Choosing ‘Green’ Carpet
December 24, 2007 08:23 PM - By Bill Gregory, Green Lodging News

Design elements cannot be overvalued in the hospitality industry. Carpet contributes to the signature impression, adding comfort to small spaces and human scale to imposing interiors. When specifying carpet for hospitality, there are three considerations to ensure sustainable selections—design and purpose; maintenance during useful life; and end-of-life options.

Beef from Safeway may have had salmonella: USDA
December 24, 2007 02:38 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Agriculture Department said fresh ground beef products contaminated with multi-drug resistant Salmonella may have been ground and later sold at Safeway Inc stores in five states. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the products were sold at supermarket chain Safeway Inc in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico between September 19 and November 5, 2007. "This alert is being issued after an exhaustive and continuing investigation whereby FSIS could not identify specific establishments, lots and products that would be subject to a recall," the agency said.

"Hot" patients need note to get through security
December 24, 2007 01:46 PM - Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Outpatient clinics that perform diagnostic procedures using radioactive materials could do a better job of telling patients that they may set off radiation detectors at security checkpoints, a study shows. Information and documentation that these facilities provide to patients "varies widely" in terms of quality, Dr. Armin Ansari, of the Radiation Studies Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who was involved in the study, told Reuters Health. "Some are extremely well done, some are not."

Tea drinking may not curb ovarian cancer risk
December 24, 2007 01:35 PM - Joene Hendry, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tea drinking, in general, does not appear to decrease the risk for ovarian cancer, according to combined data from nine studies. But in one of these studies, conducted in China where the majority of tea drinkers drink green tea, Dr. Bin Wang and colleagues noted a downward trend for ovarian cancer risk in conjunction with an increased duration of tea drinking.

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