Health

Working Families Rely Heavily on "Convenience" Foods for Dinner, But Save Little Time, Study Finds
August 22, 2007 11:19 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Two-income families in Los Angeles don't live so much in a fast food nation as they do in a Hamburger Helper hamlet on the edge of a packaged lettuce greenbelt, according to the first academic study to track American families moment by moment as they make dinner.

Researchers Want To Contain Flesh-Eating ”˜Super-Bug’ In Jails
August 22, 2007 11:16 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Researchers have developed a mathematical model that mimics a particularly nasty and ongoing outbreak at the Los Angeles County Jail of the flesh-eating bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

Bednet Best Defense Against Malaria, Say Researchers
August 22, 2007 10:05 AM - Kennedy Abwao, SciDevNet

NAIROBI - Children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are less likely to die from malaria and nets should be distributed free to all who need them, according to research from Kenya.

Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil
August 22, 2007 09:51 AM - Luisa Massarani, SciDevNet

Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence.

USDA to give $5.5 million to study E. coli in produce
August 22, 2007 09:34 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will held support new research on keeping fresh produce safe from deadly bacteria, officials said on Tuesday.

Used, Recycled, Resold, But Not Sterilized, Chopsticks Latest China Scare
August 22, 2007 09:13 AM - Reuters

A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of Chinese food and product safety scares.

Imported Foods Concern Food Safety Experts
August 21, 2007 02:11 PM - University of Georgia

A University of Georgia expert says the challenges in ensuring a safe U.S. food supply will continue to grow to unprecedented heights unless solutions are provided quickly. "Although most foods Americans eat are safe, with odds of greater than 1 in 1 million of becoming hospitalized from a serving of food, the dynamics of the U.S. food system are rapidly changing," said Michael Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety. "Consumers are much more vulnerable now to large episodes of foodborne illnesses."

New Study: Compound In Broccoli Could Boost Immune System
August 21, 2007 01:31 PM - By Sarah Yang, UC berkeley

A compound found in broccoli and related vegetables may have more health-boosting tricks up its sleeves, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Veggie fans can already point to some cancer-fighting properties of 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a chemical produced from the compound indole-3-carbinol when Brassica vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale are chewed and digested. Animal studies have shown that DIM can actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells.

Russia Bans Italian Poultry to Stop Bird Flu
August 21, 2007 01:31 PM - Reuters

Russia banned poultry imports from Italy from Monday to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus after outbreaks in the EU member state, but Italy said the strain was not dangerous and the ban impact was negligible.

Dense Breasts, Hormone Levels Are Risk Factors For Breast Cancer
August 21, 2007 01:16 PM - Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington

Washington, D.C.--The density of a woman’s breast tissue and her level of sex hormones are two strong and independent risk factors for breast cancer, according to a team of researchers from Harvard and Georgetown universities. The finding dispels the common belief that the risk associated with dense breasts merely reflects the same risk associated with high levels of circulating sex hormones, they say.

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