Health

UN Says Human Trafficking Spreads HIV/AIDS In Asia
August 22, 2007 01:45 PM - Ranga Sirilal, Reuters

COLOMBO - About 300,000 women and children are trafficked across Asia each year, accelerating the spread of HIV/AIDS, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Trafficking ... contributes to the spread of HIV by significantly increasing the vulnerability of trafficked persons to infection," said Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, HIV/AIDS regional coordinator, Asia and Pacific, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Breaking Up May Not Be As Hard As The Song Says
August 22, 2007 01:11 PM - Northwestern University

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The devastation caused by a broken heart has been a dominant theme throughout the ages of great literature and pop culture alike. But a new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would.

Fat On Chest And Upper Back Increases Risk Of Insulin Resistance
August 22, 2007 11:31 AM - San Francisco VA Medical Center

San Francisco - Upper trunk fat -- deposits of fat on the chest and back -- is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, a condition that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. It is the first time such an association has been demonstrated, say the researchers.

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."

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