Health

Organic Wild Hoodia, Appetite Suppressant, Arrives
August 20, 2007 02:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

A Canadian herbal supplement company has begun marketing organic, wild grown Hoodia Gordonii, an African herb known for its high levels of steroidal glycoside - the principal appetite suppressant molecule in the plant. The company says organic certification is pending.

Green Fundraising Comes Of Age As Schools Say No To Unhealthy Fundraisers
August 20, 2007 01:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The search for healthy alternatives to unhealthy school fundraisers may be over. When new laws banned the sale of unhealthy foods to raise money for schools, parents and school representatives were left without many options, scratching their heads for new sources of money. Enter 'Fundraising Green', the first fundraising company focused solely on providing healthy and eco-friendly fundraisers.

Family Planning Needs In Developing Countries Spurs W.H.O., Johns Hopkins, To Publish Science-Based Contraception Handbook
August 20, 2007 12:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University, have published a handbook on family planning for developing nations. The handbook, is based on the best available scientific evidence was driven by the urgent unmet needs of millions of women and families who seek information on contraception.

Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet

Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.

7 Hours From Nearest Road, Power, Nepali Teacher Wins 'Asian Nobel Prize' For Village Wireless Project
August 20, 2007 11:42 AM - Mahabir Pun and Imelda Abano, SciDevNet

A Nepali teacher has been honoured with the Nobel Prize of Asia for his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal. Mahabir Pun, 52, from the remote village of Nangi in Nepal organized and launched the project — The Nepal Wireless Networking Project — to meet the communication needs of his village, which is a seven hour climb to the nearest road and without a telephone connection.

Mom Always Said "Eat Your Veggies", But What About Your Whole Grains?
August 20, 2007 10:48 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Every cause has a day, or month, and why should grains be any different? So, courtesy of the Whole Grains Council, and the US Rice Federation, September is now, officially, the first-ever National Whole Grains Month.

Corn Syrup Makers Claim No Link Between Soft Drink Consumption and Obesity
August 20, 2007 10:29 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

According to a report, sponsored and conducted by corn syrup makers whose sweetner is used in soft drinks, people who frequently consume soft drinks sweetened with corn syrup, do not have a higher obesity rate than those who rarely drink them.

Nigerian Villagers Trade on Their Own Health for a Bit of Oil Money
August 20, 2007 09:12 AM - Heidi Vogt, Associated Press

The fire burned strong for 45 days and 45 nights, blanketing the village with ash and torching the young cassava plants in Ada Baniba's field. As she weeded, the flames flared out of the leaking oil pipeline behind her.

MTV and The Associated Press Release Landmark Study Of Young People and Happiness
August 20, 2007 09:02 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

New York - The majority of young people - 13-24 - are happy with their lives and optimistic about the future a new study reports today. The study also say parents are a big positive influence, along with spirituality. Younger sexually active kids reported much lower levels of happiness.

Group Pushes Back Against Drug Marketing In Medical Schools
August 20, 2007 08:51 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Protecting medical students and new doctors from aggressive drug company marketing tactics is the focus of a new campaign offered by an independent medical education group. The group, the American Medical Student Association, has launched an effort to help new doctors make decisions based upon solid medical evidence and not marketing from drug companies. The nonprofit group will offer print, online and PDA-based drug information that is independent, peer-reviewed, and unbiased in critical evaluations of drugs, with special emphasis on new drugs. The information is directed at physicians and other health professions.

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