HIV Launches Two-Pronged Attack On Brain
August 18, 2007 06:32 PM - Jia Hepeng and Li Jiao, SciDevNet

Scientists have identified a way that HIV causes dementia, which could help in developing drugs to treat the disorder. The study was published this week (16 August) in the journal Stem Cell. HIV infection can cause difficulties in memory and learning in patients with advanced disease, a condition known as HIV-associated dementia.

DDT And Breast Cancer - Teen Exposure Raises Adult Risk
August 18, 2007 05:36 PM - Pete Myers, Ph.D., Environmental Health News

Women exposed to relatively high levels of DDT prior to mid-adolescence are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer later in life than women with lower exposures. But exposure after adolescence does not increase risk.

Toys "R" Us Stops Sales of China-Made Bibs
August 18, 2007 05:14 PM - Reuters

Retailer Toys "R" Us on Friday said it removed all Hamco Inc.'s vinyl baby bibs, which were made in China, from its shelves as a precaution after an independent tester found two samples of bibs containing excessive amounts of lead.

High School And College Football - Leading Cause Of Injuries, Over 500,000
August 18, 2007 02:51 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

High school and College football is the leading cause of sports-related injuries. During the 2005-06 season, high school football players sustained more than half a million injuries nationally. A study conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Columbus Children’s Hospital, is the first to compare injuries among high school and collegiate football players using a nationally representative sample. According to the study, published in the August issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, four out of every 1,000 high school football exposures resulted in an injury, while eight out of every 1,000 collegiate football exposures resulted in an injury.

New research shows how chronic stress worsens neurodegenerative disease course
August 18, 2007 01:38 PM - American Psychological Association

Interventions can prevent or halt stress-related inflammation that aggravate neurodegenerative disease, study shows

Early Trial: Breast Cancer Vaccine Appears Safe
August 17, 2007 07:02 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor, Reuters

In early trials, a vaccine designed to treat breast cancer appeared to be safe in women with advanced disease and showed signs of actually slowing down tumors, U.S. researchers reported on Friday.

New Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure Risk
August 17, 2007 03:16 PM - Reuters

Women who get plenty of whole grains in their diet may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, a large study suggests.

FDA Warns Codeine Use By Nursing Mothers Dangerous To Baby
August 17, 2007 01:23 PM - Reuters

Breast-feeding mothers who take codeine and break down the drug very quickly may put their infants at higher risk of a morphine overdose, U.S. health officials warned on Friday. Codeine, an ingredient in many prescription pain relievers and over-the-counter cough syrups, breaks down into morphine in the body. The Food and Drug Administration said morphine overdoses in infants are very rare but serious.

PFOS and PFOA Exposure Associated with Lower Birth Weight and Size
August 17, 2007 12:09 PM - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

PFOS and PFOA are polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs)—ubiquitous man-made chemicals used in a variety of consumer products, including as a protective coating on food-contact packaging, textiles and carpets and in the manufacturing of insecticides and other industrial products.

Kenyan malaria success strengthens call for free insecticide-treated nets for all
August 17, 2007 11:55 AM - Wellcome Trust

Experts have today called for international agencies to provide insecticide-treated bed nets for all children in Africa as the most equitable way of tackling malaria. Their call is supported by new research co-funded by the Wellcome Trust showing how successful a scheme run by the Kenyan government has been at distributing the nets.

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