Health

High pollution linked to poor lung function growth in children in Mexico City
August 15, 2007 08:29 AM - American Thoracic Society

Children who are chronically exposed to higher levels of air pollution show marked deficiencies in lung growth and function, and not just short-term breathing problems, according to researchers in Mexico.

Legal Briefs: Class Action Filed on Tainted-Toys-From-China
August 14, 2007 08:17 PM - PR Newswire

Policymakers Warned: Bisphenol A Is Dangerous
August 14, 2007 03:16 PM - Synopsis by Pete Myers, Ph.D.

Thirty-eight of the world's leading scientific experts on "bisphenol A", a plastic used to make polycarbonate bottles and cups, have warned policymakers of the potential adverse health effects of exposure to the widespread plastic. The scientists conclude that average BPA levels in people are above those that cause harm to animals in laboratory experiments. And they calculate that average serum levels in people can only be explained by assuming that exposures today are above the level that EPA considers safe.

New Study: Breast Implants Linked To Suicide, But Not Cancer
August 14, 2007 02:58 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

Women who get cosmetic breast implants are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide as other women, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. The study, published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, reinforces several others that have shown women who have breast enlargements have higher suicide risks.

New Survey: Too Few Parents Worry About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
August 14, 2007 11:09 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Only 6 percent of parents are concerned about their children abusing prescription drugs, according to a survey released today by Project 7th Grade, a national program devoted to preventing drug abuse among teens. Statistics show at least three students in every high school classroom abusing prescription drugs.

FDA Warns Consumers Over Doctored Red Yeast Rice
August 13, 2007 04:29 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that a specific brand of Red Yeast Rice supplement contains an "added" pharmaceutical ingredient used in prescription medicines. The supplement according to the FDA in a news release today, is sold under the name "Swanson Vitamins", based in Fargo N.D..

Unpublished Tobacco Company Papers Show Toxicity Of Secondhand Smoke Increases Over Time
August 13, 2007 04:00 PM - Suzaynn F. Schick and Stanton Glantz, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California

Unpublished research papers from Philip Morris Tobacco Company show that the toxicity of sidestream cigarette smoke, the primary constituent of secondhand smoke, increases over time.

Under-insured Children Receive Fewer Vaccines, Study Finds
August 13, 2007 12:07 PM - Ann Plasso -Harvard Medical School

Underinsured children, that is, those whose health insurance plans do not cover the cost of vaccines, often do not have access to all recommended vaccines.

New Zealand Environment Agency OKs Continued Use of 1080 Pesticide
August 13, 2007 10:23 AM - Associated Press

With up to 70 million possums munching trees and spreading bovine tuberculosis through New Zealand's farms, the country has no option but to continue using the pesticide 1080 to eradicate the problem, the nation's environmental control agency said Monday.

Californians Call For Health Massive Healthcare Reform; Prioritizing Prevention
August 12, 2007 09:44 PM - Paul Schaefer

Nearly 3,500 Californians gathered in eight cities Saturday in an interactive forum on health care priorities called CaliforniaSpeaks. and 82 percent advocated major changes. The most popular suggestions called for putting people before profit, prioritizing wellness and prevention, and making health care affordable and accessible to everyone.

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