Study: Cirrhotic Alcoholics Get More Brain Damage
August 30, 2007 01:57 PM - University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas—An examination of gene expression in the frontal cortex has found that brain function is even more impaired in alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver, one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Sustained exposure to alcohol can cause scarring and dysfunction of the liver, referred to as cirrhosis. Heavy alcohol use can also cause brain damage.

Flaxseed Shows Potential to Reduce Hot Flashes
August 30, 2007 01:41 PM - Mayo Clinic. Minn.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Data from a new Mayo Clinic study suggest that dietary therapy using flaxseed can decrease hot flashes in postmenopausal women who do not take estrogen. The findings from the pilot study are published in the summer 2007 issue of the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

California Grower Recalls Salmonella- Tainted Spinach
August 30, 2007 08:19 AM - Reuters

California produce grower Metz Fresh LLC said on Wednesday it voluntarily recalled fresh spinach in grocery stores and food service packages after a sample tested positive for salmonella. The privately held King City, California-based company and a spokesman from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said there have been no reports of illness or problems related to the spinach.

China Says Toy Recall Scare Shows Protectionist Agenda
August 30, 2007 07:32 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Mattel has only itself to blame for a huge toy recall that has stoked global alarm about Chinese-made goods, state media said on Thursday, charging that a slew of foreign safety scares had exposed a protectionist agenda.

Many Nations Suffer Problem of Arsenic in Drinking Water, New Research Finds
August 30, 2007 07:19 AM - Associated Press

Arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people, according to new research. Large numbers of people are unknowingly exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, Peter Ravenscroft from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, told an annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday.

Cocaine Use Related to Level of Education
August 29, 2007 08:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Cocaine use has dropped in the United States over the last 20 years, but mostly among the highly educated. Cocaine use among non-high school graduates remained constant, a bad sign, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Beijing's Pollution Could Compromise Athletes' Performance, Scientists Say
August 29, 2007 08:11 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

For most people, breathing polluted air means itchy eyes, a nagging cough, or a nasty smell. But for Olympic athletes competing in Beijing next year, it could mean losing a medal -- unless authorities deliver on promises for a radical cleanup.

UF scientists reveal how dietary restriction cleans cells
August 29, 2007 07:52 AM - University of Florida

Reduce, recycle and rebuild is as important to the most basic component of the human body, the cell, as it is to the environment. And a University of Florida study shows just how much the body benefits when it “goes green,” at least if you’re a rat: Cutting calories helps rodents live longer by boosting cells’ ability to recycle damaged parts so they can maintain efficient energy production.

Forgo Bottled Water — and Soda — To Save The Planet
August 29, 2007 07:43 AM - Jennifer Wilkins, Cornell Chronicle

The bottled water industry is in the crosshairs of a debate about health, the environment, truth in marketing and the privatization of a public good for private gain. The criticism about this ubiquitous beverage springs from numerous sectors — nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, government officials and restaurateurs.

China Sentances Food Official For Bribery, Tries To Calm World Health Org's
August 29, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

China has sent a notice to the World Health Organisation defending its food safety standards and sentenced another food and drug watchdog official for bribery, its latest moves to assure the world its exports are up to par. A series of scandals involving sub-standard Chinese exports ranging from pet food and toothpaste to toys has put increasing pressure on Beijing to clean up its manufacturing sector.

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