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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.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Used To Combat Cancerous Cells
August 16, 2007 04:44 PM - By Jonathan Grover

Flesh-eating bacteria, than can only live inside the oxygen-free environment of tumor cells could be used in conjunctive with traditional chemotherapy to combat tumor cells, which are immune to normal drugs. Flesh-eating bacteria, than can only live inside the oxygen-free environment of tumor cells could be used in conjunctive with traditional chemotherapy to combat tumor cells, which are immune to normal drugs.

Australia Discovers Ocean Current "Missing Link"
August 16, 2007 04:03 PM - By Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway — or ”˜supergyre’ — linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins. The new research will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate.

Panel Urges US Govt Control Over Tobacco Products, Add Tax
August 16, 2007 02:46 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

A new report from the President's Cancer Panel reinforces the urgent need for Congress to pass legislation giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco.

U.S. Army Suicides Hit Highest Rate Since Gulf War
August 16, 2007 02:12 PM - By Kristin Roberts, Reuters

The number of suicides in the U.S. Army rose last year to the highest level since the Gulf War, with almost a third in war zones, according to data released by the military on Thursday. The Army reported 99 confirmed suicides in 2006, up from 87 in 2005. The Army also listed two additional deaths last year as suspected suicides that have not yet been confirmed by the military's medical examiner.

Experts Confirm Antidepressant Effects Of Omega-3's
August 16, 2007 01:51 PM - Reuters

The results of a major review of published research that examined the relationship between depression and level of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet suggest that omega-3 fatty acids have antidepressant effects. However, the researchers point out that the quality of the studies means it's still too soon to say definitively that omega-3s can treat depression or bipolar disorder.

China's Problems with Lead Go Beyond Tainted Toys
August 16, 2007 10:06 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

China's problems with lead in consumer products go far beyond tainted toys. From playthings to paint to gasoline, Chinese companies use lead in a wide range of products and experts say China's children are suffering the health consequences.

House Dust with Flame Retardant May Sicken Cats, Could Be an Issue for Children
August 16, 2007 10:03 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

A new federal study suggests that household dust containing a common flame retardant may be linked to an increase in cats getting sick from overactive thyroids.

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