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.

Bright Lights May Damage Embryos
August 15, 2007 05:45 PM - Associated Press

The kind of light commonly used in fertility clinics could damage the development of human and other animal embryos in research, according to research findings conducted by a team from Hawaii and Japan.

First biomarker discovered that predicts prostate cancer outcome
August 15, 2007 10:40 AM - Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic researchers have identified the first immune molecule that appears to play a role in prostate cancer development and in predicting cancer recurrence and progression after surgery. The report on the B7-H3 molecule by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center appears today in Cancer Research.

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.

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