Health

Could Catching Swine Flu Be Good For You?
August 13, 2009 09:17 AM - Robyn Meredith, Forbes via, Organic Consumers Association

SARS had a relatively high mortality rate, but it just so happened that it wasn't easy to catch. Swine flu is the opposite: easy to catch, like any seasonal flu, but with a mortality rate no higher than seasonal flu for most people.

Sewage Breeds Bigger, Faster Mosquitoes
August 11, 2009 08:20 AM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

Add this to the list of things that make sewage stink: Mosquitoes thrive on it.

New Artificial Bone Made of Wood
August 10, 2009 09:32 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

A new procedure to turn blocks of wood into artificial bones has been developed by Italian scientists, who plan to implant them into large animals, and eventually humans.

Do Clouds Come From Outer Space?
August 9, 2009 10:21 AM - Phil Berardelli, Science

Most of Earth's clouds get their start in deep space. That's the surprising conclusion from a team of researchers who argue that interstellar cosmic rays collide with water molecules in our atmosphere to form overcast skies.

More wildfire, more bad air
August 7, 2009 10:10 AM - Bettina Boxall, LA Times

An expected rise in wildfire in coming decades is bad news for western lungs.

How to Get Cancer: Move to the United States
August 6, 2009 09:43 AM - Live Science

The risk of cancer for Hispanics living in Florida is 40 percent higher than for those who live in their native countries

Deet Found to be Neurotoxic
August 6, 2009 06:49 AM - Science Daily

The active ingredient in many insect repellents, deet, has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system. Researchers say that more investigations are urgently needed to confirm or dismiss any potential neurotoxicity to humans, especially when deet-based repellents are used in combination with other neurotoxic insecticides.

Gorilla Virus in Our Midst
August 5, 2009 09:54 AM - Jon Cohen, ScienceNOW Daily News

Researchers are shaking up the HIV family tree again. For the first time, investigators have found what looks like a gorilla version of the AIDS virus in a person.

Use of Lead Based Consumer Paints Remains A Global Concern
August 4, 2009 11:33 AM - Editor, ENN

In a new study conducted by the University of Cincinnati (UC), environmental health researchers found that major countries in three continents fail to acknowledge the hazards of lead based paint, allowing manufacturers to continue selling consumer paints containing dangerously high levels of lead.

Millennium Project Report Issued on the Future of the World
August 4, 2009 07:10 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

A major report issued by the United Nations Millenium Project has just been released. It finds that half the world appears vulnerable to social instability and violence due to increasing and potentially prolonged unemployment from the recession as well as several longer-term issues: decreasing water, food, and energy supplies per person; the cumulative effects of climate change; and increasing migrations due to political, environmental, and economic conditions. It also finds some good in the global financial crisis, which may be helping humanity to move from its often selfish, self-centered adolescence to a more globally responsible adulthood.

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