Health

Trader faces damages case for I. Coast toxic waste
September 30, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Up to 30,000 people from Ivory Coast will seek tens of millions of dollars in compensation from Dutch-based oil trader Trafigura for illness they suffered after toxic waste was dumped in 2006, their lawyer said on Monday. The class action suit will be heard in a London court in October 2009, lawyer Martyn Day of British law firm Leigh Day & Co told Reuters.

South Asia fights disease from floods, seeks aid
September 25, 2008 11:03 AM - Reuters

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - Doctors and health workers struggled to treat thousands of villagers suffering from water-borne diseases in India's east on Thursday, officials said, as the death toll mounted from weeks of flooding in South Asia.

Liquid milk sold by three big firms contaminated
September 19, 2008 09:21 AM - Zhu Zhe (China Daily)

Liquid milk sold by three leading companies is contaminated with melamine, tests showed on Thursday, the day when the number of infant deaths caused by the chemical rose to four.

FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals
September 19, 2008 09:05 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetically engineered animals moved closer to the dinner table on Thursday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the process it will use to review new proposals public.

China taps emergency water for "grim" Beijing
September 18, 2008 10:53 AM - Chris Buckley

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital started pumping "emergency" water from its long-parched neighboring province on Thursday, with officials speaking of a "grim" shortfall weeks after the Olympics when they said the city had enough water.

Mad Cow Disease Also Caused By Genetic Mutation
September 13, 2008 09:18 AM - Kansas State University

New findings about the causes of mad cow disease show that sometimes it may be genetic. "We now know it's also in the genes of cattle," said Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Functional food - delicious and healthy
September 5, 2008 09:38 AM - Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Linseed is said to protect against cancer -- but not everybody likes the taste. Researchers have now isolated the valuable components of the flax seeds. Incorporated in bread, cakes or dressings, they support the human organism without leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

Intellectual work induces excessive calorie intake
September 4, 2008 09:57 AM - Universite Laval

A Universite Laval research team has demonstrated that intellectual work induces a substantial increase in calorie intake. The details of this discovery, which could go some way to explaining the current obesity epidemic, are published in the most recent issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The Power of Positive Thinking: Truth or Myth?
August 29, 2008 10:30 AM - Live Science

You might call Maarten van der Weijden the anti-Lance Armstrong. Last week, the Dutch Olympic long-distance swimming champion and cancer survivor told the British newspaper The Telegraph that he didn't want to be compared to the American cycling star.

Drinking Water of 41 Million Americans Contaminated with Pharmaceuticals
August 26, 2008 09:08 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine.

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