Health

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.

New Study: Breast Implants Linked To Suicide, But Not Cancer
August 14, 2007 02:58 PM - By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

Women who get cosmetic breast implants are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide as other women, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. The study, published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, reinforces several others that have shown women who have breast enlargements have higher suicide risks.

New Survey: Too Few Parents Worry About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
August 14, 2007 11:09 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Only 6 percent of parents are concerned about their children abusing prescription drugs, according to a survey released today by Project 7th Grade, a national program devoted to preventing drug abuse among teens. Statistics show at least three students in every high school classroom abusing prescription drugs.

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