Health

Seafood Poisoning on the Rise as Oceans Become Warmer, More Polluted
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Experts estimate that up to 50,000 people worldwide suffer ciguatera poisoning each year, with more than 90 percent of cases unreported. Scientists say the risks are getting worse, because of damage that pollution and global warming are inflicting on the coral reefs where many fish species feed.

New Federal Chemical Rules Will Not Override Tougher State Rules
April 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Beverly Lumpkin, Associated Press

New federal rules giving the Bush administration authority for the first time to regulate and even shut down chemical plants will not overrule stricter state rules already in place, according to a letter sent Sunday to lawmakers by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs Worries Scientists
March 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Von Ahn, Reuters

There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out.

Chinese Hunger for Reef Fish Emptying Asian Seas
March 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Nao Nakanishi, Reuters

Turquoise fish with red dots stare at hungry tourists from a tank at a restaurant in Hong Kong, the capital of the world's live reef fish industry, a lucrative trade devastating reefs across the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists Propose Interspecies Cloning
March 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

It was nearly a decade ago that Jose Cibelli plugged his own DNA into a cow's egg in a novel cloning attempt that was condemned as unethical by President Clinton and landed the Michigan State University researcher in a mess of controversy.

Global Warming May Be Bad for Asthma Sufferers
March 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Global warming may be bad for asthma sufferers because of longer plant growing seasons and signs that weeds scattering vast amounts of pollen are conquering new territory, experts say.

Chef Wolfgang Puck Joins Natural-Food Movement
March 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has decided to be kinder to the animals he cooks. In an announcement made with the cooperation of the Humane Society of the United States, Puck launched a program to bar animal cruelty from his $300 million-a-year business empire.

Mother Nature Still a Rich Source of New Drugs
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

At least 70 percent of all new drugs introduced in the United States in the past 25 years come from nature despite the use of sophisticated techniques to design products in the lab, researchers reported Monday.

Malaysia Pins Hopes on Herbal Viagra for Biotech Push
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Clarence Fernandez, Reuters

Malaysia's answer to Viagra is a traditional herb the country has picked to spearhead its push into biotechnology, but now it faces the challenge of convincing the world the remedy is both potent and safe.

Singapore Says Water Recycled from Sewage Will Meet a Third of Its Needs by 2011
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Recycled water would meet a third of Singapore's water needs by 2011, as it moves to reduce its decades-long reliance on neighboring Malaysia for the vital resource, the city-state said.

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