Health

Under-insured Children Receive Fewer Vaccines, Study Finds
August 13, 2007 12:07 PM - Ann Plasso -Harvard Medical School

Underinsured children, that is, those whose health insurance plans do not cover the cost of vaccines, often do not have access to all recommended vaccines.

New Zealand Environment Agency OKs Continued Use of 1080 Pesticide
August 13, 2007 10:23 AM - Associated Press

With up to 70 million possums munching trees and spreading bovine tuberculosis through New Zealand's farms, the country has no option but to continue using the pesticide 1080 to eradicate the problem, the nation's environmental control agency said Monday.

Californians Call For Health Massive Healthcare Reform; Prioritizing Prevention
August 12, 2007 09:44 PM - Paul Schaefer

Nearly 3,500 Californians gathered in eight cities Saturday in an interactive forum on health care priorities called CaliforniaSpeaks. and 82 percent advocated major changes. The most popular suggestions called for putting people before profit, prioritizing wellness and prevention, and making health care affordable and accessible to everyone.

Desalination: Option or Distraction for a Thirsty World?
August 12, 2007 04:32 PM - WWF Global Freshwater Programme

Making drinking water out of sea water is a growing trend, but it also poses a potential threat to the environment that could exacerbate climate change, says WWF in a global review of desalination plants worldwide.

Aging Adults Have Choices When Confronting Perceived Mental Declines
August 10, 2007 03:49 PM - University of Illinois

Aging adults may joke about memory lapses and “early Alzheimer’s.” But they have more control over their “cognitive vitality” than they may realize.

Obesity A Risk For Multiple Myeloma
August 10, 2007 03:00 PM - American Association for Cancer Research

An obese person is more likely than a lean person to develop multiple myeloma, according to researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health.

Marijuana Increases Susceptibility To Kaposi’s Sarcoma
August 10, 2007 02:45 PM -

The major active component of marijuana could enhance the ability of the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma to infect cells and multiply, according to a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School.

Do Bones Help Control Metabolism and Weight?
August 10, 2007 12:07 PM - Columbia University Medical Center

Researchers have shown for the first time that the skeleton is an endocrine organ that helps control our sugar metabolism and weight and, as such, is a major determinant of the development of type 2 diabetes.

Study: Concord Grape Juice May Protect Against Breast Cancer
August 9, 2007 03:32 PM - By Paul Schaefer, ENN

According to a new study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Medicinal Foods, natural compounds in Concord grape juice protected healthy human breast cells from DNA damage.

Big Drop in US Cocaine Use - All Time Low Achieved
August 9, 2007 03:23 PM - By Paul Schaefer, ENN

There's been an unprecedented decline in cocaine use by American workers. So much, that the latest survery saw a new low during the first half of 2007.

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