New Zealand Warns of Toxic Chinese Toothpaste
August 29, 2007 07:27 AM - Reuters

New Zealand on Wednesday asked retailers and consumers to dispose of 11 brands of Chinese-made toothpaste after tests confirmed they contained toxic chemicals. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that a third of the Chinese-made toothpaste tested contained "unacceptable levels" of diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent used in paint and antifreeze and can cause kidney and liver damage.

He has your... fear of veggies
August 29, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

British researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of identical and fraternal twins, researchers from University College London found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited. "Parents can be reassured that their child's reluctance to try new foods is not simply the result of poor parental feeding practices, but it is partly in the genes," said Dr. Lucy Cooke and her team.

Mothers' baby cradling habits are indicator of stress, suggests new research
August 29, 2007 07:02 AM - Durham University

Mothers who cradle their baby to their right hand side are displaying signs of extreme stress, a new study suggests. Although most mums feel stressed in the early stages of their baby�s life, the study by Durham University researchers suggests their baby cradling habits are a key indicator of whether this stress could become overwhelming and lead to depression. Previous research has already shown that the majority of mothers prefer to cradle their baby to their left regardless of whether they are left or right handed.

Biologic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and the risk of cancer
August 29, 2007 06:58 AM - John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The relationship between rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease marked by chronic inflammation of the joints and tissue surrounding vital organs, and the incidence of cancer is complicated. Epidemiologic studies have generally demonstrated that blood, lung, and skin cancers are increased among RA patients, while breast and colon cancers are decreased.

Kids At Risk, Christian Leaders Call For FDA To Control Tobacco
August 28, 2007 04:53 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NASHVILLE - A diverse coalition of clergy and lay members from throughout Tennessee called on southern congressmen and women to support legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. The new legislation would protect kids from tobacco and save lives. As members of the House Subcommittee on Health, Representatives Gordon and Blackburn will play a key role in advancing this legislation, H.R. 1108, The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Bacteria Sense Light, Use It To Regulate Virulence
August 28, 2007 04:39 PM - UC Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz - The bacteria that cause brucellosis can sense light and use the information to regulate their virulence, according to a study in the August 24 issue of the journal Science. The discovery comes after 120 years of research into the disease, which causes abortions in livestock and fevers in humans. Researchers found that two other bacteria, including a species that attacks plants, sense light using the same type of protein structure, and at least 94 more species possess the code for it in their DNA.

U.S. Obesity Epidemic Grows: Mississippi Worst For Adults, D.C. For Kids
August 28, 2007 04:31 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON - Adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth annual "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007" report. The report is assembled by a group called the Trust for America's Health. 22 states experienced an increase for the second year in a row; not one state decreased. A new public opinion survey featured in the report finds 85 percent of Americans believe that obesity is an epidemic.

New Study: 'Designer Estrogen' May Be Potential MS Drug
August 28, 2007 10:56 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

University of California Los Angeles - Scientists have found the first evidence that a specific form of estrogen can protect the brain from degeneration associated with multiple sclerosis without increasing the risk of estrogen-induced cancers of the breast and uterus. The study took place in mice infected with the animal equivalent of MS.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Formula Effective In Treating Menstrual Discomfort
August 28, 2007 10:12 AM - Lan Lan Liang Yeh, PLoS Online

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A new study shows that an 800 year old traditional Chinese medicine formula called "Four Agents Decoction", when used over time, is effective in helping relieve menstrual discomfort in young women. This was the first systematic evaluation of the herbal preparation. Scientists applied Western methodology to assess the herb's effectiveness and safety, both for primary dysmenorrhoea (menstrual discomfort) and to evaluate the compliance and feasibility for a future trial.

Vitamin D: How Much is Enough?
August 28, 2007 07:12 AM - Harvard Public Health Review

While vitamin D’s role in strengthening bones is well established, its links to cancer and immune-system malfunctions have only recently emerged. At the Harvard School of Public Health, nutrition experts say large segments of the population don’t get enough vitamin D and are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to raise the daily recommended dose, from 400 international units to 800. For an update on what’s known so far about this important nutrient, the Harvard Public Health Review spoke with HSPH Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Edward Giovannucci.

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