China Says Toy Recall Scare Shows Protectionist Agenda
August 30, 2007 07:32 AM - Chris Buckley, Reuters

Mattel has only itself to blame for a huge toy recall that has stoked global alarm about Chinese-made goods, state media said on Thursday, charging that a slew of foreign safety scares had exposed a protectionist agenda.

Many Nations Suffer Problem of Arsenic in Drinking Water, New Research Finds
August 30, 2007 07:19 AM - Associated Press

Arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting more than 70 countries and 137 million people, according to new research. Large numbers of people are unknowingly exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, Peter Ravenscroft from the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, told an annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday.

Cocaine Use Related to Level of Education
August 29, 2007 08:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Cocaine use has dropped in the United States over the last 20 years, but mostly among the highly educated. Cocaine use among non-high school graduates remained constant, a bad sign, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Beijing's Pollution Could Compromise Athletes' Performance, Scientists Say
August 29, 2007 08:11 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

For most people, breathing polluted air means itchy eyes, a nagging cough, or a nasty smell. But for Olympic athletes competing in Beijing next year, it could mean losing a medal -- unless authorities deliver on promises for a radical cleanup.

UF scientists reveal how dietary restriction cleans cells
August 29, 2007 07:52 AM - University of Florida

Reduce, recycle and rebuild is as important to the most basic component of the human body, the cell, as it is to the environment. And a University of Florida study shows just how much the body benefits when it “goes green,” at least if you’re a rat: Cutting calories helps rodents live longer by boosting cells’ ability to recycle damaged parts so they can maintain efficient energy production.

Forgo Bottled Water — and Soda — To Save The Planet
August 29, 2007 07:43 AM - Jennifer Wilkins, Cornell Chronicle

The bottled water industry is in the crosshairs of a debate about health, the environment, truth in marketing and the privatization of a public good for private gain. The criticism about this ubiquitous beverage springs from numerous sectors — nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, government officials and restaurateurs.

China Sentances Food Official For Bribery, Tries To Calm World Health Org's
August 29, 2007 07:29 AM - Reuters

China has sent a notice to the World Health Organisation defending its food safety standards and sentenced another food and drug watchdog official for bribery, its latest moves to assure the world its exports are up to par. A series of scandals involving sub-standard Chinese exports ranging from pet food and toothpaste to toys has put increasing pressure on Beijing to clean up its manufacturing sector.

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.

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