Health

Seawater spray cures kids colds, say to Czech researchers
January 22, 2008 11:11 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - For parents worried about how to treat children's colds now that some medicines have been called into question, the answer may be a dose of salt water.

Chemical Food Additives - Are They Slowly Killing Our Children?
January 22, 2008 10:38 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Let me start by saying a chemical additive doesn't necessarily 'appear' to be a problem immediately after ingestion. Quite often the effects are cumulative; a gradual build-up in the body produces roller-coaster days, some good, some bad. Some children are more sensitive to food chemicals and display immediate effects soon after ingestion of additives, colours in particular. In small amounts additives are not harmful. Effects are dose related and, tragically, dose for weight, children are consuming several times more additives than the acceptable daily intake (ADI). Before we get into the details of the most common problem foods, it is necessary to understand the testing and approval process, with emphasis on those factors that may confer the level of risk of toxic additives in infants and young children's diets.

Caffeine doubles miscarriage risk: study
January 22, 2008 05:30 AM - Reuters

Pregnant women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day have twice the risk of having a miscarriage as those who avoid caffeine, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said the study provides strong evidence that high doses of caffeine during pregnancy -- 200 milligrams or more per day or the equivalent of two cups of coffee -- significantly increase the risk of miscarriage.

Industrial air scrubbers may spread disease
January 21, 2008 03:27 PM - Reuters

An industrial pollution-control air scrubber in Sarpsborg, Norway has been identified as the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that occurred in May 2005, according to health officials who investigated the outbreak. Legionnaires disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria in water droplets.

High protein diet keeps hunger at bay
January 19, 2008 04:20 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Diets high in protein may be the best way to keep hunger in check, U.S. researchers said on Thursday in a study that offers insight into how diets work. They found that protein does the best job at keeping a hunger hormone in check, while carbohydrates and fats may well deserve their current nasty reputation.

India and Bangladesh struggle to rein in bird flu spread
January 17, 2008 08:19 AM - Reuters

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Villagers at the centre of a bird flu outbreak in India's east refused to hand over their chickens and ducks for culling on Thursday, hampering efforts to stamp out the disease in poultry. But in neighboring Bangladesh the culling of thousands of fowl went on smoothly after the virus was detected in three more districts.

Banned toxin found in wood floor finishes
January 16, 2008 07:10 PM - Reuters

A wood floor finish popular in the 1950s and 1960s may be a significant source of the banned, disease-causing pollutants known as PCBs, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. They did a case study in the homes of older women and found that those with a PCB-containing wood floor finish sold under the brand name Fabulon had very high indoor air, dust and blood levels of PCBs -- 50 years after the floors were installed.

In the Trenches for Clean Water
January 16, 2008 09:26 AM - Saul Garlick, Global Policy Innovations Program

Water, our most basic need, is poised to be the most baffling challenge of the 21st century. It is being ignored wantonly at a time when more than 1 million people per year die from its scarcity and contamination. Children under age five account for at least 90 percent of water-related deaths. Meanwhile, economic productivity and educational opportunities are lost to illness, leaving millions more in an impoverished state even if they do survive their first five years of life. Access to water is a human right. Yet that statement makes many people uncomfortable. Most in the developed world can hardly imagine water being anything more than a nominal expense that is easily drawn from a faucet. They think, "Surely it is a commodity to be bought and sold. It hardly costs anything, and it is even reusable, so what's the big deal?"

Got carrots? Vegetables may have bone to pick as calcium providers

A specially developed carrot has been produced to help people absorb more calcium. Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center studied the calcium intake of humans who ate the carrot and found a net increase in calcium absorption. The research, which was done in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, means adding this carrot to the diet can help prevent such diseases as osteoporosis.

New study blames Columbus for syphilis spread
January 15, 2008 10:15 AM - Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - New genetic evidence supports the theory that Christopher Columbus brought syphilis to Europe from the New World, U.S. researchers said on Monday, reviving a centuries-old debate about the origins of the disease.

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