Cranberries may improve chemotherapy for ovarian cancer
August 23, 2007 09:12 AM - American Chemical Society

Compounds in cranberries may help improve the effectiveness of platinum drugs that are used in chemotherapy to fight ovarian cancer, researchers have found in a laboratory study that will be reported today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The scientists demonstrated in cell culture studies that human ovarian cancer cells resistant to platinum drugs became up to 6 times more sensitized to the drugs after exposure to the cranberry compounds in comparison to cells that were not exposed to the compounds, which were obtained from juice extracts.

Lead Causes More U.S. Recalls of China-made Toys
August 23, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

Excessive amounts of lead paint on toys and other children's products led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a recall of more than 300,000 Chinese-made items on Wednesday. The recall includes about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals because they may have excessive levels of lead paint on their metal spiral bindings.

California Unveils World's Largest Mobile Civilian Hospital in Preparation For Major California Disaster
August 23, 2007 06:11 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Preparing for a major west coast disaster, the state of California has built three new 200-bed mobile hospitals, along with other new medical assets. The mobile hospitals are the largest civilian medical response facilities of their kind. The demonstration is part of California's medical preparedness in the event of a major west coast natural disaster.

Full Disclosure - UK Body Care Eco-Store, With A Twist
August 22, 2007 09:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

LEICESTER, England - - An English eco-company with a catchy name, Eco-a-go-go, announced its efforts to make buying natural and organic personal care products easier for health conscious consumers. Their idea: help customers sift through the quaqmire of vague labelling on many personal care products.

Marburg virus found in African fruit bats
August 22, 2007 04:36 PM - Maggie Fox - Reuters

Fruit bats that roost in caves are apparently the source of Marburg virus, which causes a deadly hemorrhagic fever related to Ebola virus, researchers said on Tuesday.

Even A Little Exercise Has Health Benefits
August 22, 2007 03:09 PM - Reuters Health

A new study shows that even low levels of weekly exercise - below currently recommended levels -- has major health benefits. In the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults. For optimum health, adults are currently recommended to engage in 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise on at least five days of the week. But few people achieve this level of weekly activity, often citing lack of time as the reason.

Children's Fear Of New Foods May Be Genetic
August 22, 2007 02:17 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK - UK researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of twins, which included both identical and fraternal twin pairs, Dr. Lucy J. Cooke of University College London and her colleagues found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited.

High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed In U.S. Kids
August 22, 2007 02:12 PM - Reuters

CHICAGO - High blood pressure among children and adolescents, a growing problem linked to increasing juvenile obesity, often goes undiagnosed in the United States, according to a study published on Tuesday. This is dangerous, as high blood pressure can quietly damage the organs, especially the kidneys, the researchers reported in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

States Seek Fed Crackdown On Energy Drinks
August 22, 2007 02:01 PM - Reuters

BOSTON - The attorneys general of 28 states, Washington D.C., and Guam asked the federal government on Tuesday to crack down on the makers of energy drinks with alcohol and caffeine, arguing their advertisements don't warn of health and safety risks. "Combining alcohol with caffeine hardly seems healthy - and that false claim is what we seek to halt," said Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

UN Says Human Trafficking Spreads HIV/AIDS In Asia
August 22, 2007 01:45 PM - Ranga Sirilal, Reuters

COLOMBO - About 300,000 women and children are trafficked across Asia each year, accelerating the spread of HIV/AIDS, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Trafficking ... contributes to the spread of HIV by significantly increasing the vulnerability of trafficked persons to infection," said Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, HIV/AIDS regional coordinator, Asia and Pacific, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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