Chemicals used as fire retardants could be harmful
December 12, 2007 05:02 PM - UC Riverside, Newswire

Riverside, California - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals used as fire retardants, can be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, as reported in a news story days ago, they are being found in alarming concentrations, in human blood and breast milk – a potentially major concern for human health.

Cholesterol drugs may raise brain hemorrhage risk
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin), may raise the risk of brain hemorrhage in patients who have experienced a recent stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA), new research suggests. Still, this risk may be outweighed by the ability of these agents to lower the overall risk of a second stroke and other serious events, such as heart attack.

TV can raise blood pressure in obese children
December 12, 2007 04:33 PM - By Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obese children who watch a lot of television are more likely to have high blood pressure than heavy children who don't spend as much time in front of the tube, the results of a new study shows.

FDA says Merck recalls 12 lots of kids' vaccines
December 12, 2007 04:32 PM - Reuters

The company recalled 10 lots of its PedvaxHIB vaccine and two lots of its Comvax vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration said in a notice on its Web site. Both vaccines protect against a common cause of pneumonia, meningitis and upper respiratory infections. Comvax also prevents hepatitis

Voters focus on pocketbooks as economy wobbles
December 12, 2007 10:34 AM - Andrea Hopkins, Reuters

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The colorful topics -- whether Oprah or immigration -- steal the media attention on the U.S. campaign trail, but voters never take long to get to their household budget when asked what really matters.

GE's Immelt says banks need acquisitions to boost earnings
December 12, 2007 08:47 AM - Reuters

Immelt made his remarks during an appearance on CNBC, a cable television property owned by the sprawling industrial and financial conglomerate.

Greenspan: subprime "accident waiting to happen"
December 12, 2007 04:00 AM - Reuters

While acknowledging the low U.S. interest rates set under his leadership may have contributed to the bubble in U.S. home prices, Greenspan said he felt the roots of the subprime mortgage crisis actually lie with global economic expansion.

Bali gets a culture shock
December 12, 2007 03:13 AM - Reuters

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - With its manicured rice terraces, Hindu temples, and processions of women bearing Carmen Miranda-like mounds of fruit on their heads, Bali has successfully sold itself as a tropical paradise.

But the island resort, which attracts supermodels and rock stars as well as thousands of less famous economic migrants in search of a better life, may become a victim of its own success.

Australia's PM hands over Kyoto papers in Bali
December 12, 2007 01:31 AM - By Supriyatin, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister handed over documents ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations in Bali on Wednesday and said his own country was already suffering from global warming.

Climate change drying up Western Rockies
December 12, 2007 01:17 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - By 2040, climate change will have melted the glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana and the spring snowpack in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, scientists said on Tuesday.

"People talk about a tipping point, but we've been there and done that," said Tim Barnett, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California and speaker at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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