Lifestyle

Green tea may cut prostate cancer risk: Japan study
December 19, 2007 09:03 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Drinking green tea may reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer, according to a study by researchers at Japan's National Cancer Center. It said men who drank five or more cups a day might halve the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer compared with those who drank less than one cup a day. "This does not mean that people who drink green tea are guaranteed to have reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer," said Norie Kurahashi, a scientist who took part in the study.

Pakistan says no threat of bird flu pandemic
December 19, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Wednesday there was no threat of a pandemic from bird flu, as World Health Organization experts visited the country's northwest which reported the first human death from the virus. Pakistani authorities confirmed at the weekend eight human bird flu cases, including the one death, that the WHO said were likely a combination of infections from poultry and limited person to person transmission due to close contact.

Cities Play the Green Card to Achieve Success
December 19, 2007 08:47 AM - UNEP

Bali, Indonesia, 11 December 2007- From the use of horse-drawn carriages to solve public transport shortage in Bayamo, Cuba to an emissions trading scheme in Taiyuan, China, cities around the world are providing inspiring examples in the global quest for sustainability and the fight against climate change. The report "Liveable Cities: The Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning", published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Cities Alliance and ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability, showcases 12 examples of cities around the world.

EU gives MasterCard six months to cut fee
December 19, 2007 08:18 AM - Huw Jones, Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - MasterCard has six months to change its fee structure for international card transactions or face daily fines, according to an EU ruling that retailers said would save consumers billions of euros a year. The European Union's executive European Commission said that for 15 years MasterCard's multilateral interchange fee (MIF) on cross-border payment card transactions using MasterCard and Maestro cards violated EU rules on fair competition. "Multilateral interchange fee agreements such as MasterCard's inflate the cost of card acceptance by retailers," EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mom-and-Pop Toy Store Takes the Lead on Lead
December 18, 2007 07:12 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEWTON, Mass. - In light of recent recalls and concerns about toy safety, award-winning toy store Green Planet Kids undertook to test their entire product line for lead, and is offering free screening for toys their customers purchased elsewhere. Green Planet Kids owners Annabelle Ship and John Sanders had their entire toy store tested with a state-of-the-art XRF scanner. "We're not aware of any other toy store in the country that has taken this step to ensure that their products are safe," said Ship. "Our customers were asking questions. We didn't want to trust anyone else in the supply chain. We wanted to witness the testing so that we could respond with confidence to our customers' concerns," said Ship.

Pittsburgh's New Year's Ball Ornament Eco-Friendly
December 18, 2007 06:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

PITTSBURGH - Did you know that Pittsburghers ring in a green New Year? Again this year, Highmark's "The Future of Pittsburgh" ball, which is made from environmentally friendly materials, will light the sky in downtown Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's First Night celebration.

US Calls For Protection For Seabirds in New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, New Guinea and Solomon Islands
December 18, 2007 06:32 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Washington DC - Six species of seabirds native to New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands would be protected by the Endangered Species Act under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal published in today?s Federal Register. The species proposed to be classified as endangered include the Chatham petrel (Pterodroma axillaris), and magenta petrel (Pterodroma magentae), of New Zealand, and the Fiji petrel (Pterodroma macgillivrayi), of Fiji. Cook's petrel (Pterodroma cookii), also of New Zealand; the Galapagos petrel (Pterodroma phaeopygia), of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; and the Heinroth's shearwater (Puffinus heinrothi), native to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, are proposed to be classified as threatened.

New Biochip Could Replace Animal Testing
December 18, 2007 06:22 PM -

BERKELEY -- With the cosmetics industry facing a European ban on animal testing in 2009, a newly developed biochip could provide the rapid analysis needed to insure that the chemicals in cosmetics are nontoxic to humans.

Many kids may not outgrow cow's milk allergy
December 18, 2007 06:09 PM - Joene Hendry, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cow's milk allergy persists longer than previously reported, and the majority of children may retain the sensitivity into school age, study findings suggest. "The old data saying that most milk allergy will be easily outgrown, usually by the age of 3 years, is most likely wrong," Dr. Robert A. Wood, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Reuters Health. He and colleagues found that just 19 percent of children allergic to cow's milk outgrew their allergy by age 4.

Americans want fit finances before fit body: study
December 18, 2007 04:44 PM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a year of record mortgage foreclosures and slumping home prices, Americans are more determined to shape up their flabby finances in 2008 than their bodies, according to a study released by Countrywide Bank on Tuesday. Some 67 percent of the 1,002 adults surveyed nationwide said that becoming financially fit is a top New Year's resolution, while 57 percent are committed to becoming physically fit in 2008. "The results of the survey are an indicator that people are finally putting financial health on par with physical health," said clinical psychologist Dr. Melody Alderman in a statement from Countrywide.

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