Broccoli compound may ameliorate skin disease
December 5, 2007 12:22 PM - By Megan Rauscher, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The natural compound sulforaphane, which is abundant in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, may have a role in the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa simplex, according to research presented during the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Washington, DC.
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is a genetic condition that causes the skin to become fragile and blister easily from minor injuries or friction, such as rubbing or scratching. The signs and symptoms of the condition vary widely -- blistering may primarily affect the hands and feet and heals, while severe cases involve widespread blistering that can lead to infection, dehydration and may be life-threatening in infants.
Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic
December 4, 2007 05:44 PM -
NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.
Study: Price of lower-calorie foods rising drastically
December 4, 2007 02:52 PM - University of Washington Newswire
Seattle - As food prices rise, the costs of lower-calorie foods are rising the fastest, according to a University of Washington study appearing in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. As the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables and other low-calorie foods have jumped nearly 20 percent in the past two years, the UW researchers say, a nutritious diet may be moving out of the reach of some American consumers.
"Out of Balance" climate film targets ExxonMobil
December 4, 2007 08:46 AM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmentalists love taking aim at ExxonMobil Corp., which many see as the biggest corporate culprit in human-fueled climate change. A documentary on global warming takes this to a new level: buy the $24.99 DVD online, and the film's distributor will donate $10 to victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Jackson, who made "Out of Balance" for about $50,000, said the connection between the Valdez spill and ExxonMobil's stance on global warming was former chief executive Lee Raymond, who headed the corporation's cleanup operations in Alaska in 1989. Jackson and others quoted in the film dismissed this operation as a "PR charade" aimed more at looking busy than fixing the problem.
AskPablo: Should I buy a hybrid?
December 4, 2007 08:22 AM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit
I began by researching the prices and fuel economy of five hybrid vehicles and their non-hybrid counterparts: Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Nissan Altima, Saturn Aura, and the Toyota Camry. The Saturn Aura Hybrid is not priced much higher than the standard model but some research showed that this vehicle is a bit of a joke in the hybrid vehicle world. It's mpg increase is not impressive, the electric motor is weak, and the vehicle can apparently only run in fully electric mode up to 3 miles per hour. For these reasons I have excluded the Saturn Auro from the results. The Toyota Prius is also notably absent, a decision made due to the fact that the Prius is a hybrid specific vehicle and there is no non-hybrid baseline vehicle to compare it to.
Green morality: Disguising environmental harm eases only our conscience
December 4, 2007 08:10 AM - Inderscience Publishers
We can disguise environmentally harmful practices and dress them up in words to help ease our consciences, argues Albert Bandura of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, but such practices will have a negative impact on the planet and the quality of life of future generations, no matter how we label them.
Writing in the Inderscience publication International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, he explains that we must stop attempting to disguise our actions and switch on our environmental conscience to save the world.
World’s Largest Green Shopping Destination Opens
December 3, 2007 07:22 PM -
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the latest entry into green online shopping - www.EVO.com - announced they are open for business.The idea is to take online green shopping to an expanded level, providing shoppers with a wider selection of green gift items via the web. Using special software the website has prescreened millions of products for their "green" attributes and only offers products for sale on evo.com that earn an EVO rating of one to five leaves. The company consulted with leaders in the sustainability field to establish the rating system. The site features more than 100,000 green products and services from 1,200 retailers. There's something for almost everyone.
Mental disorders rife after Hurricane Katrina-study
December 3, 2007 06:39 PM - Reuters
Depression, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress were diagnosed in 49 percent of New Orleans residents surveyed five to seven months after the storm struck on August 29, 2005, the study found.
Stay married -- divorce is bad for environment
December 3, 2007 05:13 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Irked spouses looking for a reason to stay married were offered a novel rationale by U.S. researchers on Monday: divorce is bad for the environment.
The global trend toward higher divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, scientists at Michigan State University reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Over 40 mln in U.S. can't afford health care: report
December 3, 2007 03:29 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 40 million people in the United States say they cannot afford adequate heath care and go without drugs, eyeglasses or dental treatment, according to a federal report released on Monday.
The latest look at the state of U.S. health care also shows that while death rates from cancer and heart disease have dropped in recent years, just as many Americans are dying in car crashes.