Lifestyle

U.S. breast cancer death rate continues dropping
September 25, 2007 09:59 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The death rate from breast cancer continues to drop steadily by about 2 percent a year, but black women are not seeing the same benefits as whites, the American Cancer Society said on Tuesday.

The group found that during 2001 through 2004, breast cancer diagnoses fell by an average of 3.7 percent a year -- in part because women stopped taking hormone replacement therapy and in part because fewer got mammograms and therefore were not diagnosed.

Death rates fell by 2 percent during that period.

For women over the age of 50, breast cancer rates fell more sharply, by 4.8 percent a year since 2001, the group said. Breast cancer rates were stable among black women and younger women, the group said.

The berry with punch
September 25, 2007 09:03 AM - Terri Coles -Reuters

All hail the acai, the latest of a variety of trendy fruits that are finding their way into drinks like smoothies, teas and juices, along with the promise of giving your health a boost.

 

A few years ago, pomegranate was suddenly everywhere, but new options like goji berries and mangosteen became popular once the bright red seed-filled fruit went mainstream.

Why are U.S. kids obese? Just look around them
September 25, 2007 09:00 AM - Julie Steenhuysen -Reuters

Tough choices tempt kids at every turn -- whether it is soda in school, junk food ads on TV or the fast-food chain around the corner -- and school policies limiting physical activity only make matters worse, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. This throng of temptations may explain why childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, they said.

'Healthy' restaurants help make us fat, says a new study
September 25, 2007 08:43 AM - Cornell University, Chronicle

If you're like most, you eat worst at healthy restaurants.  The "health halos" of healthy restaurants often prompt consumers to treat themselves to higher-calorie side dishes, drinks or desserts than when they eat at fast-food restaurants that make no health claims, according to a series of new Cornell studies.

Rave Reviews: Stripes and Style Go Hand-in-Hand
September 25, 2007 08:36 AM - Victoria E, Greenloop Fashions

T-shirts are out and sweaters are in! Fall brings a host of fashion options, but if you are a guy, all you want is to be look good - no muss, no fuss. Eden's Reversible Shadow Crew Neck Sweater is one of the only additions your wardrobe will need this season. Featuring classic fit and a seamless blend of punk and preppy styles, this long-sleeve sweater was made in Peru from 100% cotton, has a mélange yarn dye stripe, thumbholes in the cuffs (when was the last time you remembered to bring you gloves anyway?), and reverses to solid black (perfect for those dressier offices and business meetings). Got a hot date? Pair this stripped number with your favorite jeans and a stylish military-style jacket and you won't be going home alone (wink wink).

China Needs New Environmental Policies, SEPA Says
September 25, 2007 08:07 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

At a Green China Forum meeting earlier this month, Pan Yue, the vice president of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), made an unequivocal statement about the need to address the nation’s mounting environmental challenges. “There is no time for China to wait for the launch of environmental economic policies,” he said.

World energy revolution needed for climate: U.S.
September 25, 2007 07:56 AM - Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday the world needs a revolution on energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change."Ultimately, we must develop and bring to market new energy technologies that transcend the current system of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and economic activity. Put simply, the world needs a technological revolution," Rice told delegates at a special U.N. conference on climate change.

India's "toxic" Hindu idols choke rivers: activists
September 25, 2007 07:52 AM - Nita Bhalla -Reuters

The immersion of thousands of statues of Hindu gods containing toxic chemicals into India's rivers and lakes every year poses a pollution threat as festivals become increasingly commercialized, environmentalists said. Hindus across India celebrate various religious festivals in September and October, paying homage to deities like Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, and Goddess Durga, the destroyer of evil.

European fishing pirates hit Pacific: Greenpeace
September 25, 2007 07:33 AM - Rob Taylor -Reuters

Illegal fishing vessels linked to large European fishing firms have begun plundering endangered ocean stocks in the Western and Central Pacific, environment watchdog Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

Surveillance of fishing fleets near the tiny Pacific nations of Kiribati and the Cook Islands showed European owned or operated vessels had expanded their range from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans -- mainly in search of tuna.

Groups Hope to Excite City Kids to Parks
September 25, 2007 07:14 AM - Juliana Barbassa -Associated Press

Jorge Castaneda knelt on a rocky ledge with a map of the Sierra Nevada spread before him.

"There aren't street names," the 18-year-old city kid said only half-jokingly just before his first backpacking trip. "How are we supposed to read these maps?"

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