New Study: Americans Reach Environmental Turning Point, Companies Need to Catch Up
August 22, 2007 09:20 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - A new study says the vast majority (87%) of consumers agreeing they are seriously concerned about the environment and most Americans are looking to the federal government to strengthen their enforcement of green regulations (73%). The study also found that while they say balance between economic growth and environmental protection is a good goal, the environment should come first when a conflict arises (52%).

Experts Say Housing Market Downturn, Mortgage Crunch Will Severly Hurt Vehicle Sales
August 22, 2007 08:56 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NORTHVILLE, Mich. - The deepening downturn in new housing starts, combined with soaring consumer debt triggered by rising adjustable rate mortgages, will continue to put the brakes on U.S. light vehicle sales through the remainder of 2007. That's the conclusion of an analysis by automotive market forecasters. Analysts predict that consumer budgets stretched to the breaking point as a result of the mortgage crunch will drag sales down to 16.2 million units this year -- 350,000 fewer vehicles than in 2006. It would be the lowest sales level since 1998.

Maoist Woes Push Nepal To Cut Everest Climbing Fees
August 22, 2007 03:35 PM - Gopal Sharma, Reuters

KATHMANDU - Nepal will slash climbing fees for Mount Everest in the off-season to lure mountaineers to the world's tallest peak and boost tourism hit by years of a Maoist conflict, a senior minister said on Wednesday. Dozens of mountaineering teams, each paying at least $70,000, go to the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) Everest summit during the main climbing season that runs from March to May.

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.

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.

Breaking Up May Not Be As Hard As The Song Says
August 22, 2007 01:11 PM - Northwestern University

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The devastation caused by a broken heart has been a dominant theme throughout the ages of great literature and pop culture alike. But a new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would.

Fat On Chest And Upper Back Increases Risk Of Insulin Resistance
August 22, 2007 11:31 AM - San Francisco VA Medical Center

San Francisco - Upper trunk fat -- deposits of fat on the chest and back -- is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, a condition that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. It is the first time such an association has been demonstrated, say the researchers.

Working Families Rely Heavily on "Convenience" Foods for Dinner, But Save Little Time, Study Finds
August 22, 2007 11:19 AM - University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Two-income families in Los Angeles don't live so much in a fast food nation as they do in a Hamburger Helper hamlet on the edge of a packaged lettuce greenbelt, according to the first academic study to track American families moment by moment as they make dinner.

Brad Pitt aims to keep focus on Katrina recovery
August 22, 2007 10:29 AM - Russell McCulley - Reuters

Calling Hurricane Katrina a "man-made disaster," actor Brad Pitt said on Tuesday he remains committed to helping the city recover from the storm. Nearly two years after the August 29, 2005 hurricane, the "Ocean's Thirteen" star said he was at times dismayed by the pace of recovery in New Orleans, where he and partner Angelina Jolie own an elegant townhouse in the historic French Quarter.

Bednet Best Defense Against Malaria, Say Researchers
August 22, 2007 10:05 AM - Kennedy Abwao, SciDevNet

NAIROBI - Children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are less likely to die from malaria and nets should be distributed free to all who need them, according to research from Kenya.

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