Toys "R" Us Steps Up Toxins Testing
September 10, 2007 09:41 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Toys "R" Us is increasing the frequency of safety checks conducted on products sold in its stores after a slew of Chinese-made toys were recalled this summer due to unsafe levels of lead paint. "Earlier this year we began spot checking of products on our store shelves as part of our increased efforts for quality assurance," said Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. "But in light of recent recalls we have begun a systematic recheck of all products on our store shelves." Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage.

Mel Gibson set to back tire recycling
September 10, 2007 08:43 AM - Reuters

Green Rubber Global, a Malaysian tire-recycling company, plans to list in London and has roped in Hollywood actor Mel Gibson to help. Gibson will unveil the listing plans together with Vinod Sekhar, group chief executive of Green Rubber's parent Petra Group, during a media conference in Singapore, a source involved in the IPO said.

In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom
September 10, 2007 08:41 AM - Reuters

From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, pesticides in Israel or China's coal-fired power plants.

Antidepressant shows early promise in treating agitation and psychotic symptoms of dementia
September 10, 2007 08:15 AM - Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Researchers have found surprising evidence that an antidepressant (citalopram) may perform as well as a commonly-prescribed antipsychotic (risperidone) in the alleviation of severe agitation and psychotic symptoms of dementia. Researchers also found that the antidepressant was associated with “significantly lower” adverse side effects.

Searchers Frustrated Over Fossett Search
September 10, 2007 08:12 AM - Sandra Chereb -Associated Press

With another false sighting and frustration growing among rescue crews, the search for missing aviator Steve Fossett entered its second week Monday over the high desert and rugged mountains of western Nevada.

Memorial Honors Trapped Miners
September 10, 2007 08:08 AM - David Burger -Associated Press

Hundreds came to an interfaith service Sunday in the heart of Utah's coal country to say a public goodbye to six miners who were entombed in a mine after an earthshaking collapse.

FDA Considers Additional Food Labels
September 10, 2007 08:03 AM - Andrew Bridges -Associated Press

If an increasingly overweight America's eyes are bigger than its stomach, then placing more nutritional information in plain sight could allow shoppers to see their way to more healthy choices while scanning food labels.

Crews Work to Contain Fire in Sierras
September 10, 2007 07:56 AM - Associated Press

Crews worked through the night to fight a wildfire that has blackened 62,000 acres in the northeast Sierra Nevada and was only 15 percent contained.Shifting winds sent smoke from the growing wildfire heading back toward the San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay area Sunday, authorities said.

Disney to Test Toys Independently
September 10, 2007 07:54 AM - Associated Press

Following three high-profile recalls by Mattel Inc. this summer involving millions of Chinese-made, lead-tainted toys, The Walt Disney Company will begin independently testing toys featuring its characters, company officials said.

Antidepressant Dangers Scaring Parents, Doctors
September 9, 2007 01:56 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Highly publicized government warnings that antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts in adolescents may have scared off parents and doctors alike, meaning fewer depressed children are being diagnosed, U.S. psychiatrists say. The warnings, starting in 2003, were followed by the biggest one-year spike in suicide rates in 15 years among U.S. children and young adults, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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