• TV Watching--The Top Environmental Hazard for Children

    When parents think about their children's exposure to environmental risks, they might think of lead, pesticides or grass pollens. In fact, the greatest environmental exposure for most children is television. They spend more time watching television than in any other wakeful activity, and it affects their health and well-being in significant ways. For too long parents and even pediatricians have asked: "Is television good or bad?" Television is inherently neither; it's time to move beyond such black or white thinking. >> Read the Full Article
  • Beijing pollution risky for endurance athletes

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Endurance events at the Beijing Olympics could pose a health risk if they are staged on heavily polluted days, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday, although it was prepared to reschedule such events. Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC coordination commission, said there was a small chance of athletes suffering some damage to their health if they took part in events lasting longer than an hour, such as the marathon and cycling road races. >> Read the Full Article
  • Cholesterol scientist balked at delay: lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lead researcher for a study of Schering-Plough Corp and Merck & Co's controversial cholesterol drug Vytorin had expressed strong concern over the companies' decision to delay the findings, according to e-mails released on Monday. In a note to Schering executive John Strony last July, John Kastelein said he was troubled that the drugmakers delayed publication of the results, which found that their jointly sold drug Vytorin failed to reverse heart disease any better than cheaper statin drugs. >> Read the Full Article
  • Man-made molecules reverse liver cirrhosis in rats

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Japan have designed artificial molecules that when used with rats successfully reversed liver cirrhosis, a serious chronic disease in humans that until now can only be cured by transplants. Cirrhosis is the hardening or scarring of the liver, and is caused by factors such as heavy drinking and Hepatitis B and C. The disease is especially serious in parts of Asia, including China. >> Read the Full Article
  • China recalls milk supplies after children fall ill

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Officials in southern China sealed more than 4,000 boxes of possibly contaminated milk and the manufacturer recalled another 2,700 boxes after children became sick on drinking the product, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. A total of 119 children, some in day care centers, fell ill on drinking the milk and 75 of them were hospitalized for two days, China's official news agency said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Antibiotic resistance and the developing world

    Developing countries, struggling under the burden of bacterial diseases such as tuberculosis, are more in need of antibiotics than ever. But issues such as proliferation of counterfeit drugs, poor prescribing practices and a lack of regulation or guidelines are fuelling the growth of resistance to these much needed medicines. >> Read the Full Article
  • A Happy Relationship Keeps Blood Pressure Low

    Is your blood pressure so high that your doctor has proclaimed you a walking stroke? Of course, you know all the best tricks for bringing it back down. He's told you to quit smoking, lose weight, exercise daily, and cut back on the beer and bacon – all very difficult and unpleasant tasks, though definitely more fun than a heart attack. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chefs warn on side-effects of sushi boom

    TOKYO (Reuters) - As Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish boom: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, poisoned consumers. Once a rare and exotic treat, seaweed rolls and bites of raw tuna on vinegared rice are now familiar to most food fans. So familiar, in fact, that many hobby cooks in Europe and the United States like to make them in their own kitchens. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mutant gene linked to most severe type of TB: study

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - People who carry a mutant gene can develop potentially fatal meningitis if they get infected with the drug resistant Beijing strain of tuberculosis, a study in Vietnam has found. Tuberculous meningitis is the most severe form of the disease in which the infection spreads to membranes enveloping the brain and the spinal cord. One in three people who develop TB meningitis dies, even if he or she gets hospital treatment. >> Read the Full Article
  • Italy tells EU no contaminated mozzarella exported

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy assured the European Commission on Thursday that no mozzarella cheese contaminated with cancer-causing dioxin has been exported to European Union or third countries, a Commission spokeswoman said. EU health and food safety spokeswoman Nina Papadoulaki said the EU executive had received fresh information from Rome after setting a 1:00 p.m. EDT deadline to receive complete information on the health scare concerning the popular cheese produced in the Campania region. >> Read the Full Article