• Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Due To E.coli

    LOS ANGELES - A division of Dole Food Co said on Monday it was recalling some bagged salads sold in the United States and Canada because a sample at a Canadian grocery store was found to contain E. coli.  Dole Fresh Vegetables said it has not received any reports that anyone has become sick from eating the products. The recall covers "Dole Hearts Delight" salads sold with a "best if used by" date of September 19.

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  • Experimental therapy may ease spinal cord injury

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An experimental body cooling treatment used on an injured National Football League player offers promise for preventing paralysis in people who sustain severe spinal cord injuries, experts said on Thursday.

    But the value of "modest hypothermia," the treatment used on Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills after he was injured in a game on Sunday, remains controversial among some doctors who want to see more evidence it helps those patients.

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  • Man in China dies after three-day Internet session

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.

    The man from the southern boomtown of Guangzhou, aged about 30, died on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, local authorities were quoted by the Beijing News as saying.

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  • Food industry group to propose safety rules: report

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the industry's largest trade group, plans to unveil on Tuesday a proposal to increase U.S. federal oversight of imported food and ingredients, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Monday. >> Read the Full Article
  • The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know

    The Problem Girls get their first periods today, on average, a few months earlier than did girls 40 years ago, but they get their breasts one to two years earlier. Over the course of a few decades, the childhoods of U.S. girls have been significantly shortened. What does this mean for girls today and their health in the future? The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty — the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty — to help us better understand this phenomenon so we can protect our daughters’ health. >> Read the Full Article
  • New Fingerprinting Method Tracks Mercury in Environment

    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—With mercury polluting our air, soil and water and becoming concentrated in fish and wildlife as it is passed up the food chain, understanding how the potent nerve toxin travels through the environment is crucial. A new method developed at the University of Michigan uses natural "fingerprints" to track mercury and the chemical transformations it undergoes. A report on the work is published today in Science Express. >> Read the Full Article
  • Revealing the workings of 'Mother Nature's blowtorch'

    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Using atom-level imaging techniques, University of Michigan researchers have revealed important structural details of an enzyme system known as "Mother Nature's blowtorch" for its role in helping the body efficiently break down many drugs and toxins. The research has been detailed in a series of papers, the most recent published online this month in the journal BBA Biomembranes. >> Read the Full Article
  • Knee arthritis may be sign of early lung cancer

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having isolated arthritis in one knee could be an early warning sign for lung cancer, Italian researchers suggest. "Knee monoarthritis as an early manifestation of lung cancer has never been described previously," Dr. Fabrizio Cantini, from the Hospital of Prato, told Reuters Health. He noted that the knee trouble in such cases appears very early, "with the consequent possibility of surgical removal of the cancer." The researchers reviewed the medical records of everyone with isolated knee arthritis seen at their center over a 6-year period, and report their findings in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. >> Read the Full Article
  • High U.S. cocaine cost shows drug war working: Mexico

    MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Friday fewer drug-related killings at home and rising narcotics prices in the United States showed his government is winning the war against cartels. President Felipe Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal police to combat drug gangs since the start of the year but hitmen continue to carry out daylight revenge attacks across Mexico. A police chief of the central state of San Luis Potosi was killed by gunmen on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Sick? Lonely? Genes tell the tale

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lonely people are more likely to get sick and die young, and researchers said on Thursday they may have found out why -- their immune systems are haywire. They used a "gene chip" to look at the DNA of isolated people and found that people who described themselves as chronically lonely have distinct patterns of genetic activity, almost all of it involving the immune system. The study does not show which came first -- the loneliness or the physical traits. But it does suggest there may be a way to help prevent the deadly effects of loneliness, said Steve Cole, a molecular biologist at the University of California Los Angeles who worked on the study. >> Read the Full Article