• Beijing pollution no threat to athletes: IOC

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Pollution at the Beijing Olympics poses no immediate threat to athletes' health but could affect world-class performances, the International Olympic Committee's top medical official Arne Ljungqvist said on Monday. "I believe the conditions will be good for athletes although they will not necessarily be ideal," the IOC medical commission chief told reporters in a conference call from Sweden. >> Read the Full Article
  • New method finds networks of genes behind obesity

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overeating disrupts entire networks of genes in the body, causing not only obesity, but diabetes and heart disease, in ways that may be possible to predict, researchers reported on Sunday.

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  • Eating Soy Helps Women Prevent Breast Cancer

    If you're a tofu-lover, you may be in luck: A new government-sponsored study from Japan claims that women who make soy-based products a regular part of their daily diet face dramatically lower risks of developing breast cancer than those who don't. The study tracked 25,000 women between the ages of 40 and 69 over a ten-and-a-half year period, finding that women who consumed around 3.5 ounces of tofu or 1.75 ounces of "natto" (a type of fermented bean) each day were one-third less likely to develop the dreaded disease, thanks to a cancer-fighting compound called genistein that's naturally found in soy. >> Read the Full Article
  • Do You Know What Toxic Chemicals Lurk in Your Clothing?

    You know that if you eat that sugar-filled cookie, it might spike your insulin, and if you put on cosmetics with chemicals in them, they will probably end up in your blood. But have you ever thought twice about putting on your favorite T-shirt, or snuggling into your cotton sheets? A growing number of parents are demanding organic cotton clothing and diapers for their babies. Many don't stop with clothing, but have furnished their homes with organic flooring or carpeting, organic mattresses, organic linens, organic window coverings etc. Are they fanatics or do they have scientific evidence to support their lifestyle changes? >> Read the Full Article
  • Flu outbreak shuts Hong Kong schools for two weeks

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - More than half a million Hong Kong schoolchildren stayed at home on Thursday after the government shut all kindergartens and primary schools for two weeks to contain an outbreak of flu. A government-appointed panel of experts is investigating the deaths of three children, aged 2, 3 and 7, over the last two weeks. All three had flu-like symptoms. >> Read the Full Article
  • Asia shows way to fight dengue as global spread looms

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Clarissa Poon was one of an estimated 50 million people who contracted mosquito-borne dengue fever last year. She spent an agonizing week on a drip in a Bangkok hospital as she battled the potentially deadly disease. "There was not a single moment when I wasn't aching everywhere, dizzy and nauseous. I was so weak I couldn't even stand," said Poon, who caught the illness during a family holiday at a beach resort in Thailand. >> Read the Full Article
  • Foreign donors back away from Indonesia AIDS fight

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Foreign donors who have propped up Indonesia's fight against AIDS/HIV are poised to slash their funding programs, partly because they now consider Indonesia a middle-income country, officials said on Wednesday. Infection rates in Indonesia are increasing rapidly among high-risk population groups, especially drug users and sex workers, and in the easternmost Papua region an AIDS epidemic has spread into the general population. >> Read the Full Article
  • Drinking Water Contaminated by Pharmaceuticals; Bottled Water Not the Answer

    "A vast array of pharmaceuticals -including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans," an Associated Press investigation shows. Water in 24 metropolitan areas, including Detroit, Louisville, southern California and Northern New Jersey is particularly at risk. The report says the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are "tiny." But it also points out that "the presence of so many prescription drugs - and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen - in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health." Those consequences could include reproductive irregularities, the early onset of puberty, and increasing resistance to antibiotics. >> Read the Full Article
  • Bird flu shows signs of mutation: China expert

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese expert on respiratory diseases says the H5N1 bird flu virus has shown signs of mutation and urged vigilance at a time when seasonal human influenza is at a peak, newspapers reported on Tuesday. "When avian flu is around and human flu appears, this will raise the chances of avian flu turning into a human flu. We have to be very alert and careful in March," Zhong Nanshan was quoted by the Ming Pao newspaper as saying. >> Read the Full Article
  • Are fat moms to blame for fat kids? Answer unclear

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British researchers who tried to show why overweight mothers tend to have overweight children said on Monday they had filled in one small piece of the puzzle. Their reassuring finding: women who are too fat when pregnant are probably not somehow driving the obesity epidemic by programming their children to be fat. >> Read the Full Article