• Separating the brain's 'bad' from 'good' iron

    Duke University chemists are developing ways to bind up iron in the brain to combat the neurological devastation of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The key is to weed out potentially destructive forms of iron that generate harmful free radicals while leaving benign forms of iron alone to carry out vital functions in the body. >> Read the Full Article
  • Puffer Fish Sold as Salmon Kills 15

    Unscrupulous vendors in Thailand have been selling meat of the deadly puffer fish disguised as salmon, causing the deaths of more than 15 people over the past three years, a doctor said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Cranberries may improve chemotherapy for ovarian cancer

    Compounds in cranberries may help improve the effectiveness of platinum drugs that are used in chemotherapy to fight ovarian cancer, researchers have found in a laboratory study that will be reported today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The scientists demonstrated in cell culture studies that human ovarian cancer cells resistant to platinum drugs became up to 6 times more sensitized to the drugs after exposure to the cranberry compounds in comparison to cells that were not exposed to the compounds, which were obtained from juice extracts. >> Read the Full Article
  • Lead Causes More U.S. Recalls of China-made Toys

    Excessive amounts of lead paint on toys and other children's products led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a recall of more than 300,000 Chinese-made items on Wednesday. The recall includes about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals because they may have excessive levels of lead paint on their metal spiral bindings. >> Read the Full Article
  • California Unveils World's Largest Mobile Civilian Hospital in Preparation For Major California Disaster

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Preparing for a major west coast disaster, the state of California has built three new 200-bed mobile hospitals, along with other new medical assets. The mobile hospitals are the largest civilian medical response facilities of their kind. The demonstration is part of California's medical preparedness in the event of a major west coast natural disaster. >> Read the Full Article
  • Full Disclosure - UK Body Care Eco-Store, With A Twist

    LEICESTER, England - - An English eco-company with a catchy name, Eco-a-go-go, announced its efforts to make buying natural and organic personal care products easier for health conscious consumers. Their idea: help customers sift through the quaqmire of vague labelling on many personal care products. >> Read the Full Article
  • Marburg virus found in African fruit bats

    Fruit bats that roost in caves are apparently the source of Marburg virus, which causes a deadly hemorrhagic fever related to Ebola virus, researchers said on Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Even A Little Exercise Has Health Benefits

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Children's Fear Of New Foods May Be Genetic

    NEW YORK - UK researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of twins, which included both identical and fraternal twin pairs, Dr. Lucy J. Cooke of University College London and her colleagues found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited. >> Read the Full Article
  • High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed In U.S. Kids

    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. >> Read the Full Article