• Strength Training And Spirituality Mix, In Iran

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - (Video) For the men who practice it, it's about not just fitness but a connection with God. Zurkhaneh, an ancient Persian sporting ritual whose name means "House of Strength", is a historic breeding ground for wrestlers in Iran, and now enjoying something of a comeback. It looks to a Western eye like an exotic mixture of body-building and aerobics. But for the men whirling like dervishes to frenetic drumbeats, juggling heavy wooden clubs and doing push-ups in the pit of a "House of Strength" in northern Tehran, the ritual is about much more. "It is a holy thing," said Nader Ghasemi, wearing traditional embroidered trousers with a German Bayern Munich soccer shirt. "It makes me feel close to God," said Ghasemi, preparing to step into the octagonal pit at the center of the hall to perform a series of coordinated routines together with about 20 others. >> Read the Full Article
  • Human Ecology: Bin Laden Video May Signal New Attacks

    LONDON (Reuters) - Abandoning his Kalashnikov and dyeing his beard from grey to black, Osama bin Laden presents a new image to the world in a video that makes no specific threats but may be a signal for new al Qaeda attacks. In a half-hour address released four days before the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, bin Laden lurched between history lesson and sermon, urging Americans to ditch capitalist democracy and embrace Islam if they want to end the war in Iraq. >> Read the Full Article
  • Congress Looks Into Mattel After Toy Recalls; Toymakers Call For Safety Tests

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is looking into Mattel Inc's procedures for alerting federal regulators about hazardous toys, The Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Friday. Senior Democrats in the Senate and the House have launched separate probes, which are expected to focus on Mattel's dealings with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the report said. Mattel said on Tuesday that it would recall more than 800,000 toys for excessive lead levels, its third such recall this summer. The CPSC has disagreed sharply with the toy company over the investigation of reports of dangerous products. >> Read the Full Article
  • MIT works toward safer gene therapy

    In work that could lead to safe and effective techniques for gene therapy, MIT researchers have found a way to fine-tune the ability of biodegradable polymers to deliver genes. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. is now free of canine rabies virus

    Federal health experts declared a small victory against a fatal and untreatable virus on Friday, saying canine rabies has disappeared from the United States. While dogs may still become infected from raccoons, skunks or bats, they will not catch dog-specific rabies from another dog, the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Treating Cancer Yet Protecting Fertility: Study Launched

    CHICAGO --- Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine has been awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a landmark national research, clinical and education program that targets fertility threats posed to women by cancer treatment. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. and China to hold product safety talks

    Chinese officials will visit Washington next week for product safety talks with their U.S. counterparts, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday as Americans faced another recall of Chinese-made toys. The long-scheduled Biennial Sino-US Consumer Product Safety Summit, which follows an inaugural 2005 round in Beijing, comes after months of product recalls and discoveries of unsafe imports from China. >> Read the Full Article
  • Global Warming May Pose Threat to Heart

    Global warming may be melting glaciers and forcing polar bears onto land, but doctors warn it could also affect your heart. "If it really is a few degrees warmer in the next 50 years, we could definitely have more cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, of the department of cardiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute. >> Read the Full Article
  • 13 percent of women stop taking breast cancer drug because of side effects, U-M study finds

    More than 10 percent of women with breast cancer stopped taking a commonly prescribed drug because of joint and muscle pain, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. >> Read the Full Article
  • Fairbank Farms Recalls Beef Patties

    Fairbank Farms, a national company that sells ground beef, announced a recall Wednesday of 85 percent lean ground beef patties sold in Shaw's Supermarkets. The ground beef patties, sold fresh under the Shaw's label, could have been purchased by consumers in New England between about 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. >> Read the Full Article