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The FDA warns about pneumonia caused by antibiotic Cubicin PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00
The Food and Drug Administration Thursday warned physicians and patients that the intravenous antibiotic Cubicin can cause life-threatening eosinophilic pneumonia, which is marked by the accumulation of a type of white blood cells called eosinophils in the lungs. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
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NOAA: last decade was warmest, global warming "undeniable" PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 00:00
As July continues to sizzle in much of the United States, a new U.S. report says the 2000-2009 decade was the Earth's warmest on record and "global warming is undeniable."

About 300 scientists from 48 countries contributed to the 2009 State of the Climate report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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More evidence that BPA laces store receipts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 00:00
People interested in limiting exposure to bisphenol A - a hormone-mimicking environmental contaminant - might want to consider wearing gloves the next time a store clerk hands over a cash-register receipt. A July 27 report by a public-interest research group has now confirmed many of these receipts have a BPA-rich powdery residue on their surface. But you can't tell which ones on the basis of a visual inspection.

A building block of polycarbonate plastics, bisphenol A is also a biologically active estrogen mimic. Less well known, many thermal- and carbonless-copy papers also employ BPA to print images, generally store receipts.

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Banned chemical found in food PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 00:00
A study has found concerning levels of chemical residues in the vegetable bok choy with some samples containing residues of a chemical banned last year.

The results released today by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) looked at locally-produced and imported crops, which were prone to exceeding chemical limits, and found no health or safety concerns.

But the study by the Food Residue Surveillance Programme found a number of bok choy samples exceeded the maximum residue limits (MRL) for agricultural chemicals, with 10 out of 23 examples containing the fungicide chlorothalonil or the insecticide thiamethoxam over the allowable limit.

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Environmental Toxins Cost Michigan Nearly $6B Annually PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00
Childhood illnesses linked to environmental toxins are costing the state billions of dollars, according to a new study by the Ecology Center and the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.

The study looked at four different diseases that have been linked to environmental toxins: lead poisoning, asthma, pediatric cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and cerebral palsy.

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Childhood Cancer Leaves Cardiac Legacy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00
An alarmingly high percentage of childhood cancer survivors have abnormal cardiac function even in early adulthood, a long-term Dutch study found.

By age 23, 27% of five-year survivors had subclinical cardiac dysfunction, as shown by left ventricular (LV) shortening fraction below 30%, Helena J. van der Pal, MD, of Emma Children's Hospital in Amsterdam, and colleagues, reported in the July 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Child Cancer Survivors May Have Trouble Having Kids Later PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Although more children are surviving a cancer diagnosis, there may be unintended long-term effects from treatment on reproduction, a study published Thursday found.

Female survivors who had irradiation of the uterus and ovaries at a high dose when they were children had a significantly elevated risk of stillbirth or neonatal death during a subsequent pregnancy, according to Lisa Signorello of the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Md., and colleagues.

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Vitamins good for Kids with bone disease PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
Kids suffering from celiac disease should include certain must-have vitamins in their diets to prevent weak bones and osteoporosis, according to researchers at the University of Alberta.

A study of 43 children and teens from three to 18 years of age diagnosed with celiac disease showed that they also tended to have low bone density, likely due to poor intake and absorption of vitamins and minerals.

In other words, they should be getting more of bone-boosting vitamins such as K and D in their diets, said Diana Mager, a professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science at the U of A, and one of the researchers on the project.

"Children with celiac disease are at risk for poor bone health, but by adding vitamins K and D to their diets, it can help reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis," said Mager.

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Lack of zinc linked to diabetes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
A U.S. researcher says zinc may play a role in blood sugar regulation and in avoiding type 2 diabetes.

Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy of the University of Michigan suggests in type 2 diabetes -- a protein called amylin forms dense clumps that shut down insulin-producing cells. However, in the presence of zinc, amylin does not form clumps.

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Downing diet soda tied to risk of premature birth PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
New research suggests that drinking lots of artificially sweetened beverages may be linked with an increased risk of premature births.

"It may be non-optional for pregnant women to have high consumption of these types of products," Dr. Thorhallur I. Halldorsson of the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, one of the researchers on the study, told Reuters Health.

"Diet" drinks are widely promoted as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas and juices, but Halldorsson and his colleagues note that there's been little research on the safety of regular consumption of artificial sweeteners in humans.

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