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Diet high in white bread and pasta 'can double chance of heart disease' PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 April 2010 10:59
Eating a diet high in white bread and pasta can more than double the chances of developing heart disease, a new study shows.

Foods which raise blood sugar levels quickly were linked to an increased risk of the potentially deadly condition.

However, only women appear to be affected.

Men were not significantly more at risk, researchers found, perhaps because they develop heart disease in different ways.

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Babies tainted by many toxins, report says PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010 23:37
Surprising as it may seem, the umbilical cord blood of babies born today can have traces of industrial chemicals that were banned 30 years ago, a report says. Their bodies can absorb at least 287 toxic chemicals while they are still in the womb.

Ken Cook is president and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy group. He was in North Carolina last week and discussed results of blood tests his organization conducted in 2004 on 10 American babies.

According to Cook, the EWG test is the first to look at how chemicals used in everyday life affect fetuses, and it shows that industrial pollution begins in the womb.

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Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for their Organs PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 April 2010 00:00
The main conclusion of the book "is that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners. We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and 'people's courts', since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries."

From the 52 kinds of evidence we examined, our finding did not come from any single piece, but from their cumulative effect. Each is verifiable in itself and most are incontestable. In combination, they constitute a damning overall picture of guilt.

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Vitamin D3 Supplements in Winter May Help Protect Against Influenza A PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
Vitamin D3 supplementation during the winter is linked to lower incidence of influenza A, particularly in specific subgroups of schoolchildren, according to the results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial reported online in the March 10 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

"To our knowledge, no rigorously designed clinical trials have evaluated the relation between vitamin D and physician diagnosed seasonal influenza," write Mitsuyoshi Urashima, MD, PhD, from Jikei University School of Medicine, Minato-ku, in Tokyo, Japan, and colleagues. "We investigated the effect of vitamin D supplements on the incidence of seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren."

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Excessive dioxin in 8% of European food samples PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 00:00
Illegal levels of cancer-causing dioxins showed up in 8 percent of food and feed samples taken in Europe between 1999 and 2008, a report from Europe's food safety agency said on Wednesday.

Animal and fish liver products had the highest dioxin levels in food while fish oil showed the strongest concentrations in animal feed, the Italy-based European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said.

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Blueberries may help prevent diabetes and arthritis PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:00
Toss some wild blueberries onto your cereal, a salad, or into the blender for a smoothie - they're a powerhouse for good health, says Marva Irene Sweeney-Nixon, Ph.D., an associate biology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

She recommends eating 1/2 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries everyday for their disease-fighting flavonoids, high fibre and vitamin C. Her advice comes backed with years of scientific study on animals, and a more recent leap into the first human trials. She and a colleague at UPEI, Kathy Gottschall-Pass, Ph.D., recruited a graduate student in 2006 to run a pilot study evaluating the effect of blueberry juice on middle-aged, overweight men at moderate risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Chocolate Protects Against High Blood Pressure, Stroke PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:00
Willy Wonka may have been on the right track -- chocolate may be a sweet way to control blood pressure and thus protect the heart, according to a report from German researchers.

But before you stock up on chocolate bunnies, consider this: the chocolate benefit was greatest among people who consumed about 7.5 grams of chocolate daily. That works out to about a quarter of an ounce, which is barely a nibble from a typical Hershey bar, which weighs in at 1.55 ounces.

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If we’re well, we simply don’t need medicine PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 March 2010 00:00
The therapeutic revolution of the post-war years ranks amongst the most impressive of all human achievements. So dramatically successful has been the assault on disease that it is almost impossible to imagine what life was like back in 1945, when there were no drugs for tuberculosis or schizophrenia or rheumatoid arthritis, or indeed for virtually any illness that a doctor encountered; a time before open heart surgery, transplantation and cures for cancer. These and a multitude of similar developments have been of immeasurable benefit in freeing people from the fear of illness and untimely death.

Yet, as Professor Joan Busfield from Exeter University argues - in a paper, "A Pill for Every Ill", in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine this month - there is something very peculiar going on to account for why, over the past two decades, the Health Service's drugs bill should have exploded, with little evidence of any measurable improvement in the nation's heath.

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FDA warns against using rotavirus vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 11:05
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned doctors and parents against using the Rotarix rotavirus vaccine until further testing can confirm that it is safe.

The warning follows an academic research group's discovery -- subsequently confirmed by the FDA and Rotarix manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline -- that the vaccine contains a pig virus called porcine circovirus 1, or PCV1. The virus is not known to cause illness in humans, and no adverse effects have been observed in children vaccinated with Rotarix, but the agency decided to err on the side of caution with the warning until more information can be obtained.

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Most power plants still spewing toxic mercury, report says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:00
Many of America's coal-fired power plants lack widely available pollution controls for the highly toxic metal mercury, and mercury emissions recently increased at more than half of the country's 50 largest mercury-emitting power plants, according to a report Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Environmental Integrity Project reported that five of the 10 plants with the highest amount of mercury emitted are in Texas. Plants in Georgia, Missouri, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Michigan also are in the top 10.

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