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Tuesday December 2nd, 2008
Pregnant women warned off make-up posted 12/02/2008, 6:22 AM (The Independent)
[Category: Health]
Spare a thought for the mum-to-be: no booze; no fags; no pâté; no fancy cheese; no eggs; and, probably, a wild craving for coal. Now pregnant woman have been told they have to make do without beauty products.

Growing concerns over the exposure of pregnant women to chemicals that may lead to birth defects have prompted calls for a new EU-wide cosmetics labelling system which would mark out some products as off-limits to mothers-to-be.

The move follows the publication
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Saturday November 29th, 2008

Study Suggests Some Cancers May Go Away posted 11/29/2008, 1:17 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Health]
Cancer researchers have known for years that it was possible in rare cases for some cancers to go away on their own. There were occasional instances of melanomas and kidney cancers that just vanished. And neuroblastoma, a very rare childhood tumor, can go away without treatment.

But these were mostly seen as oddities — an unusual pediatric cancer that might not bear on common cancers of adults, a smattering of case reports of spontaneous cures. And since almost every cancer that i
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Tuesday November 11th, 2008



A Rise in Kidney Stones Is Seen in U.S. Children posted 11/11/2008, 4:35 AM (New York Times)
[Category: Health]
YOUNG VICTIM Tessa Cesario, 11, developed a kidney stone in February. She has since cut back on salt and is drinking more water.

To the great surprise of parents, kidney stones, once considered a disorder of middle age, are now showing up in children as young as 5 or 6.

While there are no reliable data on the number of cases, pediatric urologists and nephrologists across the country say they are seeing a steep rise in young patients. Some hospitals have opene
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Saturday November 1st, 2008

FDA ignored evidence when calling BPA safe posted 11/01/2008, 3:36 PM (USA Today)
[Category: Health]
The Food and Drug Administration ignored evidence when concluding that a chemical in plastic baby bottles is safe, according an expert panel asked to review the agency's handling of the controversial substance.

The Food and Drug Administration ignored evidence about the danger posed by a chemical in plastic baby bottles, according a report released Wednesday.

The excluded studies suggest bisphenol A, or BPA, could pose harm to children at levels at least 10 times lo
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Wednesday October 15th, 2008

Your 'pure' bottled water has contaminants, too posted 10/15/2008, 11:42 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Health]
Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants, including cancer-linked chemicals three times higher than California's health standard, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

The findings challenge the popular impression — and marketing pitch — that bottled water is purer than tap water, the researchers say.

However, all the brands met federal health standards for drinking water. And most of the dete
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Sunday September 28th, 2008



One baby in 30 left alive after medical termination posted 09/28/2008, 11:37 PM (Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found.

They lived for an average of 80 minutes - although in some cases foetuses survived for over six hours.

Most of the babies were born between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, but some had been in the womb for as little as 17 weeks.

The figures, based on a study of West Midlands hospitals, has reignited the abortion debate, with pro-life campaigners demanding the time limit for t
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Saturday September 13th, 2008

Vitamin 'may prevent memory loss' posted 09/13/2008, 9:55 AM (BBC News)
[Category: Health]
A vitamin found in meat, fish and milk may help stave off memory loss in old age, a study has suggested.

Older people with lower than average vitamin B12 levels were more than six times more likely to experience brain shrinkage, researchers concluded.

The University of Oxford study, published in the journal Neurology, tested the 107 apparently healthy volunteers over a five-year period.

Some studies suggest two out of five people are deficient in the
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Saturday September 6th, 2008

Cell Phones and Brain Tumours: The Silent Killer posted 09/06/2008, 2:31 AM (NineMSN)
[Category: Health]
Dr Charlie Teo -- a pre-eminent neurosurgeon is at the cutting edge -- literally -- of a 21 per cent increase in children's brain tumours. He's curious about the effect mobile phones and Electro Magnetic Radiation [EMR] may be having on these statistics, and has issued a warning to parents to be aware...

So cautious is Dr Teo, the subject of his 12-year-old daughter having a mobile phone in their family, he confesses, is a sore point.

"The argument for her having a
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Clones' offspring may be in food supply: FDA posted 09/06/2008, 2:15 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Health]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the U.S. food supply, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, but it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in January meat and milk from cloned cattle, swine and goats and their offspring were as safe as products from traditional animals. Before then, farmers and ranchers had followed a vol
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Thursday August 28th, 2008

Bayer on defensive in bee deaths posted 08/28/2008, 2:43 AM (News Observer)
[Category: Health]
Bayer CropScience is facing scrutiny because of the effect one of its best-selling pesticides has had on honeybees.

A German prosecutor is investigating Werner Wenning, Bayer's chairman, and Friedrich Berschauer, the head of Bayer CropScience, after critics alleged that they knowingly polluted the environment.

The investigation was triggered by an Aug. 13 complaint filed by German beekeepers and consumer protection advocates, a Coalition against Bayer Dangers spokes
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Thursday July 24th, 2008



Radioactive Waste From Iraq Wars Dumped in U.S. posted 07/24/2008, 2:33 AM (Doug Rokke, Ph.D.)
[Category: Health]
During the summer of 1991, the United States military had collected artillery, tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, conventional and unconventional munitions, trucks, etc at Camp Doha in Kuwait.

As result of carelessness, this weapons depot caught fire with consequent catastrophic explosions resulting in death, injury, illness and extensive environmental contamination from depleted uranium and conventional explosives.

Recently the emirate of Kuwait required the U.S. De
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Monday June 30th, 2008

US issues health warning over mercury fillings posted 06/30/2008, 11:11 PM (The Independent)
[Category: Health]
Amalgam dental fillings – which contain the highly toxic metal mercury – pose a health risk, the world's top medical regulatory agency has conceded.

After years of insisting the fillings are safe, the US government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health warning about them. It represents a landmark victory for campaigners, who say the fillings are responsible for a range of ailments, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease.

Earlier this m
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Saturday June 21st, 2008

Lawsuits threatened over forced fluoride posted 06/21/2008, 7:44 AM (World Net Daily)
[Category: Health]
Concerns about fluoridation are quickly surfacing as the National Kidney Foundation withdrew its support of the chemical additive at the same time the largest association of water professionals in the world was warned not to destroy evidence that may be required in legal actions filed by individuals harmed by drinking fluoridated water.

Following reports of the NKF's acknowledgement that patients with kidney disease "should be notified of the potential risk" to their health fr
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Generation X-Ray posted 06/21/2008, 7:42 AM (Idaho Observer)
[Category: Health]
The obsessive-compulsive effect of cell phones on teens and tweens clearly demonstrates that wireless devices are both physically and emotionally enslaving. Capitalizing on the addictive nature of wireless technology, the communications industry is "hooking" our kids on wireless devices at a fevered pitch.... (more)


Friday June 6th, 2008

Babies exposed to chlorinated water at risk of heart problems posted 06/06/2008, 5:43 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Health]
Babies born in areas where drinking water is heavily disinfected with chlorine are at double the risk of heart problems, cleft palate or major brain defects, according to a new study.

Expectant mothers can expose themselves to the higher risk by drinking the water, swimming in chlorinated water, taking a bath or shower, or even by standing close to a boiling kettle, say researchers.

The finding, based on an analysis of nearly 400,000 infants, is the firs
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Friday May 30th, 2008

GM Foods the Problem, Not the Solution posted 05/30/2008, 12:10 AM (IPS News)
[Category: Health]
BONN, May 23 (IPS) - The food crisis has prompted some looks towards genetically modified food production as a solution. That in turn has led to stronger warnings over the consequences of such food for health and the environment.

These concerns have been raised in Bonn again as more than 3,000 delegates from 147 countries met for the UN conference on biosafety. The conference has sought to ensure safe use of modern biotechnology.

Feeding the debate, scientists, farm
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Frightening food for thought posted 05/30/2008, 12:10 AM (The Gazette)
[Category: Health]
But did you know the 100-year-old company is a major player in the GMO revolution? Under the plausible guise of eradicating world hunger with genetically modified seeds resistant to Round-Up, a best-selling herbicide it also developed, Monsanto has launched an insidious campaign to achieve worldwide market supremacy, regardless of the social cost to small farmers and rural economies.

It's all laid out in previously classified documents, and confirmed by scientists, politicians and
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Thursday May 22nd, 2008

How safe are nanoparticles? posted 05/22/2008, 3:16 AM (Christian Science Monitor)
[Category: Health]
Small is beautiful when it leads to new products that do great things, like speed up computers or cleanse the environment. But the nanoscale-sized particles (a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter) behind some of these advances are also raising questions about their safety, questions that are not yet thoroughly understood or researched.

In a study published May 20 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers found that one form of carbon nanotubes – long, thin multiwalled on
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Fat people blamed for global warming posted 05/22/2008, 3:02 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Health]
As if they didn’t already have enough problems on their hands fat people are now being blamed for global warming.

British scientists say they use up more fuel to transport them around and the amount of food they eat requires more energy to produce than that consumed by those on smaller diets.

According to a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine this adds to food shortages and higher energy prices.

Researchers Phil Edwards said: “We
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Monday April 21st, 2008

Merck wrote drug studies for doctors posted 04/21/2008, 11:12 PM (International Herald Tribune)
[Category: Health]
The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal.

The article, based on documents unearthed in lawsuits over the pain drug Vioxx, provides a rare, detailed look in the industry practice of ghostwriting medical research studies that are then published in academic journals.

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Tuesday April 15th, 2008

Suicide and Cymbalta posted 04/15/2008, 7:02 AM (Martha Rosenberg)
[Category: Health]
Ask about published reports of 470 completed suicides of people on antidepressants since Prozac debuted in 1988 and the drug industry will say that's depression for you. Without our drugs, it would be worse.

But how does Eli Lilly and Co. explain the mounting suicides of people given Cymbalta (duloxetine) for urinary incontinence or peripheral neuropathy?

The planned debut of C
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Thursday April 3rd, 2008

Mobile phones 'more dangerous than smoking' posted 04/03/2008, 3:39 AM (The Independent)
[Category: Health]
Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.

The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.

It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in Octo
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Friday March 14th, 2008

Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles posted 03/14/2008, 12:51 AM (Friends of the Earth)
[Category: Health]
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the shelf, without warning or new FDA testing, according to a report released today by Friends of the Earth.

The report, Out of the Laboratory and onto Our Plates: Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture, found nanomaterials in popular products and packaging including Miller Light beer, Cadbury Chocolate packaging and ToddlerHealth, a nutri
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Wednesday January 23rd, 2008

Is plastic making us fat? posted 01/23/2008, 1:16 AM (Boston Globe)
[Category: Health]
Being fat has long been seen as a personal problem, fixed only by struggling against the proliferation of fast food restaurants, unlucky genes, and a sedentary life.

But could something in the environment also be making Americans fat in epidemic numbers?

Animal studies in recent years raise the possibility that prenatal exposure to minuscule amounts of common chemicals - found in everything from baby bottles to toys - could predispose a body to a life of weight gain
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Sunday December 16th, 2007

Los Angeles to Drain Two Reservoirs Due to Cancer Risk posted 12/16/2007, 9:55 PM (Fox News)
[Category: Health]
Two reservoirs which supply drinking water to parts of eastern and central Los Angeles were shut down after officials found them contaminated with high levels of a chemical that can cause cancer, according to a report on MyFOXLA.com.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power intend to drain 600 million gallons of water from Elysian and Silver Lake reservoirs early next year, a process that will leave them out of action for three to four months amid drought conditions, the depa
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Monday December 10th, 2007

Israeli study says regular mobile use increases tumour risk posted 12/10/2007, 3:46 PM (AFP)
[Category: Health]
Regular use of mobile telephones increases the risk of developing tumours, a new scientific study by Israeli researchers and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology revealed on Friday.

An extract of the report seen by Israel's Yedoit Aharonot newspaper put the risk of developing a parotid gland tumour nearly 50 percent higher for frequent mobile phone users -- more than 22 hours a month.

The risk was still higher if users clamped the phone to the same ear,
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Wednesday November 21st, 2007

U.N. to Cut Estimate Of AIDS Epidemic posted 11/21/2007, 11:07 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Health]
JOHANNESBURG -- The United Nations' top AIDS scientists plan to acknowledge this week that they have long overestimated both the size and the course of the epidemic, which they now believe has been slowing for nearly a decade, according to U.N. documents prepared for the announcement.

AIDS remains a devastating public health crisis in the most heavily affected areas of sub-Saharan Africa. But the far-reaching revisions amount to at least a partial acknowledgment of criticisms long
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Sunday November 18th, 2007

Consumers unaware of 'eating GM food' posted 11/18/2007, 4:06 PM (The Scotsman)
[Category: Health]
GENETICALLY-modified food is entering the UK by stealth via feed given to animals reared for dairy and pork products, a campaign group has warned.

Supermarket chains are widely stocking goods sourced from animals fed GM soya and maize, according to the Soil Association.

GM material could find its way, in small quantities, into the milk and animal tissue of GM-fed livestock, the group said.

The Soil Association, which is pro-organic, said consumers
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Friday November 9th, 2007

Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe? Evidence that Links GM Foods to Allergic Responses Mounts posted 11/09/2007, 5:35 AM (Jeffrey M. Smith)
[Category: Health]
Genetically modified (GM) foods are inherently unsafe, and current safety assessments are not competent to protect us from or even identify most dangers. Overwhelming evidence to support this conclusion is now compiled in the book Genetic Roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods, which presents an abundance of adverse findings and theoretical risks associated with GM foods.1

The book documents lab animals with damage to virtually every system studied;
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Friday November 2nd, 2007

Is anything safe to eat? Cancer report adds bacon, ham and drink to danger list posted 11/02/2007, 6:33 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
A bombshell report yesterday blamed putting on weight, alcohol and a whole range of everyday foods for causing cancer.

Consumers were told to curb drinking, avoid processed meats - including bacon, ham and sausages - and cut their intake of red meat and salt.

Even supposedly healthy fruit and vegetables were said to offer only "limited" protection against the disease.

Last night, as the public wondered what exactly is safe to eat, there was a growing
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Bacon, ham, red meat, etc. have been around for a long time and there was not the high level of cancers there are today.

All this nonsense is a front to hide the real causes of these new cancers: deadly vaccines, genetically engineered foods, synthetic chemicals in our food and water altering our hormones, an organized aerial spraying program spraying who knows what on the populace, and who knows what else.


Friday October 5th, 2007

Is your make-up killing you? posted 10/05/2007, 4:17 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
Women absorb 5lb of chemicals from cosmetics every year - from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eyeshadow. We tested two beauty junkies to reveal the shocking toll on their bodies...

Charlotte Kohl and her sister Emma are attractive young women. Their looks, they admit, are very important to them, which is why, between them, they use more than 70 different beauty and cosmetic products every day.

Take Charlotte, 27, an estate agent from Ea
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Monday September 24th, 2007

Frequent Cell Phone Use May Slow Brain Function posted 09/24/2007, 12:17 AM (Computerworld)
[Category: Health]
There have been worries about cell phones causing brain cancer. And certainly everyone worries about driving behind the guy who's holding the steering wheel with his knees while tapping in a message on a wireless e-mail device.

But now hear this: Mobile phone use may cause a slowing of brain activity.

Before anyone panics, the suggestion that frequent mobile phone use makes us behave a little unbalanced is, so far, based on a stu
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Saturday September 15th, 2007

Czech speedway rider knocked out in crash wakes up speaking perfect English posted 09/15/2007, 6:11 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
When Matej Kus's teammates heard him talking after he was knocked out in a speedway accident, they were relieved he was conscious.

But they were also a little surprised.

For although the 18-year- old Czech knew only the most basic English phrases, he was conversing fluently in the language with paramedics.

Peter Waite, the promoter for Kus's team, the Berwick Bandits, said: "I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

"It was in a really cl
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The limitless human mind...


Friday September 14th, 2007

Want cancer? Get a Verichip. posted 09/14/2007, 12:07 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Health]


Monday September 10th, 2007

Microchip Implants Cause Tumors posted 09/10/2007, 6:01 PM (AntiChips.com)
[Category: Health]
The Associated Press will issue a breaking story this weekend revealing that microchip implants have induced cancer in laboratory animals and dogs, says privacy expert and long-time VeriChip opponent Dr. Katherine Albrecht.

As the AP will report, a series of research articles spanning more than a decade found that mice and rats injected with glass-encapsulated RFID transponders developed malignant, fast-growing, lethal cancers in up to 1% to 10% of cases. The tumors originated in
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Thursday September 6th, 2007

Wikipedia Spin Job: American Dental Association Removes Links on Dangers of Mercury Fillings posted 09/06/2007, 3:24 AM (Wired)
[Category: Health]
The ADA is removing links about mercury fillings being dangerous. View the entry here.


Experts suggest a link between the use of deodorants and breast cancer posted 09/06/2007, 3:23 AM (The Scotsman)
[Category: Health]
NEW research has suggested a potential link between the use of deodorants and breast cancer.

A study at Keele University looked at tumour samples from 17 breast cancer patients, measuring levels of aluminium - which is used as an antiperspirant in most deodorants - in the tissue.

The researchers found the patients had "significantly higher" levels of aluminium in the underarm region of the breast where the products were used than in ot
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Wednesday August 8th, 2007

Monsanto Goes GMO-Free - in its Cafeteria posted 08/08/2007, 7:22 PM ( Ode Magazine)
[Category: Health]
UNITED KINGDOM. From now on, staff at the British headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto will be eating only non-genetically modified products on their lunch breaks. Foods containing genetically modified soy and corn are no longer available in the company cafeteria. Granada Food Services, which manages the canteen, is said to be concerned about health risks. Monsanto's press department contends the action was not the result of a boycott initiated by worried employees of theU.S. multinational.


Orange to remove mobile mast from 'tower of doom', where cancer rate has soared posted 08/08/2007, 7:20 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
A mobile phone company is to remove a mast from a block of flats after seven residents were struck down by cancer.

Three have died and another four have battled the disease since two masts were erected on the roof of the five-storey block which has become known locally as the Tower of Doom.

The cancer rate on the top floor - where residents of five of the eight flats have been affected and the three who died all lived - is 20 per cent, ten times the national average
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Monday August 6th, 2007

Hiroshima health effects linger posted 08/06/2007, 6:06 AM (BBC)
[Category: Health]
Imagine what it is like to know that as a child you were doused in radioactive fallout.

It fell on your clothes and on your skin. It was in the water you drank, the scraps of food you could find. It entered the fabric of the buildings you were sheltering in.

What hidden damage was done in your earliest days?

For those who were in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 it is a fear they live with constantly.

This is not history for them. It is an ev
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Saturday August 4th, 2007

Foot and mouth returns posted 08/04/2007, 2:14 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Health]
An immediate national ban on the movement of all cattle, pigs, sheep and goats was imposed last night after foot and mouth disease was confirmed in cattle at a farm near Guildford, Surrey. Gordon Brown cut short his holiday on hearing the news and was involved in a conference call with Cobra, the government's civil emergencies committee.

A cordon was thrown round the farm and vets moved in to slaughter the affected animals. All farmers were urged by the chi
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Wednesday August 1st, 2007

Doctor charged in transplant inquiry posted 08/01/2007, 7:34 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Health]
LOS ANGELES - A surgeon was charged Monday with prescribing excessive drugs to a comatose, disabled patient to hasten his death and harvest his organs for transplantation.

Prosecutors in San Luis Obispo County said Dr. Hootan Roozrokh, 33, of San Francisco, gave a harmful drug and prescribed excessive doses of morphine and a sedative to 26-year-old Ruben Navarro, who died in 2006.

He was taken in a coma to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, 150 miles n
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Sunday July 29th, 2007

Killing Organics: What does"organic" really mean? posted 07/29/2007, 2:14 PM (MSNBC)
[Category: Health]
You know organic has gone mainstream when Wal-Mart starts selling it. In fact, organic products are the fastest growing segment of the agricultural market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says organic sales jumped 22 percent last year. A growing number of people are willing to pay a premium price to eat what they consider to be superior products and to support farming techniques that are better for the land.

But what does “organic” really mean? According to USDA regulations, a
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Aquafina source is same as for tap posted 07/29/2007, 2:14 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Health]
NEW YORK - So you thought that water in your Aquafina bottle came from some far-away spring bubbling deep in a glen? Try the same place as the water in your tap.

PepsiCo Inc. is the latest company to offer some clarity about the source of its top-selling bottled water as it announced on Friday it would change the label on Aquafina water bottles to spell out that the drink comes from the same source as tap water.

A group called Corporate Accountability Inte
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Tuesday July 24th, 2007

Doctor's studies links dairy to cancer risk posted 07/24/2007, 11:00 PM (The Sun News)
[Category: Health]
The last thing you want to wear into Dr. Robert Bibb's dermatology office is a dark tan and a milk mustache.

"A tan is the body's response to damage," said Bibb, who suspected that ultraviolet A rays were more than innocent bystanders to sun damage years before it became popular knowledge. Now, dairy products and their link to hormonally sensitive cancers is on his radar. While dermatologists routinely advise patients to get their vitamin D from dietary sources instead of sunlight
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Sunday July 22nd, 2007

OxyContin Maker, Execs Fined $634.5M posted 07/22/2007, 11:17 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Health]
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) -- Purdue Pharma L.P., the maker of OxyContin, and three of its executives were ordered Friday to pay a $634.5 million fine for misleading the public about the painkiller's risk of addiction.

U.S. District Judge James Jones levied the fine on Purdue, its top lawyer and former president and former chief medical officer after a hearing that lasted about three-and-a-half hours. The hearing included statements by numerous people who said their lives were changed for
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OxyContin is nothing more than government approved heroin.


Tuesday July 10th, 2007

New fear over MMR link with rising autism posted 07/10/2007, 4:44 AM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Health]
A new study claims that almost double the number of children could have autism as previously thought.

An unpublished piece of research by Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre (ARC) found that as many as one in 58 children could suffer from the condition, which can affect speech, understanding and communication.

If the figure was accurate it would mean 210,000 children under 16 across Britain could have some form of autism.
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Wednesday July 4th, 2007

Genetically engineered rice gets into the U.S. food supply posted 07/04/2007, 5:01 AM (Fortune)
[Category: Health]
(Fortune Magazine) -- Back in the spring of 2001, a 64-year-old Texas rice farmer named Jacko Garrett watched a fleet of 18-wheelers haul away truckloads of rice that he had grown with great care. "It just bothers me so bad," Garrett said. "I'm sitting here trying to find food to feed people, and I've got to bury five million pounds of rice." No one likes to waste food, but for Garrett, who runs a charity that collects rice for the needy, the pain was especially acute.

Garrett's r
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Thursday June 28th, 2007

Aspartame linked to cancer: study posted 06/28/2007, 2:02 AM (Sydney Morning Herald)
[Category: Health]
The US Food and Drug Administration says there is no need for an urgent review of the safety of aspartame, despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.

A US consumer group has called for the review after Italian researchers published a new study that showed aspartame - widely used in soft drinks - might cause leukaemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.

"This is the second study by the same lab showing that aspartame causes cancer in rats," Centre f
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Friday June 22nd, 2007

Body absorbs 5lb of make-up chemicals a year posted 06/22/2007, 6:26 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Health]
Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies, it is claimed.

Many use more than 20 different beauty products a day striving to look their best while nine out of 10 apply make-up which is past its use by date.

Dependence on cosmetics and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4lb 6oz of chemicals a year is absorbed into the body through the skin.

Some synthetic compounds involved have been linked to
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Wednesday June 20th, 2007

Getting Lost in the Great Indoors posted 06/20/2007, 3:51 PM (Washington Post)
[Category: Health]
Linda Pelzman appreciates the beauty of the outdoor world, sometimes pulling her children into the yard to gaze at a full moon or peer into a dense fog. An educator and founder of a summer camp, she only wishes her enthusiasm was fully shared.

On a recent nature walk near her home in Gaithersburg, her younger son, 6, was unimpressed, pleading, "I just want to go back to civilization." Her older son, at 13, has made it clear he prefers PlayStation.

"Kids don't think
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Thursday June 14th, 2007

Marines drank tainted water for 30 years: CDC posted 06/14/2007, 1:33 PM (Reuters)
[Category: Health]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As many as 75,000 people may have drunk water contaminated by dry cleaning fluid at the U.S. Marine base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.

The contamination lasted for 30 years until the affected wells were closed. Marines and their families drank the contaminated water during base assignments of an average of 2 years, the CDC said.

The water was polluted with tetrachloroeth
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Thursday May 31st, 2007

Pesticides 'up Parkinson's risk' posted 05/31/2007, 5:39 AM (BBC)
[Category: Health]
Exposure to pesticides could lead to an increased risk of contracting Parkinson's disease, a study has found.

Researchers discovered that high levels of exposure increased the risk by 39%, while even low levels raised it by 9%.

However, the Aberdeen University researchers stressed that the overall risk of developing the disease remained small.

In the UK, one person in 500 develops the incurable degenerative brain
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Monday May 28th, 2007

Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health posted 05/28/2007, 7:49 AM (The Independent)
[Category: Health]
A new health scare erupted over soft drinks last night amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.

The problem - more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse - can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.

The findings could have serio
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Friday May 25th, 2007

FDA approves pill that stops periods; is womanhood a disease? posted 05/25/2007, 11:16 PM (NewsTarget)
[Category: Health]
Conventional medicine has, for decades, preyed upon the "symptoms of womanhood" and attempted to transform every female activity from childbirth to menstruation into a disease requiring chemical treatment. Today, the FDA approved Lybrel, a daily pill for women that stops periods... forever.

The concept behind such a pill is based on the false idea that menstruation is a disease requiring a medical fix. Most sane people would agree that menstruation is, in fact, a natural biologica
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Government knew of HIV risk from imported blood posted 05/25/2007, 11:08 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Health]
The government's advisers on medicine knew that patients were at risk of contracting Aids from imported blood products as early as 1983, but ruled against a ban because of fears it would cause a shortage of supply.

Minutes obtained by the Guardian of a meeting held on July 13 1983 reveal that the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) knew that "patients who repeatedly receive blood clotting-factor concentrates appear to be at risk" of Aids.

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Tuesday May 22nd, 2007

The classroom 'cancer risk' of wi-fi internet posted 05/22/2007, 3:41 AM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Health]
Britain's top health watchdog has called for an inquiry into the use of wireless Internet networks in schools because of concerns they could be exposing children to the risk of cancer.

The demand came after it was revealed that classroom "wi-fi" networks give off three times as much radiation as a typical mobile phone mast.

Guidelines from the Health Protection Agency already state that masts should not be sited near schools because of a possi
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Saturday May 19th, 2007

Chromium in drinking water causes cancer: U.S. agency posted 05/19/2007, 5:16 AM (Reuters)
[Category: Health]
A type of chromium highlighted in the film "Erin Brockovich" causes cancer in lab animals when they drink it in water, and it could be harmful to people, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said on Wednesday.

Hexavalent chromium, also called chromium 6, already has been shown to cause lung cancer when inhaled and is controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency as well as by states.

It is best known as the contaminant exposed by campaigne
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Thursday May 17th, 2007

The Battle to Ban Toxic Toys posted 05/17/2007, 5:47 AM (E Magazine)
[Category: Health]
"Phthalates" (pronounced THA-lates) are found in everything from cosmetics to IV bags to children's toys. Environmentalists and environmentally minded legislators are beginning to worry about long-term exposure to the chemical compounds.

Specifically, they worry about diisononyl phthalate or DINP, a plasticizer commonly used in soft vinyl products made for babies, such as bath books, rubber ducks and teething rings as well as bisphenol A (BPA), a building block for polycarbona
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Wednesday May 16th, 2007

Nestlé 'bypasses' baby milk code posted 05/16/2007, 12:00 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Health]
Thirty years after a boycott of Nestlé products was launched to highlight its unethical marketing of baby formula in developing countries, baby formula manufacturers are still failing in their responsibilities towards the world's poorest mothers and babies, Save the Children claims today.

It says around 1.4 million children die each year of illnesses such as diarrhoea that could have been prevented if they were being breastfed. But - despite the dangers of mixing infant formula wi
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