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Photo: Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom
Associated Press - Mon Jan 3, 2011
The natural gas boom gripping parts of the US has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, that most states require drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet deep. More»

Photo: Insurance Industry Executive Apologizes to Michael Moore Insurance Industry Executive Apologizes to Michael Moore
Raw Story - Mon Nov 22, 2010
Filmmaker Michael Moore received an apology from a former health insurance industry executive for his role in attempting to smear the documentarian and his documentary on the for-profit health care industry, Sicko. More»

Photo: Frozen vegetables recall: glass shards in Wal-Mart, Kroger veggies Frozen vegetables recall: glass shards in Wal-Mart, Kroger veggies
Christian Science Monitor - Wed Oct 20, 2010
A Tennessee company is recalling 12 tons of frozen peas and other frozen vegetables marketed by Kroger and Wal-Mart because they may contain pieces of glass. More»

U.S. apologises for scientists DELIBERATELY infecting mentally ill patients with STDs
The Daily Mail - Fri Oct 1, 2010
America faces global outrage after it apologised for deliberately infecting patients in a mental hospital with STDs in science experiments. More»

Photo: Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain Cannabis may relieve chronic nerve pain
BBC - Tue Aug 31, 2010
Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves, a study suggests. More»

Photo: Is Your Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones? Is Your Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?
Huffington Post - Wed Aug 18, 2010
Monsanto has been in the news this week, with a US District Court Judge ruling that the USDA has to at least go through the motions of regulating the company's genetically engineered sugar beets. More»

Photo: The Dark Side of Vitaminwater The Dark Side of Vitaminwater
Huffington Post - Thu Aug 5, 2010
Now here's something you wouldn't expect: Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company's vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. More»

Cold cuts could cause cancer: study
AFP - Sun Aug 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - Already linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including cancer of the pancreas, red meat was found by a team of US researchers to be a possible cause of bladder cancer, a study published in the journal Cancer said. More»

Photo: Exercise, Vitamin D Seem to Cut Alzheimer's Risk Exercise, Vitamin D Seem to Cut Alzheimer's Risk
Health Day - Sun Jul 11, 2010
Physical activity and adequate levels of vitamin D appear to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, according to two large, long-term studies scheduled to be presented Sunday at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Hawaii. More»

Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV?
Scientific American - Sat Jul 10, 2010
Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. More»

Photo: After Gulf swimmers report illness, questions about opening a beach After Gulf swimmers report illness, questions about opening a beach
Christian Science Monitor - Fri Jul 2, 2010
Hundreds of beachgoers told health officials they felt unwell after swimming last week at oil spill-affected Pensacola Beach, Florida. More»

Photo: Gulf states tracking oil-related illnesses Gulf states tracking oil-related illnesses
CNN - Wed Jun 9, 2010
States are tracking the health consequences of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, including respiratory and skin irritation problems in Louisiana and Alabama, health officials said. More»

Photo: 'Phantom' Motrin Recall Probe Intensifies 'Phantom' Motrin Recall Probe Intensifies
ABC - Mon Jun 7, 2010
Congress Wants Johnson & Johnson CEO to Explain Why Company Allegedly Hired Contractor to Buy Up Medication Secretly Instead of Announcing Recall. More»

Photo: Records show US medical staff experimented on terror suspects Records show US medical staff experimented on terror suspects
AFP - Sun Jun 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Medical personnel apparently experimented on terror detainees during CIA-led torture after the September 11 attacks, aiming to improve interrogation techniques, a human rights group said Monday. More»

Photo: Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
Associated Press - Sun May 23, 2010
LONDON - A doctor who persuaded millions of parents worldwide that a common vaccine could cause autism was barred from practicing medicine in his native Britain on Monday after the country's top medical group found he conducted his research unethically. More»

Photo: 'Shocking' conditions at Tylenol plant 'Shocking' conditions at Tylenol plant
CNN - Thu May 13, 2010
NEW YORK - The quality and safety violations that led to the shutdown of a Tylenol plant were extremely serious, and could lead to tough action by regulators on drugmaker Johnson & Johnson. More»

Lettuce Recall due to E.Coli - FDA investigating
Associated Press - Thu May 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms. More»

Photo: Lack of sleep linked to early death Lack of sleep linked to early death
AFP - Wed May 5, 2010
LONDON - People who get less than six hours sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, researchers said on Wednesday. More»

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Considerably More Weight Gain, Researchers Find
Science Daily - Tue Mar 23, 2010
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. More»

Photo: Indian Spice May Delay Liver Damage and Cirrhosis Indian Spice May Delay Liver Damage and Cirrhosis
Science Daily - Tue Mar 23, 2010
Curcumin, one of the principal components of the Indian spice turmeric, seems to delay the liver damage that eventually causes cirrhosis, suggests preliminary experimental research in the journal Gut. More»

Photo: Obama signs historic $938 billion overhaul Obama signs historic $938 billion overhaul
Associated Press - Mon Mar 22, 2010
WASHINGTON - A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen's life, presiding over the biggest shift in US domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the November elections. More»

Photo: Court Says Thimerosal Did Not Cause Autism Court Says Thimerosal Did Not Cause Autism
Associated Press - Thu Mar 11, 2010
WASHINGTON - The vaccine additive thimerosal is not to blame for autism, a special federal court ruled Friday in a long-running battle by parents convinced there is a connection. More»

Marine base's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water
McClatchy Newspapers - Mon Feb 15, 2010
WASHINGTON - Paul Akers was in his oncologist's office last summer when his adult daughter handed him a magazine. More»

Sugary soft drinks linked to pancreatic cancer
AFP - Mon Feb 8, 2010
WASHINGTON - People who drink at least two sugary sodas a week have an increased risk of developing cancer of the pancreas, and researchers suspect the culprit is sugar, a new study shows. More»

Photo: Did Clean-Room Chemicals Cause Birth Defects? Did Clean-Room Chemicals Cause Birth Defects?
KPHO-TV - Fri Feb 5, 2010
PHOENIX, Arizona - The picture of Bob and Janice Numkena's wedding day is old and faded, but Bob's memory of the day is clear. More»

Photo: Fears grow as study shows genetically modified crops 'can cause liver and kidney damage' Fears grow as study shows genetically modified crops 'can cause liver and kidney damage'
Daily Mail, UK - Wed Jan 20, 2010
Fresh fears were raised over GM crops yesterday after a study showed they can cause liver and kidney damage. More»

Photo: Johnson & Johnson expands Tylenol recall Johnson & Johnson expands Tylenol recall
Associated Press - Thu Jan 14, 2010
NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson expanded a recall of over-the-counter medications Friday, the second time it has done so in less than a month because of a moldy smell that has made users sick. More»

Alert: 800-Thousand Doses Of H1N1 Vaccine Recalled
Associated Press - Mon Dec 14, 2009
ATLANTA - Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus. More»

Aetna Forcing 600,000-Plus To Lose Coverage In Effort To Raise Profits
Huffington Post - Thu Dec 3, 2009
Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations. More»

Photo: Moon's phases ARE linked with epilepsy Moon's phases ARE linked with epilepsy
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Nov 21, 2009
Superstitions about the influence of the Moon on the brain and, in particular, on epilepsy and seizures, have been around for centuries, but according to new research there may be something in them after all. More»

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