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Health News

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury
Washington Post - Fri Jan 23, 2009
Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new US studies. More»

Photo: Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall Some Little Debbie products join snack food recall
Associated Press - Sat Jan 17, 2009
WASHINGTON - The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall Sunday of peanut butter crackers because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak. More»

Photo: Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe Consumer group says FDA melamine guidelines unsafe
Associated Press - Fri Jan 9, 2009
The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow US-manufactured infant formula contaminated with melamine or its byproducts onto store shelves is "seriously flawed" and medically risky because parents may feed their babies more than one product, scientists at the nonprofit group Consumers Union said Friday. More»

Photo: Salmonella in 42 states; Minn. eyes peanut butter Salmonella in 42 states; Minn. eyes peanut butter
Associated Press - Fri Jan 9, 2009
ATLANTA - Federal officials have not yet identified the cause of a salmonella outbreak striking almost 400 people in 42 states, but state officials in Minnesota said Friday they believe peanut butter may be involved. More»

Photo: Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water
Daily Mail, UK - Sun Jan 4, 2009
Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water. More»

Photo: Grape Extract Kills Cancer Cells Grape Extract Kills Cancer Cells
BBC - Thu Jan 1, 2009
An extract from grape seeds can destroy cancer cells, US research suggests. More»

Additives used in bacon, ham and chicken 'could make cancers grow'
Daily Mail, UK - Wed Dec 31, 2008
A common additive used in bacon and ham could fuel the growth of cancers, research suggests. More»

Sports Concussions Pose Long-Term Threat
US News - Wed Dec 31, 2008
Sports-related concussions pose a big risk to children and teenagers, particularly since kids rarely tell parents or coaches that they've been bonked in the head so hard that they feel confused, nauseous, or have a headache that won't go away. More»

Carbon Monoxide Used To Make Old Fish Look New
KITV-TV - Mon Dec 29, 2008
HONOLULU - An environmental watchdog group said Hawaii customers should be careful when buying fish because some stores are selling old fish treated with carbon monoxide to make it seem fresh. More»

Too sick to work? Need health care? Take a number
Associated Press - Mon Dec 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - Master toolmaker John McClain built machine parts with details so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye - Then a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer. More»

Photo: Faulty gene makes children who live near power lines more likely to develop leukaemia Faulty gene makes children who live near power lines more likely to develop leukaemia
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Dec 20, 2008
Scientists have found new evidence of a link between overhead power lines and childhood leukaemia. More»

Drug Maker Said to Pay Ghostwriters for Journal Articles
New York Times - Fri Dec 12, 2008
Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company, paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favorable to its female hormone replacement therapy Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company's involvement in medical ghostwriting. More»

One in 3 toys is toxic
CNN - Fri Dec 5, 2008
NEW YORK - One in three toys tested was found to contain toxic chemicals such as lead, flame retardants and arsenic, according to a report issued Wednesday by an environmental group. More»

Photo: WHO limits melamine in food, says traces "seem safe" WHO limits melamine in food, says traces "seem safe"
Associated Press - Fri Dec 5, 2008
GENEVA - The World Health Organization said Friday that tiny traces of the chemical melamine are not harmful in most foods, but it joined the US and EU in setting a strict limit that regulators should impose before pulling products off the shelf. More»

Photo: FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula FDA finds traces of melamine in US infant formula
Associated Press - Mon Nov 24, 2008
The industrial chemical melamine has been detected in samples of top-selling US infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. More»

Bad bosses may damage your heart
BBC - Mon Nov 24, 2008
Inconsiderate bosses not only make work stressful, they may also increase the risk of heart disease for their employees, experts believe. More»

Photo: Cannabis 'could stop dementia in its tracks' Cannabis 'could stop dementia in its tracks'
Daily Mail - Thu Nov 20, 2008
Cannabis may help keep Alzheimer's disease at bay. More»

Doctors say marrow transplant may have cured AIDS
Associated Press - Tue Nov 11, 2008
BERLIN - An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said Wednesday. More»

General bucks culture of silence on mental health
Associated Press - Sat Nov 8, 2008
WASHINGTON - It takes a brave soldier to do what Army Major Geneneral David Blackledge did in Iraq. More»

Photo: Pesticide Found In Toddler Cereal Pesticide Found In Toddler Cereal
WFSB-TV - Tue Oct 28, 2008
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A toddler cereal sold in Connecticut has been found to contain high levels of a pesticide, according to the Department of Consumer Protection. More»

Hospital bills woman who never saw doctor
Associated Press - Mon Oct 20, 2008
DALLAS - A woman says she waited 19 hours at Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency department for treatment of a broken leg and never did get to see a doctor - but still got a bill for $162. More»

Flu Vaccines Do Contain Mercury-Based Thimerosal
US News - Fri Sep 26, 2008
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unleashed a PR blitzkrieg this week to urge about 85 percent of Americans to get vaccinated against the flu. More»

'I'm High Fructose Corn Syrup, and I Approve This Message'
ABC Blog - Thu Sep 25, 2008
Presidential candidates aren't the only ones banking on television ads to prop up their public images. More»

Patient Died in ER After a 19-Hour Wait
ABC - Thu Sep 25, 2008
With notoriously crowded US emergency rooms, chances are most American families have a story of someone waiting. More»

Mad cow disease kills mother and son
CNN - Wed Sep 24, 2008
MADRID, Spain - The mother of a Spanish man who died from the human form of mad cow disease has also died from the illness, Spain's Ministry of Health says. More»

Heart Disease, Diabetes Linked to Plastics
US News - Wed Sep 17, 2008
"Just one word - plastics," a memorable line from the 1967 movie The Graduate, has taken on a whole new meaning. More»

1 dead, 116 ill in E. coli outbreak
CNN - Fri Aug 29, 2008
Oklahoma health officials said Friday they are searching for the source of a rare form of E. coli that has killed one person and sickened 116 others in the northeastern part of the state. More»

Photo: Yoga eases physical and mental menopause symptoms Yoga eases physical and mental menopause symptoms
Associated Press - Fri Aug 22, 2008
NEW YORK - Yoga can reduce hot flashes and night sweats among women going through menopause, and also appears to sharpen their mental function, researchers from India report. More»

Patient dies after being left in chair 22 hours
Associated Press - Tue Aug 19, 2008
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A mental patient died after workers at a North Carolina hospital left him in a chair for 22 hours without feeding him or helping him use the bathroom, said federal officials who have threatened to cut off the facility's funding. More»

Arsenic in Water Linked to Diabetes
Associated Press - Mon Aug 18, 2008
A new analysis of government data is the first to link low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes, researchers say. More»

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