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Archive for September, 2010 :


Gorillas the Origin of Human Malaria’s Most Lethal Strain
September 30th, 2010

The world’s most deadly form of human malaria, a parasite known as Plasmodium falciparum, is of gorilla origin, and not chimpanzee, bonobo or ancient human origin as scientists previously thought.


An 11-year-old Schools Us On What’s Wrong With the Current Food System
September 30th, 2010

At a TEDx “Next Generation” event recently, 11-year-old Birke Baehr got up on stage and announced his intention “to talk about what’s wrong with our food system.”


Told To Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries
September 30th, 2010

New York: It’s been a busy week for vegetables. The baby-carrot industry tried to reposition its product as junk food, starting a $25 million advertising campaign.


This Is Why We’re Fat—By the Numbers
September 30th, 2010

Nibbling on the data nuggets found in this “Food Consumption in America” infographic delivers a real jaw-dropper, showing the literal weight of an average American’s food choices in a typical year.


25 Amazing Food Cures
September 30th, 2010

Incorporate these wonderfoods into your daily diet, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your body and your mind react.


5 Steps to Kill Hidden Bugs in Your Gut That Make You Sick
September 30th, 2010

Sometimes the causes of your symptoms do have some relationship to their location, but that’s far from the whole story.


Water Treatment Plant Yields Gourmet Drug-Infused Seasoning!
September 30th, 2010

“Water sanitation is a notoriously un-sexy issue, and this is an interesting way to reconnect people with their local and regional water systems, not to mention highlight an important water contamination issue.”


Genetically Modified Foods in Supermarkets: How Many?
September 30th, 2010

A reader writes that the discussion over genetically modified foods makes no sense because “virtually every food we consume today has been genetically modified.”


Researchers Show That The Human Genome Is Helpless In The Face Of Chocolate
September 30th, 2010

Knowing that extreme sensitivity to some bitter tastes is genetically-driven, researchers in the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine tried to find out if genetic taste markers might prevent some women from enjoying bitter chocolate or bitter espresso coffee.


Diabetes Risk May Fall as Magnesium Intake Climbs
September 30th, 2010

Getting enough magnesium in your diet could help prevent diabetes, a new study suggests.


Cardio Can Nurture Sweet Dreams
September 30th, 2010

Sleepless and sedentary? Instead of counting sheep in a field, try running through a meadow.


Celiac Disease Rate Is Growing, Particularly Among Elderly
September 30th, 2010

Working to solve the puzzle of when people develop celiac disease has led researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Celiac Research to some surprising findings.


Why Looking After Your Teeth Prevents Deadly Blood Clots
September 27th, 2010

Brushing your teeth and flossing may be a chore, but it could just save your life, according to a new study.


17 Ways to Safeguard Your Heart
September 27th, 2010

A top cardiologist shares her heart-healthy habits.


Organic Strawberries are Better
September 27th, 2010

They have more antioxidants and vitamin C than their conventional counterparts, a study says.


Is That Plastic Container Safe?
September 27th, 2010

Our homes are full of plastic, and the kitchen is no exception. Scientific evidence suggests that some of these chemicals may be harmful to people, especially infants and children.


Exercise Can Offset Obesity-linked Genes, Study Finds
September 27th, 2010

People with a genetic predisposition to obesity can reduce their risk of being overweight by being physically active, researchers conclude.


Monkeypox in Africa–Because of Smallpox Vaccination Stoppage?
September 27th, 2010

The elimination of smallpox vaccinations after the disease had been officially declared eradicated has, ironically, led to the emergence of a related–albeit less infectious–disease known as monkeypox.


You Swallow An Invisible Shrimp With Every Gulp of NYC Tap Water
September 27th, 2010

New York’s water is delicious—and filled with tiny crustaceans called “copepods”. (Making it possibly not kosher.) H&E stain the water and put it under a microscope and you’ll find these little guys.


Drug-coated Stents Increase Blood Clot Risk in African Americans
September 27th, 2010

African Americans who receive drug-coated stents have triple the risk of having a blood clot compared with other racial groups, researchers reported.


Can Home Cooking Be Hazardous To Your Health?
September 27th, 2010

New research suggests that at least one in seven home kitchens would flunk the kind of health inspection commonly administered to restaurants.


When To Choose Cosmetic Surgery, and When Not To
September 27th, 2010

Cosmetic surgery may help some people feel better about themselves, a concerted effort to exercise and eat right can do some of the same things, for less.


Flu Vaccine: CDC Ignores the Dangers, Wants To Needle Everyone
September 26th, 2010

In a scene reminiscent of a Brave New World and despite numerous concerns, health officials are advising basically everyone in the United States to get the flu vaccine.


China Goes Organic After Scandal of Cooking Oil from Sewers
September 26th, 2010

Organic food sales have taken off in China after a series of safety scares, including the disclosure that one in 10 meals is cooked using oil dredged from the sewer.


Dangers of Microwave Popcorn
September 26th, 2010

A report from the FDA indicates that a chemical coating used in microwave popcorn bags breaks down when heated into a substance called perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).


A Look at the Missing Science Behind Flu Season Vaccines
September 26th, 2010

Flu season vaccines are mainstream medicine’s version of psychic surgery: It’s all just “medical sleight of hand” based on nothing more than clever distractions and the obfuscation of scientific facts.


High C-section Rate May Have Something To Do with Impatience
September 26th, 2010

A new study suggests that a big dose of patience on the part of women and their healthcare providers during delivery might help to lower the rate substantially.


Figures on Flu Deaths are Misleading, Usually Too High, CDC says
September 26th, 2010

In a typical season, about 36,000 deaths are reported, but that number is too high and grossly misleading, analysts say. Depending on the influenza strain, actual rates vary widely from year to year.


Fish Oil May Not Be Much of a Heart-saver
September 26th, 2010

Fish oil may not help if you’ve already had a heart attack but if you’re looking to prevent one, or also have diabetes, that’s another matter.


Study Reignites Debate Over Virus’ Role in Chronic Fatigue
September 26th, 2010

A team of government scientists found traces of XMRV in 86% of chronic fatigue syndrome patients. But other studies have failed to detect the virus, leading to troublesome discrepancies.


Drugs Block Ebola, Marburg Viruses in Tests
September 26th, 2010

Synthetic nucleotides halt replication of the viruses in tests on monkeys. The FDA approves clinical trials in primates. ‘Any disorder that involves a genetic problem can potentially be treated,’ one expert says.


HIV-Resistant Cells That Work in Mice Might Help Humans?
September 26th, 2010

California scientists, boosted by stem cell research funding enabled by Proposition 71, are aiming for clinical trials involving gene therapy through bone marrow transplants.


Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto
September 17th, 2010

Democracy Now!’s interview of Percy Schmeiser on his battle against Monsatano.


Is Algae the DIY Solution to Food & Energy?
September 13th, 2010

Algae is easy to grow, highly nutritious and can be turned into fuel.


More Farmers in India Go Organic
September 9th, 2010

Farmers in India are increasingly turning to more profitable organic farming and avoiding costly chemical farming.


Tapping Into Urban Abundance
September 9th, 2010

The only reason for people in North America to go hungry is a lack of distribution of food. Some people are solving the problem.


Honoring Those Who Toil
September 5th, 2010

Ralph Nader’s thoughts on Labor Day.


Oil Dispersants May Delay Recovery by Years… or Decades
September 2nd, 2010

The scientific evidence suggests that the dispersants used by BP will continue to kill marine life far into the future and is far worse than the oil alone.


‘Homeopathic’ Signals from DNA
September 1st, 2010

Nobel Laureate who discovered the HIV presents controversial but well-documented findings that electromagnetic signals can be detected from highly diluted solutions of DNA.


Antibiotics 1700 Years Ago – In Beer?
September 1st, 2010

A chemical analysis of the bones of ancient Africans shows that they were regularly consuming tetracycline.


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