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Wary U.S. Olympians Will Bring Food to China
February 9, 2008 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

By BEN SHPIGEL
COLORADO SPRINGS — When a caterer working for the United States Olympic Committee went to a supermarket in China last year, he encountered a piece of chicken — half of a breast — …

Committee Investigates Ad Tactics for Lipitor
February 9, 2008 – 10:36 am | One Comment

By STEPHANIE SAUL
A Congressional committee investigating the Lipitor advertising campaign featuring Dr. Robert Jarvik wants information about payments to people who might have served as stunt doubles for the doctor in televised ads.
The demand for …

The Cell Phone “Tower of Doom”
February 8, 2008 – 4:11 pm | 2 Comments

Orange mobile phone company agreed to remove its cell phone mast — dubbed the “Tower of Doom” — from the top of a five-story London apartment building after seven of its residents got cancer.
The cancer …

Antioxidants Are Lifesaving for Diabetics with Cardiovascular Disease
February 8, 2008 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by: Helmut Beierbeck
Atherosclerosis starts with the deposition of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad cholesterol”) in blood vessel walls. However, LDL deposits by themselves do not cause atherosclerosis. LDL lipids have to be oxidatively damaged before …

British Medical Journal Dispels Popular Medical Myths
February 8, 2008 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

“We only use ten per cent of our brains.” We all grew up hearing that, and many of us still take it for granted. Didn’t you ever wonder why we have so much unused gray …

Big Pharma Spin Doctors Gather to Plot New Public Relations Strategies for Influencing the FDA, Popular Press
February 8, 2008 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by: David Gutierrez
Concerned by the increasingly negative public image of their industry, pharmaceutical companies are meeting with major public relations associations in a conference intended to plan public relations strategies for the coming months.
According to …

Puberty at the Age of 8
February 7, 2008 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

U.S. girls are reaching puberty at younger ages than ever before. In the 1990s, breast development — the first sign of puberty in girls — at age 8 was considered an abnormal event that should …

New Low-Glycemic Sweetener Isomaltulose (Palatinose) Approved by FDA
February 6, 2008 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
New Low-Glycemic Sweetener Isomaltulose (Palatinose) Approved by FDA

by: David Gutierrez
The FDA has ruled that the synthetic sweetener isomaltulose does not promote tooth decay, thereby giving the green light to manufacturers making certain claims on products that contain it.
The FDA concluded that isomaltulose, …

Alzheimer Tagging Labelled an ‘Excuse’ for Shocking Care-Home Standards
February 6, 2008 – 6:55 pm | No Comment
Alzheimer Tagging Labelled an ‘Excuse’ for Shocking Care-Home Standards

by: Michael Jolliffe
A controversial new scheme to electronically tag the elderly has been blasted by critics as a ‘gimmick’ and as an excuse for negligence, by civil liberties campaigners. The plan, which would involve tracking …

Rhodiola Herbal Extract Found to Fight Off Depression
February 6, 2008 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Rhodiola Herbal Extract Found to Fight Off Depression

by: Michael Jolliffe
A new clinical trial has found that an extract of the herb Rhodiola could be a useful treatment for cases of mild to moderate depression.
The study, published in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, …