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'Delicious' new grape debuts
Researchers at the University of Florida have introduced
'Delicious', a new muscadine grape cultivar. 'Delicious' ripens early,
produces high yields, and is disease-resistant. The black fruit
features exceptional taste and texture with an edible skin, making it
well-suited for fresh fruit consumption and the potential for wine
production. The name 'Delicious' was selected based on the comments of
vineyard visitors who sampled the fruit
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:17:48 AM
Resistant Antibiotics Found at the Beach and in Seafood
Global warming and our
"absurd over-dependence on carbon-based fuels" is interconnected with
the looming economic and national security crises said former US Vice President
Al Gore to an overflow audience at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago in February.
Feb 24, 2009 - 2:58:46 PM
UCLA study: U.S. Women at Greater Risk from Teflon Chemical
A major new study published yesterday in Human Reproduction, a
European reproductive medicine journal, has found that pregnant women and
women of child-bearing age in the United States are at greater risk than
previously thought for infertility and reproductive problems as result of
exposure to the toxic Teflon chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
Jan 31, 2009 - 1:22:08 PM
Common Toxic Chemicals May Delay Pregnancy
used in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and
personal care products among others may delay pregnancy, a new study in
the Jan. 29 online edition of Human Reproduction suggests.
Jan 29, 2009 - 9:24:34 AM
Rubber chemical may cause cancer in humans
British researchers published a study report in
the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine saying that a rubber chemical
may increase risk of cancer in people exposed to the fumes during the
manufacturing of rubber products.
Jan 19, 2009 - 10:05:18 PM
Farmed catfish and tilapia not the best fish to eat for omega 3 fattyc acids
We are advised to eat fish because they are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. A study reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, December 2008, showed that farm raised tilapia fish and catfish (which most of us buy, possibly without knowing that they are farm raised) have much lower amounts of omega-3 fatty acids than the amounts found in wild tilapia and cat fish … actually 1/8th of the amount found in wild fish ... but they are cheaper, so we buy them thinking that we are taking good fatty acid nutriton.
Jan 16, 2009 - 4:37:42 PM
Study: Fluoridation Benefits Doubtful
status has little to do with fluoride
a study in the Fall 2008
Journal of Public
Jan 9, 2009 - 8:13:20 AM
Hops Extract May Reduce Clostridium in Chickens
Hops contain substances that control pathogenic bacteria in the intestines of chickens, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators have reported.
Jan 8, 2009 - 9:24:28 AM
Phthalate Alters Germ Cell Development
Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), one of the most abundant phthalates
produced, has been incorporated into flexible plastic products such as
food containers and packaging, toys, medical equipment, and home and
garden products. DEHP is being phased out of some products because of
growing concern about its potential health effects. A French team has
now established the first tangible link between one phthalate, the DEHP
metabolite mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP), and altered human germ
Jan 7, 2009 - 11:55:26 AM
Arsenic exposure linked to increased risk of bladder cancer
Exposure to low
concentrations of arsenic in drinking may increase risk of bladder cancer, a
new study published in the Dec 2008 issue of Regul Toxicol Pharmacol.
Dec 9, 2008 - 9:31:39 AM
Flaxseed may protect against radiation harm
A new study suggests that
patients who are going to receive radiotherapy may be better off
incorporating some flaxseed flour in their diet because flaxseed
lignans seem to be protective against damages from radiation.
Dec 4, 2008 - 8:35:32 AM
Action Alert - Petition to Obama for MEANINGFUL GMO labeling
President Obama promised that genetically modified foods will require labels.
Please sign the petition demanding comprehensive and meaningful GMO labeling; and thank him for giving us what we want,
Dec 2, 2008 - 10:52:29 AM
Despite Warnings, Pesticide Use during Pregnancy Persists
The team of U.S. researchers also found that use of replacement
pesticides is steadily increasing to fill the void, that the air the
test subjects breathed remains surprisingly contaminated with
chlorpyrifos and diazinon up to 5 years after the restrictions went
into effect, and that household use of pesticide spray cans and bug
bombs contaminated the air far more than did use of bait traps or boric
acid or spraying by professional exterminators.
Dec 2, 2008 - 7:40:32 AM
Study Links PBDEs to Hormone Disruption in Male Sport-Fish Consumers
Levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) measured in human
samples have increased in recent years, but the health effects of these
compounds are not well studied. A group of persistent pollutants
similar in structure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), PBDEs are
thought to affect endocrine function, but this relationship has only
been examined in several small studies.
Dec 2, 2008 - 7:34:17 AM
GM foods safety uncertain
A new review
study suggests that many years of research with animals and clinical trials are
needed to assess the safety of genetically modified foods.
Nov 22, 2008 - 3:10:31 PM
Exposure to fluoride induces early puberty
don't have a right to choose what type of water to drink or use. The
dentists decide it because they say it's good for your teeth. But just
because they say fluoride is good for the teeth does not mean they have
the right to force you to drink it. If fluoride is indeed good for the
teeth, people can use supplements or whatever anytime. But why this
stuff should be added to in the public drinking water systems?
Nov 18, 2008 - 12:33:53 PM
Bisphenol A linked to breast cancer risk -study
A new study published in the Oct 9 2008 issue of Archives
of Toxicology suggests that exposure to bisphenol A may increase risk of breast
Nov 18, 2008 - 9:11:20 AM
EPA's Database on Mercury-Containing Products and Alternatives
a product in this EPA database does not signify EPA's endorsement of
the product. No specific product in this database has been evaluated by
EPA regarding its efficacy, environmental benefit or relative cost.
Nov 15, 2008 - 6:56:28 PM
United Nations Says Africa Could Grow More Food With Organic Farming
new study released by the United Nations indicates that the best way to
increase food production in Africa is to shift to organic farming
Nov 13, 2008 - 8:55:17 AM
Dioxin Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease
systematic review of epidemiologic studies has found an association
between dioxin exposure and death from cardiovascular diseases,
particularly ischemic heart disease (reduced blood supply to the heart).
Nov 12, 2008 - 1:02:28 PM
Pesticides risky when used in combination, watch produce you eat
study suggests that pesticides can pose a serious threat to the environment and
possibly human health when used in combination in agricultural products at even
levels the EPA allows although they may not cause any harm when used
Nov 12, 2008 - 6:58:22 AM
studies hint that exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as
methylmercury can cause harm at levels previously considered safe. A
new analysis of the epidemiological evidence in the
International Journal of Environment and Health,
suggests that we should take a precautionary approach to this and
similar compounds to protect unborn children from irreversible brain
Oct 28, 2008 - 8:42:32 AM
World’s First Cattle Vaccine to Reduce E. coli O157 Threat
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based,
technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that
Econiche™, the world’s first
vaccine designed to reduce the shedding by cattle of
coli) O157:H7, has received full licensing approval from the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
is now available for unrestricted use by Canadian cattle producers and their
Oct 27, 2008 - 5:10:47 PM
Melamine-laced eggs from China found in Hong Kong
Hong Kong found eggs imported from northeastern China
contaminated with high levels of melamine, the chemical that was found early in
milk infant formula sickening more than 50,000 children and killed at least
Oct 27, 2008 - 1:46:14 PM
EPA: Lead in the air needs to be 10 times lower!
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency
announced on Oct 16, 2008 that it has set a new air quality standard
for lead at 0.15 micrograms per cubic meter of air 9ug/m3 - ten times
lower than the previous standard 1.5 ug/m3 set in 1978.
Oct 19, 2008 - 5:06:48 PM
Texas spinach industry still packing a punch in spite of reduced acreage
Like Popeye after eating a
can of the leafy greens, Texas spinach producers are “pumped up” about
the future of their industry due to its track record of product safety
and increasing consumer demand for high-quality greens, experts said.
Oct 14, 2008 - 5:56:17 PM
Toxic chemicals found 3 times higher in young children than their mothers
A study of chemical fire retardants in parents
and their children showed toddlers and pre-schoolers had 3 times more
the neurotoxic pollutants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers
(PBDEs) in their blood than their mothers'
Sep 6, 2008 - 11:06:35 AM
Bisphenol A may harm fetuses, infants and children
The NTP has
concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in
fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol
Sep 6, 2008 - 8:43:37 AM
Toxic Compounds in Toddlers & Preschoolers 3x Higher Than in Moms
In the first nationwide investigation of chemical fire retardants in
parents and their children, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found
that toddlers and pre-schoolers typically had 3 times more of the
neurotoxic compounds in their blood than their mothers. The study
suggests that U.S. children 1 to 4 years of age bear the heaviest
burden of flame retardant pollution in the industrialized world.
Sep 4, 2008 - 8:18:11 AM
California Assembly passes bill to ban Teflon chemical
State Assembly has approved legislation to ban a toxic Teflon chemical from
food wrappers and packaging, which is linked to health risks including cancer,
The Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit environmental health advocate
reported on August 27.
Sep 3, 2008 - 9:59:52 PM