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Flame retardant linked to deaths of falcons could affect humans

After decades of being trapped and shot out of the skies as vermin and having their food poisoned by organochlorines like DDT, birds of prey in North America have made a remarkable comeback.

Thanks to protective laws and the banning of harmful chemical pesticides, bald eagles and peregrine falcons have had their "endangered species" status removed both in the U.S. and in Canada. However, there could be dark clouds on the horizon for all raptorial birds, especially peregrines.


Bipolar Disorder: Epidemic Without a Disease

In the Newsweek cover story of May 26, 2008, Growing Up Bipolar, Mary Carmichael describes yet another magical psychiatric epidemic. In any report of an epidemic there should be a description of the disease of which the epidemic is comprised and mention of the test by which the disease is diagnosed. But nowhere is there mention of a physical abnormality-gross (visible to the naked eye), microscopic or chemical, to make it a disease. Where is the proof that Max Blake, now ten, is other than physically, medically normal?


Exposed: Harvard Shrink Gets Rich Labeling Kids Bipolar

Meet the man who got rich by popularizing bipolar disorder for children. Congressional investigators and the NY Times expose the scandal.


Canada: People tell of cancer fears as New Brunswick pathology inquiry moves to Miramichi

Miramichi - Two men with advanced prostate cancers have told a public inquiry into pathology problems in New Brunswick that they are a paying a high price for the apparent misreading of their biopsies years earlier.

The men, both from northeastern New Brunswick, testified Monday that their cancers were detected too late for surgery and they are now facing lengthy hormone and radiation therapies to save their lives.

"If I had been properly diagnosed the first time, I would have had my prostate removed and that would have been it," said one of the men, who testified on the condition that his identity not be made public.

"But as it turned out, over the course of time, it got worse and by the time they found it, it was beyond being taken out."


Soccer Parents: Why They Rage

Wonder if you could be one of "those" parents who rant and rage at their kid's soccer game? Well, you don't have to look much farther than your car's rearview mirror for clues.

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Wonder if you could be one of "those" parents who rant and rage at their kid's soccer game?

According to a new study if you have a tendency to become upset while driving, you're more likely to be the kind of parent who explodes in anger at your kids' sports matches.

Research by kinesiology Ph.D student Jay Goldstein of the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that ego defensiveness, one of the triggers that ignites road rage, also kicks off parental "sideline rage," and that a parent with a control-oriented personality is more likely to react to that trigger by becoming angry and aggressive.

By surveying parents at youth soccer games in suburban Washington, D.C., Goldstein found that parents became angry when their ego got in the way. "When they perceived something that happened during the game to be personally directed at them or their child, they got angry." says Goldstein. "That's consistent with findings on road rage."


Study shows 'being fat in today's world' invites social discrimination

Obese people feel "a culture of blame" against them, which they say has been made worse by media reports about the health risks of obesity, a new study from Australia found. The results will be presented Tuesday, June 17, at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne conducted one-hour personal interviews with 76 obese individuals (62 females, 14 males), ranging in age from 16 to 72 years. The aim of the study was to better address issues of concern to obese people, in an attempt to improve interventions for the increasing epidemic of obesity, said the lead author, Paul Komesaroff, MD, PhD, director of the university's Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society.


Shades of bird-flu mass killings: Source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes may remain a mystery, FDA says

The agency is still unsure of the origin of the contaminated fruit, though it has focused on central Florida and Mexico.

Federal officials said Thursday that they might never learn which farms produced tainted tomatoes that have now sickened 228 people in 23 states with a rare form of salmonella.

"At this stage of the investigation there is no guarantee that we will be able to trace the outbreak back to the farm level, although that is the goal," David Acheson, the Food and Drug Administration's associate commissioner for foods, told reporters Thursday.

The agency is still unsure of the geographic area that is the source of the contaminated fruit, though it has focused its probe on growing regions in central Florida and Mexico.


Depression and diabetes: fellow travelers, researchers say

Researchers have long known that type-2 diabetes and depression often go hand in hand. However, it's been unclear which condition develops first in patients who end up with both. Now, a new study led by Johns Hopkins doctors suggests that this chicken-and-egg problem has a dual answer: Patients with depression have an increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes, and patients with type-2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression.

For the study, published in the June 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, diabetes expert Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S., and her colleagues took advantage of data generated by the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), which examined risk factors for atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, in an ethnically diverse group of 6,814 men and women between ages 45 to 84. Participants in the MESA study identified themselves when they enrolled as white, black, Hispanic or Chinese.

Evil Rays

Cell Phone Hazards - The Evidence is in

The evidence is in - and it is overwhelming. Even at typical low power, cell phones and wireless technology cause severe biological disturbances in human cells. In August 2007, 26 medical and public health experts their Bioinitiative Report - available online - reviewing all the literature on the effects of electromagnetic radiation

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Cell phone researchers not in the pay of mobile phone corporations agree on three things:


Grape seed extract may reduce cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease

A compound found in grape seed extract reduces plaque formation and resulting cognitive impairment in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease, new research shows.

The study appears in the June 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Lead study author Giulio Pasinetti, MD, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and colleagues found that the grape seed extract prevents amyloid beta accumulation in cells, suggesting that it may block the formation of plaques. In Alzheimer's disease, amyloid beta accumulates to form toxic plaques that disrupt normal brain function.