New Mum’s Guide to Keeping Baby Safe

25 Nov 2008

First, a little review: What is BPA? BPA is a chemical used in the production of certain kinds of plastics, including polycarbonate plastic (like hard, colored water bottles and 5-gallon drinking water coolers) and the lining of most food and beverage cans. BPA can leach from the plastic and into foods and beverages, especially when it’s heated or used for long periods of time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found BPA in the bodies of 93 percent of the people they tested, which is especially troubling since the chemical is linked to breast and prostate cancer and neurobehavioral changes in offspring exposed in the womb. It’s a good idea.

What the Chemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

25 Nov 2008

By Elaine Shannon, Investigative Editor, September 2008 It takes a lot of nerve to go up against the $3 trillion-a-year global chemical industry. Ask University of Missouri-Columbia scientists Frederick Vom Saal and Wade Welshons. They’ve been in the industry’s crosshairs for more than a decade, since their experiments turned up the first hard evidence that miniscule amounts of bisphenol A (BPA), an artificial sex hormone and integral component of a vast array of plastic products, caused irreversible changes in the prostates of fetal mice. Their findings touched off a steady drumbeat that has led to a ban on BPA-laden baby bottles in Canada, mounting support for a similar ban in.

Physical Proof of Fibromyalgia

22 Nov 2008

Proof That Fibromyalgia is Real Researchers have detected abnormalities in the brains of people with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition whose symptoms include muscle pain and fatigue. Some researchers have suggested that the pain of fibromyalgia is the result of depression, but the new study suggests otherwise. The abnormalities were independent of anxiety and depression levels. Researchers evaluated 20 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 10 healthy women without the condition who served as a control group. The researchers performed brain imaging called single photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT. The imaging showed that women with the syndrome had “brain perfusion” — blood flow abnormalities in their brains. The abnormalities were directly.

Detection: New test a big step in ovarian cancer fight

04 Nov 2008
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3 November 2008 Australian women have been given access to the world’s first test which finds “fingerprints” of deadly ovarian cancer while the disease is still in its early stages. Known as OvPlex, the test was developed in Melbourne and has been shown to be more than 90% accurate in picking up five proteins which point to the presence of ovarian cancer cells. Ovarian Cancer facts Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all the qynaecological cancers. The median age for diagnosis is 64 years of age and is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in Australian women. Every year in Australia around 1500 women are diagnosed with.

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