Follow-Up: California Assembly Reverses Course on PFOA Ban

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Via NewsInferno: The Associated Press is reporting that the California Assembly has reversed itself and approved a bill to limit the amount of the chemical Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that has been linked to cancer in food packaging. The measure—by Senator Ellen Corbett-Democrat-San Leandro—would permit no more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) of PFOA in […]

Research or Marketing? Merck’s Use of Seeding Trials – plus, New Acupuncture Study

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008

Just when we thought we’d heard it all… A 1999 Merck & Co. study of its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, touted to participating doctors and patients as meant to show whether Vioxx caused fewer stomach problems than another drug, was primarily a stealth marketing strategy, researchers report. The true purpose was to get lots of doctors […]

Recommended Reading: Slow Food Edition

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008

A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Eating (SF Chronicle) From August 29 – September 1, San Francisco plays host to Slow Food Nation, an expo celebrating real food, healthy eating and sustainable living. In this SF Chronicle article, Slow Food Nation Board Chair Katrina Heron gives a preview of the event, as well as some excellent […]

Quick Links: Junk Food & Fluoride & IQ – Oh, My!; Plus Vaccines, Arsenic & Diabetes Risk

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2008

School Dinners Debate: Junk Food May Harm Toddlers’ Ability to Learn (Guardian) Children who are brought up on a diet of junk food at the age of three are more likely to make slow progress at school, educational researchers have discovered. They found diet in the preschool years has more influence on a child’s ability […]

Is Toothpaste Damaging Your Mouth?

Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the stuff most often used in toothpaste to make it foam. While debate continues as to how much of a health risk it may pose, new research has shown that it may cause breakdown of the mouth’s soft oral tissues. Justin Shearer/flickr A study recently published in the International Journal […]

Video: Gary Taubes on “Big Fat Lies”

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Award-winning science journalist Gary Tabues interrogates the conventional wisdom about weight, diet and exercise – the caloric theory of obesity – in this talk given at Stevens Institute of Technology.     For more info: What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (NY Times Magazine) Good Calories, Bad Calories

Follow-Up: CA Bills to Ban BPA and PFOA Rejected

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Via Enviroblog: Despite numerous health and consumer safety concerns, California lawmakers fell under the lobbying influence of the chemical industry and rejected the two bills that would ban chemicals from baby bottles, food containers and microwave popcorn bags. The two measures, Senate Bill 1713 by Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, and Senate Bill 1313, by […]

Recommended Reading: Mind and Brain Power Edition

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2008

Peta-de-Aztlan/Flickr Sleep on It: How Snoozing Makes You Smarter (SciAm) Sometimes when facing a dilemma, we decide to “sleep on the problem,” believing that a solution may appear to us once we’re rested and refreshed, almost as if by magic. Now science is showing how that “magic” works – or rather, how the brain works […]

Eminently Quotable: Mark Twain

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2008

“The power which a man’s imagination has over his body to heal it or make it sick is a force which none of us is born without. The first man had it, the last one will possess it.”

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