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On-The-Job Paint Exposure Ups Cancer Risk

Wed Mar 13, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women in the painting trades or who work in paint manufacturing may have an increased risk of cancer, depending on the job they do, according to the results of a large study conducted in Sweden.

The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Abolish Tax Slavery

by Christopher Ruddy

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Six hundred years ago in Medieval Europe, most people lived and died as slaves, sometimes called serfs, bound to the land they worked and bound to the lords who ruled them.

The serfs had no rights. Their masters could seize anything they owned and even put them in prison if they didn't pay whatever was demanded.


Babies of Smokers End Up in Hospital More Often

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Chee-may Chow

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Babies who live with two or more smokers are 30% more likely to need hospital treatment than those who grow up in smoke-free homes, according to a university study.

If there is one smoker in the family, the risk is 7% higher, the study by Hong Kong University Faculty of Medicine found.

Researchers tracked some 8,300 babies born in the territory in 1997 and monitored their health over 18 months.


Food Experts Set Blueprint to Gauge Biotech Risks

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By David Brough

ROME (Reuters) - International food experts agreed on a blueprint on Friday to assess safety risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

A task force of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, meeting in Yokohama, Japan, drew up recommendations for evaluating the safety of foods derived from biotechnology, said Selma Doyran, a Rome-based FAO food safety officer.

Women's Blood Pressure Drops with 3 Drinks a Week

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A few drinks a week may slightly reduce a woman's chance of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, but consuming more than a drink a day puts her at increased risk, Harvard researchers report.


Parents Urged to Take Toddlers to the Dentist

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Most parents don't bring their child to the dentist before age 3, despite pediatrician and dentist guidelines urging early dental visits, study findings suggest.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit during their first year of life, while the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that first visit be at age 3.

Obesity Harder on Health Than Smoking

Tue Mar 12, 2002

By Deena Beasley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Obesity exacts a higher toll on health and healthcare costs than either smoking or drinking as serious obesity-related problems like diabetes are near epidemic levels, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Body Piercing Linked to Risky Behavior in Teens

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Esther Csapo Rastegari

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While body piercing has become common among adolescents and many parents may see the trend as a harmless means of self-expression, new study findings suggest that teens with piercings are more likely to smoke cigarettes, use drugs and exhibit other types of unhealthy behavior.


Family Resemblance May Be in Eyes of Beholder

Fri Mar 8, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Do children really inherit their fathers' chins and their mothers' eyes? Perceptions that a child resembles a parent may be based on an assumption the two are genetically related rather than a strong similarity in features, Italian researchers report.


Air Pollution's Ill Effects Seen in Blood Vessels

Mon Mar 11, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even in healthy people, breathing air contaminated with pollutants found in car and truck exhaust causes blood vessels to constrict, according to the first study of its kind.

The findings may explain why people with cardiovascular disease seem to be particularly susceptible to poor air quality, researchers say.