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You are what your mother eats: High GI diets may give obese kids

By Stephen Daniells, 15-Apr-2009

Snacking on foods with a high glycaemic index like white bread and chocolate during the later stages of pregnancy may increase the likelihood of obesity in the offspring, says a new study.

High GI snack diets during the third trimester of pregnancy were associated with heavier birth weight in the offspring, and a higher rate of growth of the new-borns, suggests new research with sheep published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Swine Flu Hogwash

Ralph Forbes

May 1, 2009

Dr. Ron Paul Says ‘Flu Hype’ Designed To Scare Americans

An international businessman who performs major work for the Department of Health and Human Services told AFP that fear mongering by Washington and the World Health Organization about swine flu is an attempt to scare people into allowing global control of the healthcare system.

Flu reaction: Panic or prudence?

May 5, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Just one week after the emergence and spread of Influenza A (H1N1) caused national and international declarations of public health emergencies, the media, pundits and members of the general public are beginning to question whether public health authorities have over-reacted to the outbreak and have inadvertently triggered unnecessary and harmful individual and governmental behavior.

More Americans taking drugs for mental illness

Tue May 5, 2009

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Many more Americans have been using prescription drugs to treat mental illness since 1996, in part because of expanded insurance coverage and greater familiarity with the drugs among primary care doctors, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They said 73 percent more adults and 50 percent more children are using drugs to treat mental illness than in 1996.

GMO Moratorium: The way forward for Europe

The participants of the 5th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions “Food and Democracy” call for an EU-wide moratorium on the authorization and the commercial planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In the wake of six EU member states banning the planting of MON810 and in light of the rapid

increase in GMO-free regions in Europe, there has never been a better moment for a moratorium than now.

This moratorium should be used to:

• rethink EU legislation and strengthen regional self-determination;

Jack the Ripper: Hoax Invented to 'Win Newspaper War'?

Jack the Ripper was a forgery invented by journalists to link a series of

unrelated murders and sell newspapers, according to a new book.

The unsolved murders of five prostitutes in London's East End in 1888 have spawned innumerable theories over the identity of the 'real' Jack the Ripper - with candidates including artist Walter Sickert, Alice In Wonderland author Lewis Carroll and even Queen Victoria's grandson the Duke of Clarence.


How to avoid the most common of cancers: Skin cancer

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Stephanie White is a skin cancer expert. At 41, she's has been diagnosed with all three types of the condition: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Stephanie was always in the sun.