Saturday, July 9, 2011

American Council on Science and Health, 2011: Week 26

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The presence of linked articles here are merely a way of showing what is going on, whether I agree or disagree with the positions presented. Rich Kozlovich

Energy

Cuomo’s Jekyll and Hyde act on energy policies
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is having a hard time remaining consistent in his efforts to influence the regulation of energy sources.

Obesity

Sleep, snacking independent risk factors for obesity. Did you say shampoo?
As researchers continue to probe the possible causes of America's ongoing obesity epidemic, Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, says his latest research demonstrates that people are eating more now - by about an extra 600 calories per day - than they did in the 1970s.

Dr. Whelan in Forbes: What’s really causing childhood obesity?
Last week, the influential American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended a ban on "fast" or "junk" food commercials as a means of combating childhood obesity. ... This week, on Forbes.com, ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan calls their bluff.

Cut calories with cash, not labelsWith two-thirds of U.S. adults and one-third of children either obese or overweight, public health officials are scrambling to come up with solutions to this growing problem.

The health impact of irrational fears Neither the chemicals that leach in tiny amounts from plastics, nor the so-called radiation from your cell phone threatens your health as much as the simple act of sitting may.

Tobacco

Dr. Whelan on “Warnings That Don’t Work”
The FDA asserts that graphic warnings will serve public health by terrifying smokers into quitting. But ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, in an op-ed appearing in National Review Online, has her doubts.

General Medicine

Grin and bare it: colonoscopies save lives
A new study reveals that fewer Americans are developing colorectal cancer (CRC).

New study not quite worth its salt
Is it really okay to use the salt shaker again?

Mammogram guidelines: One size does not fit all
How often is it actually useful to have a mammogram?

Massage for much kneaded lower back relief
According to a small study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, massage therapy may be a viable option for those who suffer from lower back pain.

Pharmaceuticals

FDA approval of Xarelto means anticoagulant options not so thin
Those suffering from blood clotting disorders will find welcome relief in the FDA's approval of a new anticoagulant, rivaroxaban, co-developed by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG.

Cancer

Get the lead out
Reduced colorectal cancer isn't the only good news reported by the CDC: The latest survey of the CDC's Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program shows continued declines in the average blood lead levels (BLLs) among U.S. adults.

Genetically Modified Organisms

Very superstitious: GM fears and facts
In welcome news for the people of Kenya, a set of new laws will allow the production and importation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Europe’s inverted priorities lead to devastation in Africa
Scientifically unfounded fears of biotech innovation too often result in real harm to the countries that most stand to benefit. Richard Tren, Executive Director of Africa Fighting Malaria, knows this all too well.

Clarification
We reported yesterday that the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a summit of the world's food safety regulatory agencies, approved food labeling guidance that would allow countries to label genetically modified foods without infringing upon international free trade laws.

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