Thursday, January 28, 2016

American Council on Science and Health

The ‘Gene Gun’ That Saved Hawaii - While consumers across the U.S. have embraced, and are enjoying, the benefits of genetically-modified products, papaya-loving Hawaiians had less of a choice when an agricultural crisis struck the state in the 1990s. But by using a cell-inserting device, plant specialists eradicated a deadly virus and saved a vital industry.  Read more
 
Process Food Labels: Good Info or Confusing to Consumers? - If "you are what you eat," what are you when many confusing food labels muddy the issue? Labels have become a way to promote self-identification with a worldview, tied to ethics, the environment and even the planet. So frequently labels are about what isn't in food, meaning "you don't get what you pay for." Read more

Melanoma Risk Linked to Indoor Tanning, Study Affirms - 
A new report in JAMA Dermatology strengthens the link between indoor tanning and melanoma, the often-fatal skin cancer. Among the conclusions: the younger the woman who begins indoor tanning, and the more frequently she does it, the greater the risk she has of developing melanoma. Read more

After Miscarriage, No Need for Long Wait to Try Again - While many couples feel that a delay in trying to conceive again after a miscarriage, a new study shows that there is no need to wait. Indeed, those who tried again within three months had a somewhat better success rate than those who waited longer. Read more

America’s End-Of-Life Care is Mixed Bag, Study Says - A recent seven-country study in JAMA evaluates approaches to cancer patient care in the last year of life. The findings were that the U.S. does unexpectedly well in several areas, but relies too much on ICU admission and chemotherapy at life's end, and too little on palliative care. Read more
  

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