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News items for the week ending 6.22.07

Posted Oct 01 2008 10:51pm
  • Drink soda, damage your DNA...
    Research from a British university suggests that sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's...

  • FDA stepping in, requiring supplement testing...
    For the first time, manufacturers of vitamins, herbal pills and other dietary supplements will have to test all of their products' ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it is phasing in a new rule that is designed to address concerns that existing regulations allowed supplements onto the market that were contaminated or didn't contain ingredients claimed on the label...

  • Two-year old youngest Mensa member...
    With an IQ of 152, Matilda Brown, was walking at 9 months, dressing herself at 14 months, and intelligently conversing at 18 months...

  • Multiple unhealthy habits? Work on all of them at once...
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who simultaneously attempt to stop smoking, reduce their sodium intake and increase exercise may be more successful than those who try to change these lifestyle factors one at a time, Texas-based researchers report.

  • Chasing those grandkids doesn't hurt...
    The findings by researchers at the University of Chicago and three other universities challenge the conclusions of numerous previous studies that suggested that the exertion and stress of caring for children could take a toll on grandparents' well-being...

  • Study Compares Teen Driver Safety
    While children riding in cars driven by teens are twice as likely to be injured in a crash as children in cars driven by adults, the risk of injury is 40 percent lower if the teen driver happens to be an older brother or sister, a new study finds...

  • Teaching mindfulness in the classroom
    OAKLAND, CALIF. - The lesson began with the striking of a Tibetan singing bowl to induce mindful awareness. With the sound of their new school bell, the fifth graders at Piedmont Avenue Elementary School here closed their eyes and focused on their breathing, as they tried to imagine "loving kindness" on the playground.
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