October 29, 2010

BPA Bye Bye?

1 Consumer Concerns Help Remove BPA from Packaging

A new report indicates that consumers are pressuring companies to take bisphenol A (BPA) out of their packaging, according to FoodProductionDaily.com and USA Today. BPA, a chemical that has been blamed for health issues including low sperm count, increased risks of cancer and diabetes is often found in the linings of food and beverage cans as well as in other plastic products. The report states that consumers are “voting with their shopping carts... This is definitely a story about consumers having a lot of power with the big companies... Investors and shareholders have a big impact, as well.” Consumers are apparently letting their dollars speak for them and, says the article, manufacturers are scurrying to phase BPA out of their production processes.

More at Www.foodpolitics.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: BPA Reduces Sperm Count and Motility

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA, Plastic Products, Sperm Count, Sperm Motility, USA Today, FoodProductionDaily.com

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Curcumin Is Key

2 Spice May Help Prevent Liver Damage

New research from Saint Louis U shows the spice curcumin might be beneficial in preventing or treating livers damaged from a form of fatty liver disease. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) affects three to four percent of US adults and may lead to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and possibly liver cancer. Obese patients with type 2 diabetes frequently have high blood levels of leptin, insulin and glucose and it’s been theorized that these may lead to liver fibrosis associated with NASH. "Leptin plays a critical role in the development of liver fibrosis,” says corresponding author Anping Chen, Ph.D, who adds, “our study suggests that curcumin may be an effective therapy to treat and prevent liver fibrosis, which is associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Curcumin May Enhance Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Tags: Curcumin, Diabetes, Insulin, Leptin, Liver Cancer, Saint Louis University, Fatty Liver Disease, Liver Fibrosis, Cirrhosis, Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, NASH, Glucose, Anping Chen

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Kids Exceeding TV Recommendation

3 Preschoolers Spend Too Much Time in Front of TV

Preschool kids are spending too much time watching television, say researchers from the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington. Some young kids are averaging more than five hours of TV time per day (at home and in child care settings), reports MSNBC. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting screen time, including DVDs, video games and computers, to only two hours or less per day, but nearly 70 percent of the 9,000 preschool-age children in the study exceeded those recommendations for screen time. Kids in home-based rather than commercial child care had the highest screen time: 5.5 hours total with 3.6 of those hours occurring at home. Study findings will be published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Daycare Before Two Years

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, TV Viewing Habits, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Research Institute, TV Time, Preschooler Screen Time Limits, Recommendations on TV viewing for Kids

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