May 4, 2011

Current Law Not Enough

1 US Needs to Protect Public from Toxic Chemicals

The US needs to protect the public from toxic chemicals say environmental health experts who add that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, is not strict enough. With about 83,000 chemicals on the market and growing evidence of a link between exposure to toxic chemicals and chronic diseases, experts say the law - which places the onus on the government to prove that chemicals are unsafe rather than having companies prove that their chemicals are safe - jeopardizes public health. Last month, a bill was introduced in the Senate that would require chemical manufacturers to submit safety data for all chemicals. But, researchers say, this is not enough and ask that public health officials band together to call for more stringent reforms.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dangers of BPA and DES Exposure in Womb

Tags: BPA, Environment, Environmental Protection Agency, Public Health, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Substances Control Act, Exposure to Chemicals, Link Between Exposure to Chemicals and Health

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CDC Says Study Flawed

2 Study: Low Salt Diet Not Helpful, CDC Disagrees

A low-salt diet doesn't prevent high blood pressure, but it does increase the risk of dying from strokes and heart attacks, say researchers. According to the New York Times, the CDC feels so strongly that the study is flawed that they criticized it in an interview, which is rare. The small observational study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, involved young subjects with an average age of 40 at the beginning of the study period. There were few cardiovascular events during the study, which involved only people without high blood pressure at the start. Dr. Peter Briss of the CDC told the New York Times that the study results may need to be "taken with a grain of salt."

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: PepsiCo to Cut Sodium in Lay’s Chips

Tags: Heart Risk, Low Salt Diet, Preventing High Blood Pressure, Reducing Heart Disease Risk, Low Sodium

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Increases Nutrient Density

3 Salad Greens Positively Affected by Market Lights

Contrary to popular belief, salad greens exposed to continuous light, such as that in supermarket, actually were more nutritionally dense than those kept in the dark. Researchers with the ARS Food Quality Laboratory in Beltsville, MD exposed spinach leaves to light that is similar to the 24-hour artificial fluorescent light received if the produce were located in the front of a produce storage case. The vegetable had increased levels of carotenoids, vitamins C, E, K and folate than those stored enclosed in a thick brown grocery bag paper. The light reaction is not temperature sensitive, as both were held at a constant 4 degrees Celsius. The results of the study are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Dirty Dozen Has More Pesticides

Tags: Food Science, Produce, Spinach, Vegetables, Vitamins, Carotenoids

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Alone or with Other Drugs

4 FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

A drug for type 2 diabetes developed by German-based Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lily in Indianapolis, Indiana for use in individuals whose blood glucose is not controlled by other medications was approved by the FDA. Tradjenta inhibits an enzyme called DPP-4 in order to elevate insulin, the hormone tissues are less sensitive to in type 2 diabetes, which lowers glucose levels. It can be used by itself or with drugs such as metformin. In studies conducted by the two pharmaceutical companies that compared the drug to placebo in over 3,800 patients found that the drug improved blood sugar in a consistent manner. Respiratory infection, must pain, sore throat and headache were the most frequently reported side effects.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Used As Add-on Therapy

Tags: Boehringer Ingelheim, FDA, FDA Approval, Glucose, Type 2 Diabetes, Controlling Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetes, Eli Lily, Tradjenta, DPP-4, Diabetes Medication

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