May 5, 2012

Dodging Cancer Somewhat Trickier

1 How U.S. Smokers Dodge Cigarette Tax

To thwart a raise in the cigarette tax imposed by Congress in April, 2009, which bumped cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and small cigars to an equally higher rate, growing numbers of cigarette smokers have switched to either rolling their own using less-taxed pipe tobacco, whose sales have increased from 240,000 to 3 million pounds per month, or to smoking a new breed of small, filtered cigars made just big enough to technically qualify them as low-taxed large cigars, whose monthly sales have more than doubled, to over a billion pounds per month. These smokers' tax dodges have frustrated the government, which loses from $600 million to $1.1 billion in uncollected revenues per year, and the American Cancer Society, which calls the ploys "counterproductive for the public health."

More at Sci-Tech-Today.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Cigarette Makers Slammed for Deceptive Package Colors

Tags: Cigarettes, Tobacco Marketing, Tobacco Taxes, Cigarette Taxes, Dodging Taxes, Pipe Tobacco Sales, Small Cigars, Small Cigar Sales, Cigarette Alternatives

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Rare Salmonella Outbreak

2 People Getting Salmonella from Dry Dog Food

People in nine states have gotten ill after being exposed to a rare strain of salmonella linked with recalled dry dog food from Diamond Pet Foods of Missouri. The CDC says that the Salmonella Infantis infections have been reported in at least 14 people. The bacteria is spread after humans handle the contaminated dog food, or have contact with animals that have consumed the food. On April 6, Diamond Pet Foods recalled Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. Some bags of Diamond Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula dog food were recalled on April 26. Certain bags of Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food were recalled on April 30. Consumers should discard the recalled dog food, and wash their hands.

More at CDC | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dole Recalls Bagged Salad for Salmonella

Tags: Rare Salmonella Strain, People Sickened Dry Dog Food, Getting Salmonella Poisoning from Dog, Recall Diamond Dog Food, Diamond Pet Foods, Salmonella Infantis, Diamond Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formul, Diamond Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food

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Naturally Blond Black People

3 One Gene Behind Solomon Islanders' Blond Hair

New research has found that a mutation in a single gene accounts for almost 50 percent of blonds among this group of very dark-skinned people of the Solomon Islands. They are second to Europe in the number of blonds in any population. Researched obtained saliva samples from 43 blonds and 42 dark-haired individuals on the island for DNA analysis and found that a mutation of the TYRP1 was responsible for 46.4 percent of the hair color variation. Genomic analysis of DNA from Europeans did not detect this mutation, leading researchers to conclude it arose randomly in this population. While the results are exciting, it illustrates that genome studies may not apply to every population which is very important when developing drugs based on this type of information.

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

Previously: Doctors Shouldn't Fear Red Heads

Tags: Hair Color, Solomon Islands, Blond Hair, TYRP1 Gene

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