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Baby virus could be key to childhood asthma

Asthma, a respiratory disease whose prevalence skyrocketed in the latter part of the 20th century, is  believed to have a genetic component, and environmental triggers—including pollution and pests— are also blamed.  Now a common infant virus—respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—is being fingered as a possible cause...

November 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Farmed fish can be organic, too, ag advisors say

What exactly makes a fish organic? Apparently, one that feeds on a nonorganic diet.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advisory panel says that producers should be allowed to slap organic labels on farmed fish even if their diets include wild fish and other feed that isn’t organic itself—definitions that environmentalists say depart from the criteria for other certified organic animal food products...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Bush moves may endanger Endangered Species Act

The Bush Administration's push for "midnight regulations" in the last moments of office continues.

In the next 24 hours, the Bush is expected to relax requirements for federal environmental officials to sign off on building projects that pose a threat to species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Pot joins the fight against Alzheimer's, memory loss

A large-scale study released this week showed that the herb gingko biloba has no effect in preventing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But alternative medicine aficionados may find hope in a new research touting the bennies of another "herb" in preserving memory...

November 19, 2008 — Gary Stix

Presidential DNA: The next campaign controversy?

Could next election season's dirty tricks include disclosures about the candidates' genes?

This year we heard all about John McCain's battles with skin cancer and Barack Obama's smoking habit, but there were gaps in their health records...

November 19, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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