21st century could be the age of paranoia

21st century could be the “age of paranoia”, according to a leading psychiatrist. Dr Daniel Freeman. – Paranoia is on the increase and could go unchecked unless we take urgent action, claims a leading scientist. Dr Daniel Freeman, a Wellcome Trust fellow, warns that changes in how we live and work could mean that we are entering an “age of paranoia.”

Health Canada reaffirms safety of BPA use

Health Canada Reaffirms Safety of BPA for Use in Metal Food Packaging. North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) Working with Canadian Government and Infant Formula Manufacturers to Develop Industry Code of Practice for Infant Formula. – Announcement by Health Canada regarding completion of its assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) offers reassurance to Canadians that the use of this chemical in the production of epoxy resins in metal food and beverage packaging presents no risk to consumers.

Updated labeling for psoriasis drug Raptiva approved

US FDA Approves Updated Labeling for Psoriasis Drug Raptiva by Genentech; Safety concerns drove labeling changes. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced labeling changes, including a Boxed Warning, to highlight the risks of life-threatening infections, including progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), with the use of Raptiva (efalizumab).

DNA could reveal your surname and family links

DNA could reveal your surname; Research by University of Leicester has implications for forensics as well as genealogy. – Scientists at the world-leading Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester ? where the revolutionary technique of genetic fingerprinting was invented by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys – are developing techniques which may one day allow police to work out someone’s surname from the DNA alone.

Effects of a first miscarriage on future pregnancies

New research to be published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology examines the effects of a miscarriage on subsequent pregnancies. – Miscarriage (or spontaneous pregnancy loss) is defined as pregnancy loss before 24 completed weeks of gestation. There is a 20% (one in five) risk of pregnancies ending in a miscarriage in the first three months and one in 100 women have recurrent miscarriages (three or more successive miscarriages).

Label updates of oral OTC children’s cough and cold medicines

Statement from CHPA on the Voluntary Label Updates to Oral OTC Children?s Cough and Cold Medicines – The following statement was issued by Linda Suydam, president of Consumer Healthcare Products Association, USA, on the Voluntary Label Updates to Oral OTC Children’s Cough and Cold Medicines.

A new research on climate change and public health – WHO

WHO agreed on a research agenda on climate change and public health – World Health Organization. – A meeting of experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Madrid agreed to a research agenda to develop an evidence-based framework for action on the human health implications of climate change.

New prenatal test for Down syndrome less risky than amniocentesis

New prenatal test for Down syndrome less risky than amniocentesis, Stanford/Packard scientists say. – Pregnant women worried about their babies’ genetic health face a tough decision: get prenatal gene testing and risk miscarriage, or skip the tests and miss the chance to learn of genetic defects before birth.

12 diseases worsened by climate change

‘Deadly dozen’ reports diseases worsened by climate change – Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society. – Health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society released a report that lists 12 pathogens that could spread into new regions as a result of climate change, with potential impacts to both human and wildlife health and global economies.

Too much volunteering unhealthy

Volunteering more than 15 hours a week causes a sharp decrease in satisfaction with life and emotional health. – Doing volunteer work is good for your well being, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing ? with those volunteering more than 15 hours a week showing a sharp decrease in their satisfaction with life and emotional health, according to an academic from The Australian National University.

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