Pediatric Ritalin Use May Affect Developing Brain, Study Suggests

  NEW YORK (July 17, 2007) — Use of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug Ritalin by young children may cause long-term changes in the developing brain, suggests a new study in an animal model by a research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.   The study is among the first…

Saudis attempt to block Vatican plan for .catholic web addresses, and any web address that conflicts with the Saudi’s definition of Moral.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new   web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it “cannot demonstrate that   it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic’”. By Christopher Williams, Technology Correspondent The objection is one of more than 160 sent by the Saudis to ICANN, the body…

Lipstick chemical alert: Ingredient in hundreds of household products ’causes heart problems’ -Triclosan

By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED:19:56 EST, 13  August 2012| UPDATED:07:52 EST, 14 August 2012 chemical commonly used in lipsticks, face  washes and toothpaste may cause heart and muscle problems, according to  scientists. They found triclosan, which is in hundreds of  household products, can hinder the process by which  muscles, including the  heart, receive signals from the…

Cities use surveillance systems that identify potential ‘terrorists’ with facial recognition (U.S.)

By Charles Arthur, The Guardian Monday, August 13, 2012 15:17 EDT It sounds like something from the film Minority Report: a CCTV surveillance system that recognises people from their face or walk and analyses whether they might be about to commit a terrorist or criminal act. But Trapwire is real and, according to documents released…

Executive branch porn problem: Includes Child Pornography (U.S.)

Bureaucrats risk national security breaches Allen W. Dulles, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wrote in “The Craft of Intelligence,” “sex and hard-headed intelligence operations rarely mix well.” Perhaps the boys at the Pentagon need a refresher course. This past week, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency warned its staff not to view porn…

Study: Media perpetuates unsubstantiated chemical imbalance ( Serotonin ) theory of depression

Contact: Jeffrey Lacasse jeffreylacasse@mac.com 850-294-0875 Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance is often presented in the media as fact even though there is little scientific evidence to support it, according to a new study co-authored by a Florida State University visiting lecturer. Jeffrey Lacasse, an…

Cataract patients being wrongly denied eye surgery (U.K.)

Thousands of patients struggling to drive and even read are wrongly being   denied sight-saving surgery, according to eye health professionals. By Richard Alleyne The Telegraph 5:30AM BST 13 Aug 2012 The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and other health bodies say it is   alarming that more than half of NHS trusts are denying patients cataract   operations unless…

Parents who believe in miracles ‘torturing’ dying children, doctors warn ( Abandon all Ye Hope?)

* Want to leave a note before posting.. I can see both sides of the story here, but in the end I can forsee abuses by the governments involved. Terminally ill children are subjected to needless suffering amounting to   “torture” by parents who refuse to allow the withdrawal of treatment because   of their religious beliefs,…

Should doctors treat lack of exercise as a medical condition? Mayo expert says ‘yes’ Quote: prescribing supported exercise, and more formal rehabilitation programs that include cognitive and behavioral therapy would develop

Contact: Sharon Theimer newsbureau@mayo.edu 507-284-5005 Mayo Clinic ROCHESTER, Minn. — A sedentary lifestyle is a common cause of obesity (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obesity/DS00314), and excessive body weight and fat in turn are considered catalysts for diabetes (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/DS01121), high blood pressure (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure/DS00100), joint damage (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arthritis/DS01122/DSECTION=risk-factors) and other serious health problems. But what if lack of exercise itself were treated…

Citrus compounds called limonoids targeted and stopped neuroblastoma cells in the lab.

Contact: Kathleen Phillips ka-phillips@tamu.edu 979-845-2872 Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Citrus shows promise for certain childhood cancer COLLEGE STATION – Orange juice and cancer don’t mix. In fact, the popular citrus drink could become a cocktail to prevent or stop the deadly disease in humans. Research by Texas Agriculture Experiment Station scientists has shown that citrus…

Why are people overconfident so often? It’s all about social status, a UC Berkeley study finds

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY’S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Researchers have long known that people are very frequently overconfident – that they tend to believe they are more physically talented, socially adept, and skilled at their job than they actually are. For example, 94% of college professors think they do above average work (which is…

Butter flavoring in microwave popcorn, thought safe for food industry workers, is respiratory hazard

Contact: David Sampson ajpmedia@elsevier.com 215-239-3171 Elsevier Health Sciences New findings reported in the American Journal of Pathology Philadelphia, PA, August 13, 2012 – The ingredient 2,3-pentanedione (PD), used to impart the flavor and aroma of butter in microwave popcorn, is a respiratory hazard that can also alter gene expression in the brain of rats.  Manufacturers…

Is this James Bond’s next secret weapon? The bizarre robo-worm scientists say could be an electronic super spy

Researchers say their prototype could crawl  into tiny spaces undetected and send back video Can be stamped on or even hit with a  hammer Project funded by US  military When you think of a hi-tech super spy able to  crawl undetected into any space, the earthworm may not be the first image that  springs to…