EFF Sues for Answers About Illegal Government Email and Phone Call Surveillance

August 30, 2012 Government Withholding Information About Unconstitutional Spying at NSA Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding answers about illegal email and telephone call surveillance at the National Security Agency (NSA). The FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 gave the NSA expansive power to spy…

Environmental toxin Bisphenol A can affect newborn brain “poorer adaptation to new environments, as well hyperactivity as young adults” from a single exposure

Contact: Henrik Viberg henrik.viberg@ebc.uu.se 46-070-171-9060 Uppsala University Newborn mice that are exposed to Bisphenol A develop changes in their spontaneous behavior and evince poorer adaptation to new environments, as well hyperactivity as young adults. This has been shown by researchers at Uppsala University. Their study also revealed that one of the brain’s most important signal…

Grapefruit compound may help combat hepatitis C infection ” may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus “

Contact: Sue McGreevey smcgreevey@partners.org 617-724-2764 Massachusetts General Hospital MGH study reveals mechanism key to maintaining chronic infection, potential therapy target A compound that naturally occurs in grapefruit and other citrus fruits may be able to block the secretion of hepatitis C virus (HCV) from infected cells, a process required to maintain chronic infection.  A team…

Viruses for a healthy pregnancy

Contact: Lucy Goodchild l.goodchild@sgm.ac.uk 44-011-898-81843 Society for General Microbiology Sequences of DNA in the human genome that originated from ancient viral infections have some surprising effects on our bodies and are even essential for a healthy pregnancy, according to an article in the February issue of Microbiology Today. Retrovirus infections represent the most intimate host-pathogen…

Over-activity of the serotonin system may relate to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety

Contact: Mary Kohut Press@plos.org 415-568-3457 Public Library of Science Why serotonin can cause depression and anxiety Mood disorders could be caused by a loss of our inherent, reflexive avoidance of aversive events, according to a study published in PLoS Computational Biology.  Researchers from UCL in London and Columbia University in New York used computational modeling…

Over-the-counter eardrops may cause hearing loss or damage

Contact: Lisa Dutton lisa.dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca 514-412-4307 McGill University Health Centre The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC recommends these products be used with extreme caution MONTREAL, Jan 28, 2008 — A new study, led by researchers at The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the MUHC, has revealed that certain over-the-counter earwax softeners can cause severe inflammation…

Sex hormones unrelated to prostate cancer risk

Contact: Liz Savage jncimedia@oxfordjournals.org 301-841-1287 Journal of the National Cancer Institute Sex hormones circulating in the blood do not appear to be associated with prostate cancer risk, according to data from 18 prior studies. The analysis will be published online January 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Having high levels of male…

24th Health Research Report 06 FEB 2008 – Reconstruction

Health Technology Research Synopsis 24th Issue Date 06 FEB 2008 Compiled By Ralph Turchiano Editors Top Five:   1.      Sex hormones unrelated to prostate cancer risk 2.      Over-the-counter eardrops may cause hearing loss or damage 3.      Researchers investigate links between prostate, cadmium, zinc 4.      Supplementary approach to malaria 5.      Why serotonin can cause depression and…

Regular marijuana use increases risk of hepatitis C-related liver damage

Contact: Aimee Frank media@gastro.org 301-941-2620 American Gastroenterological Association Bethesda, MD (Jan. 28, 2008) – Patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection should not use marijuana (cannabis) daily, according to a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. Researchers found that HCV patients who used cannabis…

Feds fund study of drug that may prevent radiation injury – Made from Rice

Contact: David Ruth druth@rice.edu 713-348-6327 Rice University Feds fund study of drug that may prevent radiation injury Defense department funds study of nanotube-based drug made at Rice The Department of Defense has commissioned a nine-month study from Rice University chemists and scientists in the Texas Medical Center to determine whether a new drug based on…

World’s richest woman says those who are jealous of her wealth should ‘stop drinking, stop smoking and work harder’

World’s  richest woman urges Aussies to ‘spend less time drinking, smoking and  socialising’ She has amassed  wealth from $20 billion-plus mining empire inherited from her  father By Frank Thorne PUBLISHED:08:40 EST, 30  August 2012| UPDATED:10:18 EST, 30 August 2012 The richest woman in Australia has caused a  storm by calling her struggling fellow countrymen ‘whingers’…

Russian channel to censor ‘The Simpsons’

By Agence France-Presse Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:21 EDT A Russian national channel said Thursday it would censor “The Simpsons” cartoon series to comply with a new law banning scenes of violence, drinking and smoking before a late evening watershed. The 2×2 channel, aimed at young adults, told AFP it would cut scenes where the…

Chipotle caught STEALING pennies from hapless customers nationwide in deceptive receipt rounding scandal

Chipotle  restaurants routinely round up customer’s bills to a nickel Previously, did  not warn customers at the register After  public investigation, now they will only round down By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:17:33 EST, 29  August 2012| UPDATED:17:41 EST, 29 August 2012 Chipotle customers are up in arms since it  was revealed that the Mexican fast…