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STUDY POINTS TO GENE AS CAUSE OF TYPE 1 DIABETES

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief on November 9th, 2007

THE RESEARCH COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR NEW TREATMENTS TO PREVENT OR REVERSE THIS INCREASINGLY PREVALENT DISEASE

doc1.jpg Researchers from University of Virginia say they have identified a gene that appears to cause the more serious type of diabetes.

The team concluded that “turning off” a particular gene dramatically cut the rate of Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes in female test mice.

Type 1 diabetes requires insulin injections. The more common Type 2 can often be controlled with diet, pills and exercise.

The research could provide the basis for finding a drug to turn off the gene in people prone to Type 1 diabetes, microbiology professor and co-author Marcia McDuffie suggested.

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FRIDAY’S RECALL ROUNDUP

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Health Watch, Toxic Toys on November 9th, 2007

TOYS, TOYS AND MORE TOYS FACE RECALL

curious_george_071108_ms.jpgThe following are the latest in the seemingly never ending list of toys and other consumer goods, manufactured in China, that are facing recall for excessive levels of lead

- About 110,000 Curious George dolls dolls, imported and sold by Marvel Toys since 2005.

- About 2,600 Robot 2000 collectible tin robots, imported by Schylling Associates and sold in U.S. stores from October 2006 through September 2007.

- About 1,300 Dizzy Ducks music box toys, imported by Schylling Associates and sold in stores from March 2007 through October 2007.

- About 3,600 Winnie the Pooh spinning toys, imported by Schylling Associates and sold in stores from April 2003 through November 2003.

- About 3,500 Duck Family wind-up toys, imported by Schylling Associates and sold from January 2007 through August 2007.

- About 380,000 Pull-Back Action toy cars imported by Dollar General Merchandising and sold in U.S. Dollar General stores from April 2007 through October 2007.

- About 7,500 Dragster and Funny Car toys imported by International Sourcing and sold at National Hot Rod Association events and Matco Tools from March 2007 through September 2007.

- About 7,200 Big Red wagons imported by Northern Tool & Equipment and sold through the company’s catalogue, website and U.S. stores from July 2007 through September 2007.

Luckily, as of this writing, no adverse health effects associated with any of the products have been reported.

High amounts of lead can harm the kidneys and other major organs. Anemia, a decline in red blood cells, can occur, as well as damage to the nervous system that may impair mental function. Lead poisoning can also cause seizures or death.

-LIB

Source: CBC / The Associated Press

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CALIFORNIA OIL SPILL THREATENS THOUSANDS OF BIRDS AND MARINE ANIMALS

Posted in Corporate Polluters, Eco Thugs, News Brief, Toxin Alert! on November 9th, 2007

58,000-GALLON SPILL FOULS COASTLINE, CLOSES BEACHES, AND FORCES THE CANCELLATION OF NUMEROUS WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

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For the life of me, I cannot imagine how, with all of the clearance for sea travel beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, that some incompetent fool could plow his fully loaded, South Korea bound oil tanker into one of the bridges support pilings.

This one definitely calls for an investigation to what could have caused this lapse. Not that anything will ultimately come of it as we have learned the hard way from the Exxon Valdez matter.

It is hard to believe that nearly twenty years have passed since another incompetent fool ran his tanker aground, this time in Alaska, and that Exxon has yet to make good on the damage that it’s spill created.

Come to think of it, in the day of four-dollar a gallon gas while the oil companies enjoy record profits, it is not that hard to believe after all.

-LIB

Assessment and recovery teams hit the skies, waters and beaches Friday trying to contain the damage from a 58,000-gallon oil spill that has stained some of Northern California’s coastline.

Oil skimmers, surveillance flights and shoreline cleanup teams continued to mop up the damage as questions persisted about why the Coast Guard took so long to report the scope of the spill.

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Source: The Associated Press / Raw Story

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