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Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations

Echinacea, vitamins, and other dietary supplements have become a $5 billion industry, but the products don't need to be pre-approved by the FDA before they go on the market. How do we know what is really in our supplements? What regulations are currently in place? How can we keep ourselves safe and …

In Between the FDA and Pharma, People Wait for Treatments

Polycsytic kidney disease causes cysts to grow, continually, throughout my kidneys. It will eventually clog them, and they'll stop working. PKD affects 600,000 Americans and costs taxpayers more than $2 billion per year. It also occupies an estimated 5,000 spaces on the kidney transplant waiting …

Why Dengue and Yellow Fever Could Be Coming to a City Near You

GMO labelling debate grows in the US

<b>Seattle, US</b> - Some people with the most at stake in the debate over labeling genetically modified food won't be able to vote on it either way.<p>Immigrant farm workers are hearing a lot about I-522, an initiative in Washington state that is the current epicentre of the genetically modified food …

Japanese politician causes uproar by giving letter on Fukushima to emperor

A novice Japanese lawmaker who wanted to draw attention to the Fukushima nuclear crisis has caused an uproar by doing something taboo: handing a letter to the emperor.<p>It began at an annual autumn Imperial Palace garden party last week. As Emperor Akihito and his wife, Michiko, greeted a line of …

New study detects signs of autism in infants by their declining eye contact

Signs pointing to an autism diagnosis may be detectable in the first two to six months of life, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature.<p>While autism and related disorders are usually diagnosed in toddlers between the ages of three and five years, a new study from Emory …

Lost Luggage? Airlines Have Got A Brand New (Electronic) Tag

With holiday travel right around the corner, many Americans will have to decide whether to carry on or to check their baggage. Each decision comes with its own hassles.<p>By 2014, airlines are hoping to make you sweat less when you decide to check your bags. They will introduce an electronic tag …

Bilingualism could delay onset of dementia

New research suggests that even the illiterate can reap benefits from speaking multiple languages in their old age<p>It’s very difficult to predict whether we’re going to be afflicted with dementia in our old age. But if that’s the trajectory we’re on, we’d surely like to delay its onset as long as …