Volume 8 Issue 107
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Apr-2006 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Apr-2006

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Chronic exposure to stress hormone causes anxious behavior in mice: can lead to mood disorders

Neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School and its affiliate Mclean Hospital have shown that long-term exposure to stress hormone in mice directly results in the anxiety that often comes with depression. After years of circumstantial evidence linking stress and depression, this evidence may be the "smoking gun" of what, for some, causes some types of mood disorders. The research appears in the April issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association. more  

Mega-brands have mega influence on dietary behavior

Mega-brands, those popular food products that dominate the supermarket shelves and dinner plates of mainstream America, are often under siege by consumer groups because of their ingredients, labeling, and marketing practices. Yet, mega-brands continue to rack up billions of dollars in sales each year. What is the secret to their success? According to James Tillotson, PhD, MBA, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, "mega-brands maintain their strong grip on our diet because consumers, food companies, and supermarkets are intertwined in a symbiotic relationship that yields great benefits for all three." more

Smoking may cause far more cancer deaths in Asian Americans than previously recognized

Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese American males living in California die of cancer at three times the rate of South Asian females in California, whose cancer mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world. more  

Benzene in soft drinks

FDA issued the following statement to describe the steps FDA is taking in response to reports that benzene has been found in some soft drinks. more

Researchers discover new disease-causing bacterium in patients with rare immune disorder 

Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have discovered a new bacterium and determined that it can cause serious lymph node infections in patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) — a rare immune disorder that leaves individuals susceptible to frequent and sometimes life-threatening fungal and bacterial infections. more

Combined surgery reduces incontinence in women with pelvic organ prolapse  

By performing two surgical procedures during the same operation, researchers in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) network reduced by half the incidence of urinary incontinence in women with a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. more

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute adds new resources on heart health

A recent national survey shows that only 3 percent of U.S. adults practice all of the “big four” habits to help prevent heart disease: eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has combined the latest information and guidance on all of the factors that increase risk for heart disease — or may contribute to worsening heart disease — into two new heart health guidebooks for men and women. more


In November 2005, FDA received reports that benzene had been detected at low levels in some soft drinks containing benzoate salts (an antimicrobial agent) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).