Volume 9 Issue 66
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Mar-2007 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Mercury contamination of fish warrants worldwide public warning

The health risks posed by mercury contaminated fish is sufficient to warrant issuing a worldwide general warning to the public — especially children and women of childbearing age-to be careful about how much and which fish they eat. That is one of the key findings comprising "The Madison Declaration on Mercury Pollution" published today in a special issue of the international science journal Ambio. more  

Could baby boomers be approaching retirement in worse shape than their predecessors?

Americans in their early to mid-50s today report poorer health, more pain and more trouble doing everyday physical tasks than their older peers reported at the same age in years past, a recent analysis has shown. The research, published in print and online this week by the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a component of the National Institutes of Health. more

Study takes next step -- Why women suffer more knee injuries

Female athletes are up to eight times more likely to suffer knee injuries during their careers than males, and now researchers may be closer to understanding why. more  

Obesity and environmental chemicals: Research probes potential link

A team of researchers at UNH is investigating whether the increasing ubiquity of chemical flame retardants found in foam furniture, carpeting, microwaves and computers might be related to the climbing rate of obesity in the United States. more

Not as happy as you thought you’d be?  

Wonder why half of all marriages end in divorce? According to a new study from the Journal of Consumer Research, we are more likely to pay attention to disappointment than to the ways in which our experiences exceed our expectations. more

On a diet? You'll spend more on impulse purchases  

People who exercise self control in some way, such as dieting or trying not to look at or think about something, will tend to make more impulse purchases if given the opportunity, explains a study from the March issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. more

Queen's studies find new links between wine, fermented foods and cancer

New findings by a Queen's University research team dispel the popular notion that eating so-called "natural" foods will protect against cancer. more

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Certain types of common foods and alcoholic beverages such as wine, cheese, yogurt and bread contain trace amounts of carcinogens