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July 17

Nuclear plant at Fukushima leaking since 2011

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 — The Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukushima is thought to have been leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean for the past two years, according to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority. The announcement came after experts from Japan’s nuclear regulator analyzed readings of radiation levels in the waters surrounding the plant. Continue […]

July 14

Exercise alters DNA

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013- Even a small amount of weekly exercise changes the gene expression of fat storing cells, according to a Swedish study published in the July issue of PloS Genetics. Everyone knows that staying active is good for health, but this is the first scientific study to show that exercise affects how the body stores fat at […]

July 09

Female inmates in California sterilized without approval

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2013 — At least 148 female inmates in California prisons were sterilized without proper authorization between 2006 and 2010, according to a report published yesterday by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). The sterilizations occurring in the California Institution for Women in Corona and the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, which is now a […]

July 08

EPA raises levels of glyphosate allowed in food

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2013 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised the permitted tolerance levels of glyphosate residue—the controversial herbicide and active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up—in many of the fruits and vegetables that you eat. Last spring, when the media was clamoring against the Senate’s passing of the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” the EPA quietly promoted […]

July 05

Egg carton labels and animal welfare: are you being mislead?

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013 –As consumers become increasingly aware of the conditions of egg laying hens in factory farms, there has been a movement towards implementing what is perceived as more humane methods.   However, unregulated and misleading claims on egg carton labels may be tricking consumers into buying more expensive eggs that are not necessarily providing […]

July 02

Omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish may reduce the risk of breast cancer

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 — Consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, tuna and sardines can lower the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a large-scale review of past studies published in the June 27 issue of the British Medical Journal. The study concluded that women who consume a high level of omega-3 fatty acids from […]

June 29

Pregnancy over the age of 35: how long is too long to wait?

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 – A widely read article by Jean Twenge in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine questions the science and facts behind the popular belief that women can and should not have children over the age of 35.  As it turns out, many of the studies this advice is based on are outdated and unreliable. So, […]

June 28

Cheese may prevent dental cavities and tooth decay

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013- A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of the journal General Dentistry concluded that dairy products, especially cheese, may help prevent dental cavities. While there have been numerous studies that confirmed the beneficial effect of dairy on bone health, few studies have focused on the link between cheese and other dairy products and oral health. […]

June 26

$1.2M in cash missing from Swiss Air cargo in JFK

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 – The FBI is investigating the disappearance of $1.2 million in cash from a Swiss Air passenger jet that landed in New York’s JFK International Airport on Monday.  It is unclear when or how the money went missing. The missing cash was part of a $93 million cash shipment destined for the […]

June 25

Facebook status boosts organ donation registration

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 — A study published last week in the American Journal of Transplantation showed that Facebook’s addition of an organ donor option in the “life events” section of a user’s timeline boosted organ donation registration by 21 times the average daily rate. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, gathered Facebook and online motor […]