More Mercury in the Blood & Other News of Note

Mercury Found in Blood of 1/3 of American Women (Environment News Service)

The level of inorganic mercury in the blood of American women has been increasing since 1999 and it is now found in the blood of one in three women, according to a new analysis of government data for more than 6,000 American women.

“My study found compelling evidence that inorganic mercury deposition within the human body is a cumulative process, increasing with age and overall in the population over time,” said author Dan Laks, a neuroscience researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles…More

Was the Public Health Response to Swine Flu Alarmist? (PhysOrg)

The public health measures taken in response to swine flu may be seen as alarmist, overly restrictive, or even unjustified, says a US expert in a paper published on BMJ.com today.

Peter Doshi, a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that our plans for pandemics need to take into account more than the worst case scenarios, and calls for a new framework for thinking about epidemic disease…More

A Bad Mix: Exposure May Be “Safe” Only with One Chemical at a Time (Environmental Health News)

Exposure to a mixture of environmental chemicals is far more harmful to male rats than exposure to the individual chemicals would predict, even when the level of each contaminant in the mixture causes no effect by itself. The results indicate that assessing the risk of chemicals one-compound-at-a-time will underestimate potential harm. People are exposed to hundreds of chemicals at a time, if not more. People could be affected by mixtures of chemicals that are currently considered “safe” based on their individual toxicities…More

Meat, Dairy Won’t Up Odds for Breast Cancer (HealthDay)

An adult woman’s intake of meat, eggs and dairy products should not boost her risk for breast cancer, new research shows.

For years, dietary factors have been debated as either boosting or reducing the risk of breast cancer, with research yielding conflicting results. But in the new research, scientists could not conclude that meat, eggs or dairy product intake as an adult raised breast cancer risk.

A second new study didn’t find that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) – found in dairy products and in meat such as beef – provided any protective effect again breast cancer, as some experts had suggested. It did not raise the risk, either.

“So far, we haven’t seen a strong link between meat intake and fat intake in adulthood and breast cancer in adulthood,” concluded Dr. Eleni Linos, MD, an epidemiologist at Stanford University Medical Center, who has also researched the link and co-authored an editorial to accompany the two research reports. All are published in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical NutritionMore

How Much Omega-3 Fatty Acid Do We Need to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease? (ScienceDaily)

A team of French scientists have found the dose of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that is “just right” for preventing cardiovascular disease in healthy men. In a research report appearing in the September 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, the scientists show that a 200 mg dose of DHA per day is enough to affect biochemical markers that reliably predict cardiovascular problems, such as those related to aging, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. This study is the first to identify how much DHA is necessary to promote optimal heart health…More


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