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Thursday Briefing

Medical group rejects link between gum disease and heart problems. The American Heart Association issued a rare “scientific statement,” based on a three-year analysis, declaring that gum disease has not been shown to raise the risk of cardiovascular illness. The new position was endorsed by an arm of the American Dental Association. It follows two […]

Wednesday Briefing

Coalition of U.S. farmers and food companies petitions regulators to assess risks of biotech crops and weed-killing chemicals. The petitioners are calling for environmental studies of products developed by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical. The companies are racing to roll out combinations of genetically altered crops and new herbicides designed to work […]

Tuesday Briefing

U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases begin to increase again. In a submission to the United Nations climate organization, the U.S. said its greenhouse gas emissions grew by 3.2 percent in 2010, following two years of declines. Officials said the increase stemmed from rising energy consumption due to the nation’s economic recovery. The data showed that the […]

Monday Briefing

Tainted tuna blamed for salmonella outbreak that has sickened 116 people in 20 states. The suspect yellowfin tuna product was used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores. Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., also known as MMI, is recalling 58,828 pounds of the frozen raw tuna, which […]

Thursday Briefing

Survey finds nearly half of raw chicken bought in supermarkets contaminated with E. coli. The E. coli, which was linked to fecal contamination, was found in 48 percent of 120 packaged chicken products bought in 10 cities by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit that advocates vegetarian diets. Critics of the study noted its […]

Wednesday Briefing

Food and Drug Administration calls for voluntary steps to limit antibiotics given to farm animals. Under the guidelines announced today, the agency recommends antibiotics be used only when needed to keep animals healthy. The FDA also wants to require a veterinarian to prescribe the drugs. Antibiotics for decades have been mixed into animal feed to […]

Tuesday Briefing

Researchers say frequent dental X-rays could raise the risk for the most common type of brain tumors. A study, published in the journal Cancer, focused on meningiomas, a type of tumor that usually is non-cancerous although it can cause severe problems in some patients. But the study’s authors cautioned against overreacting to the findings. While […]

Monday Briefing

Rising ocean temperatures may be increasing the risk of fires in the western Amazon rainforest. Scientists used to think the rainforest, especially in the western Amazon, was too wet to burn. But major fire seasons in 2005 and 2010 made them reconsider. New findings suggest rising ocean temperatures off the northern coast of Brazil are […]

Friday Briefing

Japan setting stricter safety guidelines for nuclear power plants. The government’s aim is to ease public concern about restarting reactors idled after last year’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Facing a national power crunch, the government is anxious to restart two reactors in Fukui, western Japan, before the last operating reactor of the 54 in the […]

Thursday Briefing

World Trade Organization rules against U.S. ban on clove-flavored cigarettes. The WTO, acting on a trade complaint filed by Indonesia, found that a U.S. law that prohibits the flavored cigarettes to discourage children from smoking was discriminatory because menthol cigarettes can still be sold in this country. U.S. officials still are determining how to comply […]