Front Page: Health & Lifestyle
Birth Defects: A Possible Side Effect Of FDA Proposal On A Natural B Vitamin
The shift to putting “folic acid” on supplement labels could potentially increase birth defects, allow a pharmaceutical company to rake in much more money and ultimately leave many people unable to absorb the compound they’re hoping to benefit from consuming.
Obama Action On Antibiotic Resistance Decried As Soft On Agricultural Use
Some 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for agricultural use, mostly given at low doses to animals that are not ill -- the perfect conditions for building up antibiotic resistance among bacteria. Action to end this practice is unfolding most aggressively at the city level.
Record Gas Project Depends On Diplomatic Balancing Act
The world’s largest ever gas deal would transport fuel from Central Asia to Southern Europe, but the most impressive facet of the deal may be Azerbaijan’s ability to simultaneously please Europe, Iran and Russia.
Indian Country Grapples With Health Funding Shortfalls, Non-Payment
Slowly but surely, tribal governments -- especially those in Alaska -- are receiving millions of dollars in decades of unpaid contract costs from the Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Tobacco Growers’ Reform On Child Labor An “Important Step”
In the aftermath of a landmark report on child laborers in the tobacco industry, one tobacco growers’ association in the U.S. has pledged not to hire anyone under 16.
Loggers Kill Anti-Logging Activist, Native Community Leaders In Peru
The activist, Edwin Chota, had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who he had tried for years to expel from the lands for which his community was seeking title.
Natural Gas Exports Assailed As Economic And Environmental Threat
Fracking has unleashed two major elements: natural gas and controversy. As the U.S. appears poised to start exporting one, the other naturally follows, with critics citing economic and environmental concerns.
UPDATE: Charges Dropped In Highly Anticipated Climate “Necessity” Case
With a small lobster boat and a massive anchor, two Massachusetts men blocked a coal shipment to one of New England’s largest coal-burners for one day. Their precedent-setting defense in the trial that starts this week could have far-reaching ramifications.
Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options
Due to crippling drought in California, there’s been a crackdown on watering lawns and washing cars. Yet Nestle has continued its bottling operations, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good.
UN: Ebola Disease Caseload Could Reach 20,000 Infections
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
“Re-Fracking” Concerns Prompt Questions On Politics’ Role In Fracking Debate
Fracking regulation is generally weak and unenforced across the country. A new technology, “re-fracking,” brings with it even more potential harm, and it’s going ahead -- all in the name of energy security.
Elevated Rates Of Thyroid Cancer Found In Fukushima Youth
Over 100 Fukushima youth diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer.
Ebola In Congo Kills Two People, Djera Region Placed Under Quarantine
Djera is more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from Congo's capital, Kinshasa and is more than 600 kilometers from the provincial capital, Mbandaka -- and it will be placed under quarantine now. Kabange said Djera would be placed under quarantine.
Environmentalists Rally Against New Herbicide For GE Crops
Citing the inevitability of “superweeds” and calling the product a “life preserver” for fatally flawed technology, environmentalists urge the EPA not to register a new Dow AgroSciences herbicide for GE corn and soybeans.
Missourians Fight ALEC Over Big Agriculture’s “Right to Farm”
Grassroots efforts will likely push a recount on an amendment to Missouri’s bill of rights that favors the interests of corporate agriculture.
INTERVIEW: Native People And The Trolls Under The Bridge
MintPress talks to a recent PhD recipient whose work focuses on how “rationalizations perpetuate the notion that American Indians are inherently different from non-natives.”
Ebola And Climate Change: How Are They Connected?
In light of the recent outbreak, some researchers are connecting deforestation in countries such as Liberia to the disease, noting that the change in landscape is bringing wildlife in closer contact with humans.
Pot Brownie Arrest Forces Reflection On Marijuana Convictions, Edibles
A 19-year-old could be facing life in prison for making pot brownies, but are edibles trivializing consumers’ concept of the power of THC?
WHO: Ebola Outbreak Is A Public Health Emergency
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already recommends against traveling to West Africa.
Lake Erie Isn’t The Only One In Trouble
Climate change and an unwillingness to regulate have led to a vicious algae bloom that could spread to other Great Lakes and threaten the nation’s major drinking water supply.
Mobile Health Unproven But Shows Potential In South Africa
Proponents say working in the relatively new field of mobile health is "like flying and building a plane at the same time"
San Bruno Pipeline Indictment Begs Safety Questions About The Nation’s Fuel Pipelines
Top California regulators communicated often and enthusiastically with executives at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., even offering unsolicited advice on handling the media while they presided over a case to decide how much the utility should pay for a deadly explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.