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Infant Mortality In Africa Still Dire: WHO

In Health on November 23, 2006 at 11:10 pm

New report identifies ways of preventing millions of baby deaths
The World Health Organization, in partnership with nine other organizations, released on Wednesday the results of their recent study on infant mortality in Africa in a report titled, “Opportunities for Africa’s newborns.” According to the findings, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most dangerous place in the world for a child to be born, with 1.16 million babies per year dying within a month of being born.
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EPA to Regulate Form of Nanotechnology

In nano on November 23, 2006 at 11:02 pm

A type of nanotechnology used in a wide range of consumer products to kill germs will be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of a change in federal policy.

The EPA said Wednesday its decision will require manufacturers that use bacteria-killing particles of silver to provide scientific evidence that they won’t harm waterways or public health.

Environmentalists and others are concerned that nanosilver may be killing helpful bacteria and aquatic organisms as it enters the environment when discarded and may even pose a risk to humans. Nanosilver is used to kill germs in shoe liners, food-storage containers, air fresheners, washing machines and other products.
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Discovery Of Cardiac Stem Cells May Advance Regenerative Heart Therapy

In Health on November 23, 2006 at 10:57 pm

An immediate early publication of the journal Cell, published by Cell Press, on Nov. 22, 2006 points to the possible existence of master cardiac stem cells with the capacity to produce all three major tissues of the mammalian heart. A companion Cell paper also published online reports the discovery of a second population of cardiac progenitors, which are capable of forming both cardiac muscle and the smooth muscle found in the heart’s blood vessel walls.
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