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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

12/3/13 Health News: Drug Resistance Law Proposed, Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs, India Running Out of Water

India's Running Out of Water For Agriculture
India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population continue reading

Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem
Not-So-Herbal Supplements: A study using DNA testing offers perhaps the most credible evidence to date of adulteration, contamination and mislabeling in the herbal supplement industry.
Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds.continue reading

About 80 percent of all antibiotics distributed in the U.S. are for food animals. They're commonly used to promote growth and to prevent, control and treat disease. Overuse can promote the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the food supply and ultimately cause resistant infections in humans. In September, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report noting that, although the majority of drug-resistant infections.continue reading

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