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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/10/14 health News:ADHD-air pollution link ♦ TESTS FOR PESTICIDE RESIDUES FAULTED ♦ Antibiotics: tests reduce unnecessary prescriptions ♦ FOOD FRAUD

FOOD FRAUD: MONEY SCAM AND HEALTH HAZARD
Despite the common belief that food fraud in the United States is a rarity, the globalized nature of our food supply chain means many of our favorite foods and ingredients travel far and wide before they reach our plates, making adulteration and other types of food fraud a considerate problem here as well. And it’s... Continue Reading
GAO FINDS FAULT WITH GOVERNMENT TESTS FOR PESTICIDE RESIDUES
Government agencies in charge of monitoring food for pesticide residues must step up their testing programs, said the Government Accountability Office Friday in a new study. While data collected by these agencies has shown low levels of drug residue violations in the past few years, shortcomings in their methods mean some residue violations may be... Continue Reading
Antibiotics: On-the-spot tests reduce unnecessary prescriptions
Fast, on-the-spot tests for bacterial infections may help to reduce excessive antibiotic use. A systematic review found that when doctors tested for the presence of bacterial infections they prescribed fewer antibiotics Continue Reading
ADHD-air pollution link: Breathing dirty air during pregnancy raises odds of childhood ADHD-related behavior problems

Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, a component of air pollution, raises the odds of behavior problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, at age 9, according to researchers.Continue Reading

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