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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12/16/14 Health News: CHINESE CHICKEN’ BANNED ♦ New drugs for drug-resistant skin cancer ♦ Discovery explains why we gain weight ♦ Energy efficient homes linked to asthma

SPENDING BILL BANS ‘CHINESE CHICKEN’ FROM FEDERAL MEAL PROGRAMS
A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (Section 736 of Division A). Four Chinese poultry-processing plants have... Continue Reading
New targeted drugs could treat drug-resistant skin cancer
A brand new family of cancer drugs designed to block several key cancer-causing proteins at once could potentially treat incurable skin cancers, a major new study reports. Clinical trials to test the new drugs in patients should begin as early as 2015 Continue Reading
Decoding fat cells: Discovery may explain why we gain weight
Researchers believe they're on track to solve the mystery of weight gain -- and it has nothing to do with indulging in holiday eggnog. They discovered that a protein, Thy1, has a fundamental role in controlling whether a primitive cell decides to become a fat cell, making Thy1 a possible therapeutic target, according to a study Continue Reading
Energy efficient homes linked to asthma

The drive for energy efficient homes could increase asthma risks, according to new research that has found that a failure by residents to heat and ventilate retrofitted properties could lead to more people developing the respiratory condition Continue Reading

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