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Saturday, December 27, 2014

12/27/14 Health News:The Salad Bowl of America Turns Toxic ♦ New evidence links air pollution to congenital defects ♦ Existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy 'old age' brain

The Salad Bowl of America Turns Toxic
The Salinas Valley, with its superlative moniker “the salad bowl of America,” is where some 60 percent of the nation’s lettuce is grown, and close to half of its strawberries. It’s some of the most productive agricultural land in the world, on rich silt accumulated over centuries of flooding on wetlands. Continue Reading
New evidence links air pollution to congenital defects
The health effects of air pollution are a major concern for urban populations all over the world. A new study provides new evidence linking high exposure to air pollution to an increased risk of congenital malformations. Continue Reading
Existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy 'old age' brain, research shows

Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown that fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent these changes. Continue Reading

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