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FDA Nanotechnology Task Force takes positive step forward

...rdous, the Task Force correctly concludes that the agency needs new safety assessment tools, greater nano-sp...fix the problem of FDA’s chronic underfunding. The agency urgently needs more resources to do what needs to be done on nanotechnology—and do it urgently—along...

UN Calls for Pedal Power to Reduce Environmental Damage

...e could lead to waterborne diseases, the UN health agency said. Carbon dioxide from energy use is a major contributor to the greenhouse gases which scientists blame for global warming. At least 40 participants from 16 countries including China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam hav...

Bird Flu in Asia Still High Risk Says WHO Official

...it is still rampant in the region, a top UN health agency official said on Tuesday. "I think countries in this part of the world have done a lot to fight the virus. But in spite of it, the virus is still circulating," said Shigeru Omi, WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific. "This is the chall...

Bio-defense Lab Ordered Shut Down as Researchers Get Infected

...ice. Von Roebuck, a CDC spokesman, said that the agency has never issued such a broad suspension order to ...tion about its procedures and protocols. "Then the agency will move forward with any recommendations to get them under compliance," he said. In a statement ...

Egyptian Clerics Say Female Circumcision Un-Islamic

...s hierarchy issued a decree on the state MENA news agency on Tuesday outlawing female circumcision as un-Islamic as the authorities prepared to submit a total ban to parliament. "The traditional form of excision is a practice totally banned by Islam because of the compelling evidence of the extensive dam...

China Fears Show Food Export Quality Key: WHO Official

...y of some of the food it ships abroad, a UN health agency official said Tuesday. Shigeru Omi, the regional director for the Western Pacific for the World Health Organisation (WHO), warned that countries which failed to monitor food export quality would hurt their economies. "In the long-run, it will und...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Blamed for Backtracking in the Fight Against Carbon Emission

...etary Dan Dunmoyer took the lead on pressuring the agency staff and board chairman. The departures, along with the planned resignation of the top Cal/EPA deputy, Dan Scopek, regarded by many as a key appointee on climate change policies, could hamper California's efforts to implement its landmark Global W...

France Steps Up Vigilance After Bird Flu Outbreak

...he tests. "The national laboratory of the French agency for animal health has confirmed the presence of the H5N1 highly pathogenic virus on the three swans found dead in a pond near the town of Assenoncourt," said a ministry statement. France had stepped up surveillance after several cases of the H5N1 v...

Women's Empowerment Key to Curbing AIDS: UN

... to slowing the spread of AIDS, the United Nations agency coordinating the fight against the epidemic said Thursday in Nairobi. "The most significant development of the AIDS epidemic is its growing feminisation," lamented UNAIDS chief Peter Piot, who was speaking at the International Women's Summit on HI...

When CIAs Poisoned Capsule for Castro Stuck to the Freezer!

.... Still the recently declassified documents of the agency do make fascinating reading. And now Cuban intelli...early 1960s that came closest to succeeding. The agency acknowledged last week for the first time that the plot to assassinate Castro was personally approve...

China Cracks the Whip Against Drug Manufacturers Who Fail Quality Norms

...umer Product Safety Commission covered jewelry the agency said could cause lead poisoning. They also covered a magnetic building set and plastic castles with small parts, which it said could choke children. Chaotic food and drug safety mechanisms, murky laws, corruption, and intense competition among go...

Top China Official Pessimistic on Fixing Food Safety Woes

...on official was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying. However, difficulties expected in upgrading such systems, plus the growing scale of the problem, will pose severe challenges, said Sun Xianze, head of the administration's food safety coordination department. 'China is in a time of ser...

China Bans Sales of Leukemia Drug in Latest Medicine Scare

...ng after being injected with the drug, Xinhua news agency said. The medicine is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, it said. The watchdog ordered food and drug administrations in Shanghai and the Guangxi region in the nation's south to re-evaluate the drug, it said. The latest move comes after Ch...

Gays and Lesbians can Obtain asylum in US on Grounds of Harassment and Abuse

...oria Neilson, legal director of a private New York agency called Immigration Equality, said that seeking asylum from a country with a great deal of violence might work against a gay applicant. "We have cases from all over the world, but sometimes people who come from the scariest countries have the hardes...

Food Safety Chief Executed for Bribery in China

...ence in Beijing on Tuesday the State Food and Drug agency said that its supervision of safety was unsatisfac...ence in Beijing on Tuesday the State Food and Drug agency said that its supervision of safety was unsatisfactory, and it vowed to improve matters. A five-ye...

Indonesia Confirms 81st Bird Flu Death

...adly virus to humans, experts say. The UN health agency said last month that though the fight against bird flu had improved around the world, the situation remained critical both in Indonesia and Egypt. The frequent contact many people have with domesticated birds elevates the risk of transmission and mut...

Food Colour in Sausages, Burgers Could Trigger Cancer

...e FSA said that once the meeting is concluded, the agency will decide what action to take. The EFSA is re-assessing the scientific evidence on all food colourings as part of a wider review of a range of food additives presently authorised for use in the EU. A spokesman for the Food and Drink Federation,...

Spain Withdraws Contaminated Chinese Toothpaste

...tifreeze and as a solvent - in them, reported news agency INEPNEXT. The European Union's executive body Tuesday said it was alerting other EU member states to the hazard. Once a formal "notification" is made by one EU country, there is a legal obligation for other EU member states to take follow-up actio...

Man Hospitalised in Sicily With Allergic Reaction to Counterfeit Toothpaste

...hpaste, has pustules on his face, the Italian news agency said. After a warning issued by the Italian health ministry on Saturday, authorities seized some 700 tubes of toothpaste in Sicily, and they are being analysed, ANSA said. Italian press reports said the counterfeit toothpaste contains industrial ...

Millions Spent, but the Indian Capital's River Still Stinks

...ring from a "credibility" problem, Mathur said the agency will outsource these public works. "I am hopeful because we are not going to do the job ourselves," said Mathur. "We'll hire the best outside agency."...

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