In a disaster zone, whether it’s the aftermath of a tornado or on a battleground, emergency medical personnel have to work fast to save lives. In an effort to speed good care, scientists have developed a handheld, battery-operated “flashlight” that can instantly sterilize wounds by beaming plasma at bacteria.
Number of calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a toll-free number that helps people quit smoking, last week — the first week of the CDC’s $54 million graphic antismoking ad campaign. The phone line had received fewer than 14,500 calls the week before. Views of the government’s quit-smoking website also rose, from about 20,000 to about 66,000. These are the largest spikes in traffic that the seven-year-old phone line and website have ever seen. [via Associated Press]
Sodas, even diet versions, have no place in our daily, weekly or monthly diet. Time to deprogram our minds and stop contaminating ourselves with liquid candy crack.
If some public-health advocates have their way, sodas could become the cigarettes of food. Doctors already dislike the sugary drinks for their teeth-dissolving properties and for the role they may play in childhood obesity. There’s a constant struggle to get soda vending machines out of public schools, with administrators often forced to choose between losing sponsorship money from big soda companies and dealing with overcaffeinated, less healthy kids. Given the sheer size of the American soda industry — 9.4 billion cases of soft drinks were sold in the U.S. in 2009 — it’s not a war that will end anytime soon. Especially if a certain C word starts getting thrown around.
That’s what the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is doing. The consumer watchdog group yesterday wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring…
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