Health News On 07 Oct 2007

  • Copper: An Important Nutrient For Fetal Brain Development
    Copper helps move telecommunications signals across phone wires, allowing people to talk to one another across long distances. Tiny amounts of copper, within certain enzymes in the brain, also help form key neurotransmitters that allow brain cells to “talk” to one another.
  • Low Levels Of Perchlorate Exposure Are Safe For Pregnant Women
    Despite great concerns that small amounts of ingested perchlorate a chemical which is ever present in the environment decreases thyroid function among individuals, it has no effect on the thyroid function of women in early pregnancy, including those with a low iodine diet, according to a new study.
  • Artificial Cornea Saves Eyesight
    Every year, in Germany alone, around 7000 people wait for a new cornea to save their eyesight. But donor corneas are in short supply. In an EU project, researchers have developed an artificial cornea which is to be clinically tested in early 2008.
  • Cosmetics With Soy Rather Than Petroleum Base Developed
    When Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemists Joe Laszlo and Dave Compton originally developed SoyScreen, they envisioned outdoor enthusiasts and other consumers using their invention as an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based sunscreens.
  • Which Breast Cancer Surgery Is Right For You?
    Breast cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. Add an unwanted surgery to the mix, and women may find themselves filled with regret. But that’s what’s happening to thousands of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who feel compelled to make rapid-fire treatment decisions, say experts in the field.