More Autism Diagnoses in High-Tech Areas, Study Finds

Autism experts have long noted that they meet a lot of engineers and computer programmers who have autistic children compared to, say, salespeople. A new study suggests there may be merit to those observations. Researchers from Cambridge University in England found that nearly three times as many children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in a region of the Netherlands known as a center of high-tech industry than in two other regions with fewer high-tech jobs.

Hospital Doctors Work Shifts as Long as 28 Hours

First-year residents may soon get a reprieve from grueling hospital shifts that last more than 24 hours, but that is not enough to prevent an alarming number of medical errors, according to a report released on Friday. Starting July 1, new rules will require first-year residents to work shifts no longer than 16 straight hours. But that will not spare more experienced residents from working as long as 28 hours at a stretch.

Radiation Risk: Are Some Cellphones More Dangerous than Others?

Last month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, declared cellphone radiation “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The scientific evidence linking cellphone use to brain cancer isn’t conclusive, the agency said, but there is some evidence that brain cancer rates are higher among people with the highest levels of cellphone exposure, and cellphone users should take precautions until more is known.

Biotech Quick Fix for Superweeds Could Lead to ‘Super Superweeds’

Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And that is exactly how the biotechnology industry and government agencies are trying to handle the escalating “superweed” epidemic. According to a recent report out of Washington University (WU) in St. Louis, Mo., the chemical industry’s answer to genetically-modified (GM) induced superweeds is to now tamper with the genetics of the superweeds themselves

FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

In a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012. One image shows a man’s face and a lighted cigarette in his hand, with smoke escaping from a hole in his neck — the result of a tracheotomy. The caption reads “Cigarettes are addictive.”

Six Million U.S. Kids Have Food Allergies

Food allergy in children is more common than previously thought, and often is associated with severe symptoms and multiple foods, a new survey found. The prevalence of food allergy in children and adolescents younger than 18 was 8% (95% CI 7.6 to 8.3), according to Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues. That percentage translates into almost six million children in the U.S., the researchers noted.

Surefire Steps to a Life of Happiness and Joy

As a starting point, I think it’s safe to say everyone is seeking happiness. But what exactly will bring us lasting happiness or as I would call “joy” ? How do we go about finding it? That’s where the views start diverging. What I find troubling about some LOA (Law of attraction) perspectives is the advice to pursue whatever “feels good.” I was re-reading my own book “The Point Of Power” and I noticed that I used a similar descriptive. I now realize how this wording can be severely misconstrued inaccurately.

Freedom More Important to Happiness than Wealth

Personal independence and freedom are more important to people’s well-being than wealth, a new study concludes. Researchers at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand analyzed the findings of three studies that included a total of more than 420,000 people from 63 countries and spanned nearly 40 years. Their key finding: “Money leads to autonomy, but it does not add to well-being or happiness.”

Could You Be Overlooking Spirituality?

The world we all live in today is experiencing a period of monumental change. Yet this is not a time for fear. Wth preparation and certitude the times ahead can be navigated. The keys to growth and renewal have been planted within each person. Much will be expected from people in the coming years as they face increased fears and challenges; challenges for which history holds few guidelines. Such challenges, whilst resonating within the heart of each person, need to be grounded within a very real physical context.

These Cell Phones Can Emit 28 Times More Radiation

Here’s some news about cell phones and cancer which even the mainstream media has found impossible to ignore. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared after a review of the research that cell phones are possible cancer-causing agents. The expert panel ruled that there was some evidence that cell phone use was linked to two types of tumors—brain tumors (gliomas) and acoustic neuromas.

Life Expectancy for Men Outpacing Women, Says new Study

Men are increasing their life expectancy at a higher rate than women, according to a study released today by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In addition, the United States ranks behind thirty other countries when it comes to life expectancy, even though it spends the most on health care per capita. “I think it’s pretty appalling,” Dr. Chris Murray, the director of the institute, told ABC News.

B Vitamins During Pregnancy & Nursing Protect Against Colon Cancer in Offspring

A new animal study shows that B vitamin supplementation1 during pregnancy programs gene signals to be resistant to colon cancer, offering long-term protection against such a problem. This study is yet another that highlights the importance of epigenetic programming that is going on in the womb and early life. It speaks to the power of good nutrition to do far more than simply protect against a blatant deficiency.

Life Expectancy Falls in Many Parts of US

Americans are living longer than ever before, with life expectancy in the U.S. at an all-time high. But we can’t all rejoice. A new study shows that in hundreds of U.S. counties – mostly in the South – life expectancy has fallen. A baby born in 2009 could expect to live 78 years and 2 months, the CDC recently estimated. But the CDC doesn’t calculate estimates by county. And Dr. Christopher Murray, a University of Washington researcher and editor of the online journal “Population Health Metrics,” says, There are enormous variations within the country.”

6 Driving Tactics to Save Gas This Summer

Gas is near $4 per gallon, but you don’t need to buy a new car to get better mileage on your road trip this summer. PM put fuel-sipping advice to the test by outfitting an ordinary ten-year-old car with an extremely accurate fuel economy gauge and trying out all the gas-saving driving tactics we could think of. We bring you the six strategies that work, plus more quick tips for better MPG.

FDA Issues New Rules on Sunscreens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will require new labeling for sunscreens to identify products that are best for reducing the risk of skin cancer, early skin aging and helping to prevent sunburn. Under the new rule, sunscreens that protect against both ultraviolet A rays (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays can be labeled “Broad Spectrum.” UVB rays and UVA rays both can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging; UVB rays are the main source of sunburn, FDA officials explained.

Too Much TV Raises Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease and Death

Couch potatoes beware: All those hours in front of the TV may be making you sick, or even killing you. Watching television for two to three hours or more per day is linked to significantly higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease and dying from all causes, according to a new analysis from the Harvard School of Public Health. Noting that Americans watch an average of about five hours of TV per day — the most common daily activity aside from working and sleeping.

8 New Substances Added to List of Carcinogens

Eight new substances have been added to a list of carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The congressionally mandated report identifies substances that are either known to be human carcinogens or are reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. The new additions, announced on June 6, include formaldehyde and aristolochic acids, a family of acids that occur naturally in some plant species, which are now both considered known human carcinogens.