Month: March 2008

Study shows why synthetic estrogens wreak havoc on reproductive system

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine now have a clearer understanding of why synthetic estrogens such as those found in many widely-used plastics have a detrimental effect on a developing fetus, cause fertility problems, as well as vaginal and breast cancers. Preliminary results of the study will be presented at the 2008 Society for Gynecologic…

When the chips are down — soak them!

Public release date: 6-Mar-2008     Good news for chips lovers everywhere – new research in SCI’s Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that pre-soaking potatoes in water before frying can reduce levels of acrylamide. Acrylamide is a naturally occurring chemical that occurs when starch rich foods are cooked at high temperatures,…

High levels of estrogen associated with breast cancer recurrence

Public release date: 6-Mar-2008     PHILADELPHIA – Women whose breast cancer came back after treatment had almost twice as much estrogen in their blood than did women who remained cancer-free – despite treatment with anti-estrogen drugs in a majority of the women –according to researchers in a study published in the March issue of…

New bacteria contaminate hairspray – Microbacterium hatanonis

Public release date: 7-Mar-2008   Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria that can live in hairspray, according to the results of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. “Contamination of cosmetic products is rare but some products may be unable to suppress…

Fertility in developing countries: words into action

Public release date: 12-Mar-2008   For almost 30 years – since the world’s first “test-tube” baby was born in July 1978 – the benefits of modern infertility treatments have been largely confined to couples in developed countries. There, we have seen more than 3 million babies born as a result of IVF and, in some…