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In the news: September 7, 2006

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Safety of Mercury in Fillings Debated: The FDA wants to know if a government report reasonably concludes that silver dental fillings aren't dangerous even though they expose patients to toxic mercury.

Exposure to high levels of environmental pollutants called organohalogen compounds (OHCs), could impact the size of sexual organs in animals and probably humans, say scientists. kp_ill_busfumes_85.gif

The Allegheny (PA) County Health Department voted unanimously yesterday to allocate $500,000 from its Clean Air Fund to help school districts retrofit buses with filters that reduce diesel particulates by as much as 90 percent. "Diesel fuel emissions affect children's health on a daily basis. Whether they are riding on the bus, waiting for the bus or playing in the playground, it causes poor health in children, especially respiratory problems."

In Brief: Cancer deaths fall, new diagnoses stable...Half our fish are now farmed; aquaculture boom spells good and bad news...Report: Merck management acted responsibly in Vioxx marketing...Clinton gets a gas-electric hybrid Mercury SUV...

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