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In the news: September 22, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

Autism: The continuing debate over whether vaccines play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders is more than academic, with children's health and industry wealth hanging in the balance.

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said yesterday he plans to invest $3 billion in technologies to help combat global warming. The investment, valued in 2006 dollars, will be made over the next 10 years in biofuels and other environmentally friendly ways to replace oil and coal.

Food for Chickens, Poison for Man: A widespread farming practice is adding arsenic to the food chain.

People are being exposed to toxic chemicals through the food they eat, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature report. Traces of man-made pollutants linked to health problems including cancer and foetal deformities, were found in every one of 27 food products tested. The results found synthetic chemicals ranging from phthalates in olive oil, cheeses and meats, artificial musks and organotins in fish and flame retardants in meats and cheeses.

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