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In the news: February 19, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

How gov't decided lunch box lead levels- In 2005, government scientists found that one in five soft, vinyl lunch boxes contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe. But that's not what they told the public.

Bangladesh and climate change- Bangladesh is more exposed than any other country to global warming. And a series of unusual events--from dying trees to freak weather--suggest its impact is already being felt. Canadian cattle slip past USDA safeguards- Hundreds of cattle from Canada, which this month confirmed its ninth case of mad cow disease, have entered the United States without government-required health papers or identification tags.

Roots of autism more complex than thought- A preliminary new study sheds light on the possible genetic roots of autism.

TV-watching by infants linked to risk of illness- Infants who spend long periods in front of the television may be at greater risk of developing medical problems later in life, including premature puberty, sleep disturbances, and metabolic disorders, according to a new report.

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