California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger OKed a bill that requires school districts to offer students free water.
September 30, 2010 California Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will require school districts to provide students with free drinking water where they eat. Supporters of the legislation say it will help combat obesity and improve students' performance.
Geochemist Gabriel Filippelli in an Indianapolis garden. Filippelli's research shows that many urban gardens may have soil contaminated with lead
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September 29, 2010 Soil in abandoned urban lots reclaimed by gardeners may be contaminated with lead, a toxic heavy metal. But gardening there can still be safe with the right testing and precautions.
September 29, 2010 Fluoride can help fight cavities. But the Food and Drug Administration told three companies they've gone too far with claims their fluoride mouthwashes can prevent gum disease.
People with celiac disease can't eat foods with gluten, including most pastas.
September 28, 2010 Gluten, a protein found in wheat, triggers the autoimmune disorder in people whose genes make them susceptible.
September 28, 2010 When doctors find an unsuspected problem, it can subject patients to a whole lot of tests and treatments – usually for little or no benefit. For every unsuspected cancer or threatening aneurysm, there are many more abnormalities of no consequence.
Better school lunches may cost food stamps program some promised increases.
September 24, 2010 There are a lot of reasons to pick apart the Senate bill that funds the school lunch program, but some say passing it now might be better than getting nothing later.
California state Sen. Mark Leno sponsored a bill to require schools to offer free drinking water to students.
September 24, 2010 A survey of California schools found that 40 percent don't offer free drinking water in cafeterias. A bill on the governor's desk aims to change that. State Sen. Mark Leno is trying to do something about that,
You can get rid of those old pills this weekend with the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
September 24, 2010 Time to clean out the medicine chest and dispose of your unused prescription medicines. The Drug Enforcement Administration is coordinating a nationwide network of drop-off centers this Saturday.
September 23, 2010 The different paths taken by European and American regulators on diabetes drug Avandia raise questions about where the Food and Drug Administration is headed.
European regulators have decided to take Avandia off the market. FDA will allow further sales, with heavy restrictions.
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September 23, 2010 Despite mounting concerns about heart risks from the diabetes pill, the Food and Drug Administration has decided it can stay on the market. European regulators determined the risks outweigh the benefits and will pull the drug.
New health benefits kick in today, but there are a few caveats to look for.
September 23, 2010 Six months after President Obama signed the health care bill into law, there are plenty of new changes designed to improve care and coverage. But there are some caveats.
September 22, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration says the formula containing the bugs poses no immediate health risk. But infants who drink it could get stomachaches that might lead them to refuse food.
After recalls of a half-billion eggs, we will hear from the family tied to the farms at the center of the outbreak today.
September 22, 2010 For the first time since a massive recall of eggs due to salmonella risks, members of the family farming business at the center of the outbreak will publicly answer questions. The venue is a House hearing that starts at noon.
It may look like a salmon and taste like a salmon, but consumers aren't so sure about genetically engineered salmon.
September 21, 2010 The FDA is moving closer to approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human food -- a farm raised, fast growing Atlantic salmon. But will consumers bite?
Even though more people understand that mental illness is caused by brain biology, it still carries a stigma.
September 17, 2010 Researchers found that more people are aware that mental illness is rooted in brain biology. Still the knowledge hasn't decreased the stigma of the disease.
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