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Bees ‘entomb’ pesticide-tainted pollen in effort to protect themselves from extinction

In World News on April 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

By Jonathan Benson

A crucial lifeblood to agriculture, bees continue to face threats of extinction by things like pollution and pesticides, both of which are implicated in causing mass bee die-offs, also known as “colony collapse disorder” or CCD.  And scientists say that because of this massive onslaught of toxins, bees are actually entombing, or sealing off, their hive cells in an attempt to quarantine polluted pollen and prevent it from destroying the entire colony.

The Guardian writes that scientist began noticing differences among hive cells containing normal pollen, and others containing tainted pollen. The tainted cells were sunken and covered with a waxy layer of propolis, a sticky resin substance with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Upon analysis, the propolis-covered cells were found to contain high levels of pesticides and other toxic pollutants, indicating that the bees were purposely covering them in propolis to protect the hive.

“This is a novel finding, and very striking,” said Jeff Pettis…

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Europeans warned to avoid drinking milk or eating vegetables due to high radiation levels

In Europe News on April 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm

By Mike Adams

The radiation risk from Fukushima is “no longer negligable,” says CRIIRAD, the French research authority on radioactivity. It is now warning expectant mothers and young children to avoid drinking milk or rainwater. They should also avoid certain types of vegetables and cheese due to the dangerously high levels of radiation they may contain thanks to the radioactive fallout spreading across the globe (http://www.euractiv.com/en/health/r…).

CRIIRAD now says that eating these items qualifies as “risky behavior.” And yet, in practically the same sentence, the organization claims there is “absolutely no need” for anyone to take iodine tablets.

That’s right: There’s so much radiation in the food that you probably shouldn’t eat it. But all that radiation is so harmless that you don’t need to protect yourself from it with iodine. It’s amazing how these people think they can have it both ways.

The institute goes on to say that drinking rainwater might be dangerous, but…


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Trust remains key barrier to eHealth

In Tech on April 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

By Honor Mahony

In the not-too-distant future, you may be able to access your own medical records, make an appointment with your doctor, re-order a prescription, track your blood pressure, check test results or receive actual care all electronically.

It’s called e-health and EU policy-makers like the idea very much.

The European Commission wants citizens to have online access to their medical health data by 2015

They say electronic medical records will save time, and help reduce diagnostic or other medical errors. Routine monitoring could be carried out at home while those with rare diseases would not have to travel to be seen by specialists in other regions.

“E-health applications can make it possible that your medical data travels with you or is only one mouse click away from the operating theatre in case of emergency,” says EU health commissioner John Dalli.

Pilot e-health programmes within member states are already under way. One in Paris, for example, has linked up a…

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