New York, NY—According to a study done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, children exposed to phthalates while still in the womb are more likely to develop behavioral problems. The New York City-based study tested the urine of mothers during pregnancy, and then analyzed the behavior of their children (188 in total) when they were four through nine years old. The researchers for this study included scientists from Mount Sinai, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cornell University.

New York, NY—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will launch a phase-II trial to study Maitake mushroom as a treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a category of blood diseases. Maitake has been studied previously for its effects on immune system function.

Breast Health

Tours, France—Another health application of omega-3 fatty acids has been identified, this time proving a beneficial component in helping women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was found to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for certain cases of breast cancer. The findings were published late last year in the British Journal of Cancer, and may present a means to better combat breast cancer for the millions threatened by the disease, which is the most prevalent form of cancer in women. The research was led by Philippe Bougnoux, of the Henry S. Kaplan Cancer Center in Tours.

oats

Boston, MA—Consumers are familiar with product labels touting the heart healthy benefits of eating oats. They most famously lower blood cholesterol and are an important part of a heart-healthy diet. An expanding field of research into oats and their benefits is shedding light on reasons for oats to impress even more enthusiasts.

ear candle

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to consumers about the potential dangers of ear candles, and is attempting to enforce regulations on the product’s major manufacturers. 

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Fish Oil

Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the filing of a lawsuit against fish oil manufacturers over alleged polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination in their products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), based here, released a statement defending the practices of these companies.

Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti—Last month, WholeFoods covered efforts by industry companies to help those affected by the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January. Since the time of that publication, several other companies have offered their support:

Eco-Friendly Products

Some say green is the new black, with reusable bags and water containers topping the list of en vogue eco-friendly merchandise.