Chemistry

Contaminated honey fears grow

The Department of Health is conducting a national survey on honey to assess the extent of contamination of carcinogenic traces of antibiotics in honey around the country.

New Study Shows the Benefits of Eating Fish Greatly Outweigh the Risks

Fish Consumption Associated With Reduced Risk of Cardiac Death, Lower Total Mortality, and Improvements in Child Brain Development. Boston, MA Many studies have shown the nutritional benefits of eating fish (finfish or shellfish). Fish is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. But concerns have been raised in recent years about chemicals found in fish from environmental pollution, including mercury, PCBs and dioxins. That has led to confusion among the publicdo the risks of eating fish outweigh the benefits?

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Too white to be black - the challenge of albinism

JOHANNESBURG, 16 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Professor John Makumbe was almost killed at birth by a shocked mid-wife in a mission hospital in rural eastern Zimbabwe. Looking at how white I was, she assumed that my mother had been misbehaving with one of the white missionaries at the school where she taught, said an amused Makumbe, 57, who for the past 20 years has been a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.

Health minister vows to tighten liquor laws

The government intends to get tough on alcohol abuse by forcing breweries to put a health warning on all beverages and imposing advertising restrictions on liquor products. We should be able to move ahead this year with our efforts to highlight the negative health [and] social effects of alcohol by putting warning labels on the containers of alcoholic products, said Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the minister of health, at a briefing in parliament on Friday.

Health department clamps down on leaded paint

Leaded paint is set to be strictly regulated in South Africa, with a view to banning its use in paints used routinely on children's toys and furniture. The national department of health has announced it will immediately start developing new regulations to see paints containing lead exceeding set levels being sold at specialised shops.

Ban on lead paint is in the pipeline

New laws to ban brain-damaging lead paint are in the pipeline at last, but the Health Department cannot say how soon it will be before paint and toy makers are brought to book for exposing the public to well-known harm and injury.