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Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
Any Old Cane Won't Do
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction

(HealthDay News) -- High levels of persistent environmental chemicals are found in the breast milk of women in countries with high rates of male reproductive problems, say European researchers.

The chemicals, called environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are commonly found in fatty foods, paints, plasticizers, pesticides and byproducts of industrial processes. Research has shown an association between EDCs and male reproductive problems, including poor semen quality and congenital genital abnormalities.

In the new study, published online Thursday in the International Journal of Andrology, the researchers measured levels of 121 chemicals in 68 samples of breast milk from women in Denmark and Finland. Denmark has a high rate of male reproductive problems, and Finland has a low rate, according to the study.

"We were very surprised to find that some EDC levels, including some dioxins, PCBs and some pesticides, were significantly higher in Denmark than in Finland," Niels Skakkebaek, a senior member of the research team, said in a news release from the journal's publisher. "Our findings reinforce the view that environmental exposure to EDCs may explain some of the temporal and between-country differences in incidence of male reproductive disorders."

However, Skakkebaek added that, despite the findings, he would "strongly urge women, including Danish women, to continue breastfeeding, which has many beneficial effects for the child."

SOURCES: Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Sept. 24, 2009