Category Archives: ScienceWire

Bailey: No Baloney, Sustainable Abalone

1.file8531250560420Kevin Bailey, writing in Earth Island Journal, has good news for conscientious consumers. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch has a long list of unsustainable shellfish choices—except for abalone from a California aquaculture company. Abalone cultivation isn’t easy and Kevin takes us through the operation’s ebbs and flows. Also read The Western Flyer, Kevin’s book about a boat with a John Steinbeck connection.

Distelhorst: Improving Cancer Care—Globally

4.0.4Sandra Ripley Distelhorst has a first-author Lancet Oncology paper on optimizing breast cancer care in low- and middle-income countries. The comprehensive summary lays out the latest recommendations from the Breast Health Global Initiative, co-sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sandra is senior writer and editor for Northwest Health Communications.

Freeman: Data in Harmony

4.800px-Flag_of_Europe.svgThe European Union, says Kris Freeman, wants its members to join together in harmony, at least when sharing health data. In Environmental Health Perspectives, Kris writes that data from 17 countries can be combined to study exposure patterns to compounds such as mercury, cadmium and nicotine. This is an important step toward developing common reference values for exposure across the EU.

Rochman: Funny, Factual Sex Ed

5.263px-Condom_traffic_lightIn New York Times Magazine, Bonnie Rochman @brochman tells of taking her 10-year-old daughter to For Girls Only, a facts-of-life class for preteens and their parents.Embarrassment ensues, quickly followed by laughs, then frank questions from the girls, with honest, sometimes humorous answers from the leader. No wonder this showed up on the Most Emailed list at the New York Times.