New & Now: June 3, 2011

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New & Now: June 3, 2011

Source: Web exclusive, June 2011

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Don’t drink the pool water

A new report suggests abnormally high chlorine and pH levels can affect a person’s dental enamel, resulting in rapid and permanent erosion. Dr. leila Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor and chair of New York University College of Dentistry’s Department of Prosthodontic, emphasized the importance of monitoring and maintaining a pool’s chlorination and pH levels. | Toronto Star

Not enough people are quitting smoking, the WHO says

The World Health Organization has stated nearly 6 million people will die from tobacco-related deaths this year, including 600,000 non-smokers. Urging more governments to support campaigns to quit and protect others from second-hand smoke, the WHO says the annual death toll could reach 8 million by 2030. | Reuters

Cellphone emissions could be carcinogenic

An international panel of experts has categorized cellphones within Group 2B, defined as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans. The group of 31 scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), found that exposure to the electromagnetic fields emitted from cellphones could be harmful. | Montreal Gazette

Drug could banish bad memories

Researchers from the University of Montreal suggest that painful memories can be blocked out using metyrapone, a drug that decreases the stress hormone involved in memory recall. The results of the study could benefit those suffering from syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder. | PsychCentral

Online therapy treats IBS symptoms

Online behavioural therapy could help soothe symptoms of people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a new study suggests. The therapy is thought to provide relief for the anxiety associated with IBS. | Reuters