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2009-12-03 14:24:36

Despite popular belief and some marketing claims, researchers have found that Chinese "herbal" cigarettes that combine medicinal herbs with tobacco are just as addictive and no safer than regular cigarettes. "The public needs to be aware that herbal cigarettes do not deliver fewer carcinogens," said lead researcher Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. "We hope our...

2009-10-06 08:57:00

HARBIN, China, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CKGT), a vertically integrated grower, developer, manufacturer and marketer of a variety of cactus-based products in China, announced today that the company has signed a five-year cooperative production agreement with Jiangsu Nanhuanghai Industry & Commerce Co., Ltd. to produce cactus-based cigarettes. The new patented cactus cigarettes are expected to increase sales by approximately...

2009-09-01 09:42:00

HARBIN, China, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Kangtai Cactus Biotech Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CKGT), a vertically integrated grower, developer, manufacturer and marketer of a variety of cactus-based products in China, announced today that the company has successfully completed the trial production of cactus-based cigarettes and plans to launch two products in the forth quarter in 2009: (i) low nicotine and (ii) zero nicotine cigarettes. The new patented cactus cigarettes,...

2009-05-10 23:05:25

Higher concentrations of melanin -- the color pigment in skin and hair -- may indicate increased susceptibility to nicotine dependence, U.S. researchers say. We have found that the concentration of melanin is directly related to the number of cigarettes smoked daily, levels of nicotine dependence, and nicotine exposure among African Americans, Gary King of Pennsylvania State University says in a statement. The researchers recruited 150 adult African-American smokers from three sites in inner...

2009-03-24 10:59:00

STT Trainer Offers Best Option for Delivery of Training Tools for Quest Products ATLANTA, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaplan IT Learning has joined forces with Quest Software to help users of Quest products incorporate them into their IT organizations with greater ease and efficiency. With the Kaplan IT content authoring tool, STT Trainer, educational materials are presented in a variety of formats that fit individual learning styles and preferences. Using STT Trainer lessons, new customers...

2009-03-13 09:52:54

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to halt the import of electronic cigarettes into the United States. The FDA told CNN it considers so-called e-cigs an unapproved new drug.. The makers of the cigarettes, which are white with a brown filter and tip that glows red, say the cigarettes are safe because they don't contain tar or other chemicals. They do, however, contain liquid nicotine. Elicko Taieb, CEO of Smoking Everywhere, a major distributor of electronic cigarettes, compared...

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2009-01-08 14:00:00

Quest Diagnostics Inc, the nation's largest medical lab company, reported on Thursday that it has identified and solved a problem that might have provided inaccurate test results for Vitamin D deficiency. Madison, New Jersey-based Quest sent thousands of letters warning doctors who ordered the tests that they might have received "questionable" results. Additionally, Quest vice president for communications Gary Samuels said the firm ordered new free tests for patients affected by the...

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2008-09-27 11:15:00

Do 'light' cigarettes deliver less nicotine to the brain than regular cigarettes? For decades now, cigarette makers have marketed so-called light cigarettes "” which contain less nicotine than regular smokes "” with the implication that they are less harmful to smokers' health. A new UCLA study shows, however, that they deliver nearly as much nicotine to the brain. Reporting in the current online edition of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, UCLA psychiatry...

2008-09-01 00:03:51

By CHARLOTTE CRIPPS Film LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL Various cinemas LONDON Puppets take centre stage at this year's London International Animation Festival (Liaf). As well as a session showcasing puppet animations from the Russian Animose Studio, there will be a screening of the 2008 Academy Award-nominated Canadian short Madame Tutli-Putli. Plus there's an Icons of Puppet Animation strand, featuring films including The Hand, a dark political allegory about living under...

2008-08-20 15:00:34

Quest, a technology management firm, announced a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 25,000 trees in the Western United States over the next few weeks and months in response to the devastation caused by wildfires. Quest President and CEO, Tim Burke said, "For over 25 years, Quest has functioned as a responsible corporate citizen as part of its green initiative including maintaining various recycling programs for electronic equipment and office waste. But these trees are...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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