News Roundup: October 6, 2008

Environmental advocates are set to sue the EPA over its refusal to set limits for perchlorate levels in drinking water. Perchlorate is a primary ingredient in rocket fuel, munitions, and explosives, and has been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and young children nationwide.  Media Newswire

Canadian study finds that private health care harms public health.  CNW Group

Under a new policy, Medicare will stop paying hospitals for their errors.  NY Times

European scientists who discovered viruses that cause cervical cancer and AIDS were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine.  NY Times

FDA sets “tolerable” levels of melamine in food products.  Washington Post

Research suggests that increased air pollutions increases the risk of appendicitis.  BBC

Belgian officials confiscate 2 million counterfeit drugs–including anti-malarial drugs–headed to Africa.  BBC

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