PR Newswire Broadcast Minute for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Folic Acid in the Food Supply Reduces Birth Defects, but May Cause ExtraCancers, Reports the Harvard Women's Health Watch

For 20 years, the United States has been fortifying some foods with folicacid (the synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin) as part of a public healtheffort to prevent neural tube defects in newborns. The effort is paying off:the rate of neural tube defects is down by 30%. But there's also evidence thatthe added folic acid is contributing to colorectal cancers, reports the March2008 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.

Focus Features Sets Release of Next Film by No Country for Old MenFilmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen; Burn After Reading to Open NationwideSeptember 12th

Focus Features announced that it will open Burn After Reading, the newfilm from Joel and Ethan Coen, Academy Award-winning directors of this year'sBest Picture Oscar winner No Country for Old Men, domestically nationwide onFriday, September 12th.

Joel and Ethan Coen are writers, producers, and directors of FocusFeatures and Working Title Films' Burn After Reading. The film stars AcademyAward winner George Clooney, two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich,Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt, andAcademy Award winner Tilda Swinton.

New-Car Shoppers Say Gas Prices Affecting Consumer SpendingKelley Blue Book Marketing Research Shows Car Shoppers' Spending Down

According to the latest Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research study(, elevating gas prices have in-market new-car shoppersconsidering vehicles they would have otherwise ignored. The February 2008results reveal that almost two-thirds, 64 percent of shoppers, have changedtheir minds or are now thinking about vehicles they normally would not haveconsidered before.

Best (and Worst) Walking Cities in America Ranked by Prevention & APMA

Cambridge, MA, is the Best Walking City in America, with more residentswalking to work and more parks per square mile than any other city evaluated,according to a just-released study by Prevention magazine and the AmericanPodiatric Medical Association (APMA). Walking kudos also goes to New York,ranked #2, and Ann Arbor, #3. The Worst Walking Cities: Oklahoma City, NorthLas Vegas, and Gadsden, AL. Prevention and the APMA annually team up tomeasure the walkability of America's cities as interest in walking for fitnessremains strong. Walking is the most popular form of exercise with 87.5% ofAmericans walking for fitness.*

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