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2006
12/29/06   "Court Upholds Pennsylvania's Fetal Homicide Law"
12/28/06  "President Gerald Ford's Funeral Plans Announced"
12/22/06 "Returning Discovery & Crew Home For The Holidays"
12/16/06  "Death Penalty Executions Suspended In California & Florida"
12/15/06   "Cruelty To Farm Animals In a New Jersey Lawsuit"
12/11/06  "Unity Displayed To Save the Dead Sea"
12/10/06  "Discovery Lights Up the Sky in a Fiery Nighttime Launch"
12/9/06  "EXCAVATION OF  REMAINS THOUGHT TO BE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL"
12/8/06   "Magnets in Toys Can Cause Death"
12/08/06  "Signs of Water Found on Mars"
12/05/06  "MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH"
HOUSE TO VOTE ON BILL THAT REQUIRES GIVING FACTS BEFORE ALLOWING ABORTION
11/24/06  "Warnings of Mercury In Fish Insufficient"
11/21/06  "Salmonella Poisoning From Poultry Meat A Hazard"
Featured: "The Tree Of  Life Cookbook" with
Recipes For A "Meatfree" Thanksgiving - "Let's Talk Turkey"
11/19/06   "Ministry's Photo Gives Evidence of Forced Abortion"
11/18/06   "Leonid Shower On View"
11/16/06  "Heart Valves Grown From Womb Fluid Cells"
Featured Report:
"Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
11/15/06  Study: "Red Meat Increases Risk for Breast Cancer"
11/13/06  "Memorial-Groundbreaking Ceremony For Martin Luther King Jr."
11/11/06  Remembering Veterans'  Day -"OPERATION OVERLORD"
11/09/06  "Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Pro-life Cases"
...11/08/06 "International Tree-planting Campaign Begins In Kenya"
Featured:
"A Pro-Life Message from Dr. Alveda King"
11/7/06   "Momentum For Conservatives With Prospects Of  a Broad Turnout"
11/06/06  "Abortion Tops Divisive Ballot Measures"
11/06/06  "National Pro-life Radio.Net Set to Launch November 6th"
11/05/06  "Shiites & Sunnis Differ On Saddam Verdict"
11/03/06  "Letters To GOD Found In Ocean"
11/02/06  Troops send a message to America
11/01/06  Special Feature: "OUR AWESOME MILITARY"
10/31/06  AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Brutal abortions are being funded by taxpayers like you!
10/30/06  "Shingles Vaccine Recommended For Older Adults"

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10/24/06  Study-"Dire Effect of Neglecting-Adequate Sleep"
10/23/06  Research- "Risk Of Brain Tumors From Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment"
10/22/06  "S. D. Task Force Reveals Facts Unknown to Roe v. Wade Court"
10/20/06  "Eur. Space Agency Weather Satellite Launched"
10/18/06  Featured Report: "ABORTION.IS MURDER"
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10/18/06  Research -"Virtual" Colonoscopies "Just as Effective"
10/16/06   "Diabetics Warned  About Counterfeit Test Strips"
10/15/06  Research: "Gum Disease Can Lead To Severe Illness"
10/14/06  "Flu Shots Available In Ample Supply"
10/13/06 "Spinach E. coli  Outbreak Traced To Cow Manure"
10/12/06  "IT'S A "STRING OF PEARLS" ON SATURN"
10/12/06  Study: "Some Alzheimer's Drugs Increase Death Risk"
10/11/06 - Research - "Combo Therapy Slows Breast Cancer Progression"
10/09/06  Get The Skinny On "BREAST CANCER NEWS"
10/07/06  "TRUTH ON THE ABORTION - BREAST CANCER LINK"
10/07/06  "E.Coli Found In Recalled Iowa Ground Beef"
10/6/06  "Groups Stage Pro-Life Chain To Raise Awareness"
10/5/06 "Amish Day of  Burial for "Our 9/11" -  Featured: "Comfort My people, Says The LORD"
10/04/06  "Opportunity's Victory at Victoria Staggering To Scientists"
10/2/06   "Senate Democrats Vote Down Interstate "Minor-Abortion-Parental-Notice Bill"
10/01/06  Study: "Dogs Suffer Sickness, Fatalities From Sugar-free Items"
Special Report:
9/30/06  "U.S. Supreme Court Set To Reconsider Landmark 1973 Doe vs. Bolton Abortion Decision"
9/28/06  "Mar's Opportunity Rover Drives Through To Victoria Crater"
9/27/06  "Truth About E. Coli Bacterium -Also Present In Meat, Etc"
9/26/06   "A New Survey's Statistics On "Who Believes In GOD"
9/24/06  "Iraqi PM Calls For Unity During Ramadan"
9/22/06   "Autumn Begins"
9/22/06  "Drug Mix-up Kills Newborns At Hospital"
9/21/06  "Atlantis Glides Safely Home"
9/20/06  "Sunfish Used To Detect Toxins In Water"
9/18/06  "Fifth Case of  'Mad Cow' This Year For France"
9/17/06  Study - "Once-a-Year Drug: Reclast "Good News" For Osteoporosis Patients"
9/16/06   Grand Study: "Drug Cuts Risk For Type 2 Diabetes"
9/15/06  "Warnings of Dangerous E. Coli Bacteria in Fresh Bagged Spinach"
 9/14/06  "How Your Tax Dollars and Twisted Biomedical Research are Targeting the Unborn"
9/14/06   "Bionic" Arm Utilizes Thought-Controlled Mobility"
9/13/06  "GENERATIONPRO-LIFE" Holds a Fundraiser.".
  "Liberty 9/11/06 Remembers"
9/10/06  News Report:
"EARLIEST BIBLICAL SCROLL - FIND Proven To Be Real";
"THE MOST POPULAR BOOK OF ALL TIME".
.9/09/06  "Atlantis" Successfully Launches To Space Station"
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"Scientific News From Space"--"A Sign of Life?"
9/09/06  "Extrasolar Planet Discovered"
9/08/06   "Israel Continues Its Withdrawal From Lebanon"
9/06/06   "First Woman Leader Appointed By Muslim Group"
9/04/06  "Happy Labor Day, U. S. A.".
.9/03/06  "No Stem Cell Triumph: Embryos were Destroyed"
9/03/06 "Warning About Tylenol Usage"
9/02/06  "John and Ernesto's Damp Forecast"
9/01/06  Poll - "Support For Roe Falls Below 50 %"
8/31/06   Research  - "Earth's Thinning Ozone Layer Is Recovering"
8/30/06   "Viruses Approved To Add To Processed Meats To Kill Deadly Bacteria"
Featured:.
"Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
8/29/06  "Israel Awaits Pledged Troops Despite U. N. Calls To Leave Lebanon"
8/28/06  "Hurricane Ernesto Slams Haiti & Cuba, Threatens S.E.  Florida"
Featured Report:
Hurricane Season: "HEED THE WARNING CALLS" "FAITH AND READINESS
.8/26/08 "Canada's 7th & 8th Mad Cow Cases Halt U.S. Imports"
8/24/06  "Incredible Water System Dating to Biblical Judea Found"
8/24/06   "Astronomers Declare Pluto No Longer a Planet"
8/21/06 "Astronomers Find "Exciting" Proof of Dark Matter".
8/20/06  "Fla. Gubernatorial Race Heating Up Around Pro-Life Issues"
8/18/06   "Born Alive Baby, Killed at Fla. Abortion Clinic"
8/18/06   "Good News & Bad News Regarding Embryonic Stem Cell Research"
8/16/06 Study -"Nitrites In Hot Dogs Linked To Cancer-Possibly Genetic Mutations"
8/15/06  "Israel - Hezbollah Cease-fire Goes Into Effect"
.8/11/06  "A New Pathway Discovered Against Alzheimer's Disease"
8/10/06 "Deadly Airline Terrorist Plot Thwarted By British Intelligence"
8/9/06 "It's "Onward to Victoria" for Mar's Rover "Opportunity"
8/09/06  "North Korea Seeks Flood Disaster Aid From South Korea"
8/08/06  "Hundreds of Thousands Endangered by Floods In India"
8/05/06 "Thousands March In Pro-Terrorist War Demonstrations"
Featured Report  on "Anti - Semitism"
8/04/ 06  "American Support for Abortion Falling In Pew Poll "
8/02/06  "Operation Save America" Rallies Against Abortion in Mississippi"
8/02/06 Study - "Unequivocal" Results- Processed Meats Can Cause Cancer"
Featured Report:
"Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
7/30/06  "Qana, Hezbollah Rocket Base Hit By Israeli Airstrike"
7/27/06 Featured: "LET VICTORY BEGIN"..
7/27/06   "Bill to Monitor Child Molesters Signed by President Bush".,
7/26/06  "Jury Finds Andrea Yates Was Insane-Not Guilty"
7/25/06  "Ancient Book of  Psalms An "Amazing Miracle Find" In Ireland"
7/22/06  "The Red Sea Is Parting ... Again"
7/22/06  "Past Nazi Abuses Prompt Germany's Ban On Embryonic Stem-cell Funding"
7/21/06  Study- "Skin Patch For Fewer Side Effects of Alzheimer's"
7/19/06  "Stem Cell Bill Vetoed by Pres. Bush"
7/17/06  "Welcome Back, Discovery"
Special Report:  7/15/06 "Abortion A Growing, Worldwide Tragedy".
Worldwide estimates are at a minimum  46 - 53 million babies lost to abortions per year.
7/13/06  "Israel Defends Herself Against the "Killing of Innocent Life"
7/12/06  "Two More Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped In "An Act of War"
..7/11/06  "High Levels of  Mercury Found In Seafood Endangers Health"
7/8/06  "Tata The Crow, Considered Oldest,  Dies"
7/6/06  "Research - Blood Test For Early Detection Of Alzheimer's Disease"
Join In the "July 4, 2006 Prayer Across America"
7/4/06  "NASA Launches "Discovery"
7/3/06 "Supreme Court Halts Removal of San Diego's Soledad Cross"
7/01/06  "Drug-Lucentis Significantly Improves Vision In Elderly"
6/29/06  "More Fatalities, Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated In Eastern U.S. Floods"
Featured Report: 6/28/06 "ISRAEL TO MILITANTS: "LET MY PEOPLE GO"
  6/28/06  "Wash. D. C. / 10 Counties In States of Emergency"
Join In the "June 27, 2006 Prayer Across America"
6/27/06  Research- "Pancreatic Cancer Linked To High Red Meat Consumption"
6/26/06  "Another Recall For Potentially Faulty Guidant Heart Devices"
6/26/06  "D.C. Area Besieged By Unprecedented Downpour"
6/25/06  "News From The Animal World"
6/24/06 Study- "Caution-Preventing Children's Deaths In Hot Cars"
6/23/06  "U.N. Aims "Ban Torture" Speech At The U. S. A."
6/22/06  "Good" Carbs Are Definitely Good For You"
6/21/06  "Senate Votes Down Minimum Wage Increase Amendments"
Join In the "Jun. 20, 2006 - Prayer Across America"
.6/19/06 "The Supreme Court To Hear Second Case Involving Partial-birth Abortion"
.6/19/06  Research- "Arteries Stay Clearer/ Cholesterol Lower, EatingVeggies"
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Featured Report:
"CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT:.For Innocent.Babies, Too?".
6/17/06  ''Court Challenge To National Motto, ''In GOD We Trust'' Dismissed''
6/16/06  "Market Chain Bans "Inhumane" Sale of Live Lobsters/Crabs"
6/16/06  "U.S.A. -World'sLargest Ocean Marine Sanctuary Being Created"
6/15/06  "New Treatmemt for Late-stage Cervical Cancer"
6/14/06  Special Report:.June 14 Is "Flag Day"
6/13/06   Join In the "June 13, 2006- Prayer Across America"
.6/12/06 "U.S. Supreme Court Allows New DNA Evidence & Challenging of Lethal Injections"
6/11/06   "Study-Latest U.S. Mad-Cow Disease Cases Are Abnormal"
Featured: "Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
6/11/06  "Alberto"- First Named Atlantic Tropical Storm of  2006"
6/09/06  "Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Major Birth Defects"
6/08/06  "FDA Approves Merck's Vaccine "Gardasil" To Prevent Cervical Cancer"
6/08/06  "Terrorist-Murderer-al-Zarqawi Dead as Iraq's PM Approves Ministers".
6/07/06  Research - "Australian Continent Likely Formed by Mega Meteor-Hit"
Join In the "June 6, 2006 - Prayer Across America"
6/5/06  "THE AMENDMENT TO DEFINE MARRIAGE: IN DEBATE?"
6/4/06  "Global Day Of Prayer"
 6/3/06  "Louisiana Governor Blanco To Sign Abortion Ban"
6/3/06 Research - "Newborns Treated With Anti-parasitic Drugs Fights Toxoplasmosis"
Special Reports:
6/1/06  "PREVENTING OSTEOPOROSIS"; Drugs and Heredity Factors; Nutrition and Supplements
5/30/06  RESEARCH: "OSTEOPOROSIS DRUGS "BISPHOSPHONATES" CAUSING  CONCERNS"-
-Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva with "POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES"
5/30/06  "Iraq's Ambassador to the United States Visits the Oval Office"
Happy Memorial Day! Featured Report:
"Celebrating Freedoms & Service In The U. S. A."
5/29/06   Report: "Children's Right To Treatment" Failing in HIV AIDS"
5/27/06  "Beef Contaminated with Pieces of Metal Recalled"
5/27/06 "Indonesia Suffers Massive Earthquake"
5/26/06  "FDA Approves ZOSTAVAX, for Prevention of Shingles-Adults Age 60 Plus"
5/26/06  "Alaska-ANWR Oil Drilling Bill Okayed By House"
5/25/06  "Visiting British PM Tony Blair Urges a "Look at The Larger Picture" In Iraq"
5/25/06  "Wis. Governor Signs Abstinence Education Bill"
5/24/06  "Israeli PM Olmert Declares Willingness To "Partner In Peace" With Palestinians"
5/23/06  Report: "Fannie Mae Found Manipulating Accounting"
5/21/06  "Iraq Successfully Forms New Unity Govt."
5/20/06  "FDA Finds Cancer-Causing Benzene in Popular Drinks"
5/20/06  "Antibiotic-Telithromycin Linked to Serious Liver Problems"
5/19/06  "FDA Approves "Azilect" to Treat Parkinson's Disease"
5/19/06   "American Chestnut Trees Thought Wiped Out, Discovered"
5/18/06  "Merck's Cervical Cancer Vaccine "Gardasil" Endorsed By FDA Panel"
5/17/06 Study "Clinical Trials Funded by Drug Companies Found Biased"
5/16/06  "Biblical" Rains Flood New England"
5/15/06 Study: "High Risk Skin Cancer Hits Hispanic Farmworkers"
5/13/06  "Day of  Reckoning" For All States Failing Quality of  PS Teachers".
5/12/06  "Survival Rate Ranks Low Worldwide For U.S. Newborns"
5/11/06  "Signs In Brain Predict Alzheimer's Onset"
5/10/06   "Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Nears Sign-up Deadline"
 Featuried Report: "HELP IN UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MEDICARE DRUG PROGRAM".
With Links To Shed Light On All Aspects Of The Program
5/9/06  "Caged Chicken Egg Farm Atrocities Caught On Film"
5/8/06  "PETA Shows "Nightmare Footage of  Middle East Animal Slaughter"
Featured:
Prepare a Heart healthy, vegetarian "Mothers' Day Dinner"
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5/7/06  " Newborn's-Children's Strokes Often Undetected For Emergency Treatment"
5/6/06  Poll -"High Gas Prices Causing Hardship to Many Americans"
5/5/06 "Peace Plan for the Sudan to be Signed"
5/4/06Is "THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER"
Special Features:
Pres. Lincoln's Proclamation For A National Day of Prayer in 1863 / "A Nation In Prayer"
5/04/06  "Israeli PM Olmert' s Vision Includes "Road Map" Peace Plan"
5/02/06  "Global Warming Data Errors Corrected"
5/01/06  Mexico's Labor Day-"Some Big Businesses Close In Immigrant Rally Support"
Featured Report:
"Gas, War and Labor Pains - A Big Political Holiday Headache"
4/30/06  Study- "Light Imaging Scan Could Eliminate Multiple Surgeries For Breast Cancer"
4/30/06  Study- "Dementia-Alzheimers Associated With Blood Clots From Heart"
4/29/06  Govt. -"Probably a Few U. S. "Undetected" Cases of Mad Cow Disease"
4/28/06  "Arbor Day" Is April 28" -Features
4/28/06  "NASA Launches 2 Climate, Weather Forecast  Satellites"
4/27/06 "Violent Sex Offenders Rounded Up Nationwide"
4/26/06  "States Becoming Proactive Against Postpartum Depression"
4/26/06   "Study Teaches Song Birds Grammar"
4/25/06  "Pres. Bush Suspends Environmental Rules & Reserves For Gasoline"
4/24/06  "Red-eyed Bomb Sniffing Rats Put To Work"
4/23/06  "Scientists "Reach The Summit" In Bone Disease Discovery"
4/23/06  "Diet Affects Bladder Problems"
422/06 Is "Earth Day".
4/22/06  "U.S. Rivers On The Most Endangered List"
4/21/06  Report: "Clinical Depression-Symptoms & Remedies"
4/20/06 Study- "Mentally Ill Drug Addicts Respond Better To "BTSAS" Therapy"
4/20/06  Study-"Increasing Fatal ODs on Rx Opioid Pain Relievers"
4/19/06  "Amer. Competitiveness Initiative" Highlights Health Care Reform"
4/19/06  Study-"CNTF - Protein Works Against Obesity"
4/18/06  Study-"Side Effects Diminished In New Cancer Drug"
4/17/06  "British Columbia, Canada Confirms New Mad-cow Case"
4/17/06  "New Web Site Rates Quality of Health Care Journalism"
4/16/06  Happy Easter Sunday!
.4/16/06  "Hollywood Seeks Its "Revival" By Producing Religious Films"
4/15/06  Study - "COX-2 Painkillers Raise Heart Risk"
4/14/06  "New "Venus Express" Photos On View"
4/13/06  Report: May 15-Deadline ApproachingTo Sign Up For-The "NEW MEDICARE DRUG PROGRAM".
with Information & Links
4/13/06   "F. D. A.  Approves "Vivitrol" Injection For Treating Alcoholism"
4/12/06  "Europe's First Space Probe Enters Venus' Orbit"
4/10/06  Study- "Injected Nanoparticles Isolate & Kill Cancer Cells"
4/10/06  "Balloon Insertion Tested To Replace Surgery for Sinusitis"
4/9/06  Study -"Unprecedented Doubling of Type 2 Diabetes Drug Use For U. S. Kids"
4/8/06  "Vaccinate All Pets Yearly"
4/7/06  "Sacred Lands" Expedition Reveals New Species"
4/6/06  SPECIAL REPORT:."MEDIA HARMQuote: "It's a "major public health issue."
4/5/06  Study  - "Sex in Media Bad Influence on Teens"
4/4/06  "Tissue Engineering Grows Body Parts From Patients' Own Cells"
Special Report:
"Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  IsThere A Better Way?
4/02/06  Research - "Closed-Heart" a Radical Departure from Arduous Surgery"
3/31/06  "Researchers Identify The Cause of  Epilepsy"
3/29/06 "Kadima Party Is The Confirmed Winner In Israeli Election"
3/29/06  "Afghan Christian Granted Asylum In Italy"

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3/29/06 "TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE"  - "EARTH's SUPER-STAR DISPLAYS A STUNNING SOLAR SHOW"
3/28/06   "Brain Cells and Computer Chips Combined For "Neuro-Chip"
3/27/06   "EU Warnings Of Internet Sales Of  Fake Anti-obesity Drug- "Acomplia"
3/27/06   "Death To Christians",  Shouted By Protesters In N. Afghanistan"
3/26/06    "Capital Punishment Case Dismissed Against Afghan Christian Man"
3/25/06  "Abortion Ultrasound Law Signed By Michigan Governor Granholm"
Featured News Report: "Ultrasound Tech Views Wide Eyed-Walking Fetuses"
3/24/06  "Oldest Living Creature-Giant Tortoise Dies"
3/23/06  "Latest Louisiana -Katrina Death -Missing Tolls"
3/22/06   "Meatpacker Calls For Testing All Cows For "Mad Cow Disease"
3/22/06  "Forum - "Governments' Responsibility To Improve Safe Public Drinking Water"
3/19/06  "Christian Afghan Man Refuses Conversion Back To Islam-Faces Death Penalty"
3/17/06  Study: "U. S. Provides "Woefully Mediocre" Health Care for All".
3/17/06   "Star Dust Brings A Solar System Mystery"
3/16/06   "Cosmic 'DNA' Discovery Indicates a "High Degree of Order."
3/13/06   "Ancient "Magnificent" Architecture/Tunnels Discovered In Kfar Kana, Israel"
3/13/06  "U. S. Cow Tests Positive for Mad Cow Disease"
3/09/06    "Predictions of  Deadly Bird Flu in U.S. Within Months"
3/09/06  "Packaged Meats Spiked With Carbon Monoxide Called "Unsafe"
Featured:."Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
3/08/06- "International Women's Day & Women's History Month"
3/07/06  "Congress Renews the Patriot Act"
3/06/06   "S. Dakota Ban on Most Abortions Signed Into Law"
3/06/06   "The 3T MRI Scanner Improves Diagnoses"
3/4/06  "U. S. & Pakistan "Together" for Democracy & the War on Terror"
3/2/06  "Pres. Bush Enters Into Nuclear Agreement with India"
3/1/2006 - "FDA Approves AN ANTI-DEPRESSION "PATCH"
2/28/06  "Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Abortion Right To Protest"
2/27/06  "Testing Blood Electrolytes Aids Health Maintenance"
2/26/06  "Green Tea Found To Protect Brain Functions"
2/25/06  "South Dakota Gov.  Rounds Approves Saving Lives in Abortion Ban"
2/23/06  "Totally New-Unexpected Mystery Explosion Nearby In "Aries"
2/23/06  "Iraqi Govt. Implements Curfew to Stem EscalatingViolence"
2/21/06 "Supreme Court Will Consider Partial-Birth Abortion Ban"
 Featured Report: Testimonies & Facts About Partial Birth Abortion
2/14/06  Study - "ECGs NeededTo Find Undiagnosed Heart Attacks"
2/07/06 "Commerce & Greed Rule the Day As Congress Fails to End Horse Slaughter"
2/07/06  "Gay - Bisexual Men Increasingly Infected By Rare, Silent Chlamydia Strain"
2/04/06 Featured Report:"HELP IN UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MEDICARE DRUG PROGRAM". With Links To Shed More Light.
2/01/06  "Patients' Own Stem Cells Successfully Treat Lupus"
Featured Report: "Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
1/19/06  "Scientists Identify DNA & Location In Alzheimer's Disease."
1/11/06  "Iraqi Baby Noor's Life Saving Surgeries Begin"-  Report-"Iraqi  Baby - Responsive & Smiling"
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12/31/05 "Mar's Spirit and Opportunity Explorers Beyond Expectations"
12/30/05  Panda Cub Debut- "A Little Bit of Something Very Cute At The San Diego Zoo"
12/30/05  Study- "Femara" Better To Fight Breast Cancer Relapse"
12/19/05  "Study Finds Low Brain Estrogen Could Enhance Alzheimer's Risk In Women"
12/18/05  Special Report: "TOP SCIENCE STORIES OF 2005: A YEAR OF INCREDIBLE IMPACT"
12/09/05 "Study-Pacifiers Reduce Risk Of Deadly "SIDS" For Babies"
12/08/05  "Promising New Research To Prevent/Treat Cancer's Spread"
12/07/05  "Study Deems Inhaled Flu Vaccine-"FluMist" Safe"
11/18/05  Study: "Adolescent Depression On The  Rise-Counseling Needed"
11/16/05  "Pacific Coast Whales & Puget Sound Orcas on Endangered List"
11/06/05 "Possibly Oldest Christian Church Discovered Near Armageddon Site"
11/04/05 Study-"Screening All Postmenopausal Women for Osteoporosis Recommended"
11/03/05  "Pilot Tracks Millions of Monarchs On Winter Migration"
11/02/05  "Vegetarianism Works a Lifetime of Wellness For Kids, Too"
10/31/05   "Recommendation: Flu Vaccinations For All"
10/31/05  "Heart Defibrillators-New Data-Better Decisions"
10/27/05 "Hepatitis-A Vaccinations Recommended For Children"
10/26/05  "Whooping Cough Vaccine Urged for Adults To Protect Infants"
10/20/05 "Elderly Heart Failure Patients Face Obstacles For Treatment"
10/11/05  "Hopeful New Treatments-Reduced Suffering For Addicts"
10/10/05 "Over 2,000 Katrina Kids Are Still Missing"
10/08/05  "P.E.T.A. Protests Cruelty of Slaughtering Animals For Food"
9/13/05  "FIRST DOCUMENTATION OF FETUS' CRYING EARLY IN THE WOMB"
9/14/05  "Condoleezza Rice Urges Needed "U. S. Attack On Poverty"
9/05/05  "Many Hurricane Victims Too Poor To Evacuate"
8/31/05 "Official U.S. Poverty Rate Up For Fourth Straight Year" Related Links:
12/24/04 "America's Working Poor Going Hungry"; 12/20/04 -"Report-U.S. Minimum Wages Don't Pay The Rent";
8/02/05 "Medicaid Cutbacks: "A Kick-Back In The Heart"

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"The Antidote of Faith" - "The Effects of Darwin's Evolution Theory & Other Popular Atheism"
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11/04/05  Study- "Aspirin With Clopidogrel Prevent Fatal Heart Attacks & Stroke"
11/03/05  "United States Hospital Care Rates Highest In Errors"
10/20/05 "Promising News Against Breast & Lung Cancers"
10/16/05  Research-"No Living Embryos Destroyed to Create New Embrionic Stem Cells"
10/06/05  "Vaccine That Prevents Major Cervical Cancers 100% Effective"
10/06/05  "Mid-Age Exercise Lowers Dementia-Alzheimer's Risks"
10/05/05   "Parents Need Greater Care In Toddlers' Diets & Exercise"
10/02/05 "Guidant Is Recalling 170,000 Pacemakers"
9/20/05  Study -"Human Neural Stem Cells Aid Spinal Cord Injuries"
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9/16/05  "Implanted Defibrillator Serious Malfunction Report"
9/04/05 "Research-ACE Inhibitors Prevent Heart Deterioration"
8/24/05 "Newsweek Poll: Was The Universe Created By GOD? Response: Yes: 75%  80%"
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8/22/05 "Researchers Fuse Adult Skin Cells To Create Useful Stem Cells"
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7/28/05 "Adult Stem Cell Research Creates New Functioning Brain Cells"
7/26/05  Research -"Elderly Endangered By Mismanagement of  High Blood Pressure"
7/22/05  "Diet-Exercise, New Medications Bring Relief From Insomnia"
"U. S. National Trend Shifting To Pro-Life"
7/15/05 "Leviticus-Biblical Ancient Scroll Fragments Discovered in Israel"
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12/22/06   "Returning Discovery & Crew Home For The Holidays"
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.; AP - Space shuttle Discovery and 7 astronauts safely returned to Earth with construction of the international space station back on track. Its arrival announced by its signature twin sonic booms, the spaceship touched down on a floodlit runway in the early Fri. evening darkness after a smooth, 13-day flight during which the astronauts rewired the space station and delivered U.S. astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams to the orbiting outpost for a 6 month stay.
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12/11/06  "Unity Displayed To Save the Dead Sea" 
 Jordan; (AFP) - The U.S.A., France, the Netherlands, & Japan have committed $9M to finance a 2 yr. study to try to save the rapidly vanishing Dead Sea, estimated to cost around $15.5M. Jordan's Planning Minister Suhair Ali urged the international community to chip in with the rest; & a statement said Spain, Canada & some European countries had indicated their willingness to finance the study as well. The study will examine the feasibility of building a canal to channel water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, where the level has been falling by about a meter - over 3' each yr., it said. The agreement was reached between Jordan's Water Minister Zafer al-Aalem, Israeli Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer & Mohammed Mustafa, the economic adviser to Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmud Abbas. "We pray that this type of cooperation will be a positive experience to deepen the notion of dialogue to reach solutions on all other tracks," Mustafa said in reference to the Palestinian-Israeli crisis.
12/10/06  "Discovery Lights Up the Sky in a Fiery Nighttime Launch"
NASA; CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - In the first nighttime launch in four years, space shuttle Discovery with electricians on a mission, lit up the skies on their way to make a cosmic nighttime service call. After a fiery late Saturday ascent that turned night into day, the shuttle & team headed to the international space station to rewire the orbital outpost.
12/08/06  "Signs of Water Found on Mars"
NASA; The Journal Science; AP After decades of scouring images of Mars for signs of water, scientists believe they've found stunning evidence that water may even now be flowing through the Red Planet's frigid surface. If the finding is confirmed, scientists say, all the ingredients favorable for life on Mars would be in place: liquid water and a stable heat source.
.11/18/06   "Leonid" Shower On View"
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge-AP - Stargazers in New England, New York and western Europe could see an "outburst" of hundreds of meteors this weekend during the annual Leonid meteor shower if the skies are clear enough. A typical Leonid shower in Nov. brings 10 to 20 meteors an hour under ideal viewing conditions: a dark sky filled with stars and free of light pollution. But this year, the Earth is passing through a denser trail of debris left by the Comet Tempel-Tuttle, causing a higher concentration of meteors, said Brian Marsden, a senior astronomer.
11/16/06  "Heart Valves Grown From Womb Fluid Cells"
Amer. Heart Assn.; AP- With yet more evidence of the value of stem cell research without killing human embryos, scientists for the first time have grown human heart valves using stem cells from the fluid that cushions babies in the womb, offering a revolutionary approach that may be used to repair defective hearts in the future. Created are these new valves in the lab while the pregnancy progresses to have them ready to implant in a baby with heart defects after it is born; which could lead to homegrown heart valves for infants & adults that are more durable and effective than artificial or cadaver valves. The Swiss experiment follows recent successes at growing bladders & blood vessels, & suggests that some people may one day be able to grow their own replacement heart parts, even before they're even born. "This may open a whole new therapy concept to the treatment of congenital heart defects," said Dr. Simon Hoerstrup, a U. of Zurich scientist who led the work, which was presented Wed. at an Amer. Heart Assn. conference. Full StoryFeatured Report:"Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
11/08/06 "International Tree-planting Campaign Begins In Kenya"
 NAIROBI, Kenya; AP; -  Destroying trees through burning contributes to global warming, releasing about 370M tons of greenhouse gases every year, about 5 % of the world total, scientists say. Planting trees can offset climate change in part because they absorb carbon dioxide. Wangari Maathai, who in 2004 became the first black African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, a Kenyan environmentalist, called on people around the world to plant 1B trees in the next year, saying  the effort is a way ordinary citizens can fight global warming. The project calls on participants, including individuals, schools and governments to sign up on UNEP's Web site and register the trees they planted.
10/24/06 Study-"Dire Effect of Neglecting-Adequate Sleep"
Journal of Neurophysiology; Reuters- In the latest study on the dire effects of common, low-level sleep deprivation, lead study author Dr. Ilana Hairston - U of Ca./ Berkeley said, "It slows learning...lack of adequate sleep is "definitely not good for the brain in the long run." Why? Skimping on sleep actually impairs the brain's ability to create new brain neurons. Test results showed that sleep-deprived rodents had a much harder time remembering how to navigate a maze & learned more slowly than did the rats that were well-rested. In addition, the rats that got enough sleep sprouted neurons in the hippocampus, a part of the brain known for spatial learning, which increased the growth of brain cells; & did not happen in the animals whose sleep was restricted. "Our findings indicate that mild, chronic sleep restriction may have long-term deleterious effects on neural function," the Berkeley team reported. 8 hours is still the recommended, best amount of sleep.
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10/23/06  Research- "Risk Of Brain Tumors From Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment"
  Journal Nature Medicine; (Reuters) - Research- Injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients may cause tumors to form, U.S. researchers Steven Goldman & colleagues at the U. of Rochester Medical Center in NY reported on Sunday. They said that stem cells injected into rat brains turned into dividing cells that looked like early tumors. Scientists have long feared that human embryonic stem cells could turn into tumors, because of their pliability. Special Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  IsThere A Better Way?
10/20/06  "Eur. Space Agency Weather Satellite Launched"
MOSCOW - AP- After a series of delays, a Russian booster rocket  successfully launched a European Space Agency weather satellite on Thursday. The MetOp satellite was launched atop a Soyuz 2 booster from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and reached a designated orbit, said Russian Federal Space Agency spokesman Igor Panarin.
10/18/06  Research -"Virtual" Colonoscopies "Just as Effective"
Journal Radiology; (Reuters) -Colonoscopy is recommended for everyone every few years starting at age 50. The procedure can identify pre-cancerous growths and in many cases these polyps can be removed at the time of screening. "Virtual" colonoscopies are done using a computer-assisted X-ray. Dr. Perry Pickhardt of the U. of Wis. Med. School/Madison said, "The advantages of virtual colonoscopy over optical colonoscopy at our inst. are that it is safer, faster, less costly, more convenient, involves an easier bowel prep, and yet is just as effective for detecting important polyps and cancers." The standard colonoscopy findings were the same as the virtual colonoscopy findings in 65 of the 71 patients.
10/15/06  Research: "Gum Disease Can Lead To Severe Illness"
Nat. Inst. of Dental & Craniofacial Research - HealthDay News -Research finds that gum or periodontal disease can lead to a wide variety of other problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, blood infection & low birth-weight babies. 4 out of 5 Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the N. I. D. C. R. "When you're looking at people who have gum disease, they are suffering from a chronic low-grade infection,"said Jean Connor, a dental hygienist in Mass., & pres.-elect of the Amer. Dental Hygienists' Assn. "Your whole body is a little bit compromised. If you had an infection in your finger & you left it, it eventually would affect the rest of the body, it's the same with your mouth," Connor added. "Blood infection from gum disease can even cause joint replacements to fail by aiding the body's efforts to reject the artificial implant," said Diann Bomkamp, V. P. of the A. D. H. A., adding, "Thorough brushing & flossing is the first line of defense against gum disease. A good diet that avoids sugary snacks and sodas is another. Regular check-ups can provide early detection of oral problems, and lead to treatments that can prevent further damage."
10/12/06  Study: "Some Alzheimer's Drugs Increase DeathRisk"
Thurs. New Eng. Journal of Medicine-AP -The first major study on Alzheimer's sufferers outside nursing homes tested Zyprexa, Risperdal & Seroquel,  newer drugs developed for schizophrenia. Doctors are free to prescribe them for any use, which carry a strong warning of increased risk of death for elderly people with dementia-related psychotic symptoms. Findings: widely prescribed anti-psychotic drugs do not help most Alzheimer's patients with delusions & aggression & are not worth the risk of sudden death & other side effects. Lead researcher Dr. Lon Schneider, dir. of the Alzheimer's Disease Center of Ca. & U. of  So. Ca. prof., said docs should try the drugs if necessary, but watch patients closely & switch to something else after a few weeks if there is no improvement, or side effects are too severe. Dr. J. Karlawish of the U. of  Penn.'s Alzheimer's Disease Center wrote in an editorial that the drugs did help a small group of patients who had little or no side effects. He said Zyprexa and Risperdal were both better than Seroquel or the placebo in treating the behavioral problems.
10/07/06  "E.Coli Found In Iowa Recalled Ground Beef"
  U.S. Dept. of Agric.; (Reuters) - An Iowa-based company has recalled 5,226 lbs. of ground beef after tests detected a harmful strain of the E.Coli bacteria. That strain, 0157:H7, which can be deadly, is found in cattle's intestines and manure. USDA's Food Safety & Inspection Serv. reported no known illnesses from the contaminated beef, which was produced on 8/31 and 9/1 by Jim's Market & Locker Inc., that voluntarily recalled the beef after tests found in it, the deadly strain of the bacteria, the USDA said.
10/04/06  "Opportunity's Victory at Victoria Staggering To Scientists"
SPACE.com - NASA's Opportunity Mar's rover at Victoria Crater have scientists elated. The sightseeing on Mars from Opportunity's vantage place "is staggering," explained William Farrand, a research scientist at the Space Science Inst. in Boulder, Co. & a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team. "For the first day or two after we saw the initial images we were just overwhelmed," said Steve Squyres, lead Mars Exploration Rover scientist from Cornell U. in Ithaca, NY. The enormous impact crater has been the six-wheeled robot's long-term destination for the past 21 Earth months. "I think the thing that most impresses me is the sheer size of Victoria crater and the associated outcrops compared with things we've seen thus far in the mission, ...With regards to what the rocks will tell us or whether it is what we expected, it is just too early to say. We have a lot of work ahead of us to understand the crater and its outcrops," Farrand stressed. "It is like a whole new mission."
10/01/06  Study: "Dogs Suffer Sickness, Fatalities From Sugar-free Items"
(Reuters) - Journal of the Amer. Veterinary Medical Assn. - Report - A commonly used sweetener might cause liver failure in dogs, and perhaps even kill them: in a study that  strengthens the suspected link between the sugar substitute Xylitol.  Xylitol, a naturally occurring product, is found in many sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked goods & toothpastes. Researchers Sharon Gwaltney-Brant and Eric Dunayer with staff at a poison unit of the Amer. Soc. for the Prev. of Cruelty to Animals in Urbana, Il., gathered information on 8 dogs treated between 2003-05 after eating products containing xylitol. Each dog became ill, and five died or had to be put down because of liver failure, possibly from ingesting xylitol. Gwaltney-Brant said for dogs, ingesting even a small amount of xylitol can trigger significant insulin release, which drops their blood sugar and can be fatal.
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9/29/06    "Japan's 29th Case of "Mad Cow" Disease Confirmed"
Kyodo-  A 6 year old  Holstein cow that died Sunday, tested positive in separate screenings at a Hokkaido Animal Health Center and at the Nat. Inst. of Animal Health outside Tokyo, for  the 29th mad cow disease case in Japan, farm ministry officials said Thursday. The Hokkaido govt. said it will analyze the cow's feed to look into the route of inflection of the disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The cow was born in the town of Horonobe, northern Hokkaido, in June 2000, before the Japanese government imposed a ban in 2001 on meat & bone meal feed suspected to be a cause of the disease. It was raised at a farm in the town of Nakagawa, also northern Hokkaido.
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9/28/06  "Mar's Opportunity Rover Drives Through To Victoria Crater"
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena Ca. -AP- The road to Victoria Crater, a half mile wide & 230' deep impact crater, was tough. "We made it!" said rover principal scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell U. The 6 wheeled Mar's Opportunity Rover drove through what scientists called a "wasteland." At one point, it spent five weeks stuck hub deep in a slippery sand dune before freeing itself. Opportunity, marking a milestone in its exploration for clues about the Martian past, reached the rim of a deep crater Wed. after an arduous 21 month trek. The rover beamed black & white images back to Earth showing the crater interior complete with hanging rocky cliffs and rippling sand dunes on its floor. The rovers, Spirit & Opportunity, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab., have outlasted their primary, three month mission. This week, the space agency extended the rovers' mission for at least one more year.
9/27/06  "Truth About E. Coli Bacterium -Also Present In Meat, Etc" 
Live Science.com - E. Coli, ( Escherichia coli,) is a bacterium with hundreds of strains, most  relatively harmless in healthy individuals.  E. coli is ubiquitous in the innards of cows & humans and is spread from cow to cow &  from human to human through feces, which is why hand-washing is so important. Cows are cramped into pens, ankle-deep in the manure of hundreds to thousands of cows, where E. coli tends to spread.  Bacteria can splash up on udders & get into milk; or get into intestines and contaminate meat during the slaughtering process; or pass through the cow in manure and ultimately end up on crops directly as fertilizer or indirectly by leaching into the water supply. Most E. coli outbreaks in the United States are caused by a particular virulent and deadly strain called O157:H7.  If you eat beef, you are at risk because most beef is loaded with harmful bacteria, often the bad E. coli, and needs to be cooked.  Vegetarians aren't spared, as evidenced by the spinach E. coli outbreak.  Organic consumers aren't spared; organic spinach can have E. coli.  And raw food advocates are most certainly at risk, because cooking is the best way to kill the bacteria. Full Report: Live Science.com
9/22/06   "Autumn Begins"
Astronomers say that this year, the September equinox occurs at exactly at 10:03 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time today (Sept. 22). At that moment, autumn (or fall) begins for the Earth's Northern Hemisphere.
9/21/06 "Atlantis Glides Safely Home"
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Ending a 12 day mission to the International Space Station, space shuttle Atlantis with six astronauts glided to a safe landing early Thurs., A. M.  "Nice to be back. It was a great team effort," said commander Brent Jett immediately after touchdown at Kennedy Space Center.
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9/20/06 "Sunfish Used To Detect Toxins In Water"
AP- Intelligent Automation Corp., Ca. - Federal law requires nearly all community water systems to assess their vulnerability to contamination. S.F, N.Y, & other big cities are using bluegills, also known as sunfish or bream, to safeguard their drinking water. Small numbers of the fish are kept in tanks constantly replenished with water from the municipal supply, and sensors in each tank work around the clock to register changes in the breathing, heartbeat & swimming patterns of the bluegills that occur in the presence of toxins. "Nature's given us pretty much the most powerful & reliable early warning center out there," said Bill Lawler, co-founder of a So. Calif. company:  Intelligent Automation Corp., that makes and sells the bluegill monitoring system. "There's no known manmade sensor that can do the same job as the bluegill."
9/14/06  "Bionic" Arm Utilizes Thought-Controlled Mobility"
AP- CNN- Doctors describe Jesse Sullivan as the first amputee with thought-controlled artificial, prosthetic arms. He can climb a ladder & paint his house; & with a weed-whacker, he bends his elbow &  rotates his forearm to guide the machine, &  best of all is hugging his grandchildren. Claudia Mitchell lost her left arm in a motorcycle accident & has the thought-controlled "bionic" arm. The motions are coordinated and smooth because the arm is a device controlled by the brain, thru the amputated arm's nerves salvaged & implanted in the chest. Thought is, "Close hand," & electrical signals sent through surgically re-routed nerves make it happen. The "Nat. Institutes of Health has supported the research, plus the military's research through the "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency".
9/09/06  "Atlantis Successfully Launches To Space Station"
FOXNEWS -CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle "Atlantis" with 6 astronauts, successfully launched through a partly cloudy sky at 11:15 a.m. EDT, Sat. on a mission to resume construction of the 'international space station' for the first time since the "Columbia" disaster 3 1/2 years ago. Brent Jett, Atlantis' commander said, "By our count, it has been almost 4 years, 2 return- to- flight missions, a tremendous amount of work by thousands of individuals,...We're confident that in the next few weeks, & the next few years for that matter, NASA is going to prove to our nation and our friends ... that it was worth the wait and we're ready to get to work.'' Featured Report: "Scientific News From Space"--"A Sign of Life?"
9/09/06  "Extrasolar Planet Discovered" 
SPACE.com - A planet slightly larger than Jupiter was recently spotted as it passed in front of a Sun-like star 500-light-years away. Called TrES-2, the new extrasolar planet is the second to be discovered using telescopes built from off-the-shelf components similar to those used by amateur stargazers. It is also the first to be spotted in a swath of sky that NASA has targeted for a future mission that will specifically look for Earth-like worlds. The finding will be detailed in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal.
9/03/06  "No Stem Cell Triumph: Embryos were Destroyed"
Orange County Register- The Calif. Biotech Co. that grabbed headlines last week for sparing human embryos while creating stem cells for research, had in fact, destroyed all 16 of those used in the experiment. "Advanced Cell Technology's" V. P. & sr. author of the research, Robert Lanza was widely quoted that his study would lead to acceptance and expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
9/03/06 "Warning About Tylenol Usage"
AP- If you frequently use Tylenol for your daily aches and pains, beware. Healthy adults who took the maximum recommended doses of Tylenol for two weeks-which is the equivalent of eight extra-strength tablets daily-had abnormal liver test results, in a new study from the U. of So. Calif. and the U. of North Carolina. "I would urge the public not to exceed four grams a day. This is a drug that has a rather narrow safety window," said study co-author Dr. Neil Kaplowitz. He also advised heavy drinkers to take no more than two grams a day.
9/02/06  "John and Ernesto's Damp Forecast"
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -  John was a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds when it struck land near isolated hamlets N.E. of Los Cabos Fri. night, but the Nat. Hurricane Cent. in Miami said it had slipped to Category 1 status with winds near 85 mph Sat. AM. It was centered about 10 miles N-NW of the state capital of La Paz , a city of more than 150K.
Mex. extended hurricane warnings northward along the E. of the peninsula to the community of Mulege & as far as Punta Abreojos on the W. coast; expected to churn up the E. coast Sat. before crossing the narrow stretch of land & heading out to sea.
Northeast USA - Rain & wind will be the operative weather words across parts of the N.E. on Sat. thanks to the remnants of Ernesto & strong high pressure in E. Canada. Rain will work its way N. thru Penn. into upstate N. Y. during the day. Some flooding may occur across parts of Penn. &  So. N.Y. this weekend. Because the heaviest rain will stay E. of the mountains, river flooding should be much less than originally expected. Dry air at the surface will keep the advance of the rain to a crawl over  So. New Eng. on Sat. & rain may not reach Boston until late in the day or in the evening. It will be quite windy from Penn. to So. New Eng., also. Gale-force winds are likely along the coast. High temperatures in the 60s will dominate the region N. of the Mason-Dixon Line on Sat. but the 70s & 80s will creep N. through the Mid-Atlantic Sun. & Labor Day.
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8/31/06   Research  - "Earth's Thinning Ozone Layer Is Recovering"
Ga.. Inst. of Technology; (Reuters) - Ozone in the stratosphere, outside the polar regions, stopped thinning in 1997, & may be fully recovered by mid century, climate scientists said, after analyzing 25 yrs. of observations. The ozone layer shields the planet from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation, but human made chemicals like hlorofluorocarbons found in some refrigerants and aerosol propellants depleted this stratospheric ozone, causing the protective layer to get thinner. The scientists said the ozone layer's comeback is due in large part to compliance with an 1987 international agreement called the Montreal Protocol, which aimed to limit emissions of ozone depleting chemicals. "These results confirm the Montreal Protocol & its amendments have succeeded in stopping the loss of ozone in the stratosphere,...At the current recovery rate ... the global ozone layer could be restored to 1980 levels- the time that scientists first noticed the harmful effects human activities were having on atmospheric ozone-- sometime in the middle of this century," said Eun-Su Yang of the Ga. Inst. of Tech., team leader that analyzed the data.
8/30/06   "Viruses Approved To Add To Processed Meats To Kill Deadly Bacteria"
WASHINGTON - A mix of bacteria-killing viruses can be safely sprayed on cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages to combat common microbes that kill hundreds of people a year, U. S. federal health officials said recently, in granting the first-ever approval of viruses as a food additive. Featured:."Great Tasting Meatless - Deli Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook".
.8/28/06  "Hurricane Ernesto Slams Haiti & Cuba, Threatens S.E.  Florida"
Miami Herald- Forecasters placed the Florida Keys under a hurricane watch Sunday, and prepared to issue a similar alert for Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency, as Ernesto, the first hurricane of the year threatened the entire peninsula. Though Ernesto was temporarily downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday night, forecasters issued a hurricane watch for the Keys and for Andros Island in the Bahamas, meaning that hurricane conditions were possible within 36 hours. All tourists were ordered to leave the Keys. Featured Report: Hurricane Season: "HEED THE WARNING CALLS" "FAITH AND READINESS
8/24/06   "Astronomers Declare Pluto No Longer a Planet"
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Leading astronomers declared that Pluto is no longer a planet, under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight. After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930.
8/24/06  "Incredible Water System Dating to Biblical Judea Found"
Proof of part of the New Testament may have been been found in archaeologists' discovery in a cave in Israel, of an ancient, underground water system in the biblical kingdom of Judea,
now, Ramat Rachel, Israel.  Recent excavations have unearthed about 750 square feet of a  complex network of reservoirs, drain pipes and underground tunnels. Yuval Gadot, a biblical archaeology expert from Tel Aviv U., who is taking part in the excavation, told Reuters that it's unclear exactly how the water system worked. "Probably rainwater came down on the roof of the houses," he said. "From there, it was collected by drains into pools or to the underground reservoir and taken to nearby fields for crops or nice gardens."
8/21/06 "Astronomers Find "Exciting" Proof of Dark Matter"
AP- "This is really exciting," said U. of Chicago physicist Sean Carroll, about the findings that demonstrate the existence of dark matter "beyond a reasonable doubt." Astronomers say they have found the best evidence to date for "dark matter," - that mysterious invisible substance that is believed to account for the bulk of the universe's mass. Using a host of telescopes, researchers focused on the collision between 2 galactic clusters. They found that most of the gravitational pull from the aftermath of the encounter comes from a relatively empty looking patch of sky, a strong suggestion that there is something more there than meets the eye. "This provides the first direct proof that dark matter must exist," said Doug Clowe, a research astronomer at the U. of Arizona. Clowe and his colleagues used NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope and several ground-based observatories to examine the "bullet cluster," a clump of galaxies that formed over the last 100M yrs. from the violent collision of 2 smaller galactic clusters. Using a technique known as gravitational lensing, Clowe and his colleagues show that the force of gravity is actually stronger in a part of the cluster that appears to be emptier. They will publish their results in a future issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.
8/18/06 "Good News & Bad News Regarding Embryonic Stem Cell Research"
Fla. Baptisi Witness -Americans who value human dignity received mixed news in mid-July. There was good news: The Senate passed a bill that bans “fetal farming,” a practice in which scientists create human embryos for the purpose of harvesting “spare parts.” Then there was bad news: The Senate approved a bill that would allow federal money to support embryonic stem cell research. In other words, scientists could kill “excess” human embryos and use the remains in research funded by taxpayer money. It gets worse. The bill permitting embryonic stem cell research passed 63 to 37, which means some supposedly pro-life Republican senators voted in favor of the unethical research.  Full Story.
8/16/06 Study -"Nitrites In Hot Dogs Linked To Cancer-Possibly Genetic Mutations" 
LiveScience.com;  Journal of Agric. & Food Chemistry; U. of Nebraska Medical Center-Omaha - In a new study chemists find hot dogs may contain DNA-mutating compounds that might boost one's risk for cancer. Scientists note there is an up to 240-fold variation in levels of these chemicals across different brands. Researcher Sidney Mirvish, chemist at the U. of Nebraska Med. Cntr. & colleagues examined hot dogs because past research had linked them with colon cancer. Hot dogs are preserved with sodium nitrite, which can help form chemicals known as N-nitroso compounds, most of which cause cancer in lab animals. Extracts from hot dogs bought from the supermarket, when mixed with nitrites, resulted in what appeared to be DNA-mutating compounds. When added to Salmonella bacteria, hot dog extracts treated with nitrites doubled to quadrupled their normal DNA mutation levels. Triggering DNA mutations in the gut might boost the risk for colon cancer, the researchers explained. The possible hazard presented here is not just limited to hot dogs. Processed meats like bologna, ham and salami, salted dried fish and seasonings such as soy sauce may contain similar levels of these chemicals, Mirvish said. Future research is underway.
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8/11/06  "A New Pathway Discovered Against Alzheimer's Disease"
Thursday's - the journal Science; (AP) - "It's a whole new way of thinking in the Alzheimer's field,'' said Dr. Andrew Dillin, a biologist at Ca.'s Salk Institute for Biological Studies who led the new research, discovering molecular janitors that clear away a sticky amyloid buildup, blamed for Alzheimer's disease - until aging hampers that clean-up. It suggests a new weapon: drugs that give nature's cleanup a boost. Thursday's study reveals one way that cells fend off amyloid buildup, and that natural aging gradually erodes that detoxification process. That was a key finding, Dillin said: Until recently, scientists thought amyloid clumps, or plaques, were the bigger problem. His research supports more recent findings that smaller amyloid tendrils inside cells are the really poisonous form. "Every pathway we can discover that modifies amyloid provides us with new drug targets,...This now opens up a new pathway for developing anti-Alzheimer's drugs,'' said Dr. Sam Gandy, a neuroscientist at Phila.'s Thom. Jefferson U. & an Alzheimer's Assn. spokesman.
8/9/06 "It's "Onward to Victoria" for Mar's Rover "Opportunity" 
SPACE.com;  NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers remain productive as they gather new science data from their respective spots on Mars. Opportunity has just concluded a survey of Beagle Crater, a relatively young feature, said William Farrand, a research scientist at the Space Science Inst. in Boulder, Colorado and a  member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team. Opportunity will next be examining a banded ripple and then resume its drive towards Victoria crater, Farrand said. The 115 ft. (35 meter) Beagle Crater and the rover are both about 1,837 ft. (560 meters) from the rim of Victoria. Victoria Crater is nearly half a mile (800 meters) in diameter. That's nearly 6 times wider than Endurance Crater, the feature that Opportunity explored for several months in 2004 studying rock layers affected by ancient water. Onward...to Victoria!
7/22/06  "The Red Sea Is Parting ... Again"
This week's issue of Journal "Nature"; LiveScience.com - Satellite images show that the Arabian tectonic plate and the African plate are moving away from each other, stretching the Earth's crust and widening the southern end of the Red Sea, scientists reported in this week's issue of journal Nature. Using the images gathered by the Euro. Space Agency's Envisat radar satellite, researchers looked at satellite data before and after these activities. Over a period of 3 weeks, the crust on the sides of the rift moved apart by 26 feet and magma, enough to fill a football stadium more than 2K times, was injected along a vertical crack, forming a new crust. This is the largest single rip in the Earth's continental crust during the satellite monitoring era.
7/22/06  "Past Nazi Abuses Prompt Germany's Ban On Embryonic Stem-cell Funding"
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany, with an aversion to genetic (human) experimentation rooted partly in the legacy of Nazi abuses, effectively bans Embryonic Stem-cell funding. "The European Union science programme should not be used to give financial incentives to kill embryos, ...The current proposal from the EU Commission and the Eur. Parliament does not rule this out," German Research Minister Annette Schavan wrote in a letter on Thurs., before a meeting on EU science funding on Monday. A narrow majority in the Eur. Parliament voted last month in favor of allowing continued public funding for stem-cell research. Germany seeks an amendment in the council of EU governments, for parliament to reconsider the issue on a second reading.  Featured Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  Is There A Better Way?
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7/21/06 Study- "Skin Patch For Fewer Side Effects of Alzheimer's" 
ZURICH (Reuters) - Alzheimer's patients wearing a once daily skin patch experience fewer side effects than those who take the drugs in an oral pill, according to the results of a 6 month drug trial released on Wednesday. The Exelon Transdermal Patch developed by Swiss drug maker Novartis AG, the first of its kind for sufferers of the degenerative brain disease, releases medicine into the bloodstream in a controlled, continuous manner to ensure a steady dose. Lead study investigator Bengt Winblad said the patch showed potential to allow patients to tolerate higher doses of medicine meant to boost neurotransmitter activity in the brain, currently available in capsule form. "The patch represents an important new option for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families, ...A transdermal patch may prove the best way to deliver Rivastigmine to treat Alzheimer's," said Winblad, referring to the scientific name forNovartis' Exelon, already approved in many countries to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's & the dementia associated with Parkinson's disease.
.7/17/06  "Welcome Back, Discovery"
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - 9:14 a.m.;  NASA's Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of six returned to Earth at a cloudy Kennedy Space Center, after a 5.3 million mile journey that began on July 4th; ending a successful mission that prompted NASA to declare victory after some initial speculation about safety issues. The crew delivered supplies to the International Space Station and did 3 successful space walks that assured the shuttle's safety. "Welcome back Discovery and congratulations on a great mission," Mission Control told Lindsey after Discovery rolled to a stop. "It was a great mission. A really great mission," Lindsey replied.
7/11/06  "High Levels of  Mercury Found In Seafood Endangers Health"
WASHINGTON; Defenders of Wildlife; AP- The fed. govt. advises pregnant women, nursing mothers & young children to avoid fish with high levels of mercury in shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish. Many imports of canned tuna have mercury levels higher than the fed. limit, according to analysis by  Defenders of Wildlife-environ. group. They found the highest levels of mercury in tuna from Ecuador and Mexico, known for setting nets where they see dolphins to catch large tuna swimming below. Elevated mercury levels have been linked to learning disabilities & developmental delays in children & to heart, nervous system & kidney damage in adults. Mercury poisoning is accumulative in continued consumption. Traces of mercury are found in nearly all fish and shellfish. Released through industrial pollution, mercury falls & accumulates in streams & oceans as methylmercury that builds up in fish & shellfish as they feed, in some types more than others.
7/6/06  "Research - Blood Test For Early Detection Of Alzheimer's Disease" 
 7/6 online edition of  "The Lancet Neurology";  A Dutch report concludes that increased blood levels of specific forms of the abnormal molecules, beta amyloid proteins,  found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, were associated with its increased incidence & other forms of dementia. "Beta amyloid comes in different lengths," explained Monique M. B. Breteler, a prof. of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus Med. Center, in Rotterdam. "High blood levels of beta amyloid 1-40 & low levels of 1-42 were associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease." Those numbers refer to the number of amino acid components that make up the different versions of the protein. "This report is the first good indication that measuring blood levels of beta amyloids could be a step toward a potential test of risk," said Dr. John C. Morris, dir. of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Wash. U. in St. Louis.
7/4/06  "NASA Launches "Discovery" 
AP; CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -  Space Shuttle "Discovery" and a crew of  7 blasted off on Independence Day afternoon for a spectacular 4th of July display seen on TV worldwide. After two weather delays and last minute foam trouble, the first NASA shuttle launch in a year, flew to bring needed supplies to a space station despite objections from those within NASA who argued for more cautionary fuel-tank repairs.
6/29/06  "More Fatalities, Hundreds of Thousands Evacuated In Eastern U.S. Floods"
NEW YORK (AFP) - N. Y. gov. Pataki said of the flooding that killed at least 7 people, & forced hundreds of thousands across the N E  to evacuate, "We have never seen a natural disaster this bad in the state of New York." Numerous states of emergency are declared throughout the N E., & the mayor of Wash. D.C., declared a state of emergency for the U.S. capital. In E. Penn., county officials ordered the evacuation of up to 200K from low-lying areas around the Susquehanna River amid fears that the river would spill over the dikes as waters crest. A leaky dam, swollen to near-bursting after days of torrential rain, forced 2,300 people to evacuate their homes in Montgomery County, Maryland.
6/28/06  "Wash. D. C. / 10 Counties In States of Emergency"
The Nat. Weather Serv. - Torrential rains and floods have left at least six dead & three people missing as of Wednesday. Rain on the East coast forced the evacuation of more than 2,200 people near a rising lake in Maryland and washed out part of a 4-lane highway. Lake Needwood on the N. side of Rockville was approaching 25 feet above normal Wednesday, Montgomery County officials said. The Nat. Weather Serv. had issued flash flood warnings for 38 of Penn's 67 counties. Forecasters predicted the Susquehanna River would crest at 17 feet above flood level.
6/27/06  Research- "Pancreatic Cancer Linked To High Red Meat Consumption"
Karolinska Inst. in Stockholm; International Journal of Cancer- 6/1/06; Reuters Health - Swedish researchers report that a diet high in red meat appears to raise the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers, seldom detected at an early, curable stage. Surgical removal offers the only chance for a cure, but only a small percentage of patients are candidates for this therapy. In many cases, removal is not possible when surgery reveals that the cancer has actually spread outside the pancreas. "Findings from our study," lead investigator Dr. Susanna C. Larsson said, "suggest that high consumption of red meat is associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer."
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6/26/06  "Another Recall For Potentially Faulty Guidant Heart Devices" 
AP; Boston Scientific Corp. has recalled nearly 23K pacemakers & defibrillators that could fail because of an electrical flaw, asking doctors to check 27K patients already implanted with potentially faulty devices of the former Guidant Corp. The announcement was the second recall for Boston Scientific since the Natick, Mass. based company bought Guidant in April for $27B. Jim Tobin, Boston Scientific's pres. & CEO said, "The problems involve far more than just Guidant's shortcomings in promptly notifying doctors, patients and regulators about  flaws, ...In truth, there are deeper issues that will require time to address, that will lead to problems that will then have to be communicated."
6/26/06  "D.C. Area Besieged By Unprecedented Downpour"
AP; WASHINGTON - Flooding from a weekend of unusually heavy rain with more on the way, has shut down the Justice Dept., Internal Revenue Serv. headquarters, the Commerce Dept., the National Archives; & the Nat. Gallery of Art, closed because of weather related problems with its steam system. An official said that, 4 " in  4 hrs. was like "nothing he had ever seen." Commuters suffered with washed-out roads, mud blocking the Capital Beltway & delays on the area's rail lines; & a lot of other roads disabled due to heavy rains & flooding.  In the Wash. suburbs, emergency crews used boats to rescue dozens of people trapped by flood water. A large, historic century old elm tree fell on the White House front lawn overnight,  blocking one of the roads. At the Nat. Archives, housing  the Declaration of Independence, Constitution & other historic documents, the moat surrounding the building on Penn. Ave. had flooded. Spokeswoman Susan Cooper said that a preliminary assessment indicated all records held there were "safe and dry."
6/19/06  Research- "Arteries Stay Clearer/ Cholesterol Lower, EatingVeggies"
 Journal of Nutrition, Jul/Aug.-06; Reuters- Researchers found that lab mice given a diet full of broccoli, carrots, green beans, corn & peas developed far less artery narrowing than those reared on a veggie-free diet. For humans, the findings offer more support for the advice health experts and mothers have long given: eat your vegetables. Dr. Michael R. Adams of Wake Forest U. School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. said, "The new research, adds to what's known about the health benefits of vegetables by showing that they may thwart the progression of atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of arteries that can lead to heart disease & stroke...The animals also had somewhat lower cholesterol & much lower levels of a protein involved in inflammation, which may help explain the clearer arteries."
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6/16/06  "U.S.A. -World's Largest Ocean Marine Sanctuary Being Created"
WASHINGTON - In a "landmark conservation event," Pres. Bush has decided to create the world's largest protected marine area around the NW Hawaiian Islands, an archipelago 1,400 miles long & 100 miles wide that is home to rare marine mammals, fishes and birds; in the nation's newest nat. monument from the vast chain of largely uninhabited islands, atolls, coral reef colonies & sea mounts. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, head of the Nat. Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin. said, "It's the single largest act of ocean conservation in history. It's a large milestone, ...It is a place to maintain biodiversity & to maintain basically the nurseries of the Pacific. It spawns a lot of the life that permeates the middle of the Pacific Ocean." Joshua Reichert - Pew Environment program, said, ".. it's a world class ecological jewel... from both a national and global perspective, this really is a "landmark conservation event."
6/15/06  "New Treatmemt for Late-stage Cervical Cancer" 
Food & Drug Admin. - A drug already used to fight ovarian and lung cancers received expanded federal approval Thursday as part of a combined treatment for late-stage cervical cancer. The combination of the drugs, Hycamtin, and Cisplatin is the first drug treatment for women whose surgery or radiation therapy is unlikely to be effective against  incurable cervical cancer, recurrent or persistent & has spread to other organs, said the Food & Drug Admin. Each year, there are about 10K new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in U.S. women and 3,700 deaths.
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6/11/06  "Alberto"- First Named Atlantic Tropical Storm of  2006"
AP;  Florida - Trop. Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the '06 Atlantic hurricane season, developed Sun. in the Gulf of Mexico & is likely to soak parts of Florida & Cuba with heavy rain, forecasters said. By midday, the storm had max. sustained wind near 45 mph, up 10 from early in the morning, but it was not likely to grow into a hurricane, the Nat. Hurricane Center said. Forecasters said up to 30 in. of rain could fall over the W. half of Cuba, creating a threat of flash floods & mudslides, & up to 8 in. could fall over the Fl. Gulf Coast & Keys.
6/09/06  "Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Major Birth Defects"
Tennessee; New England Journal of Medicine- New research raises troubling questions about the lack of safety data for many drugs prescribed to pregnant women. About 8 % of  pregnant women develop high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. A national survey found the number of ACE inhibitor prescriptions given to women of childbearing age increased from 1.4M in 1995 to 2.7 M in 2002, the latest data available. Doctors say that some blood pressure drugs previously thought to be safe when taken early in pregnancy now appear to substantially raise the risk of major birth defects. Babies whose mothers took ACE inhibitors in their first trimester were more than twice as likely to be born with serious heart and brain problems than those not exposed to any pressure lowering medicines, a large study in Tennessee found. Other types of blood pressure drugs did not raise the risk to babies. Based on the new findings, taking these drugs during early pregnancy "cannot be considered safe and should be avoided," lead researcher Dr. William Cooper, a Vanderbilt U. pediatrician, said in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
6/08/06 "FDA Approves Merck's Vaccine "Gardasil" To Prevent Cervical Cancer"
AP;  Food & Drug Admin. - For the first time, girls & women ages 9-26 can be protected against cervical cancer with a vaccine. FDA approved Merck & Co's.  vaccine -Gardasil, developed for hepatitis B, shown to protect against liver cancer; & is the first vaccine specifically to prevent cancer. The vaccine works by preventing infection by 4 of the dozens of strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. Clinical trials showed Gardasil prevented 100 % of cervical cancer related to the two HPV strains in women who had not been previously infected, Merck said. It also prevented 99 % of the cases of genital warts caused by the two other strains; ..etc. The Nat. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide June 29 whether to endorse routine vaccinations with Gardasil, critical if a vaccine is to become a standard of care.
6/07/06  Research - "Australian Continent Likely Formed by Mega Meteor-Hit"
APF- Ohio State U. - Scientists say that  a meteor's dynamic crash into Antarctica, larger & earlier than the impact that killed the dinosaurs, caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history & likely formed the Australian continent. The 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile-wide) crater is now hidden more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) beneath the E. Antarctic Ice Sheet. "Gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years: the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out," Ohio State U. reported  in a statement last Thursday. "All the environmental changes that would have resulted from the impact would have created a highly caustic environment that was really hard to endure. So it makes sense that a lot of life went extinct at that time," said Ralph von Frese, prof. of geological sciences.
6/3/06 Research - "Newborns Treated With Anti-parasitic Drugs Fights Toxoplasmosis"
 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds that 2 anti parasitic drugs, Pyrimethamine and Sulfadiazine, given during the first year of life, can reduce eye and brain damage for children with a dangerous infection called congenital toxoplasmosis. The parasite that causes the infection: Toxoplasma gondii, can infect humans through a number of ways, including undercooked, infected meat and T. gondii oocysts (eggs) found in cat litter. Newly infected pregnant women can transmit the parasite to the fetus.
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5/19/06  "FDA Approves "Azilect" to Treat Parkinson's Disease"
HealthDayNews - A new drug "Azilect" to treat Parkinson's disease has been approved for sale in the U.S.A., the federal Food and Drug Administration has announced. The newly approved drug is said to help block the breakdown of a chemical that contributes to problems with movement and coordination that mark the progressive disease.
5/19/06  "American Chestnut Trees Thought Wiped Out, Discovered" 
AP; Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources - A stand of "Amer. chestnut trees" that somehow escaped a blight that killed off nearly all their kind in the early 1900s has been discovered along a hiking trail, in the rugged area known as Pine Mountain at the So. end of the Appalachians near Warm Springs, not far from Pres. F. D. Roosevelt's little white house. The find has stirred excitement among those working to restore the Amer. chestnut, & raised hopes that scientists might be able to use the pollen to breed hardier chestnut trees. The largest of the half dozen or so trees is about 40' tall and 20 to 30 yrs. old, & is believed to be the southernmost Amer. chestnut discovered so far that is capable of flowering and producing nuts. "This is a terrific find, ...a tree of this size is one in a million." said David Keen, pres. of the Georgia chapter of the Amer. Chestnut Fndn. which may use pollen from the tree in a breeding program aimed at restoring the population with blight-resistant trees.
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5/17/06 Study "Clinical Trials Funded by Drug Companies Found Biased" 
 Harvard Medical School; 5/17-"Journal - Amer. Medical Assn." - A new study found that on the impact of funding medical research & other for-profit entities, these were more likely to report positive findings than similar trials funded by nonprofit groups. Trials that were jointly funded by for-profit & non-profit orgs. had positive findings that fell about midway between the rates observed for either extreme. "I'm not surprised that that is the case," said Adil Shamoo, a prof. of biochemistry & bioethics at the U. of Maryland, Baltimore, and co-founder of  "Citizens for Responsible Care and Research", which lobbies for the rights of patients & clinical trial participants.
5/11/06  "Signs In Brain Predict Alzheimer's Onset"
 May- "Archives of Neurology"- Researchers say they've spotted a correlation between mild declines in cognitive ability, regarded as a strong early predictor of  Alzheimer's disease & physical changes in the brain. In the autopsied brains of the people with mild cognitive impairment, "the plaques  & tangles, thought to cause a slow, progressive loss of neurons that result from deposits of abnormal proteins in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease were present, but in less severity and confined to a specific area, unlike Alzheimer's, in which plaques and tangles are widespread throughout the brain," said neuropathologist  & researcher Dr. Dennis Dickson. "I think our study provides an anatomical basis for the clinical condition of mild cognitive impairment. This shows that there are structural changes in the brains of people who may develop Alzheimer's disease," researcher and Mayo Clinic neuropathologist Dr. Joseph Parisi said in a prepared statement.
5/02/06  "Global Warming Data Errors Corrected"
AP- National Climatic Data Center- In the first of 21 assessment reports planned by the U.S. Climate Change Science Prog., findings show clear evidence of human influences on climate due to changes in greenhouse gases, aerosols and stratospheric ozone. "Previous errors in  satellite & radiosonde data have been identified  & corrected," researchers said. There has been increasing concern about global climate change being caused by human activity, in particular the release of gases such as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by automobiles & industrial activity. But while temperature readings at the surface showed this increase, readings in the atmosphere taken by satellites and radiosondes: instruments carried by weather balloons, had shown little or no warming. "...Overall the issue has been settled", said Thomas R. Karl, dir. of NCDC.
4/30/06  Study- "Light Imaging Scan Could Eliminate Multiple Surgeries For Breast Cancer"
May issue- Radiology; Study- Medical imaging that uses light waves from a special region of the spectrum called the "terahertz region", located between the microwave and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, may help ensure complete breast cancer tumor removal and eliminate the need for multiple surgeries. Researchers used terahertz imaging to examine breast tissue samples from 22 women who had breast cancer surgery. "We found that terahertz light could reliably distinguish between normal breast tissue, tumor and even early-stage 'in situ' cancers in excised tissue samples... this technology could aid the surgeon in immediately identifying residual cancer after the main tumor has been removed, thus minimizing the need for additional surgical procedures," said study leader Vincent P. Wallace.
4/28/06  "NASA Launches 2 Climate, Weather Forecast  Satellites"
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl.- NASA- Reuters - Two  research satellites: CloudSat & CALIPSO were launched by NASA to help scientists refine computer models that forecast the weather & chart global climate change. CloudSat has powerful radar instruments to peer deep into the structure of clouds & map their water content. Although only about 1% of Earth's water is held in clouds, it plays a crucial role in the planet's weather, scientists said. Using instruments 1K times more powerful than common meteorology radar, CloudSat was designed to render 3-dimensional maps of clouds that will identify the location & form of water molecules. Simultaneous studies by sister probe CALIPSO will pinpoint aerosol particles & track how they interact with clouds & move through the atmosphere.
4/26/06   "Study Teaches Song birds Grammar"
AP- Thurs. Journal Nature- The humble songbird can be taught simple grammar, according to U. of Ca. - San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner who took a month & about 15K training attempts, with food as a reward, to get the birds to recognize the most basic of grammar in their own bird language. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular bird song "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling. After training, 9 out of Gentner's 11 songbirds picked out the bird song with inserted warbling or rattling bird phrases about 90% of the time. Two continued to flunk grammar. "We were dumbfounded that they could do as well as they did," Gentner said. "It's clear that they can do it." What the experiment shows is that language & animal cognition is a lot more complicated than scientists once thought & that there is no "single magic bullet" that separates man from beast, said Jeffrey Elman, a prof. of cognitive science at UCSD.
4/23/06  "Scientists "Reach The Summit" In Bone Disease Discovery"
AP; Online journal -"Nature Genetics" - "We've reached the summit," said Dr. Frederick Kaplan, orthopedist whose team at the U. of Penn. School of Medicine pinpointed the cause of FOP, or fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva: that imprisons children in bone for life; believed to afflict 2,500 people worldwide. After 15 yrs. of study they discovered a mutant gene that triggers the body to form a second, renegade skeleton, solving the mystery of the rare disease; finding it to be caused by a single mutation in a gene called ACVR1, serious because tendons, ligaments and skeletal muscle begin painfully transforming into bone, sometimes locking joints overnight. This may lead to development of a drug, not only for FOP, but more common bone buildup related to head and spine trauma, and even sports injuries. "The first thing that comes to mind is osteoporosis, the flip side of the coin when it comes to bone formation," said Dr. Victor A. McKusick, genetics pioneer & prof. at Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine -Baltimore. FOP sufferer Jeannie Peeper, 47, & a leader in the Internat. FOP Assn. that represents patients & their families said, "The gene discovery is an extraordinary gift to the FOP community & a monumental milestone on our road to a cure."
 4/22/06  "U.S. Rivers On The Most Endangered List"
 BOZEMAN, Mont. - A conservation group: "American Rivers" is calling an 80 mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in Park County, Mont., the second "most endangered river" in the United States because of development and bank stabilization projects. "The Yellowstone River is a national treasure, but building these homes right on the river sets the table for massive bank stabilization and flood control projects in the future, & wrecks the very reason people want to live there in the first place," Rebecca Wodder, pres. of American Rivers, said. The other rivers making the 2006 list are, beginning with the most endangered: the Pajaro River in California; Willamette River in Oregon; Salmon Trout River in Michigan; Shenandoah River in Virginia & West Virginia; Boise River in Idaho; Caloosahatchee River in Florida; Bristol Bay Watershed in Alaska; San Jacinto River in Texas;  & the Verde River in Arizona.
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4/20/06 Study- "Mentally Ill Drug Addicts Respond Better To "BTSAS" Therapy"
Reuters Health ; "Archives of General Psychiatry"- Study- Drug-addicted patients with severe, persistent mental illness respond well to a new behavioral approach called "Behavioral Treatment for Substance Abuse in Severe & Persistent Mental Illness"  (BTSAS) that involves social skills training and motivational interviewing, as well as mandatory urine checks, research suggests. Researchers compared this approach with Supportive Treatment for Addiction Recovery (STAR) - the usual care approach involving talk and support. "BTSAS was significantly more effective than STAR" in the primary outcome, report Dr. Alan S. Bellack and colleagues of the Veteran Affairs Maryland Health Care System in Baltimore.
4/20/06  Study-" Increasing Fatal ODs on Rx Opioid Pain Relievers"
May- Amer. Journal of Preventive Medicine- A 10 yr. study from New Mexico finds the rate of accidental, fatal overdoses involving prescription medications is rising faster than those caused by illegal drugs like cocaine & heroin. The majority of pres. drug deaths are caused by opioid pain relievers, such as codeine, morphine and Demerol, the researchers noted. "The increasing role of opioid painkillers in unintentional drug overdose deaths suggests that overdose prevention efforts would be well targeted at this drug class," lead researcher Mark Mueller, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. Mueller and his colleagues analyzed statewide NM medical examiner reports & identified 765 prescription drug overdose deaths from 1994 to 2003; opioid painkillers were involved in more than 75 % of those deaths, tranquilizers in 1/3, antidepressants in 25%.
4/19/06  Study-"CNTF - Protein Works Against Obesity"
U. of Melbourne - Australia; Apr.-"Nature Medicine" - Researchers say the protein called ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), acts directly with muscles, boosting the body's fat-burning ability as it helps protect against some of the effects of obesity. "While hormones such as leptin were initially thought to be the cure-all for weight loss, they were later found to be ineffective in obesity due to the presence of proteins which inhibit their ability to stimulate fat metabolism. Fortunately, CNTF's effects on fat burning are maintained," research leader Dr. Greg Steinberg, of the U. of Melbourne - Australia, said. Reporting in this week's issue of Nature Medicine, his team found that CNTF activates an enzyme called skeletal muscle AMP kinase, which boosts the body's ability to metabolize fat and sugar. The pathways activated by CNTF are similar to those activated by exercise. The findings may help in the development of new ways to reduce the risk of metabolic abnormalities associated with excess weight.
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4/18/06  Study-"Side Effects Diminished In New Cancer Drug"
 Nat. Cancer Inst.-WASHINGTON - In a new study, Raloxifene, brand name Evista, for combating bone thinning osteoporosis, prevents breast cancer, too; as a safer yet equally effective alternative to widely used Tamoxifen. At least 2M women might benefit from raloxifene's cancer-reducing effects, as "selective estrogen response modulators", researchers said in announcing initial results of the $88M govt. study of nearly 20K women. Dr. Leslie Ford, NCI's cancer prevention chief, said in an interview, "It's good news, because we're giving  a choice (of medication) with fewer side effects."  Manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co.will seek Food and Drug Administration approval to market Raloxifene to also prevent cancer.
4/14/06  "New "Venus Express" Photos On View"
ESA - European scientists released new photos of Venus' south pole Thursday, revealing a swirling mass of sulfuric acid clouds powered by 220 mph winds.
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4/12/06  "Europe's First Space Probe Enters Venus' Orbit" 
ESA- Reuters -  Europe's Venus Express slipped smoothly into orbit on Tuesday in a mission designed to send back data from the planet whose extreme atmosphere contains important similarities with the Earth. Its first signal was sent back at just after 0900 GMT, confirming that the orbital entry phase had been successfully completed. "Everything went as it was planned, clearly, without difficulties,...this is a great success," said  Gaele Winters, Eur.  Space Agency (ESA) dir. of operations, at a news conference.
4/10/06  Study- "Injected Nanoparticles Isolate & Kill Cancer Cells"
 Proceedings of the Nat. Acad. of Sciences-online; Reuters - A team of researchers working at MIT & Brigham & Women's Hosp. in Boston laced tiny particles with lethal doses of chemotherapy & when injected they targeted cancer cells alone. The team chose nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles because they are so small that living cells will readily swallow them when at the cell's surface.
4/10/06  "Balloon Insertion Tested To Replace Surgery for Sinusitis" 
   Rush U. Medical Center, Chicago- AP- 350K Americans undergo standard sinus surgery each year to help them breathe easier. A new procedure lets doctors insert a balloon up through the noses of chronic sinusitis sufferers, stretching their sinus passages with less pain than surgery. Only about 100 doctors around the country are trained to offer it, & research is just beginning to track its effectiveness. It could produce an improvement over medications & surgery for thousands of patients seeking relief from the misery of repeated sinus infections. "Clearly sinuplasty will not replace surgery for every patient," cautions Dr. Michael Friedman, an otolaryngologist & chief of head & neck surgery at Chicago's Rush U. Medical Center, who heads the first study that will compare the treatments.
4/7/06  "Sacred Lands" Expedition Reveals New Species"
LiveScience.com - Scientists from Conservation Int. & Disney's Animal Kingdom recently launched a 2 month scientific expedition into 6 regions of the Tibetan "Sacred Lands" in the mountains of S.W. China & Nepal. The world's tallest mountain-Mt. Everest, & the Himalayan range are found to be biologically diverse, filled with rarely known plants & animals not found elsewhere: deadly giant hornets; jumping "Yeti" mice; unique monkeys-the region's largest primates; a couple of new frog species; 8 new insect species; 10 new species of ants adding to the more than 11K known; etc. The full results of the expedition will be shared with numerous govts., scientists, & environ. & conservation orgs. to develop strategies to protect the many unique species of the region; now being sustained by local Tibetan efforts. A 2 hr.documentary premieres 4/15 - 8:00 PM (ET) - on Discovery's "Animal Planet."  Featured Report: "The Blessing of the Animals"
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4/4/06 "Tissue Engineering Grows Body Parts From Patients' Own Cells"
AP - The Lancet Medical Journal - In a triumph for the anti-embryonic stem cell industry, with a breakthrough that could hold exciting promise for someday regenerating ailing hearts & other organs, one of the world's first re-engineered bladders was grown from  Kaitlyne McNamara's-age 16, own cells. It is the first time a complex human organ like the bladder has been mostly replaced with tissue grown from a patient's own cells. Only simpler tissues like skin, bone, & cartilage have been lab-grown and transplanted in the past. "This suggests that tissue engineering may one day be a solution to the shortage of donor organs in this country for those needing transplants," said Dr. Anthony Atala, researcher.  Special Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" - IsThere A Better Way?
4/02/06  Research - "Closed-Heart" a Radical Departure from Arduous Surgery"
AP- "I consider it some kind of magic," said an elderly man who left the Vancouver, British Columbia, hospital a day after Dr. Samuel Lichtenstein cut a 2 inch hole between his ribs. He poked a pencil sized wire up into the chest, piercing the bottom of the man's heart. Within minutes, Bud Boyer would have a new heart valve in a new, less invasive, easier way to replace diseased heart valves, called "closed-heart" surgery. Boyer recovered in just two weeks. "I call it a new birthday," chuckled Fred Grande, 78, a Richmond, Mich. car collector who took one of his models for a fast spin less than a week after the procedure. Dr. Robert Bonow, a valve specialist at Northwestern U., who is monitoring the research for the Amer. Heart Assn. said, "There's lots of technical challenges that need to be overcome,...most of us do think this is the future."
3/31/06  "Researchers Identify The Cause of  Epilepsy"
New Eng. Journal of Medicine; Translational Genomics Research Inst.- An estimated 2M Americans are affected by epilepsy, while autism occurs in about 1.5 million, including about 100K school age children. Seizures are the primary symptoms of epilepsy while autism can affect speech and the ability to interact with others. Researchers have identified a genetic cause for epilepsy, which could lead to the development of medicines to treat epilepsy and autism, the Research Inst. announced Thursday. "This is the first step" in finding a cure for the childhood onset diseases, said Dr. Dietrich Stephan, dir. of the neurogenomic division of TGen, the Phoenix-based research group that focuses on treatments and cures for genetically related illnesses. "It allows us to better understand what causes the diseases," Stephan said of the discovery of a genetic mutation in Old Order Amish children in Pennsylvania. TGen and the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pa. made the finding together.
3/31/06  "Iranian Earthquakes Bring Death & Injuries"
TEHRAN, Iran - AP-  200 villages were damaged, some flattened; hospitals in Doroud and Boroujerd were filled to capacity after 3 strong earthquakes and several aftershocks reduced villages to rubble in W. Iran early Fri., killing at least 66 people and injuring about 1,200 others, officials said. The  U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.7-magnitude quake shortly before 5 a.m., followed by a 4.7-magnitude aftershock about 15 minutes later. The quakes were centered near Boroujerd and Doroud, two industrial centers about 210 miles southwest of Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
3/29/06  "TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE"  - "EARTH's SUPER-STAR DISPLAYS A STUNNING SOLAR SHOW"
3/28/06 "Brain Cells and Computer Chips Combined For "Neuro-Chip"
U. of Padua-Italy; LiveScience.com -Researchers squeezed more than 16K electronic transistors & hundreds of capacitors onto a silicon chip, 1 millimeter square. They used neurons, special proteins found in the brain to glue brain cells onto the chip, acting as more than a simple adhesive. "They also provided the link between ionic channels of the neurons  & semiconductor material in a way that neural electrical signals could be passed to the silicon chip," said study team member Stefano Vassanelli of the U. of Padua. The proteins allowed the neuro-chip's electronic components  &  its living cells to communicate with each other. Electrical signals from neurons were recorded using the chip's transistors, while the chip's capacitors were used to stimulate the neurons. It might be decades before the tech. is advanced enough to treat neurological disorders or create living computers, the researchers say, but in the nearer term, the chips could provide an advanced method of screening drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.
3/ 25/06  "Abortion Ultrasound Law Signed By Michigan Governor Granholm"
LANSING, Mich. - Signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, women considering an abortion will have the chance to see ultrasound imaging of the fetus under legislation, allowing, not requiring clinics to do an ultrasound exam.  Until now, Mich. law has required that women have a chance to review diagrams and descriptions showing a developing fetus, but not their own.  Featured News Report: "Ultrasound Tech Views Wide Eyed-Walking Fetuses"
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3/24/06  "Oldest Living Creature-Giant Tortoise Dies"
Kolkata, India -Reuters- Addwaita, a giant tortoise believed to have been about 250 yrs. old, has died in the Kolkata  Zoo where it spent more than half its long life. "According to records in the zoo, the age of the giant tortoise, Addwaita, who died on Wednesday from liver failure, would be 250 years approximately," said zoo director Subir Chowdhury. Addwaita, was one of 4 Aldabra tortoises brought to India by British sailors in the 18th century. Addwaita is older than another old, living animal: Harriet, a 176-year-old Galapagos tortoise who lives at the Australia Zoo.
3/22/06   "Meatpacker Calls For Testing All Cows For "Mad Cow Disease"
 U. S. Agriculture Dept.- Kansas City- AP- "Mad Cow Disease" is a brain-wasting ailment in cattle. In people, eating meat products contaminated with BSE is linked to more than 150 deaths worldwide, mostly in Britain, from a deadly human nerve disorder, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Kansas City's "Creekstone Farms Premium Beef " wants to look for  mad cow disease in every animal it processes. The U. S. Agriculture Dept. has said no. Creekstone says it intends to sue the department. "Our customers, particularly our Asian customers, have requested it over and over again," chief executive John Stewart said in an interview Wednesday. "We feel strongly that if customers are asking for tested beef, we should be allowed to provide that." Creekstone planned a news conference Thursday in Washington to discuss the lawsuit.  Featured: Great Tasting Meatless Entrees from "The Tree of  Life Cookbook"-Burgers,deli, etc.
3/17/06   "Star Dust Brings A Solar System Mystery" 
SPACE CENTER, Houston - NASA- Scientists have a new mystery to solve: How did materials formed by fire end up on the outermost reaches of the solar system, where temperatures are the coldest? About 150 scientists worldwide are studying the dust since it arrived in January, in dust samples captured when the robotic Stardust spacecraft flew past the comet Wild 2 in 2004. Samples include minerals such as anorthite, made up of calcium, sodium, aluminum & silicate; & diopside, made of calcium magnesium & silicate. Such minerals only form in very high temperatures. "People thought comets would just be cold stuff that formed out, where things are very cold,..It was kind of a shock to not just find one but several of these, which implies they are pretty common in the comet, ...The discovery raises questions about where the materials in comets form," said NASA curator Michael Zolensky.
3/16/06   "Cosmic 'DNA' Discovery Indicates a "High Degree of Order."
 March 16 issue of the Journal Nature - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, has spotted a nebula at the center of the galaxy, twisted by magnetic forces  into the shape of DNA, a new study reveals. The double helix shape is commonly seen inside living organisms, but this is the first time it has been observed in the cosmos. "Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm," said the study's lead author Mark Morris of UCLA. He added, "Most nebulae are either spiral galaxies full of stars or formless amorphous conglomerations of dust and gas, space weather. What we see indicates a high degree of order."
3/16/06   "March 29 Total Solar Eclipse Feared By Turks"
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3/13/06   "Ancient "Magnificent" Architecture/Tunnels Discovered In Kfar Kana, Israel"
JERUSALEM - AP- Underground chambers & tunnels used during a Jewish revolt against the Romans in A.D. 66-70 have been uncovered in the Israeli Arab village of Kfar Kana, No. of Nazareth, archaeologists said on Monday. Yardenna Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities Authority said that the find shows the ancient Jews planned & prepared for the uprising & brought in supplies, & were preparing to hide from the Romans during their revolt. The pits, linked by short tunnels, would have served as a concealed subterranean home. Zeev Weiss, a prof. of archaeology at Hebrew U. in Jerusalem said the find "can give us more information about life in the Galilee in the 1st century & the preparations Jews were making on the eve of the revolt." The excavation of the city's architecture has uncovered fortified walls which still stand 5' tall in some places. "It's magnificent," said Alexandre. "You can walk among them."
3/11/06 "Cassini Spacecraft Finds Evidence Of Water On Saturn Moon" 
Nasa-The orbiting Cassini spacecraft has captured jets of water vapor and ice particle images, exploding from underground through vents on "Enceladus", a moon of Saturn. These are compelling signs that reservoirs of liquid water exist within 100 feet of its surface, greatly adding to the chances that microbial life exists beyond Earth.
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3/10/06  "Nasa's Spacecraft Reconnaissance Orbiter Is Orbiting Mars" 
NASA- After a 7 month, 310M mile journey, the Reconnaissance Orbiter-spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Mars on Friday, joining a trio of orbiters already circling the Red Planet. The two ton spacecraft is the most sophisticated ever to arrive at Mars & is expected to gather, in low orbit for 4 yrs., more data on the Red Planet, its climate & landscape, than all previous Martian missions combined. In the fall, the orbiter will begin exploring the Martian atmosphere, scan the surface for evidence of ancient water & scout for future landing sites to send robotic, & possibly human explorers.
3/06/06   "The 3T MRI Scanner Improves Diagnoses"
Medscape.com-  The 3T MRI scanner offers much higher resolution & greater contrast, which means ability to detect much smaller abnormalities such as multiple sclerosis plaques, brain tumors, heart abnormalities and strokes that cannot be seen on a conventional 1.5T scanner. This improved detection capability can lead to earlier diagnosis and can identify the cause of a disease when the conventional 1.5T MRI fails to find an abnormality. The 3T MRI scanner produces heart imaging tests that can detect smaller abnormalities, such as clogged arteries.
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3/03/06  Study -"Antarctic Ice Sheet in Significant Decline"
WASHINGTON (AFP) - new study - Antarctica's mammoth ice sheet, which holds 90% of the Earth's ice, is showing "significant decline" as world temperatures heat. A team of U.S. researchers at the U. of Boulder in Co. say they have discovered that the Antarctic ice sheet is losing up to 36 cubic miles (152 cubic kilometers) of ice annually. The estimated ice mass in Antarctica is the same as 0.4 millimeters of global sea rise annually, with a margin of error of 0.2 millimeters, according to the study. There are about 25 millimeters to one inch. The study, however, appears to contradict the 2001 assessment by the UN-mandated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which forecast that the Antarctic ice shelf would actually gain mass in the 21st Century due to higher precipitation in a warming climate.
2/23/06  "Totally New-Unexpected Mystery Explosion Nearby In "Aries"
NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center- Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic outburst that they can't yet explain. The event that lasted about (an unusually long) 33 minutes was very close to our galaxy, in the Constellation Aries, they said. Nasa's Neil Gehrels called the event "totally new, totally unexpected." Scientists around the world are monitoring, waiting  to see what will happen.The eruption might portend an even brighter event to come, a supernova. The explosion has been catalogued as GRB 060218, second-closest GRB ever detected, if it will ultimately be called one.
2/14/06 "Mars Rover "Spirit" At Home Plate"
AP - The 6 wheeled Mars rover Spirit reached the northern edge of the broad mesa hitting a home run by landing in a rugged plateau dubbed "Home Plate," about 4 months after climbing down from a Martian hill as tall as the Statue of Liberty.  Scientists believe "Home Plate", which stands about 6 feet high, holds important geologic clues to the Red Planet's past. "It's stunning ... by far the best layering we've ever seen at Gusev (Crater,) ... the bottom line for now is that we've got a spectacular mystery in front of us, & far more questions than we have answers," principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell U. posted on his Web site.
2/07/06 "Remote Indonesian Jungle Yields Discovery of Several New Species" 
JAKARTA, Indonesia - AP- Scientists exploring an isolated jungle in one of Indonesia's most remote provinces discovered dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies, wildlife & plants, as well as mammals hunted to near extinction; with no sign of civilization, no sign of  local communities. The Dec. expedition to Papua on the W. side of New Guinea island was organized by a U.S.- based environmental org. - Conservation International & Indonesian Inst. of Sciences. "No logging permits are given to this area, no transport system, not a single road," said Bruce Beehler, a co-leader of the month long trip.
1/26/06  "Small Rocky Planet Discovered Orbiting A Red Dwarf"
1/26/06: Journal "Nature"; Space.com - The Nat. Science Foundation, supported the work of astronomers that have announced the discovery of what is possibly the smallest planet, known outside our solar system, and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star about 28,000 light years away; farther from its host star than Earth is from the Sun.
 1/19/06  "NASA's "New Horizons" Lifts Off  To Pluto"
NASA- Cape Canaveral, FL. - The swiftest spacecraft ever launched, NASA's "New Horizons" probe to study Pluto, smoothly lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL., and soon reached speeds away from Earth of 36K mph; and is expected to reach Earth's moon in 9 hrs. & Jupiter in just over a year. July-2015 is the earliest that the mission is expected to deliver the required data on Pluto.
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1/15/06  "NASA's  Space Capsule Brings Home the Stardust"
NASA - DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah - Culminating a 7 year journey by NASA's "Stardust" spacecraft, it is returned to Earth carrying the first comet dust samples. It parachuted onto a remote Utah stretch of desert before dawn Sunday, drawing cheers from elated scientists.  Researchers believe about a million samples of comet and interstellar dust, most tinier than the width of a human hair are locked within. "Inside this thing is our treasure," lead scientist Don Brownlee of the U. of Wash. said after the capsule landed safely. The capsule will be flown Tuesday to the Johnson Space Center in Houston where scientists will unlock the canister containing the cosmic particles.
12/31/05 "Mar's Spirit and Opportunity Explorers Beyond Expectations"
NASA- Since landing on opposite sides of Mars in Jan./04, NASA's exploration rovers Spirit & Opportunity continue to send back amazing images & information about Mars in a mission exceeding expectations. The U. S. space agency's two robotic explorers have plowed over 5 kilometers (3 miles) of the planet's surface & sent back more than 130K pictures, many of them stunning depictions of a desolate, arid but highly varied landscape. The two also continue to reveal Mar's geological secrets, digging into soil & overturning rocks to provide evidence that water once on the planet's surface, created possibly habitable conditions.
 12/30/05 Report: Panda Cub Debut- "A Little Bit of Something Very Cute At The San Diego Zoo"
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12/13/05 "Methuselah Bristlecone Pine Comes To Washington D. C."
The National Cathedral in Washington D. C. will celebrate the holidays this year with an unusual Christmas tree: a pine seedling whose parent is said to be the oldest known tree on Earth. Champion Tree Project International's David Milarch said that project participants got special permission from the U.S. Forest Service to collect cones from the ancient Methuselah, one of which will be presented to the National Cathedral. Its staff hopes to plant the seedling in a special grove of trees used by students at its elementary school. Featured Report:."Master Of Survival" - 4,770 Years Old "Methuselah" Bristlecone Pine Tree.
12/08/05  "Promising New Research To Prevent/Treat Cancer's Spread"
Cornell University, N. Y.  "We are basically looking at all the earlier steps that are involved in metastasis that we weren't previously aware of. It is complex but we are opening the door to all these things that occur before the (cancer) tumor cell implants itself," said Professor David Lyden, in a finding that could open doors for new ways of treating and preventing advanced disease, as cancer spreads from a primary site to other places in the body. "It is a map to where the metastasis will occur," he added in an interview.
12/01/05  Research-"Alzheimer's Might Be a Form of  Diabetes"
Nov. issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease- "Insulin disappears early & dramatically in Alzheimer's disease," sr. researcher Suzanne M. de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Rhode Island Hosp. & a prof. of pathology at Brown U. Medical School, said. Now her group has discovered that brain levels of insulin and its related cellular receptors fall precipitously during the early stages of Alzheimer's. Insulin levels continue to drop progressively as the disease becomes more severe, adding to evidence that Alzheimer's might be a new form of diabetes, she said. In addition, her group found that low levels of acetylcholine, a hallmark of Alzheimer's, are directly linked to this loss of insulin and insulin like growth factor function in the brain.
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11/16/05  "Pacific Coast Whales & Puget Sound Orcas on Endangered List"
SAN FRANCISCO; SEATTLE  - A group of killer whales that summers off the U. S. Pac. Coast city of Seattle is in danger of extinction and will be protected as an endangered species, officials said.  Also, in a victory for environmentalists, the fed. govt. listed Puget Sound's killer whales as an endangered species Tuesday, giving the animals the highest protection available under the law.
11/15/05 "Patients' Skin Blood Vessels- Not Stem Cells - Is Promising Therapy"
Amer. Heart Assn. conference -  Scientists from Cytograft Tissue Engineering Inc., a San Francisco Bay biotech. company, reported that 2 kidney dialysis patients from Argentina have received the world's first blood vessels grown in a lab dish from portions of their own skin, a method that doesn't involve stem cells and therefore is not politically or ethically contentious; a promising step toward helping people with a variety of diseases. Doctors hope the technique someday will offer a new source of arteries and veins for diabetics with poor circulation & patients of heart bypass or dialysis. "We think this is extraordinarily promising. We think that there are a number of patients who would benefit from tissue engineered vessels," said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, dir. of the Nat. Heart, Lung & Blood Inst., which has poured $2.5 million into the work. Featured Report: "Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
11/06/05 "Possibly-Oldest Christian Church Discovered Near Armageddon Site"
JERUSALEM - Israeli archaeologists said that they have discovered what may be the oldest Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near the biblical site of Armageddon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth centuries and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an ancient Christian symbol. "This is a very ancient structure, maybe the oldest in our area," said Yotam Tepper, the head archaeologist on the dig. The dig took place over the past 18 months at the Megiddo prison in Israel's northern Galilee region, with the most significant discoveries taking place in the past two weeks, Tepper said. Scholars believe Megiddo to be the New Testament's Armageddon, the site of a final war between good and evil.  Featured: The Apocalyptic "SIGNS OF THE TIMES"
11/3/05  "Pilot Tracks Millions of Monarchs On Winter Migration"
LLANO DE LAS PAPAS, Mexico -Tens of millions of monarch butterflies arrive in Michoacan state every year to sit out the winter months in central Mexico's temperate fir forests before returning to Canada. Schoolchildren wearing black and orange wings cheered as an ultralight pilot tracking the monarch butterfly migration ended his 3,000 mile journey from Canada to Mexico on Thursday. "Understanding the cycle of life, migration and challenges of this small butterfly, which has the ability to fly more than 3,000 miles, gives humanity a unique message: We can and should learn to confront the diverse challenges of life," the Mexican pilot, Vico Gutierrez  said.  Featured Report: "Butterfly Heaven"
10/16/05   Research-"No Living Embryos Destroyed to Create New Embrionic Stem Cells"
The Journal Nature-Scientists say they have created viable embryonic stem cell lines without destroying any living embryos in 2 separate techniques that were demonstrated in mice, with researchers optimistic the processes could be replicated with human cells. The approaches offered a potential compromise for those who see embryonic stem cell research as destruction of human  life, and those who advocate their destruction to create medical cures. "It's not clear its (findings are) going to answer all the critics," said Dr. George Q.  Daley, a professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.  Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  IsThere A Better Way?
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10/11/05  "Hopeful New Treatments-Reduced Suffering For Addicts"
 2004 Nat. Survey on Drug Use & Health -found that of Americans 12 & older, nearly 8.4M were addicted to alcohol and nearly 5M were addicted to other drugs. About 1.4M were addicted to both, according to the survey by the fed. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin. Thanks to advances in neurobiology, "we have enormous knowledge now of what's going on in addicts' brains", says George Koob, prof. of molecular integrative neuroscience at the Scripps Research Inst. in La Jolla, Calif. Koob, who calls himself an "irrepressible optimist," says he is hopeful that new insights into the mechanisms of addiction will lead to new treatments and reduced suffering.
10/06/05    "Vaccine That Prevents Major Cervical Cancers 100% Effective"
 Merck & Co-Tests show, in a maj. study of an experimental vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, Gardasil, a genetically engineered vaccine, to be 100 % effective in the short term at blocking the disease & lesions likely to turn cancerous in 2 of the major 100 + types of  papilloma virus, HPV16 & 18; the 2 sexually transmitted viruses which cause about 70 % of cerv. cancers. About 20M Amers. have some form of HPV. Funded by Merck, findings were to be presented Fri. at a meeting of the Infect. Diseases Soc. of Amer.
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10/01/05  "Katrina Death Toll Stands At 1,163"
Gulf Coast- The death toll from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana stands at 929, while the five state total is at 1,163.
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9/30/05 "Houston-Rita Death Toll At 107"
Houston, Tx.  - According to a  survey of the Houston area by the Houston Chronicle, counties and those along major evacuation routes to the N. & W. indicate that at least 107 people were killed by Hurricane Rita, or died in accidents, or from health problems associated with the evacuation of 2.5 million people. >> Rita, Continued >>

9/20/05 Study - "Human Neural Stem Cells Aid Spinal Cord Injuries"
U. of  Ca., Irvine- Report- Human neural stem cells can replace damaged cells & improve function in mice, of spinal cord injury. According to Dr. Brian J. Cummings & colleagues, they injected human neural stem cells into the site of spinal cord contusion injury in mice & followed their progress. Cummings said, "Our study improved function in mice with very controlled injuries. We did not cure these mice....there is hope, (for treating spinal cord injury) but we are a long way off. Treatment with toxin targeting the human cells resulted in decreased locomotor function, indicating  ".. that at least some of the recovery was the result of integration between the grafted cells & the host cells," Cummings said.  Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  IsThere A Better Way?
9/13/05  "FIRST DOCUMENTATION OF FETUS' CRYING EARLY IN THE WOMB" 
Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition -Researchers led by Jeannie L. Gingras, M.D., a prof. of pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center and colleagues, had set out to study the effects to the fetus of  tobacco and cocaine exposure. Their study found that fetuses may cry in the womb as soon as 28 weeks old, or earlier. Crying characteristics from stimuli included changes in breathing patterns, facial accompaniments of crying, such as a grimace or frown, eye closure, tongue movement, and swallowing. .
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8/31/05 "Official U.S. Poverty Rate Up For Fourth Straight Year"
WASH. D. C. - Census Bureau -The official U.S. poverty rate increased in 2004 for the fourth straight year as more than one million people joined the ranks of the poor. The Census Bureau said the number of people living below the poverty line rose last year to 37.0 million people from 35.9 million in 2003, and the poverty rate increased to 12.7 from 12.5 %.  Related Links: 12/24/04.-"America's Working Poor Going Hungry"; 12/20/04.-"Report-U.S. Minimum Wages Don't Pay The Rent";
8/02/05 -"Medicaid Cutbacks: "A Kick-Back In The Heart"
8/23/05 "Discovery-Compound Treats Malignant Brain Cancer Tumors"
 Proceedings- Nat. Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition; - Dr. William Banks of ST. LOUIS, pioneer in drug delivery to the brain, has shown that the compound, JV-1-36, identified by former colleague & Nobel Laureate Andrew Schally at the VA and Tulane U., "clearly penetrates the blood brain barrier." This refers to cells that surround the inside of blood vessels in the brain that form a tight zipper, inhibiting the transfer of molecules to the brain to keep it safe. The discovered compound can get past a protective blood barrier in the brain, enabling it to fight brain cancer; confirmed by a  Dept. of Veterans Affairs & St. Louis U. animal study published this week. "That means it can be used for treatment of a malignant brain tumor,....The next step is to develop it for clinical use," Schally said, predicting the drug could be available in 2 to 3 yrs.
8/22/05 "Researchers Fuse Adult Skin Cells To Create Useful Stem Cells"

 Harvard Stem Cell Inst. - "Science" magazine - In groundbreaking  research, scientists claim discovery of a way to fuse adult skin cells with embryonic stem cells, a promising and dramatic breakthrough that could lead to the creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and destroy human embryos. In summary of the research scientists said, "If future experiments indicate, ...the hybrid cells could theoretically be used to produce embryonic stem cells lines that are tailored to individual patients without the need to create and destroy human embryos."
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7/13/05: Study - "Decision Making Adult Stem Cells Treat Damage"
MILAN; Nature Magazine - "The interesting thing is that adult stem cells grow in vitro without becoming specialized, are injected,
(into the blood stream & migrate to inflamed areas as in the brain & spinal cord, killing inflammatory cells) find the damaged organ by themselves & decide autonomously how to treat it," said researchers at Milan's San Raffaele Scientific Inst. These may protect the brain & nervous system against damage from tumors & conditions like multiple sclerosis. .. could be used as a natural anti-inflammatory drug to treat damage by diseases such as stroke, brain tumors, and spinal cord injuries. "With this discovery, we are moving closer to a targeted use of stem cell therapy without side effects," said researcher Stefano Pluchino. A single injection of stem cells could be used to treat many different areas of damage in the body, reducing the clinical signs of the disease.
7/07/05  "Hospital Planned Exclusively For Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Treatment" 
SEOUL- A So. Korea medical company, Histostem Co. Ltd., said it plans to open the world's first hospital in the so. resort island of Jeju in the first half of 2007, that will exclusively provide treatment using stem cells obtained from umbilical cord blood. Han Hoon, the doctor who heads the medical venture company & his reserchers have carried out more than 250 umbilical cord blood stem cell treatments since 7/03, including cases of spinal cord injuries, liver cirrhosis, Buerger's disease, diabetes, chronic renal failure & a dozen other diseases. Featured Report: "Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
6/20/05 "Alternative Embryonic Stem Cell Production May Break Political Impasse"
EPPC.org - A group of leading scientists & ethicists has developed a proposal to create pluripotent stem cells without destroying human embryos, in the hope of breaking the current political stalemate over embryo research and moving the country forward in a way all citizens can embrace. The proposal has been spearheaded by Robert P. George, a member of the EPPC board and the President's Council on Bioethics, and Dr. Markus Grompe, a leading stem cell scientist. Read: The Wall Street Journal article.
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12/23/04    "Jesus' Famous Miracle Site Unearthed In New Archaeological Find"
 Israel's Antiquities Authority -In an archaeological find in Jerusalem, a paved assembly area & water channel at the site
of a pool where it is believed  (Siloam Pool) that Jesus gave sight to a blind man, has been discovered. It suggests that
nearly 2,000 years ago it was meant for ritual immersion rather than, as some thought, used as a reservoir.
6/7/05  "Human Cloning Deemed Dangerous & Unethical By Head Researcher"
SEOUL- Woo-Suk Hwang, head scientist at the forefront of stem cell research & cloning technology, who cloned the first human embryo to use for research, states that there will be no human clones this century "because the work is dangerous, complicated & unethical." Speaking at a panel discussion, Hwang denounced human cloning as foolish & unsafe science. "Cloning a human being is nonsense. Briefly, it is not ethical, it is not safe at all, & it's technically impossible," Hwang said..
4/16/05  "100th Yr. Anniversary of Einstein's Quest "To Read The Mind of GOD"
Worldwide, universities and academies are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year", when he published five scientific papers in 1905 that fundamentally changed our grasp of space, time, light and matter; followed about a decade later by his "theory of general relativity". Einstein's, stated intellectual quest was for a single coherent law that governs the universe, saying that such a unified super theory of everything, still unwritten, would enable us to "read the mind of God." Read: "Albert Einstein- Mathematician, Physicist, Spiritualist?"
12/21/04 "NASA's Opportunity Rover Mysteriously Up From The Washing"
New Scientist Mag.- Mar's Opportunity Rover has received a mysterious regular extra terrestrial cleaning of layers of dust from its solar panels while it was closed down at night, which has boosted their output performance close to their max. 900 watt-hours per day. "These exciting and unexplained cleaning events have kept Opportunity in really great shape", said team leader Jim Erickson.

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12/09/04 "Study-New, Unidentified Species of Whale Roaming the Pacific"
The New Scientist Magazine- Amer. marine biologists said that the study, by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. in Mass., using signals recorded by the U.S. navy, focuses on a single whale, wandering the Pacific for the past 12 yrs., with a voice that does not match those of any known whale species, singing at a frequency of around 52 hertz, the norm being between 15 and 20 hertz; nor does it follow the migration patterns of any other..
12/06/04  "Thoughts/'Thinking Cap' Computer Control Headed To Aid the Disabled"
 Proceedings of the Nat. Acad. of Sciences -This new experiment required no surgery and no implants. Four people were able to control a computer using their thoughts and a "thinking cap," paving the way for adaptation to help disabled people operate a motorized wheelchair or artificial limb. "The results show that people can learn to use scalp-recorded electroencephalogram rhythms to control rapid and accurate movement of a cursor in two dimensions," wrote Jonathan Wolpaw and Dennis McFarland of the N. Y. State Dept. of Health and State U of N.Y.- Albany.
11/22/04 "Life Saving Dolphins Save New Zealand Swimmers"
300 feet off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island  - A nine foot great white shark swimming toward a group of New Zealanders was stopped from reaching them by a  pod of dolphins which tightly encircled them protectively, herding some swimmers to safety, fending off an attack.
8/17/04 "Discovery Of Cave Thought To Be Of John the Baptist"
KIBBUTZ TZUBA, Israel - "John the Baptist, ..., now comes to life," British archaeologist Shimon Gibson said during an exclusive tour of the cave given to A P News. Potentially a major find in Biblical discoveries, archaeologists say they have excavated a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers, basing their theory on tens of thousands of shards from small ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings that tell the story of the contemporary of Jesus.
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12/29/06   "Court Upholds Pennsylvania's Fetal Homicide Law"
HARRISBURG-AP -The constitutionality of Pennsylvania's fetal homicide law was upheld after Matthew Bullock, convicted of killing his girlfriend and their unborn child, lost his argument that the "Crimes Against the Unborn Child Act of 1997" vaguely defined what it was prohibiting, did not distinguish between fetuses that can or cannot survive outside the womb and should not have treated fathers and mothers differently. The state Supreme Court on Wed. unanimously rejected those arguments, as well as Mr. Bullock's request for a new trial based on how the judge explained to the jury the charge of voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child. Luzerne County Dist. Attny. David Lupas issued a statement yesterday expressing satisfaction with the decision and noting that other prosecutors can continue to enforce the" Crimes Against the Unborn Child Act" as a result.
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12/28/06  "President Gerald Ford's Funeral Plans Announced"
California - A state funeral has been announced for former President Gerald Ford, 38th Pres. of the U.S.A., the longest living U. S. Pres., who died late on Tues. eve at the age of  93.
The funeral services will begin on Fri. in Calif., where he lived. The main state funeral service for Pres. Ford will be in the Capitol Rotunda in Wash. DC on Saturday evening. He will lie in state there for 2 days. A funeral service will be held at the Nat. Cathedral before Pres. Ford's casket is taken to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be interred Wed. at the Gerald Ford Museum.
12/16/06  "Death Penalty Executions Suspended In California & Florida"
Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions there after a bungled execution this week; and a federal judge declared California's execution procedure unconstitutional.  Missouri's injection method, which is similar to Calif. was declared unconstitutional last month by a federal judge. "...Implementation of lethal injection is broken, but it can be fixed," U.S. Dist. Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled Fri. in San Jose, CA., extending a moratorium on executions in the nation's most populous state. The decision is the latest in a nationwide challenge to lethal injection, the execution method in 37 states. Florida's death row has 374 inmates, while California's is the largest, with more than 650 inmates.  See:  6/12/06 "U.S. Supreme Court Allows New DNA Evidence & Challenging of Lethal Injections"
12/15/06   "Cruelty To Farm Animals In a New Jersey Lawsuit"
 N. J.;  (Reuters) - Groups including the Humane Society of the U. S. & Farm Sanctuary, said that the state Dept. of Agric. had failed to establish humane standards for farm animals as required by a law implemented in 2004. Animal rights activists say in a lawsuit that might help set national standards for the treatment of livestock, that N. J. allows cruelty to farm animals by failing to ban practices such as castration without anesthetic. N. J. is the only state requiring officials to set humane standards for the treatment of farm animals, & "enforcing the measure could lead to better treatment of livestock across the country," said Gene Baur, pres. of Farm Sanctuary. Other practices cited included the starvation of chickens in order to boost egg production, the permanent confinement of pigs in cages so small they cannot turn around, de-beaking of fowl and tail-docking in which most of a cow's tail is amputated to make milking easier. A decision by a 3 judge panel is expected in several months.
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12/8/06   "Magnets in Toys Can Cause Death"
Consumer Product Safety Commission.; AP- At least one U.S. child has died and 19 others have needed surgery since 2003 after swallowing magnets used in toys, the govt. reported Thursday. Most of those cases were believed to involve tiny but strong "rare earth" magnets that can link together in children's digestive tracts, squeezing and even perforating the intestines, the researchers said. The magnets, made from neodymium iron boron or other compounds, have become common in the U.S. toy market in the past five years because they have become cheaper to produce, said Jonathan Midgett, the study's lead author and an engineering psychologist with the U.S.
11/19/06  "Ministry's Photo Gives Evidence of Forced Abortion"
WorldNetDaily.com - Arkansas - A  photograph provided by the "Small Victories" ministry web site helped secure a case against suspect Jeffery Cheshier, 41, who had been accused by an underage girl of rape. The pro-life group's photo documented her clinic visit after she reported Cheshier forced her to go to the "Hope" Clinic for Womens' abortion  in Granite City for an abortion; but there was no evidence until Bryant, Ark., Det. Jimmy Long contacted the ministry. They were able to provide photographs, with an identifiable license plate number, of the suspect's car at the abortion business at the time the girl claimed she was taken there.
11/13/06  "Memorial-Groundbreaking Ceremony For Martin Luther King Jr."
WASH. (AP) - The memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. will be built roughly a half-mile from the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his historic speech, "I Have a Dream", & will be the first to honor an African Amer. on the Mall. Donations for the memorial, hit $65.5M earlier this month. The entrance to the memorial will include a central sculpture called ``The Mountain of Despair.'' Its towering split rocks signify the divided Amer. that inspired the nonviolent efforts of King & others to overcome racial  & social barriers. Harry Johnson, pres. of the Martin Luther King Jr. Nat. Memorial Project Fndn., said he hopes to have the site completed by the spring of 2008.
11/09/06  "Supreme Court Hears Two Critical Pro-life Cases"
 Wash. D. C.;  Amer. Center for Law & Justice- For 30 years,  since the legalization of abortion, tens of thousands of babies have suffered the horror of partial-birth abortion. On the morning of Nov. 8/06, two critical pro-life cases were heard at the Supreme Court of the United States to decide whether to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, a federal law that was passed by Congress and signed by the President. The cases are Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood & Gonzales v. Carhart, in which the ACLJ filed two amicus briefs (representing more than 322,000 citizens and 78 members of Congress), on cases vitally important to the ongoing issue for life & the rights & freedoms of all Americans.
11/7/06   "Momentum For Conservatives With Prospects Of  a Broad Turnout"
The pre-election momentum favors conservatives; and a broad voter turnout seems likely. "There tends to be a tightening at the end, when people begin to perhaps reappraise the preferences that they had early on, ....new evidence comes in. People are reluctant to abandon old party allegiances," says Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers U. in N.J.
11/05/06  "Shiites & Sunnis Differ On Saddam Verdict" 
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A. P. Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by Iraq's High Tribunal for crimes against humanity, along with his half brother & former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, & Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of the former Revolutionary Court. Three other defendants received lesser sentences & one was acquitted. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shiites poured into the streets of the capital to rejoice at the death sentence for Saddam Hussein, but the former dictator's fellow Sunnis paraded, chanting, "We will avenge you Saddam." Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in a television address to the nation following the verdict, "This is the fate of all those who violated the sanctity of the citizens & shed the honest blood. This is the disgraceful end to the person who brought ordeals, pains & reckless wars to this country."
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11/3/06  "Letters To GOD Found In Ocean"
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Mostly unopened letters, about 300, addressed to GOD & sent to N. J.  minister Rev. Grady Cooper, were discovered by a man fishing in the Atlantic; some dating to 1973, some heartbreaking: a distraught teen asking forgiveness for an abortion; an unwed mother pleading to make the baby's father marry her; one asked GOD to make a certain someone "leave me alone and stay off my back." The minister at 79 died 2 yrs. ago. How the letters, wound up in the surf is a mystery.
10/22/06 "S. D. Task Force Reveals Facts Unknown to Roe v. Wade Court"
South Dakota -  In the 33 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, medical & scientific studies have produced a wealth of credible information about unborn children, fetal pain & post-abortion problems experienced by women, information not available or known to the court when it decided to legalize abortions & reverse the pro-life protection laws of many states. In 2005, the S. D. Legislature created a 17-member task force to gather information & evidence about the practice of abortion since its legalization. The task force concluded that abortions harm women, physically and mentally, & that life begins at conception. Neither of these facts was contemplated by the Roe court. Full Story
10/2/06   "Senate Democrats Vote Down Interstate "Minor-Abortion-Parental-Notice Bill"
LIFE DIGEST; Baptist Press -The Senate failed Sept. 29 to approve a bill to outlaw interstate abortions on minors without parental notice when 8 Democrats, Sens. Evan Bayh, In.; Tom Carper, De.; Kent Conrad & Byron Dorgan, both of N. D.; Daniel Inouye, Ha.; Herb Kohl, Wis.; Bill Nelson, Fl.; and Ken Salazar, Co., switched positions to support their party leadership’s obstruction of the measure. The Democratic minority “preserved the ability of profiteering abortionists to keep parents in the dark,” said Douglas Johnson, Nat. Right to life Committee’s legislative dir. “It is remarkable that only 6 out of 45 Democrats voted to require a parent to be notified before an abortion is performed on a young daughter in some other state.” “Unfortunately, this is politics as usual,” said Richard Land, pres. of the So. Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Comm. “Senators vote for parental notification; then they turn around and vote against ending debate to have a final vote. That way, they can say to pro-lifers they voted for it and they can say to pro-choicers they voted against ending the filibuster. And politicians wonder why they get a reputation for being two-faced.”
9/26/06  "A New Survey's Statistics On "Who Believes In GOD"
Harris Interactive-U. S. Survey - While 79 % of Americans believe there is a God, only 66 % are absolutely certain of it. Nine % do not believe in God and 12 % aren't sure. 84 % of women believe in God, compared with 73% of men. 91 % of African Americans believe in God, compared with 81 % of Hispanics and 78 % of whites. 87 % of  Republicans believe in God, compared with 78 % of Democrats and 75 % of Independents. 82 % of those with no college education believe in God, compared with 73 % who went to college.
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9/24/06   "Iraqi PM Calls For Unity During Ramadan"
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A day after a retaliatory bombing killed dozens of Shiites in the Iraqi capital, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis to use the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to put aside their differences and end sectarian violence. "We are all invited to make use of these days to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and avoid anything that could hurt the social fabric of the Iraqi people -Iraq is living in a very sensitive and historic period," al-Mailiki said. The bombing in the Shiite slum of Sadr City killed 38 and wounded 42 as they stocked up on fuel for Ramadan, days after the U.S. military warned that sectarian bloodshed could worsen during the holy month. The group claiming responsibility said it carried out the bombing to avenge a Friday attack by a suspected Shiite death squad on Sunni Arab homes and mosques, which killed four people in a mixed Baghdad neighborhood.
9/22/06   "Drug Mix-up Kills Newborns At Hospital"
Methodist Hospital; INDIANAPOLIS - AP -Three infants died at Methodist Hosp. in Indianapolis after nurses, early last Saturday, went to the drug cabinet in the newborn intensive care unit to get blood-thinner doses measured for several premature babies; but mistakenly got vials containing doses 1K times stronger; and with the wrong labels. The mistakes led to the deaths of  3, and 3 others also suffered overdoses but survived. Experts say last weekend's overdoses at Methodist Hosp. illustrate that, despite national efforts to reduce drug errors, the system is still fragile and too often subject to human error. "I see what happened here as depressingly normal," said Dr. Albert Wu of Johns Hopkins U., co-author of an Inst. of Medicine report that estimated more than 1.5M Americans a year are injured from medication errors in hospitals and nursing homes and as outpatients.
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9/15/06  "Warnings of Dangerous E. Coli Bacteria in Fresh Bagged Spinach"
 "Food and Drug Admin."- U.S. supermarkets are pulling spinach off of the shelves as the "Food and Drug Admin." warned that the produce could be the source of a deadly E. Coli outbreak across the nation. One person died, eight suffered kidney failure and more than 40 were ill after eating suspected contaminated fresh bagged spinach in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin, the agency said.
9/08/06   "Israel Continues Its Withdrawal From Lebanon" 
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Israel lifted its nearly 2 month naval blockade of Lebanon on Fri. after European warships began patrolling to keep out weapons shipments for Hezbollah guerrillas, turning over monitoring of Lebanon's coast to Italian naval vessels, who "will continue to enforce the international embargo against the supply of armaments to Hezbollah,'' Israeli govt. spokeswoman Miri Eisin said. The move, came a day after Israel halted its restrictions on air travel into Lebanon, which ends a blockade that awaited a sufficient U.N. resolution's pledged troops arrival to robustly monitor the area: to keep Hezbollah unarmed and non aggressive to avoid a replay of Israel's defensive 34-day battle with Hezbollah. Israel is expected to withdraw its last troops, to be replaced by up to 15K Lebanese soldiers backed by an equal number of international forces in So. Lebanon under the Aug. 14 cease-fire. Israeli officials said that could happen within 2 weeks.
9/06/06   "First Woman Leader Appointed By Muslim Group" 
AP- The first woman pres., Ingrid Mattson, of the largest Muslim group in No. America says that she's proud of her community for electing her. "I wasn't foisted upon their community. Really, this is their choice", she said. Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian convert to Islam and an Islamic law scholar at Hartford Seminary in Conn., was chosen to lead the Islamic Society of No. Amer. just ahead of its annual convention, which started Friday in Rosemont, Ill. "This is a community that can choose to be whatever it wishes to be, unlike many other Muslims throughout the world who don't live in democratic societies," Mattson said in Chicago, adding, "I think it shows what Muslims can do and would like to do." Formed in 1963, the Islamic Society is an umbrella group that represents Muslim assns. for youth, college students, engineers & others, & also provides support to Muslim chaplains & No. Amer. mosques. Its annual meeting regularly draws more than 30K people. Omid Safi, prof. of Islamic studies at the U. of N. C. at Chapel Hill, said, "Mattson's election was significant...in that No. Amer. Muslim orgs. are generally led by members of the ethnic immigrant groups that founded them. Choosing a No. Amer. convert & Islamic scholar shows a new openness...Let's hope that it marks an important shift."
9/01/06  Poll - "Support For Roe Falls Below 50 %"
A Harris poll that misleadingly worded its question to suggest Roe v. Wade allowed abortion only in the first three months of pregnancy nevertheless found that support for Roe had fallen below 50 percent for the first time in 30 years. Forty-four percent said they'd back a law like one in South Dakota barring all abortions except to save the mother's life. One count a while back found that all 50 states either had laws putting limits on abortion or were considering them. Twenty-six states had laws forbidding abortion after the 12th week.
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8/29/06  "Israel Awaits Pledged Troops Despite U. N. Calls To Leave Lebanon"
Israeli troops are still occupying a security zone in so. Lebanon and have sporadically fought with Hezbollah guerrillas since the truce took effect Aug. 14. Israel says it won't leave until a sufficiently strong contingent of Lebanese and international troops arrives; despite U N Sec. gen. Kofi Annan's calls for Israel to withdraw. In Israel, Annan met with Defense Minister Amir Peretz and urged the blockade be lifted "as soon as possible; and said the U.N. hoped to have 5K soldiers in the region by Friday. "Israel will pull out once there is a reasonable level of forces there," Peretz said.
8/20/06  "Fla. Gubernatorial Race Heating Up Around Pro-Life Issues"
Tallahassee.com;  St. Petersburg Times- Two state legislators & 2 anti-abortion activists backing Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher-(R) for Fla. governor, said Friday that Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist's -(R) past pro-choice positions should make Republican voters worry that he will name "activist" judges to the Fla. Supreme Court. Crist, meanwhile, announced that a prominent Gallagher supporter had switched sides in protest of Gallagher's attack advertisements this week. Crist and Gallagher meet in the Republican primary Sept. 5 for their party's nomination to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush. St. Petersburg Times reported Fri. that in a debate with ex-Sen. Bob Graham that year, Crist was asked if he would support a constitutional amendment banning abortion & replied, "No, I would not. I think this is a very personal decision." Crist also does not support a repeal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion; opposes a 24-hour mandatory waiting period for women seeking abortion; yet has described his position as "pro-life" in the campaign for gov. Gallagher has also been pro-choice in the past, as a candidate for gov. in 1994. But this year he has changed his position & has been endorsed by Fla. "Right to Life".
8/18/06   "Born Alive Baby, Killed at Fla. Abortion Clinic"
 WorldNetDaily.com  An investigation into the remains of a baby found at a Hialeah, Fla., abortion clinic in July has determined that the child was born alive. The case developed at the end of July when the remains were found in a biohazard bag at "A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center" after an anonymous 911 call reported to police that a child had been born alive, then killed. Infants' remains at an abortion clinic are not a violation of the law -- unless that child was born alive, in which case the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2000 takes effect. Authorities say it may come down to an interpretation of federal law whether charges will be filed.
8/15/06  "Israel- Hezbollah Cease-fire Goes Into Effect" 
BEIRUT (AFP) - A U N brokered ceasefire aimed at silencing the guns in the month old Hezbollah-Israeli conflict took hold, sending thousands of displaced Lebanese streaming back home in the war-battered south. But at least 4 Hezbollah guerrillas were killed in skirmishes with Israeli soldiers, underscoring the fragile nature of a truce agreement which came into effect following some of the most intense fighting of the conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made no apologies for reacting  to Hezbollah's violent aggression, in a war that has killed more than 1,300 people, mostly Lebanese, saying, "it had changed the face of the Middle East"... "The actions of the Israeli Defence Forces in the air, on the sea & on the ground have brought about a change in the regional strategic balance, ...There is no more state within a state," added Israeli PM Olmert concerning the Shiite Hezbollah guerrilla movement, which has controlled south Lebanon since Israel withdrew after 22 years of war & occupation in May 2000. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah typically claimed a "historic victory", amid the destruction of Lebanese towns, homes and businesses and the sickening loss of life.
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8/10/06 "Deadly Airline Terrorist Plot Thwarted By British Intelligence"
LONDON; AP- 21 people have been arrested by British authorities which thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using  liquid explosives disguised as beverages & other common products smuggled in carry-on luggage; with detonators disguised as electronic devices. Security is raised to its highest level in Britain with banned carry-on luggage on all trans-Atlantic flights. Huge crowds formed at security barriers at London's Heathrow airport as officials searched for explosives barring nearly every form of liquid but baby formula. Heathrow was closed to most flights from Europe; &  British Airways canceled all its flights between the airport & points in Britain, Europe & Libya. Numerous flights from U.S. cities to Britain were canceled. Washington raised its threat alert to its highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the U.S. amid fears the plot had not been completely crushed. The alert for all flights coming or going from the U.S. was also raised slightly. Anonymous U.S. counter terrorism officials said the terrorists had targeted United Airlines, Amer. Airlines & Continental Airlines. A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in N.Y., Wash. & California.
8/09/06  "North Korea Seeks Flood Disaster Aid From South Korea"
SEOUL, South Korea -  North Korea has asked South Korea to provide food, blankets, medical supplies, construction materials & equipment including cement & trucks to help it recover from devastating floods, a  S. Kor. citizens' group said on Wednesday. It was the first time the communist nation has officially requested  S.K. aid since flooding in mid July spawned by heavy rains left at least 549 people dead & 295 missing. S. Korea's Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok told a meeting of civic leaders Wed. that Seoul plans to match & contribute more than the funds that civic groups raise for the North, an aid official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of issue. S. & N. Korean committee officials were also scheduled Friday to meet at N. Korea's Diamond Mountain resort to discuss ways to help the North, according to the South's committee.
.8/08/06  "Hundreds of Thousands Endangered by Floods In India"
HYDERABAD, India (AFP) - Rescuers are racing to get food and clean water to more than 750,000 people left homeless in four flooded Indian states, officials said, as the death toll linked to lashing monsoon rains in the past week rose to 187. More than 600 villages in 3 districts were under water and 296 relief camps had been set up to house those displaced by the flooding. Some 283 boats, including a naval craft, had been deployed to rescue marooned people while seven helicopters were dropping food, drinking water, milk sachets and medicines to those trapped.
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8/05/06 "Thousands March In Pro-Terrorist War Demonstrations"
Middle-East, London; AP- Thousands of Iraqis, mainly Shiites, demonstrated against the mid-east war in support of the terrorist org. Hezbollah, calling for death to Israel and America; along with similar protests in other mid-east nations on Friday; on Saturday demonstrators  marched through London.  Featured Report on "Anti - Semitism"
8/04/ 06  "American Support for Abortion Falling In Pew Poll "
Pew Research Center; (Reuters) The Pew Research Center, claiming to be a nonpartisan research group, conducted a poll of 2,003 American adults by telephone on July 6-19. The issue of abortion showed 9 percent want it banned altogether; 35 percent want to make it illegal with few exceptions; 20 percent say it should be allowed but want to impose some restrictions; 31 percent want it generally available. The "exceptions and restrictions and generally available" were left vague. The poll claims to have a  margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
8/02/06 "Operation Save America" Rallies Against Abortion in Mississippi"
 JACKSON, Miss.; Operation Save America - "We're not waiting for the president, we're not waiting for the Congress, we're not waiting for the Supreme Court,...This issue can't be won from the top down," said  Flip Benham of  "Operation Save America" at an anti-abortion rally on Tuesday. "At Benham's side for much of the week was Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, who since 1995 has been an evangelical antiabortion activist. "It would really please the Lord God if Mississippi becomes the first abortion-free state," she said, as she stood in front of the Jackson Women's Health Organization one scorched morning. "Then all he'd have to worry about are the other 49." She happily reeled off the names of states where abortion bans have been introduced or passed: "South Dakota, Ohio, Louisiana; etc…"
7/30/06  "Qana, Hezbollah Rocket Base Hit By Israeli Airstrike" 
Several days after Israeli defense forces dropped leaflets and warned the civilian population to leave the village of Qana, Lebanon because the Hezbollah turned it into a war zone, Israeli missiles destroyed several homes in the village of Qana overnight. Rescue officials said at least 50 people were killed, including children. Israel said it targeted Qana because it was a base for hundreds of rockets launched at Israel including 40 that injured five Israelis on Sunday. Israel said it had warned civilians several days before to leave the village. "One must understand the Hezbollah is using their own civilian population as human shields," said Israeli Foreign Ministry official Gideon Meir.
7/27/06   "Bill to Monitor Child Molesters Signed by President Bush" 
WASHINGTON - AP  Pres. Bush signed a new law Thursday, that requires convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet database & face a felony charge for failing to update their whereabouts, saying, "This law takes an important step forward in this country's efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves." Some aims of the  bill are to help police find more than 100K sex offenders by creating the first national online listing available to the public & searchable by ZIP code;  also calling for harsh federal punishment for sexually assaulting children, & background checks on adoptive & foster parents before they are approved to take custody of a child.
7/26/06  "Jury Finds Andrea Yates Was Insane-Not Guilty"
Houston Chronicle- A Harris County jury has found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity during her second capital murder trial for the drowning deaths of her children in the family's bathtub in 2001. At that time she was being treated for Post-Partem Depression which can develop into psychosis & uncontrolled, dangerous behavior. Yates, 42, will be sent to a state mental hospital for treatment, rather than be sentenced to life in prison. She appeared shocked & sat staring wide-eyed during the reading of the verdict. Yates & attorneys will return to Judge Belinda Hill's courtroom at 10 a.m. Thurs. for a hearing, formalizing the details of Yates' hospitalization. She will go to a maximum security hospital initially. The children's father & Andrea's former husband, Russell Yates, said outside the courtroom that the jury had reached the right conclusion: "Yes, she was psychotic. That's the whole truth.'' Report: "CAUSATION AND AID FOR POST PARTEM DEPRESSION AND PSYCHOSIS"
7/25/06  "Ancient Book of Psalms An "Amazing Miracle Find" In Ireland"
DUBLIN, Ireland ; AP - The Book of Psalms was found open to a page describing, in Latin script, Psalm 83, in which God hears complaints of other nations' attempts to wipe out the name of Israel. The ancient Book of approx. 20 pages - dated to the years 800-1000 was found by a construction worker who spotted it while driving his shovel into a bog, according to Irish archaeologists. "This is really a miracle find," said Pat Wallace, dir. of the Nat. Museum of Ire., which has the book stored in refrigeration,  facing years of painstaking analysis before being put on public display. "There's two sets of odds that make this discovery really way out. First of all, it's unlikely that something this fragile could survive buried in a bog at all, & then for it to be unearthed  & spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing." Read Psalms 83
.7/19/06  "Stem Cell Bill Vetoed by Pres. Bush"
WASHINGTON - President Bush vetoed a bill to federally fund embryonic stem cell research, saying the legislation "crosses a moral boundary" and is wrong. "This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," Pres. Bush said at a White House event with 18 families who had children from "adopted" frozen embryos not used by other couples. Embryonic stem cell research has not been shown to yield the excellent results of using other stem cells such as those taken from adult cells, umbilical cords and skin; which do not involve destroying human life.  See: 5/24/05  "Pres. Bush Greets "Snowflake" Embryo Babies At White House" Full Coverage
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.7/13/06  "Israel Defends Herself Against the "Killing of Innocent Life"
Lebanon; AP - Thurs., retaliating for Hezbollah killing & kidnapping her soldiers, & for a barrage of Hezbollah guerrilla rockets sent into Israel as far as Haifa, Israel struck at Lebanon's main airport, highways, military bases & other targets. The death toll in 2 days of fighting rose to 57, including 10 Israelis. Hezbollah is an Iranian backed militant Shiite faction which has a free hand in So. Lebanon & holds seats in parliament. Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said, "If the government of Lebanon fails to deploy its forces, as is expected of a sovereign government, we shall not allow Hezbollah forces to remain any further on the borders of the state of Israel." At a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thurs. in Germany, Pres. Bush pledged to work with Israel, criticizing Hezbollah for thwarting efforts for peace in the Middle East, saying, "Israel has a right to defend herself, ...Every nation must defend herself against terrorist attacks and the killing of innocent life."
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7/12/06  "Two More Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped In "An Act of War"
AP; BEIRUT, Lebanon - Escalating the conflict which already is waging in an operation to free a captured soldier in the Gaza Strip, Hezbollah militants crossed into Israel on Wed. and captured two Israeli soldiers. Israel responded in So. Lebanon with warplanes, tanks and gunboats, and said seven of its soldiers had been killed in the violence. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the soldiers' capture "an act of war," and his Cabinet prepared to approve more military action in Lebanon, a second front in the fight to free kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
7/8/06  "Tata The Crow, Considered Oldest Dies"
Woodstock, N.Y; The Daily Freeman of Kingston -Tata, a family pet since 1947, considered to be the oldest crow in the world at age 59, has died. Back in 1947, the fledgling fell out of his nest in a Long Island cemetery. Injured and unable to fly, the bird was brought by a cemetery caretaker to a local family, the Manettas, with a reputation for taking care of animals that took care of Tata for more than half a century, but gave the bird to Kristine Flones, Tata's most recent owner in 2001 because of their own health problems. "He was never able to fly, so he became their family pet," said Flones-a wildlife rehabilitator in the Woodstock, N.Y. hamlet of Bearsville, 95 miles N. of New York City. Blinded by cataracts and 54 yrs. old when she got him, Tata was still a wonderful pet, Flones said. "When you came around him, his energy was very beautiful," she told the newspaper. "It was as if he were exuding or giving off a loving energy."
7/3/06 "Supreme Court Halts Removal of San Diego's Soledad Cross"
ACLJ; WASHINGTON - Today's action by the Supreme Court which stopped court-ordered removal of  San Diego's Mt. Soledad cross, while legal appeals proceed,  is a "major victory" for S. D. and hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation who support the war memorial.  Justice Anthony Kennedy today granted a stay halting the court-ordered removal of the cross. The ACLJ, representing 22 members of Congress, filed an amicus brief with the high court supporting the City of San Diego's request for the Supreme Court to intervene in the case and arguing that the stay should be granted. In addition to the brief, the ACLJ has heard from more than 170K Americans including nearly 30K Californians who have signed onto the ACLJ's national petition urging officials to preserve the memorial.
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6/25/06  "News From The Animal World" 
"Baby Pelicans Found Starving Off Ca. Coastline"
AP; CORDELIA, Calif. - Miles from the shoreline, 10 baby brown pelicans lounge by a pool in a roomy cage, large buckets of fish there for the taking. Just days ago, these birds could not feed themselves at all. Scores of starving baby pelicans, emaciated, cold and too weak to fly, are washing up on California beaches in disturbing numbers this spring.
"A "World's Oldest Living Creature," Dies"
Sydney Australia - Harriet, a 176 yr. old tortoise believed to be one of the world's oldest living creatures has died in an Australian zoo.
"Extinct Dodo's Remains Found"
THE HAGUE (AFP) - A team of Dutch paleontologists has discovered the remains of the lower half of a dodo, the long extinct flightless bird which once inhabited the island of Mauritius, the natural history museum in the western Dutch town of Leiden reported.
"China Panda Population Found Flourishing"
SHANGHAI, China - Scientists using DNA samples have doubled their estimates of the wild panda population in a nature sanctuary in China, a finding they say bodes well for the survival of the endangered species.
"Chain-smoking Chinese Chimp In Detox"
BEIJING (AFP) - Xiku the chain-smoking 10 cigarettes a day, chimpanzee has almost kicked his deadly habit thanks to the efforts of zoo keepers in China, but it has taken an occasional beer or two to help get him through detox. Xiku became addicted to smoking while mimicking the habits of humans during a career as a circus performer, the state-run Xinhua news agency said Friday.
6/23/06  "U.N. Aims "Ban Torture Speech At The U. S. A."
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, taking aim at the U.S.-led war on terrorism, reminded all states on Friday of their duty to ban torture and give all security detainees a fair trial. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva Warren Tichenor immediately replied that U.S. policy was to treat Al Qaeda and Taliban enemy combatants captured in the conflict "humanely." "I would like to reiterate the United States' government's absolute commitment to uphold our national and international obligations to eradicate torture and to prevent cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment worldwide," Tichenor added.
6/21/06  "Senate Votes Down Minimum Wage Increase Amendments"
WASHINGTON- Amendments to the FY 2007 Defense Programs Bill that would raise the national minimum wage were voted out by the Senate. The Enzi Amendment raise would call for an increase to $6.25 per hour in 1-1/2 yrs.; while the Kennedy Amendment raise would call for an increase to over $7.00.
6/19/06 "The Supreme Court To Hear Second Case Involving Partial-birth Abortion"
WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of California that marks the second involving the Constitutionality of a national ban on partial-birth abortion. The other is out of Nebraska scheduled to be heard later this year. "By taking a second case involving the Constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortion, the Supreme Court puts the spotlight on one of the most horrific medical procedures in existence today," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the Amer. Center for Law & Justice. In the Nebraska case, the ACLJ filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court representing 78 members of Congress and more than 320K Americans asking the high court to uphold the Constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortion. Jay Sekulow said that the ACLJ will continue representing members of Congress by filing an amicus brief in the California case.
6/17/06  ''Court Challenge To National Motto, ''In GOD We Trust'' Dismissed''
A Sacramento, Ca.- federal district court, has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Michael Newdow challenging the Constitutionality of our National Motto, ''In GOD We Trust.'' The American Center for Law & Justice filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case on behalf of its members and 47 members of Congress in support of the federal government's request to dismiss the suit.
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6/16/06  "Market Chain Bans "Inhumane" Sale of Live Lobsters/Crabs"
AUSTIN, Texas -The natural-foods grocery chain "Whole Foods Market Inc." has decided to stop selling live lobsters  & crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane. The Austin based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way. Ultimately, Whole Foods management decided to immediately stop selling live lobsters  & soft-shell crabs, saying they could not ensure the creatures are treated with respect  & compassion. "We place as much emphasis on the importance of humane treatment & quality of life for all animals as we do on the expectations for quality and flavor," John Mackey, Whole Foods' co-founder  & chief executive, said in a statement.
6/12/06 "U.S. Supreme Court Allows New DNA Evidence & Challenging of Lethal Injections"
WASHINGTON - Today's decision of the Supreme Court Justices that makes it easier for inmates who want to get a new hearing on DNA evidence that was not used at their trials; & another to contest lethal injections used countrywide for executions, provide a deeper look into the tenets of capital punishment, with fresh optimism for stagnating appeals cases. The vote was unanimous in allowing condemned inmates to make special federal court claims that the chemicals used in executions are too painful, therefore amounting to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.  Lethal injection has become more contested, in part after a 2005 study published in the Lancet Medical Journal questioned whether a painkiller administered at the start of an execution can wear off before the execution is completed.
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6/08/06  "Terrorist-Murderer-al-Zarqawi Dead as Iraq's PM Approves Ministers" 
AP- BAGHDAD, Iraq - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the "most wanted terrorist" in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings & suicide bombings indiscriminately, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-lb.bombs on his isolated safehouse; which was announced by  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki before the swearing in of 3 new key ministers in Parliament, including a Sunni Arab to head the defense ministry. The posts are considered crucial for al-Maliki's government to implement a plan allowing Iraqi forces to take over security from the U.S. led coalition within 18 months, opening the way for the eventual withdrawal of foreign troops; & ends a stalemate among Iraq's religious and ethnic groups over the crucial posts.
6/3/06  "Louisiana Governor Blanco To Sign Abortion Ban" 
New York Times- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, said that she would sign a near-total ban that is nearing final legislative passage on abortion, except to save the mother's endangered life or from  permanently harmed  health. The La. House and Senate have approved the measure by Democrat Senator Ben Nevers, that would hold doctors guilty of breaking the law with prison and fines.
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5/30/06  "Iraq's Ambassador to the United States Visits the Oval Office" 
The White House-The Iraqi Ambassador  Sumaidaie met with President Bush in the Oval office in a mutually sincere exchange. President Bush  remarked, "It is my honor & pleasure to welcome the papers from Iraq's Ambassador to the United States. Mr. Ambassador, congratulations ...I look forward to working with you,.. & the new govt., to help Iraq become a country that can govern itself & sustain itself & defend itself. I'm confident in the future of liberty in Iraq because I believe the people of Iraq want to live in a free society. And although there's been some very difficult times for the Iraqi people, I am impressed by the courage of the leadership, impressed by the determination of the people, and want to assure you, sir, that the United States stands ready to help the Iraqi democracy succeed." Ambass. Sumaidaie replied, "Thank you, Mr. President. I am honored & privileged to serve as the Ambassador of free Iraq, after 16 yrs. of isolation, to represent my country to this great country, to have a voice for the new elected Iraqi govt., & communicate directly with this administration & with the people of the United States, to express our ambitions & desire to live in peace & remove the scourge of terrorism from our land & help others remove it from theirs." Full Coverage
5/27/06  "Beef Contaminated with Pieces of Metal Recalled"
 Agric. Dept. Food Safety - Inspection Serv. - An Okla. company has recalled 4.3M lbs. of frozen meat products produced by Advance Food Co. of Enid, Ok., after the company received consumer complaints that they contain pieces of metal. It was sold to institutional buyers nationwide and to one unidentified Midwest retail customer with stores in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, the dept. said. The meat, mostly varieties of cubed beef sold in 10 & 12 pound cases, have various dates between 11/28/05-4/30/06. Each pkg. displays a number "ET 2260Y" or "ET 2260G" inside the USDA seal of inspection. No indication how the metal got into the meat was given. Questioners can call the USDA @ (877) 550-4848.
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5/27/06 "Indonesia Suffers Massive Earthquake"
AP; YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake flattened homes and hotels in central Indonesia on Saturday as people slept, killing at least 3,000 and injuring thousands more in the nation's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Saturday's quake was centered about 6 miles below the surface, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
5/26/06  "Alaska-ANWR Oil Drilling Bill Okayed By House" 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thurs. 225-201 to approve a plan to allow drilling on 2K acres of ANWR out of the refuge's total 19M acres in Alaska's Arctic Nat. Wildlife Refuge. Rep. Joe Barton - Tx., chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, said ANWR supplies could reduce gasoline prices by about 40 cents per gal. if  tapped. U.S. Energy Sec. Sam Bodman said that ANWR can be drilled in a way that does not harm the environment. If Congress opened ANWR to drilling, it would take about 10 more yrs. for the refuge's oil production to peak, according to the Energy Dept. The ANWR bill that passed the House would need to garner 60 votes in the Senate to circumvent a filibuster.
5/25/06  "Visiting British PM Tony Blair Urges a "Look at The Larger Picture" In Iraq"
Wash. - Thurs. evening in a White House news conference with Pres. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged difficult progress in the Iraq war, but both vowed to keep troops there until the fragile new govt. takes hold; while regretting costly missteps. PM Blair urged both those who agreed with toppling Saddam & those who didn't to "just take a step back" and look at the larger picture. "They want us to stay until the job is done...Those people fighting us there know what is at stake... The question is, do we?" Blair said of the new democratically elected Iraqi govt.  Pres. Bush said, "Despite setbacks & missteps, I strongly believe we did & are doing the right thing... Not everything has turned out the way we hoped."
5/24/06  "Israeli PM Olmert Declares Willingness To "Partner In Peace" With Palestinians"
AP- WASHINGTON - Visiting the U. S. A., Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says that Israel would be a "willing partner in peace" with the Palestinians, but would draw its own borders in the West Bank should it conclude it has no negotiating partner. "We cannot wait for the Palestinians forever,... Our deepest wish is to build a better future for our region, hand in hand with a Palestinian partner, but if not, we will move forward, but not alone," PM Olmert said, referring to promised U.S. support. Condemning  Iran's drive to build nuclear weapons & the escalating anti-Semitic rhetoric from its leader, he said, "If we don't take Iran's bellicose rhetoric seriously now, we will be forced to take its nuclear aggression seriously later."
5/23/06  Report: "Fannie Mae Found Manipulating Accounting" 
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight has charged that employees at mortgage giant Fannie Mae manipulated accounting so that executives could collect millions in bonuses as sr. management deceived investors & stonewalled regulators at Fannie Mae. The report by the OFHEO is a product of an extensive 3-year investigation,  as the govt. sponsored company struggles to emerge from an $11B accounting scandal. Earlier it was reported,  in a settlement with the oversight agency, that Fannie Mae was being fined between $300M- $500M for the alleged manipulation of accounting to facilitate executives' bonuses. "The image of Fannie Mae as one of the lowest risk and 'best in class' institutions was a facade,... Our examination found an environment where the ends justified the means, ...Senior management manipulated accounting, reaped maximum, undeserved bonuses, & prevented the rest of the world from knowing," said James B. Lockhart, the acting director of OFHEO, in a statement as the report was released.
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5/21/06  "Iraq Successfully Forms New Unity Govt." 
Iraq- With the new Iraqi govt. formed, officials in Baghdad say that 90% of the Iraqi parliament will support it. The U.S. hopes the new govt. will help clear the way for the withdrawal of American troops. Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice said that Iraq has made "extraordinary progress politically" by inaugurating the govt. even though sectarian infighting has stalled the selection of Cabinet posts for overseeing the army, police forces & national security. Pres. Bush said, "The formation of a unity government in Iraq is a new day for the millions of Iraqis who want to live in peace."
5/16/06   "Biblical" Rains Flood New England" 
AP; Massachusetts- "It seemed almost Biblical,...we're sort of making jokes about Noah & taking two of each kind of animal because we haven't ever seen rain like this", Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Tuesday on national TV. Storm-soaked New England residents waded out into a fifth day of rain Tuesday as the region's dams kept a tenuous hold against cresting rivers, while evacuees wondered what remained of their homes after water filled their basements & surged over some rooftops. Across NE Mass., thousands of people fled submerged neighborhoods during the region's worst flooding in nearly 70 years. More than a foot of rain fell during the weekend in some areas; the storm was expected to move out by Wednesday.
 5/13/06  "Day of  Reckoning" For All States Failing Quality of  PS Teachers"
FoxNews; WASHINGTON - The Dept. of Education ordered all 50 states which are failing to explain how it will have 100 % of its core public school teachers qualified, belatedly, in the 2006-07 school year. In the meantime, Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina & Washington, the District of Columbia & Puerto Rico face the loss of federal aid because they didn't make enough effort to comply on time. Henry Johnson,  assist. sec.over elementary & secondary education said, "Well, the day of reckoning is here, and it's not going to pass." States were notified Friday. The department plans to follow up in coming days.
5/9/06  "Caged Chicken Egg Farm Atrocities Caught On Film"
AP;  N.Y. - Last summer, Adam Durand, animal-rights activist, a graphic designer & director of an animal-rights group called Compassionate Consumers, produced a short documentary titled "Wegmans Cruelty" that was screened at a Rochester movie house. The film contained footage of hen corpses lying in cages with live hens, a few that had fallen into deep manure pits or others with their heads apparently caught in wire cages. About 95 % of the nation's eggs are produced at caged chicken egg farms, (cage-free eggs can be purchased, instead)  &  Durand's group wanted to alert the public to a practice it considers cruel, neglectful and unsanitary/unsafe for consumers. The poultry industry says the system cuts production costs & limits the animals' exposure to diseases. Durand was charged for burglary  & trespassing, & acquitted last week, & convicted of the lesser charge of criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
5/8/06  "PETA Shows "Nightmare Footage of  Middle East Animal Slaughter"
DUBAI; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA released footage filmed by its undercover activists in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman & Qatar, showing cattle & sheep kicked in the face & stabbed in the eye before being slaughtered in a manner described by the Org. as non-compliant with Muslim halal practices. "Australian sheep & cattle shipped to the Middle East suffer atrocities beyond your worst nightmares," read the caption to one of the videos, said to have been filmed in Cairo's Basateen slaughterhouse. It shows men in a messy and bloody abattoir chasing cows, slashing their leg tendons with knives &  hitting them over the head with metal poles until they fall to the ground. PETA held a press conference in Dubai to deliver its findings and announce plans for demonstrations in Kuwait next week. It is also planning trips to Egypt &  Qatar & wants concerned citizens in the region to rally behind its call to stop the import of livestock from Australia, a lucrative trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars that has seen its share of controversy & even diplomatic rows over the years. Nadia Montasser, a PETA activist in Egypt, said "Humans at least can speak out to express their pain,"  adding that she became vegetarian two months ago.
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5/6/06  Poll -"High Gas Prices Causing Hardship to Many Americans" 
AP- AAA- An AP-Ipsos-international polling firm finds that high pump prices are creating financial hardships in 7 in 10 Americans, that more middle & higher income drivers say they are beginning to feel. The number of people who expect rising gas prices to cause financial problems in the months ahead has jumped from 51 % a year ago to 70 % now; this increase, dramatic among people who earn more than $50K. With gasoline prices topping $3 a gallon for regular unleaded in many areas, people say they are driving less, cutting short vacations & curtailing  use of heating & air conditioning. These concerns are reflected in consumer confidence polling this past week by Ipsos: Confidence dropped sharply & was the lowest since Oct., when the country was recovering from the devastation of Hurr. Katrina. When asked what would be a fair price for gasoline, many of those surveyed said $2-a-gallon on average; not seen consistently for more than a year, AAA said.
5/5/06 "Peace Plan for the Sudan to be Signed"
 AP- ABUJA, Nigeria - Marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan, Sudan's govt. & the largest Darfur rebel group agreed to sign a peace plan on Friday. U.S. Deputy Sec. of State Robert Zoellick said "Today the largest group, Minni Minnawi's, has agreed to sign and the government of Sudan agreed to sign as well."
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5/04/06  " Israeli PM Olmert' s Vision Includes "Road Map" Peace Plan"
The Jerusalem Post- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert laid out his Kadima Party's vision for Israel's future borders in a major policy speech to the Knesset on Thursday, saying that settlements in Judea and Samaria put Israel in danger. He said however, that Israel would maintain control over large settlement blocs forever. Olmert said he preferred to reach a deal with the Palestinians through negotiations based on the internationally-backed "road map" peace plan. But if that failed he would act unilaterally to create "desirable" borders for Israel, which would be significantly different from the current borders. Olmert called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to lead the Palestinians back to the negotiating table with Israel, but said Israel would not negotiate under any terms with the Hamas-led PA in its present form. PM Olmert also said that Israel needs to take seriously Iranian threats and can defend itself against a country the West suspects of seeking nuclear weapons.
5/01/06  Mexico's Labor Day- "Some Big Businesses Close In Immigrant Rally Support"
CNN-Among big businesses  shutting down operations in immigrant rally support are; Perdue Farms - 6 of 14 plants; Gallo Wines in Sonoma, Calif., is giving its 150 employees the day off; Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat producer, will shut five of its 9 beef plants and four of six pork plants. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged immigrants to attend Mass instead of boycotting, and suggested that churches toll their bells in memory of immigrants who died trying to come to the U.S. They also urged students to stay in school.
4/29/06  "Top U. S. Meat Companies Support Monday's Immigrant Rallies"
 AP- Some of the nation's largest meatpacking companies that employ low -wage immigrant workers, plan to shut down plants Monday, anticipating many will attend planned immigration rallies. The top 3 beef-producing companies, Tyson Foods, Swift & Co. and Cargill Inc., all said they'll close. ConAgra Foods Inc. said it would honor requests for time off if possible, but did not plan any changes in production. "We obviously have some employees that this is an important issue and could affect their families, friends and neighbors," said Chris Kircher, a spokesman for Omaha, Neb. based ConAgra. Featured Report: "Gas, War and Labor Pains - A Big Political Holiday Headache"
4/27/06 "Violent Sex Offenders Rounded Up Nationwide"
FoxNews; WASHINGTON-  In Operation Falcon II, conducted from Apr. 17-23, authorities have captured more than 1,100, the largest number of violent sex offenders ever nabbed in a single law enforcement effort. Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales & John F. Clark, dir. of the U. S. Marshals Serv., will detail the results of a 7 day nationwide fugitive roundup today. The "priority targets" arrested were fugitives wanted for committing sexual offenses & crimes of violence against women, children & the elderly, as well as unregistered convicted sex offenders, according to Justice Dept. officials. Others arrested in Oper. Falcon II were fugitive gang members & violent offenders wanted for homicide, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, car jacking, weapons offenses, & narcotics sales.
4/25/06  "Pres. Bush Suspends Environmental Rules & Reserves For Gasoline"
WASHINGTON; AP- Pres. Bush has ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand without required clean air additives, possibly easing escalating cost; & halted the summer purchase of crude oil for the govt.'s emergency reserve. The Pres. said the nation's strategic petroleum reserve had enough fuel to guard against any major supply disruption over the next few months, adding, "So, by deferring deposits until the fall, we'll leave a little more oil on the market. Every little bit helps." He urged Congress to take back some of the billions of dollars in tax incentives it gave energy companies, saying that with record profits, they don't need the breaks. He urged lawmakers to expand tax breaks for the purchase of fuel efficient hybrid automobiles; & that  there were investigations on whether the price of gasoline has been unfairly manipulated.
4/24/06  "Red-eyed Bomb Sniffing Rats Put To Work"
 AP - Colombian police have expanded their force to include a 6-pack of rodent detectives that have been trained to sniff out bombs & land mines left over from 4 decades of war between the country’s government and leftist rebels. But why choose a rodent over a Rover? Because the rats are so light that when they’re walking through mine fields, they won’t trigger any explosions. The trainers put them in mazes with bomb-making materials, & when they detect the explosives, they’re rewarded with a cracker. Police expect the rat-regimen won’t be put into active duty for another 6 months. Col. Javier Cifuentes, dir. of the Sibate police academy, says he thinks Colombia is the first country to use rats for police work, though bigger rodents have been used for similar purposes in Sudan.
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4/19/06  "Amer. Competitiveness Initiative" Highlights Health Care Reform"
Tuskeegee U. -Tuskeegee, Ala.  - With a variety of topics, "The Amer. Competitiveness Initiative" features innovative health care reform. President Bush believes that innovations in electronic medical records and the secure exchange of medical information will help transform health care in America and improve the relationship between doctors and patients. Accordingly, the President set an ambitious goal of assuring that most Americans have electronic health records within the next 10 years. To achieve the President's 10-year goal, the Administration is taking steps to urge coordinated public and private sector efforts that will accelerate broader adoption of health information technologies.
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4/16/06  Happy Easter Sunday!.
.4/16/06   "Hollywood Seeks Its "Revival" By Producing Religious Films"
Hollywood, Ca. - Spurred on by large profits brought in by recent religious films, Hollywood is feeling the pulse of the nation, and is hoping for a "revival" from its generally sagging box office take, by producing religious films that have recently shown blockbuster attendance. The upcoming film event in N.Y.C. will be highlighting this enthusiasm that has been alien to Hollywood  big-business for some time.
4/5/06   "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Undergoes Eighth Surgery"
JERUSALEM - Ariel Sharon underwent a successful operation Wed. to reattach a piece of his skull removed from earlier surgery; a day after the procedure was delayed because of a respiratory infection, Hadassah hospital officials said. Sharon, who has been comatose since suffering a stroke, Jan. 4, was in stable condition after the procedure, officials said.
4/5/06  Study- "Sex in Media Bad Influence on Teens"
LiveScience.com - Study- "..The media will continue to serve as a kind of sexual super peer that doesn't have the best interests of young people in mind," said Jane Brown, a prof. at U. of North Carolina and the principal investigator of the study that analyzed 308 different television shows, movies, songs, & magazines commonly used by teenagers & calculated each teens “sexual influence.” The researchers then followed up with each teen two years later inquiring about their sexual behavior.  "Unfortunately, the media aren't the best sex educators.. tending to leave out the crucial three C's: commitment, contraception and consequences,"  Brown said.
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4/3/06 "Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Create Havoc In the U. S. South & Heartland" 
NEWBERN, Tenn. - AP- Thunderstorms bringing tornadoes & hail the size of baseballs ripped through 8 states, killing at least 27 people, injuring scores and destroying hundreds of homes in the South and Midwest. Tennessee was hit hardest, with tornadoes striking 5 western counties Sunday and killing 23 people, including an infant and his grandparents and a family of 4. Newbern , Tn. alderman Robert Hart said witnesses described the tornado that hit his town as being "almost a mile wide." "It's amazing some folks even survived when you look at the destruction," Hart told WCMT radio.
3/29/06"Afghan Christian Granted Asylum In Italy"
FoxNews- ROME - Italy's Premier Silvio Berlusconi said that the Afghan man, Abdul Rahman , who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity in Afghanistan, was granted asylum Wednesday & in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving in Italy earlier in the day. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini had been outspoken about the case from the start, saying Italy had a duty to make clear its "indignation." Afghanistan's parliament had demanded earlier Wed. that the government prevent Rahman from being able to flee the country.
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3/29/06 "Kadima Party Confirmed Winner In Israeli Election"
JERUSALEM -FoxNews- Declaring victory in Israel's elections, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party said Wednesday that it would quickly form a ruling coalition to carry out its plan to pull out of much of the West Bank and draw Israel's borders by 2010.
3/28/06  "Kadima Party Is The Projected Winner In Israeli Election"
JERUSALEM - AP - In a foregone conclusion election, the Kadima Party led by acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on behalf of still hospitalized Ariel Sharon, is the projected winner in Tuesday's election. The Labor Party, a likely coalition partner for Kadima, came in second; and the Likud Party came in a distant third, according to polls broadcast immediately after voting ended. If confirmed, a significant Kadima Party's plan is for drawing Israel's final borders by 2010.
3/27/06   "Death To Christians",  Shouted By Protesters In N. Afghanistan"
KABUL, Afghanistan - AP -"Death to Christians!" was shouted by Muslim clerics, students & others through the No. city of Mazar-i-Sharif to protest the court's decision to drop the case against Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity; and who is appealing for asylum in another country, the United Nations said Monday; amid unconfirmed reports that he was being freed. While officials said the case against Rahman was dropped, prosecutors also said that they were still examining whether he was mentally fit to stand trial.
3/26/06    "Capital Punishment Case Dismissed Against Afghan Christian Man"
 KABUL, Afghanistan - AP- The announcement came  Sunday that an Afghan court has dismissed a capital punishment case against Abdul Rahman who converted from Islam to Christianity, considered a punishable crime in their Constitution; because of  "problems with the prosecutors' evidence," said Abdul Wakil Omeri, a spokesman for the Supreme Court. There was much foreign pressure to free Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here who have called for him to be killed. An official closely involved with the case said that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that for now, Rahman would be released. A Western diplomat, declining to be identified because of the sensitivity of the case, said questions were being raised as to whether Rahman would stay in Afghanistan or go into exile in a foreign country.
3/23/06 "Latest Louisiana -Katrina Death -Missing Tolls"
Louisiana - The latest counted number of dead as of 3/22/06 from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana alone is 1,100; with more bodies steadily being searched out & discovered. There are 1,500 people still listed as missing.   Featured Report: "Tracking Kat"
3/21/06  "7K People Homeless After Australian Cat. 5 Cyclone"
INNISFAIL, Australia - No deaths reported after Cat. 5 Cyclone Larry came ashore at the Aust. NE coast, near Innisfail early Mon., only minor injuries were reported. The storm flooded streets, tore off roofs & flattened sugar and banana plantations. About 170 troops began delivering aid Tues. to an estimated 7K people who lost their homes to the cyclone. "There most certainly would be around 7K people... that are effectively homeless,...they're sitting in 4 walls but no roof," federal lawmaker Bob Katter said. Churches, community groups and others were sending in aid and setting up temporary accommodations.
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3/19/06  "Christian Afghan Man Refuses Conversion Back To Islam-Faces Death Penalty"
FoxNews- KABUL - Afghanistan's constitution is based on Shariah law, which states that any Muslim who rejects their religion should be sentenced to death. In a case the first of its kind there, an Afghan man who allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity is being prosecuted in a Kabul court. The judge said, "The defendant, Abdul Rahman, was arrested last month after his family went to the police & accused him of becoming a Christian, ...When his trial started last week, Rahman allegedly confessed that he converted from Islam to Christianity 16 yrs. ago when he was 25 & working as a medical aid worker for Afghan refugees in Pakistan,... We are not against any particular religion in the world... But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law, ...It is an attack on Islam,... The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty,...  ( I  ) offered to drop the charges if Rahman changed his religion back to Islam, but the defendant refused... ( I ) would rule on the case within 2 months." In Afghanistan, 99 % of its 28M people are Muslim. The rest are mainly Hindus.
3/16/06   "March 29 Total Solar Eclipse Feared By Turks"
ISTANBUL (AFP) - The coming 3/29/06 total Solar Eclipse has Turkey's top seismologist appealing to a nervous public, that there is no link between eclipses and earthquakes, despite some experts having claimed that the 1999 earthquakes were triggered by the eclipse & their remarks widely reported in the press. Gulay Barbarasoglu, the head of the Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory, gave assurances that there was nothing to fear to the Turks, that have become increasingly wary of eclipses since a solar eclipse preceded two massive earthquakes in the country's heavily industrialized & densely populated NW in Aug. & Nov. of 1999, killing some 20K people. "When we check to see whether there is a scientific or statistical model to link solar eclipse with earthquakes, we find none, ... Right now, we unfortunately see a serious lack of knowledge and a serious mix-up of facts out there," Barbarasoglu told a news conference. The upcoming total eclipse, is expected to be viewed clearly in a belt extending from the tourist resort of Antalya on the So. Mediterranean coast to the city of Ordu on the No. Black Sea coast.
3/08/06- "International Women's Day & Women's History Month"
International Women's Day s an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
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3/07/06  "Congress Renews the Patriot Act"
WASHINGTON - After months of political debate on privacy rights possibly encroached by the pursuit of potential terrorists in the USA's 2001 "Patriot Act", the House of Representatives voted for its renewal at Pres. Bush's urging as an important tool for the war on terror. A filibuster forced several new curbs on law enforcement investigations, but the president is expected to sign the legislation before 16 provisions of the law expire on Friday.
3/06/06  "S. Dakota Ban on Most Abortions Signed Into Law"
PIERRE, S.D.- AP- South Dakota's Gov. Mike Rounds has signed legislation that would make it a crime in the state for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman's life. "In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them," Gov. Rounds said. There are other states considering similar bans on abortion.
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3/4/06  "U. S. &  Pakistan "Together" for Democracy & the War on Terror"
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -  At a televised news conference, Pres. Bush & Pakistani Pres. Pervez Musharraf stated their commitment to democracy & co-operation in the war on terror. "I believe democracy is Pakistan's future," Pres. Bush said as the leaders stood side-by-side. Pres. Musharraf noted steps to liberalize Pakistan's press, usher in an elected parliament & empower women, saying, "Beyond 2007, this ... has to be addressed, ..according to the constitution of Pakistan, & I will never violate the constitution,... Democracy will prevail."
3/2/06  "Pres. Bush Enters Into Nuclear Agreement with India"
 NEW DELHI - AP -  President Bush, reversing decades of U.S. policy, has agreed to share nuclear reactors, fuel & expertise with India in need of energy, in return for its acceptance of international safeguards. India agreed to separate its tightly entwined nuclear industry, declaring 14 reactors as commercial facilities and 8 as military; & to open the civilian side to international inspections for the first time. The agreement must be approved by Congress, & Pres. Bush acknowledged that it might be difficult because India still refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
2/28/06  "Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Abortion Right To Protest." 
AP- WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban anti-abortion demonstrations. The 8-0 decision ends a case that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had kept alive despite a 2003 ruling by the high court that lifted a nationwide injunction on anti-abortion groups. But the Supreme Court voided the injunction in 2003, ruling that the extortion law could not be used against the protesters because they had not illegally "obtained property" from women seeking to enter clinics to receive abortions.
2/25/06  "South Dakota Gov.  Rounds Approves Saving Lives in Abortion Ban"
PIERRE, S.D. -  Leslee Unruh, pres. of the Alpha Center, a Sioux Falls pregnancy counseling agency said that she believes most South Dakota women want the state to ban abortion, and many who have had abortions "wish someone would have stopped them." S.D. Gov. Mike Rounds said he is inclined to sign a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in South Dakota, making it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save the woman's life. "I've indicated I'm pro-life and I do believe abortion is wrong & that we should do everything we can to save lives. If this bill accomplishes that, then I am inclined to sign the bill into law," he said.
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2/23/06  "Iraqi Govt. Implements Curfew to Stem EscalatingViolence"
BAGHDAD, Iraq - AP- Sectarian violence & destruction of mosques in Iraq have escalated conflict, demonstrations and further violence leaving at least 114 dead since the bombing of a Shiite shrine. Gunmen killed dozens of civilians Thurs. and the Iraqi govt. ordered a daytime curfew Fri. of  Baghdad & the nearby provinces of Diyala, Babil & Salaheddin, where the shrine bombing took place. American military units in the Baghdad area were told to halt all but essential travel to avoid demonstrations or roadblocks.
2/22/06  "Calif. Execution of Prisoner Indefinitely Called Off"
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. A P - Calif.  has indefinitely postponed the execution of condemned killer Michael Morales after state officials notified the federal courts they would be unable to comply with a judge's order to have a medical professional administer a lethal dose of barbiturate in the execution chamber. Morales' attorneys argued that the three-part lethal injection process violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. They said a prisoner could feel excruciating pain from the last 2 chemicals if he were not fully sedated, after 2 anesthesiologists refused to participate in the 12:01 a.m. Tues. execution when learning they would be expected to tell prison officials whether Morales needed more sedation or possibly even give him more medication, thereby allowing the execution to proceed. "Any such intervention would clearly be medically unethical," said the doctors.
2/21/06  "Supreme Court Will Consider Partial-Birth Abortion Ban"
Washington - The Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Partial Birth abortion procedure, banned by the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which prohibits an abortion in the second or third trimester, in which a late term fetus is partially removed from the womb & killed when the skull is punctured or crushed. The objection to the federal ban in the current case is that it has no health exception; but leading medical authorities maintain that the procedure is never medically necessary to protect a woman's health,  & potentially harmful. Featured Report:Testimonies & Facts About Partial Birth Abortion
2/17/06  "1,500 Feared Dead In E. Philippine Mudslide"
MANILA, Philippines - Within a community of 2,500 people, the farming village of Guinsaugon on Leyte island, 420 miles S.E. of Manila has been virtually wiped out, as a  rain soaked mountainside disintegrated into a torrent of mud, swallowing hundreds of houses and an elementary school in sludge three stories high. At least 23 bodies were recovered, but 1,500 people were missing- feared dead.
2/11/06  "Ariel Sharon Undergoes Emergency Intestinal Surgery"
JERUSALEM - AP - Ariel Sharon, 77, was in critical but stable condition after doctors removed about a third of the large intestine during emergency surgery; with no immediate threat to the Israeli  prime minister's life, a hospital official said. Sharon has been comatose at Hadassah Hospital since suffering a stroke Jan. 4.
2/07/06 "Commerce & Greed Rule the Day As Congress Fails to End Horse Slaughter"
 U. S. Agric. Dept- WASH. - Horse slaughter for meat will continue in the U. S., despite votes in Congress to halt the practice. Amer. horse meat is sold mostly for human consumption in Eur. & Asia, some goes to U.S. zoos. The Agric. Dept. acted on requests from slaughter plants, two in Texas and one in Ill., which said their communities could be facing $41M in losses. Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., denounced the decision, saying that "Commerce & greed ruled the day in Congress....to end this practice, Congress, with widespread public support, passed this amendment by a landslide vote in both the House and the Senate, ...this action is a direct defiance of congressional intent," said Sweeney, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. Lawmakers used a tactic that horses must pass inspection by dept. veterinarians before they are slaughtered, so lawmakers voted to yank the salaries and expenses of those inspectors. Dept. officials announced Tuesday they will pay for live horse inspections by charging fees to slaughter plants.
2/04/06  "Kansas Court "Puts On Hold" Abortion Records' Access"
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the state attorney general's access to records from two abortion clinics, that might substantiate violations regarding abortion practices. The court ordered a lower court judge to first make sure that Attorney General Phil Kline has the right to see the documents in his investigation of potential violations of state restrictions on abortion and suspected rapes of children. Kline said Friday he was pleased with the ruling because he believes the subpoenas will eventually be honored.
2/02/06 "Justice Alito Refuses Missouri Death Row Execution"
AP- WASHINGTON- Justice Samuel Alito, handling his first Supreme Court case Wed. night, sided with inmate Michael Taylor, who had won a stay from an appeals court earlier in the evening. Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Scalia & Thomas supported lifting the stay, but Alito joined the remaining 5 members in turning down Missouri's last-minute request to allow a midnight execution, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection. An appeals court will now review Taylor's claim that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment, also used by two Fl. death-row inmates that won stays from the Supreme Court over the past week.
2/02/06  "Andrea Yates Leaves Jail To Await Second Trial"
HOUSTON - Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who stood trial for killing her 5 children while under treatment for post-partem-depression, a maternal disease relative to severe psychosis, left jail early Thurs. on a $200,000 bond, for a state mental hospital where she will await her second capital murder trial, March 20, for the drowning deaths of her young children in June 2001. She has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity; and an appeals court last year overturned the convictions based on testimony by the state's expert witness about a nonexistent episode on television. Featured Report: "CAUSATION AND AID FOR POST PARTEM DEPRESSION AND PSYCHOSIS"
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1/21/06  "Mad Cow Fears Ban U. S. Beef In Japan"
Japan - Members of the U.S. beef industry said a shipment of meat to Japan that mistakenly contained spinal parts, which Japan considers to be at risk for mad cow disease was a "technical" error.  Angry reaction by Japanese consumer groups raises doubts in Japan about whether the U. S. is really committed to complying with Japanese standards and winning back Japanese consumers.
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1/04/06  "Breakdown of Communications Brings Havoc-Suffering To Coal Miners' Families"
Tallmansville, West Virginia-In an apparent breakdown of communications, the company-media-reported 12 of 13 coal miners trapped in an underground coal mine for 48 hours had survived, proved to be wrong; with only one surviving, Randal McCloy, 27, who is hospitalized in intensive care. Disappointed families of the dead voiced their dissent for the way they were misled, while the nation mourns the loss and offers prayers of condolence. A top coal company official expressed regret  that the families of the 12 dead miners were mistakenly led to believe for three hours that their loved ones were alive.
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12/14/05  "Sigmund Freud Kin Awarded HOLOCAUST-Bank Fraud Restitution"
The grandson of pioneering psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was awarded $168,000  in a case against Swiss banks accused of betraying their Holocaust era customers in favor of the Nazis. The estate of Anton Walter Freud, who died last year at age 83, will receive the money as part of a $3 million payout to 23 claimants, according to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn. Featured Report:"SWISS - EURO BANKS-ACCUSED BETRAYERS OF JEWISH CUSTOMERS IN THE HOLOCAUST"

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10/27/05  "Chicago White Sox Win U.S. World Series
Houston, Tex. -In a 4 game sweep, the Chicago White Sox won the coveted World Series over the Huston Astros, after an 88 year wait. Featured Report: "Breaking Records"
10/15/05 "South Asia's Earthquake Leaves Thousands At Risk"
UNICEF - Many thousands of people including children are at risk of death from cold, malnutrition & disease after the massive earthquake that devastated regions of  S. Asia, killing more than 35K, with 2.3M left homeless. The U. N. said that pledges for over $50M have been received, with $4.6M turned into firm commitments or contributions. Private donations can be made through American Red Cross- International Response Fund: Tel: 1-(800)-HELP-NOW; orwebsite.
10/10/05 "Over 2,000 Katrina Kids Are Still  Missing"
Nat. Center for Missing and Exploited Children - It's been over a month since Hurricane Katrina wrecked the lives of thousands of people. Especially tragic are the children that are still missing; that are either displaced or that have perished & are unidentified. The Nat. Center for Missing and Exploited Children is still getting calls in the thousands regarding these kids. If you have any knowledge or need help, Tel. hotlines: 1- 888-544-5475; The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST - (1-800-843-5678).  /Posted Photosof  Missing Children-Web site& www.missingkids.com/ Find Family National Call Center (FEMA, NDMS) - 1-866-326-9393 For those whose loved ones have been separated or lost in the disaster. / Missing Pets: Website& http://www.petfinder.com/ Featured: "TRACKING KATRINA"- News Reports-Photos.
10/08/05  "P.E.T.A. Protests Cruelty of Slaughtering Animals For Food"
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is protesting the killing of animals for food as cruelly inhumane, in an attempt to appeal to the compassionately civilized, saying that, "Like people, they have feelings of pain and fear"; humans are not biologically carnivores; and "years from now, it will be regarded as grotesque, very unhealthy and unacceptable."/ Featured: Great Tasting Meatless Entrees from "The Tree of  Life Cookbook"-Burgers,deli, etc
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9/24/05  "Children Starve To Death In Malawi, Southern Africa"
NSANJE, Malawi - U.N. World Food Programme- "We have lost 29 children to hunger-related illnesses and the situation is not getting any better," said Hanna Kausiwa, a community nurse at a rehabilitation unit run by the U.N. World Food Programme in Malawi's badly affected Nsanje district. The children starved to death at a Malawian health center, an indication of the severity of a crop failure that has left millions short of food across southern Africa. Aid workers have already reported deaths from starvation in a region where malnutrition and death from AIDS are common, but the Malawian figures showed things were getting worse.
9/14/05 "Condoleezza Rice Urges Needed "U. S. Attack On Poverty"
NEW YORK  - Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview Mon. with the editorial board of the N.Y. Times, that the people who were stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina are evidence that race and poverty can still come together "in a very ugly way" in parts of the "Old South". The Sec. also said that she believes the Hurricane Katrina disaster provides an opportunity for Americans to launch a comprehensive attack on poverty. She added, "Not just the fed. govt., but state and local officials,  ... as well as the private sector... non-govt. organizations, and I mean the private business sector ... to address how we might deal with the problem of persistent poverty."
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7/25/05: "American Muslim Society: "We will answer to our Creator..."
C-SPAN Cable T.V. - In an  A. M. live broadcast, the president of the American Muslim Society, Esam Omeish, spoke out against the extremist terrorism activities happening worldwide as "senseless killings of innocent people". He added, "We will answer to our Creator...", as he condemned the violence and called on Muslims to resist intolerance and extremism; and noted passages from the Koran that advocate tolerance.
"National Trend Shifting To Pro-Life"
U. S. A.- In 1993, U. S. A.'s women aged 18-29 polled at 50% pro-choice; subsequently in a 2003 C. B. S. - N. Y. Times poll the trend to pro-life went to only 35% pro-choice. Reasons for the continuing trend in younger women toward pro-life include sonograms which show the living, early fetus in the womb; new medical facts & details about abortion, especially late term-partial-birth abortions; and an increasing awareness of morally related political values. Most pro- life & pro-choice advocates both have agreed that the trend is heading toward a national majority against Roe v Wade.
7/15/05 "Leviticus-Biblical Ancient Scroll Fragments Discovered in Israel"
 JERUSALEM - Two fragments from a nearly 2K yr. old parchment scroll,  inscribed in Hebrew with verses from the Book of Leviticus have been discovered from "refugee" caves in Nachal Arugot, a canyon near the Dead Sea where Jews hid from the Romans in the 2nd century. The first to be found since the 1960s, has given rise to hope that the Judean Desert may yield more treasures, said Prof. Chanan Eshel, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv's Bar Ilan U. The scrolls are being tested by Israel's Antiquities Authority.
5/24/05  "Pres. Bush Greets "Snowflake" Embryo Babies At White House"
Pres. Bush: ..."The children here today remind us that there is no such thing as a spare embryo. Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. And each of us started out our life this way. These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts. And I commend each of the families here today for accepting the gift of these children and offering them the gift of your love..."  Full Coverage     Featured Report: Embrionic Stem Sell Research
5/20/05 "Pres. Bush-"Taxpayers' Money Not For Destroying Life"
12/24/04 "America's Working Poor Going Hungry"
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-estimates the number of hungry Americans at 11.2 % of the population, about 33 million. Experts say that a growing segment of America's hungry: the working poor just "can't pay the rent and put food on the table at the U.S. hourly minimum wage of $5.15; which is a major obstacle to proper nutrition", said Jan Pruitt- exec. dir. of the N. TX  Food Bank.
12/20/04 "Report-U.S. Minimum Wages Don't Pay The Rent"
Nat. Low Income Hous. Coalition - "Wage increases haven't kept up with increases in rent and utilities, said Danilo Pelletiere, coalition research dir. - "Most Americans who rely on just a full time job earning the fed. min. wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one or two bedroom apartment.".
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4/10/02  "Advances in new biotechnology.must never come at the expense of  human conscience." - Pres. George W. Bush
  WASHINGTON - "Life is creation, not a commodity," Pres. Bush said in a speech to 175 doctors, scientists, lawmakers, religious activists and disabled people. President Bush called on the Senate Wednesday to pass legislation banning all human cloning, including the cloning of embryos
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6/29/04 "Ultrasound Tech Views Wide Eyed-Walking Fetuses"
Just how alive-and well these womb-persons are, is being viewed via high-res., golden-hued ultrasound images of fetuses in their amniotic homes. The latest advances in ultrasound technology from grainy 2D to glorious 4D with accompanying DVD, produce images that are impressive, showing facial features, hair, fingers, toes and even a fetus' sex. Significantly the babes are shown to be, immediately after fertilization, in rapid development, soon with eyes wide open and walking on the walls of the womb.
9/02/04 "Report -70,000 Women a Year Killed By Unsafe Abortions"
LONDON - "Unsafe abortion poses a serious threat to the health and lives of women all around the world, not just in Asia,...We have figures that 40 women every minute undergo an unsafe abortion and 200 are dying every day. "- Elizabeth Maguire,  pres. of the Ipas group which works to protect women from unsafe abortions, told Reuters. Researchers say that nearly 70,000 women, almost half of them in Asia, die from unsafe abortions each year. .
2/20/04 "Norma McCorvey: 'Jane Roe' of  Roe v. Wade Fights For Its Reversal"
Dallas, TX. .McCorvey will soon be back in court to fight for the reversal of the abortion legislation that she once supported,
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4/1/04  "Pres. Bush To Sign Unborn Child Protection Bill"
On behalf of innocent children and their grieving families, in Thursday's Rose Garden ceremony, Pres. Bush will
sign the Unborn Child Protection Bill that makes the harm - killing of an unborn child during a violent-illegal act a
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2/18/04 "Cardinal Mahoney Calls Protecting Children: 'Job One' "
 Los Angeles, Ca. The Cardinal said that the number of victims of alleged sex abuse by Catholic clergy is high,
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3/11/04   "Whalewatch Coalition Calls For Outlawing All Whale Killing"
In a 150-page report, the groups called the Whalewatch Coalition, said that "immense cruelty is an irresolvable
component of whaling" that has never been seriously addressed by the international body the International
Whaling Commission that is supposed to regulate whale hunting.

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Governor George Ryan speaks out:.
."I am not prepared to take the risk that we may execute an innocent person," he wrote in an overnight letter to the victims' families..
FoxNews: Excerpts of Gov. Ryan's Speech (AP) - Chicago - Gov. George Ryan emptied Illinois' death row by issuing a blanket commutation covering all 156 inmates, his spokesman said Saturday. "He's been talking about this for a few days, and in only a handful of cases was he considering, for a variety of reasons, not to include (them) in the commutations," spokesman Dennis Culloton said. "Ultimately, late yesterday, he came to the decision this was the only thing to do," Culloton said.. Ryan halted the state's executions nearly three years ago after courts found that 13 death row inmates had been wrongly convicted since the state resumed capital punishment in 1977 — a period during which 12 inmates had been executed..
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11/24/06  "Warnings of Mercury In Fish Insufficient" 
AP-Oceana, a Washington, D.C.-based activist group, issued a report this week that concludes fewer than 20 % of the nation's grocery stores are posting in-store warnings about mercury. Mercury is a toxic metal that can cause nerve damage in humans & is particularly dangerous to children, developing fetuses and women of childbearing age. Methylmercury, a form commonly found in fish, is the type most likely to cause health problems. Jackie Savitz, director of Oceana's Campaign to Stop Seafood Contamination, said that while some of the nation's largest grocers are posting FDA recommendations in stores, "many consumers, especially in the Eastern U.S., still are not getting the message." "We hope that soon the remaining companies will recognize how easily they can protect their customers health," she said. The U.S. FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency have focused on ocean fish, recommending that children and women of childbearing age avoid four species: shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish, & limit their consumption of tuna to 6 ounces per week.
11/21/06  "Salmonella Poisoning From Poultry Meat A Hazard"
AP; U. S. Dept of Agriculture; "Emerging Infectious Diseases" journal of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention/Dec. - Salmonella bacteria sickens at least 40K people & kills about 600 every year in the U.S. Salmonella, commonly found in poultry, is found in many other products, from pork & beef to raw fruits & vegs., & dairy products. A particular strain, Salmonella enteritidis, found in chicken eggs is turning up more often in broiler chicken meat, according to research by the Agric. Dept. Positive tests for it increased fourfold from 2000 through 2005. It causes fever, stomach cramps & diarrhea, & infection can turn deadly by spreading beyond the intestine to the bloodstream. In recent yrs., the salmonella enteritidis strain has been found inside intact, disinfected, grade A eggs. This type of germ contaminates eggs inside a hen's ovaries, before shells are even formed. Cooking poultry to 165 degrees will kill the germ. The govt. also strongly recommends that people use food thermometers & follow basic kitchen rules: washing hands/counters often; keeping raw poultry & meat separate from cooked food; rinse/cook food thoroughly; refrigerate or freeze food immediately.
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11/15/06  Study: "Red Meat Increases Risk for Breast Cancer"
Harvard U; Archives of Internal Medicine- A Harvard Medical School epidemiological study assessed the diets of more than 90K pre-menopausal women in their 20s, 30s & 40s over 12 years. Research leader Eunyoung Cho said that this is the first study to find an association between breast cancer and the amount of beef, pork, lamb or processed meat women consume. Researchers found that women who consumed more than 1 serving of red meat per day almost doubled their risk of developing some type of breast cancer. The findings come after years of advertising promoting the health benefits of red meat and telling Australian women, in particular, to eat more iron-rich lamb and beef. "Pre-menopausal women who ate more than 1.5 servings of red meat per day experience almost double the risk of hormone receptor positive breast cancer, compared to those who ate less than three servings of red meat per week," Eunyoung Cho said.  Featured: "The Tree Of  Life Cookbook" features meatless entrees and recipes.
10/30/06  "Shingles Vaccine Recommended For Older Adults"
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices  - AP - The ACIP has voted to recommend routine vaccines to protect  60 and over adults against shingles. The committee's recommendations usually are accepted by federal health officials, and they influence insurance coverage for vaccinations. Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that is most common in people 60 and older. One in five shingles sufferers develops excruciating long-term nerve pain known as postherpetic neuralgia. Complications also can include scarring and loss of vision or hearing. No vaccine was available until May, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration licensed Zostavax, made by Merck & Co.
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10/16/06   "Diabetics Warned  About Counterfeit Test Strips"
Food & Drug Admin.  - In a public alert, the FDA is warning diabetics to watch for counterfeit versions of test strips commonly used to monitor blood sugar levels which could give incorrect blood glucose values, leading patients to take too little or too much insulin & suffer injury or deaths. The test strips, for use in glucose monitors made by a Johnson & Johnson Co., were distributed nationwide & are for use with various models of LifeScan Inc.'s OneTouch brand of blood glucose monitors. The counterfeits are: OneTouch Basic/Profile, lot numbers 272894A, 2619932 and 2606340. The 50-count packages are labeled in English and French. OneTouch Ultra, lot number 2691191. The 50-count packages are labeled in English, Greek and Portuguese. Diabetics who purchased the counterfeit test strips should stop using them, replace them immediately & call a doctor, the FDA said. They were distributed primarily in Oh., NY., Fl., Maryland & Missouri by Medical Plastic Devices Inc., of Que. Canada, & Champion Sales Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y., the FDA said. Consumers with questions can call LifeScan at (866) 621-4855.
10/14/06  "Flu Shots Available In Ample Supply"
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - AP - An ample supply of flu shots are expected this year, and Oct. & Nov. are the best times to get the shots. Experts encourage those at high risk of complications from the flu to get vaccinated. Such groups include children ages 6 months to 5 years; pregnant women; people 50 & older; those with certain chronic medical conditions; & nursing homes residents. Also, those who live with or care for those at high risk, including health care workers & caregivers should be vaccinated.  C. D. C. P. spokesman Curtis Allen said 110 to 115M doses will be distributed nationwide this flu season, the most ever.
10/13/06 "Spinach E. coli Outbreak Traced To Cow Manure"
SALINAS, Calif. - In an ongoing investigation, health inspection officials have identified & confirmed that the deadly, pathogenic E.coli- O157:H7E outbreak that killed 3 people & sickened nearly 200 nationwide, is the same strain found in cow manure from a nearby cattle ranch, within a mile of the spinach fields. It matched the strain found in sick patients & in bags of recalled spinach. The company that processed / packaged the tainted spinach spokeswoman, Samantha Cabaluna stated, "This definitely reinforces our belief that the source was environmental." Other Salinas Valley farmers/ processors also saw the link to a single ranch as a significant step toward restoring public confidence in a region known as the "Salad Bowl to the World." Investigators continue to look at agricultural runoff- irrigation water as well as the hygiene of farm workers as possible sources of the bacteria.
9/27/06  -"Truth About E. Coli Bacterium -Also Present In Meat, Etc"
9/18/06  "Fifth Case of Mad Cow This Year For France"
AUXERRE, France (AFP) - A cow in central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, the country's fifth detected case this year, local authorities said. The 12-yr. old dairy cow from the central-eastern Bourgogne region was put down in Aug. after developing the symptoms of bovine spongiform encephalopathy  (BSE). The animal later tested positive for the disease. Local veterinary chief Dominique Chabanet said Monday it was probably infected by eating animal-based flour, before its use as cow feed was banned in 1996.
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9/17/06  Study - "Once-a-Year Drug: Reclast "Good News" For Osteoporosis Patients"
Amer. Soc. of Bone & Mineral Research/ Pa. - "This is very good news, ...because it (Reclast) can be given once a year, it's going to be terrific for women who like that option," said Dr. Ethel Siris,  pres. of the Nat Osteoporosis Fndn. & dir. of the Osteo. Center at Columbia U of an experimental once a yr. treatment for bone-thinning osteoporosis that appears to prevent spine and hip fractures. Lead researcher Dennis Black,  prof. of epidemiology at U. of Ca. - S., said that like Fosamax and other pills, Reclast slows down the speed at which cells called osteoclasts break down bone, while other cells build it back up. Reclast, given as an annual, 15-min. infusion, reduced risk of new spine fractures by 70 % & of hip fractures by 40 %, according to maker Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. The drug, chemically known as zoledronic acid, also reduced the risk of fractures elsewhere, according to a just completed, international study of 7,736 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Side effects were generally minor & short-lived, said Novartis which plans to apply early next year for U.S. approval to sell Reclast.
9/16/06   Grand Study: "Drug Cuts Risk For Type 2 Diabetes"
AP - Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and a public health menace that afflicts more than 200M people worldwide.The largest diabetes prevention study ever done has found that a drug already used to treat the disease also can help keep "pre-diabetics" from developing it. But many experts say that losing weight and exercising remain a safer, cheaper approach, because of possible side-effects. The drug, Rosiglitazone, or Avandia, appeared to cut the risk of developing diabetes by more than half, doctors reported Friday. Avandia also helped restore normal blood-sugar function in many of those who took it.
8/26/06  "Canada's 7th & 8th Mad Cow Cases Halt U.S. Imports"
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada's 7th mad cow case since 2003 most likely contracted Mad Cow, the brain wasting disease from contaminated feed, said the Can. Food Insp. Agency; which announced in June that it aimed to eliminate mad cow disease: bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or  BSE, within the next 10 yrs., by banning specific cattle tissues capable of transmitting mad cow disease from all livestock feed & pet food. The 50 month old cow was born yrs. after 1997, when Canada instituted a ban on protein from cattle & other ruminants, such as sheep & goats, in cattle feed. The announcement of the 7th case drew attention from the U.S. govt., which participated in the ensuing investigation, then halted a proposal to allow imports of older Canadian cattle, citing the need to know how the cow was exposed to infected material. On Wednesday, the Canadian food safety agency confirmed an eighth mad cow case in a mature beef cow in Alberta. Featured:."Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
8/02/06 Study - "Unequivocal" Results- Processed Meats Can Cause Cancer"
STOCKHOLM; Karolinska Institute; Journal of the Nat. Cancer Inst; Reuters - A review of 15 studies showed the risk of developing stomach cancer rose by 15 to 38 percent if consumption of processed meats such as bacon, sausage & smoked ham increased by 30 grams (1 ounce) per day, according to the Karolinska Inst. Stomach cancer accounts for nearly one tenth of total deaths from cancer, the institute said. The research collated studies covering 4,704 individuals between 1966 and 2006 and showed "unequivocal" results, the institute said. "... very clearly that there is an association between increased consumption of processed meat products & stomach cancer," said Susanna Larsson, one of the authors of the study at the institute. Featured:."Great Tasting Meatless Entrees" from"The Tree of  Life Cookbook"
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7/01/06  "Drug Significantly Improves Vision In Elderly"
AP; WASHINGTON - The Food & Drug Admin. has approved the first drug, called Lucentis,  made by Genentech, Inc., shown to significantly improve the vision of patients threatened by a major cause of blindness in the elderly. The drug treats the wet form of age related macular degeneration, a disorder where blood vessels behind the retina leak blood and fluid, worsening vision and often causing blindness. An estimated 90% of the 1.4 M Americans who have lost their eyesight due to the disorder have the wet form. Lucentis inhibits the growth of blood vessels when injected into the eye. Other treatments can arrest progression of the disease, which can lead to blindness in just weeks or months, but none has been shown to significantly reverse deteriorating vision.
6/24/06  Study- "Caution-Preventing Children's Deaths In Hot Cars"
 AP; Payne County in N-Cent. Ok. - 21-month-old Banyan Blaze Roberts died in a sweltering car. His father, 29-yr.-old Justin Roberts, was taking care of him & two other children, became distracted, & forgot to take the sleeping boy out of a vehicle after returning from a family outing, said Payne County Under sheriff  Noel Bagwell, calling the case a "tragic accident." "He is at least the fifth child to die across the nation this year after being left in a hot vehicle," said Jan Null, a SF State U. meteorology prof. who tracks such deaths. A study by the Newton, Mass. based Edu. Development Center examined 171 child hyperthermia deaths from 1995-2002 & found that 39% were attributed to a caregiver's forgetfulness, & 27% the result of unattended children playing in or around vehicles. Anara Guard, who led a study for the Mass. center, said that parents & other adults are sometimes too comfortable in their vehicles. "We need to change how we think about the car,...We need to regard it as a hazard, like we would with children around swimming pools," she said.
6/22/06  "Good" Carbs Are Definitely Good For You"
KidsHealth.com; U.S.  Dept. of Agric., Dept. of Health & Human Services- 2005 dietary guidelines recommend that everyone, including kids & teens, eat more unrefined ("good") carbohydrate - whole-grain -complex carbohydrates like brown rice, oatmeal, & whole-grain breads & cereals & limit intake of sugar. Whole-grain -complex carbs are good sources of fiber, beneficial because they're filling & therefore, discourage overeating. When combined with adequate fluid, they help move food through the digestive system and protect against gut cancers and constipation. Studies indicate that eating whole grains reduces long-term risk of cancers & heart disease.
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6/11/06   "Study-Latest U.S. Mad-Cow Disease Cases Are Abnormal"
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Dept. of Agric's. chief veterinarian, John Clifford, said that the latest 2 cases of  Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE or Mad Cow Disease in the U.S., found in Ala. & Tx., are abnormal, differing from the common form of the disease found in Canada & the U.K. The USDA has no plans to change the way it safeguards the U.S. beef supply. An internal USDA memo stated, "There is no evidence to justify any changes in surveillance methods, disease control or public-health measures already taken in the U.S." USDA regulations ban beef from nonambulatory, or "downer," animals from the human food supply & require that certain bovine tissue, such as brain & spinal-cord material, considered to be risky for carrying the BSE infection be removed before processing. Linda Detwiler, a consultant to major food companies & former Agric. Dept. veterinary-disease specialist, said that one possibility is that the cows could be contracting a form of sheep TSE, now believed to be transmissible to cattle.
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5/29/06   Report: "Children's Right To Treatment" Failing in HIV AIDS"
UNITED NATIONS- 7 leading child advocacy orgs. report that more than 2M children under the age of 15 are living with HIV, almost all in sub-Saharan Africa where less than 5 % of HIV-positive children have access to pediatric AIDS treatment, and death almost certain. "We are failing children," said Dean Hirsch, chairman of the Global Movement for Children, which issued an urgent appeal to governments, donors and the pharmaceutical industry to recognize a child's right to treatment as fundamental. Friday's report: 700K children were infected with the HIV virus in 2005, bringing the total to 2.3 M, and 570K died of AIDS: one every minute. "The deaths of these children are not inevitable...an HIV positive child can respond to anti-retroviral treatment.... so let's deliver on the promise of treatment for all by 2010," said Hirsch, pres. of World Vision Int., a Christian relief org.
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5/26/06  "FDA Approves ZOSTAVAX, for Prevention of Shingles-Adults Age 60 Plus"
Date(s): 5/26/06  Merck & Co., Inc. has added a news release to its Investor Relations website.
5/25/06  "Wis. Governor Signs Abstinence Education Bill"
MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a Bill on Tues., requiring sex education teachers to present abstinence as the preferred behavior for unmarried people. Teachers must emphasize that refraining from sex before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy & sexually transmitted diseases. A Democrat spokesman for the governor, Dan Leistikow said that most Wis. school districts already take that approach: "The governor thinks that abstinence should be an important part of the message that kids hear from adults as part of their classes,"  he said. Birth rate among Wis. teens ages 15-19 decreased by 27 % between 1993-2004, from 41-30 births per 1K females, according to govt. survey.
5/20/06  "FDA Finds Cancer-Causing Benzene in Popular Drinks" 
CNN - Food & Drug Admin. The FDA announced that a govt. analysis of more than 100 soft drinks & other beverages turned up 5 with levels of cancer-causing benzene that exceed fed. drinking-water standards. The FDA said that high levels of benzene were found in specific production lots of these drinks: Safeway Select Diet Orange, Crush Pineapple, AquaCal Strawberry Flavored Water Beverage, Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange &Giant Light Cranberry Juice Cocktail. Federal rules limit benzene levels in drinking water to 5 parts per billion. A limited FDA analysis of store-bought drinks found benzene levels as high as 79 parts per B in one lot of Safeway Select Diet Orange. The manufacturers have been alerted and either have reformulated their products or plan to do so, the FDA said. Government health officials maintain there is no safety concern, an opinion not shared by at least one environmental group. "FDA's test results confirm that there is a serious problem with benzene in soda & juices," said Richard Wiles, senior VP at Environ. Working Group.
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5/20/06  "Antibiotic-Telithromycin Linked to Serious Liver Problems"
Food & Drug Admin. Memo- The FDA has received reports of 12 cases of acute liver failure, including  4 deaths in patients treated with  the antibiotic telithromycin. FDA safety evaluators also uncovered 23 other cases where patients suffered serious liver injuries after receiving the antibiotic Ketek- formally telithromycin. The drug's manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, said Friday it was in talks with FDA officials about those reports.
5/18/06  "Merck's Cervical Cancer Vaccine "Gardasil" Endorsed By FDA Panel"
AP; Wash. - A Food & Drug advisory committee voted 13-0 to endorse the safety & effectiveness of Merck & Co.'s Gardasil, which blocks viruses that cause cervical cancer. The company said the vaccine could cut worldwide deaths from the disease by 2/3s. The drug protects against the 2 types of human papillomavirus (HPV) believed responsible for about 70 % of cervical cancer cases; also against 2 other virus types that cause 90 % of genital wart cases. All 4 virus types are sexually transmitted. A possible impediment to widespread vaccination campaigns is the anticipated cost of the vaccine, administered in three shots over six months at $300 to $500. The FDA usually follows the recommendations of its outside panels of experts. "This is certainly a wonderful, good step in addition to our screening processes in helping eradicate cervical cancer," said Dr. Monica Farley, bacterial infectious disease expert at the Emory U. School of Medicine in Atlanta, & head of the advisory panel. An agency decision is expected by June 8.   6/08/06 "FDA Approves Merck's Vaccine "Gardasil" To Prevent Cervical Cancer" Also see: 10/06/05  "Vaccine That Prevents Major Cervical Cancers 100% Effective"
5/15/06 Study: "High Risk Skin Cancer Hits Hispanic Farmworkers"
HealthDay News - Wake Forest U. in Winston-Salem, N.C. A research team at Wake Forest U. conducted two studies including a total of 89 farm workers. Skin disease affects more than 3 out of 4 Hispanic farm workers in N. C., researchers say, highlighting the need for those workers to get more info on preventing skin ailments, including skin cancer. They found that "farm workers are particularly vulnerable to diseases of the skin and have the highest incidence of skin disorders of any industry, ..these workers represent a medically underserved population that is at risk for both environmental/occupational health problems, as well as health problems associated with poverty,...first, the notion that it affects only those who are susceptible needs to be dispelled. Second, the delayed effects of some risk factors, such as sunlight exposure, need to be stressed,"said lead researcher Thomas Arcury, prof. of family medicine. The findings appear in the May issue of the Journal of Agric. Safety & Health & in the April issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
5/12/06  "Survival Rate Ranks Low Worldwide For U.S. Newborns" 
AP; U.S.-" Save the Children"- United States survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia. Among 33 industrialized nations, the U.S. is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland & Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to a new report. Latvia's rate is 6 per 1K. "We are the wealthiest country in the world, but there are still pockets of our population who are not getting the health care they need," said Mary Beth Powers, a reproductive health adviser for the U.S.-based "Save the Children", which compiled the rankings based on health data from countries & agencies worldwide. The U.S. ranking is driven partly by racial & income health care disparities. Among U.S. blacks, there are 9 deaths per 1K live births, closer to rates in developing nations than to those in the industrialized world. In the analysis of global infant mortality, Japan had the lowest newborn death rate, 1.8 per 1K  & 4 countries tied for second place with 2 per 1K- the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland & Norway. Emory U. health policy expert Kenneth Thorpe said, "Our health care system focuses on providing high-tech services for complicated cases. We do this very well, ...what we do not do is provide basic primary & preventive health care services. We do not pay for these services, & do not have a delivery system that is designed to provide either primary prevention, or adequately treat patients with chronic diseases."
5/10/06   "Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Nears Sign-up Deadline"
WASHINGTON - The enrollment deadline of May 15, 2006  for the new Medicare senior prescription drug coverage is nearing.  As yet, about 37M million people have enrolled but 6M million other eligible participants haven't yet signed up, the Bush Admin. said Wednesday. Those who wait until after Monday probably will have to pay higher monthly premiums when they do sign up, though exceptions could be made for the disabled and low income older people who qualify for extra help. Featuring: "HELP IN UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MEDICARE DRUG PROGRAM".With Links To Shed Light On All Aspects Of The Program.
5/7/06  " Newborn's-Children's Strokes Often Undetected For Emergency Treatment"
 NINDS - Childhood strokes occur more often than most people realize. "...Studies suggest that strokes occur in 3 of every 100K kids from the age of 1 month-18 yrs.,..an increase in incidence probably resulting from improved detection methods", says John Lynch of the Nat. Inst. of Neurological Diseases & Stroke. In newborns, the stroke rate is even higher - about one stroke for every 5K infants, about the same as the rate for adults over 75. That's because a newborn's blood is twice as dense, flows slower & is stickier than adult blood with fewer natural anti-coagulants. Other causes include congenital heart malformations that allow blood to pool in the heart where clots can form. The drug tissue plasminogen activator (Activase), not generally used for kids except in special emerg. cases, must be given intravenously within 3 hrs. of the start of symptoms, a deadline often missed because children's strokes often go undiagnosed. So far, tPA has been used in fewer than 12 children in the USA.
4/30/06 Study- "Dementia-Alzheimers Associated With Blood Clots From the Heart"
Apr. 28's British Medical Journal - Researchers found tiny blood clots that originate in the heart: cerebral emboli, in the brains of 40% of 85 people with Alzheimer's disease and 37% of people with vascular dementia. Cerebral emboli are a known cause of stroke which often form in the circulatory systems of people with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that enhances clot formation by causing blood to pool. They have not previously been associated with dementia. "This is another indication that Alzheimer's disease probably is not just one disease, ..there are probably multiple things happening in the brains of older people, and some of them are vascular," said Dr. Julie A. Schneider, an assoc. prof. of neurology - neuropathology at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago. Physicians from the U. of Manchester found the same clots in only 14 % to 15 % of normal adults tested.
4/29/06  Govt. - "Probably a Few U. S. "Undetected" Cases of Mad Cow Disease"
WASHINGTON - AP- There are probably a few undetected cases of mad cow disease in the U. S.; "The data shows the prevalence of  Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in the United States is extraordinarily low, ... In other words, we have an extremely healthy herd of cattle in our country," said Agriculture Sec. Mike Johanns. The calculation comes from new testing data released Friday. Testing is likely to be scaled back after a panel of independent scientists reviews the figures, Johanns said. He added that he wants to persuade Japan to resume Amer. beef shipments before deciding whether to cut the level of testing. Featured: Great Tasting Meatless Entrees from "The Tree of  Life Cookbook"-Burgers,deli, etc.
4/26/06  "States Becoming Proactive Against Postpartum Depression"
AP- In New Jersey, a first-of-its-kind law was signed requiring doctors to educate expectant mothers & their families about postpartum depression, & to screen new moms for the widespread disease. New Jersey's initiative, based on recommendations from health professionals, contends that medication, counseling & support groups all can be effective. Dr. Ralph Wittenberg, medical director of the Family Mental Health Inst., said drugs & psychotherapy each work in about 2/3 of postpartum depression cases; used together, the success rate can exceed 90 %. "What N. J. has done is phenomenal, it's what we want to have in every state in the union," said Cheryl Hill, pres. of the FMH Inst. Several other states have launched awareness campaigns, including TV & radio spots in New York. On May 12, advocates for more ambitious federal action will lobby on Capitol Hill, including Edrienne Carpenter of Tex., who was battling postpartum depression when she won the 2004 - Mrs. U. S. beauty pageant.

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4/23/06  "Diet Affects Bladder Problems"
 (HealthDay News) "For bladder problems, anything that is an irritant is bad. Caffeine is number one, and it's the most common thing...kids get from all the soda they drink,..go back to milk and water - reasonable amounts of both - and generally you can get the child to feel better," said Dr. Kirk Pinto, pediatric urologist at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Tex. The three Cs- caffeine, carbonation, & citrus should be avoided by children who are having trouble with bedwetting. While there are medications to treat it, this simple diet change can help the majority of children. Chocolate is another source of caffeine; red dye is another irritant. Parents should read the labels of foods & drinks.
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4/21/06  Report: "Clinical Depression-Symptoms & Remedies"
HealthDayNews- U. of Il. at Urbana-Champaign- Report: Clinical depression lasts more than just a few days or weeks, & makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as paying bills, going to work, or even getting out of bed. Symptoms of depression include a significant change in mood or apathetic attitude, difficulty enjoying or showing an interest in life, & difficulty concentrating & making decisions. Fatigue, significant changes in weight or eating habits, sleeping too much or not enough, & suicidal thoughts are also signs of depression. The school's Counseling Center recommends lifestyle changes that can improve your mental health, such as avoiding drugs and alcohol, maintaining a healthy diet, & starting an exercise regimen. Keeping a proper sleep schedule & a manageable work schedule, talking to friends and family about your concerns and experiences are helpful. If you think you may be depressed, talk to your doctor, who may prescribe medication, psychological therapy, or a combination of treatments.  See: 3/1/2006 - "FDA Approves AN ANTI-DEPRESSION "PATCH";
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4/17/06  "British Columbia, Canada Confirms New Mad-cow Case" 
  British Columbia, Canada -In the fifth infected animal  found since the national surveillance program was put in place in 2003, the Canadian govt. has confirmed a new case of mad-cow disease in a 6 yr. old dairy cow on a Fraser Valley farm in British Columbia.  Mad-cow disease is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a degenerative disease of the central nervous system of cattle. "This finding does not affect the safety of Canadian beef," the agency said Sunday in a written statement.  The program targets cattle most at risk, and since its inception has tested more than 100K animals. In humans, eating infected tissue from cows has been linked to a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare but fatal degenerative disease blamed for the deaths of 150 people in Britain, where there was an outbreak in the 1980s & 1990s. The U.S. imports Canadian beef & will  dispatch a USDA animal health expert to Canada to assess the problem. Featured: "The Tree of  Life Cookbook"- Healthy "Great Tasting Meatless Veggie Entrees"-Burgers, deli, etc., Recipes, Diet & Nutrition News.
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4/17/06  "New Web Site Rates Quality of Health Care Journalism" 
MINNEAPOLIS - AP - Newspaper and magazine health coverage will be reviewed online at a new Web site beginning Monday @ http://www.HealthNewsReview.org, free & open to consumers. It was created by U. of Minn. journalism prof. Gary Schwitzer, who fashioned the site after similar efforts in Australia and Canada, and says, "For consumers, we hope it will help them improve their critical thinking about claims in health care,.. stories sometimes fail to spell out such things as the availability of a new treatment or the strength of the evidence behind a new study." The reviewers will monitor top newspapers, magazines & other media outlets, including the AP, and rate their coverage of health issues. Articles will be rated on a scale of one to five stars, and the reviewers also will post comments.
4/15/06  Study - "COX-2 Painkillers Raise Heart Risk" 
U. of Pa. School of Medicine- Journal of Clinical Investigation - Study -Painkillers called COX-2 inhibitors may increase the risk of heart attacks by raising blood pressure & making the blood more likely to clot, doing so by the same mechanisms that they use to reduce pain and inflammation; a new generation of anti-inflammatory drugs could avoid the problem, reported lead researcher Dr. Garret FitzGerald. The COX-2 inhibitors were originally designed to be a safer long-term treatment than aspirin & other analgesics for arthritis and similar pain. Then they were found to raise the risk of heart problems. Merck & Co. pulled Vioxx from the market in 9/04 after a study showed it doubled the risk of heart attack & stroke in usage at least 18 mos. Pfizer Inc. suspended sales of its COX-2 inhibitor Bextra & now includes a strong "black box" warning for its COX-2 Celebrex, the only such drug now on the market.
4/13/06   "F. D. A.  Approves Vivitrol Injection For Treating Alcoholism"
U. S. Food & Drug Admin.  - 2.2M Americans are seeking treatment for alcoholism, among the 9M who are alcohol dependent. A once monthly Vivitrol injection to treat alcoholism, with a black box warning for liver damage, won FDA approval Thurs., previously sold only in daily pill form. Alkermes Inc. will make the injectable form of the drug, also known as Naltrexone. Cephalon Inc., of Frazer, Pa., will market and sell it, to be administered at a doctor's office, with the hope for an easier regimen for alcoholics to follow. The drug is to be used in conjunction with counseling or group therapy, the companies said. The drug works by blocking neurotransmitters in the brain believed to be associated with alcohol dependence, diminishing the craving for alcohol. Its price won't be decided until its U.S. launch in late June, with no consumer direct advertising.
4/9/06  Study -"Unprecedented Doubling of Type 2 Diabetes Drug Use For U. S. Kids"
 HealthDay News - Finding an increase from 0.3 to 0.6 per 1,000, the 4 yr. Study analyzed prescription records of nearly 4M U.S. kids, for the number of children & teens taking prescription drugs to treat or prevent type 2 diabetes: "From 2002 to 2005, we found a doubling of type 2 diabetes medications...we've never seen a doubling of prescriptions over this period of time," said Emily Cox, the sr. dir. of research at Express Scripts, that conducted the study.  She believes it lends credence to what doctors and other health care professionals have long suspected: that as Amer. kids "become heavier, their risk for type 2 diabetes is rising." To learn more about diabetes in children and teens, visit the U.S. National Diabetes Education Program. SPECIAL REPORTS: "THE CONDITION OF OUR KIDS" |  "The Tree Of  Life Cookbook" with "DIET FOR LIFE" - "You and Your Diet"
4/8/06  "Vaccinate All Pets Yearly"
American Veterinary Med. Assn.- It's important for all pets, even indoor ones, to be vaccinated against basic diseases like parvo, rabies & distemper each yr. Regular veterinary care not only helps keep your pets healthy, but protects you and your family. Certain diseases, like rabies, can be transmitted to people. It's also important to keep fleas & ticks under control with preventive treatments. Depending on your pets' living situation, you may want to also protect them against feline leukemia or canine kennel cough. Talk to your veterinarian about your pets' particular needs.
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3/27/06   "EU Warnings Of Internet Sales Of  Fake Anti-obesity Drug- "Acomplia"
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Fake versions of an anti-obesity drug Rimonabant, an experimental drug from Sanofi-Aventis, still being tested by the Eur. Medicines Evaluation Agency, are being sold on the Internet, as Acomplia, though it has not been approved. "Patients who buy unlicensed, counterfeit or illicit copies of  Rimonabant may be putting their health at risk," the Eur. Commission warned consumers. EU member states identify 170 medicines as being counterfeit, illegally sold over the past 5 yrs., particularly Viagra, Cialis, & Tamiflu.
3/22/06  "Forum- "Governments' Responsibility To Improve Safe Public Drinking Water"
World Development Movement- MEXICO CITY - Governments, not private companies, should take the lead in improving public access to safe drinking water, representatives of 148 countries said Wednesday at the end of a 7 day forum on improving global water supplies. The WDM org. has launched the report, Pipe Dreams, on the eve of the United Nations' World Water Day. The forum's declaration, adopted Wednesday, states that "governments have the primary role in promoting improved access to safe drinking water. U.N. Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan said some 6K people, most of them children, die from water-related causes every day. .. the goal is to reduce by half the number of people without regular access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The forum focused on the developing world's growing reliance on bottled water bought from private companies. Worldwide, the industry is now worth about $100B per year. Anti-corporate forces & other critics say govts. should instead be improving tap water supplies.
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3/22/06   "Meatpacker Calls For  Testing All Cows For "Mad Cow Disease"
 U. S. Agriculture Dept.- Kansas City- AP- "Mad Cow Disease" is a brain-wasting ailment in cattle. In people, eating meat products contaminated with BSE is linked to more than 150 deaths worldwide, mostly in Britain, from a deadly human nerve disorder, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Kansas City's "Creekstone Farms Premium Beef " wants to look for  mad cow disease in every animal it processes. The U. S. Agriculture Dept. has said no. Creekstone says it intends to sue the department. "Our customers, particularly our Asian customers, have requested it over and over again," chief executive John Stewart said in an interview Wednesday. "We feel strongly that if customers are asking for tested beef, we should be allowed to provide that." Creekstone planned a news conference Thursday in Washington to discuss the lawsuit.  Featured: Great Tasting Meatless Entrees from "The Tree of  Life Cookbook"-Burgers,deli, etc.
3/17/06  Study: "U. S. Provides "Woefully Mediocre" Health Care for All"
New England Journal of Medicine- Startling research from the biggest study ever of U.S. health care quality suggests that Americans, rich, poor, black, white, get roughly equal treatment, but it's woefully mediocre for all. "This study shows that health care has equal-opportunity defects," said Dr. Donald Berwick, who runs the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Mass. The survey of nearly 7,000 patients, considered only urban-area dwellers who sought treatment, but it still challenged some stereotypes: These blacks and Hispanics actually got slightly better medical treatment than whites; once in treatment, minorities' overall care appears similar to that of whites. Featured: Studies & Surveys on: "THE CONDITION OF OUR KIDS" Special Report: "U.S. Hospitals Highest In Errors",  "Las Vegas' Sunrise Hospital-No Place To Be Sick"
3/13/06  "Cow Tests Positive for Mad Cow Disease"
 U. S. Agriculture Dept. - AP- A cow in Alabama has tested positive for Mad Cow Disease, the common name for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or BSE., the Agrig. Dept. confirming on Monday, the third U.S. case of the brain-wasting ailment. The cow did not enter the food supply for people or animals, officials said. Unable to walk, it was killed by a local veterinarian and buried on the farm. Authorities said the farm was under an informal quarantine but would not say where it was. "We will not release this information at this time until we complete our investigation, & that could take a few days," said Alabama agriculture commissioner Ron Sparks. The first U.S. case of BSE appeared in December 2003 and involved a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The disease was found again last June in a cow that was born and raised in Texas.
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3/09/06    "Predictions of  Deadly Bird Flu in U.S. Within Months"
WASHINGTON- A deadly strain of bird flu could appear in the U. S. in the next few months as wild birds migrate from infected nations, said Homeland Security Sec. Michael Chertoff, echoing a statement made earlier by the United Nations. Chertoff added that  "there will be a reasonable possibility of a domestic fowl outbreak" as migrating birds mix with ducks, chickens and other birds in the U.S. But he cautioned against panic, noting that the Agriculture Dept.  has dealt with other strains of bird flu for years."If we get a wild bird or even a domestic chicken that gets infected with avian flu, we're going to be able to deal with it, because we've got a lot of experience with that," Chertoff said, speaking to newspaper editors and publishers.
3/09/06  "Packaged Meats Spiked With Carbon Monoxide Called "Unsafe"
FoxNews - Last November,  Michigan based Kalsec, Inc. petitioned the Food & Drug Admin. to ban the use of carbon monoxide based processes in meat packaging, claiming that its use to package meats is unsafe and could lead to the consumption of spoiled meat that appears safe upon visual inspection. The industry’s motivation, according to the Washington Post, is to save “much of the $1 billion it says it loses annually from having to discount or discard meat that is reasonably fresh and perfectly safe, but no longer pretty.” Some politicians, and anti-meat activists have joined in the fray calling on the FDA to ban the use of the carbon monoxide-based packaging process.
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3/1/2006 - "FDA Approves AN ANTI-DEPRESSION "PATCH"
AP-News Report  - Pharmaceutical Breakthrough: In the U. S., the Food/Drug Admin.has approved the first anti-depressant skin patch only for adults, with analyzed projected sales of $83 million by 2009; the estimated anti-depressant market is at $12 billion.The once-a-day drug "Emsam" from Somerset Pharmaceuticals, will be administered through a skin patch and is said to be safer than pills that can cause stomach problems and complications from various foods. When using the "starter dose" six-milligrams or lowest strength patch, patients shouldn't have to watch their diets.  Special Report: "A Patch Of  Faith"
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2/27/06  "Testing Blood Electrolytes Aids Health Maintenance"
KidsHealth.org - Recommended tests for blood electrolytes  measure certain mineral levels of sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate in the body.  Electrolytes help keep the body's fluid levels in balance, and they're necessary to help the muscles, heart, and other organs work properly. Testing can indicate abnormal heartbeat, muscle weakness, kidney, pancreas or lung abnormalities.
2/26/06  "Green Tea Found To Protect Brain Functions"
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Study- Of more than 1K Japanese adults in their 70s & beyond, researchers found that those who regularly drink green tea , a known anti-oxidant, may have a lesser risk of mental decline as they grow older; the more green tea men & women drank, the lower their odds of having cognitive impairment. The findings build on evidence from lab experiments showing that certain compounds in green tea may protect brain cells from the damaging processes that mark conditions like Alzheimer's & Parkinson's disease, evidenced in Japan's lower rate of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease, compared with Europe & No. America.
2/14/06  Study - "ECGs Needed To Find Undiagnosed Heart Attacks"
2/14 - Eur. Heart Journal; Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands- Study- More than 4 in 10 heart attacks go undiagnosed at the time they occur. These "silent heart attacks" more often go unnoticed in women with more than half of the attacks unrecognized by the patient; also by the clinically medical system. Study co-author Eric Boersma, assoc. prof. of clinical cardiovascular epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, said, "We know from other research that unattended myocardial infarctions do have prognostic implications in the sense of lower life expectancy." The study suggested that periodic, repeat electrocardiographic screening (ECG) could turn up evidence of heart attacks that had previously gone unnoticed.
2/07/06  "Gay - Bisexual Men Increasingly Infected By Rare, Silent Chlamydia Strain"
AP - Called LGV chlamydia, a sexually transmitted, particularly bad strain of Chlamydia disease, with outbreaks in many countries in  Europe, & not usually seen in this country, appears to be slowly spreading here among gay and bisexual men, an infection that can increase chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus. Few U.S. clinics & labs can test for it. Painful symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Because LGV chlamydia doesn't always cause noticeable symptoms, right away, an unknown number of people may silently harbor and spread it, along with an increased risk of HIV transmission.
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2/01/06  "Patients' Own Stem Cells Successfully Treat Lupus"
Study - Wed. Journal of the Amer. Med. Assn. - Stem cell implants from the bone marrow of patients with severe cases of lupus can help reverse the course of the chronic inflammatory disease when transplanted back into the same patients. 48 patients with severe lupus had the treatment at NW Memorial Hosp. Despite the treatment's high risks, they felt they had no other choice. 33 patients have had no disease symptoms for up to more than 7 yrs. following their transplants, said NW's Dr. Richard Burt, who led the study. Featured Report: "Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, Is There A Better Way?"
1/28/06  "Melatonin In Walnuts Proven Age and Heart Healthy"
Sept.- Journal Nutrition; U. of Texas Health Science Center - Dr. Russel Reiter, prof. of cellular and structural biology at the Health Science Center said, "Our studies demonstrate that walnuts contain Melatonin, that it is absorbed when it is eaten, and that it improves our ability to resist oxidative stress caused by toxic molecules called free radicals....Many diseases of aging have a free-radical component." Walnuts also contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to inhibit certain types of cancer and to be heart-healthy.
1/19/06  "Scientists Identify DNA & Location In Alzheimer's Disease."
Jan.- The American Journal of Human Genetics -Study -  An international research team led by researchers at Wa. U. School of Medicine in St. Louis say they've identified a region of DNA lying on chromosome 10 that's strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease. The finding narrows the search for a gene in that area that causes Alzheimer's. "...other than APOE, no genes have been found that increase risk for the more common, late onset form of the disease," lead researcher Alison M. Goate, a prof. of genetics in psychiatry at Wa. U. , said in a prepared statement. The region of chromosome 10 pinpointed by Goate & her team contains 6 genes. She expects that a total of 5-10 genes eventually will be identified as possible risk factors for late onset Alzheimer's.  It's possible that chromosome 10 contains more than one of those genes.
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12/30/05  Study- "Femara" Better To Fight Breast Cancer Relapse"
 New Eng. Journal of Medicine-Study. The Food and Drug Admin. has approved a new use for Femara, a medication already licensed for treating advanced breast cancer, and another drug women can take as initial therapy to prevent breast cancer from returning after surgery to remove the tumor. The study reports that Femara was more effective at preventing recurrences than the current gold standard, Tamoxifen.
12/19/05  "Study Finds Low Brain Estrogen Could Enhance Alzheimer's Risk In Women"
 The Proceedings of the Nat. Academy of Sciences - Study - Low levels of estrogen in the brain may raise women's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The first to show such an association, the findings could lead to new drug candidates to help its prevention. "This will help to invigorate research in this area,...give us a reason to continue to try to work at protocols for hormone replacement therapy that might be beneficial," said Dr. Sam Gandy, chairman of the Alzheimer's Assn's Medical & Scientific Advisory Council & dir. of the Farber Inst. for Neurosciences at Thom. Jefferson U. in Pa. Gandy explained, "... the story was that estrogen deficiency is associated with increased plaque load,....plaques come on earlier and were more severe...." The findings could lead to new medications to reverse brain estrogen deficiency that induces the Alzheimer's pathology, to help prevent it, experts say.
12/09/05  "Study-Pacifiers Reduce Risk Of Deadly "SIDS" For Babies"
Chicago- Study shows that babies who had no pacifiers at sleep time were three times more likely to suffer from Sudden Death Syndrome, the leading cause of death among infants, 1 month - 1 yr. old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can take steps to help reduce your infant's risk. Pacifiers have been linked with lower risk for infections that increase the risk of  SIDS.
12/07/05  "Study Deems Inhaled Flu Vaccine-"FluMist"Safe" 
  U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System - Since the inhaled flu vaccine FluMist became available nationwide 2 yrs. ago, there have been  few serious side effects reported. About 2.5M people in the U. S. have received FluMist, which is intended for healthy people ages 5 to 49. Of 460 adverse effects, possibly linked to the vaccine and voluntarily reported to the U.S. Reporting System through Aug., 40 were considered serious, including breathing problems in asthma patients and life threatening allergic reactions.
12/01/05  Research-"Alzheimer's Might Be a Form of  Diabetes"
Nov. issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease- "Insulin disappears early & dramatically in Alzheimer's disease," sr. researcher Suzanne M. de la Monte, a neuropathologist at Rhode Island Hosp. & a prof. of pathology at Brown U. Medical School, said. Now her group has discovered that brain levels of insulin and its related cellular receptors fall precipitously during the early stages of Alzheimer's. Insulin levels continue to drop progressively as the disease becomes more severe, adding to evidence that Alzheimer's might be a new form of diabetes, she said. In addition, her group found that low levels of acetylcholine, a hallmark of Alzheimer's, are directly linked to this loss of insulin and insulin like growth factor function in the brain.
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11/30/05  "Medtronic Sigma Pacemakers Problem Potential"
 Minneapolis- Medtronic Inc. is advising physicians of a potential problem in a small number of its Sigma pacemakers in which wires may separate from a circuit. The medical device maker said the overall incidence rate is "extremely low" and there have been no reports of patient injuries or deaths related to the issue. However, the problem could result in early battery depletion, loss of rate response, the ability of the device to increase the rate of pacing when the patient is active - or no pacing output, the company said. For patients dependent on pacemakers to maintain an adequate heart rate, loss of pacing output can cause sudden faintness or loss of consciousness.
11/18/05  Study: "Adolescent Depression On The  Rise-Counseling Needed"
 Stanford U.- Study - Young people diagnosed with depression are being treated with more prescrip. drugs & less psychotherapy as the number of doctor visits for adolescent depression continues to rise. The study advises that medication should only be used for the most serious forms of mental illness, & even then in combination with a psychotherapy regimen. "There is the assumption that the medications are so good, it obviates the need for counseling," Stafford said. Jun Ma & Randall Stafford at the School of Medicine's Stanford Prevention Research Cntr. studied 2 large national databases that tracked visits by young people to physicians & hospitals between 1995 & 2002. During that period, the use of medication in depressed kids rose to 52 % of all visits from 47% previously, while the use of psychotherapy dropped to 68 % from 83 % previously.
11/17/05  "Study-Tamoxifen Only U. S. Approved Drug For High Risk Breast Cancer"
Pittsburgh- More than 200K U. S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer; approx. 40K die from it each yr., according to the Amer. Cancer Society. Women at high risk for breast cancer who take the drug Tamoxifen, only drug with U. S. approval to prevent it in high risk women.; sold as a generic and by AstraZeneca Plc under the brand Nolvadex, can for up to 5 yrs. reduce their long term risk of developing the disease, & were about 43 % less likely to get breast cancer than those who took a placebo, research showed. Out of 6,681 women taking the drug, 145 have developed cancer since the study began in 1992, compared with 250 cases in 6,707 women assigned to placebo, according to scientists at the Pittsburgh based research network that conducted the trial with funding from the National Cancer Institute. "This final analysis confirms that tamoxifen reduces the risk of invasive breast cancer in both pre - & post menopausal women at increased risk for the disease," they said.
11/12/05 "Study Shows Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke, Death"
  New Eng. Journal of Medicine - A 7 yr. study, led by Klar Yaggi of the Yale U. School of Medicine, found that people with apnea were twice as likely to die or have a stroke. The risk more than tripled among volunteers with the worst apnea. About 4% of Americans suffer from extreme daytime fatigue because their sleep is disrupted by sleep apnea, forcing them to repeatedly wake up if only for a second. Another 16 % of Americans have apnea without fatigue. The common form of sleep apnea, in which the throat closes off throughout the night, at least doubles the risk of stroke or death.  The researchers at Yale U. also raised questions about whether existing apnea treatments reduced that risk. A separate Canadian study also published in the journal concluded that breathing machines used to treat a form of apnea common in people with heart failure do not prevent death or the need for a heart transplant. The study involving 1,022 people also showed that the risk persisted even with treatment to keep the throat open during sleep, mostly through a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Other study volunteers lost weight or had surgery to ease their symptoms.
11/04/05-  Study-"Screening All Postmenopausal Women for Osteoporosis Recommended"
Park Nicollet Health Serv., Minneapolis - Screening all postmenopausal women for osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, using bone densitometry and treatment of women found to have this condition is highly cost effective, regardless of age. "Even among the oldest of the elderly, bone densitometry and treatment of those with osteoporosis is worthwhile,.. & highly cost-effective and necessary if we are to make better progress reducing the health burden of osteoporotic fractures." said Dr. John T. Schousboe.
11/04/05  Study- "Aspirin With Clopidogrel Prevent Fatal Heart Attacks & Stroke"
U. of Oxford- Eng. - Lancet Medical Journal- Thousands of deaths could be prevented each yr. by giving aspirin & a drug Clopidogrel to prevent blood clots in patients who have suffered a heart attack, researchers said.  Each year, 10M people worldwide have a heart attack. Aspirin is a standard emergency treatment but Dr Zheng-Ming Chen & scientists at the U. of Oxford in Eng. found that adding Clopidogrel, which is marketed under the name Plavix, the world's fourth biggest selling drug, could save lives. "If early clopidogrel therapy was given in hospitals to just 1M of the 10M patients who have a heart attack every year then it would, on present evidence, prevent about 5K deaths & 5K non-fatal repeat heart attacks & stroke," Dr. Chen said.
11/03/05  "United States Hospital Care Rates Highest In Errors"
The Commonwealth Fund -  Journal-Health Affairs- Patients in the U. S. reported higher rates of medical errors & more disorganized doctor visits &out-of-pocket costs than people in Canada, Britain & three other developed countries, according to a survey released on Thursday. 34 % of U.S. patients received wrong medication, improper treatment or incorrect or delayed test results during the last 2 yrs., 30% of Canadian patients reported similar medical errors, 27% of those in Australia, 25% in New Zealand, 23% in Germany and 22% in Britain,  the Commonwealth Fund found. "Driven up by relatively high medication & lab or test errors, at 34 %, the spread between the U. S. & the countries with the lowest error rates was wide," said Cathy Schoen, sr. vice president of C F.
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11/02/05  "Vegetarianism Works a Lifetime of Wellness For Kids, Too"
KidsHealth.org -The serious benefits of Vegetarianism are becoming more prevalent and popular, & many parents wonder if kids can safely follow a veg. diet and still get all the nutrients necessary for growing up healthy and strong. Offering young children a lacto-vegetarian diet filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy for strong bones, and whole grains helps them to learn healthy eating habits in a diet rich in fruits & veggies, high in fiber and low in fat: factors known to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood cholesterol and maintaining healthy weight, that may last for a lifetime. Care, as for all kids, should be taken that they get an adequate amount of essential vitamins and minerals., i.e., vits. B-B12, D, C, E, calcium in low fat-dairy products; fresh vegs., legumes & fruits, proteins in fortified whole grain cereals, breads, wheat germ, oats & soy products, tofu, beans, brown rice, nuts; corn, calcium-fortified orange juice, dark green leafy vegs., broccoli, chickpeas, dried fruits; etc.  Features: "The Fountain of Life"; Featured: from "The Tree of  Life Cookbook" - "Great Tasting Meatless Veggie Entrees"-Burgers,deli, etc.
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10/31/05   "Recommendation: Flu Vaccinations For All"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- The U. S. govt. has set 2010 goals of a 90% percent flu vaccination rate for people 65 and older, and 60 % for younger adults who have high risk conditions. Health providers are saying that all people, including young children should receive flu vaccinations. At least 70M doses of influenza vaccine will be available for the U.S. market this year and everybody who wants a shot should be able to get one, say health officials.
10/27/05 "Hepatitis-A Vaccinations Recommended For Children"
The Advisory Comm. on Immunization Practices which helps set federal vaccination guidelines, voted unanimously to recommend that a 2 dose vaccination against the Hepatitis A virus, be given young children; all children between ages 1 and 2.  The panel's recommendations are routinely adopted by fed. health officials and are influential to doctors. Expanding the vaccination recommendation to all the states could prevent 100K cases and 20 deaths in the lifetimes of children vaccinated in one year. The direct costs of the vaccine program, currently at $22 million, would increase to $134 million.
10/26/05  "Whooping Cough Vaccine Urged for Adults To Protect Infants"
   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-U.S. federal advisory panel recommends that adults should be vaccinated against whooping cough to stop its spread among infants, who are especially vulnerable to the potentially fatal infection; amid signs that whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is becoming more common, especially among teenagers.
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10/20/05 "Elderly Heart Failure Patients Face Obstacles For Treatment"
Archives of Internal Medicine-10/10/05- Report- Because elderly patients with heart failure are faced with ever more complex and expensive medication regimens, more effort should go into optimizing their treatment. "Physicians should be aware of the drug regimens they are expecting their patients to take," said Dr. Frederick A. Masoudi from Denver Health Medical Center, Co. "They should consider the number of drugs they prescribe, the complexity of these regimens, & what their patients must pay to obtain them." Masoudi & colleagues studied patterns of medication prescriptions for older Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with heart failure between 1998 and 2001. "Clinicians should routinely review their patients' regimens & consider the justification for each drug, & every effort should be made to simplify wherever possible, with the goal of achieving drug regimens for every patient that are as simple and affordable as possible," Masoudi said. "This study highlights, among other things, the importance of efforts to make drugs affordable for elderly persons," Masoudi concluded. "The inability to pay for medications is a central cause of non-adherence, which in turn renders any drug regimen useless."  Featured Report: "GOVERNMENT- KILLING OUR MOST VULNERABLE?"
10/20/05 "New Drug Against Early Breast Cancer"
 Amer. Soc. of Clinical Oncology-Recent findings on the impact of the drug, Herceptin made by Genentech, show In 3 studies involving thousands of women with early-stage disease, that it cut the risk of a relapse in half for a very aggressive form of breast cancer; effective only for the estimated 20 % whose breast tumors make too much of the protein "HER2". "The strength of the evidence is so overwhelming at this point that it would be almost impossible to withhold this drug from the appropriate group of patients," said Dr. Gabriel Hortobagyi, of the U. of Tx. M.D., Anderson Cancer Center- & pres. elect of the Amer. Soc. of Clinical Oncology.
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10/06/05  "Mid-Age Exercise Lowers Dementia-Alzheimer's Risks"
 British-Lancet Neurology Jrnl.-  Swedish researchers found that middle-aged people who exercise are much less likely to develop Dementia or Alzheimer's disease later in life. Exercising at least 2 times a week for 20 mins., reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's by 60 %, & lowered chances of having dementia by 50 %, compared with people who did little physical activity. "These findings may have wide implications for preventive health care," said Dr Miia Kivipelto of Sweden's Karolinska Inst., who led the study.
10/05/05   "Parents Need Greater Care In Toddlers' Diets & Exercise"
 Amer. Academy of Pediatrics; Amer. Heart Assn. - Pediatrics experts warn of increasing obesity in 2 yr. olds due to diets high in junk foods, too few fruits & vegetables, & too little exercise. The A.H.A. recommends that children 2 and older should include in their diets fruits & vegetables, whole grains, low-fat & non-fat dairy products, beans. The Amer. Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children 2 and older get an hour of exercise a day.
10/02/05 "Guidant Is Recalling 170,000 Pacemakers"
MedPage Today -  In a statement issued  9/22/05, Guidant Corp. said it is recalling 170,000 of its Insignia and Nexus pacemakers. It was Guidant's fifth recall of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) since June. The company urged patients with Insignia or Nexus pacemakers to consult with their doctors & did not suggest explants of the devices.
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9/27/05  " Research- Cholesterol Drugs Treat More Ailments" 
Britain's Medical Research Council  - Millions of patients, worldwide are  prescribed statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol, but an int. team of researchers said an even bigger group of people would benefit from the treatment. "What we have shown is that the key thing is to find people who are at risk of coronary heart disease or stroke and treat them with a regimen that reduces LDL cholesterol substantially," said Dr Colin Baigent, an epidemiologist at MRC , who co-ordinated the study. Cholesterol-lowering drugs could help to prevent diabetics and people at high risk of heart disease from suffering a heart attack or stroke even if their cholesterol level is not high, the scientists said.
9/21/05  "Cervical Cancer Deaths Are Easily Preventable"
Nat. Cancer Inst. - Virtually all deaths from cervical cancer are preventable, yet the disease will kill almost 4K women in this country this yr., most of them: Southern black women, Hispanics along the Tex.-Mex. border, white women in Appalachia & rural N.E., & Vietnamese immigrants. Efforts are under way to reach those, including a $25M fed. program for communities to recruit volunteers- women who speak their patients’ language and can engender trust, to push Pap tests & shepherd the newly diagnosed through a confusing medical system. Excess cervical cancer is a red flag for other health disparities among minorities & poor regions. The same localities also have too high rates of breast and colorectal cancer, strokes & infant mortality.
9/20/05 Study - "Human Neural Stem Cells Aid Spinal Cord Injuries"
U. of  Ca., Irvine- Report- Human neural stem cells can replace damaged cells & improve function in mice, of spinal cord injury. According to Dr. Brian J. Cummings & colleagues, they injected human neural stem cells into the site of spinal cord contusion injury in mice & followed their progress. Cummings said, "Our study improved function in mice with very controlled injuries. We did not cure these mice....there is hope, (for treating spinal cord injury) but we are a long way off. Treatment with toxin targeting the human cells resulted in decreased locomotor function, indicating  ".. that at least some of the recovery was the result of integration between the grafted cells & the host cells," Cummings said.  Report: "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" -  IsThere A Better Way?
9/16/05   "Implanted Defibrillator Serious Malfunction Report"
 Food & Drug Admin. - Wash, D.C..- Report-Implanted cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, and pacemakers were "directly responsible" for 61 deaths out of nearly 3M implants between 1990 and 2002, according to a FDA report. Those deaths were ones that had been linked to a malfunctioning device that was removed and checked by the manufacturer, it said. "The results demonstrate a marked increase," William Maisel,  Boston based cardiologist & FDA consultant, said at a Wash. meeting of cardiologists.
9/04/05 "Research-ACE Inhibitors Prevent Heart Deterioration"
STOCKHOLM; Eur. Soc. of Cardiology- Research -A process known as "remodelling," occurs when the heart adapts to injury caused during a heart attack. It results in heart enlargement  & changed shape, causing it to pump blood less effectively. A common blood pressure pill can reduce the risk of death particularly serious in elderly heart attack survivors by preventing their hearts from deteriorating. Perindopril, one of a group of popular anti-hypertension drugs called ACE inhibitors, reduced "remodelling" by 46 % over 1 yr. when compared to a placebo. The study proved the drug could be of benefit to millions of elderly heart attack patients around the world. Prof. Roberto Ferrari - U. of Ferrara, Italy said, "If you have a heart attack and you survive it well but are elderly, you are still at great risk of remodelling and should be aggressively treated with Perindopril." Prof. Henry Dargie, consultant cardiologist at W. Infirmary in Glasgow, Scot., said that the study added to a growing body of evidence suggesting most (ages of) patients should be put on ACE inhibitors following a heart attack.
7/22/05: "Diet-Exercise, New Medications Bring Relief From Insomnia"
U. S.- F. D. A. Lunesta is so far the only prescription sleep aid approved by the U. S.- F. D. A. for long-term use. While most of the 8 other FDA approved sleep aids tend to lose their effectiveness after about a  week of use, Lunesta has been shown in Sepracor funded clinical studies to remain effective for up to 6 months. Some of the emerging new insomnia medications are believed to enhance the action of so-called GABA receptors within the brain believed to promote sleep, while minimizing the side effects more common to older drugs. "We've already started to see an enormous marketing push for these drugs, with insomnia now labeled the latest 'epidemic' threatening the health of America, ...many insomnia patients could find restful sleep by simply avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine or getting enough exercise," said Dr. Jerry Avorn, a Harvard Med. School prof.
6/19/05"Alzheimer Research Produces New Guidelines For Prevention"
Alzheimer's Assn. Conference.- Brain scans, blood tests, drinking fruit-veg. juices daily, very moderate alcohol intake, early detection, targeting a protein called amyloid beta 42 in a projected new vaccine, are some new guidelines, according to researchers, resulting from studies aimed at prevention of the disease.
"Guidant Recalls 50,000 Heart Defibrillators"
 Guidant Corp - Thousands of heart patients must decide whether to have surgery to remove their defibrillators after Guidant Corp. recalled 50,000 of the implanted devices, which are supposed to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm. The company said on  6/17/05, that it was advising physicians about the safety of several defibrillator models, including 28,900 that could develop a short circuit, and another 21,000 that could malfunction due to a computer memory error.
8/14/05 "Research - "Prevention & Reduction of Dementia/Alzheimer's"
Brain Research- It has become increasingly clear that the same strategies that cut the risk for heart attacks & strokes: eating well, lowering cholesterol & blood pressure, avoiding obesity  & diabetes, exercising regularly, also protect the brain. "The major way we've reduced the death rate from heart disease is through lifestyle changes,... there's no reason to think we can't have the same impact on Alzheimer's & other dementia," said David A. Bennett of Rush U., Chicago. Neil Buckholtz of the Nat Inst. on Aging said, "It's really critical that we find ways to prevent, or at least delay the onset of cognitive decline." Researcher's recommendations also include: antioxidants like Selenium, vitamins C , E, & Folate; relaxation techniques, taking  mental notes & thought-active interests.
08/12/05  Study-"HighVitamin B Diet Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's" 
Journal -"Alzheimer's & Dementia"-  In a new study, findings indicate that older people whose Folate ( B vit.) intake from fruits, green vegs. & supplements is above the recomm. dietary allowance are at a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's. Experts hypothesize that Folate protects against Alzheimer's by reducing blood levels of Homocysteine, an amino acid that has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease. Researchers cautioned that  more research is forthcoming to verify the findings. occur.
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7/28/05:  "Adult Stem Cell Research Creates New Functioning Brain Cells"
Stockholm Karolinska Inst.-"Daily Svenska Dagbladet" - Swedish researchers have created new functioning brain cells from adult stem cells that neurosurgeons withdrew from the brains of living adults during routine surgery for hydrocephalus- water on the brain; sparking hope that effective treatments for  illnesses like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's could be imminent from adult stem cells.
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7/26/05:  Research -"Elderly Endangered By Mismanagement of  High Blood Pressure"
Journal of the Amer. Medical Assn. - Researchers say that 3 out of 4 Americans aged 80 or older have high blood pressure, but most do not get adequate treatment, exposing them to a risk of heart attack or stroke."Many more men and women are now living healthy and active lives into their 80s and 90s. As clinicians, we should not loosen our management of high blood pressure just because a patient has had the good fortune to reach an older age," said Dr. Daniel Levy, co-author of the study.
6/9/05  Study: "New Therapeutic Hope For Stroke Patients' Speech"
Amer. Heart Assn. Jrnl. - Stroke - Study's lead author, Marcus Meinzer, of U. Konstanz-Germany, said that about 38 % of stroke survivors have problems with speaking & comprehending words after a stroke on the left side of the brain: aphasia.  Spontaneous improvement often occurs during the first 6 mos. after a stroke; but as many as 60 % retain speech problems. Analyzed were 16 men & 11 women, stroke survivors, average age 51, who suffered about 4 yrs. from varying degrees of aphasia. Intensive therapy for them who suffered a stroke yrs. earlier seems to improve their speaking ability in the study, offering hope to stroke victims & their families. Although the experiment needs to be duplicated with a broader group, several experts praised the results.
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6/7/05  "Leave 'Em Light & Laughing"
HONG KONG; The Joyful Mental Health Fndn. -  In Hong Kong, known for its serious business pursuits, an estimated 70K of  the population's 7M people suffer from depression. The Joyful Mental Health Fndn. will hold a 'laughing contest', July 15-17 as health experts urge people to lighten up. The event will  highlight educating the public on depression & how laughter is the best medicine
1/25/05   "Research-Adult Stem Cells Help Repair Heart Failure"
 Dr. Amit Patel  @ U. of Pittsburg Med. Center and colleagues at the Asoc.  Espan. Primera de Socorros Mutuos in Montevideo, Urug,, the Benetti Fndn. in Rosario, Arg., and Baylor U. in TX. - The study, presented to a meeting in Florida of the Soc. for Thoracic Surg., is the latest of a series of experiments that show adult stem cells seem to be able to help repair a damaged heart. An international team of researchers  that worked on 30 volunteers, report that bone marrow cells infused to the heart through tiny incisions helped several severe heart failure patients - who saw their heart functions improve to nearly healthy levels.
12/06/04  "UK - 'Use Sparingly': Warnings on Prozac-typeAntidepressants"
LONDON - Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agncy- British health authorities, reviewing popular Prozac-type antidepressants, said there should be stronger warnings on the risk of withdrawal reactions after ending a course of treatment; urging doctors to use them sparingly, advising non-drug interventions such as counseling. Featured:"STUDIESON DEPRESSION"
12/30/04  "Bad Diet, Exercise-Lack Put Amer. Kids At Risk For Heart Disease"
HealthDayNews-About 1 M Amer. kids between ages 12 - 19 yrs. - about 4.2 %,  now have metabolic syndrome, -controllable risk factors for heart disease like abnormal blood lipids, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and overweight or obesity. According to Dr. Robert Eckel, pres.-elect of the AHA and an endocrinologist at the U. of Co. Health Sciences Center, "The new statistics on metabolic syndrome in youth  represent a reminder of a future generation of heart disease patients, if measures are not taken..."
12/30/04 "Canada Discovers Suspected Case of Mad Cow Disease"
 Can. Food Insp.Agency- Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy-The test is still preliminary, and final results will be ready in 3 to 5 days, according to the Canadian agency. The suspected animal had not entered the human or animal feed system. The U. S. imposed a ban after a previous case of MCD was discovered in Canada in May 2003.
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12/24/04 "America's Working Poor Going Hungry"
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-estimates the number of hungry Americans at 11.2 % of the population, about 33 million. Experts say that a growing segment of America's hungry: the working poor just "can't pay the rent and put food on the table at the U.S. hourly minimum wage of $5.15; which is a major obstacle to proper nutrition", said Jan Pruitt- exec. dir. of the N. TX  Food Bank.
11/25/04  "Experts Fear Avian Bird Flu Pandemic"
 Fatal to humans, a global alert against the spread of H5N1 avian flu virus is underway: "This virus is certainly the most likely one which will cause the next pandemic,"
claims expert, Dr. Klaus Stohr.
"WORLD HEALTH ORG. Calls Avian Bird Flu Outbreak Potentially Pandemic"
WHO pleaded with the global scientific community to  accelerate the search for a cure.
It has the "potential to cause widespread damage," said World Health Org. spokesman Peter Cordingley.
"Bird Flu More Virulent, Can Live for Years, More People At Risk"
The alarm is also raised about chilled / frozen poultry meat,  the deadly H5N1 virus could survive for years in temps. as low as
minus 70 degrees Celsius (-94 F)...

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