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by Robert Cohen

The dairy industry adds animal products (sheep skin) to every carton of milk (in the form of vitamin D-3), and may soon be adding processed raw fish organs to their version of nature's perfect food. This decision will make an unhealthy product even unhealthier.

Dairy processors are about to get approval to add fish oil to cheese, yogurt, milk, and ice cream.


American navy 'helped Venezuelan coup'

Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles

Monday April 29, 2002
The Guardian

The United States had been considering a coup to overthrow the elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, since last June, a former US intelligence officer claimed yesterday.

It is also alleged that the US navy aided the abortive coup which took place in Venezuela on April 11 with intelligence from its vessels in the Caribbean. Evidence is also emerging of US financial backing for key participants in the coup.


Jenin Hills Show No Evidence of Massacre


.c The Associated Press

JENIN REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) - Nearly a month after the ferocious battle in this camp, Palestinian residents still conduct daily digs, rummaging through mounds of shattered concrete to salvage pieces of their former lives - a dented cooking pot here, a tattered coat there.

But camp residents, human rights groups and aid groups have found only a few bodies in recent weeks and no evidence to support Palestinian claims that up to 500 Palestinians were massacred by Israeli troops.



by Barry Chamish

Now come on already. If your Foreign Minister, it doesn't matter which country, bribed a prominent Norwegian to win a Nobel Prize, the scandal would ruin him and he'd be out of office in a day. Right? So how does Shimon Peres do it?


Yoga: For Strength and Balance

From Healthy Woman Newsletter from

By Roz Puleo and Amy Malick

Yoga has gone from being a far-out fad to a mainstream form of exercise. Centers that specialize in yoga are becoming just as popular as your local coffee shop. Fitness centers that offer yoga classes are finding that these classes are among the most popular on the schedule. What is it about yoga that has caught the attention of so many?


Two Studies Look at Circumcision's Effect on Sex

Tue May 7, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In some of the first efforts to study the effect of male circumcision on sexual function, two new papers present opposite findings, providing evidence to support both sides of the debate surrounding the procedure.

In one study, University of North Carolina researchers led by Dr. Kenneth Fink showed that adult men who underwent circumcision reported a decrease in both erectile functioning and penile sensitivity after the procedure.


Number of Sex Partners Key in Cervical Cancer Risk

Tue May 7, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - The number of sexual partners a woman has had may be a key factor that helps doctors determine whether precancerous cervical changes should simply be closely watched or surgically treated, according to a new study.

It found that women who have had more than five partners are at increased risk of cervical abnormalities progressing to cancer.


Drugs Could Be Delivered to Brain Via the Nose

Tue May 7, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nasal sprays are routinely used to treat conditions that affect the respiratory system such as allergies and nasal congestion, but new research suggests that it may be possible to deliver medication directly to the brain by way of the nose.

For the first time in humans, a nasal spray was used to deliver hormones directly to the brain without entering the bloodstream, reports an international team of scientists led by Dr. Jan Born at the University of Lubeck in Germany.

High Doses of Caffeine Can Affect Preemies' Organs

Tue May 7, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Caffeine can help premature infants to breathe and raise their heart rates, but high doses can also reduce blood flow to vital organs such as the brain, German researchers report.

The finding may help doctors walk a fine line in helping such tiny infants to survive without causing other problems, said study author Dr. Otwin Linderkamp of the University of Heidelberg. Preterm infants may need high doses of caffeine to combat some of the side effects associated with prematurity.