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Home Births Linked to More Infant Deaths

Wed May 8, 2002

By Jacqueline Stenson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Health) - Twice as many infant deaths occurred during home births than with hospital deliveries, according to the results of a study in one US state.

Among births between 1989 and 1996 in the state of Washington, there were 3.3 infant deaths per 1,000 home deliveries, compared with 1.7 per 1,000 hospital births, the investigators found. The study excluded cases in which women had complications during their pregnancies.

Allergy-Causing Substances Lurk in Cars, Clothes

Thu May 2, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Levels of allergy-causing substances--known as allergens--from dogs, cats and dust mites are high enough in car seats and clothes to potentially cause sensitivity and symptoms in some people, new study findings suggest.

While researchers have evaluated allergen levels in homes extensively, very little work has been done on how allergens travel and build up in other locations, such as a person's car.

Mom Is Best Weapon Against Teen Drug Abuse

Fri May 10, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - A caring mother is the single most important factor in preventing teenagers from abusing drugs and alcohol, researchers said on Friday.

An international study showed that teenagers living with both parents are less likely to suffer from alcohol and drug problems but a strong maternal bond is the most effective barrier to substance abuse.


What Would I Do?

by Gene Callahan

One question I'm asked from time to time is, "OK, if you're critical of current US policy in the war on terror, what would you do?"

It's true that it's always easier to be a critic than a performer. I don't have any pretensions to being a foreign policy expert, so I've never attempted to put forward an exact course of action for the US government in response to 9/11. However, there are a few things I do know, that seem relevant, at least to me.



ALTERNATIVES Newsletter Editor Dr. David G. Williams discusses the merits of intravenous administration and oral consumption of hydrogen peroxide therapy.

When it comes to hydrogen peroxide therapy there seems to be only two points of view. Supporters consider it one of the greatest healing miracles of all time. Those opposed feel its ingestion is exceptionally dangerous, and only the foolhardy could think of engaging in such behavior. Before either condemning or endorsing hydrogen peroxide, let's take a real close look at what we're dealing with.

UW Animal Care Committee Investigates Monkey Experiment

By Laurel Holliday

May 09, 2002 -- In 1993, Julie M. Worlein received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Developmental Psychology and Animal Behavior. After earning her degree, she did a post doctorate at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where Mark Laudenslager, Ph.D., has been conducting maternal deprivation studies with macaque monkeys for over 18 years.