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Report Finds Easy Lab Access to Deadly Pathogens

Wed May 8, 2002

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unauthorized scientists, students and foreigners are routinely granted access to federal laboratories where potentially deadly biological agents, like anthrax and salmonella, are stored, according to a government report released on Tuesday.

The Sept. 11 attacks on the United States and the subsequent anthrax scare have prompted several government and private assessments, many of them critical, on the security of government laboratories that handle contagious viruses and bacteria.


Accutane Use Soars in US: Study

Wed May 8, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of Americans using the acne drug Accutane (isotretinoin) has soared over the past decade despite the fact that it can cause serious birth defects, researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report. Anecdotal evidence also suggests Accutane may play a role in depression and suicide, although studies have not been able to conclusively demonstrate this link.

Bush Is Lying

May 17, 2002


Bush is lying. It's that simple.

Today, in an effort to stop his presidency from hemorrhaging its credibility, Bush took to the podium to gamely defend his lack of action on behalf of the American people prior to September 11th.



by Barry Chamish

Does this feel like deja vu all over again?

The Sunday Times - World

May 19, 2002 Sharon is warned of assassination plot by radical Jews Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv

THE Israeli internal security service, Shin Beth, fears a radical Jewish group is planning to assassinate Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, who has been warned by intelligence advisers to keep public appearances to a minimum.


MS Patients in UK Face New Battle to Get Cannabis

Mon May 20, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - British patients who overcame some of the legal obstacles to using cannabis for their multiple sclerosis (MS) could still fall foul of the health economics watchdog, NICE, it emerged on Monday.

A negative opinion from National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) means that new treatments are unlikely to be funded by the National Health Service (NHS), even if they have been licensed by the Medicines Control Agency.


Unhappy Marriage Makes the Heart Grow Larger

Mon May 20, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Whether a person has an unhappy or a happy marriage can affect the size of his or her heart--and not in a romantic sense, new research reports.

A group of Canadian investigators found that unhappily married people with mildly elevated blood pressure were more likely than those in connubial bliss to have an increase in the thickness of the heart chamber walls after 3 years.


Manual Therapy Works Best for Neck Pain in Study

Mon May 20, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For some nagging neck pain, so-called manual therapy may be more effective than exercise, painkillers and other standard treatments, new study findings suggest.

This "hands-on" technique, in which the neck is manipulated to improve mobility, worked better than exercise therapy or routine care from a doctor for patients with neck pain due to muscle or joint strain.

Stress Impedes Proper Blood Flow: Study

Mon May 20, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Stress appears to inhibit the ability of blood vessels to expand--a problem that may explain why extremely stressful events can precipitate heart attacks, new study findings suggest.

Sudden stress, such as that related to anger, bereavement or war, can trigger heart attacks or sudden cardiac death, according to Dr. Georg Noll of the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. However, it is not clear how such stressful events affect the heart.


Voracious Reading Linked to Early Nearsightedness

Mon May 20, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Reading a large number of books per week may not only expand a child's vocabulary, it may also increase his or her risk of developing severe myopia, or nearsightedness, according to a team of researchers from China and Singapore.

Cipro Resistance Shows 'Alarming' Climb in Calif.

Mon May 20, 2002

By Anne Harding

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters Health) - Resistance to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin has shown an "alarming" increase among patients at one of the western United States' largest rehabilitation facilities, a study released Monday shows.

From 1997 to 2001, resistance to Cipro among E. coli bacteria samples taken from spinal cord injury patients rose from 13% to 33%, Dr. Hanna Canawati and Donald Dunn of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, found.