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Kindness, Intelligence Important in Mate Selection

Wed May 29, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The idea that men are interested in a woman's beauty while women are interested in the size of a man's wallet is overly simplistic, according to new study findings.

The truth is, though attractiveness and income may indeed be factors of interest, qualities such as kindness and creativity are also very important, researchers report.

Norman P.


Docs Lack but Want More Info About Alt Meds: Study

Tue May 28, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite the public's reported widespread use of acupuncture, herbs and other complementary and alternative medicines, many physicians lack the information they need to counsel their patients about such treatments, study findings show.

Sexual Traditions Tied to African Women's HIV Risk

Fri May 31, 2002 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Cultural norms surrounding sex and marriage help explain why young women in sub-Saharan Africa are more likely to have HIV compared with men their age, according to researchers.

Their study of nearly 10,000 men and women in rural Zimbabwe found that, among other things, the fact that young females typically have sex with older men--mainly within marriage or in the quest to "secure" a husband--puts them at increased risk of HIV infection.


'Good' Bacteria Help Kids with Diarrhea

Thu May 30, 2002 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Supplements containing two different strains of lactobacillus, a bacteria commonly found in yogurt, can help ease bouts of severe diarrhea in children and reduce their hospital stays, researchers report.

Such treatments, with so-called "good bacteria," are commonly referred to as probiotics. They are thought to work by altering the microbial ecology in the gut of the person who ingests them.

In the current investigation, lead author Dr.

The Fake Persuaders

Companies are creating false citizens to try to change the way we think

By George Monbiot.

Published in the Guardian

May 14, 2002

Persuasion works best when it's invisible. The most effective marketing worms its way into our consciousness, leaving intact the perception that we have reached our opinions and made our choices independently. As old as humankind itself, over the past few years this approach has been refined, with the help of the internet, into a technique called "viral marketing".

Corporate Phantoms

Why are the government and the big charities ignoring the environmental causes of cancer?

By George Monbiot.

Published in the Guardian

January 4, 2001

There is no notion so flawed that society will not, at some time, adopt it as a universal truth. Few misconceptions are as widespread as the idea that the war against cancer is being won.

Manipulated Facts

Genes aren't the only things being engineered by the biotech companies.

By George Monbiot.

Published in the Guardian

April 5, 2001

On the evening of March 27th, six anti-genetics protestors knocked at the door of a farmer called Jeremy Courtney. They had come to plead with him not to allow his fields, in East Hoathly in Sussex, to be used for a government trial of genetically modified rape. The farmer was out, but his wife said she would pass on their concerns. The protestors went home.

Many Elderly Lack Info About Their Prescribed Meds

Fri May 31, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although some elderly individuals may take as many as six or more prescription medications per day, many of them do not know the names of all of the drugs or why they are taking them, new study findings show.

"Elderly patients often do not know what medications they are taking, their dosages, or indications," Dr. Joel M.