- -10-01-04 Soft Drinks Likely Related to Obesity in Children (MSNBC News)
"First, the use of soft drinks is likely related to the rise in childhood obesity. A variety of studies suggest that we don't eat fewer calories from other sources when we increase calories from beverages."
"Although soft drink consumption among children has received the most critical attention in studies, the wide popularity of sports drinks, fruit drinks with only 5 to 20 percent juice and sweetened drinks made from powdered mixes are also concerns. These drinks carry extra calories and decrease children's consumption of nutrient-dense drinks. Parents should restrict these drinks as well." 10-04
- -10-11-04 Christopher Reeve Dies (CBS News)
"Christopher Reeve, the star of the 'Superman' movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, has died, his publicist said."
" 'So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable,' Reeve once said. 'Then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. If we can conquer outer space, we can conquer inner space, too.' 10-04
- -10-13-04 U.S. Snubs U.N. Plan for Women (CBS News)
"More than 250 global leaders in all fields including 85 heads of state and government — have signed a statement endorsing a U.N. plan adopted 10 years ago to ensure every woman's right to education, health care, and to make choices about childbearing. But President George W. Bush's administration refused to sign because the statement mentions 'sexual rights.' " 10-04
- -11-12-04 Sleep More, Eat Less (CBS News)
"Chronic sleep deprivation may be part of America's obesity problem, a new study suggests. Lack of sleep has a bad effect on the 'appetite control' hormone leptin, researchers say." 10-04
- -11-12-04 Too Much Vitamin E May Shorten Life (CBS News)
"Vitamin E hasn't proven to be good for the heart, and now a study suggests that too much vitamin E — daily doses of 400 IU or more — actually increases the risk of dying, according to new findings." 10-04
- -11-14-04 Company Gives Away Stem Cell Line (China View)
"An Australian biotech company announced Monday that it is to release the embryonic stem cell line it has developed to world researchers for free."
"The Stem Cell Sciences Ltd. (SCS) made the announcement when opening a new laboratory at Monash University's Clayton Campus in Melbourne, capital of Victoria state." 11-04
- -11-16-04 Study: Sleep More, Eat Less (CBS News)
" 'Maybe there's a window of opportunity for helping people sleep more, and maybe that would help their weight,' said Dr. Steven Heymsfield of Columbia University and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York."
"Sleep deprivation lowers leptin, a blood protein that suppresses appetite and seems to affect how the brain senses when the body has had enough food. Sleep deprivation also raises levels of grehlin, a substance that makes people want to eat." 11-04
- -11-19-04 12 Million Went Hungry (CBS News)
"More than 12 million American families either didn't have enough food or worried about someone in the family going hungry last year, the Agriculture Department said Friday. Thirty-six million people experienced or worried about hunger." 11-04
- -12-03-04 Pandemic Preparedness - Avian Flu (International Herald Tribune)
"A global pandemic of avian influenza is 'very, very likely' and could kill tens of millions of people worldwide, a top World Health Organization official said Monday."
Editor's Note: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson stated on December 3, 2004 that one of his greatest health fears is for a pandemic of avian flu. 12-04
- -12-31-04 Tsunami - Race to Save Millions (MSNBC News)
"The world pumped aid into south Asia’s tsunami zone on Friday in a frantic race to save millions of survivors from dehydration and disease, and stop a terrifying death count climbing further."
"As relief efforts brought a glimmer of hope, the toll from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it spawned rose to more than 120,000 on Friday, including about 80,000 deaths in Indonesia, though Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supadi said the toll there could hit 100,000." 12-04
- 01-08-04 FDA Rejects Silicon Implants (CBS News)
"The Food and Drug Administration has rejected Inamed Corp.'s bid to bring silicone gel breast implants back on to the market, the company announced. "
"The decision was greeted with relief by women's groups who had insisted that the implants were never properly studied under FDA's strict requirements for other medical devices." 1-04
- 02-06-04 Flu Research Breakthrough (CBS News)
"The 1918 flu that killed 20 million people appears to be more birdlike than previously thought, according to findings by U.S. and British researchers that could help explain why it was the deadliest influenza strain ever recorded."
"The research, conducted separately by scientists at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and at Britain's Medical Research Council, used lung samples preserved from victims of the 1918 flu to reconstruct a protein crucial to their infection."
" 'These were not little steps but big strides toward understanding, at the structural and molecular level, what it is about these strains that make them dangerous,' said Dr. Gregory Poland, a flu specialist at the Mayo Clinic who reviewed the research."
"Different influenza strains spread around the world annually. Every so often a strain tough enough to kill millions emerges, and experts believe the world is overdue for another pandemic. Unraveling what made the 1918 flu so vicious could help doctors better react if a similar strain returns."
"Asia's current bird flu, a strain known as H5N1, clearly can jump directly from poultry to people - at least 16 people have died of it this winter. Most cases have been traced directly to contact with sick birds, although human-to-human transmission has not been ruled out in one instance." 2-04
- 06-01-04 Partial Birth Abortion Ban Ruled Unconstitutional (Bloomberg.com)
"A ban on 'partial-birth' abortions signed into law last year by President George W. Bush was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in San Francisco."
"U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said the law is vague and places improper restrictions on a woman's ability to 'choose a second-trimester abortion.' Today's ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which supports abortion rights." 6-04
- 06-02-04 Biggest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time (CNN News)
"Millions of men, women and children may die in the Darfur region of Sudan unless there is an immediate outpouring of international aid, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday."
"U.N. Emergency Coordinator Jan Egeland last week called the situation in Darfur 'the biggest humanitarian drama of our time.' "
" 'This is the most dramatic race against the clock that we have anywhere in the world at the moment,' he said. 'If we lose, hundreds of thousands of women and children, mostly, will perish.' " 6-04
- 06-30-04 Starving in Sudan (BBC News)
Provides powerful word pictures of the extreme suffering of women and children in Sudan. The suffering and starvation is being caused by warfare rather than by drought. 6-04
- 09-05-04 Medicare Premiums to Jump Largest Amount in Program's History (MSNBC News)
"Medicare premiums for doctor visits will rise 17 percent next year, the Bush administration said Friday. The $11.60-a-month increase is the largest in the program’s 40-year-history." 9-04
- 09-09-04 Powell Declares Genocide in Sudan (BBC News)
"The US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the killings in Sudan's Darfur region constitute genocide." 9-04
- 09-23-04 Study: Dogs Can Smell Cancer (Fox News)
"It has long been suspected that man's best friend has a special ability to sense when something is wrong with us. Now the first experiment to verify that scientifically has demonstrated that dogs are able to smell cancer (search)." 9-04
- 11-12-04 White Bread Linked to Diabetes (CBS News)
"Eating white bread is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new Australian study."
"After following the diets and health records of more than 36,000 men and women in Australia for four years, researchers say they found white bread and starchy foods were linked to diabetes."
"White bread was the food most strongly related to diabetes incidence," they write in the November issue of the journal Diabetes Care. " 11-04
- Amber Alert (CodeAmber.org)
Provides information on the Amber Alert system, as well as individual alerts. 7-04
- Amber Alert Goes on Web (USAToday.com)
"The nation's Amber Alert system will be connected to the Web starting today, a major technological boost that users say should make it easier for the system to thwart child abductions by transmitting messages over pagers, cell phones and BlackBerrys." 7-04
- Half the World's Children Suffering (Guardian Unlimited)
"More than half the world's children are suffering extreme effects of poverty, war and HIV/Aids, denying them a healthy and safe childhood, according to a report published today."
"The report said the world had the capacity to reduce poverty, conflict and HIV/Aids and improve the plight of the world's children. It said Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the world through human development by 2015 and were agreed to by the UN's 191 member states in 2000, could be achieved at an annual cost of $40bn (£20.8bn) - $70bn (£36.4bn). World spending on military last year was $956bn (£497.4bn)." 12-04
- Takeout Nation (MSNBC News)
"American families still manage to eat dinner together, they just don't want to cook it. How our busy lives and more sophisticated tastes are transforming the food industry. And why that fancy new kitchen is always so clean." 1-04