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VOA News

by Joe De Capua

December 26, 2005

The chief of federal AIDS research has reportedly said drug companies do not have an incentive to develop a vaccine against HIV.

The Associated Press says Dr. Edmund Tramont recently testified that drug companies are likely to wait until the government develops a vaccine - and profit from that research. The AP says Dr. Tramont testified in a recent lawsuit.

Rutland Herald (VA)

by Aziza Jamgerchinova

December 21, 2005

On the day Pablo Tufino felt the familiar sinus pressure, aching bones and weakness in his knees - symptoms of flu he gets every year - he walked into a busy Manhattan health food store for fresh carrot juice.

Tufino struck up a conversation with the cashier, telling him he was "coming down with something." The cashier pointed to a portable display that read Oscillococcinum in black bold letters. "This really works," said Tink Vien, the cashier and inventory manager at the store, East Side Health Food.

CTV (Canada)

by Ellen Pinchuk

December 18, 2005

A human rights scandal is brewing in Russia, where a group of women who spent time in a mental institution claim they were sterilized without their consent.

Oksana Koluzatova is among this group. She spent five years at a mental institution after being diagnosed as mentally handicapped. But she ran away after she was sterilized. The women -- who are mainly orphans and have no legal guardians -- claim that the doctors coerced and threatened them until they agreed to have their tubes tied to prevent them from having children.

Organic Consumers Association

December 9, 2005

Public Comment Period for this rule Closes December 12, 2005

Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. On August 2, 2005, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children, without exception. But the EPA's newly proposed rule, is ridden with exceptions where chemical studies may be performed on children in certain situations...

The Seattle Times (CA)

by Marla Cone

December 8, 2005

A thousand acres stretched before him as Gary Rieke walked briskly behind a harvester, the parched, stalks of rice sweeping against his knees. Stopping to adjust a bolt on the machine, Rieke struggled to maneuver a wrench with his tremblin fingers.

It was 1988, and Rieke was in his mid-40s, too young and too fit to feel his body betraying him. For two decades, he had farmed in the San Joaquin Valley, and he knew what he wanted his hand to do. But for some frustrating reason, it refused to obey. Unbeknownst to Rieke, by the time he noticed the slightest tremor, about 400,000 of his brain cells had been wiped out. Like an estimated 1 million other Americans, most over 55, he had Parkinson's disease, and his thoughts could no longer control his movements. In time, he would struggle to walk and talk.

United Press International

by Dan Olmsted

December 7, 2005

CHICAGO -- It's a far piece from the horse-and-buggies of Lancaster County, Pa., to the cars and freeways of Cook County, Ill.

But thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don't have autism. Homefirst doctors have delivered more than 15,000 babies at home, and thousands of them have never been vaccinated.

ic Wales

by Robin Turner

December 7, 2005

A bogus psychologist quizzed a student about her sex life after she visited him in a bid to end her fear of getting into cars, a court heard yesterday.

David Sydney Evans pretended to be Dr David Lloyd-Evans, a world authority on child sex abuse, it was alleged. In fact he had no qualifications whatsoever, John Hipkin, prosecuting, told a jury at Swansea Crown Court.

Daily Times (Pakistan)

December 7, 2005

LAHORE: It could be time to discard the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

According to Guardian, a British newspaper, with Apple Computer's iPod digital music player continuing to sell well, and the tiny iPod nano set to be one of the must-have gifts this Christmas, physicians are now warning that the first cases of a condition they are labelling "iPod finger" have started to emerge. "Handheld music machines are extremely popular and users are constantly using small, difficult buttons with the same finger in a repetitive motion," said Carl Irwin from the British Chiropractic Association.

The Washington Post Foreign Service

by John Ward Anderson

December 4, 2005

LYON, France -- French physicians on Friday defended their decision to perform the world's first partial face transplant on a 38-year-old woman, saying horrific wounds from a dog bite in May probably could not have been repaired...

News of the operation brought criticism from some medical ethicists, who questioned whether a high-risk transplant should be performed for cosmetic reasons on patients who do not have life-threatening injuries. There also are potential psychological ramifications for patients in swapping one of the most personal and individual features of a body, which for many people is a reflection of persona.

ABC News

November 30, 2005

The death of a Canadian teenager who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after kissing her boyfriend is putting a renewed focus on a condition suffered by thousands of Americans.

Fifteen-year-old Christina Desforges of Saguenay, Quebec, died last week after kissing her boyfriend, who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich hours earlier. He passed along traces of peanuts to Desforges, who was severely allergic, and she immediately became short of breath. She was given a shot of adrenaline to counteract the symptoms, but that did not help. She died of respiratory failure in a Quebec City hospital.

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