NewsTarget.com
September 13 2006

There is growing evidence that positive emotions such as happiness are linked to good health and increased longevity, but too many questions remain unanswered to draw definitive conclusions, according to a review of research conducted over the past 10 years. The paper, authored by Sheldon Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sarah Pressman, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Carnegie Mellon, was published in the December 12 issue of the Psychological Bulletin.

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REUTERS
September 11, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newer antidepressants, already suspected of raising the risk of suicide, may also cause a few people to become violent, researchers reported on Monday.

They found that people who took GlaxoSmithKline's antidepressant Paxil were twice as likely to have what was called a "hostility event" as those given a placebo.

Paxil, known generically as paroxetine, is in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.

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Chemo may exact a greater toll
From Reuters
August 21, 2006

Chemotherapy drugs may cause more serious side effects for breast cancer patients younger than 64 than once thought, according to a study released last week.

Researchers mined insurance claims for 3,526 women who had intravenous chemotherapy for breast cancer and tallied problems serious enough to require emergency care or a hospital stay. Their review found more than 8% of women underwent treatment for a fever or infection compared with less than 2% reported in an earlier review of clinical trials.

Other problems also occurred more frequently than previously estimated, according to the study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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NewsTarget.com
August 30 2006

(NewsTarget) A team of researchers from the University of California has found that sunscreen can do more harm than good once it soaks into the skin, where it actually promotes the harmful compounds it is meant to protect against.

The research team found that three commonly used ultraviolet (UV) filters -- octylmethoxycinnamate, benzophenone 3 and octocrylene -- eventually soak into the deeper layers of the skin after their application, leaving the top skin layers vulnerable to sun damage. UV rays absorbed by the skin can generate harmful compounds called reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can cause skin cancer and premature aging. The researchers found that once the filters in sunscreen soak into the lower layers of skin, the filters react with UV light to create more damaging ROS.

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NewsTarget.com
August 30 2006

(NewsTarget) In response to reported cases of tendon ruptures associated with fluoroquinolone antibiotics, consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA this week to require a black box warning about the side effect rather than the current warning, which the group claims is buried in a list of possible side effects and is inadequate.

"Tendon ruptures associated with these drugs continue to occur at a disturbing rate, but could be prevented if doctors and patients were more aware of early warning signals, such as the onset of tendon pain, and switched to other antibiotics," said Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group. "The FDA must act and require black box warnings and patient information guides."

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NewsTarget.com
July 24 2006

(NewsTarget) The natural health community is outraged at 16-year-old Abraham Cherrix being forced into chemotherapy treatment by a Judge's decision.

Cherrix, a native of Chincoteague, Va., was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease last summer and began chemotherapy soon after. Cherrix felt the treatment was poisoning him rather than saving him, and refused further treatments. He then made the choice, along with his parents Jay and Rose Cherrix, to pursue alternative therapies such as eliminating sugar from his diet and eating organic foods, all under the guidance of a doctor in Mexico.

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NewsTarget.com
July 24 2006

(NewsTarget) New research has found that Gleevec, a popular cancer drug by Novartis also called Gilvec, can cause congestive heart failure in leukemia patients.

Researchers from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia conducted a five-year study of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, and found that although Gleevec can keep the leukemia in check for up to five years, it can also cause severe heart damage and even cardiac failure in users. The study, published in Sunday's issue of Nature Medicine, found that the protein Gleevec targets to combat cancer also plays an important role in maintaining healthy cardiac muscle cells.

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Virginia Boy Wants to Pursue Alternative Cancer Treatment ACCOMAC, Va., July 25, 2006 — An Eastern Shore teenager with cancer does not have to report to a Norfolk hospital today for treatment. That's the ruling this afternoon by an Accomack County Circuit Court judge, after a lawyer for 16-year-old Starchild Abraham Cherrix appealed an earlier ruling by a juvenile court judge. Judge Glen Tyler said Abraham and his parents will get a new trial in Circuit Court as soon as possible. A trial date was to be set.

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July 17, 2006. By Evelyn Pringle

Whenever a TeenScreen article appears in the mainstream media, it never discusses the fact that the survey is being used to label children with any number of mental illnesses. The point needs to be made that this so-called "suicide prevention tool" has a lofty purpose alright, but caring about whether or not kids commit suicide ain’t it.

According to attorney, John Whitehead, founder and president, of The Rutherford Institute, and author of the award-winning book, "Grasping for the Wind," TeenScreen is driven “by recommendations from President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which has called for mental health screening for all school-aged children, including those in preschool.”

“TeenScreen is sweeping across the nation,” he warns, “and finding its way into our public schools.”

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TeenScreen has been using "passive consent" to bypass parents. If a parent did not return the passive consent form to the school, then TeenScreen considered that the parent consented. What about a child who loses the form or a parent who forgets? They consented!

One document, now available here: http://www.teenscreentruth.com/TeenScreens_New_Consent_Procedures.pdf

written by TeenScreen Director, Leslie McGuire states:

"Effective August 1, 2006, all school-based sites will be required to obtain written ("active") consent from the parents or legal guardians of minor students."

"For some sites, the updated policy and forms will be a departure from the way in which they currently operate, but I want to assure you that we did not make this decision lightly and that we will be available to help make this a straightforward transition for you and your staff. "

Notice Leslie says "school based sites". What about the TeenScreen sites in homeless shelters and juvenile detention centers?

Another document:

http://www.teenscreentruth.com/TeenScreens_New_Consent_FactSheet.pdf

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