BBC News
March14, 2006


There is mounting evidence of a link between antibiotic use in infancy and asthma in children, studies suggest.

A Canadian study of 12,082 children suggests those treated with antibiotics under the age of one are twice as likely to develop asthma in childhood.

And researchers writing in US journal Chest found additional courses of antibiotics in the first year of life increased asthma risk still further.

Earlier studies suggested the drugs may affect the way the immune system works.

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The New York Times
By JULIE BICK
Published: March 12, 2006

REACHING into their nylon lunch bags at school, Casey and Cameron Lilley pull sandwiches made of organic ingredients out of wax paper wrappers, and sip water from coated aluminum containers from Switzerland. Their mother, Shawn Lilley, had carefully chosen the packaging.

At a recent gathering of kindergarten mothers in Seattle, Ms. Lilley told the women that chemicals could leach from plastic bags and other plastic containers into food. Since then, a few more kindergartners have shown up with sandwiches in wax paper.

"Shawn researches these kinds of things, and it's not that much more expensive, so we switched," said Linda Walker, who packs lunch daily for her three children.

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Cayenne Pepper: a healing herb

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by Ingri Cassel
From the September 1999 Idaho Observer:

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum Anum)

Disclaimer: If you believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the authority on how you should or should not take care of yourself then there is no reason to continue reading this article.

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Take Your Pills, All Your Pills

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The New York Times
March 11, 2006
By ANDREW POLLACK

Joseph A. Brocato's weekly self-injections of a drug to treat hepatitis C left him so feverish and fatigued, he said, he often thought of quitting. He didn't, thanks to a nurse who urged him by phone to stay the course.

The nurse, Colleen Dinsdale, did not work for Mr. Brocato's doctor. Rather, Ms. Dinsdale was paid by the drug's maker, Roche, and its distributor, McKesson. Each month that Mr. Brocato took the drug, Pegasys, and its companion pill, ribavirin, meant $3,000 in sales - most of it paid by his insurance company. His share was a $50 co-payment.

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The Sunday Telegraph,
12th February 2006
Beezy Marsh, Health Correspondent

Eighteen babies and toddlers have died following childhood vaccinations in just four years, a secret Government report reveals.
Four deaths have been linked to suspected adverse reactions to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) triple jab, according to documents prepared for the Government's expert advisers on immunisation.
The controversial jab has been beset by fears of a link to autism and bowel disease, although since its introduction in 1998, yearly deaths from measles have fallen from 16 to zero, while the jab against meningitis C is thought to save 50 lives a year.

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New Phones Danger
by Robbie Collin
News of the World,
5th February 2006

Cordless handsets 100 times worse than mobiles, say experts.
Having a cordless phone in your house can be 100 times more of a health risk than using a mobile. The popular phones constantly blast out high levels of radiation - even when they are not in use. Landlines are widely thought a safer option than mobiles. But researchers in Sweden now warn cordless phones are far more likely to cause brain tumours than today's mobiles.
Emissions from a cordless phone's charger can be as high as six volts per metre - twice as strong as those found with a 100 metres of mobile masts. Two metres away from the charger the radiation is still as high as 2.5 volts per metre - that's 50 times what scientists regard as a safe level.

Powerful
At a metre away the danger is multiplied 120 times - and it only drops to a safe 0.05 volts per metre when you are 100 metres away from the phone. Because of the way cordless phones work, the charger constantly emits radiation at full strength even when the phone is not in use - and so does the handset when it is off the charger.
The most common cancers caused by such radiation are leukaemias. But breast cancer, brain tumours, insomnia, headaches and erratic behaviour in kids have also been linked. Those with chargers close to their beds are subjected to radiation while they sleep.
Phone watchdog Powerwatch, using a testing device called the Sensory Perspective Electrosmog Detector, even found electromagnetic fields as strong as three volts per metre in a bedroom above a room holding a cordless phone.
The group's director, Alasdair Philips said: "As ill-health effects have been found at levels of only 0.06 volts per metre, this is very concerning. It's likely everyone in a house with a cordless phone will be constantly exposed to levels higher than this."

The shock Swedish report - by scientists Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlbery and Kjell Hansson Mild - is backed up by many medical experts who believe cordless phones are a health risk.
Harley Street practitioner Dr David Dowson said: "Having a cordless phone is like having a mobile mast in your house. I'd recommend anyone who has one to switch to a plug-in phone."
But BT's health advisor, John Collins, disagreed. He said: "There's no conclusive scientific evidence linking the radiation to any of the symptoms experienced. The evidence is that it doesn't do us any harm. We're a responsible company and abide by all the guidelines set down by recognised experts."
News of the World, 5th February 2006

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Associated Press
March 11, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A bank executive charged with the murder of his twin 5-year-old daughters switched antidepressant medications two weeks before the killings, according to a doctor's notes that were made public Friday.

The notes, written by a doctor caring for Crespi at the Mecklenburg County jail three days after the January killings, were shown to a judge who later decided to have Crespi moved to the state's prison hospital in Raleigh under a suicide watch.

Crespi faces first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 20 stabbing deaths of daughters Samantha and Tessarra at the family's home in the south Charlotte suburbs. Prosecutors have not yet said whether they intend to seek the death penalty.

David Crespi's father and wife have said he suffered from depression.

The doctor notes were made part of Crespi's case file Friday by Judge Karl Adkins, at the request of The Charlotte Observer.

According to the notes, Crespi had been taking the medication Paxil, but it was causing him to gain weight, so he switched to Prozac.

The notes say Crespi had a long history of depression and had contemplated suicide three times since 1995. The notes describe Crespi as in "constant suicidal thought" on the day of the examination.

Prosecutors opposed the release of the notes, but Crespi's defense lawyer did not.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotte.com

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By Carla McClain
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
March 9, .2006


Dana Reeve coughed for a year before she knew why.

She never once thought of lung cancer. She had never smoked. The cancer threat never entered her mind, so she tragically did not take the cough too seriously, she said in one of her last public interviews.

Older men with voices turned gravelly by decades of heavy smoking get lung cancer, most of us assume. Certainly not young women who have always shunned cigarettes.

How wrong we are.

Dana Reeve died Monday, six months after she learned her cough was caused by the worst of all cancer killers, lung cancer. It was an unimaginable and seemingly unfair event, occurring just two years after she lost her paralyzed husband, actor Christopher Reeve. Dana Reeve was 44.

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HuffingtonPost.com
By: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
March 1, 2006

Correspondence newly obtained under the Freedom of Information Act raises troubling new questions about CDC's role in the Thimerosal scandal. Thimerosal is the mercury-based vaccine preservative that has been linked to epidemics of neurological disorders, including autism, in American children born after 1989.

Responding to scientific studies linking dangerous levels of mercury to a range of health disorders, the CDC in July 1999 recommended that the nation's vaccine makers eliminate Thimerosal as a preservative, "as soon as possible."

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The Guardian
By: Riazat Butt
February 9, 2006

· Patient, 15, told of human error after getting all-clear
· Cancer unit director says staff are distraught

A teenager who was repeatedly given a potentially fatal overdose of radiation at a leading cancer unit spoke yesterday of her fears after the hospital where she was given the treatment said the mistake was the result of human error.

Lisa Norris, 15, was undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumour at Beatson Oncology Centre, Glasgow, when she was given the potentially deadly doses 17 times. Doctors have told her they do not know what the long-term effects on her health will be. "I could be brain damaged, I could be paralysed. We don't know what's in the future. I could not be here," she said yesterday.

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