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Big Pharmaceuticals now target pets! New doggy diet drug to combat pet obesity

A new diet drug for dogs which can cut their weight by a fifth is no substitute for a regular walks and good food, vets said last night.

Slentrol is billed as a weight loss drug for plump pooches whose owners can't resist giving them fattening treats or simply don't have time to exercise them.

But the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals said pills are not the way to tackle the growing weight problem among Britain's 6.8million pet dogs.

Comment: This is just another way for the pharmaceutical companies to make more money. It would be far healthier for the pets if owners were educated on just how much it harms pets to have excess weight. Rather then going for the quick fix, that, most likely, has unpleasant side effects.

Comment: The pharmaceutical companies are just trying to open up another market of revenue. The health of your pet is not what they are interested in. They are only interested in fattening up their bank accounts.

Like it was said by the RSPCA, drugs are not the answer to an over-weight pet. Educating the owners is what is needed.


Californian city Bans Smoking In Some Homes

The Belmont City Council on Tuesday night adopted a landmark ordinance regulating secondhand smoke in the city.

The ordinance passed on a 3-2 vote and will go into effect in 30 days, according to City Manager Jack Crist.

The ordinance was introduced by the City Council on Sept. 11, and then approved with a few wording changes at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Comment: Police state measures are in place to regulate and control the citizens every move. And the sheeple accepts these measures willingly!

Read Let's all light up!

Red Flag

Painkillers in Short Supply in Poor Countries

©Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
Doing Without: A hospital in Sierra Leone, where painkillers often are not available.

A survey of specialists in Africa, Asia and Latin America has produced a disturbing portrait of the difficulties in offering pain relief to the dying in poor countries. Many suffer routine shortages of painkillers, and the majority of specialists got no training in pain relief or opioid use during their medical education.


Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus

©Viktor Koen

In 1988, the surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, proclaimed ice cream to a be public-health menace right up there with cigarettes. Alluding to his office's famous 1964 report on the perils of smoking, Dr. Koop announced that the American diet was a problem of "comparable" magnitude, chiefly because of the high-fat foods that were causing coronary heart disease and other deadly ailments.

He introduced his report with these words: "The depth of the science base underlying its findings is even more impressive than that for tobacco and health in 1964."

Comment: We suspect that there's much more that the medical community agrees on, and we came to believe and live by, due to "informational cascade". Which, one must bare in mind, it starts from those in power and then "cascades" to reach each household.


Donated blood quickly loses important gas

Donated blood quickly loses some of its life-saving properties as an important gas dissipates, U.S. researchers said on Monday, in a finding that explains why many patients fare poorly after blood transfusions.

©REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea
Bags of donated blood in cold storage at the National Blood Transfusion Center in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on April 27, 2002


Studies tout treating mini-strokes fast

Treating patients quickly for mini-strokes could dramatically cut the risk of a major stroke later, report two studies that could change standard treatment and potentially save millions of people from stroke's damaging effects.

In research published Tuesday, British and French doctors found that patients treated within 24 hours of having a mini-stroke cut their chances by 80 percent of having a more serious stroke in the next three months.


Rethink on human hybrid experiments

A radical Government re-think on the law governing hybrid embryos will allow scientists to carry out virtually any work they like - if it is approved by regulators.

The move opens the door to experiments involving every known kind of human-animal hybrid. These could include both "cytoplasmic" embryos, which are 99.9% human, and "true hybrids" carrying both human and animal genes.

Evil Rays

Mobile phone cancer risk 'higher for children'

Children should not be given mobile phones because using them for more than 10 years increases the risk of brain cancer, a leading scientist has said.


Snooze or Lose

Overstimulated, overscheduled kids are getting at least an hour's less sleep than they need, a deficiency that, new research reveals, has the power to set their cognitive abilities back years.


How to Get Kids to Sleep More

Asking sleep experts for advice on how to put children to bed often feels like an exercise in futility. The standard tips are banal and predictable: avoid caffeine; remove the TV from their bedroom; don't sleep on a full stomach; put up dark blinds. You have the feeling the experts are holding out on us - there has to be something more. And there is. Here's the stuff they'd love to tell you, if they weren't afraid of overwhelming you with science.

- Ever wonder why most people sleep better when their bedrooms are cool? It's because the circadian rhythm system that helps regulate sleep cycles is not just light sensitive, it's temperature sensitive. Anything above a neutral air temperature both slows the body's initiation of sleep and changes sleep patterns - a hotter room means an increase in non-REM sleep.