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47 million Americans lack health insurance: report

The number of Americans lacking health insurance rose by nearly 8.6 million to 47 million from 2000 to 2006, with children and workers from every income level losing coverage, a new report said on Thursday.

The increase was "driven primarily by the continued erosion in employer-provided health insurance," said the report by the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute.

In 2006, 2.3 million fewer Americans received health benefits from their employers than in 2000, the report said, noting the decline does not take the population increase into account.

Comment: War is supported by both parties and unlimited funds are available for this. Go here and see what the money spent on the cost of war could have done the basic infrastructure in America


Enzyme may play role in aggressive lung cancer

Higher levels of an enzyme that makes estrogen may be the hallmark of a more aggressive type of lung cancer in older women, a finding that could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

They said measuring levels of the enzyme aromatase -- which naturally converts the hormone androgen into estrogen -- could be used to predict survival in women with early stage lung cancer who are over the age of 65.

Light Saber

The new rules for defeating cancer

Being even slightly overweight can increase the risk of a range of common cancers including breast, bowel and pancreatic cancer, a landmark study has found.

The largest review of links between diet and cancer, incorporating more than 7,000 studies, concludes that there is convincing evidence that excess body fat can cause at least six different types of the disease. The researchers give warning that everyone should be at the lower end of the healthy weight range.


MRSA Deaths in the US Exceed AIDS Deaths: Circumcision is a Culprit

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) issued a cautionary statement today about the increased risk of 'Super-Bug' methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections for circumcised infants. NOCIRC's statement follows a CDC report warning about MRSA as a major public health problem.


Unique pattern of gene expression can indicate acetaminophen overdose

In a new study, researchers found they could detect toxic levels of acetaminophen in laboratory animals by analyzing gene expression in the blood. This study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, could be a first step in developing accurate new tools to detect acetaminophen overdose in humans. Overdose of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in many over-the-counter pain relievers, is a leading cause of liver failure in the United States and is often difficult to diagnose. An estimated 50,000 people seek emergency room treatment for acetaminophen overdose each year.


Faking Your Way to Good Health

Trendy nutrient-infused drinks like Diet Coke Plus and VitaminWater may be hip, but are they healthy?


Human blood: Most mysterious liquid on Earth

Blood is a symbol of vitality. In pre-Christian cultures, it was thought that blood had the power of fertilization and contained part of divine energy.

Blood is a symbol of vitality

Comment: Several entries about blood, blood types and related dietry recommendations are also found in Cassiopedia - the true encyclopedia.

Here are some links to the relevant entries:
- Anatomy, physiology and mythology of blood
- Theory of the human blood types
- Blood type diet by Peter D'Adamo

Evil Rays

You don't say? Scientists study the ABCs of fear

Science is getting a grip on people's fears. As Americans revel in all things scary on Halloween, scientists say they now know better what's going on inside our brains when a spook jumps out and scares us. Knowing how fear rules the brain should lead to treatments for a major medical problem: When irrational fears go haywire.

"We're making a lot of progress," said University of Michigan psychology professor Stephen Maren. "We're taking all of what we learned from the basic studies of animals and bringing that into the clinical practices that help people. Things are starting to come together in a very important way."

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'Halloween Extravaganza & Procession of the Ghouls' in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York.

Comment: Read the Signs editorial for understanding how the government is exploiting peoples fear in order to usher in a fascist regime and a never ending "war on terror":
Limbic Warfare and Martha Stout's "Paranoia Switch

A good book on fear is called The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker


How Racism Affects IQ

Closing the education gap between races requires a critical look at early education and health care disparities -- not unfounded statements that black people are less intelligent.


Legal Toxins in Toys May Disrupt Male Sexual Development

This article is adapted from Mark Schapiro's new book Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power (Chelsea Green).

Toxic chemicals in toys can interrupt the production of testosterone, the hormone that helps determine everything from gender-based behavior to sex drive to sperm count.

Comment: This article is a good example of how the corporations are run by psychopaths. How could anyone, in good conscience, fight to keep something in toys, and other products, that is seriously detrimental to our children? Only those without a conscience could do so.

Remember, psychopaths look for opportunities that will give them power, wealth and thrills. They care only for themselves. Others don't figure into their plans, unless they can be used to accomplish getting what is wanted by the psychopath.