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 The Hudson River once perched on the edge of utter disaster with high bacterial counts and large scale fish kills. Improved water treatment diminished the threat over decades, but now it seems to be returning according to a recent scientific study. Researchers have found that following rains the bacteial count jumps markedly in several locations. We opine that although porous parking lots and increased roof vegetation will help the general problem, that the actual consumption…
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The decline of Greece continues unchecked as hospital beds reduce by more than 7 percent from last year. We do not have to look far to see that reduction in hospital services has and will continue to have an effect on the aged and chronically ill. Intended or not, the accelerating reduction of hospital beds will have the same effect as culling the population. It may be logically deduced that since the scope and duration…
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Testing prospective drugs is risky business, but rewards are enormous. Since the number of drug producers has shrunk in the last decade, the world's dependence on fewer companies to produce more has created a remarkable set of unintended consequences. For instance US Government though regulation has increased dramatically, drug trials have become the mainstay of many university research departments and these have become remarkably proficient in conducting the trials. NIH and drug companies often develop…
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Raw sewage gurgled up from toilets when the ship listed, rumors of armed gunmen on board spooked passengers, but later proved to be untrue. Could it have been worse? Yes, a whole lot worse. Despite privations and third world sanitary conditions, the ship was not drifting powerless in a major storm, nor was it aground like Costa Concordia (which incidentally is still sunken and on its side). We have assembled an eclectic set of references…
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Medical records repositories in hospitals, medical conglomerates, and private practices are breached every day. The more electronic our society becomes, the less privacy exists. We note that the breaches referenced in this article can be multiplied by thousands. How does the reader feel about this inconvenient truth?       February 12, 2013 Palm Beach County Health DepartmentPalm Beach, Florida MED INSD 2,800 Patients with questions may call (561) 671-4014 A senior desk clerk was…
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No, not the Hunger Games, rather Homeless games instead. How then shall we begin to elucidate a remarkable attempt by UK organizers to birth what they hope will become a tradition of sorts. From their modest beginnings in 2010 (spin off from the Homeless World Cup), the Homeless Games now enter their third year with apparent swelling competitor ranks. Our review revealed an interesting breadth of sports, but we were left with what to us…
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The European Union has a committee (among many, many others) in charge of approving products for use within the confederacy. However, it seems that this EU committee has behaved much like committees are wont to do, and has refused without cogent reason, rescheduled hearings, and punted the matter of the drug Orphacol back and forth for three years. This chemical has apparently demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in reversing certain fatal childhood liver disease. Meetings and considerations…
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A declining population is a no confidence vote. As families break apart and children are viewed as a burden or economic inconvenience, no nation can grow. What can a government do to reverse such a trend? What has to happen in the hearts of men and women to change their viewpoint? If such trends continue in industrial nations, will an inadvertent "genetic bottleneck" be created?   Why can't humans just decide for themselves how many…
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Birth rates have formerly been an object of national pride, and to many represented a fundamental hope as parents sought to gather loved ones around them. It now appears however, that the falling birth rates in some western nations are bearing a bitter fruit. The growing legions of Germans and Japanese citizens who live out later years in isolation and loneliness bears witness to the folly of negative population growth and to the effect that…
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