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Surprising Depression Treatments Show Promise

NPR – Traditional antidepressants like Prozac are widely used to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels, which researchers have long believed are at the root of depression. Research shows that other drugs, including ketamine [and scopolamine] — also known by its street name, Special K — may be more effective. Read Transcript/Listen to Audio

Overweight mothers who smoke while pregnant can damage baby’s heart

Medical Xpress – Mums-to-be who are both overweight and smoke during their pregnancy risk damaging their baby’s developing heart, finds research published online in Heart. Congenital heart abnormalities are some of the most common defects found at birth, with around eight in every 1000 babies affected. A likely cause is only found in 15% of cases. The authors base their findings on an analysis of almost 800 babies and foetuses who were born with congenital heart abnormalities, but no other defects, between 1997 and 2008. Read article

EU summit: UK and Czechs refuse to join fiscal compact

BBC – The Czech Republic and the UK refused to sign up. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said his government would act if the treaty threatened UK interests. He still has “legal concerns” about the use of EU institutions in enforcing the fiscal treaty, he said. The Czechs cited “constitutional reasons” for their refusal, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy said. Read article

Egyptians vote to elect upper house

Independant – Egyptians have gone to the polls to cast their ballots for the upper house of parliament. Turnout was light early today in the capital Cairo, one of 13 provinces where the first stage of elections for the Shura Council are taking place. A second stage will take place on February 14-15. The Shura Council is composed of 270 members. Only two-thirds are elected while the rest are appointed. It is a largely consultative body with limited powers. Read article

U.S. Drones Patrolling Its Skies Provoke Outrage in Iraq

NY Times – A month after the last American troops left Iraq, the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel. Some senior Iraqi officials expressed outrage at the program, saying the unarmed aircraft are an affront to Iraqi sovereignty. The program was described by the department’s diplomatic security branch in a little-noticed section of its most recent annual report and outlined in broad terms in a two-page online prospectus for companies that might bid on a contract to manage the program. It foreshadows a possible expansion of unmanned drone operations into the diplomatic arm of the American government; until now they have been mainly the province of the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency. Read Article

UK police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff, raid offices

Reuters – British police arrested four current and former staff of Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling Sun tabloid plus a policeman on Saturday as part of an investigation into suspected payments by journalists to officers, police and the newspaper’s publisher said. Read Article

New Taser standards in place for B.C. police

CTV News – The new standards for Taser use are being rolled out across the province Monday, requiring police to undergo mandatory training for the conducted-energy weapons. The changes to B.C. policy come in response to the 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski, who was Tasered multiple times at the Vancouver International Airport. Retired judge Thomas Braidwood led an inquiry into the case and recommended the changes, which will now see police trained at a provincial standard to improve safety. Read Article

UK Justice Minister to ban criminals from claiming injuries fund

Guardian – Criminals are to be banned from making claims for injuries from a special fund set up to help victims of crime, Kenneth Clarke will announce on Monday. The justice secretary is to tell MPs that he will take steps to stop convicts from making claims from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Read Article

Iraqi bloc ends parliament boycott over Hashemi warrant

BBC – Iraqiyya – a Sunni Muslim-dominated nationalist bloc – walked out over the issue of an arrest warrant for fugitive Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi. Mr Hashemi, who is accused of running death squads during the insurgency, is in hiding in Kurdish northern Iraq. Iraqiyya will decide later whether to end its boycott of cabinet. A spokeswoman for the bloc called the return to parliament a “goodwill gesture”. Read article

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ‘plans talks with Taliban’

BBC – The Afghan government is planning to meet the Taliban in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to jump-start peace talks, the BBC has learned. The landmark meeting will come in the coming weeks, before the establishment of a Taliban office in Qatar, according to Western and Afghan officials. The Taliban have refused previously to recognise the government of President Hamid Karzai. Read Article

Norway apologises for deporting Jews during Holocaust

BBC – “Norwegians carried out the arrests, Norwegians drove the trucks and it happened in Norway,” Jens Stoltenberg said in a speech. It is believed to be the first time a Norwegian leader has been so explicit about collusion under Nazi occupation. More than a third of Norway’s 2,100 Jews were deported to death camps. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Disease and Medicine (3,031 articles)

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Climate Fact Of The Day – ARGO-ERA Ocean Heat Content Model Comparison

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The image above compares the ARGO-era Ocean Heat Content observations to an extension of the linear trend of the climate models presented in Hansen et al (2005) for the period of 1993 to 2003. Over that period, the modeled OHC rose at 0.6 watt-years per year. Even with the recent uptick in Global Ocean Heat Content anomalies, the trend of the GISS projection is still 3.5 times higher than the observed trend.

Responding to Saleh’s medical treatment in US, rights group calls for justice in Yemen attacks

Washington Post – The Human Rights Watch is clarifying its position on the embattled Yemeni president Ali Abdulla Saleh getting medical treatment in the United States. The New York-based human rights organization, which says it has documented the deaths of hundreds of anti-government protesters in confrontations with Saleh’s security forces, says it is not opposed to Saleh receiving care in the United States. Read Article

Study clouds evidence on soy and menopause

Reuters – Middle-aged women may find some relief from hot flashes and other menopause problems with soy supplements, according to Chinese researchers. They found daily supplements of soy germ isoflavones reduced the sudden sweats more than inactive placebo pills after six months. But a U.S. expert wasn’t convinced by the results, which run counter to other published studies. Read article

US: Frito-Lay chips not “all natural”: lawsuit

Reuters – A New York man sued Frito-Lay on Monday, claiming the company misleads consumers with the claim its popular Tostitos and SunChips products are made with “all-natural ingredients.” In the proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court, plaintiff Chris Shake said the snacks actually contain corn and oils made from genetically engineered plants. Shake said he shelled out an additional 10 cents per ounce of chips to buy the allegedly “all-natural” Tostitos and SunChips instead of a product such as Doritos, which makes no such claim. Read article

Freddie Mac hired Gingrich as it reshaped strategy

Reuters – Within months after taking over as chief lobbyist at mortgage lender Freddie Mac in 1999, Mitchell Delk hired a prominent Washington insider to advise him on how to build support among conservatives on Capitol Hill: Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives. Read aticle

Syria military offensive in Damascus suburbs aims to drive out rebels

Guardian – Syria launched a major military offensive to seize back parts of Damascus under de facto rebel control on Sunday, a day after the Arab League said it was abandoning its monitoring mission in the face of out-of-control violence. Government forces killed at least 19 people, activists said, in some of the bloodiest fighting in the capital since Syria’s 10-month uprising began. Witnesses inside Damascus described scenes of mayhem, with troops shelling residential areas and fierce house-to-house fighting. Read Article

Press freedom declines in Egypt

UPI – Press freedom in Egypt has dropped since the revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak’s regime a year ago, a study indicates. A press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders says Egypt fell 39 places during the past year, al-Ahram Online reported Wednesday. Read Article

Belgium feels bite of 24-hour strike

Boko Haram vows to fight until Nigeria establishes sharia law

Guardian – The Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed almost 1,000 people in Nigeria, will continue its campaign of violence until the country is ruled by sharia law, a senior member has told the Guardian. “We will consider negotiation only when we have brought the government to their knees,” the spokesman, Abu Qaqa, said in the group’s first major interview with a western newspaper. “Once we see that things are being done according to the dictates of Allah, and our members are released [from prison], we will only put aside our arms – but we will not lay them down. You don’t put down your arms in Islam, you only put them aside.” Read Article

Most Emerging-Market Stocks Decline on Chinese Policy Caution, Europe Debt

Bloomberg – Emerging-market stocks fell on concern China may not ease monetary policy and before Europe’s leaders meet to discuss their debt crisis. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) lost 0.9 percent to 1,007.59 as of 10:05 a.m. London time. The Sensitive Index, or Sensex (SENSEX), slid 1.9 percent in Mumbai. Benchmark indexes fell at least 0.8 percent in Russia and South Africa as commodity prices fell. Read Article

Police use stun gun on Occupy DC protester

Associated Press – U.S. Park Police say an officer used an electronic stun gun on an Occupy DC participant who was tearing down fliers warning protesters about the ban on camping in McPherson Square. Police said the unidentified man was charged with disorderly conduct. The arrest occurred shortly after noon Sunday. Read Article

Russian Liberals Growing Uneasy With Alliances

NYtimes – About two and a half hours into a recent strategy session of Russia’s new protest movement, someone raised the question that could tear apart the crazy-quilt alliance opposing Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s power. “I’d like to ask on what basis extreme nationalists and ultra-right-wing groups are allowed to participate in this civic movement,” said Aleksandr Bikbov, a mop-haired and bespectacled sociologist. “Especially,” he added, “if they shout antidemocratic slogans like ‘Russia for ethnic Russians’ from the stage.” Read article

Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)

Daily Mail – The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. the figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century. Read article