Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Health news

A couple of odd stories... first:

A Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suspended its liver transplant program after allowing a Saudi patient to jump to the top of the waiting list and falsifying data to cover it up.
The report doesn't mention whether the Saudi in question is tight buds with the Bush Family, but I think we can take that as a given.

Then there's this:

Pomegranate juice, a deep red juice becoming popular as a health drink, works against prostate cancer cells in lab dishes and in mice, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.
Some scholars suggest that the 'apple' involved in the Eden Eviction was most likely really a pomegranate. So it's clear from this that Eve (if there was an Eve) was only trying to provide her family with healthful antioxidants, and for that, she's had to suffer millenia of misunderstanding. (But being a mother, I'm sure she's used to it.)

Finally, kinda creepy news:

Construction workers have found bone fragments that may be remains of people who died in the World Trade Center attacks on the roof of a neighboring skyscraper damaged on September 11, 2001, a city official said on Tuesday.
Something I hadn't realized - only 292 of the 9/11 victims were identified. Which makes this part of the article make more sense:
The discovery of what may be human remains highlights the other big concern for families of the victims who are already pressing for millions of tons of rubble from Ground Zero to be treated as human remains and given a proper burial rather than dumped in a landfill like garbage.

But it does raise the question - how do you give a 'proper burial' to millions of tons of rubble?

Thanks to Ralph of Newfare for the cool news headlines sidebar, btw. It's a great way to scan the headlines quickly.


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