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The Homeless in America

interesting piece A link from the www.aafp.org Web site on providing care to homeless populations

"Each day in the United States, at least 800,000 persons are homeless. This includes 200,000 children in homeless families."

Link: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20061001/1132.html

Good Recommendation from CDC

All patients aged 13 to 64 should be screened for HIV routinely,according to new guidelines from the CDC. Nearly 250,000 Americansare estimated to have undiagnosed HIV.The key aspects of the new recommendations, which are focusedexclusively on healthcare settings, include:-- All adult and teen patients should be screened, regardlessof risk.-- The screening approach should be voluntary "opt out" ratherthan "opt-in."-- Specific HIV pretest counseling and separate, written informedconsent should not be necessary, but should be incorporatedin general consent for medical care (state and local laws allowing).The guidelines also include steps to further reduce perinataltransmission. Pregnant women in high-prevalence areas, as wellas those considered to be at high risk, should receive a secondHIV test in the third trimester. Jurisdictions with high HIVprevalence among women as of 2004 were: Alabama, Connecticut,Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illino…

Religious leaders, watch your words and actions!

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Pope Benedict Wipes his tears and said he deeply regrets any offence caused!

Salad lovers at risk !?

According to CNN.Com, the e-coli outbreak has spread to twenty states.Federal health officials say an outbreak of E. coli has spread to 20 states and sickened 94 people.The news prompted health officials to warn the public that even if you wash the spinach, you still could be at risk.Sober warnings for salad lovers came from federal health officials Friday as they struggled to pinpoint a multistate E. coli outbreak that killed one person and sickened dozens more.Bagged spinach -- the triple-washed, cello-packed kind sold by the hundreds of millions of pounds each year -- is the suspected source of the bacterial outbreak, Food and Drug Administration officials said.The FDA warned people nationwide not to eat the spinach. Washing won't get rid of the tenacious bug, though thorough cooking can kill it. Supermarkets across the country pulled spinach from shelves, and consumers tossed out the leafy green. one of my friends she eats spinach direct bag to mouth, I never saw her…

12 Percent of Americans May Have Diabetes by 2050

Diabetes rates are expected to more than double from 2005 to 2050, from 5.6 percent to 12 percent of the population, the most recent estimates suggest. That means that in about 44 years, over 48 million people in this country would be affected -- and rates could go even higher if obesity rates continue to rise.Diabetes Care September 2006Yahoo News September 8, 2006

The world's top 10 dictators

most of us love democracy under some special dictators, don't we?
http://www.newstatesman.co.uk/dictators/