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'Future is more immigration,' says federal minister
Tuesday February 26 2008
By SUNIL RAO, Special to Brampton Guardian

Health care is fast becoming a political issue across Canada, with the earlier bid to protect the supply of people to the industry being "in complete contradiction" to what is happing on the ground today, a federal minister told journalists this week.

While emphasizing he did not want to touch off "a jurisdictional war with the provinces"-- since health care is totally a provincial issue-- Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, nonetheless hoped the provincial governments would "tell professional bodies to do the right thing".

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Rich-Poor "Digital Divide"Still Broad, Says United Nations (UNCTAD)
Wed Feb 6, 2008 2:10pm EST

LONDON (Reuters) - The digital divide between rich and poor countries is narrowing as mobile phones and Internet use become more available, but the developing world still lags far behind, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said mobile phone subscribers have almost tripled in developing countries over the last five years, and now make up some 58 percent of mobile subscribers worldwide.

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Literacy Skills Of Canadians Across The Ages: Fewer Low Achievers, Fewer High Achievers
Stats Canada Report

In a recent study, David Green and Craig Riddell, economists at the University of British Columbia, investigate the distribution of literacy skills in the Canadian-born population and how those skills are generated. They also investigate the nature of literacy generation in the years after individuals have left formal schooling and are in the labour market, and the relationship between literacy and income. This article summarizes the results of their study.

They find, as have other studies, that literacy increases strongly (though at a decreasing rate) with years of schooling. Parental education levels also have a strong positive impact on literacy, with the mother's education being especially important.

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Goans Explore Europe Through Portuguese Citizenship
Armstrong Vaz - 19 February 2008, Tuesday

BRITAIN RECENTLY announced the controversial plans to institute a 1,000-pound deposit to be paid up by sponsors when their relatives apply for visa to visit them. Add to that the controversial new points system to regulate work permits under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) will be introduced in UK at end of this month and from April 1 in India. All the changes make Sushil Shinde, a Mumbai resident a little nervous. He and his family wish to visit his relatives based in UK, while his elder son seeks to migrate to that country in search of employment.

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India Backs Down Over Overseas Citizens Of India Card Charges
Wednesday February 13 2008

Staff Writer http://www.southasianfocus.ca/community/article/43167

Following accusations of gouging over Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card charges, the Indian government has finally picked a face-saving path out of the corner it had painted itself in. Effective Feb. 4, 2008, Indian missions in Canada have dropped their charges to US$275 for each OCI applicant, the same as Indian missions in the United States charge applicants there.

The fees had hitherto been C$421, with no option of paying in U.S. dollars.

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Certified Public Accountant Financial Executives Foresee Continuing Decline in the U.S. Economy; Outlook Dims for Finance, Real Estate, Retail Businesses
Wed Feb 20 2008

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (Ascribe Newswire) -- Expectations for the U.S. economy turned sharply negative among senior-level executive CPAs as the outlook for finance, real estate and retail trade declined in the first quarter, according to the latest Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

For the first time since the AICPA survey began in December 2005, pessimists outnumbered optimists and did so by nearly a five-to-one margin. The economy emerged as the top issue facing lawmakers and U.S. presidential candidates. A 59 percent majority of CPA respondents said they were pessimistic or very pessimistic about the economic outlook for the U.S. over the next 12 months. Meanwhile the new survey found only 11 percent of CPAs in executive positions expressed optimism about the economy.

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News Clips from India

India's Big Population Challenge
By Nils Blythe

Business correspondent, BBC News, Mumbai, India

The world's population is growing at remarkable speed.

In 2000 it was around 6 billion. In 2050, based on estimates from the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, it will be 9 billion. An already crowded planet will have half as many people again. Few countries face as big a challenge as India.

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Food Prices Spur Indian Inflation

Inflation in India rose more than expected in early February to a six month high on rising food prices. The wholesale price index hit 4.35% for the year up to 9 February, as the price of vegetables, fruit and lentils rose. Economists expect inflation to head higher still as last week's rise in fuel prices starts to take effect.

Inflation remains below the Indian central bank's target rate of 5% but economists say it could breach that level in the near future. "The numbers are definitely higher than expectations, "With the fuel price hike showing up in headline numbers from next week, inflation seems to be on an uptrend and may reach the 5 percent mark very soon," said A. Parana, economist at ICICI Securities in Mumbai.

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/business/7258501.stm


Lockheed wins $1bn Indian order

The US defence firm Lockheed Martin has won an order worth about $1bn (Ł512m) from India for six Super Hercules C-130J military transport aircraft.
BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7250474.stm

News of the deal, agreed in January, emerged during South Asia's biggest defence fair in New Delhi.

Hundreds of global weapons firms are displaying their wares at DefExpo2008 in an effort to grab a share of India's expanding defence budget. India is keen to modernise its Soviet-era weaponry. Cold War politics meant that India relied on Russian military hardware and it currently has no US-made combat aircraft.

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Africa, India, CIS To Forge Links On Agriculture, Seafood
14 February 2008, Thursday


ENTHUSED BY the business generated in Agri food last year, over 50 agri and seafood buyers from 12 African countries and 15 buyers from five CIS countries are headed for New Delhi and Mumbai to meet with their counterparts in India at the ‘Africa-CIS-India Agri and Sea Food Business Meet 2008’, a series of mega buyer-seller meets spread over four days from February 19 - 22, 2008.

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Nissan, Renault Team for India Plant
New factory will feed growing market.

by Marty Padgett

Renault and Nissan will team up with local manufacturer Mahindra to build a new vehicle assembly plant in southernIndia, an investment worth a total of more than $900 million.

The new factory will be located in Chennai, formerly Madras . Due to open in 2009, the factory will eventually have the capacity to build 400,000 vehicles a year. On paper, Mahindra & Mahindra will own 50 percent of the plant, while Renault and Nissan each will control a quarter of it.

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News Clips from Goa

Goa Welcomes Non Resident Indians of Goan Origin Eagerness On Developing Villages

Panaji (PTI): Goa government has rolled out a red carpet to NRGs (Non Resident Indians of Goan origin) intending to invest in developmental projects in the coastal state.

"The NRGs can finance any public welfare scheme in their villages. The state government will also chip in with their fundings," Goa NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro told reporters on Monday morning. Faleiro, a former External Affairs Minister, said that the scheme 'My Village' has been carved out considering strong interests evinced by NRGs in contributing to the development of their villages.

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Spice Plantations In Goa Tourist Hotspot
Ponda (Goa), Feb 21 (ANI)

Spice plantations in Goa are giving a much needed boost to the coastal state's tourism industry. It is a well known fact that tourists get drawn to Goa because of its famed beaches. But now, the rural idyll of spice farms is also proving to be another attractive option for them.

Hidden away from the tourist hotspots, these huge spice plantations produce many of Goa's famed aromatic spices. "This will last longer in our memory than even the beaches. It is fun to see other things than just the beach," said Maria Luis, a Swiss tourist.round four to five spice plantations located in Goa's Ponda Taluka, around 40 to 50 km from Panaji, is a favourite destination for foreign tourists every year.

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Fish export to get major boost
by Ramnath P Raikar

Panaji, Feb 20 With the view to make the fish production in Goa market-oriented as well as improve the prospects of fish export, the state government has given a token approval for preparing a detailed project report for upgrading existing fishing jetties at Malim, Cutbona, Cortalim and Chapora.

Although the fish production in Goa has substantially increased after strict implementation of fishing ban during the spawning period, the graph of quantity of fish exported from Goa has not surged high. The proposed upgradation of four fishing jetties is expected to give a boost to the fish export. The director of fisheries, Mr S C Verenkar, told ‘The Navhind Times’, this morning that a consultant would now be appointed for preparing the said report, which would then be presented to the central government.

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Goa, commonly referred to as "God's gift to the people of India"
is about to explode on the global investment and tourism markets.

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Cuncolim bus stand bags national award
PANJIM, Feb 26: The KTC bus stand at Cuncolim has won the Best Recreational Design 2007 in All-India A+D spectrum awards 2007 held in New Delhi recently. The bus stand has been designed by Rahul Deshpande & Associates, a Merces-based Goan architectural and engineering firm. Two dolphins leaping out of blue waters were an inspiration to the architect who creatively used it as a metaphor in his design. [H]


Konkani Day at 'Alexyz e os Amigos'
PANJIM: Fontainhas will groove to the ethnic Konkani beat evening with a close look at the origin of the Konkani song and its melodious music. Saturday took off on a vibrant note with assorted exhibitions – Alexyz’s caricatures, exquisite coconut shell crosses crafted by Vijaydatta Lotlikar, and photographs by Thomas Vaz, Lui Godinho, Alister Miranda and Joel D’Souza – inaugurated by the chief guest Dr Luis Felipe Castro Mendes.

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awarded to Daniel

PORVORIM: Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr has chosen Konknni book in Roman script ‘Koslich Malis Nastana’, written by Daniel F. De Souza, for its Konknni Martir Floriano Vaz Puroskar for the year 2007. This book consists of Daniel’s selected Konknni articles. The award consists of a memento and Rs 5,000 in cash. Daniel F. De Souza, was born in Mumbai and he did his education in Goa. He started his literary career through Gulab and later he regularly contributed to Goencho Avaz, Konkan Mail, Vavraddeacho Ixtt, The Goan Review. He has written many one act plays and secured many awards for them. He has also acted in Prince Jacob’s film ‘Padri’, He is the recipient of ‘Man of the Year 2002’ by The Goan Review. Daniel was felicitated by Francisco Sardinha during the Silver Jubilee celebration of Gulab for contributing in Gulab for several years. He actively takes part in Konknni activities in Goa. Daniel will receive the award on 28 March during the Silver Jubilee closing ceremony of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr at Porvorim. [GoaNewsClips]


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People Places and Things

Sister Alphonsa Is The First Indian Saint. Of The Roman Catholic Church
Excerpt from: http://www.weeklyblitz.net/index.php
By K. Venugopal

A saintly nun who lived in Kottayam five decades ago, is all set to become the first Indian saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Her name is Sister Alphonsa. (b 1910-d 1946) The Consistory of Cardinals will meet at the Vatican on March 1 to decide on the date of her canonization.

Gonsalo Garcia, born in Vasai near Mumbai to an Indian mother and Portuguese father in 1556, was declared a saint by the church in the 17th century. Sister Alphonsa is the first Indian saint.

Sister Alphonsa was born in Kudamalloor of Kottayam in 1910 and was a pious child. She was named Annakutty by her parents. She once fell into a pit of burning chaff and the resultant injuries disabled her for life. In fact, she was plagued by ill health throughout her short life.

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Easter this year is: Sunday March 23, 2008
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As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).

This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

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The Age of American Unreason

International Herald Tribune
Susan Jacoby: Bemoaning an America that values stupidity
By Patricia Cohen
Friday, February 15, 2008

NEW YORK: A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the platinum blonde from "American Idol," appearing on the Fox game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: "Budapest is the capital of what European country?"

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ROM Exhibit Light On Christianity
Written by John Bentley Mays,

Westerners, especially Christians, owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Greece and Rome; but the deepest roots of our religion and culture lie in the crescent of land between Iran and the eastern Mediterranean. Agriculture was invented there. The first cities arose there, and from one of these urban civilizations, about 2,000 BC, Abraham emerged and fathered the Israelites. The Middle East was the setting of Israel’s wanderings, of the life of Jesus, of the beginnings of the church — and, a few centuries later, the rise of Islam and its sweeping conquest of the region.


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Lourdes, the JubileeYear

8th december 2007 - 8th december 2008.
A year rich in events and celebrations. And much much more...Read More


"In the Footsteps of Bernadette" is a journey offered to pilgrims. It is an invitation to walk in the footsteps of Bernadette Soubirous to discover hermessage of faith.

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Machines 'to match man by 2029'
By Helen Briggs
BBC science reporter, Boston

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted.

Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people's brains to make them more intelligent said engineer Ray Kurzweil.

He said machines and humans would eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost intelligence and health.

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+Lawrence D'Souza

Lawrence D'Souza (Mississauga, Canada, Ex-Tanzania & Navelim, Goa) passed away peacefully on Saturday March 1st in Goa,India after a massive heart attack, at the age of 89.

May his soul rest in peace.

He is survived by his wife Emilia D'Souza and his children/grandchildren. Sally Gonsalves & her husband Tony Gonsalves and their children Mark and Charmaine. Leo D'Souza & his wife Irene D'Souza and their children Alyssa & Lionel. Casey D'Souza & his wife Olivia D'Souza and their children Melissa & Andrea. Joe D'Souza & his wife Sarah D'Souza and their children Adam, Eric & Shawn. All of the family members are leaving for Goa, and will only return in about 3 - 4 weeks.

Condolence messages can be sent by email to: irene3561@rogers.com


Death - Lira Rodrigues, U.K.

23 Feb: Bromley: Kent, UK. LIRA RODRIGUES (ex Nairobi). Beloved wife of Sydney Rodrigues, (widow of Victor Rodrigues). Much loved mother of Moyna/Simon, Vicky/Fidelis, Michelle/Gary & Kevin/Hasina. Dearly loved grandmother of Lauren, Aaron, Aisha & Kieran. Sister of Elsie/Hilary, Cancio/Bunny & the late Joanita/Coney.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday 12 Mar. at St Augustine's R.C Church, 88 Beckenham Hill Road, SE6 3PU Condolences to:krodrigues@btinternet.com  and/or elsiehilary@yahoo.ca


+de SOUZA, Evelyn Catherine

de SOUZA, Evelyn Catherine Peacefully on February 18th, 2008, in Mississauga at the age of 94. She was from Jabalpur, Bombay and Pilerne. Wife of late Edmund, mother of Edlyn (Vivienne), Melaney (Walter) and Yorrick (Heather); grndmother of 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; retired teacher and faithful servant of the Lord leaves a legacy of Prayer, Sacrifice, Selfless love and Service. A Funeral Mass held on Saturday March 1st, 2008 at Merciful Redeemer Parish, Mississauga.


+PINTO, Charles

PINTO, Charles ''Stan'' August 6, 1918 to February 15, 2008 Peacefully at Mariann Home on February 15, 2008 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Joyce of 60 years. Loving father of Sandra (Michael) and Patricia (Nigel). Greatly loved grandfather of Nadia (Rohit), Karina (Tim), Rohana, Joshua and Tanya. Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law, Molly and sisters Audrey, Melba, Ludy, Joan, Gloria and brothers Burvy and Austin and their families.. Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Luke's Catholic Church, , Thornhill, on Wednesday, February 20 .


“The Alison De Silva RED TIE AFFAIR”,

To be held on Sat. April 12, 2008.
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This special event is in honour of an amazing young girl, Alison. She was inspirational to many of the people around her and touched many hearts because of her simple need to make a difference in the lives of others. Like all of us, Ally had her purpose in this world and discovered exactly what it was at an amazing young age as she endured some very challenging times during her last few years.

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Our Lady of Fatima Shrine - Fundraiser
Lewiston, N.Y. USA
Message from Dorothy Soares

Dear Friends,

We had recently been to our Lady Of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, New York for a fundraiser. The reason for the fundraiser is because this special place is falling apart with the Church and the Chapels roof leaking and they need to raise money to begin construction and repair of the Shrine. The fundraiser in Lewiston was organized exceptionally well and we have returned with the idea that we could also have a fundraiser here to raise additional money for this worthy cause. I'm sure a lot of you and your friends are devotees of Our Blessed Mother and She has always looked after our Spiritual and Temporal needs. Its the least we can do to repay her kindness for the many favours granted.

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





April 5th, 2008 Knights of Columbus 10th Anniversary Dance (Band in Attendance :Goa Amigos and DJ Smart Sound) Click for Link
April 18th, 2008 Goa Amigos www.goaamigos.com Salsa N Spice Nite (Free Salsa Dance Lessons and an informal Nite with the one and only  Goa Amigos Click for Link
May 11th, 2008 Salcete Association Of Canada (Toronto)

Come Join us in Celebrating the 29th Annual Salcete Social

(Feast Of The Holy Spirit)

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June 1st, 2008 Mass @ Noon / Social to follow
Aldona Association Toronto       The Feast of St. Thomas 33rd Annual Aldona Social

Payal Banquet Hall 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga
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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex  Click the Flyer
July 21-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

Goan Identity and Networking Today
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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada 2008 Calangute Social Click the Flyer

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) – 2008 Events & Trips
Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Further details will follow


Sunday, March 30, 2008
Annual General Meeting
2:00 p.m.
Commander Hall Arena

140 Commander Park Boulevard
Scarborough, ON

Please reserve this date in your calendars and plan to attend.
Light refreshments will be served.

Click to Download TEGSA membership form for 2008..




Pursuant to the TEGSA Constitution, members are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting of the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association, will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2008, @ 1:30 p.m. at Commander Hall, 140 Commander Blvd. Scarborough .


  1. President's Opening Address

  2. To confirm minutes of the last Annual General Body Meeting held on March 25th 2007.

  3. Matters arising therefrom.

  4. To adopt the Executive Committee's Annual Report for 2007.

  5. To adopt the Statement of Accounts for the year 2007.

  6. Proposal from the Executive to include the following in the constitution:

    - the number of members on the executive is increased to 10. the additional portfolio will be that of Assistant Treasurer whose primary duties will be to look after the membership

    - a minimum of 30 members be required to form a quorum to hold the AGM.

  7. Appointment of Auditors for 2008/2009

  8. Election of Executive Committee for 2008/2009

  9.  Any other business, provided notice is given in writing addressed to the General Secretary at e-mail address tutsdsouza@yahoo.ca no later than March 15, 2008.

    Carmelita D’Souza
    General Secretary

Health & Wellness

You Love Your Parents, But Will You Care For Them?
February 12, 2008

Murray Waldman http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/302511

I invite all readers to take the following quiz. Just answer yes or no to the following questions:

  • If your young child required a special diet that was quite expensive, would you be willing to cut back on family expenses to provide it?

  • If your child required expensive medications, would you be willing to provide them, even if it meant forgoing some family extras?

  • If your child were undergoing a test in hospital that was scary or painful, would you take the day off work to be with them?

  • If your child had been in hospital, would you take time off work to take them home if the discharge time was early in the morning?

  • If a slightly older child living on his own contracted a medical condition that made it impossible for him to live independently, would you modify your home so he could move back in with you?

  • If a somewhat older child became ill and was unable to support themselves, would you dedicate some portion of your income to help support that child?

Now, retake the test and for the word "child," substitute the word "parent."

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Helping Our Kids Excel
Wednesday February 13 2008

The Peel District School Board will host Make a Difference in Literacy and Beyond: practical ways parents can boost their children's learning. The event happens Saturday, Mar. 29, at Mississauga Secondary School (550 Courtney Park Drive West, Mississauga). And as parents of school-going kids, we owe it to them to be there on the day.

A common topic of conversation in many new immigrants' drawing-rooms is the perplexing system of education Canada follows. Well, here's an opportunity to learn about the system. More, it can help parents help their children excel-- it is after all for the sake of our kids that many of us migrated in the first place.

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An Overview of Talk Therapy
What is talk therapy?

Talk therapy is simply talking about what is bothering you. Talk therapy can be practiced with a friend or loved one, a family member, or a therapist. Talking about your problems can help you to spot things that are causing problems in your life. A person with a different perspective on your situation can help you decide how to fix the problems you are having, and how to deal with the things you can’t fix. Through discussion, you can find ways to handle your problems so that the same issues won’t continually disrupt your life.

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Damping the Desire to Drink
By Greg Miller
ScienceNOW Daily News
14 February 2008


For some alcoholics, booze provides an addictive thrill. For others, alcohol is a balm for stress and anxiety. A new study identifies a drug that may be particularly effective for treating the latter group. The drug, which blocks receptors for a neurotransmitter involved in stress responses, substantially reduced cravings in a group of rehabilitating alcoholics.

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Always Bundle Up In The Cold? You May Still Get Sick, Expert Says
Mon Feb 25 11:47:44 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Feb. 25 (AScribe Newswire) -- Contrary to what your mother always told you, heading out into the cold without your hat and gloves won't guarantee a case of the flu later, says a Purdue University nursing professor.

Unfortunately, bundling also doesn't offer much protection from the viruses currently sweeping the nation, says Pam Aaltonen, an associate professor of nursing and public health.

"Being chilled does not lead to illness," Aaltonen says. "Colds and influenza are caused by viruses. They are equal opportunity infectors, which means you can get sick even if you always wear a coat and hat or if you live in a warm climate. In fact, there are only a handful of states that are not experiencing widespread flu right now."

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