Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer

Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) — More than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, British researchers report. “Women with breast cancer should be tested for vitamin D levels and offered supplements, if necessary,” says researcher Sonia Li, MD, of the Mount Vernon […]

Continue reading

Mavi Marmara to Set Sail Again

More than six months after the flotilla incident on May 31, the Mavi Marmara is returning. According to a report last week on the Palestine Monitor website, the Turkish ship will be returning to Istanbul on the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead on December 26. A ceremony organized by the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) will […]

Continue reading

BofA gets more time for talks over soured loans

SymbolPriceChangeBAC12.29-0.11{“s” : “bac”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America and a group of investors demanding the bank buy back soured mortgages it sold to them have agreed to extend talks aimed at resolving their dispute. The bank and a law firm representing the investors said Wednesday they would […]

Continue reading

Ahead of the Bell: Jobless claims

SymbolPriceChangeYHOO16.450.00{“s” : “yhoo”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} Applications for unemployment benefits likely didn’t change much last week, as hiring remains slow even as the economy shows signs of picking up. Weekly jobless claims are forecast to tick down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 420,000, according to a survey of economists by Thomson […]

Continue reading

FDA Reconsidering Safety of Dental Amalgams

FDA Reconsidering Safety of Mercury Dental Fillings Dec. 14, 2010 — An FDA panel met today to begin hearing testimony regarding the agency’s position that dental fillings that contain mercury pose no danger to the public. In 2009, the FDA declared the fillings, known as dental amalgams, safe. However, they have since received several petitions […]

Continue reading

Israeli Arabs: No Compromise on ‘Right of Return’

A poll of 600 Arab citizens of Israel has found that most believe that the millions of descendants of Arabs who fled Israel during the 1948 War of Independence must be allowed to “return” to Israel. A full 57% said that the “right of return” is “important and cannot be compromised in any way,” while […]

Continue reading

Stocks fall as euro worries overshadow US growth

In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo) SymbolPriceChangeAA13.96-0.24MCO26.94-0.39R49.28+2.24{“s” : “aa,mco,r”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Early gains in the stock market evaporated Wednesday after worries about Europe’s debt crisis overshadowed signs of growth in the U.S. […]

Continue reading

Halfway home: Senate sends tax-rate bill to House

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with reporters near the floor of the Senate during the votes on tax cuts legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.(AP Photo) WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reach across party lines, the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for […]

Continue reading

Number of homes taken back by lenders tumbles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of U.S. homes taken back by lenders dropped to the lowest level in 18 months in November, the result of foreclosure freezes enacted by several banks following allegations that evictions were handled improperly. Home repossessions dropped 28 percent from October and 12 percent from November last year, foreclosure listing […]

Continue reading

Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Looks

Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Looks Dec. 14, 2010 — Get enough sleep tonight and you’ll look better tomorrow — and healthier and more bright-eyed to boot. This finding from a small Swedish study suggests that there’s now hard science to support the long-held belief that sufficient rest produces “beauty sleep.” Up to now, “the […]

Continue reading

Stocks edge up on signs of manufacturing growth

In this Dec. 14, 2010 photo, trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo) SymbolPriceChangeACL165.20+2.77CAT93.82+1.73MCO27.30-0.03NVS58.62+2.79R49.73+2.69{“s” : “acl,cat,mco,nvs,r”,”k” : “a00,a50,b00,b60,c10,g00,h00,l10,p20,t10,v00″,”o” : “”,”j” : “”} NEW YORK (AP) — Signs that the U.S. manufacturing industry is growing and inflation remains under control helped lift stock indexes Wednesday. The Federal Reserve […]

Continue reading

Get a 500GB portable hard drive for $50

Notable for its compact design and adorable robot mascot, the WD My Passport Essential offers half a terabyte of storage for 50 bucks. (Credit: Amazon) As regular readers know, I’m always on the lookout for supercheap hard drives. But most of the time I focus on desktop drives (mostly external, occasionally internal), because that’s typically […]

Continue reading