1/9/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
peradventure  (a) seeking excitement  (b) perchance  (c) an account of an adventure  (d) a harrowing experience
Difficult Word: - eulver- (a) serving plate cover  (b) pigeon  (c) a small cask  (d) sailing ship's binding post


Boy receives insulin injection Virus 'halts decline of diabetes'  - BBC  Infection with a virus may prevent the development of one form of diabetes in mice - raising hopes of treatments for humans. The animals were starting to develop Type I diabetes, in which key cells which produce the hormone insulin are destroyed by an overactive immune system. However, when they were given a virus called LCMV (lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus) during this "prediabetic" period, the mice did not fall prey to the condition. experts have noticed how the course of "autoimmune" diseases - which Type I diabetes is - appears to be altered when the patient picks up a viral infection.
Drug cocktail 'may beat malaria'  - BBC  A team of experts from around the world says an ancient Chinese remedy when used in combination with modern drugs can beat these strains of the disease. Their claims, made in the latest issue of The Lancet, follow a review of 16 clinical trials involving almost 6,000 people since 1992. They say the remedy called artemisinin may even help to eradicate the disease. Artemisinin is an extract of sweet wormwood which has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years to treat malaria. They said it could also dramatically boost efforts to finally eradicate the disease. 

Image: Arctic artifacts

Traces of ancient hunters found in Siberia - MSNBC  Left:  Organic artifacts from the Yana River site in Siberia include (A) a rhino horn foreshaft; (B) a wolf metatarsal bone that might have served as an awl; (C) an enlarged view of the cut marks.  A people who may have been ancestors of the first Americans lived in Arctic Siberia, enduring one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth at the height of the Ice Age, according to researchers who discovered the oldest evidence yet of humans living near the frigid gateway to the New World. Using a dating technique that measures the ratios of carbon, the researchers determined the artifacts were deposited at the site about 30,000 years before the present. 

 




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