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The recent organ donor hoax in the NL. was an effort to draw attention to the problem of organ donation. In the U.S. another solution is Nashville-based nonprofit Lifesharers network.

Americans love a square deal. The idea of the quid pro quo, the something for something, lies at the heart of our very sense of fairness. But there’s one area in which something for nothing is much closer to the rule, and it’s a transaction on which people’s very lives…

Home, Home On The Latrine

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Many CAFOs (large farms) in Texas, who are owned by people from the NL, pollute local waters. One result is growing animosity in the region against the Dutch.

For years I have been trying to persuade people that George W. Bush, although no Einstein, is not stupid. Now comes word he is returning to Texas for most of August. He could have gone to Kennebunkport, Maine, instead. I give up. If you put his brain in a…

In Brief

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Dutch researchers interviewed parents of 3,000 babies up to six months old and found that colic was twice as likely in infants whose mothers smoked 15 to 30 cigarettes a day.

LEARNING TO LEARN The thinking has long been that kids with dyslexia and other learning disabilities must work twice as hard to absorb as much as their peers. Now some teachers are making classwork more inviting to all students by adopting dyslexia-friendly “universal instructional designs” that use visual aids like…

Your Health

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Dutch researchers report that using plant-derived margarines once a day at lunch seems to drive down bad-cholesterol levels as effectively as consuming them three times a day.

GOOD NEWS

SURVIVORS An experimental bone-marrow transplant may help treat kidney cancer, a disease so virulent that once it spreads, it kills half its victims within a year. Stem cells–the primordial cells that give rise to new cell lines–are collected from bone marrow. Once transplanted, they generate a…

TRAPPED IN THE BODY OF A MAN?

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Scientists never found any differences between men and those who become transsexuals. Now, investigators from the NL reported evidence that they may be inherently different after all.

MOST YOUNG CHILDREN LIKE TO play dress-up, parading around the house in their dad’s wing tips or smearing their mom’s lipstick all over their face. But for a few youngsters, usually boys, this childhood rite is more than a game. They are obsessed with their mother’s clothes and wear them…

Safer Sleep

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After a national campaign to switch sleeping positions of babies, the already low Dutch rate of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or crib death, fell from 1.3 to 0.6 cases per 1,000.

| The phone call came while Robert Shaw, features editor at the Des Moines Register, was researching a story at the newspaper’s library. His son Benjamin, three months old, had stopped breathing during his afternoon nap. “They told me to meet my wife at the hospital, which is about five…

Too Many People

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The typical landscape might resemble the Netherlands: a crowded, monotonous tableau in which no aspect of nature is free from human manipulation, says environmentalist D. Meadows.

The state of the environment in the latter part of the next century will be determined largely by one factor: human population. If the species doubles its numbers by 2050, to nearly 11 billion, humanity may complete the devastation that accelerated so steeply in this century. Such unabated expansion in…

The Beef Against . . . Beef

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In the Netherlands manure from pigs poses a major ecological threat, defiling water supplies with excessive nitrates and acidifying local soils.

VERMIN. THE WORD reminds most people of cockroaches scuttling across kitchen floors and rats skulking in dark basement corners. But to Jeremy Rifkin, the environmental movement’s most prominent polemicist, vermin are big, brown-eyed ungulates that graze the rolling countryside, chew their cud and moo. In his controversial new book, Beyond…

The Last Drops

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In industrial nations the revitalized environmental movement has spawned a fresh offensive against pollution. Detectives are hired to track down those who contaminate waterways.

Swaminathan Asokan dreams of water. It gushes out of a giant tap and fills bucket after bucket. But then he wakes up — to a nightmare. For at Asokan’s house in Madras, India’s fourth largest city, there is no water. The tap has long been dry. So he must get…

The Lesser of Two Evils

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New York tries to curb AIDS by supplying addicts with needles. Some 10,000 drug addicts in the NL. have registered in treatment programs, allowing authorities to maintain regular contact.

“As a public health official, I don’t have the luxury to be a moralist.” So said an unapologetic New York State health commissioner David Axelrod last week after approving a New York City plan to fight AIDS by providing drug addicts with sterile needles. The controversial program, which could begin…

At Last, the Battle Is Joined

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The Netherlands, which had 260 reported cases of AIDS as of April 1, began a government-sponsored “condom campaign” and continues to provide free sterilized needles to drug addicts.

“AIDS is surreptitiously spreading throughout our population, and yet we have no accurate measure of its scope. It is time we knew exactly what we are facing.”

With those words and after months of cautious deliberation and disagreement within his Administration, President Ronald Reagan finally unveiled a plan for combating…

Is Seafood Good for the Heart?

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A large dutch study found that the incidence of fatal heart disease was more than 50% lower among men who regularly ate fish than those who ate no fish at all.

There is no shortage of old wives’ tales about the virtues of eating fish: it is “brain food,” according to legend, and cod-liver oil is a cure for all that ails. The wives may have been onto something. Eating a little fish a day may indeed keep the doctor away,…

Rebirth for Midwifery

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Proponents of midwifery point to The Netherlands, where midwifery is widespread and the national infant mortality rate has been lower than in the U.S. (10.6 vs. 16.1 per 1,000).

Rising costs and feminism bring back an ancient art

For most of the human species’ existence, the delivery of babies has been the exclusive prerogative of women. It was only at the turn of this century that U.S. physicians, most of them then male, decided to put the delivery business…

Implications of Mercy

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Mrs. Postma, a doctor, gave her mother an injection with morphine, whose mental suffering became unbearable. She was given one-week suspended sentence and a year’s probation.

“My mother was very ill,” explained Mrs. Geertruida Postma. “A breast had been removed, she had had a cerebral hemorrhage, she was partly paralyzed, could hardly speak, had pneumonia and was deaf. Again and again she had told me and my husband, ‘I want to leave this life. Please help…

Return of the Midwife

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In the U.S., the role of midwives were taken over by doctors, Dr. Kloosterman of the Uni. of Amsterdam, said that 70% of the new born babies could be delivered by midwives.

Midwifery may not be the world’s oldest profession, but it is described in the earliest books of the New Testament. The midwife was an accepted member of the social structures of ancient Greece and Rome, and once held the exclusive right to assist women at childbirth. In most countries she…

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