The drug, already taken by millions of patients to control blood sugar levels, is thought to be capable of starving some cancer cells to death. New research suggests it can slash the risk of developing liver cancer by an astonishing 78 percent, breast cancer by a third, pancreatic cancer by 46 percent and bowel cancer by nearly a quarter. Together, these are the biggest cancer killers – and among the hardest to treat. They claim the lives of 39,336 people each year – a quarter of all UK cancer deaths. The discovery raises the possibility that the drug – metformin
When is a bird not a bird? When it´s one of the millions of avian species splattered, decapitated, clunked, winged, brained or otherwise condemned to death by a wind turbine. Mysteriously, in the eyes of environmentalist - and bird conservation bodies such as the Audubon Society and the RSPB - all those deaths, no matter how rare the species involved, are acceptable collateral damage in the great war to save the world from the unproven threat of "man-made global warming."[Snip] Isn´t it funny, though, how this bird-killing dispensation only seems to apply to those modes of energy-generation approved by green
Once, only nobles were granted an audience with the King. In America, we´ve prided ourselves on abandoning those privileges of class some 237 years ago, following that little uprising in the 13 colonies. And we again congratulated ourselves at 12:01 pm Eastern Time on January 20, 2009, just moments after Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and as he committed to making his administration the most transparent and open in history.[Snip] The most transparent administration ever? The most transparently political, yes. The most open government? If you have the money to buy access,
Riders on a New York City-bound bus from New Jersey are reporting an invasion of cockroaches. A passenger on a Manhattan-bound bus from Atlantic City told reporters that roaches started coming out of the vents inside the bus just 15 minutes into their Friday afternoon journey. The passenger reports roaches could be seen crawling on seats, windows, side panels and even on people. Scroll down for video- WABC´s assignment editor reported people in the background of the call could be heard screaming that the insects were crawling in their hair and on their backs.
Next week, the House of Representatives will vote on a plan to improve the lives of American families by balancing the budget in ten years. How do we do it? Well, it’s pretty simple: We stop spending money we don’t have. Historically, we’ve paid a little less than one-fifth of our income in taxes to the federal government each year. But the government has spent more—a lot more. And the results are plain to see: despite the President’s promise, the stimulus didn’t work.
Dogs may be man´s best friend, but their poop can be a pedestrian´s worst enemy. That´s why The Fairmont Museum District apartment complex in Houston is taking an innovative step to confront a centuries-old problem. The 236-unit residence at 4310 Dunlavy St. has contracted with PooPrints, a Tennessee company that offers canine DNA testing (Snip) The building has a large number of dog owners, partly because of its pet-friendly policy and its location adjacent to a city dog park, Kalish said.
An Egyptian Islamic preacher with no hands who was extradited from Great Britain to face terrorism charges was having trouble adjusting to new plastic prosthetics he received Friday to replace metal hooks he had brought with him from England, a lawyer said. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa was disappointed with the new devices, said attorney Joshua Dratel after his client appeared without prosthetics at an afternoon hearing in federal court in Manhattan. Dratel said the prosthetics were "not accomplishing what he needs to accomplish," including gripping things in his cell that he more easily picks up with his hooks.
Members of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network are being excluded from marching Saturday in Cincinnati´s St. Patrick´s Day parade, but an out elected official — City Councilman Chris Seelbach — has their back. GLSEN had informed the councilman that their request to participate in the parade was declined by one of the parade´s organizers, Chris Schulte, specifically because "it´s their parade, it´s an Irish Catholic parade and we don´t want any members of the gay and lesbian community to be affiliated."
WASHINGTON- Over dinner at a swank hotel a few blocks from the White House, Republican senators wanted to know if President Barack Obama would support a gradual increase in the age of eligibility for Medicare, set at 65 since the program´s inception more than four decades ago. The president hedged, according to several at the event, recalling the discussion on a cost-saving change to Medicare that most if not all leading Democrats in Congress adamantly oppose. One later recalled that Obama "drew no bright line" in opposition, but the lawmaker came away believing that the president "would be very resistant"
ABC News really knows how to cause a coffee spit-take. All you have to do is introduce George Stephanopoulos talking to President Obama and put these hyperbolic words on screen: “No Holds Barred.” Someone should tell the geniuses at ABC that’s a term suited for competitive wrestling. It doesn’t describe Democrat chit-chat that demonstrates about as much as dramatic confrontation as other morning TV fare, such as “Bubble Guppies” and “Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends.” (Snip) Ask any conservative Republican about “no holds barred” media questions and I’ll show you the tire tracks on his back. Here’s the kind of
It must be quite nice to be king. Or at least think of yourself as king. Dear Leader Barack Obama exhibited that behavior while at a "working lunch" hosted by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) last Wednesday (March 13). The food consisted of Maine lobster salad, Fox Family Potato Chips (from Maine), wild blueberry pie, and Gifford´s Ice Cream (made in Maine) for the pie. But, Obama could not partake of any of the food because (seriously) his personal taster was not present.
Hi, everybody. As a nation, our top priority is growing our economy and creating good middle class jobs. That’s why this week I’m speaking to you from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, because few areas hold as much promise as what they’re focused on right here — harnessing American energy. You see, after years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to take control of our energy future.
"Debt takes its toll." So begins Coolidge, the magnificent new biography of the 30th president of the United States by bestselling author and free-market journalist Amity Shlaes. No writer is perhaps better-suited to write a biography of the fiscal sentinel Calvin Coolidge, and this biography is indeed a prequel to her masterpiece, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.
VATICAN CITY—It took Jorge Mario Bergoglio four minutes to convince fellow cardinals he was their leader. Speaking in the Paul VI grand hall of the Vatican, the Argentine cardinal warned the Catholic Church against focusing too much on matters close to home—advice that came against the backdrop of a papacy that had been consumed by infighting among Vatican officials, a dwindling flock in Europe and secular trends in the West. The 76-year-old Father Jorge, as he is known back home, said Roman Catholicism needed to shift its focus outward, to the world beyond Rome—rather than being "self-referential," he said.
When President Obama gets to Jerusalem next week, one of the signals to listen for is an indication of what country he thinks he’s in. Normally this is clear when the President — any president — goes to the capital of a foreign country. He’s in whatever country the capital is capital of. But Mr. Obama has been refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Not only that, but he has been refusing to admit that Jerusalem is even in Israel.
More than a third of the 342 illegal immigrants released from detention facilities in Arizona last month were convicted criminals, and one of them was categorized as a Level 1 offender, the highest risk, according to data released by the federal government Friday. The new information also showed that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released more people in the state than the 303 originally indicated by ICE, and for higher-level offenses, said Matthew Benson, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer. “This has become a moving target in terms of information provided by the federal government from the very start,” Benson said.
Approaching his first presidential trip to Israel, President Obama offered a fresh and foolish — if not feckless — assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat. "Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually deliver a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don’t want to cut it too close,” the President told an Israeli television interviewer, in the process cutting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off at the knees and giving the mullahs breathing room to keep enriching uranium.
Millions of poignant black-and-white photos have come out of the World War Two era, but it is not often that scenes from the deadliest conflict in human history can be seen in living color. In 1942, LIFE Magazine sent Margaret Bourke-White, one of its four original staff photographers and the first female photojournalist accredited to cover WWI, to take pictures of the VIII Bomber Command, commonly known as the Eighth Air Force or The Mighty 8th. The photographs, executed in brilliant hues that make them look almost like oil paintings, put on full display the massive
It´s the David and Goliath of television: an obscure religious miniseries has beaten television´s former top show in the ratings. The premier of the History Channel´s The Bible attracted 13.1 million viewers, topping American Idol´s 12.8 million viewers on Wednesday of the same week. The ratings have confounded Hollywood´s biggest decision-makers. Overt religious programming can be a notorious tough sell to the public, while American Idol has dominated television for the past eight seasons.
A majority of voters believe the White House should resume tours of the White House, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed in the poll said that the White House should continue the tours of the mansion, while 28 percent said they should not be resumed. The poll found that 18 percent were unsure of whether the tours should be brought back. The national survey of 1000 likely voters was conducted on March 14. It has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.
In all likelihood, Rand Paul cannot be nominated for president by the Republican Party unless he distances himself to a considerable degree from the views of his father. The younger Paul seems to understand this. For example, he has recently showed far more sympathy for Israel (which he visited) than Ron Paul ever displayed. But Rand Paul’s filibuster against (non-existent) drone attacks on American citizens minding their own business in the U.S. may well have changed all that. It gave Paul rock-star status among a fairly broad array of conservatives. Having achieved that status
This is a month for painful anniversaries. It is 10 years since the start of the benighted war in Iraq. It is also one year since March 11, 2012, the day Staff Sergeant Robert Bales allegedly massacred 16 civilians in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan. But I´m more concerned about a silent anniversary: the next day, March 12, 2012. (Snip)There´s been a lot of flag-waving and patriotic blather from politicians, but there´s also been a scandalous absence of action. The First Lady has been a valuable spokesperson for military families, but the President´s record has been less than mediocre.
If you heard one theme that Obama has been on about at the beginning of both of his terms, it’s infrastructure. During his last campaign, Obama even described it as “Nation Building at Home”, implicitly admitting that he beat down America to the level of Iraq or post-war Japan. All the bridges, we were told, were seconds away from falling down. The highways were full of potholes. The schools were leaning farther than a Pisan tower and if we didn’t build light rail across California, all the illegal aliens would have no choice but to run down
You’ve probably heard that Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on gay marriage, citing the fact that he recently found out his son was gay. Not everyone on the left is celebrating Portman’s epiphany. In fact, some observers are calling it selfish. For example, Jonathan Chait wrote, “By Portman’s own account … he opposed gay marriage until he realized that opposition to gay marriage stands in the way of his own son’s happiness.” It might surprise you to learn that I agree. This has nothing to do with whether or not gay marriage is good or bad policy,
My dad recently said, "Put away the harps!" He was speaking about his health, but I believe what he said applies to the conservative movement and the future of the country. Americans have the sense that the economy is fragile, that its rewards are unfairly tilted toward the few, and that the greatest prosperity in this century will be enjoyed by people in other lands and not by our children. This conclusion is wrong. America could be on the threshold of its greatest century. With new drilling technologies, the United States will soon have an energy surplus. This means trillions of dollars