Thursday, April 30, 2009

HOMBRE 90, GANA $4.4 millones en Loteria

Man, 90, wins $4.4 million lottery
TORONTO (UPI) -- A 90-year-old Toronto-area man who won a $4.4 million lottery jackpot says he suspects his late wife and mother had something to do with the win.

Maurice Ducharme, a retired autoworker and World War II veteran, told the Toronto Sun he's been playing the Lotto 6/49 game since it started in June 1982 but never won anything substantial.

He said while the win felt "magnanimous," it made him miss his wife more. She died two years ago, he said.

However, the father of four and grandfather of eight said he didn't miss the irony of winning the jackpot last Saturday, which was his mother's birthday.

"I don't know if she had anything to do with it," Ducharme said. "Between her and my wife, maybe they cooked something up."

Ducharme said apart from sharing the windfall with his family, he's planning trips to Barbados and Florida and is considering buying a new Ford Mustang, the report said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Influenza - Topic Overview

By Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

The outbreak of a new form of swine flu has prompted the United States and the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency. President Obama has called the emergency a "precautionary tool," since so far the outbreak has had only limited impact in the United States. But public health officials are scrambling to determine the extent of the outbreak.
This outbreak could peter out, like a 1976 swine flu outbreak did. Or the virus could spread easily from one person to the next, sparking a pandemic in which millions of people are infected. Richard Besser, the acting CDC director, says it's too early to say if we'll see more severe disease here in the United States. "Viruses are unpredictable and variable over time," he said yesterday. "What we say and what we learn will change."
Here's the rundown on what we know so far, as well as the options for avoiding swine flu and for treating it if you get it.
How is swine flu different than seasonal influenza and bird flu?
This is a new flu bug that includes genetic segments from human, swine, and avian flu viruses. It is an influenza A H1N1 strain, named for two proteins in the bug's protein coat. H1N1 viruses often circulate without causing major outbreaks. But since this flu virus is new, people might not have immunity to it. That's why the global public health system is on alert. No one knows where this outbreak might lead.
What symptoms would tell me I have swine flu?
Swine flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu, according to the CDC. Those include:
-Lack of appetite
Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
How can I tell if someone sitting next to me has swine flu?
You can't. If someone is showing the symptoms described above, it couldn't hurt to keep your distance. Jeff Duchin, chief of the communicable disease section at Public Health Seattle, says it's best to say 6 feet away from someone who has the flu because the virus spreads in droplets when people talk, cough, or sneeze. Of course, your neighbor might just have a stuffy nose caused by a mild cold or seasonal allergies.
Should I be wearing a face mask, like they're wearing in Mexico?
Not unless you're taking care of a person who's sick with swine flu or are sick yourself. Wearing masks is a popular reaction to respiratory outbreaks in parts of the world, but it's not a step that the U.S. government has recommended for the current outbreak. The CDC has an online guide to using masks and respirators to prevent flu transmission.
Is there a vaccine available for this new swine flu?
No. Developing and producing a vaccine matched to this flu virus will take several months. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said yesterday that a swine flu vaccine could be added to the seasonal flu vaccine now being produced for next fall, either as a replacement for one of the three strains in that vaccine or as an addition that makes it a four-strain vaccine.
What's the best way to avoid getting exposed to the swine flu virus?
For now, avoid people who are coughing or sick. The CDC also recommends hand washing to reduce the risk of flu. Though frequent hand washing hasn't specifically been proved to protect against swine flu, it does reduce the risk of respiratory infections generally.
What other things can I do to get my family prepared?
It never hurts to think about what you would do if swine flu hits your community hard, the CDC's Besser says. That may mean that schools would be closed, as has been done in Mexico. The federal government's pandemic flu website has suggestions on getting ready at home and at work. One example: Do you have enough food in the house to feed your family if you had to stay home for a week? You can also check with your employer to make sure the company has a plan in case of a flu pandemic. And you can prepare yourself for the possibility you'd have to work from home for a while.
Is it dangerous to eat pork?
No. This flu virus is spread from person to person by touching surfaces infected with the virus or by inhaling viruses from someone coughing. You can't get swine flu from eating pork.
What should I do if I or someone in my family is sick?
"Calling the doctor is never the wrong thing to do," says Mark Metursky, a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and immediate past chair of the chest infection network for the American College of Chest Physicians. You'll know you have the flu and not just a cold if you've got a fever of 102 or more, a headache, and muscle aches.
"If you have a respiratory infection with fever, don't go to work or school," says Duchin. To minimize the risk of infecting others, avoid traveling by air and taking public transportation if you have the flu.
People aren't at risk of swine flu for now, Metursky says, unless they have traveled to Mexico of are exposed to someone who has.
What medications work against swine flu?
Laboratory tests suggest this swine flu is susceptible to the antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir). To be effective, these drugs need to be taken as soon as possible after a person has flu symptoms. "The sooner you talk to your doctor the better," Metursky says. The CDC has new recommendations for using antivirals to treat swine flu; people who are sick and have recently been to Mexico or who have been exposed to people with swine flu should speak with a doctor about whether to take an antiviral medication.
Should I stockpile Tamiflu?
The federal government doesn't recommend that people stockpile Tamiflu at home, saying it should be saved for people who are sick with influenza now. But many public health scientists have set aside some Tamiflu for themselves in the past few years because of concern about the possibility of a pandemic caused by bird flu. It's your call.
I'm not sick. Should I avoid traveling?
This might not be the wisest time to vacation in Cancun, but travel hasn't been banned by the CDC and WHO, so it's up to you. Airlines will let passengers to certain destinations re-book their trips at no cost. Check the CDC or WHO website before traveling, because the advisories could change at any time.
Why has the swine flu been deadly in Mexico but not in the U.S.?
No one knows for sure. It could be that Americans who've gotten infected had better, faster access to health care. Or it could be that the U.S. is just at an earlier stage in the outbreak, Duchin says. If that's the case, U.S. deaths could occur as the outbreak matures.

Where do I look for more news on swine flu?
The CDC's new swine flu website is a good place to start, for information both on the state of the outbreak and on how to keep your family healthy. Other good options:
-The World Health Organization is tracking swine flu cases worldwide.
-The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy is following swine flu, bird flu, and the possibility of a flu pandemic.
-The Infectious Diseases Society of America gears its swine flu news to doctors, but that information on treatment and avoidance is useful for individuals, too.
-The federal government's pandemic flu website provides a broad range of information on preparing for a pandemic.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


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Police: Excavator used to break into bank
ATLANTA (UPI) -- Police in Atlanta said they have arrested a man who allegedly used an excavator stolen from a construction site to rip open the roof and front door of a bank.

Officers said a witness called 911 and reported seeing the man steal the excavator, which is more powerful than a backhoe, and take it to the bank, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported.

The witness said the suspect used the tool to rip open the roof and front door of the SunTrust bank. However, the man jumped from the excavator and fled once police arrived.

Police said they chased the man down and he was taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Two armed security guards have been placed on sentry duty at the bank, police said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Friday, April 3, 2009


Burglar suspect, victim busted for pot
ELKHART, Ind. (UPI) -- Police in Indiana said a burglary victim was arrested along with the suspected perpetrator after officers confiscated more than 31 pounds of marijuana.

Investigators said Juan Trujillo, 21, was jailed on suspicion of burglary and marijuana possession, both felonies, after police found him with 30.24 pounds of marijuana that he allegedly took from the Elkhart home during the burglary, the Elkhart Truth reported.

Cpl. Scott Hauser said the renter of the house, identified by his surname Fernandez, arrived home and gave police permission to search inside, where they discovered an additional 14 ounces of marijuana.

Fernandez was arrested on marijuana possession charges. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Transforming car-plane to sell for $194K
PAXON, Ill. (UPI) -- An Illinois man who helped create a car that transforms into an airplane said the vehicle will be available for public purchase within about two years.

Sam Schweighart, 31, of Paxon, Ill., said the Terrafugia Transition, which took its first flight March 5, is expected to retail for about $194,000, the Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette reported.

He said about 50 people have already put down $10,000 deposits on the transformable vehicles.

Schweighart, who holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, created the car along with colleagues from the same university. He said the Transition runs on high-octane gas or aviation fuel and gets 30 to 35 miles per gallon on the ground. In the air, the Transition uses about 5 gallons an hour and can remain airborne for 460 miles at a time.

"If you need to drive and fly a short distance, it solves several problems, including finding or paying for a hangar," said Thomas Haines, editor in chief of the news site for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. "It's really meant for a special kind of consumer."

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (UPI) -- A Tennessee man arrested buying beer at a convenience store was old enough to purchase alcohol -- he was just missing his clothes.

James Golden, 48, Hendersonville, told police he thought the clerk might appreciate it if he "went into the store nude" earlier this month, according to an affidavit filed by officers.

The clerk at the Stop N Buy apparently didn't and Golden later apologized, the Hendersonville (Tenn.) Star News said Wednesday.

No word on whether Golden had the money and ID needed to acquire a six pack to go since he obviously lacked a pocket.

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