August 2, 2007

Liberians Getting Nervous

Liberians have lived in the U.S. since the early 1990’s under a temporary protected status. Now that the Liberian government is showing some signs of stabilization, the U.S. government is trying to lift the temporary protected status and deport many of the 20,000 Liberians who are now living in the U.S.

Some have come with their families to take refuge and others have come and created families. Now, they may be forced to return to Liberia at the show of slight improvements in the nation and leave their homes here.

The StarTribune wrote an article about the U.S. House voting to expend the temporary protected status for another year. But like the interviewee in the article says, a year goes by quickly.

The StarTribune spoke to Liberians and sought out their concerns, relief, thoughts on the issue. The article went in depth to cover the actual Senate bill and other government involvement.

The Pioneer Press article is much shorter with less content and also have no persons interviewed to show the direct issues of deportation after a temporary protection status is lifted.

July 25, 2007

Social links may spread obesity.

A study found, after 32 years of close observation of more than 12,000 people, people may be more likely to become obese when their friends are obese.

The New York Times had very detailed information about the sociological information about the obesity epidemic in America and the social influences of close friends or mutual friends of those who are overweight.

The LA Times had more numbers and statistics about the study compared to the explanation of how the study was conducted or what the results meant.

Explosion in NY

One person died and more than 30 others were injured in a steam pipe explosion near the Grand Central Terminal in New York.

The New York Times presents the news to concentrate on the explosion, explains the scene of the event and how people reacted to the shock. Many were afraid that the event might have been terror related. Explosions of pipes have occurred previously. The worry about this event is that the when the pipes were laid in the 20’s, asbestos may have been used.

The LA Times article about the same event is much shorter, delivers less detailed information about the scene, and focuses more on the people’s perspectives on the possibility of terrorism compared to the asbestos contamination issues.

July 12, 2007

Cancer report about Asian-Americans

The New York Times reported that the American Cancer Society released a report that show distinct patterns of cancer occurrences in Asian-Americans. They have found that some cultures of the Asian population in the U.S., Specifically California, are more likely to develop cancer when they are more integrated into the American lifestyle. It was also reported that some populations are more likely to develop certain types of cancer more than other groups due to their dietary habits and beliefs about the health examinations.

I was unable to find an article in the LA Times.

July 5, 2007

Tuberculosis Scare

An Atlanta lawyer caused scares internationally due to his tuberculosis condition. Andrew Speaker, learned of the severity of his illness when he was on his honeymoon in Europe. U.S. Health officials’ advised Speaker to receive medical treatment in Greece. Speaker disregarded the officials and flew to Canada and drove to the U.S. border. Speaker then convinced the border guards to let him cross the border, even though the Department of Homeland Security was asked by the CDC to bar him from entering the U.S. When Speaker re-entered, he voluntarily checked into a hospital for treatment. After laboratory tests returned, Speaker’s condition was downgraded from the original diagnosis.

This story was covered in both the New York Times and the LA Times.

The New York Times wrote the article based on what events occurred and focused on the facts that the CDC’s tests gave false results.

The LA Times wrote the article based on the fact that Speaker disregarded public safety measures and now could have infected others while flying back to the U.S.

June 28, 2007


Studies are now showing that antidepressants are rated as low risks for birth defects.

The federal centers for Disease Control and Boston University is showing that although birth defects could be caused when pregnant women use antidepressants, they may not be in greater risk than those who are not using antidepressants.

The study has been focused on drugs that are used for depression and anxiety. Paxil is one of the brands that were studied. The drug warns that taking the drug may cause birth defects.

Although Paxil did have some possible connections with defects that are rare, officials are saying that using antidepressants may or may not increase the possibility of defects.

Still, women should be speaking to their doctors about the possible risks before pregnancy.

The story was covered in both the New York Times and LA Times.

The New York Times article focused the point that not enough cases were investigated to have solid information that can support the research regarding low risks in pregnancy due to antidepressant usage. The article included more health defects and conditions that could arise with usage of the medication.

The LA Times wrote more in favor of antidepressant usage in pregnant women and even stated that being able to the medication may benefit children from decreasing lack of care and depression in homes.

The New York Times included more information about the research and the lack of investigation about antidepressant effects on birth defects compared to the positive message from the LA Times about the low risk of defects caused by antidepressants.

June 21, 2007

Nine firefighters died on duty - June 19th, 2007

A New York Times article reported on the deadly fire that killed nine fire fighters on June 19th. According to the article, it was one of the deadliest fires they have seen in Charleston.

The article can be found at the following web address:

On June 19th, nine firefighters died on duty. A fire blazed in a furniture store in Charleston, S.C., and took to lives of the firefighters when a section of the store collapsed. The reason of the fire is still under investigation but arson is not suspected. The firefighters had at that point rescued people who were trapped inside the building. Across the country, 47 firefighters have died on duty this year. The Charleston fire chief said that he lost nine of his best firefighters in this fire.

More information about statistics about firefighters and fires across the country can be found at:

Note: This blog was edited 11:11AM on June 22nd, 2007 to provide links to the websites listed in the entry.

June 14, 2007

Ovarian cancer could be detected early.

Like most types of illnesses, ovarian cancer is hard to detect and symptoms go unnoticed by women until it’s too late. Yesterday, cancer experts released a list of symptoms that could possibly help early detection of ovarian cancer.

The story about ovarian cancer and the list of symptoms can be found at:

Ovarian cancer is called a ‘silent killer’ because it is difficult to detect early. It is estimated by the Mayo Clinic that about 20,000 women will develop ovarian cancer this year and 15,000 may result in death. Health experts are hoping that the list of possible symptoms will help early detection of the disease, which could improve the chance of survival for patients.

Mayo Clinic's webpage has more information about ovarian cancer:

Although the American Cancer Society and other health groups released the list of ovarian cancer symptoms, the cancer society’s director of breast and gynecologic cancer believes that the list of symptoms may be more harmful than beneficial in the long run.

Women who recognize the possible symptoms of ovarian cancer could be experiencing other health complications such as irritable bowel syndrome and not ovarian cancer. Suspecting ovarian cancer could lead to tests, biopsies, and other medical procedures that may not be necessary and sometimes dangerous to patients.

National Cancer Institute’s website has more information about ovarian cancer. It is important for women to speak to their healthcare provider if they are concerned about their health to protect themselves from illnesses.

National Cancer Institute's website shows statistics and other information about the illness:

*Note: This blog has been edited 11:15AM on June 22nd, 2007 to add links to websites in the entry.