- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 7, 2001

Leg amputated from shark victim
MIAMI — A New York man attacked by a shark while swimming in the Bahamas was in critical but stable condition yesterday after doctors amputated his leg, a hospital spokesman said.
Krishna Thompson, 36, was bitten on the left leg Saturday by a dogfish shark while swimming at Freeport, his wife, Ave Maria, said. The two were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.
Weak from loss of blood, Mr. Thompson was able to swim to shore and was taken to a local hospital, where his heart stopped. Doctors revived him and gave him massive blood transfusions before he was airlifted to Miami.
Mr. Thompson was in critical but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors were watching to see if he suffered brain damage due to the loss of blood.

Air Force launches Titan rocket
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Air Force launched a Titan IV rocket yesterday carrying a satellite designed to provide early warning of missile launches and nuclear explosions.
The pre-dawn launch of the $256 million Defense Support Program satellite had been delayed 11/2 weeks by concern over the rocket's guidance system.
This is the 21st satellite of its kind launched by the Air Force. The DSP system has been a cornerstone of U.S. efforts to monitor missile launches over the past three decades and would be integral to the operation of the national missile defense system being pushed by President Bush, said Air Force Col. Charles Cornell, deputy system program director.

Study shows cells in heart regenerate
"Healer mice" can heal a hole in their heart without the use of drugs, transplanted cells or tissues or any medical intervention, researchers at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia have found.
Until recently, scientists thought that the heart muscle was incapable of repair. "It has long been assumed that when the heart is damaged after a heart attack, heart muscle cells do not regenerate and the damage is permanent," said Dr. Claude Lenfant, director of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
But the Wistar study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the latest work to show that hearts can make new cells that repair damaged tissue.
"In these adult mice, cells in the region of an injury to the heart tissue were replaced over time by new cells that were indistinguishable from neighboring healthy heart cells," said Ellen Heber-Katz, an immunologist at the institute who has been working with the mice for nearly a decade. "After two months, the damaged heart tissue looked normal and functioned well."

Cargo overload faulted in crash
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. A National Guard plane that crashed in March, killing all 21 persons aboard, went down because it was overloaded with cargo that included two sets of golf clubs and a stereo system, said an investigative report released yesterday.
The report said investigators were unable to determine the exact positions of the passengers and cargo, but they believed the Florida Army National Guard C-23 Sherpa was over its maximum weight during takeoff.

Medical group opposes assisted suicide
PHILADELPHIA — The second-largest U.S. medical organization declared its opposition to physician-assisted suicide yesterday, saying that the wish to die among patients is partly the result of inadequate health care.
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, which represents 115,000 U.S. doctors, said it recognized that some physicians supported assisted suicide to end the suffering of patients who were terminally ill or chronically in pain.
But the group said the ramifications of adopting the practice were too disturbing. It argued that many patients wanted to die because they received improper treatment, lacked compassionate caregivers or were worried about burdening their families with huge medical bills.

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