- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Study cautions on infant travel
CHICAGO Car trips for newborns, especially those born prematurely, should be minimized because babies can develop breathing problems sitting in car seats, according to a study released yesterday.
The problems arise because infants have immature development of reflexes that keep the head upright and their breathing normal.
The study, published in the September issue of Pediatrics, said "data indicates that pre-term and term newborns should not remain in car seats for extended periods of time."

More Cubans land in Florida Keys
MIAMI Smugglers dropped 55 Cuban nationals in the Florida Keys yesterday, bringing to 107 the number of migrants brought to the United States from the communist-ruled island in three days, U.S. authorities said.
The latest arrivals were found in three groups near Marathon, a town about midway down the 100-mile-long chain of islands at Florida's southern tip.

Med school applications drop for fourth year
CHICAGO Applications to the nation's medical schools fell 3.7 percent in 2000 in the fourth straight year of decline.
Attractive jobs in computer-related fields, along with the prospect of big medical school debts, may be among the reasons for the decline, said Barbara Barzansky, secretary of the American Medical Association's medical education council and author of the report.

Satellites see greener hemisphere
Earth's Northern Hemisphere is a greener place than it was 20 years ago, with denser vegetation and a longer growing season in some places, scientists reported yesterday.
In the area above 40 degrees north latitude which includes New York City, Madrid, Ankara, Turkey, and Beijing satellite data show plants have been growing more vigorously since 1981.

Doctors: Children need pain relief
CHICAGO Children feel pain as much as adults, and doctors should do more to relieve their pain from injuries, illnesses and medical procedures, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pain Society said yesterday in a new joint policy statement.
"Children are needlessly suffering," said Dr. Michael Ashburn, APS president. "Poorly treated pain following a procedure can lead to prolonged healing and make children at a higher risk for adverse side affects."
Doctors need to re-evaluate their routines to better anticipate and assess pain in children, the statement said. Even during minor procedures such as getting a shot, most children do not have the same ability as adults to calm themselves when they feel pain, Dr. Ashburn said.

Man surrenders after bank standoff
LOWELL, Ind. A man armed with a sawed-off shotgun entered a bank and took nine persons hostage yesterday morning before surrendering about four hours later. No one was injured, police said.
The hostages were released as police negotiators talked to the bank manager, who relayed the gunman's demands. Authorities said David Potchen, 39, of Lowell, asked for two Big Macs and a pack of cigarettes, which were delivered in exchange for two hostages.

Union president arrested in protest
OAKLAND CITY, Ind. The president of the United Mine Workers and 11 other persons were arrested in front of a cheering crowd yesterday for blocking a road during a protest outside a coal mine.
Cecil Roberts, who is attempting to unionize more than a dozen Black Beauty Coal Co. mines in Indiana and Illinois, said the arrests were part of a recruitment effort.


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