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Here are Scientific News items which we believe you may find interesting for this month:

from SN--Schistosomiasis is a terrible pathogen which infects millions of people throughout the tropical parts of the world. It is a blood fluke or flatworm that infects humans through their skin, during this parasite's larval stage, in which it is in water as is the human who becomes infected. The larvae penetrate a human's circulatory system and finally settle in the human liver. The female flatworm lays eggs, some of which a human then excretes in their feces, thereby spreading this dangerous pathogen.

Some eggs remain in the body, lodging in the liver and other tissues and causing abdominal pain, fever and other symptoms which are indicators of this malaise. A drug called K11777, which has been effective in killing the protozoan in another dreaded tropical disease, called Chagas' disease (found in South American countries) has now been found to apparently be effective against Schistosomiasis. Read the full article in the January 13, 2007 issue of Science News.

from NG--The Heroes of Healing is an article about the wonderful reduction of death of our service personnel, but the attendant problems of the survivors.


from NG--if you thought that the North Pole was a fixed point, think again. On the Geography page of the December, 2006 issue of National Geography is a page showing how the North Pole has moved from 1831 when James Clark Ross discovered the magnetic north pole in Canada; how it had moved by 1904 when Roald Amundsen found it had moved West and North and then traces the movement of the magnetic North Pole to its present location in the Arctic Ocean. Surprisingly, it appears that the magnetic North Pole by the year 2050 will be located in Siberia, moving at the rate of 25 miles per year. You need to look at this amazing chart.

We aren't through with January, 2007 yet. More to come.