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Let the Lobbying for Syria Intervention Begin

Two days after President Obama’s surprise announcement that he would seek Congressional authorization for a strike on Syria, top members of his cabinet and hawkish Republicans are pressing hard for the vote. “The White House ratcheted up lobbying Monday to convince Congress to authorize military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack by government forces. President Barack Obama met with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Mondayafternoon for the first of a string of meetings this week laying the groundwork for congressional approval…Other key officials…made a forceful case for intervention to 127 Democratic legislators. Many House members expressed skepticism about a possible strike.” (NBChttp://nbcnews.to/14egY2P)

$1 Syphilis Test Kit To Be Rolled out in Latin America

Diagnosing the STD just got much, much less expensive. Researchers in Latin America have created a syphilis test as simple as testing for pregnancy. “Syphilis has become a serious health issue (again) in Latin American countries, with 3 million cases. Every year 330,000 pregnant women with syphilis receive no treatment, resulting in 110,000 children born with congenital syphilis and a similar number of miscarriages.” (Science 2.0 http://bit.ly/14egkCt)

 

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