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6D · WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2006 · USA TODAY
Internet use grows
in importance, time
Online communities have become so vital that close
to half of those in the USA who participate — 43% —say their online friends and associates are as importantas groups they participate in face to face. That’s ac-cording to a wide-ranging report on Internet habitsand attitudes out today by the Annenberg School Cen-ter for the Digital Future at the University of SouthernCalifornia. The study also says 77.6% of Americans 12and older are Internet users, up from 66.9% in 2000.
Americans also are staying online a lot longer thanthey once did. In 2000, they were online an average of9.4 hours a week, compared with 14 hours a weeknow. Internet users have nearly doubled the amount oftime they spend playing computer games in the pastﬁve years. This year, they’re averaging 84.4 hours aweek playing games, compared with 46.5 in 2001.
They’re also listening to more radio. In 2006, they werelistening to the radio an average of 67.4 hours a week,up from 17 hours a week in 2001. The study was pri-marily based on a telephone survey with 2,269 U.S.
households from February to April 2006.
Partial face transplant called a success
Wishing for a parade:
Libby Magness, 79, always wanted to be in
one. Her wish was granted in Philadelphia, as she rode in the city’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
of the world’s ﬁrst partialface transplant, a Frenchmedical team is hailing the
Wishes do come true
operation as a success andsays the patient, IsabelleDinoire, is gaining moreand more sensitivity andfacial mobility. Dinoire, 39,
in these Twilight times
May 2005 by her pet Lab-rador. In November 2005,surgeons transplanted thelips, nose and chin of a
FDA studies Celebrex for kids’ arthritis
for all these years, I didn’t think I’d
A federal review casts doubts on whether the pain-
killer Celebrex should receive expanded approval to
treat children with a devastating form of arthritis, doc-
uments released Tuesday show. Drugmaker Pﬁzer
wants Food and Drug Administration approval to sell
Celebrex as a treatment for juvenile rheumatoid ar-
thritis, which afﬂicts as many as 60,000 children in the
USA. It causes painful joint swelling and can hinder
growth and development. The FDA approved the drug
see to it that it happens,” she jokes.
for use in adults with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis in 1998, but an agency review of Pﬁzer’s ap-
“ﬂop in” the snow “and roll in it,”
plication questions whether the drug works for the
instead of watching from the side- Wishing for snow:
Yes, the white stuff fell in Chandler, Ariz., for Adele
pediatric disease. FDA’s advisers are scheduled to
Reeder, celebrating her 79th birthday with daughter Diane Cornell.
evaluate the question today. The FDA isn’t required to
follow the panel’s advice but usually does.
rade,” says Magness, of Cherry Hill, $19,600 in most states.)
Thanks to a national organization lunch one day with her daughter.
got to be in the nation’s oldest you-can-eat buffet when she saw
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Phila- three older women carefully count-
delphia, riding on a ﬂoat with Ace ing their money to pay the bill. “It
Young of American Idol
and Paul hit me that this was a big deal for
DiMeo of Extreme Makeover: Home
them,” says Forkin, who ran a and looked around for worthy re- get,” she says. “I never received aEdition
health care consulting business at cipients. The ﬁrst grant was one she present like that before and maybe
“Really,” she says, “it was beyond the time. So she decided to treat couldn’t have imagined: A tomb- I won’t ever again, so it was very
my dreams. I’m creating another them — anonymously. But they stone that an 82-year-old woman in special.”memory so when I reach a time pressed the waitress into revealing a nursing home couldn’t afford to
when I won’t be able to do (things), their benefactor.
“I think I cried for two days, individuals; there are branches in
member the time I was in a pa- one asked me to stand,” Forkin re- thinking about a senior in a nursing ﬁve states, but funding is still slim.
A day after birth:
Yulka, left, swims with her baby.
rade.’ To be able to say that at this calls. “She gave me a big hug and home with no money and that’s Forkin is hoping for more volun-age, I think, is wonderful.”
said, ‘I didn’t know there were still their wish,” Forkin says.
Captive baby beluga dies in marine park
This was the 730th wish for the people like you.’ I thought that was
3-year-old Twilight Wish Founda- pretty signiﬁcant. It stayed with me granted all sorts of wishes. Some they just don’t have anybody who
A baby beluga whale born in a Spanish marine park
tion. Like the much better known for a long time.”
are ambitious, such as taking a last cares about them,” says volunteer
— the ﬁrst beluga whale born in captivity in Europe —
Then one day when she was trip home across state lines with a Rose Muzzy of Tucson.
has died at the age of 25 days. Ofﬁcials at the Ocea-
dren with life-threatening illnesses, visiting nursing homes for her job, nurse to visit a relative or attend a
nographic Marine Park in Valencia said Tuesday that
the Twilight Wish Foundation also it occurred to her that while there class reunion. Many are simple: resa,” Forkin adds, “that loneliness
the whale had died the previous day. Though the exact
grants wishes, but for those who were plenty of organizations help- One man just wanted a harmonica and being forgotten are the greatest
cause of the mammal’s death is uncertain, “the
are 68 and over and who have an ing seniors with needs, few helped to replace the one he had lost. An- poverties. And that’s what happens
incident probably occurred because the young whale
income of not more than 200% of them achieve their wishes and other wanted a case of Dr Pepper.
never adapted to artiﬁcial milk,” a park statement said.
Some wishes are about basic member and (say) we care.”
The young whale’s 8-year-old mother, Yulka, was un-able to nurse her infant and stopped producing milk,ofﬁcials said.
For more information
Visit www.twilightwish.org or call 877-893-9474.
Scientists urge greater scrutiny of research
Instead, the fraud ﬁndings of publishing in Science
, or its
led to university investigations, rival journal Nature
, such as
Kelley Hise uses the CDC’s new gym.
ﬁrings, prosecutions and crit- “enhanced reputation, visibility,
A panel of scientists Tuesday icism of Science
’s system of position or cash rewards is
CDC gets health and ﬁtness makeover
called for more scrutiny of peer review, in which experts sufﬁciently high that some
independently assess whether may not adhere to the usual
It’s no longer “do as I say” but “do as I do” at the lished by science journals, a re- study results should be pub- scientiﬁc standards.” Kennedy
nation’s top public health agency, which is encourag- action to the bogus stem cell lished. Peer review is a bedrock said Science
ing its employees to exercise and eat healthier. In the ﬁndings trumpeted last year in of modern science.
past three years, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease the journal Science
“Progress in science depends including:
Control and Prevention has revamped cafeteria
Tarnishing the already con- on breakthroughs and in taking
menus, wheeled out produce carts and instituted troversial ﬁeld of embryonic risks, both in research and in with surprising, newsworthy
weight-management classes and seminars on health- stem cell research — and the publishing,” says the review or politically charged results.
ful grocery shopping, among other activities. And in prestige of Science
— Seoul committee formed by Science
June, the agency opened a state-of-the-art ﬁtness cen- National University announced and headed by Stanford Univer- authors and co-authors.
ter. Workers are urged to use the gym during lulls in last year that a team led by sity’s John Brauman.
Hwang Woo Suk:
the workday, to walk, and to have meetings in person. South Korea’s Hwang Woo Suk
But “the current process, view standards with other scientist faked stem cell study.
Music is piped into stairwells to increase the number faked its claim of easily cloning predicated on the assumption journals.
of employees who use stairs instead of the elevator.
says that it is com- misconduct expert Nicholas
Scientists had hoped to use tion, is not adequate,” con- mitted to change, so one should Steneck of the University of dation in Minneapolis. “The re-
By Michelle Healy from staff and wire reports
these cells to create rejection- cludes the panel, which includ- take them at their word and see Michigan in Ann Arbor.
ed Harvard’s Douglas Melton, a what follows,” says science
The Hwang scandal follows creasingly risky position.”
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