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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

From the UK edition of Google News:
Type 2 Diabetics Should Avoid Caffeine
Forbes - 10 hours ago
MONDAY, July 26 (HealthDayNews) -- Consuming beverages that contain caffeine may not be a good idea if you have type 2 diabetes, researchers report.
Caffeine May Hamper Blood Sugar Control WebMD
Caffeine And Diabetes Not A Good Mix At Mealtime Health Talk
WISC - CTV - Medical News Today - TVNZ - and 82 related

This also showed up on the India, Canada, New Zealand and Australia editions, but not on the American one.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 27-Jul-2004
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Misfiring proteins tied to inflammation and sick feeling of type 2 diabetics
After a series of studies in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Freund, a clearer picture is emerging: A disruption of signaling proteins in the immune system may be responsible for the inflammation that makes someone with type 2 diabetes feel sick and increases the risk of serious complications.
National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association

Public Release: 27-Jul-2004
Scientists build on case connecting inflammatory disease and depression
Feeling sick can be "all in the head" for people with inflammatory disorders or for those receiving immunotherapy, say Robert Dantzer and Keith Kelley, professors in the department of animal sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "For the first time, we have evidence of a strong relationship between a molecular event and the development of psychopathology," Dantzer said.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Public Release: 27-Jul-2004
Nature Biotechnology
Newly designed nanoparticle quantum dots simultaneously target and image prostate tumors in mice
Emory University scientists have for the first time used a new class of luminescent "quantum dot" nanoparticles in living animals to simultaneously target and image cancerous tumors. The quantum dots were encapsulated in a highly protective polymer coating and attached to a monoclonal antibody that guided them to prostate tumor sites in living mice, where they were visible using a simple mercury lamp.
National Institutes of Health, Georgia Cancer Coalition, Coulter Translational Research Program at Georgia Tech and Emory University, Department of Defense
Making fast food that much faster
Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune
July 27, 2004

BRAINERD, MINN. -- Ellie Feld pulled into the drive-through lane at the McDonald's in west Brainerd the other day, craving a double cheeseburger.

As she leaned out the window of her Chevy Blazer to place her order through a speaker box, Feld was greeted by the friendly voice of an order taker she thought was working inside.

"I assumed it was somebody in here," Feld said, pointing to the restaurant only a few feet away.

Not even close.

Four states away in a Colorado Springs call center, "Linda" recorded Feld's order and flashed it onto a computer screen inside the kitchen of the Brainerd McDonald's. Less than 2 minutes later, Feld drove away, a smile on her face and a burger in hand.
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