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American Spending on Alternative Medicine Continues to Skyrocket

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American consumers spent an estimated $34 billion on alternative medicine in 2007. In fact, alternative medicine accounts for over 11 percent of out-of-pocket spending on health care in the United States. This surprising information comes from the first national estimate of dollars spent on alternative medicine in over ten years. The last government estimate of spending on alternative medicine was reported based on a 1997 survey that found spending to be at about $27 billion.

Alternative medicine includes any healing practice not falling within the realm of conventional medicine. Many such practicies include herbalism, homeopathy, hypnosis, naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, biofeedback, diet-based therapies, Unani and traditional Chinese medicine. These practices are very diverse and may be based upon traditional medicine, folk knowledge, spiritual beliefs, newly conceived approaches to healing or a combination thereof.

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Getting Closer to an AIDS Vaccine

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For decades, scientists have vigorously searched for a cure for the AIDS virus. Recent research just may have uncovered a significant key to developing that long-awaited vaccine. Scientists have discovered two key antibodies that seem to prevent the AIDS virus from mutating and spreading through out the body.

The AIDS virus has claimed millions of lives around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 33 million people currently are infected with HIV. While search efforts for an AIDS cure are abundant, several previous stabs at developing a vaccine proved to be non-effective.

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a non-profit organization, is funding the efforts to develop a vaccine and kicked off their effort in 2006, called Protocol G. Protocol G utilizes blood gathered from HIV patients in developing countries, to help pinpoint antibodies that could neutralize strains of the AIDS virus. The Scripps Research Institute through this initiative, discovered two critical antibodies, which naturally fight against the spread of the AIDS virus.

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The Availability of the New iPod touch Potentially Compromised

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According to one of our reliable source (however, it remains a rumor), Apple is facing problems with the production of the new iPod Touch. The issue would be linked to the new camera module. We did not get any further details, but the problem has been spotted in the first dozen of thousands units produced. Those units have been put aside.
We do not know if the problem has been solved in the meantime. In any case, the iPod Touch availability would be delayed and initial volumes reduced. If the problem has not been solved yet, then the updated iPod Touch might be significantly delayed.

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This Wednesday (September 9th) is Apple’s annual iPod event

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This Wednesday (September 9th) is Apple’s annual iPod event, where they’re likely to refresh most or all of the iPod lineup like they’ve done at nearly every fall iPod event.

The iPod line is admittedly lower-profile since many Apple fanatics have switched to iPhones, but a lot of people still buy iPods, and the Touch lineup is relevant to iPhone users and developers.

(Officially, the product names are iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, and iPod classic — note that the second word in each is not capitalized. I choose to ignore that and capitalize their second words, often referring to them only as “the Touch”, “the Classic”, etc. for reduced tedium in articles like this that are only about iPods.)

The Shuffle will probably not be mentioned. It may have its price quietly dropped. $79 for a 4 GB screenless player is steep by today’s standards. A more fitting price may be $49.

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Katy Perry Sparks Engagement Rumors

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Katy Perry kissed a girl and she liked it. But apparently she still likes kissing her boyfriend Travis McCoy more. Word on the block is that these two are officially engaged!

Katy was spotted sporting a diamond ring on her wedding
finger last week, which prompted fans to believe Travis proposed.

It won't be the first time the couple has come face to face with engagement rumors. Back in 2008 Katy had to deny that they were engaged but thanked the New York Press for all the free publicity.

But maybe this time around there could be some truth to the rumors. The couple just reconciled a few months ago after splitting up before the new year, so perhaps Travis wants to make sure he never loses his girl again!

If the rumors are true, congrats to the happy couple!

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