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2A -- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1997

NATION/WORLD

GRANT
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examine patients, review x-rays and
discuss treatment over phone lines with
the aid of computers, said School of
Medicine Prof. Daniel Teitelbaum.
"The grant ... covers a unique niche
of communication, which is to improve
telemedicine links with regard to mater-
nal/child (health)," Teitelbaum said
Instead of driving eight hours from
Michigan's Upper Peninsula to see a
University pediatrician in Ann Arbor,
U.P. patients can receive a diagnosis in
their own town.

On an experimental basis, the
University also gets patient images from
places as far away as Asia. "The telemed-
icine console gets incredible images
transferred," said Chief of Clinical Affairs
James Wooliscroft. "It's the proverbial 'a
picture is worth a thousand words."'
University Hospitals has worked
with area doctors to familiarize emer-
gency care practitioners with the new
telemedicine system, located in the
basement of Mott Children's
Hospital.
Medical School Prof. Michele
Nypaver said pediatric emergency care
so far has been given to about 85 patients

via telecommunication technology.
"We can see patients very well and
take care of most fairly acute problems,"
Nypaver said. "It's an interesting dynam-
ic ... parents and families have really
liked it because pretty sick kids could
immediately talk to a tertiary center."
Nypaver said future endeavors include
emergency telemedicine to resuscitate
kids when area care is not available. In
addition to telemedicine, the computers
will be used to educate medical students
and doctors. Rare diseases will be viewed
and examined with a click of the mouse.
Aside from benefits related to
University Hospitals, the Intel grant will

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apply to other University projects as well:
The Practical Engagement
Experience is a program that will be
directly affected by the Intel grant.
"Students work out of the nation and
apply information to disadvantaged soci-
ety," Atkins said. With the additional
technology, students on field assignment
can stay connected to the University and
have a support system, Atkins said.
School of Information Prof. Paul
Resnick joins the faculty this fall to set
up the new Intel servers used in his fall
course. He will teach students how to
evaluate the credibility of medical
Internet sites. Resnick's students will
create a rating scale based on standards
chosen by the class. The server used by
Resnick's class gathers and redistributes
information and the final product is
intended for use beyond the classroom.
In other areas of the School of
Information, digital library research
projects are addressing how to take mil-
lions of different resources and link
them together, allowing people to find
them easily, Atkins said.
The College of Engineering will
receive "250 workstations to run simu-
lations and help design better computer
networking," said Engineering Prof.
Gary Tyson. The college currently has a
number of different projects in the mak-
ing, including an artificial intelligence
battlefield simulator and a course fea-
turing a virtual stock market.
"Certain classes will really improve,"
Tyson said. "We could not teach with-
out several machines."
Engineers will also team up with
School of Information researchers to do
information processing projects.

ROUND THE NATIN
Senate votes to fight youth tobacco sals
WASHINGTON - In a dramatic reversal yesterday, the Senate overwhedling
ly approved the Clinton administration's full request for $34 million to crack dow
on cigarette sales to teenagers.
A little more than a month after narrowly rejecting the request, the Senate Se
70 to 28 to revive the proposal and then approved it by voice vote, sanctioning
seven-fold increase in the $4.9 million the Senate had originally approved fbr'th
youth anti-smoking effort. The earlier effort by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) fame
52 to 48.
The proposal would fully fund a program initiated by the Food and Dru
Administration to help all 50 states ensure that stores check identification to pr
vent minors from buying cigarettes. Only about 10 states would have benefite
from the earlier allocation. Some of the money would also be used for an edu
tional effort aimed at cooperation by tobacco retailers.
"This is one step in a big battle, but it's a great step," said Harkin, who with Se
John Chafee (R-R.I.) sponsored the funding increase. Chafee said it was the
victory by the anti-tobacco coalition in the Senate since 1987, when Core]
curbed smoking on domestic flights." Matthew Myers, of the Campaign fc
Tobacco-Free Kids, said the vote was "the most serious defeat the tobacco iddu
try has suffered in years."

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FDA to consider
remng leprosy drug
WASHINGTON - A New Jersey
company seeks to revive the world's
most infamous drug this week, as gov-
ernment scientists debate whether it
can sell thalidomide to treat a form of
leprosy without risking a repeat of the
birth-defect horrors of the 1960s.
All sides acknowledge accidents
could happen if the Food and Drug
Administration approves thalidomide
- after all, just one pill in early preg-
nancy can harm. The question is
whether the drug offers enough benefit
to take that chance, and if so, how to
protect women as much as possible.
"It's the moral quandary of the decade
for us" said Canadian Randy Warren,
head of North America's Thalidomide
Victims Association, who was born with
no hips and malformed legs. "We don't
want to deny this drug to people. ... But
one pill can lop off all four limbs?'
Thalidomide, once sold in 48 coun-
tries, was banned in 1962 after some
12,000 babies were born with no limbs

or tiny, flipper-like arms and legs,'serie
facial deformities and defective orgaiis.
Thalidomide was never sold her
although some Americans got it abroa
or in research trials. Instead, anb
scientist spotted early signs of toxicit
that the original manufacturer denie
and blocked U.S. sales long enougif
the danger to be proved overseas.
Condom ads will no
make false claims
WASHINGTON - The country
second-largest condom maker, Loao
International Group Inc., has agrW t
stop making advertising claims that i
products are "30 percent stronger "tha
the leading brand," under a settlenme
announced yesterday with the Feder
Trade Commission.
Terms of the agreement prohibit th
company from making future claim
about the strength of its products with
out scientific evidence. The compan
did not admit to wrongdoing by siM
decree, but could be penalized for ac
future violation of the FTC order.

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Mexico studies U.S.
pluralistic congress
MEXICO CITY - Members of
Mexico's new, opposition-dominated
Congress said Tuesday they are exam-
inng how the U.S. Congress works for
hints on how to create a pluralistic leg-
islature.
Lawmakers said they hope to create
a Legislature where serious debate can
be heard, and where lobbying and com-
promise are a central part of the
process.
They also hope the catcalls, chaos
and general disrespect that prevailed
during seven decades of rule by the
Institutional Revolutionary Party, or
PRI, will be a thing of the past.
"When one party had a majority,
debates were held to convince legis-
lators, but not to win (votes). Now
they'll have to do both," said con-
gressman Oscar Gonzalez,
spokesperson for the PRI's congres-
sional delegation.
The change in the Legislature is the
result of July 6 elections, in which the
ruling PRI lost its majority in the 500-
seat lower house of Congress for the
first time in seven decades.

Fireworks are expected once the 1
islative session gets underway a h
tattered, overcrowded Congress d
ing. Legislators spent Tuesday looltn
for their office assignments and tryin
to get working phone lines.
The party most vulnerable to desei
tions, the PRI - which is 12 ;rte
short of a majority in Congress -say
its party discipline is fine and that
won't need to whip'members into line
Indonesian fatal
landslide ks 4
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A land
slide set off by torrential rains kille
four villagers and left three other
missing in northern Indonesia, th
official Antara news agency repoire
yesterday.
Monday's landslide struck the hem
let of Bantan Cuaca in southeast Ace
the northernmost province.
The news agency quoted H. As
Deky, a spokesperson of the loct
social office in Kutacane, as saying'th
search was still under way for the miss
ing villagers.
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