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Exercise helps
cancer survivors'
mental health
. Working up a light sweat helps
improve the mental health of breast
cancer survivors, according to a study
led by Kinesiology Prof. Victor
Katch.
The study indicates that aerobic
exercise, such as riding a bike and
climbing stairs, significantly reduces
depression and anxiety levels in sur-
vivors. The earlier the exercise is
begun after surgery, the better the
Sirvivors feel.
Previous research has shown that
between 20 and 40 percent of breast
cancer survivors are depressed one year
after surgery. Years later, many sur-
vivors still suffer from anxiety and
depression.
In Katch's study, researchers exam-
ined the effect of exercise on depres-
sion and anxiety levels among 30
breast cancer survivors, ages 40 to 46.
he average time since surgery for the
'ndividuals was three years and five
months.
The results showed that the depres-
sion levels of women who exercised
for 30 minutes four times a week
dropped by 44 percent over a ten-
week period. The depression levels
of women who did not exercise
increased 13 percent during the same
period. Anxiety levels also dropped
When the survivors followed the exer-
Wise program.
New treatment
found for ulcers
Many sufferers of peptic ulcer dis-
ease are receiving the wrong kind of
treatment, according to a study by
researchers at the University's Medical
enter.
Ulcer disease sufferers are normally
treated for long periods of time with
acid-blocking medication. The study
shows that rapid diagnosis and treat-
ment of H. pylori infection - the usual
cause of ulcer disease - saves money
and improves patient health. Proper
antibiotic treatment can rid an ulcer
disease sufferer of the bacteria in
weeks.
The majority of people treated for
*lcer disease were diagnosed with it
before the link with the H. pvlori was
made. These long-term patients stand
to benefit the most from this treat-
ment, which can eliminate the need
for daily medication and bring a
quick end to peptic ulcer disease.
The World Health Organization has
classified H. pylori as having a poten-
tial link to stomach cancer.
1iological clocks
differ by sex
University researchers have discov-
ered surprising differences between the
sexes of certain South American
rodents. Male and female deguses vary
in how quickly they alter their biologi-
cal clocks in response to environmental
changes.
The study's results could help
mans who suffer from Seasonal
ffective Disorder, jet lag and other
circadian rhythm disruptions.

:'The research showed that male
dCegus change their body temperature
Dnd physical activity cylces much
ts'ter than females when exposed to
light changes alone. But females
change their biorhythms faster than
males if they are around other
females. The presence of degus of
*ther sex had no effect on the males'
reactions.
The degus' body temperature, activi-
ty cycles and social nature are all simi-
iai- to humans, making them ideal for
dse in the study.
Although the degus do not react
exactly the same as humans to envi-
ronmental changes, the study's
results are still revealing - women
wio become tired, hungry and
depressed during the winter months
ight want to seek the company of
Iother women who are not affected by
hese problems.
-- Compiled by Dailv Staff Reporter
Sam Stavis.

Women gather to discuss
effects of Roe v. Wade

By Diba Rab
Daily Staff Reporter
A decision handed down by the U.S.
Supreme Court in 1973 has greatly
impacted the lives of many women -
some of whom gathered last night to
discuss their experiences.
Twenty-five years ago, the Roe v
Wade decision made abortion legal in
the United States. During the discus-
sion in Hutchins Hall, many women
told stories about themselves or friends
who had abortions illegally.
"I think the practice of the speak-out is
to make the personal political and the
political personal," said Ann Barden, a
physician's assistant at University Health
Services. "I want every child welcomed
into the world without reservation."
In the stories told by speak-out par-
ticipants, pregnant women had to find a
doctor who was willing to perform an
illegal abortion, as well as money to pay
for the procedure.
"For many women, they didn't have
the resources to get through the barriers
that have been created," said Robyn
Menin, president of Planned
Parenthood of mid-Michigan.
Some of the 40 people who partici-

paced in the discussion said they were
active in issues surrounding abortion
before the ruling.
"I became involved as a person who
would examine someone and tell them
if they were pregnant and how far along
they were," said former Ann Arbor
Mayor Edward Pierce, a retired family
physician who practiced exclusively in
the Ann Arbor area.
Pro-choice activists said they are
concerned with the possibility that
abortion may become illegal again in
the United States due to heavy lobbying
by pro-life groups.
Menin told the audience that 63 per-
cent of Americans agree with the
Supreme Court decision, but 47 percent
think the law will change.
"Roe v. Wade. It was good policy, bad
politics," Pierce said. "Every time the
Supreme Court changes the law of the
land and if the public isn't ready for the
change, violent opposition is held."
The women who told stories about
the pre-Roe v. Wade era said they are
glad abortion is legal.
"If choices are legitimately available,
then that's all we can ask, said Bonnie
Kay, who said she had an abortion 28

"I feel very lucky
to have had a
legal abortion.."
- Melissa Fuller
Planned Parenthood worker
years ago.
Women who said they have had abor-
tions legally in recent years took the
meeting as an opportunity to thank pro-
choice activists.
"I feel very lucky to have had a legal
abortion at the age of 15," said Melissa
Fuller, a worker at Planned Parenthood.
"Thank you to all the women who
fought to make that choice available to
me."
Before the group viewed a movie,
titled "When Abortion was Illegal:
Untold Stories," Emily Gertz, a member
of the campus chapter of Students For
Choice, encouraged the audience to
look into abortion legislation.
"I want to urge everyone to spend a
little time researching the politics of
pro-choice to learn a little more about

WARREN ZINN/Daiy
Doug Ross, a University lecturer and Democratic candidate for governor,
speaks to a Michigan College Democrats mass meeting last night.
Ross tries to gai
studetsp

Asian business conference
will discuss economic crisis

By Peter Romer-Friedman
Daily Staff Reporter
In a grassroots attempt to raise stu-
dent support for his gubernatorial pri-
mary campaign, Doug Ross. a lecturer
in the University's School of Public
Policy, addressed about 25 members of
the Michigan College Democrats in
the Michigan League last night.
Ross was the first of the many
Democratic candidates invited to
speak on campus, providing a forum
for University students to familiarize
themselves with the potential gover-
nors.
Coupling intensity with humor.
Ross utilized the meeting to convince
University leaders to "sign up" to
help him eventually defeat
Republican Gov. John Engler.
"My message to students here is
simple," Ross said. "Join in and have a
voice in shaping our future. This elec-
tion is really about the future. I'm run-
ning for governor to make sure that
each of us has a shot at the opportuni-
ty the next century will bring."
Ross offered five issues that will
define his campaign: affordable edu-
cation, providing more focused skills
for college students, protecting the
environment, restaking Michigan's
claim as a "wealthy state" and mak-
ing the necessary technology
changes to keep up with a world in a
new "revolutionary state."
"Can you really change things and

how do you do it?" Ross asked the
audience. "I think I know how to do
it, but only if you engage yourselves."
After a brief speech, Ross opened
the floor for questions, which he
encouraged and answered.
When asked how he might con-
vince union workers to vote for him
instead of Larry Owen, who has
received support from many unions,
Owen said his Hope Scholarship pro-
posal would turn the tide.
"If I can say to an autoworker,
'Hey, I can make sure you kid goes to
college' no endorsement in the world
will matter," Ross said.
Many of the students took to the
ideas of Ross and his invitation to
support his campaign.
"I was pretty impressed," said Jeff
Harris, treasurer of the campus chap-
ter of the College Democrats. "He
put issues out there that voters want
to talk about. I think he's a great alter-
native to John Engler. I would defi-
nitely give my vote to Doug Ross."
Michigan College Democrats Co-
Chair Marion Dixon called Ross'
ideas "progressive and a new way of
looking at things."
To conclude, Ross stressed the
importance of immediate change,
organization and action.
"We need to create a real move-
ment here and we need you to help us
reach others on campus."

By Hong Lin
Daily Staff Reporter
As the Asian economic crisis plagues
financial markets in the United States
and abroad, a group of students on cam-
pus hopes to understand the cause of
this problem and seek solutions.
Students across campus will have a
first-hand opportunity to gain an under-
standing of the Asian economic crisis
by attending the Asian Business
Conference, sponsored by Business stu-
dents today and tomorrow.
"We are expecting to have about 400
people attending the conference," said
Buisness third-year graduate student
Bob Wilson, who chairs the event. "We
are hoping that we can attract as many
as 650 people in the two days that the
conference will be held. Anyone with
an interest in economics. Asia and
Asian trade is invited to attend."

The conference is a student-run event
and will present viewpoints from many
sides, Wilson said.
"This conference will focus on how
governments and regional, local and
multinational companies are coping
with the crisis in the short term and
planning for success in the long term,"
said Buisness second-year graduate
student Frank Chong.
Many executives from large corpora-
tions are scheduled to speak at the con-
ference, which is in its eighth year.
"We have speakers from firms like
A.D. Little, Price Waterhouse, as well as
other leading firms in the Asian Pacific
region," said Chong, adding that there
were many incentives that prompted the
executives to attend the conference.
"The reputation of the University's
School of Buisness and Administration
is a big factor in attracting these big-

name speakers. Also, some of them
came because of student contacts,"
Chong said.
But the focus of this year's event will
not only center on the ongoing turmoil
that is plaguing many Asian countries,
said Karen Maruyama, an Buisness
first-year graduate student and the
panel chair for the Japan committee.
"We will definitely address the Asian
economic crisis that is going on right now,
but the conference does not specifically
deal only with the Asian crisis,"
Maruyama said. "The theme of this year's
conference is how businesses can com-
pete in Asia in the 21st Century, whether
it is on the cultural or business side.:
This event will be free for University
students and faculty members. It will
take place in Hale Auditorium today
from 4:30 -6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9
a.m. -5 p.m.

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Rel 369/Psy 313
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Wom Studies 240

State unemployment
rate lowest since '70

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DETROIT - Michigan's average
1997 unemployment rate was 4.1 per-
cent - the lowest since 1970.
"There's no question that 1997
was a banner year for Michigan's
work force," said Doug Rothwell,
director of the Michigan Jobs
Commission, which released the fig-
ures yesterday.
"We set new highs for employment
and labor-force levels and dropped
unemployment to a new average low."
Last year's average rate compares
with 4.9 percent for 1996. For
December, the seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, the
same as in November.
December is the 33rd straight month
in which Michigan's unemployment
rate was below the national rate. The

U.S. rate in December was 4.7 percent.
"Michigan has been roughly three
quarters of a percent below the U.S. rate
for roughly two years. The auto indus-
try has been doing fine. But it's also a
reflection of our booming construction
industry," said David Littmann, a vice
president and senior economist with
Comerica Bank.
"Residential housing can't find
enough labor," he said.
The state has had periods of econom-
ic expansion before, but this one is dif-
ferent, he added.
"If you examined periods similar to
this in prior expansions, it is very
unusual for Michigan to have retained
this leadership position in the employ-
ment market for so long," Littmann
said.

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