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The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, has been in Earth's orbit for 20 years. The satellite reached what NASA called "the end of a productive scientific life" a full six years back. UARS is expected to return to Earth soon. By Saturday, the satellite will re-enter the atmosphere. Article resource: UARS satellite pieces have 1 in 3,200 chance of hitting Earth


Put up in 1991

Orbit has had the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite around for some time started in 1991. The ozone layer was to be studied with the satellite. It was intended to study other aspects of the Earth’s atmosphere too. The UARS was supposed to last around three years originally. UARS had 60 percent of instruments still working after 14 years, but National Aeronautics and Space Administration decided shutting it down was the best option. The size of UARS can be compared to a bus. It has mostly gold foil-like material on it too.


Coming down might hurt

The UARS is expected to return to the Earth’s atmosphere between September 22 and 24 as a “heavily decaying orbit,” as reported by NASA. Most of the satellite is expected to break up in the atmosphere and melt away, but as much as 100 separate pieces won't melt away entirely. Some of the portions will be as heavy as 300 pounds. There's a 1 in 3,200 chance that any UARS piece will hit land, NASA estimates. The only continent that isn't within the fall zone is Antarctica. The chance that each individual piece will hit an individual is about 1 in 20 trillion.


Two hours' warning

There will be updates from National Aeronautics and Space Administration every two hours. The UARS satellite will be safe. Even checking every hour, National Aeronautics and Space Administration won’t be able to give much notice. There will only be two hours’ notice before UARS re-entry is noted. Solar activity is blamed for the speed of UARS's fall. The communication satellite problems are also blamed on the activity. Though UARS is falling from the sky quickly, it is just one of the estimated 22,000 parts of "space junk" orbiting the globe.


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The FDA has started a number of hearings concerning Avastin, a  popular breast cancer medication. The drug has helped some people, but  the Food and Drug Administration asserts that studies prove too few  benefits to justify approving the drug for use as a breast cancer remedy  given the risks of use. Source for this article - FDA mulls future of breast cancer drug Avastin by


Dangers of drugs are too good


Avastin, Genentech's cancer drug, is going to start going through  proceedings with the FDA. Roche AG, which is a Swiss pharmaceutical  business, is the parent business of Genentech. Food and Drug  Administration approval was revoked in Dec. of 2010 for use of the  narcotic in treating advanced cases of breast cancer, as reported by  Fox. The proceedings, as reported by CBS, are being picketed by numerous  different groups, including women whose lives were saved by the drug or  are being treated for breast cancer with Avastin and seeing optimistic  outcomes. However, the FDA has asserted that its approval was revoked  because studies indicate the drug only delays progression of breast  cancer for a few months and does not decrease the death rate, as  reported by the Washington Post. High blood pressure, blood clots,  intestinal perforation, kidney damage and heart attacks can all be  brought on by Avastin.


How it helps other cancer


Angiogenesis is inhibited by Avastin, or bevacizumab. Tumors won't  grow blood vessels with it, as reported by Wikipedia. Colon, kidney,  lung and brain cancer have all used the narcotic as treatment also.  There were studies done recently to see how Avastin worked with ovarian  cancer, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. It showed that both new  patients and recurring cancer sufferers had ovarian cancer inhibited  with Avastin treatment. There was a four month delay in recurring  ovarian cancer from Avastin shown in a trial. Another study, as reported  by the LA Times, found women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer had a  slightly lower death rate overall when taking Avastin, and those at the  greatest risk for recurrence had a 36 percent reduction in fatalities  from ovarian cancer when taking Avastin. However, the long-term impact  on death rates remains to be seen. Ovarian cancer has an overall  survival rate of about 47 percent, as reported by Wikipedia.


Why the testimony is questioned


Possible financial ties to Genentech and parent business Roche AG are  being called into question regarding testimony on behalf of the drug,  according to the San Francisco Chronicle. No one who speaks at the FDA  hearings on behalf of the narcotic will have to disclose whether she has  any financial incentive to promote the narcotic at the FDA hearings.  Over $6 billion in Roche sales was represented in 2010 by Avastin. About  $88,000 is needed for a full course treatment. The drug had an approval  in 2008 that was very controversial contemplating it was on the FDA  fast-track program which means it was able to get to the industry faster  than normal with proof that it works, although the advantages may not  outnumber the risks. Studies that considered the FDA's decision to pull  approval showed that the narcotic merely delayed tumor growth by a few  months at best, and did not decrease the death rate overall.



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The 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts are official. The governing body of soccer made the announcement this morning. The 2018 World Cup event can be hosted in Russia and Qatar, either “New Lands” for soccer, got the nod for the 2022 World Cup. Excessive calls for reform of the bidding procedure are getting even louder. Article resource - 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts announced by Money Blog Newz


World Cup for 2018 to be located in Russia

The 2018 World Cup can be hosted by Russia which beat three other bidders. Russian Prime Minister thinks the bid procedure is an “unscrupulous competition” though so he refuses to show up to the International Federation of Association Football bid process. Russia's World Cup bid was depending on the argument that Russia is a "growing market" for soccer.

World Cup located in Qatar in 2022

Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, making it the first time the soccer event could be located in a Middle Eastern country. Qatar was considered a long-shot bid, and FIFA had expressed concern the heat in Qatar would make the 2022 World Cup "unhealthy" for some rivals. Qatar promised it would air-condition stadiums. Qatar is a small country in the Persian Gulf. It said that when it came to “trusting” the Middle East, it was a “strong” option.

Transforming a bit within the International Federation of Association Football World Cup procedure for selecting hosts

Though the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts have just been declared, some are calling for a change to the bidding procedure. Some reformers are asking the bid procedure for World Cup hosts be kept to one World Cup at a time. The bids being more politically neutral are another thing that is being suggested. The International Federation of Association Football World Cup is a huge political and economic event, and the bid procedure and awarding of hosts is sure to remain controversial.

2014 World Cup in Brazil

Before the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, however, Brazil will host the tournament in 2014. The country has been making large preparations for the event that is expected to bring in more than 170,000 jobs and 80,000 foreign tourists. Many say that the 2016 Olympics are being prepared for with the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The country is clearing out Favelas which used to be controlled by organized crime and drug lords. The cost is high, however residents hope these high-profile sports events prove being an economic boon.

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There's been an excellent deal of talk about exactly where Denver Nuggets forward Anthony could be traded this season. Carmelo Anthony trade destinations have been several, including the New York Knicks. But now a big name has thrown its hat to the ring, reports ESPN. Carmelo might be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers.


All about the Carmelo Anthony to Lakers trade


The groundwork for a Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers trade is there. Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson said that something had to be changed by the Lakers if they were going to win. Just days after this, the Los Angeles Media spoke with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak who said a trade is an option. In Los Angeles, Music Television personality La La Vazquez as wife of Carmelo purchased a home with her husband. Lakers representatives have coyly denied interest.


Lakers details


The first in Pacific Division is the Lakers that also have 36-16. Answers are being looked for by the team though since a lot of high-profile losses have happened. Anthony would be precisely what the Lakers need as he is a strong scorer. Since Melo is 6 foot 8 and 230 pounds, he can do so several things while being an excellent scorer. With Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, the Lakers would be a nightmare to guard.


Giving up with the Lakers


ESPN explains the Lakers will probably go for Andrew Bynum if the deal with Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers does not go through. The majority is concerned about Bynum’s durability although he can stop interior scorers effortlessly. According to ESPN, more players than just Anthony can be offered since salary is a major concern of the Nuggets right now. Also, the NBA needs would all be filled with a straight up trade between Carmelo Anthony and Andrew Bynum.


Other Anthony trade possibilities


The LA Lakers are not the only team talking to the Denver Nuggets about Carmelo Anthony trade. The New York Knicks are talking too. After months of speculation, none of the potential trades - some of which involve the Minnesota Timberwolves to make a three-team deal - have come to fruition. The health of Knicks forward Wilson Chandler is a big concern with the trade considering some calf and ankle injuries that occurred.




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The newest edition of the Dietary Guidelines from the federal government is now accessible. The government publishes the pamphlet every 5 years, addressing some aspects of the diet of Americans and what ought to be included and cut. The effect is not expected to be dramatic. Nobody should have to take out a cash advance loan to change their diet with the new recommendations.


Our diets something the government outlines with recommendations


ABC accounts that new “Dietary Guidelines” were released by the government recently. A brand new edition of recommendations is issued every 5 years by the United States DOA and the Department of Health and Human Services. When it comes to the 2010 Dietary Recommendations for Americas, solid fats have to be limited. Also, high dietary fiber fruits and vegetables are suggested while the serving has been changed to be 2 and half cup a day of them. Americans are advised by the brand new recommendations also to limit their sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. Sodium intake ought to be limited to 1,500 mg a day if you're at risk for heart disease which is about 50 percent of Americans according to the American Heart Association.


We need to get more fish in our diet


The new recommendations for diet programs recommend more seafood. Americans need to eat it. It is recommended that people ingest at least 8 ounces of seafood per week, which is double the current average of 3.5 ounces per week, according to USA Today. There are a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids in seafood and seafood. This makes risk for heart attacks and strokes go down. The “French Paradox” or “French Affect” is what the seafood consumption is about where there is a lot less heart disease in France than in America with the more saturated fats being consumed.


Problems within the United States with obesity


Health professionals and First Lady Michele Obama are all concerned with the rate of weight problems in American adults and kids. The life expectancy in The United States isn’t as great as it is in other countries. This is largely as a result of diet that Americans have.





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