Counter Intelligence: Study Says 1 in 10 Had Swine Flu in NYC
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- One in 10 New Yorkers have swine flu, according to a new study. Swine flu is estimated to have infected about 10% of people in New York City this spring, a health official said. A study due out this week suggests the virus was spread around the city and infected about 800,000 New Yorkers.
- The richest woman in Israel claims she can see the future. Carnival Cruise Lines heiress Shari Arison said she had premonitions about the Indonesian tsunami two months before it happened and predicted Hurricane Katrina. Now, she's ready to go public with her visions in her new book and said she wants to use her wealth and her accumulated past lives to help save the human race.
- A breath test can detect lung cancer with an accuracy of 87%, according to a study. The device can be used to detect cancer in its early stages before tumors emerge and become visible on X-rays. This early detection increases patients' odds of survival since only about 15% of current cases are detected before the disease has begun spreading.
- Liberty University, the conservative and controversial evangelical college, has built a year-round snowless ski mountain. The $4 million ski hill features a synthetic surface that simulates snow but allows for softer landings and can be used year-round. The slope is an addition to the Virginia-based university that officials hope will prove its a world class school with academics, sports and extracurricular activities. It's the first of its kind in North America.
- Most humans can't digest milk. About 60% of adults in the world cannot digest lactose after childhood and lactose intolerance is so common that the ability to drink milk is more odd than not, experts say. By comparisons, food allergies in general -- to eggs, peanuts, fish, etc -- affect an estimated 4% of adults.