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November 01, 2003


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'All City Halloween'
Tristan Weis and Kailee Tavares
photos by Dick Kauffman

Ketchikan: Front Page Photo - 'All City Halloween' - Numerous 'trick or treaters' of all ages attended the All City Halloween party held at the Plaza Port Mall Friday...
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Science: Signals from space enable earthquake detection - A violent earthquake that cracked highways in Alaska set the sky shaking as well as the land, an ESA-backed study has confirmed.
This fact could help improve earthquake detection techniques in areas lacking seismic networks, including the ocean floor.

A team from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris and the California Institute of Technology has successfully used the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation to map disturbances in the ionosphere following last November's magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Denali, Alaska. - Read more...
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Medical: Drug Improves Brain Structure in Alzheimer's Patients - Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have determined that a medication commonly prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) appears to cause physical improvements in the hippocampus and other brain regions of patients with the disease. These improvements could explain why the drug, donepezil (trade name Aricept), a cholinesterase inhibitor, is beneficial in treating the symptoms of some Alzheimer's patients, the researchers said.

The findings were made by using magnetic resonance (MR) technology to track brain changes among patients taking the drug. According to the researchers, this is the first time MR has been used to observe the effects of a medication on brain structures of patients living with AD. The feasibility of using MR for such studies is likely to improve future research into treatments for AD and other brain disorders, the researchers said. - Read more...
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Health: Wild blueberries may help protect arteries, reduce risks from cardiovascular disease - A University of Maine nutritionist has found evidence that consumption of wild blueberries can help arteries relax and reduce risks associated with cardiovascular disease. The project is the first using rats fed blueberry diets to demonstrate a relationship between consumption of whole wild blueberries and processes that can lead to high blood pressure. - Read more...
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Smoked Shellfish and Corn Bisque
photo courtesy National Fisheries Institute

Home & Garden: Satisfy Comfort Cravings With Seafood Soups and Chowder - Chow down on chowder? Why not? Soups and chowders are everybody's comfort food ­ almost as much fun to prepare as they are to eat. A piping hot pot of soup simmering on a back burner begs to be dipped into, whether for a soul-satisfying main course, appetizer or as an accompaniment to a salad or sandwich.

The comfort factor of soup is, perhaps, its greatest attraction. The word soup comes from the English term "sop," meaning a piece of bread soaked in liquid. Man has been eating soup almost since fire was discovered to cook it. The ancient Romans ate soup, including a type of fish broth cooked in wine and spices. Chowders are simply soups thickened with milk or cream - Manhattan-style clam chowder not withstanding!

There are as many kinds of soups as there are imaginative cooks to cook them, from thick chowders that are almost stews, such as clam chowder or bouillabaisse, to thin, clear consommés, and everything in between. Best of all, seafood soups are especially "good food;" their steaming broths rich with nutrients as well as good flavors.

Soup has achieved legendary medicinal status as a special source of nourishment, combining body-building proteins with an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Seafood soups and chowders supply a double whammy of great flavor and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect against coronary artery disease. - Read more & recipes...
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