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Columbia bone marrow drive successful

By Contributing Writer

December 12, 2012

By Tyler Eagle, Contributing WriterColumbia's chapter of the Public Relation Student Society of America and Be The Match, a nonprofit that helps match donors with recipients, hosted a bone marrow drive Dec. 5 in the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.As previously reported by The Chronicle Dec. 3, the purpose of the event was to find a match for Nyiah Young, a 7-year-old Chicago native, with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary condition that has greatly impacted her life. According to Ashley Lavore, a ...

Get out there and vote

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Regardless of what “that guy” in your LAS course says, voting does matter.The voter turnout is expected to be high this year. High by recent American standards, which means it probably won’t get past 60 percent. Turnout in 2008 was 56.8 percent, and according to an Oct. 29  Pew poll, voters are as highly engaged this election cycle as they were then."While turnout forecasts are very difficult, the level of engagement at this point in the campaign suggests that a relatively h...

Bad medicine for meat

By Emily Fasold

January 30, 2012

Meat is a dietary staple for many Americans and often the centerpiece of barbeques, potlucks and family functions. However, new data confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration shows that 80 percent of antimicrobial drugs made in the U.S. end up in meat, meaning you might want to think twice before sinking your teeth into a burger.Earlier this month, the FDA banned the routine use of cephalosporin antibiotics in livestock feed, but r...

Support stop smoking shock tactics

By Sophia Coleman

November 14, 2011

Images of blackened lungs, oxygen masks and caskets could be replacing your beloved Joe Camel, Marlboro or Pall Mall logos next year.In a further effort to save smokers’ health, the Food and Drug Administration has plans to implement a new strategy to people to drop their smoking jones. Nine graphic warnings would be placed on cigarette packs to deter smokers from continuing their killer habit. Some of these images are ro...

Reporters not PR puppets

By Luke Wilusz

October 24, 2011

Video game journalism has, unfortunately, always been heavily influenced by PR representatives from game companies looking to manage the public image of their products. Every now and then, they do a particularly sloppy job of it, as was the case with Electronic Arts, a global games manufacturer, this past week. On Oct. 19, PCGamer.com reported that EA representatives in Norway had been caught trying to pressure reviewers i...

New app can detect vital signs using iPhone camera

By Lindsey Woods

October 17, 2011

A team of biomedical engineers have developed a smartphone app that can track vital signs, such as heart rate, through the use of built-in mobile phone cameras.Although the app isn’t scheduled to hit markets until the end of the year, Ki Chon, professor and head of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, located in Massachusetts, said it will be marketed mostly to medical professionals. He said apps related...

Menace in NAGAAA World Series

By Nader Ihmoud

September 6, 2011

This year’s North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Open Division Softball World Series was held in Chicago for the first time since 1983. Teams from 37 leagues across the country meet in a different city each year for the event, created in 1977.The World Series is grouped into four divisions based on level of play. According to the tournament’s website, Group A is the better of the groups and Group D is at a recreational level.The league is for both men and women, but is dominated ...

CPS should use discretion with incentive pay

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2010

Chicago Public Schools recently received a federal grant of $35.9 million to offer teachers as incentive pay. The money will target 25 schools, a portion reserved to reward approximately 1,125 teachers with bonuses if classrooms show improvement.  Schools with a history of underperformance and higher teacher turnover will be chosen.While few CPS teachers get the credit they deserve for working so tirelessly with Chicago’s youth, a...

Fair brings student resources

By J_Howard

October 11, 2010

Between classes, work and a social life, the thought of staying healthy may come as an afterthought for students. Columbia is holding the first Wellness Fair of the year on Oct. 20. The event not only offers free lunch for students, but also information and opportunities to seek on the spot assistance for health issues.The Wellness Fair is a once-a-semester event that aims to provide students with an atmosphere in which they c...

‘Robotripping’ still a common occurence

By J_Howard

September 13, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration is revisiting the issue of Dextromethorphan, or DXM, abuse. On Sept. 14, the FDA will hold a Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee meeting to determine the risks and benefits associated with the drug.“In May 2005, [the] FDA issued a Talk Paper to notify the public about the issue of abuse of DXM,” said Crystal Rice, spokeswoman for the FDA. “At the time, we stated that the agency is working with other authorities to assess this seri...

New laws tighten smoking regulations

By Ivana Susic

April 5, 2010

The Marlboro cowboy, Joe Camel and brightly colored cigarette ads are now a thing of the past. Soon free gifts with tobacco purchases and radio jingles will be too.On March 18, the Food and Drug Administration approved new regulations to limit tobacco sales and marketing, aimed at reducing the targeting of youth.  Among the regulations that take effect in June, the FDA will create stricter penalties for those who sell cigarettes t...

Cut the crust

By TaylorGleason

September 28, 2009

The kids are right; eating bread crust might be bad for you. Consumption of dark baked goods and other edibles cooked at high temperatures increases your chance of exposure to acrylamide, a chemical that the National Center for Toxicological Research is studying for its carcinogenic effects.Acrylamide is formed naturally in certain foods after they’ve been subjected to high levels of heat, said Stephanie Kwisnek, spokeswoman...

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