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w c THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 3A Study links Clinton's $18 billion request gets early OK 3f 4 4 t f-t ... :.?nutt ... . f etc & MfrJr! I - - - - t --- across the country, bringing the total to $2.4 billion, according to .. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. ' ,: As of late Tuesday, the House and Senate appeared headed ."! down parallel tracks that di- :: verged at key junctures, posing. problems as both houses strug-; gle to pass at least the military -and disaster aid package before a two-week recess that starts at the ' end of next week. The House committee ap.' proved two bills. ! ; One included $1.8 billion for military operations in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf and $570 million . for disaster relief, all of which' ; were offset by cuts in low-income housing, airport projects; ' Clinton's Americorps initiative .'' and bilingual education. Demo- " crats and the administration; strongly protested these cuts. . The other bill called for $505 million for the U.N. and $18 bilT " lion in credits for the IMF, in-'' eluding a $14.5 billion quota in-,' crease and $3.5 billion for new ,: borrowing authority. House GOP, leaders plan to add the contro-.', versial anti-abortion language ',; when the bill reaches the House floor, probably after the April re-. cess. ' The Senate was working to combine the bills into one, in-- m eluding an additional $1.8 billion for disaster relief but excluding any money for the U.N. The Sen; ate did not try to offset the spending increases, which could J, complicate negotiations with the p House on a final bill. k Fire sweeps Miami stores, ties up traffic MIAMI - Students from the New World School of the Arts evacuate their building near a smoky fire that swept a row of downtown stores Tuesday. A small residential hotel was also evacuated, but there were no injuries, fire officials said. The fire broke out about 6:10 a.m., jamming traffic around the shops and on expressways leading into the city. 1 V watching, 'kids' obesity Los Angeles Times While the debate nver televi sion's effects on children focuses on what they watch, a new study of some .4,000 children underscores the importance of how much they watch, showing that tne more time children spend in j front of the tube, the fatter they j tend to be. , Moreover, the study firmly ! documents for the first time that black and Latino youths watch more TV than do whites, putting them at greater risk of obesity. Spending more than four hours a day in front of the TV were 43 percent of black youngsters, 30 percent of Mexican Americans, and 20 percent of non-Latino whites. One reason for the ethnic and racial differences in viewing trends, researchers speculate, is that parents in urban neighborhoods may discourage their children from playing outside because of crime. Thus the fear of crime appears to contribute to the "epidemic of obesity," researchers say. ' Though it may seem obvious that watching TV and shirking exercise is behind the childhood obesity epidemic, researchers have had surprising difficulty nailing down those factors, with some previous studies showing no correlation between TV viewing habits and children's fatness. 'The new study's results, made public today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "are consistent, make sense, and indicate a serious problem in the United States," said Steven Gortmaker, a sociologist at the Harvard School of Public Health who has studied TV viewing and obesity. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, the researchers analyzed data from lifestyle interviews with 4,063 children between 1988 and 1994. Consistent with previous surveys, the study found high rates of TV viewing overall: 67 percent watched at least two hours a day, and 26 percent, four or more hours. The central finding was that j children who watched a lot of TV f were measurably fatter than those who watched relatively The spending for the International Monetary Fund still faces obstacles in Congress. The Washington Post WASHINGTON President Clinton's $18 billion request for the International Monetary Fund cleared early hurdles on Capitol Hill Tuesday as the House Appropriations Committee approved the proposal and the Senate prepared to add it to a more popular spending bill for military support and disaster relief. But the proposal to replenish IMF resources, drawn down by financial rescue operations in Southeast Asia, still faces serious obstacles including a dispute over the House's insistence on reforming the IMF. Most serious is a House Republican plan to attach an anti-abortion provision that doomed passage of financing for the IMF and United Nations last year. Prospects for approval of Clinton's request for nearly $1 billion for payment of United States' back dues to the U.N. appeared even more problematic. The Senate has refused to act on the request, arguing that the House must move first on a sep arate authorization bill one that includes the abortion language. Action on the two foreign policy initiatives came as the Clinton administration more than quadrupled its request for disaster assistance in light of recent El Nino-related storm damage ifmcuLOU$ OlRPII ( 1 1 UIKS Call 561-689-7040 for Appointment , I FDA advisers cautiously backing pill for advanced breast cancer - V One 150sq. ft Residential l Room Steam Cleaned j Plus $15.00 per additional I ISO en. ft. rnnm I ".i--I ' be used. Valid 325 - 33198. J I The Palm Beach Post I ..)Wi Vlfji.. j . guarantees a value equal to lriiMi mniiniaMtiBi mum w mi n m tni . I Zr ore-ntM than the cost of Only one coupon per person per visit I your newspaper everyday. may C.W. GRIFFINThe Miami Herald An estimated 44,000 women will die this year of advanced breast cancer that has spread through their bodies. When this cancer metastasizes, these women have two options: the gold-standard Taxol and another class of potent chemotherapy drugs called anthracyclines. These drugs can come with powerful side effects, even deadly heart toxicity. In a study of 162 patients whose cancer was resistant to Taxol, Roche reported that tumors shrank by half in about 20 percent. Three patients had complete remission. But more importantly, in 43 patients whose cancer no longer responded to either Taxol or anthracyclines, Xeloda appeared to help shrink tumors in 25 percent of patients. '4 A? y . If V - ; Please patronize our Daily Deal Merchants! Your zip code The Associated Press BETHESDA, Md. Women whose advanced breast cancer has defied existing treatment may soon get an alternative: a pill called Xeloda that promises to help shrink their incurable tumors. Xeloda does not claim to be a cure, and scientists are not even sure how good it is as a stopgap therapy. But advisers to the Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday that it holds enough promise for women with no alternative that it should be made available while manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche hunts for proof of its effectiveness. "These patients have failed the two very best drugs there are," said Dr. Joyce O'Shaughnessy of Texas Oncol - ogy Group, who helped Roche study Xeloda. "This (drug) showed a solid 25 percent response rate in the most resistant population of patients." But that 25 percent figure was based on a very small study that did not include one of the most basic scientific requirements a comparison group the FDA advisers cautioned. Still, the panel concluded that a pill women could take at home with possibly fewer side effects than typical chemotherapy was worth chancing. 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