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msl s THE PALM BEACH POST ! WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 3A 1 Study links TV watching, Clinton's $18 billion request gets early OK across the country, bringing the total to $2.4 billion, according to ; Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R- -(. Alaska. 1 111"""" I f I km: mm mm ME fcjpt I'll L Fire sweeps Miami 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. The spending for the International Monetary Fund still faces obstacles in Congress. The Wasliington 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 separate 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 rru ri x lie x axiu Beach Post Treasure Coast DorTt miss the opportunity to get Call 36 1 82()469 1 I I Picture your logo and traffic ! building offer above ... don't I wait any longer, call and I reserve your space NOW! for Los Angeles Times While the debate over television's effects on children fornsps on; what they watch, a new study J of some 4,000 children under-j scores the importance of how ; i much they watch, showing that j the more time children spend in !' front of the tube, the fatter they J.' tend to be. t -Moreover, the study firmly if 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 'j percent of black youngsters, 30 J percent of Mexican Americans, ' and 20 percent of non-Latino whites. . One reason for the ethnic and 1 racial differences in viewing trends, researchers speculate, is I that parents in urban neighborhoods may discourage their chil-' dren from playing outside be-. cause 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 children who watched a lot of TV were measurably fatter than those who watched relatively As oi late i uesaay, me nouse . and Senate appeared headed ; down parallel tracks that di- ; problems as both houses strug-: a- t"v nocD 'tt ooct thP mi iraru and disaster aid package before a-; j t i 1. 4 V, . k' 11 I A J linn 1 L 4 CI 1 1 L11V IIHUIMI 7 iwo-weeK recess uiai suu is u mo -end of next week. I - mt tf a. ine Mouse commiuee 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' t 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 bil- 4. 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-;-eluding an additional $1.8 billioa -for disaster relief but excluding; any money for the U.N. The Seni ; ate did not try to offset thel; spending increases, which could complicate negotiations with theC House on a final bill. Free 2X3 UBIIV I mm .11 a. I Deal Ad on Page 3A I Area Merchants: I involved in this exciting program. I more information. . On) v one coupon per business I may be used. I FDA advisers cautiously backing pill for advanced breast cancer I vkl r-r stores, ties up traffic 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. "These patients often lack IV access" for chemotherapy because their veins have already been so poked and prodded, said Dr. Kim Margolin of City of Hope National Medical Center. "Something oral . . . is definitely welcome." . 4 If " TA :l T Jfjlfcj. Lmr L - ..... -I 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 . 4? YOU'RE NOT AFRAID OF GETTING OLDER. nip im.tte &wwi&u. 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. 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