March 25, 2011 -- According to the U.S. Census Bureau the ten year span between 2000 and 2010 resulted in growth in the national population to 308,745,538 persons. Of this, 72.4 % are white, followed by 16.3% Hispanic or Latino and 12.8% Black or African American Origin. This represents only a 5.7% rise for Whites and a 43% rise for Hispanics and Latinos. In Texas there are some 25 million more people and approximately two-thirds of the growth is in the Hispanic community and has yielded a pickup of 4 Congressional seats for Texas.

With the new Census Data perhaps Congress and the Southern and Western States will become better advocates for the Hispanic community in areas such as Immigration Reform and the long sought passage of the Dream Act to allow a path of citizenship for those kids who graduate high school in the United States and for the most part have never known another home.

For Census Data indepth, follow the link below.



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What has been described as "pressing health concerns" continues over some Herblife products and liver disease. One blogger, Christopher Pascale at, recently set out the issue in his blog "Do Herbalife Products cause Hepatitis?" Cited therein are some studies. Drug-induced Hepatitis is characterized by inflammation of the liver and symptoms such as jaundice, loss of appetite and general feeling of discomfort.

Stay tuned for further studies that may be reported this year. For more information on some of the published studies look at the Herbalife information on Wikipedia or read the Suite101 blog at the link below. FDA has previously banned products containing ephedra due to the risk of deadly heart conditions like primary pulmonary hypertension.

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March 25, 2011 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Lasko Products, Inc. of Westchester, PA, have recalled some 4.8 million box fans sold between July 2002 and December 2005. Lasko received seven reports of fires associated with the Lasko or Galaxy fans including house fires and a barn fire. An apparent electrical failure in the fan's motor creates the fire hazard. 

The fans were manufactured and sold in the United States. It is important as we move into summer to check the bottom of fans for the affected model numbers for Lasko -- 3720, 3723, and 3733 -- and Galaxy fan models 4733. Lasko or Galaxy is printed on the front of the fan. For pictures of the affected fans see the CPSC news release at:

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March 24, 2011 -- Nearly four years after passage of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has finally proposed rules to eliminate blind zones as part of an effort to prevent cars from backing over children. Each year there are an average of 300 deaths and 18,000 injuries from such incidents that can largely be prevented. NHTSA is holding public hearings this week and has opened its proposed rule for public comment. See the story at:

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