By Neil Rubenstein
Although not much has been heard about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in recent years three new medications have been developed to keep the disease in check: Atripla, Complera and Stribild. From the "Good News" file, Soval, a possible cure for Hepatitis C which affects 150 million people worldwide and kills more Americans each year than HIV, was recently approved by the FDA.
I am extremely pleased to report new advances could, in the future, reduce the need for airports to mess with passengers' patience. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is developing a sensor that can track trace amounts of chemicals in explosives. The Carnegie-Mellon University has developed an experimental eye scanner that works at 40 feet in three to six seconds. Security officers could use the device to quickly confirm passenger identities.
I know traveling by air is safer than ever before because a TSA agent confiscated a tiny toy gun belonging to the traveler's sock monkey. Perhaps the TSA person thought the two-inch toy pistol was capable of firing eight rounds of poison gas.
Can anybody please tell me where I can buy a necklace made with cloves of garlic? Early next year I just might travel to Oklahoma City -- you know, the place where on the statehouse steps there is a ten commandments monument and now a satanist group wants to have its own statue erected to be an homage to the historic literary Satan.
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