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March 3rd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Breakthrough asthma treatment could change lives

(CNN) – In today's AM house-call, we're looking at a potential breakthrough treatment for asthmatics.

Some 23 million Americans suffer from the disease and, believe it or not, asthma death rates have increased more than 50% since 1980.

As our Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us, a new treatment – if approved by the FDA – could change lives.


Filed under: Health
March 3rd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Tainted food sickens millions, costs billions

(CNN) – We're learning for the first time just how much tainted food is costing America in money and lives, thanks to a landmark report by the Produce Safety Project.

The study estimates food-borne illnesses like E. coli and Salmonella sicken 76 million people a year, and kill about five thousand more, ultimately costing the U.S. more than a $150 billion a year.

That's more than four times the government's original estimate made over a decade ago.

One of the architects of the report, Erik Olson, joined us on Wednesday's American Morning. He is the director of food and consumer product safety for the Pew Health Group.

We were also joined by Elizabeth Armstrong and her 5-year-old daughter Ashley. Ashley nearly died from kidney failure after contracting E. Coli from tainted spinach four years ago.


Filed under: U.S.
March 3rd, 2010
06:00 AM ET

After standoff, Senate votes to extend jobless benefits

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/03/02/jobless.benefits.bill/t1main.jim.bunning.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Jim Bunning says that if the benefits are so important, senators could find a way to fund them."]

Washington (CNN) - The Senate voted Tuesday to pass a $10 billion measure to extend benefits for unemployed workers and fund road projects after Sen. Jim Bunning agreed to end his filibuster.

"We cannot keep adding to the debt and passing the buck to generations of future workers and taxpayers, my children and your children and our grandchildren," Bunning said on the Senate floor after the agreement to end his filibuster was reached. "Tonight, tomorrow and on every spending bill in the future, we will see if they (Democrats) mean business on controlling the debt or if it's just words. We will see if pay-go has any teeth or not."

Bunning blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for Bunning's almost week-long block of a vote on the 30-day extensions and said his amendment would remove "black liquor" - a byproduct of the pulp and paper process - from eligibility for a bio-fuels producer tax credit, saving $24 billion.

But Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said that very action is already part of a bill that will came up for a vote Wednesday - the long-term extension of those jobless benefits.

"The senator from Kentucky, after one week, has decided to accept exactly what was offered to him last week," Durbin said. "The senator from Kentucky said 'No, I may lose. I am not going to offer an amendment, I am just going to object.'"

Durbin urged a rejection of Bunning's amendment, saying passing it would further delay benefits already delayed by Bunning's filibuster. FULL STORY


Filed under: Politics
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