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IN THIS ISSUE: 10 Reasons to visit the Bellefonte Ar t Museum | A closer look at local Arts Fest artists | People are a work of art | Fast, sustainable pasta from Fasta & Ravioli Co. | Ground Ivy - One of the great healing herbs | Local programs assisting sexual assault victims | Students call for education on sexual consent | A first-hand account of the Baltimore protests | A new day on the streets of Baltimore | Summer reading: Re-thinking the Beach Book | Canada Warbler, a bird of summer, eh! | College Boy graduates | A little forecasting competition | A piece of Eden to create food for the soul | Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest offers education | Fourth Annual Pa. Organic FarmFest kicks off August 7

Knowing the difference between H1N1 ("swine flu") and the common cold

Know the symptoms and be aware of the differences between the common cold and the H1N1 flu.

Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.

Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, interviewed about the health of the oceans

An exclusive interview by VOICES, the son of Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau, is interviewed by Jill Gomez, the environmental editor of Voices, about his views on the health of the oceans, commercial fishing, and the future.

This interview was made possible with the efforts of the Schreyers Honors College of Penn State.

GOLDEN RULE: Woman Told by Insurer to Get Sterilized

Are these kinds of video interesting or not? Should VOICES post more like this, or decline to repeat what are basically national advertisements?

Ralph Nader on Obama's first months, "Very Dissapointing"

From YAHOO Finance Tech Ticker "Obama is a frightened man"

  • His early months in office have been "very disappointing."
  • Obama is "a frightened man," who won't take on corporate power.
  • Obama is "conflict averse" - and a "harmony ideology type," who's being taken advantage of by the sharks in Congress, of both parties.
  • He's "Bush-Cheney redux" when it comes to military and foreign policy, "albeit with better speeches" to the Muslim world. Given Obama's handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nader wonders in amazement: "And they gave him the [Nobel] Peace Prize?"

Nader's main gripe is that Obama has "turned his back on the very people" who voted him into office, imploring the President to invite representatives of consumer, environmental and worker groups to the White House -- "as they elbow their way between the hordes of corporate execs, speculators and criminals that have received invitations there."

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We will consider and discuss all suggestions. And if we don't cover your story idea you can always come back and ask us why.

Locals launch single-payer healthcare effort

By Nadin Nauman

The healthcare reform fight has found a new base in Centre County as a group of local residents organized in August to push for statewide single-payer healthcare legislation, an option considered more radical than any being considered in Washington D.C.

In the past few months, the group, which calls itself Citizens for Healthcare Reform, has held open meetings and rallies around the county to gain support for a plan it says is the answer to the country’s healthcare woes.

 “Our current system is broken,” Halfmoon Township resident Brenda Black told Voices. “We can’t keep it or else it’ll impair our nation.”

Black explained that since she became involved she hasn’t heard one good reason why single-payer insurance is not the way to go.

“Centre County has a growing number of voters who really care about our connections on Earth,” said Black. “It may not really be Happy Valley for everyone but there are a lot of us here who are willing to try to live our values which include better lives for ourselves and others.” Single-payer advocates say that it is the only proven system of all being proposed, that every industrialized nation has some form of single-payer and that it has worked more cheaply and provided more services to more Americans in the form of Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration benefits than any other system.

Current legislation pending in Harrisburg would tax individuals 3 percent of their income (compared to the average 8 percent they now spend on healthcare) and employers 10 percent (compared to the 30 to 35 percent they now spend) to fund the program. No one would carry insurance or pay premiums or co-pays anymore and all Pennsylvanians would be covered.
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