▪ According to one study, “people who talk on cellphones while driving, even using ‘hands-free’ devices, are as impaired as drunk drivers.”—REUTERS NEWS SERVICE, U.S.A.
▪ The first five months of 2006 saw 30,200 armed robberies occur on Guatemala City’s public buses. Fourteen bus drivers or their assistants and ten passengers were killed.—PRENSA LIBRE, GUATEMALA.
▪ Of the 124 nations that responded to a WHO survey on blood collection and testing practices, 56 “did not screen all of their donated blood for HIV, hepatitis B and C and syphilis.”—WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, SWITZERLAND.
▪ The number of Australians who lived together before marriage grew from about 5 percent in the 1960’s to just over 70 percent in 2003.—UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.
Diabetes—A Worldwide Epidemic
▪ The New York Times says that data from the International Diabetes Federation indicates that in the last 20 years, the number of people worldwide diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 30 million to 230 million. Of the ten countries with the highest number of people with the disease, seven are in the developing world. “Diabetes is one of the biggest health catastrophes the world has ever seen,” said Dr. Martin Silink, the federation’s president. “In some of the world’s poorest nations, the disease is a quick death sentence,” notes the report.