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Tpa Might Really Be A Miracle Drug

Readers Report


Thank you for "A miracle drug's second coming" (Science & Technology, June 3). On June 7, my wife's father had a stroke. My wife went with him to the hospital. I relayed your article's information about TPA to her by cell phone.

The emergency room staff was very surprised she knew about TPA: The doctor on call rarely used it. We strongly believe my wife's understanding of the pros and cons influenced the doctor to consider using TPA. After tests were done to confirm a clot rather than bleeding, TPA was administered slowly by IV. Initially, my wife's father could not move his left leg and arm at all. He had a severe facial droop on the left side. But within 24 hours of using TPA, all functioning on that side was back to normal.

His recovery has been very rapid. Did TPA facilitate the recovery, or would it have happened anyway? We don't know, but we believe TPA played a major part.

Charles Diestel

Park Ridge, Ill.Return to top


If the antinuclear crowd stops the Ward Valley radioactive-waste facility--and in turn bankrupts American Ecology Co.--California will take a bigger economic hit than anyone bargained for ("Nuclear waste with nowhere to go," News: Analysis & Commentary, June 10). Without a disposal facility, every extra dollar spent to store waste at our hospitals, labs, biotech firms, universities, manufacturers, and power plants is a dollar not invested in products and services.

The uses of nuclear technologies in California are responsible for 220,000 jobs, $17 billion in business activity, and $3 billion in tax revenues. It's senseless to risk these economic benefits when we have a site that has been licensed by the state and given a clean bill of health by the National Academy of Sciences and the California Supreme Court.

As a practicing physician in California, I want future generations to be able to enjoy the many benefits of nuclear medicine. Anti-Ward Valley forces are working against our state's economy and our quality of life.

Robert Carretta, M.D.

Chairman, Organizations

United for Responsible

Low-Level Radioactive

Waste Solutions


There is plenty of time to come up with a more suitable site, a more sensible design, and perhaps an operator with a better track record and financial qualifications. American Ecology's difficulties may be a blessing to the people and the economy of California--an opportunity to avoid the possibility of contaminating a truly irreplaceable asset: our water supply.

Sheldon Plotkin and James C. Warf

Southern California Federation of Scientists

Los AngelesReturn to top


"The soul of a new Nike" (Marketing, June 17), concerning Nike Inc.'s expansion into more of the sports-apparel business, failed to mention the sweatshop conditions under which Nike goods are produced. Nike's sales, profits, and stock price are booming, while the people who produce the products work for slave wages.

BUSINESS WEEK ought to expose the working conditions of workers employed by big corporations such as Nike. The public needs to be informed so they can decide whether they want to purchase goods produced under horrible conditions. Many Americans would boycott Nike products if they were made aware of the exploitation that people in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam (to name just a few) are suffering. Profits should never take precedence over human rights and human dignity.

Anthony G. Stegman

San Jose, Calif.Return to top

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