By Good News Network Friday, December 25, 2009
Dr. Zamboni's studies began when his beloved wife developed MS in 1995
at the age of 37. He undertook a massive in-depth review of the
literature, and modern imaging techniques such as ultrasound and MRI.
His findings led him to believe that Multiple Sclerosis is not an
autoimmune issue, but a vascular disease, a radical departure from
current thinking. He performed experimental surgery on his wife using a
simple catheter / angioplasty / balloon operation, getting blood
flowing normally again. Many of her MS symptoms disappeared. She had
the surgery three years ago and has not had an attack since. In Italy
where the doctor works, 65 patients have since had the MS surgery, and
in the two years since the operation, 73 percent of subjects are
symptom-free. (Good News Network)
Child mortality rates have dropped 28% worldwide since 1990, UNICEF
reported Friday. Death rates of children aged five and under have even
dropped by 60% since 1960. "UNICEF cited "particularly good progress"
in reducing child mortality in Laos, Bangladesh, Bolivia and Nepal.
These countries are on target to reach the U.N. Millennium Development
Goal of reducing the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds
between 1990 and 2015, UNICEF said." (USA Today)
Top financial institutions, like Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs,Capital One, Citi, Wells Fargo, American Express and Morgan-Stanley, have repaid more than $113 billion of the $199 billion in taxpayer money, loaned to financial institutions last year. TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, was introduced when a financial crisis put the economy at risk of falling into a depression. Now the nation's four largest banks have paid back their loans -- with billions of dollars in interest going to the US treasury -- as have several large regional banks.
From Oregon to Vermont, states across the country are tallying lower crime rates over the past few years, but even in 2009, amidst economic downturn, cities like Los Angeles, Dallas and New York have seen a dramatic reduction in violent crime. Even Chicago and Detroit are seeing murder rates dropping and property crime decreasing, mystifying sociologists and criminologists. (Good News Network)
The arrival of a new American president triggered joy and jubilation in
a world made weary by warfare, recession and fear. Even for
Republicans, whether you agree or disagree with Obama's policies, the
ascendance of the first African-American to the presidency of the
United States marked a new era of tolerance and possibility.
After selling a majority stake in his Miami bank, Leonard Abess Jr.
took $60 million of the proceeds -- $60 million out of his own pocket
-- and gave it to his tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, everyone on the
payroll. All 399 workers on the staff received bonuses, and he even
tracked down 72 former employees so they could share in the windfall.
For longtime employees, the bonus -- based on years of service --
amounted to tens of thousands of dollars, and in some cases, more than
$100,000. (The Guardian - photo, copyright 2008, Daniel Portnoy)
The passengers of Flight 1549 were soaked and freezing, but they were still alive. With both engines out, a cool-headed pilot maneuvered his crowded jetliner over New York City, avoiding buildings, landing it safely into the frigid Hudson River. All 155 on board were pulled to safety as the plane slowly sank.
Captain "Sully" Sullenberger was surprised by all the accolades that he received, but, he wrote, "I realize how this event had touched people's lives, how ready they were for good news, how much they wanted to feel hopeful again... We've had a worldwide economic downturn, and people are confused, fearful and just so ready for good news. They want to feel reassured that all the things we value, all our ideals, still exist."
If you are a regular viewer of the Good News Network, you are already assured, every day, that good DOES still exist -- even through all the troubles witnessed over the last decade.
Happy New Year and may Good bless!
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