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Group seeks donations for surgery expenses



Published: Fri, June 15, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Group seeks donations for surgery expenses

YOUNGSTOWN -- Students for Quality of Life, a health advocacy group at Youngstown State University, is seeking donations for a fund it established through the American Liver Foundation to help pay surgery-related expenses for Ralph Meta, a student who needs a liver transplant.

Meta, 45, is a sophomore majoring in social work. He has needed a transplant since 1998 and has been on the list for a donor organ since January 2000.

Expenses not covered by insurance are expected to be between $250,000 and $350,000, said Bernice Block, co-chairwoman of Students for Quality of Life. The fund will go toward those expenses, she said.

Donations may be sent to Joan E. Gallagher, transplant fund coordinator, American Liver Foundation, 1425 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009-1000, account #0473.

Meta's surgery is expected to take place within the next few months.

Women's history

SHARON, Pa. -- The Shenango Valley Community Library will have a lecture at 6:30 p.m. June 20 on the history of women, mothers and work in America beginning in the 17th century.

Dr. Paul Newman will present "And Ain't I a Woman? Continuity and Change in American Women's Work." Newman, a commonwealth speaker of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, will use stories and slides to argue that women traditionally have "worked," although today a majority of working mothers work outside the home for a paycheck.

Commonwealth Speaker Dave Crawley, who produces and reports KDKA-TV's "Hometown Faces and Places," also will present a lecture at the library. The presentation, "Street Corner Magic: Vocal Legends of Western Pennsylvania," will be at 6:30 p.m. July 18. Those in attendance at the presentation will receive a free admission pass to the Sharon Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

The presentations are free and open to the public. The Shenango Valley Community Library is on 11 North Sharpsville Ave. For more information, call (724) 981-4360.

Stellar findings

PASADENA, Calif. -- The asteroid belt may have a cousin around a nearby star.

The star Zeta Leporis, which lies about 70 light-years from Earth, is surrounded by a belt of dust that could be formed only by the pulverization of big chunks of rock like the asteroids, astronomers reported last week.

Christine Chen, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that asteroid-sized chunks must have collided and disintegrated into dust to create the belt. It would be the first evidence of an asteroid belt beyond the solar system, she says.

More studies might resolve whether the 100 million-year-old Zeta Leporis has planets like Earth or Jupiter orbiting it, she reported in Pasadena at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Ecstasy drug study

Long-term use of the drug "ecstasy" can impair memory and cause learning problems, say Canadian researchers.

The yearlong study of 15 ecstasy users, ages 17 to 31, found various forms of memory decline, including an inability to recall a short passage of prose that had been read aloud to them. Likewise, the drug's users seemed to lose their ability to recall first and last names, the longer they took the drug that has become popular around the club scene.




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