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Elan's court row under fire

A row between Elan Corporation plc and two of its directors was described in the High Court yesterday as "a most unseemly dispute". Barrister Rossa Fanning made the remark when he told the court that proceedings restraining Vaughn Bryson and Jack Schuler from acting in a US Court without the company's authority could be adjourned until October 5.

Barrister Rossa Fanning made the remark when he told the court that proceedings restraining Vaughn Bryson and Jack Schuler from acting in a US Court without the company's authority could be adjourned until October 5.

Mr Fanning told Mr Justice John Edwards that the dispute would be discussed at an upcoming Board meeting.



Japan apology for POW hell

Japan's foreign minister apologised for the suffering of a group of former World War II prisoners of war visiting from the United States, and said they were treated inhumanely.

The six POWs, their relatives and the daughters of two men who died are the first group of US POWs to visit Japan with government sponsorship.

"I offer my deep, heartfelt apology for the inhuman treatment you suffered," Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada told the group yesterday.

The POW group's leader, Lester Tenney (90), said he welcomed the government's apology but still seeks recognition from the private companies that "used and abused" prisoners.



Antibiotics can damage gut

Even seemingly gentle antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut, with unforeseen health consequences, researchers reported.

An intimate study of three women given ciprofloxacin showed the drug suppressed entire populations of beneficial bacteria, and at least one woman took months to recover.

The study supports the common wisdom that antibiotics can damage the 'good' germs living in the body.



Profilers 'like fortune tellers'

Criminal profilers, such as the Fitz character portrayed by Robbie Coltrane in the Cracker TV series, were said to be "dragging down" psychology and almost on a par with fortune tellers.

The assault came from consultant psychologist Dr Craig Jackson, who made the scathing comparison.


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