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2007-07-13 06:15:46

By Filho, Roberpaulo Barboza Domingues, Lucilia; Naves, Luciana; Ferraz, Elenice; Et al Abstract The aims of the present study were to identify the cause of hyperprolactinemia in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and to compare prolactin (PRL) levels between PCOS women without hyperprolactinemia and women with insulin resistance and without PCOS. A group of 82 women (age: 27.1 +- 7.6 years) with PCOS was included in the study. Their PRL levels were measured and compared with those of women...

2006-08-09 20:22:24

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva looks increasingly hard to beat in Brazil's October 1 election after extending his lead over main rival Geraldo Alckmin, analysts said on Wednesday. Two polls released on Tuesday showed Lula would defeat Alckmin by a 23 percent and 28 percent margin. The president had a 16-point lead over the former Sao Paulo state governor last month. The new data also showed Lula would win an absolute majority and...

2006-08-09 13:50:38

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva looks increasingly hard to beat in Brazil's October 1 election after extending his lead over main rival Geraldo Alckmin, analysts said on Wednesday. Two polls released on Tuesday showed Lula would defeat Alckmin by a 23 percent and 28 percent margin. The president had a 16-point lead over the former Sao Paulo state governor last month. The new data also showed Lula would win an absolute majority and...

2006-07-07 09:10:00

By Peter Blackburn SERRA PELADA, Brazil (Reuters) - As Brazil's election campaign heats up, prospectors in a violent corner of the Amazon jungle are urging President Lula to make good on a 2002 promise to reopen the world's largest open-air gold mine. The mine at Serra Pelada was the scene of a gold rush in the 1980s but the government closed it in 1992 when surface deposits became depleted. Since then peasant miners have been fighting to get the government to reopen it. Lula, like most of...

2006-04-19 17:31:19

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's main opposition presidential candidate said on Wednesday he did not favor attempting to remove President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by impeachment over a corruption scandal that has already cost some of his closest aides their jobs. Opposition politicians have revived the idea of impeaching Lula after the public prosecutor last week issued a damning report against the ruling Workers' Party, or PT. The report did not blame Lula...

2006-04-06 15:51:19

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Eight members of the ethics committee of Brazil's lower house of Congress resigned in protest on Thursday, following the acquittal of several House members who were accused of accepting bribes and illicit campaign contributions. The resignations follow the acquittal of former House leader Joao Paulo Cunha of the ruling Workers' Party, or PT, in a vote by the House plenary on Wednesday. He is the eighth of 18 congressmen to have been...

2006-03-23 14:40:00

By Carolina Schwartz CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - It is no coincidence that the United Nations chose the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba to host its eighth conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is under way this week. Experts say forward-thinking mayors have struck a balance in Curitiba between social and environmental concerns, providing an example for other cities in a country with a fifth of the world's biodiversity. Curitiba is a far cry from the polluted,...

2006-03-02 18:05:00

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazil's president on Thursday approved a measure offering huge chunks of the Amazon jungle to timber companies that comply with tough restrictions aimed at preserving the world's largest rain forest. Under the law signed by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the government will tender 40-year contracts allowing the highest bidder to log trees under a sustainable development plan. Some 32 million acres, or 3 percent of the Amazon rain forest,...

2006-02-07 11:45:24

By Andrei Khalip RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - At 98, architect Oscar Niemeyer, whose modernist buildings and monuments are the centerpiece of Brazil's capital, still wants to surprise the world with new shapes of his beloved reinforced concrete. "That is the architecture I do, looking for new, different forms. Surprise is key in all art," the designer told Reuters in an interview in his working studio. His daring, self-described "architectural invention" style, with buildings...

2005-11-29 10:20:21

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won Brazil's presidency in October 2002 largely with the support of middle-class voters who had warmed to the former factory worker after he abandoned left-wing rhetoric and adopted mainstream policies. With the next election less than a year away, however, polls show most average-income voters are disappointed with Brazil's first working-class president and are sorry they ever gave him a chance. While...