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Vitamin D deficiency may reduce lung size, hamper function

If deficiency diseases like rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults are not reason enough for you to ensure sufficient intake of viatmin D, this should. Deficiency of vitamin D can affect lung structure and function, states a new study.

Will You Have a Job in 2011?

According to The Wall Street Journal, online job postings at the beginning of this month were up 2 million over their year-ago levels. That's nearly twice as high as at the depths of the Great Recession, just before Warren Buffett crunched the data at his Berkshire Hathawaysubsidiaries and declared the recession over. Citing a need for skilled technical employees, the Journal notes that there's considerable hiring under way at AT&T (NYSE: T)Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), and WellPoint (NYSE: WLP) -- but not just there.

Kardashian and Aubry break up

Los Angeles -- U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian and fashion model Gabriel Aubry are no longer dating, a source told Tuesday.

The couple dated for several weeks before deciding their relationship "was moving too fast," the unnamed insider said.

They are "better off as friends," the source told
Aubry has a 2-year-old daughter with actress Halle Berry, who he broke up with last April after five years together.

Kardashian dated professional football player Miles Austin for a few months before splitting from him in September.

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Heavier crude use brings more emissions

Oakland, Calif. -- Heavier, thicker crude oils increasingly favored as the source for America's liquid fuels will increase greenhouse gas emissions, a study says.

As the biggest and most accessible reservoirs of light crude oil supplies are depleted, the oil industry has increasingly been turning to so-called "unconventional" stocks -- heavy, viscous feedstock and tar sands, reported last week.

More and more oil being processed by U.S. refineries is of this "heavy" variety, requiring more work -- and more energy -- to produce the gasoline, diesel and other high-value fuels that power engines the world over, says Greg Karras of Communities for a Better Environment in Oakland, Calif.

Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Penn West Energy Trust's Earnings

 Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.


Oracle Steps on Open-Source Community's Toes

 After irking the FOSS community by attempting to muscle control over open-source projects like Java, MySQL, OpenOffice and Solaris, Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) is back again and is eyeing Hudson project, much to the dismay of open-sources.


Cal-Maine Foods recalls more than a quarter million eggs amid salmonella scare

Close on the heels of the giant egg recall after thousands were sickened in summer comes another recall, bringing to light the need for additional food safety measures.

GM's IPO values firm at $50B

New York -- General Motors Co. plans to turn the U.S. government into a minority shareholder soon, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

The government currently owns 61 percent of GM, having loaned it nearly $50 billion last summer as the firm fell into bankruptcy. By the end of November, however, GM is expected to raise $10 billion with an initial public offering, selling 24 percent of the company's holdings.

The plan also calls for the U.S. Treasury to sell $7 billion of its holdings.

Shares are expected to be priced at about $27.50 per share with initial prices to be determined Nov. 17 for a sale held Nov. 18. That would value GM at about $50 billion.

Listeria 'tricks' cells to infect humans

West Lafayette, Ind. -- Listeria bacteria, a source of food-borne illness, tricks cells in the body's intestines to pass through those cells and make people sick, researchers say.

Researchers at Purdue University found that listeria, even in low doses, somehow triggers intestinal cells to express a protein that acts as a receptor for listeria, a university release said.

This may allow the bacteria to enter the cells in the intestinal wall and exit into a person's bloodstream, the researchers say.

Report: NFL fast-tracking Favre probe

New York -- The NFL is fast-tracking a probe of allegations that quarterback Brett Favre sent salacious messages to a former New York Jets employee, ESPN reported Sunday.

The broadcaster, citing an unnamed source familiar with the league's review, said the probe started Thursday, the same day a Web site posted explicit photos and voice messages allegedly sent by Favre to the woman.

The matter is being pursued aggressively by the league, the source said.
The woman involved in the alleged incident, Jenn Sterger, is cooperating with the investigation and Favre would be queried if the NFL finds her allegations have merit, ESPN reported.