Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hard to Swallow

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hard to Swallow

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Predators and pesticides have been blamed for declines in some species of songbirds, but researchers are pointing to a new hazard: a cup of coffee.

The problem stems from the way coffee beans are grown. Traditionally they come from trees grown in shady forests, but in some parts of Central and South America the trees are giving way to low bushes grown on cleared land and exposed to more sunlight.

Lost in the shift are the tree canopies where many species of migratory songbirds lived, researchers say.

Each spring about 360 species of birds leave the tropical regions of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean and migrate to the United States and Canada to breed.

In the 1980s, researchers began to notice a dramatic drop in the numbers returning to the United States - as much as 60 percent for some species.

Seattle Post-Intellegencer

Disposable, Not Problem-Free

If you want to wear disposable contact lenses, be aware that they require special care to avoid eye problems.

The potential pitfalls usually aren't the fault of the lenses themselves. Instead, they tend to arise from shortcuts in lens care often taken by users of contacts.

Lured by promotions of lower prices and quick service, many lens shoppers buy contacts directly from mail-order houses and discount vision centers. Depending on where the lenses are purchased, they may come with full instructions on use and continuing care from an eye-care practitioner, or may be limited to a package insert containing some information on using the product.

But as more people have used disposable contacts, many of the same problems associated with regular daily-wear or extended-wear lenses have occurred.

Among the problems that arise are allergic reactions, infection, irritation, and difficulty inserting or removing the lenses. It also has been found that users of extended-wear soft lenses, including disposables, have a greater likelihood of problems when they wear their lenses during sleep. …

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