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|Hospitals and local physicians are noticing a spike in the no of respiratory cases in the city|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 10th, 2017: The rains have arrived and so is the number of diseases along with it. People are aware of the most common ailments such as viral fever, the common cold, malaria, typhoid, diarrhoea, etc. But very few are aware of the respiratory ailments that stems from indoor air pollution in monsoon caused by the dampness in the walls, fungus from air conditioners, floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, sofa covers, wooden furniture harboring fungus, etc. The Hospitals and local physicians in the city have noticed a spike in the no. of cases with respiratory problems. Suspended Particulate Matter is the main trigger of damage in air Pollution. Other contents like SO2, ammonia, carbon, polyaromatic hydrocarbons add to the toxicity. Air pollutants which are less than 10 microns in size enter the smaller airways and causes damage. This may trigger cough, breathing difficulty, choking, chest tightness and Asthma.
Taking adequate precautions are one of the best ways to avoid monsoon-related ailments. All age groups are affected because of air pollution; however, there is a definite rise in asthma and lung infections among children. Also, elderly and diabetics are at a risk of lung infection because of air pollution. Avoiding floor carpets, velvet upholsteries, stuffed toys, burning incense sticks at home and regular cleaning of air conditioner filters are some of the precautions that can be taken to avoid indoor air pollution during the monsoon.
Mr. Girish Bapat, Blueair air purifier, Director West and South Asia Region further added, âOur mission at Blueair is to help Indian women, children and men confront the health challenges posed by rising air pollution. It is very essential to identify the Invisible dangers. Breathing in tiny, unseen pollutants put every individual at risk. These pollutants further pass through the lung tissue and puts you at risk of stroke, heart disease and developing Asthma, Allergy, Bronchitis, Infection and other respiratory problems. Getting acquainted of personal health records, heart rate and blood sugar level, is the best way to safeguard long-term health issues by classifying troublesome concerns at the earliest.â
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|A nonprofit's guide to online security: So you want to learn the lingo?|
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web becoming publicly available. For many of us, this is a reminder of just how much the Internet has transformed our daily lives. This rings true for nonprofits too: The Internet has revolutionized the way that nonprofits communicate, fundraise, and recruit volunteers. It has enabled nonprofits like yours to share their mission with a global audience. To raise awareness. And to change the world.Â
But the power of the Internet also comes with great responsibility -- namely the need to keep information safe and secure.Â As a nonprofit, it can be difficult to keep up with online security, especially when terminology seems complicated. Yes, you might have heard of terms like âphishingâ or âcookies,â but what do they mean?
Today, you can find the answers to your questions with our quick & easy to guide to online security terminology. In less than five minutes, youâll be well on the way to helping keep your nonprofit safe on the Internet.Â
Letâs get started! Hereâs a quick guide to familiarize yourself with common lingo and learn how to distinguish terms that are friends vs foes in the online security realm.Â
THE BAD GUYS: MALICIOUS ACTIONS/TERMS
THE GOOD GUYS: ONLINE SAFETY TERMS
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|Malware: How we are Infected [InfoGraphic]|
So you have a computer, but if it was infected with a virus, what would you do? Would you even know it was there? It is a well-known fact that over 32% of all computers in the world have malware of some sort. Today we will be talking about the infamous computer virus and what it is.
So let's start with something you all have probably heard of, Malware. Malware is a program made to infiltrate your computer, disable parts of it, and thus gain access to your hard drive, search history and such to aid with stealing information. However, there are other types of malware out there. Let's get to know them and how much of the 32% they infect.
At 57%, first we have the virus. This is a software that has the capability to copy itself and send itself into other folders. Then there is the "Trojan" at 21%. The Trojan is malicious software that hides on the internet disguised as some sort of program or free item, and ce you download it, you will soon discover it is malicious. But the Trojan has a brother at 7%, called the "Trojan Downloader". This type of virus does the same thing as the simple Trojan, but once on your computer it downloads more viruses and software, then begins to use those programs.
Then at 3% there is the "Exploit", which finds a glitch, bug or system error and uses that to hack into your computer. Next we have the "Worm" at 2%, this malicious bug works the same as a Trojan, but then copies and pastes itself across your computer network.
But not all viruses seem so bad when you get them, for instance the "Adware" at 3%. This type of virus infects your computer so nothing happens at first, but once you log into your web browser, then immediately your screen will be flooded with ads. There is also the "Monitoring Tool" with 2% of the 32% infected. This malware infects your computer and hides, not doing anything but monitoring your activity, (Search history, keyboard history etc.) and then sends those back to a remote server.
There is also one of the worst at 1%, the "Back Door". This virus infects your computer remotely, not allowing your anti-virus security to even detect it, but sure enough it does. And lastly we have one of the worst but luckily at a low percentage of 0.01%, "Spyware". This diabolically designed software infects your computer and takes the most important pieces of information it can find and sends it back to wherever it came from. This information is generally passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.
All of these viruses have devastating effects. Last year there were 27 million strains of malware made, which means 74,000 new viruses are created every day. The number of homes in the United States that experience spam is 24 million. The number of homes with serious viruses in the last 2 years is 16 million, and the number of houses that had spyware in the last 6 months is 6 million. But most devastating of all, over 1 million of all homes have lost money to spyware in the last year. Another devastating fact is that Viruses cost the world 4.55 billion USD every year.
So be safe, don't download anything you are unsure of, and be sure to have an anti-virus software. But most importantly learn how to detect these programs when you get them.
|WhatsApp spam used by ASProx Botnet to Deliver Kuluoz Malware|
Photo by: Sean MacEntee
As you probably know, Facebook bought WhatsApp for an obscene amount of money in stock earlier this year. What you might not know is that there's a lot of WhatsApp spam that is being used by ASProx Botnet to deliver nasty Kuluoz malware to unsuspecting users. This is not good news any way you look at the situation. Keep reading if you want to know more about this as well as what you should do to stay safe.
Here's a look at some of the dates when the WhatsApp problem has made Malcovery's "Today's Top Threats" list.
Looking at that list, it's easy to start wondering why nothing has been done sooner about the problem. Additionally, it really makes you wonder why Facebook paid so much for the company by offering them stock options.
Going back to November of last year, ComputerWorld published an article about how WhatsApp was one of the top five brands imitated to deliver malware with spam. That's quite a bit of recognition - and not in a good way.
Here's a look at some specific ways you can stay safe and avoid Kuluoz and other malware.
Following the advice above, there's a good chance you'll be able to avoid WhatsApp spam and not get infected with Kuluoz malware. Still, it's a good idea to pay attention and update your anti-virus software all the time. If you have any experience with WhatsApp that's negative, please leave us a comment below.
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Written by: Jenny Corteza deals with staff outsourcing all the time. She's a writer and dealing with editors and others can sometimes be a problem. Still, she loves writing articles about technology. Go figure.
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|Uncircumcised boys face more urinary infections||Infections of the kidney, bladder and urethra happen in uncircumcised baby boys at ten times the rate of circumcised boys, and over a lifetime uncircumcised men are four times more likely to experience one, according to a new analysis of past research.|
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A dozen hospitals in seven states are scrambling to identify people who might have been infected with hepatitis C by a traveling medical technician who was charged a week ago with causing an outbreak in New Hampshire.
|Protecting Our Houses of Worship: Guest Column by Security Expert / Retired NYPD Detective Sergeant|
By ALAN SCHISSEL
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
This, of course, was followed by another unprecedented press conference by our President during which two reporters were moved to ask Mr. Trump about the rise in anti-Semitism. Many of us were aghast at the Presidentâs rude and dismissive response, and his unwillingness to address the question seriously. The fact is, the country is experiencing an alarming increase of anti-Semitic incidents, and this has been trending upward since 2015. A security report issued by the Department of Homeland Security on protecting houses of worship stated that the United States has approximately 345,000 religious congregations representing 230 denominational groups and roughly 150 million members. Despite being sanctuaries from the troubles of the world, houses of worship have also been targets as violence has spiked across the country in recent years. The killing of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina was the largest mass shooting in a house of worship since 1991, when nine people were shot at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Waddell, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix.
[Under relentless pressure, the President subsequently denounced anti-Semitism.]
The intent of this column is to generate awareness and provide a short guide which contains security practices for religious institutions, parishioners and our non religious communities to help deter threats, mitigate hazards and risks, and minimize the damage caused by an incident in or around a house of worship, including mass casualty events.
Identifying Your Threats & Vulnerabilities
Identifying and evaluating a known or potential threat to a given facility is the first step of a security assessment. The results of which will guide the process of developing a security plan. A proper readiness plan will aim to deter a threat or mitigate a threat by reducing the religious facilityâs vulnerability to those threats.
Natural Hazards vs. Targeted Violence
As stated before, all life safety solutions should be designed using a blended approach to managing risk. Protecting a religious facility means your emergency management plan(s) must address an all-hazard approach to both natural hazards, e.g., infectious diseases and illnesses, fire, and seismic and weather-related events (hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods) as well as targeted attacks. Spontaneous and pre-planned attacks are likely to occur by individual(s) who use firearms; improvised explosive devices (IEDs); vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs); chemical, biological, or radiological attacks; or arson in order to inflict a number of casualties and damage to religious facilities.
As previously mentioned earlier, a house of worship environment is managed by creating layers of protective measures in collaboration with state and local partners that allow religious institutions to deter, detect and delay threats. These layers also allow an institution to consider a threat as soon as possible and to more effectively respond to, further deter, eliminate or mitigate that threat.
â¢ Technological sensors such as CCTV surveillance cameras or alarms (fire, smoke, wind, and intrusion detection) will trigger informed decision-making.
â¢ Barriers, such as locked doors or fixed barriers or uniform security personnel should be in place to deter or delay a threat and afford more time for effective decision making.
â¢ Having the correct inbound and outbound communication network in place will influence a number key decisions. Time, or the lack of time, is a principle disrupter of effective decision-making. Sound communication strategies such as emergency email blasts, voice activated alert systems, and silent alert systems help to improve response to and during a crisis. An effective communication protocol should expand the window of time available to leaders to make sound decisions.
Additional Measures to Consider:
â¢ Reporting Procedures
â¢ Establishing Collaborative Planning Teams
â¢ Starting an Emergency Operations Plan
â¢ Define Roles and Responsibilities
â¢ Notification Procedures
â¢ Evacuation Lockdown and ShelterâInâPlace Policies and Procedures
â¢ Plans for Diverse Needs of Children and Staff
â¢ Necessary Equipment and Supplies
â¢ Common Vocabulary
â¢ Emergency Drills
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|My Little Herb Garden|
The last two weeks I've delved right into exploring the medicinal wild plants that grow around here. For a short time I had a herbalist to show and share with me some of this wealth of plant wisdom. Now that this guide is gone, I'm lead only by the pleasantly infectious inspiration. There is an overwhelming abundance that is going to provide me with a lifetime of learning (according to Floral Palestina, this land is blessed with close to 2,700 species of wild plants!). I've been hiking in the surrounding areas and conservatively collecting branches for slips and re-planting in my little herbal garden. This of course will is part of the Perfumer's Botanical Garden I'm establishing around the studio.
I'm showing you the early beginning, although they look quite unimpressive on camera. In person they have the charm of new beginnings as well as virgin strip of land and stony terrain and distant view of the Mediterranean; I am also delighted by the gentle healing energy that emanates from the plants for those who connect to these types of being. And for those who find it more difficult to connect to plants that way - the scents that each provide speak for themselves. Even a little stroke on each plant will give off the scent and you can mix and match to create your own "finger perfume".
From the wild, I've adopted some amazing plants - both old and new to me, that grow on the mountain behind my house. So all in all, my botanical collection is rapidly growing - even beyond the original wishlist I've created. And I'm rather happy with it.
From my slip foraging, I managed to keep alive a couple of types of germanders - Cretan germander (Teucrium creticum), which looks a lot like rosemary but smells completely different - more like olive leaf, actually, and likewise has an intensely bitter taste; and cat-thyme germander (Teucrium capitatum), which has a sweet, almost resinous fragrant silvery foliage. The latter is highly medicinal and rivals only the local wild sage (Salvia fruticosa), more of the Savory of Crete (Satureja thymbra) and a similar plant, with an almost identical flavour and fragrance that has flowers with a structure similar to Lavandula dentata, which is called Spiked Savoury (Thymbra spicata). It would be difficult to find information online in English on many of these plants because they are unique to Israel. I've also adopted some cistus plants, although they are not the Cistus ladaniferus I am seeking but two other local species that are not as resinous, yet somewhat fragrant depending on the season. And I am crossing my fingers that two seedlings of bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) that my herbalist guide carefully uprooted from the wadi (dry creek) floor, will also survive and make it to the miniature forest I want to create behind the perfume studio. And most immortally - I am hoping that the two little twigs of Israeli Thyme (Coridothymus capitatus) that we found on the rocky North beach will grow up some roots and flourish. They are quite rare site here inland, and in fact a protected species. They have a striking look when they get mature and an intense yet slightly floral aroma that I love. It truly deserves a post of its own, with photos and all. Along with Origanum syriacum (also grown in my garden), the other varieties of thyme and savoury I mentioned before, some sumac and sesame seeds it forms the spice mixture called "Za'atar" that some of you may be familiar with from Lebanese grocery stores and Middle Eastern restaurants.
Naturally growing wild in my garden is also white horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a highly medicinal plant that grows in astounding abundance, several mastic bushes and probably more plants that I did not know were medicinal but will find out later. There are also still two plants that I found on the mountain to make slips that I haven't identified yet, so the search is not over. Lastly, I scattered seeds of blood helicrysum, a local wild plant (Helichrysum sanguinum) which I also hope will come out next winter. By that time I hope I will forget about it altogether so it will just be a pleasant surprise...
Lastly, to be fair and square, I promised to tell you which plants I put in from the nursery (the ones my brother brought me), so that you know if you guessed it right. They were several types of lavender (mountain Savory of Crete (Satureja thymbra), several types of lavender (Lavandula pinnate, L. dentate, L. angustifolia), one artemisia and - to my utmost excitement - two immortelles (Helicrysum italicum), often called "curry plant".
Also you should know, that among those who participated in this context, we got two worthy winners who will receive a sample kit of all my herbaceous fragrances, are Ruby Clover and Melissa Menard. The kit includes ArbitRary for the basil, Ayalitta for the sage, Immortelle l'Amour for the immortelle of course, l'Herbe Rouge for the lemongrass, hay and lavender and Lovender - which is quite obvious. I've also included a sniff-peak of Inbar, my new, wild-oregano infused amber concoction which is not even for sale quite yet :-)
Putting together the kits made me also realize how little attention I've been giving the herbaceous notes.
|Cabut Gigi Bongsu di Hospital Putrajaya - Part 2|
Salam korang... Panjang ye post ni, Wanie cuba recall dan cerita setiap yang terjadi.
Sekarang jam 1.42am. Dalam previous post, Wanie ada citer nak undergo surgery after raya kan? Tak jadi... tapi di awalkan sebab Wanie dah tak tahan sakit menanggung derita angkara gigi bongsu tu. Jadinya, Selasa minggu lepas bersamaan 13hb June, Wanie selamat menjalani surgery bius penuh untuk buang 4 batang gigi bongsu.
Few days sebelum hari pembedahan tu, hospital akan call tanya kesihatan kita macam mana. Yes, tak boleh sakit macam demam ke apa ke, surgery akan postpone kalau sakit. Alhamdulillah, Wanie sihat. So, start 12 tengah malam, Wanie dah berpuasa. Next morning tu, Wanie orang ketiga dan last yang register di Wad Harian dan seusai "check in", terus tukar pakai baju hospital warna hijau tu. 2 orang sebelum Wanie pun nak surgery gigi bongsu juga. Pakar bius datang one by one kat kitorang nak cucuk macam nak drip air tu, tapi macam biasalah, urat Wanie ni dah lah halus, tak jumpa pula. So, doktor skip dulu. Lega lah juga, sementara tunggu turn dipanggil, Wanie tido sekejap. Sorry ye, tak dapat ingat exact time sebab gelabah yakmatt! Hahahaha~~
Dalam pukul 12 kot, turn Wanie sampai. Diorang minta Wanie tukar pakai baju warna putih dan penutup kepala tu dan berjalan ke dewan bedah. Kat situ, Wanie diminta berbaring dan pakar bius berjaya cucuk kali ni, tapi bukan belakang tangan macam biasa kita tengok, tapi ini dekat pelipat siku tu. Berdebar sangat... tak lama menunggu dan Wanie terus ditolak masuk ke dalam bilik bedah yang sejukkkkkkkk sampai menggigil (gigil takut pun rasanya ada jugak.. hahahaha). Tapi doktor situ friendly, dorang tahu kita sejuk, so dorang cover badan kita dengan ape tah, untuk kurangkan kesejukan katanya. Time tu mata dah terkebil-kebil tengok lampu operation tu. Takut oiii!! Ada seorang pakar bius tu, terhantuk kat lampu operation tu. Kelakar, tapi nak gelak pun macam takde mood dah. Kemudian, pakar bius cucuk ubat sikit dan pakaikan topeng sedut gas macam orang asma tuu.. doktor sempat tanya, "awak ok ke?" Time tu vision dah start blur blur, tapi nak "lawan kekuatan gas" tu.. hahahaha boleh lagi menjawap, "ok.. cuma pening sikit" dan lepas tu.... wassalammmm lah dikauuu!! Terus tak sedar apa......
Tahu tahu je... tersedar nama dipanggil dan dorang bagitau operation selesai. Masih lagi mamai mamai, dan walaupun masih bersisa ubat bius, terasa sikittttt kesakitan pada tempat gigi bongsu yang dicabut sebelah kanan. Takpe.. sakit sikit. Masih boleh bertahan. Dan dorang terus bawa ke wad harian. Dapat lunch dari hospital - bubur sedap, aiskrim dan air milo. Wanie rest sekejap sejam dua, lepas tu pergi bilik air bertemankan adik yang datang dari Kedah nak jaga hakak-nan-diva ni. Hahahaha~ ok lah, takde terhuyung hayang time berjalan. Lepas tu, bagitau nurse kat wad harian nak discharge. Mulut tak boleh cakap, penuh gauze dengan darah.. setiap setengah jam kena tukar gauze baru. Then, terus ke Unit Hasil untuk pembayaran. Selepas tolak subsidi semua, kena bayar RM 203 sahaja. Jumlah asal, hampir RM 7 ribu lebih!!
Balik rumah, terus makan painkiller dan tidur je. Makan pun soft soft dan sejuk. Geli jugak sebab darah nak kena telan, nurse tu kata. Jangan kumur or spit! Dan jangan makan or minum guna straw! Dannn.. jangan lupa beli ice pack kat farmasi, kena selalu tepekkan ice pack kat kedua belah pipi the same day lepas operation untuk avoid bengkak bommm ye. Jangan dah bengkak baru nak tepek ice pack tu, memang tak menjadi. Wanie jugak ada beli ubat surut bengkak di farmasi untuk membantu tak bagi bengkak sangat.
Nanti Wanie cerita lagi. Ye... ada sambungan. Kena infection dan dry socket sikit kat bahagian yang dicabut sebelah kiri (gigi bongsu ini yang paling dekat dengan saraf). Dan lenguh jari menaip kat fon.. dan masih lagi berdenyut tempat surgery walaupun harini ada hari yang ke 6.
Wish me speedy recovery!
|Mirai Malware Hacker Who Steal and Sell Data on Darknet Pleads Guilty In A German Court|
A 29-year-old Daniel K., a British hacker has pleaded guilty to launching dangerous attacks with the aim of selling the hacked data on the Darknet marketplace. He admitted to infecting routers and causing damages with a Mirai malware at a court in Cologne on last Friday. The router and the damage valued $1.25 and ...
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|Prisoners for Profit - The Shame of Puppy Mills||It was summer when I visited puppy mills in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the last few years, the area has become a hub for large scale commercial dog breeding operations. And although the Midwest still ranks as containing the highest number of dog breeding operations, the concentration of puppy mills in Lancaster County is unparalleled.|
Accompanying me was a Humane Society of the United States investigator who had monitored the Pennsylvania mills for years. He knew the county well, and had seen not only the proliferation of puppy mills in the area, but at the same time, the increased press and public attention in their operations.
Driving through the pastoral landscape, it seemed impossible that animal suffering could exist amidst such beauty. This illusion was quickly shattered with my first view of a puppy mill. For years, I had seen and studied photos of infamous facilities, but nothing prepared me for seeing the real thing with my own eyes.
We approached a farmhouse from the road and turned onto a muddy lane. Rounding the corner, we didn't even have to get out of the truck to see or hear what awaited us. Rows of dilapidated cages were lined up outside a barn. Stopping the truck, my throat constricted with shock. Dogs were crammed three or more to a small cage which were elevated over mounds of feces. Matted fur covered their eyes as they rushed towards the front of their cages, barking at uninvited visitors. Their plight was so dramatically different than the dogs I knew, the dogs who lie lazily in afternoon sun, waiting for their next meal or walk. No, these dogs were here for a purpose and only one purpose: to make money.
We saw many mills that day. Posing as buyers, we were able to handle and examine some of the puppies. Many seemed sickly, disoriented, and underweight. And when we were allowed to see their mothers, or sneaked onto a farm to view the conditions, the hopelessness of their lives weighed on me like a heavy load that rests on my shoulders even to this day.
Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. Domesticated thousands of years ago, they were chosen to be our protectors, companions, and best friends. And although we have betrayed our responsibility towards them in many ways, none is so distressing or disturbing as the puppy mill.
The term "puppy mill," coined in the mid-to-late sixties to describe large scale commercial dog breeding facilities, has only recently arrived in the mainstream vernacular. It is a term that some claim is sensational and manipulative. The word "mill" refers to an operation that churns out dogs in mass, using female dogs as nothing more than breeding machines. The term conjures images of dogs crowded in wire cages, living in their own wastes, shivering from the cold, or baking in the heat. Tragically, this vision is not far from reality. Most people, not just those interested in animal protection, are shocked when confronted with the bleak images of dogs housed and bred in puppy mills. But in the 5,000 puppy mills found across the country, thousands of dogs are bred and raised for profit, valued not for their companionship or loyalty, but for the cold hard cash they bring.
Many consumers possess an image of puppies at a family farm, lovingly raised and cared for. Others may not even think about where a pet store puppy comes from. Drawn to a pet store window by a bin of wriggling puppies, the furthest thing from a customer's mind is the origin of these cute bundles of fur. But by buying a puppy, often for a price of $500 or more, the consumer is unknowingly supporting a cycle of abuse that begins at the puppy mill.
What the consumer can't see is the puppy's mother, imprisoned miles away, pregnant again, her body being used to produce more money-making puppies. Starting at six months, she is bred every heat cycle. She is often weak, malnourished, and dehydrated. Rarely, if ever, is she provided with veterinary care. She cannot maintain her productivity past her fourth or fifth year. After that, she is nothing more than a drain on the mill's operation and must be disposed of. If she's lucky, she'll be humanely euthanized. More often than not, she will be shot or bludgeoned to death. Discarded, her wasted body will lie forgotten in a local landfill or garbage dump.
This is the picture the pet stores will never show. And until recently, the ugly truth of puppy mills has been hidden. But when problems with many of the puppies bought at pet stores across the country began to surface, consumers and animal lovers alike began asking hard questions. Puppies with seizures, parasites, infections, bacteria, and behavioral problems were being seen far too often to be merely coincidental.
Puppy mills and the pet store industry have begun to feel this scrutiny. They insist that it doesn't make good business sense to sell sick puppies or house breeding females in less than humane conditions. But evidence gained after years of documentation and investigation directly conflicts with these assertions. In addition, those small scale breeders who do treat their animals humanely, who raise them in their homes or in small, cleanly kept kennels, do not usually make a profit off their dogs. It is virtually impossible to breed in a humane fashion and make money at the same time. Although a pet store may sell a puppy for $500 or more dollars, most commercial breeders can only get around $35 per dog from a broker who in turns sells to the pet store for around $75. In order to make a profit and cover costs, corners must be cut, and puppies must be churned out at a furious rate. The cut corners are the animals themselves: their housing, their health, their cleanliness. Inherent in the profit-making mills is the sacrifice of humane standards in order to make a profit.
What protection, if any, do these dogs and their puppies have? On the state level, puppy "lemon laws," existing in a handful of states including New Jersey and California, seek to offer consumers protection against buying sick puppies. Although these laws do chip away at the production of sick puppies, they do not address the inherent problem of the whole system: the selling of dogs for profit.
The federal level offers even less hope. The current system not only allows the continuation of a business that makes money off the backs of dogs, but fails in its responsibility to provide even a basic quality of life for dogs in puppy mills. Originally passed in 1966, the federal Animal Welfare Act was amended in 1970 to include in its provisions the oversight of large scale commercial dog breeding facilities. Regulations were written with the intention of ensuring the proper care, feeding, housing, and veterinary care for the thousands of dogs found in puppy mills across the country. Mandated by law to enforce these regulations is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But with a shortage of inspectors responsible for overseeing these facilities, the agency has developed a reputation for failing to meet its mandate.
Not only have outsiders criticized the agency's ability to enforce the Act in relation to puppy mills, but several internal reviews have also illustrated the gross inadequacies existing at the federal level. Recently, a damning internal review conducted by the USDA's own office of the Inspector General of the agency's South Central Regional Office offered a bleak picture. The South Central Office, responsible for overseeing the majority of this country's puppy mills, was found to be sorely lacking in its ability to enforce the Animal Welfare Act. The report found that the office failed to respond to complaints from the public, failed to report a large number of blatant violations of the law, and that supervisors told inspectors not only where and when to inspect, but instructed their staff not to write up too many violations of problematic facilities. USDA Secretary Dan Glickman, embarrassed by the report's finding, has demanded the development of an internal plan to respond to the crisis within the agency.
The USDA is also feeling the heat over the puppy mill issue from members of Congress. After receiving constituent mail on puppy mills, Congressman Glenn Poshard (D-Il) and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), sprung to action. Working with The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection organizations, they gathered over 100 signatures from members on both side of Capitol Hill in a letter to Secretary Glickman expressing concern about the problems found in puppy mills across the country. Sent late last summer, the letter has caused anxiety within the USDA.
This Spring, the agency will consider enacting stronger regulations covering puppy mills as well as examining ways in which their enforcement powers can be increased. Although any change in the way puppy mills are regulated is an improvement, and stiffer rules may even shut down or discourage potential operators from opening a facility, the changes will not directly eliminate the mills themselves. Until the demand for mass-produced pet store puppies decreases, there will always be a buck to be made in the production of dogs.
Rachel A. Lamb is Director for Companion Animal Care at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Washington, DC.
|Canalith Repositioning Procedure|
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Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a breakthrough sinus surgery procedure performed by ENT doctors that open sinus passages to relieve sinus pain and sinus pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. Medical therapy and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) are two very common techniques used for patients suffering from sinus infections. Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty Balloon Sinuplasty is […]
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Spina Bifida is a type of birth defect called a neural tube defect. Spina Bifida occurs when the bones of the spineÂ (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. Spina bifida can be mild or severe. The key early priorities for treating myelomeningocele or Spina BifidaÂ are to prevent infection from developing in […]
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|Funding Penalties for Hospitals with High Medicare Complication Rates|
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|No Peanuts for Your Peanut|
Youngsters are developing peanut allergies earlier because of exposures in babyhood
Food for Thought
Peanuts are a protein-rich snack food packing plenty of vitamins and trace nutrients. However, these legumes can elicit potentially life-threatening immune reactions within the one in 100 American adults who are allergic to them. Rates of peanut allergy are even higher among children. And the really disturbing news: A new study finds that the age at which this common food allergy first shows up is falling.
Today, peanut allergy typically emerges in early toddlerhood, a team of Duke University researchers reports in the December Pediatrics. "That's almost a year earlier than what we knew, scientifically, a decade ago, "explains A. Wesley Burks, a pediatric allergist who coauthored the new study.
Although children outgrow many allergies, peanut allergy is not typically one of them. Among people who develop immune reactions to this food, 80 percent retain their allergy for life.
The new study began, Burks says, after Duke immunologists noticed that they were encountering younger patients with peanut allergy. To investigate, the researchers pulled entry records and medical charts for all 140 young patients who had come in with the allergy since 1988. Poring over the records confirmed a fall in age at first diagnosis throughout this periodâone that proved more dramatic than expected, Burks told Science News Online.
Nationally, the rate of food allergy appears to be increasing, according to a 2006 report of a National Institutes of Health expert panel. The most striking increase, it noted, has been for peanut allergy, which is also the most common food sensitivity. Because some allergies can be avoided by delaying a child's initial introduction to certain foods, in 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents "consider" keeping peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish out of the diet of kids under age 3.
Burks acknowledges that most parents aren't aware of this recommendation. On the other hand, most peanut allergy shows up in children that had already exhibited allergic reactions to other foodsâtypically eggs or milk. Many affected children also had skin sensitivities as infants, such as eczema or atopic dermatitis, and a parent or sibling with allergies, although not necessarily to food.
Against that background, you would think parents of the most vulnerable kids would be especially careful about introducing peanuts into the diet. And they might well have been. Indeed, Burks suspects that most initial introductions to peanuts in his young patients were inadvertent. Either a child encountered items that contained unlabeled traces of peanutsâperhaps a jelly bean, certain flavorings used in medicines, or any of several baby lotions (see Unexpected Sources of Peanut Allergy). Or perhaps the kids encountered peanut allergen in the air when others were eating, handling, or cooking foods that contained the legume.
But for now, Burks' team has no firm leads on why peanut allergies are showing up earlier. The Duke group and others will be probing that in the next few years.
Homing in on the problem
Children with peanut allergy in the new study showed the expected history of vulnerability. For instance, four in five had parents or a sib with some form of allergy. Four in five children also had personally experienced atopic dermatitis, two in every three suffered from asthma, and more than half had allergies that triggered runny noses. Moreover, blood tests from two-thirds of the youngsters turned up antibodies highlighting sensitivity to other foods, typically eggs or tree-nuts.
Half of the young patients were born between 1988 and 1999, the rest between 2000 and 2005. The average age of their peanut allergy's onset was significantly different between the two groupsâroughly 29 months old for the pre-2000 birth group, versus 15 months for children born since 2000. Within the first group, half of the children developed peanut allergy by 21 months of age; for children born since 2000, half developed their allergy by the time they were 14 months old.
In hopes of teasing out factors that contributed to the trend of earlier allergies, Burks' group is participating in a Food Allergy Research Consortium that has been given $17 million to study food allergiesâespecially to peanuts. One facet of the 5-year program, which is sponsored by NIAID, is investigating the use of shots to desensitize people with peanut allergy. In addition, some 400 infants with milk and egg allergies will be studied for signs of immunological differences that distinguish those who outgrow their allergies from those who retain them lifelong.
Currently, some 30,000 people a year are hospitalized for food allergy in the United States, and 200 die during an allergic episode. One concern, Burks notes, is that children who develop peanut allergy earlier than in the past might face a lower-than-usual chance of outgrowing their life-threatening afflictionâone that requires constant vigilance.
Such an allergy can even crimp one's social life. Consider the poor teenage girl whose lips swelled up after being kissed by her boyfriend (see A Rash of Kisses). Hours earlier, the boy had eaten peanuts, to which the girl was allergic.
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|Canadians Advocate Boosting Vitamin D in Pregnancy|
A Canadian medical society recommends pregnant women and nursing moms boost their intake of vitamin D dramatically
Food for Thought
Canadian pediatricians certainly aren't shirking controversy when it comes to a vitamin guideline they've developed for pregnant women and nursing moms. They're asking these women to boost their intake of vitamin D dramaticallyâto 10 times the daily doses advocated by most health organizations in the States. This new prescription is aimed at combating ricketsâleg deformations caused by soft bonesâin youngsters who get too little of the sunshine vitamin.
Vitamin D helps build strong bones by helping the body absorb calcium. Getting pregnant and nursing women to take more of the vitamin ensures that plenty will reach developing children.
In the past, most people had little trouble getting enough vitamin Dâthey just went outdoors where ultraviolet rays from the sun trigger chemical reactions in skin to make this vital nutrient. However, some people always had trouble making enough. Canadian kids at highest risk of vitamin deficits generally live in First Nations and Inuit communities. With sun-filtering pigments in their skin, and living at high latitudes, they must glean most of their vitamin D from the dietâgenerally a poor sourceânot the sun.
Most North American womenâincluding those in the United Statesâeat diets delivering only about 100 international units, or IU, of vitamin D daily, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in Washington, D.C. That is half of what IOM recommends and a mere 5 percent of what Canadian pediatricians are now advocating for new and soon-to-be moms.
Although IOM's dietary recommendations are for the United States, the Canadian health establishment has tended to rubber stamp them. In this case, though, Canada's health agency took the unusual tack of signing off on a Canadian Paediatric Society proposal to boost the recommended intake by women who are pregnant or breast feeding to 2,000 IU per day. This new guideline appears in a consensus statement published in September by the society in its journal, Paediatrics & Child Health.
Soon the society will begin sending its new guideline to every provincial, territorial, and aboriginal health department across Canada, notes Marie AdÃ¨le Davis, the group's executive director. The goal, she told Science News Online, is to make sure all public health officials learn about itânot just pediatricians.
The higher recommendation equals the amount that IOM has designated as the safe upper limit for vitamin D's daily consumption. Most nutritionists don't really consider that value is a true ceiling for safe intakeâespecially since sunbathing on a bright summer day can generate 10,000 to 20,000 IU in the body without harm. Still, for political and legal reasons, most organizations shy away from advocating intakes near what IOM has flagged as a potential maximum for safe consumption.
Now a number of researchers suspect that intakes by pregnant and lactating women much below 2,000 IU per day could actually prove unsafe for child health.
Reinhold Vieth of the University of Toronto explained why, recently, to officials with Health Canada, a counterpart to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To prevent rickets, he argued, a baby needs 400 IU of vitamin D per day. And in many parts of Canada, he said, nursing women may require several thousand IU of vitamin D per day to get 400 IU into their breast milk. Vieth had been recruited by the Canadian Paediatric Society to help defend its proposed guideline to government officials.
U.S. physicians won't quibble over the 400 IU figure for babies and young children, notes pediatrician Frank R. Greer, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) committee on nutrition. Although the 1997 IOM report says 200 IU of vitamin D per day should be sufficient for anyone under 50âincluding childrenâfew researchers buy that. "Everybody feels that we should be taking more than 200 IU," says Greer, of the University of WisconsinâMadison.
Unlike the Canadian Paediatric Society, though, "We [at AAP] don't really have any influence on what pregnant and lactating women take," Greer says. "However, I can say that AAP's committee on nutrition has recommended to the board that we go back to [recommending] 400 IU for all children." That's the amount in a teaspoon of cod liver oilâthe vitamin D supplement of choice throughout the early 20th century. Greer expects his committee's recommendation to be approved by AAP's board, perhaps within the next month.
Optimal needs vary
For most of the past century, nutrient guidelines have been set to prevent gross deficienciesâshortfalls that could cause disease. Those recommendations tended to represent minimally adequate intakes. Over the past decade, however, considerable debate has surrounded what vitamin D consumption levels would be optimal versus merely adequate.
The controversy has been fueled by a steady stream of studies that have emerged since the IOM set its vitamin D guidelines. Nearly all demonstrate substantial health benefits from relatively high intakes of vitamin Dâamounts well in excess of what most individuals now get. Moreover, those benefits extend well beyond protecting bone. More vitamin D seems to diminish the risk of cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, muscle loss, viral infectionsâeven gum disease.
Researchers gauge vitamin D sufficiency on the basis of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-HD). This is not the form of the vitamin that is consumedânor the hormonal form that the body actually usesâbut an intermediary. To achieve optimal concentrations of 25-HD, growing numbers of nutrition and health scientists suggest, most of us would need intakes of 800 to 4,000 IU per day (see Vitamin D: What's Enough?).
How much vitamin D someone needs can vary widely, largely depending on the amount of skin that gets exposed to the sun each dayâand for how long. Further complicating the picture, some skin is heavily pigmented, filtering sunlight out. Many people cover up with clothes or sunblock when they go outdoors. Still others live at high latitudesâas Canadians doâwhere little ultraviolet radiation makes it through the atmosphere during much of the year.
Even for women in the southern United States, however, "we've found that lactating women need about 6,000 IU a day to transfer enough vitamin D into their milk to supply adequate amounts to a nursing infant," says Bruce W. Hollis of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Nor are nursing moms the only individuals who may need relatively large doses of the vitamin. Hollis' research has shown that black women may sometimes need 4,000 IU a day for months at a time to compensate for little time outdoors, heavy skin pigmentation, and/or obesityâa factor that appears to diminish the body's ability to use vitamin D efficiently (see Understanding Vitamin D Deficiency).
Another reason for moms' supplementation?
In March, researchers at Harvard Medical School reported evidence that ample vitamin D diminishes the chance a child will develop asthma, a scourge who's incidence has been rising, especially in black and low-income communities (see Childhood Vitamin DâA New Benefit?). Recently, an additional putative benefit has emerged for pregnant women and their developing babies.
A study linked elevated risk of preeclampsiaâhigh blood pressure that develops in some women during the last half of pregnancyâwith low intakes of vitamin D. This condition, which can lead to miscarriage and even the death of the motherâordinarily develops in some three to seven percent of first pregnancies.
Pittsburgh researchers enrolled 1,198 women who were pregnant for the first time and measured their blood concentrations of vitamin D within the first 22 weeks of gestation. Subsequently, 59 women developed preeclampsia. Blood values from all but four were compared to a similar group of recruits who maintained normal blood pressure throughout their pregnancies.
The higher a woman's blood concentrations of 25-HD, the lower her chance of developing preeclampsiaâand that risk fell steadily and "strikingly" with increasing vitamin D values, Lisa M. Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh and her colleagues found.
Moreover, babies whose moms had developed preeclampsia were far more likely to have low vitamin-D values than were children whose moms had maintained normal blood pressure. "These differences were found in our population despite widespread prenatal/multivitamin use in the 3 months before delivery," Bodnar's group reports in the September Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Black women face far higher risks of developing this hypertensive syndrome. Overall, black women are also far likelier than other ethnic or racial groups to have low blood levels of vitamin D. Against this backdrop, Bodnar's group says, "our data linking vitamin D deficiency and preeclampsia risk raises the intriguing possibility that vitamin D may contribute to racial disparities in this [syndrome]."
"The story of deficiency begins with vitamin D itself and its primary mode of synthesis, which is from sunlight," argue Adekunle Dawodu of the University of Cincinnati and Carol L. Wagner of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. In a commentary in the September Archives of Disease in Childhood, they report a resurgence of rickets around the world, not only in children at high latitudes, but also in the Arab world and Asia where culture or excessive temperatures may keep women and children indoors or covered up.
A shift from vitamin-D sufficiency to widespread deficiency has occurred rapidlyâmostly throughout a half-century. The reason for it is clear, Dawodu and Wagner say: "insufficient sun exposure and inadequate corrective vitamin-D supplementation." They conclude, much as the Canadian Paediatric Society just has, that dosing moms during pregnancy and lactation "would achieve the double effect of preventing vitamin-D deficiency in both mothers and children." But unlike the Canadian society, they note that doses considerably higher than 2,000 IU may be necessary for some individuals and communities.
As a goal, achieving population-wide vitamin D sufficiency "may be one of the more important preventative public health initiatives," conclude Dawodu and Wagner.
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|Cleaning Up after Livestock|
Food for Thought
As any pet owner knows, the more food that goes into an animal's mouth, the more wastes that eventually spew out the other end. The bigger the animal, the bigger its appetite. So imagine the volumes of manureâoften tainted with germsâthat farmers must manage for even a small feedlot with perhaps 3,500 head of cattle.
Ordinarily, beef producers house their animals in pensâsome the size of football fields or larger. They're designed to leave each animal about 80 square feet of space. Cattle wastes just fall to the ground and collectâoften for a month or moreâbefore feedlot crews periodically scrape away the muck. After composting, the dried manure will be applied to fields as a rich fertilizer.
The real problem develops when it rains. Then, a manure-rich, watery slurry can drain off the fields. Conventionally, feedlot managers would divert this liquid into huge, smelly ponds or lagoonsâsome 10-feet deep or more, explains Bryan L. Woodbury, an agricultural engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Nebraska.
His team has been developing a literally greener alternative to pond storage for manure-laced runoff from feedlot pens. The new system directs that runoff into a foot-deep drainage basin. Leading out of it are a series of narrow pipes. Because the interior diameters of these pipes are small, rain-deposited wastes temporarily back-up in this glorified drainage ditch. It typically takes hours for all of the liquids to fully drain out through the pipes. While they wait, solids in the rain-manure slurry tend to settle out as sediments that will accumulate on the basin's bottom.
Exiting liquids, meanwhile, flow gently into a mildly sloping field of grass, where the animal wastes will fertilize the plants' growth. At the end of the season, farmers harvest that grass as hay, bale it, and then feed it back to the herd.
For much of the past decade, Woodbury's team has tinkered with the system's design to optimize gravity's removal of solids from the initial rain-manure slurry and the pace at which fertilizing water enters the hayfield. In terms of those features, the system appears ready for prime timeâat least in the Midwest, Woodbury says.
However, what hadn't been evaluated was the fate of germs that were shed by cattle along with those wastes. If the brief holding of the manure-water slurry and its subsequent release into fields promoted the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, those germs might eventually find their way into plants (see Not Just Hitchhikers). That would risk re-exposing animals that later dined on the tainted hay.
A new investigation now indicates that although the raw manure often hosts germs, most of the nasty microbes hitchhiking in it appear to settle out along with sediments in the initial holding basin. Bugs that remain suspended in the water long enough to travel on to the fields don't appear to survive there long, Woodbury and his colleagues report in the Nov. 1 Journal of Environmental Quality.
Indeed, the researchers note, while their new data "indicate that there is some risk for hay contamination, it appears to be low." For instance, on one day that hay was cutâtwo weeks after a major rainfall that shunted diluted manure into the fieldâonly four of 10 tested soil samples hosted Escherichia coli O157.
Yet only one of the 30 samples of loose hay that was cut that day from parts of the field that had received manure-fertilized rainwater tested positive for that E. coli strain. Microbiologists also failed to later detect that E. coli O157 in hay following its baling and storage.
That's encouraging news because this bacterium has a long track record of causing disease. It was, for instance, responsible for the major food poisonings associated with tainted spinach in September 2006âan outbreak that sickened more than 200 people, killing five. These microbes can set up housekeeping in the bovine gut, causing no harm to the animal. However, germs shed in the cow's feces can infect people or crops that contact it.
The Nebraska researchers also probed for evidence of Campylobacter, another bacterium shed by cattle that can provoke gut-wrenching illness. And although three of 10 field-soil samples tested positive after one major rain, none did 2 weeks later. The germ also failed to show up in loose or baled hay.
Similarly, even though the test herd of 750 cattle had been periodically shedding large quantities of Cryptosporidium and Giardiaâtwo common parasites responsible for substantial human disease, especially in persons with weakened immune systemsâbiologists found none of these microbes in field soil, much less the hay that had been grown on it.
Woodbury and his colleagues conclude that their vegetative filtering of manure washed off of feedlots is effective in dramatically sequestering and ultimately removing several of the major families of microbes responsible for human, food-related illness.
What they don't yet know is whether there will be significant rainfall constraints to their system's efficacy. Will arid regions benefit from it? Will very wet areas send so much fertilizer to hayfields that they burn the grass? "That's what we're in the process of testing right now," Woodbury says. "The jury's still out."
Earlier tests showed that the short-term basin storage of wastes upstream of the hayfield removes about half of the nitrogen in manure and almost all of the phosphorus, Woodbury says. That's important because one of the primary problems associated with fertilization of farm fields has been their release during rains of any unused nitrogen and fertilizer into streams.
Eventually, the fertilizing effects of these nutrients in surface waters can fuel the growth of algae that ultimately suck most of the oxygen out of large patches of coastal waters, creating what are colloquially termed dead zones (see Limiting Dead Zones).
The new waste-sanitizing system's basin also removes most of the solid material suspended in the rain-manure slurry. This means that about once a year, people must excavate the buildup from the basin. However, what they remove is no longer a waste, but yet another fertilizing amendment for farm fields.
Oh, and Woodbury points to another potential advantage of his team's new systemâsomething that he refers to as the "white picket fence effect." When people see a picket fence out front, they focus on that pleasant feature, and not every detrimental facet of a house or yard. Well, nobody views a big, smelly lagoon filled with bovine fecal material as the farm equivalent of a white picket fence, he says. A hayfield, on the other hand: That's almost Norman Rockwell Americana.
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|Diminishing Obesity's Risks|
Mouse data suggest that, properly managed, obesity can be benign.
Food for Thought
Health-care professionals typically refer to an extremely heavy person as being morbidly obese. The term reinforces the idea that the individual is at high risk of diabetes, fatty-liver disease, and heart attacks. Researchers who have been working with mice now report that certain chronic diseases don't have to be consequences of obesity.
The team accomplished the disconnect by tricking the animals' bodies into storing all their excess fat within their fat cells, or adipocytes.
That's not what the bodies of rodentsâor peopleâtypically do. Initially, excess lipidsâfatâare stored in these cells, making up what's called adipose tissue or simply body fat. These deposits lie primarily in the breasts, belly, and thighs. However, once adipocytes fill up, new storage sites take up the overflow. Those new depots usually develop in muscle and the liver.
Of those two depots, the liver is more dangerous when it becomes fatty. Straightforwardly named, fatty liver disease can arise and lead eventually to hepatitis, cirrhosis, and death.
A drop in the hormone called adiponectin is the body's signal to store fat outside adipose tissue. Sometimes referred to as the starvation hormone, adiponectin normally remains high in lean animals. With obesity, however, blood concentrations of the molecule fall.
Philipp E. Scherer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and his colleagues reasoned that keeping adiponectin concentrations high might fool the body into making extra adipocytes instead of sending surplus fat to muscles and the liver.
The team has now investigated the hypothesis in a strain of mice that make copious adiponectin regardless of how fat they become. In the Sept. 4 Journal of Clinical Investigation, the researchers report that as the novel mice mature, they become unbelievably huge. Indeed, muses Scherer, these are "the fattest mice ever reported," with fat comprising 60 percent or more of their body weight.
As hoped for, the mice deposit all their excess fat in adipose tissue. Also in sharp contrast to other obese mice, the high-adiponectin animals develop no signs of diabetes. They also avoid a metabolic disorder known as syndrome X, which puts animals, including people, at high risk of heart disease (SN: 4/8/2000, p. 236).
So, although these barely mobile, blubbery mounds of flesh look like wrecks, they don't appear to be at high risk for several chronic diseases associated with obesity, Scherer told Science News Online. Actually, he says, from the preliminary data, the mice "appear perfectly healthy."
He suspects that there's a lesson in this for investigators of human-obesity treatments. Drugs exist that raise adiponectin values in even overweight individuals. Most, like pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia), are prescribed to treat diabetes. However, data suggest these drugs also reduce the buildup of fat in the liver.
Unfortunately, diminishing health risks in morbidly obese people may require far more than just supersizing their treatment with the diabetes drugsâespecially since data reported earlier this year linked rosiglitazone with an increased risk of heart attack (SN: 6/23/07, p. 397).
Tissues throughout the body communicate on a regular basis via signaling hormones. Adiponectin is one of those messengers released by adipocytes to inform the rest of the body about how full the fat cells are. If they aren't full, Scherer explains, the cells pour out copious adiponectin. The body then responds by directing its fat into those cells for storage. As adipocytes fill with lipids, they turn down the adiponectin signal, telling the body that it's time to find new fat depots.
Adipocytes release several other messengers, among them leptin. As lipids swell the adipocytes, the cells crank up production of this hormone. Once released into the bloodstream, leptin circulates to the brain, where it offers a status report on how full the fat cells are. If leptin signals that there's plenty of fat on hand, a healthy body not only experiences satiety but also reduces its food intake and burns more calories.
At some point, a spontaneous mutation in mice led to a strain of animals that lacked the ability to make leptin. The resulting rodents, always hungry and primed to storeânot burnâany excess energy consumed, inevitably become obese. Scherer's group worked with this strain and engineered it also to make extra adiponectin. The new mice typically produce about twice as much adiponectin as a normal, svelte rodent does. This excess is comparable to what can occur when people take certain diabetes-controlling drugs.
In the new study, the researchers compared normal, lean, leptin-producing mice with leptinfree, obese ones and the new leptinfree-but-high-adiponectin animals. By adulthood, the new mice far surpassed the girth of the original obese line. But instead of having high blood sugar and insulin concentrationsâcharacteristics of the original obese animals that mimic type-2 diabetes symptomsâthe new megafatties exhibited normal insulin and blood-sugar values. In fact, Scherer says, the engineered animals had about the same insulin characteristics as healthy, lean mice.
"That was a real surprise," he concedesâ"that the [new] mice could get so fat and yet remain very healthy, metabolically speaking."
One solution: More fat cells
Most people are like obese mice, chronically taking in more calories than they burn, Scherer says.
Lipid buildup in the liver is "really the driving force for insulin resistance," a metabolic change that precedes the development of diabetes, notes Scherer When this develops, the body makes normal amounts of insulin, but finds itself increasingly unable to use it. The end result: Too little insulin is used to move energy into cells, leaving high concentrations of sugar in the blood.
The new study with high-adiponectin mice shows that "if you can overcome this block of overexpansion of adipose tissue, there is no need for excess calories to deposit as fat in the liver," Scherer says. Instead, fat can accumulate where it does the least damage, "in the professional fat-storage cell, the adipocyte."
But Scherer doesn't want to say that excess calories are benign when they wind up in fat cells. Bulging adipocytes send out a number of inflammatory compounds (SN: 2/28/04, p. 139). It's not yet clear how important a role these compounds may play in chronic disease, but some have been linked to diabetes. Moreover, extra weight may strain an animal's joints and even its heart. So, it's premature to give a clean bill of health to mice whose physiques rival that of Jabba the Hutt.
Still, Scherer argues, "from a qualitative point of view, these [new] mice are relatively healthy." Indeed, he says, what happens in the animals' tissues may explain why some very obese people are able to retain good insulin sensitivity and dodge the diabetes bullet.
People who develop diabetes as adults tend to put all of their fat into a few big, inflammation-prone fat cells. However, some people's bodies employ a different strategy, Scherer says. They pack relatively small quantities of fat into an ever-proliferating number of fat cells, ones that never seem to undergo stress-induced inflammation. This approach is triggered by a "local overexpression of adiponectin in adipocytes." That, in turn, switches on production of a key signaling moleculeâPPAR-gammaâthat serves as a master switch "governing how many fat cells we have," he explains.
"None of this is an endorsement for obesity," Scherer cautions. "But it shows that if you can expand your fat stores in a healthy way to keep up with your caloric intake, this will improve insulin sensitivity."
Overall, he argues, "the best strategy is to eat less and exercise more. But for the many of us who continue to take in more calories than we burn, it would be better to expand our fat-cell numbers than to store excess lipids in other tissues. That's our take-home message."
If you would like to comment on this Food for Thought, please see the blog version.
Philipp E. Scherer
Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-9077
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|Inglewood Community Garden Thrives with Art, Culture & Music!|
Inglewood, California Written by Ginger Van Hook May 20, 2010Photography Ginger Van Hook, 2010
For some of the students, it was hard to believe that these beautiful green corn leaves had come from all this dirt and gravel, but the miracle on Yukon and 107th Street in Inglewood was in full bloom. A student by the name of Jazz told the audience that she has been disheartened at first to see that this was a big empty lot with what seemed endless rocks. Then the students started clearing the land and putting their hearts and souls into the earth and the soil responded to their efforts to grow everything from tomatoes to chilies, jalapenos, lettuce, squash as well as herbs like parsley and oregano too.
'Jazz' told us about the transformation of the garden and the friendships that she had made. She explained how there was a new community where before there had been an empty space. The audience cheered for the success of the students and there was a heightened sense of community achievement in the air. There was a slight breeze coming from the ocean that brushed the leaves of the tomatoes and the peppers ever so slightly. The sun beat down upon the earth and music filled the air. Musicians played the guitar and percussion rhythms with their hands and their bodies moved to the beat. Guests were invited to take a water bottle from the center of the garden and in ceremonious ritual to bless the land with the names of their ancestors. I watered a patch of tomatoes and recalled my grandparents in the past. It was hard to remain objective. I was involved. I was now a part of this new blessing upon the community. I was no longer a reporter, witnessing for the writing of a story, I was pulled into the land, the dirt, the rocky earth and right into the story, taken in by the aroma of fresh tomato leaves and the scent of strawberry flowers and consequently, the encouragement of artistic, poetic, talented new friends.
D'Artagnan ScorzaDirector for The Social Justice Learning Institute
said his students are working on a Food Initiative
Mr. Sirls, the Principal of Morningside High School, gave the students and supporters encouragement then went over to the wall and autographed his hand print in green.
Mr. Sirl leaves his mark on the community garden wall.
Janet Simmons read her poem that she wrote for the Inglewood Community Garden:
and my choice...
I speak of here.
what I have seeked here
throughout, without and within this garden
my rough hands
rock indented knees
my wind tormented hair
the dirt infected breeze
that flows through this garden
like a stream of music through my ears
When it comes down to it
this would not mean as much
without you, me, us
I dedicate myself to you.
There were cooking demonstrations and watermelon slices.
The Los Angeles Times came to cover the event and I captured Glenn Koenig working in earnest covering the tree planting ceremony. This Photo is by Ginger Van Hook, but at least four or five reporters were on scene to witness this miracle transforming strangers into friends, and smiles turning lives into a tight knit community bonding over vegetables and issues of social justice, friendship and healthy meals...All good things going on in the City of Inglewood!
Julie Prejean a Forestry Senior Manager for TREE PEOPLE
came to support the garden opening and to donate and help plant a special tree.
She told her eager audience of new gardeners that they could choose its name.
City Council Member Ralph L. Franklin praised the students,
teachers and supporters for taking the initiative and making it all happen,
and 'what a beautiful day it is for a planting ceremony!'
USC reporter Christine Trang from the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
interviewed various participants and was preparing her report for southlareport.com
Inglewood Artists and supporters, Ken Ober, Renee Fox and Ceres Madoo, Alumni Relations at Otis College of Art and Design came to support the Morningside High School Community Garden Opening Ceremonies.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook 2010.
As an Inglewood Artist I was invited to attend this event, thanks to Ceres Madoo and when I arrived, I did not know what to expect; but whatever it was to be, I knew this was a GREAT IDEA! As I milled about I got the opportunity to meet Mr. D'Artagnan Scorza who told me how the students from Morningside High School had gotten together to discuss civic engagement, how to show school spirit, how to improve the community and how to better serve the needs of the school district. The students themselves came up with the concept of a community garden, but at first, did not have the means to make it happen. The original students were from Miss Roshondra's class and Mr. Shawn Stanton's class. A good idea took root then and there. One thing led to another and with the help of Inglewood City Council Member Ralph Franklin, their project got the encouragement and the support they needed right there from the school district's land.
This property belongs to the school so now the students are able to
develop a way to empower themselves to be a self sustaining community
with healthy nourishing meals for its students.
No better way to grow fine artists, fine students and fine citizens
than to take the seeds and cultivate,
water frequently, daily, encourage with wisdom and respect for the land.
The students have a great number of plans which includes a farmer's market, music, art and culinary culture events.
|High Mortality Among Patients With Opioid Use Disorder in a Large Healthcare System||Objectives: Elevated mortality has been observed among individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) treated in addiction specialty clinics or programs. Information about OUD patients in general healthcare settings is needed in light of the current effort to integrate addiction services into primary healthcare systems. This study examined mortality rates, causes of death, and associated risk factors among patients with OUD in a large general healthcare system.
Methods: Mortality data were linked with electronic health records of 2576 OUD patients cared for in a large university health system from 2006 to 2014.
Results: There were 465 deaths confirmed (18.1% of the study participants), corresponding to a crude mortality rate of 48.6 per 1000 person-years and standardized mortality ratio of 10.3 (95% confidence interval [CI] 9.4â11.3). Drug overdose and disorder (19.8%), cardiovascular diseases (17.4%), cancer (16.8%), and infectious diseases (13.5%, including 12% hepatitis C virus [HCV]) were the leading causes of death. HCV (hazard ratio [HR] 1.99, 95% CI 1.62â2.46) and alcohol use disorder (HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.05â1.55) were 2 clinically important indicators of overall mortality risk. Tobacco use disorder (adjusted HR [AHR] 2.58, 95% CI 1.60â4.17) was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular death, HCV infection (AHR 2.55, 95% CI 1.52â4.26) with cancer mortality risk, and HCV (AHR 1.92, 95% CI 1.03â3.60) and alcohol use disorder (AHR 5.44, 95% CI 2.95â10.05) with liver-related mortality risk.
Conclusions: Patients with OUD in a general healthcare system demonstrated alarmingly high morbidity and mortality, which challenges healthcare systems to find innovative ways to identify and treat patients with substance use disorder.|
|Associations Between Khat Use and HIV Risk and Status Among Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center Clients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||Objectives: Ethiopia is 1 of 15 countries that account for nearly 75% of all people living with HIV. Khat use, a common practice in Ethiopia and sub-Saharan Africa, has gained attention as a potential risk factor for HIV. Our objective was to evaluate associations between khat use and demographic and risk-taking characteristics (alcohol use, sexual behavior), and also associations between HIV status and these characteristics among voluntary counseling and testing clients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among Pro Pride voluntary counseling and testing center clients, aged 18 to 49 years, from November 2009 to March 2010. All clients were approached, and 98.8% of these (684) completed a self-administered questionnaire. Associations between khat use, alcohol use, multiple sexual partners, and HIV status were assessed using logistic regression models.
Results: Using khat in the past 90 days (current khat use) was significantly associated with being Muslim, being male, alcohol use, and having a greater number of sex partners in one's lifetime. The adjusted odds of current khat use was almost 7-fold higher in those having 4 or more sexual partners in their lifetime (adjusted odds ratio 6.89, 95% confidence interval 3.87, 12.25) as compared with those with 1 or none. HIV-positive status was significantly associated with age, employment, marital status, number of sex partners in one's lifetime, and khat use. Having used khat in one's lifetime, but not currently, past khat use, was associated with over a 2-fold increased adjusted odds (adjusted odds ratio 2.64, 95% confidence interval 1.13, 6.19) of being HIV-infected.
Conclusions: Our findings highlight associations between current khat use and the modifiable factors of number of lifetime sexual partners and alcohol use. In addition, we observed the association between HIV status and past khat use after adjusting for age, marital status, and number of sex partners in one's lifetime.|
|Adeus, Bafana||Olha........ confesso que nÃ£o fico triste pelo Mandela ter morrido nÃ£o. Morreu com 95 (!!!) anos, depois de quase 30 desses na prisÃ£o, depois de tanta coisa.. e como estou lendo aqui na BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25249520):|
"He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital."
Nossa, horrÃvel ficar assim. :(
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Mr Zuma said.
Discordo do presidente, diria que ele Ã© um pai pra naÃ§Ã£o, nÃ£o um filho. Merece um dia a ser celebrado, como o MLK nos EUA.
Por Ãºltimo: na minha concepÃ§Ã£o ele finalmente estÃ¡ descansando. Dever mais que cumprido.
Recomendo o filme Mandela - Luta pela liberdade
E hÃ¡ tambÃ©m o filme Invictus.
|Halloween tips for both drivers and trick-or-treaters|
Ghosts. Vampires. Zombies. Candy Corn.
Halloween for some represents getting up from their chair approximately 476 times to give neighborhood children pieces of delicious candy. For others, particularly those with kids, it's a day to watch their sons and/or daughters go from house to house uttering those 3 words that strikes fear in the hearts of thousands.
However with Halloween comes some precautions. Little ones, even when paired with an adult, are extra excited, so that means they don't always listen to authority, and don't always follow even the most basic of rules. So it's important, while driving, to follow some important guidelines:
â¢ Make sure to drive slowly, and never pass stopped vehicles - the driver might be dropping off trick-or-treaters.
â¢ Put away the phone - distractions are a way of life, but when it comes to the safety of children, the call can wait.
â¢ Watch for children running into the street - again, it's the day for rules to be broken, so don't assume everyone's looking both ways before crossing the street. Be aware of your surroundings.
â¢ Communicate with other drivers - use your turn signals, and when picking people up, turn on the hazards.
For those going out on foot with the chocoholics, here's a few tips to follow:
â¢ Buy costumes labeled 'flame resistant'.
â¢ Make sure to wear shoes that fit.
â¢ Wear reflective tape so drivers can see you.
â¢ Not all face paint is FDA-approved, so test it on a small piece off skin to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Then wash thoroughly before going to bed.
â¢ Don't use decorative contact lenses, because they could result in severe eye infections.
â¢ Go trick-or-treating with a group, but never alone.
â¢ Walk, don't run, from house to house.
â¢ Never consume homemade treats from people you don't know. Only eat factory-wrapped candy.
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|"We are largely doomed"|| "Thanks to Cornell University researchers, the world can now predict how fast a zombie outbreak would spread from a single undead person.
Using data from the 2010 U.S. census and the SIR model, an epidemiological tool that can project the progress of actual infectious diseases, the scientists created "large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation" of a such an outbreak. Their findings were to be presented Thursday to the august American Physical Society. Here's the zombie modeling map to play out all your Walking Dead scenarios. |
|New Behavioral Intervention Targets Latino Men at High Risk of HIV Infection||Men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for two thirds of all new HIV infections in the United States, with 26 percent occurring in Latinos, according to 2014 data. If those rates continue, it is estimated that one in four Latino MSM may be diagnosed with HIV during his lifetime.|
|Como dejar de comerse las uÃ±as para siempre|
Casi todo el mundo ha tenido al menos un tenso momento en su vida la mala costumbre de comerse las uÃ±as. Tal vez usted se ha encontrado con las uÃ±as entre los dientes mientras se estÃ¡ sentado a travÃ©s de una conferencia clase aburrida, anticipando un encuentro que cambia la carrera con su supervisor, o observando ansiosamente el destino de tu pelÃcula de terror favorita heroÃna.
Mordiendo las uÃ±as es un hÃ¡bito que suele comenzar en la infancia. Los estudios muestran un 60% de los niÃ±os y el 45% de los adolescentes se muerden las uÃ±as. Morderse las uÃ±as es menos comÃºn despuÃ©s de los 18 aÃ±os, pero puede continuar hasta la edad adulta. Muchos adultos y niÃ±os a menudo no saben que estÃ¡n mordiendo las uÃ±as ya que al hacerlo se ha convertido en un hÃ¡bito.
El problema puede variar desde un hÃ¡bito ocasional y ligera para un problema actual y mÃ¡s grave.
Como dejar de comerse las uÃ±as y cuales son sus causas?
Morderse las uÃ±as tambiÃ©n puede ser un sÃntoma de un trastorno psicolÃ³gico, como el trastorno obsesivo-compulsivo (TOC). Las personas que se lavan las manos varias veces en una fila o comprobar las cerraduras de las puertas delanteras compulsivamente tambiÃ©n pueden morder las uÃ±as, como parte del mismo espectro de comportamientos. Muchos niÃ±os que son mordedores de uÃ±as tambiÃ©n tienen otros trastornos psiquiÃ¡tricos, como trastorno por dÃ©ficit de atenciÃ³n con hiperactividad (TDAH), trastorno de oposiciÃ³n desafiante (ODD), trastorno de ansiedad por separaciÃ³n, o mojar la cama.
Regular mordiendo las uÃ±as que causa graves daÃ±os a la uÃ±a y la piel circundante puede ser considerado una forma de auto-mutilaciÃ³n, similar a los comportamientos de corte y afines.
Problemas con uÃ±as Morder Regular
Morderse las uÃ±as tiene consecuencias tanto fÃsicas como emocionales. Regularmente morderse las uÃ±as y las cutÃculas puede dejar sus dedos roja y dolorida. El Ã¡rea de la piel alrededor de las uÃ±as pueden sangrar e infectarse. Las bacterias y los virus pasan de los dedos en la cara y la boca pueden hacer vulnerable a la infecciÃ³n.
Morderse las uÃ±as tambiÃ©n puede daÃ±ar los dientes, dando lugar a mal alineados, los dientes debilitados.
La apariencia de las uÃ±as mordidas hacia abajo tambiÃ©n puede ser embarazoso, que sÃ³lo puede aÃ±adir a la ansiedad y el estrÃ©s.
Como dejar de comerse las uÃ±as - Tratamiento de uÃ±as mordidas
Muchos niÃ±os crecen con el tiempo de morderse las uÃ±as. Pero para los adolescentes y adultos que todavÃa luchan con la costumbre, algunas tÃ©cnicas han demostrado resultados.
Escudo tus uÃ±as con un esmalte con sabor amargo morder uÃ±as. El sabor desagradable te desanime de morder. TambiÃ©n puede utilizar un clavo normal transparente o de color de uÃ±as para evitar morderse las uÃ±as. La misma tÃ©cnica se puede trabajar con su hijo.
Mantenga las uÃ±as cortas. Usted tendrÃ¡ menos de un clavo a morder.
CÃ³mo manicuras regulares. Si vas a gastar el dinero para mantener las uÃ±as buscando atractivo, serÃ¡ menos probable que los muerda.
Utilice una tÃ©cnica alternativa para manejar su estrÃ©s. Trate de yoga, la meditaciÃ³n, la respiraciÃ³n profunda, o apretar una pelota anti-estrÃ©s para que se relaje.
Coloque una banda elÃ¡stica alrededor de la muÃ±eca y ajÃºstela cada vez que reciba el impulso de morder las uÃ±as.
Si has probado estas tÃ©cnicas y nada funciona, use guantes o poner vendas autoadhesivas en las puntas de los dedos para que sus uÃ±as no se podrÃ¡ acceder a morder.
Hable con su mÃ©dico o profesional de salud mental si morderse las uÃ±as persiste junto con la ansiedad y el estrÃ©s. PodrÃa ser una seÃ±al de un problema psicolÃ³gico mÃ¡s grave, incluyendo OCD, que puede tratarse con asesorÃa psicolÃ³gica o medicamentos.
MÃ¡s info: sobre como dejar de comerse las uÃ±as
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|VOYAGEUR 50 MILE TRAIL RUN RACE REPORT|| |
On Saturday I finished my 7th Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Run. Voyageur is really a special race. Even though the race grew by over 100 runners over last year, to 340 starters this year, it still has the small home-town feel as well as a family feel. The first year I ran Voyageur in 2004, there were 85 starters! Yes, 85. I know so many of the people who run Voyageur or who are volunteering , it is just like an ultra family reunion.
I stayed with Jean and Jody. Jody would be running her first 50 mile race! Woot!
We stayed at Black Bear Casino. It was clean, it wasnât very noisy, but oh man, the smoke! I hadnât thought about the fact that Casinoâs allow smoking. Ugh. Our room was âsmoke freeâ but the cigarette smoke penetrated the non smoking room. I wonât stay there again.
Race morning was beautiful, 48F with a promise of mid 70s with clear skies. The promise didnât disappoint!
At the start there were so many friends! Hugs, kisses, photos, it was like a family reunion. I dropped a few Ziplocs off at the drop bag stations incase I might want to use gloves or spikes through the powerlines. I never did need them.
Greg and I were going to run the first few hours together. He felt he went out too fast last year and wanted to hang with me as I donât go out to fast. Ever. I just donât go fast period. We ended up running the first two hours together. It was so great to hear about his trip out West to crew/pace Bob while running and finishing HardRock! The miles went by quickly.
There were a few bunch ups along the first section out to Jay Cooke and the swinging bridge. I donât recall this in the past. There was some mud, some water and a few rocky climbs. It was holding people up. We stood around and waited. No rush!
After running over the swinging bridge we came into Aid Station 1. Woo! It is so much fun to run along and see friends volunteering. With so many aid stations I really have to watch the clock to make sure Iâm not spending too much time visiting! There were 9 aid stations, which you hit twice which means loads of time to spend hanging about talking. I just have so much fun though and love these people so much. I canât help myself.
Shelly was there with Gregâs bag, switching out bottles, asking what he needed. I had a full Nathan vest on so didnât need anything. It was getting warm and humid. We moved on through and began the run toward the powerlines.
When we ran into Aid Station 3, Petersonâs, I had a Ziploc bag there. I grabbed my gloves from the bag just incase I needed them for grabbing vegetation to hold onto while climbing the powerlines, if they were muddy and slick. Rick was pouring water and was going to fill my pack while I still wore it upon my back. All was going well until he dropped the pitcher of water. BRRR! Down my back/butt it went. It was freezing! We had a good laugh and off we went!
The miles were going by quickly. We were going to be heading into the powerlines soon. Guess who we run into, Andrew and Ed! So funny. We have a little game going on this year, since Psycho Wyco. They are in front of me, I catch them, they try to beat me to the finish. They succeeded at PW, not at Chippewa, and now at Voyageur. So much fun, really!! I couldnât contain my laughter and smiles.
Aid Station 4 Grand Portage, entry to the powerlines. As I was running toward the station I spied Jean on her bike! It was so good to see her and get a hug. She was there to support Jody and thought she should be coming in soon. She took a few photos, I emptied my gels, mixed a bottle of UCAN as was on my way.
The powerlines werenât muddy! I didnât need the spikes or the gloves. I was able to climb them just fine and pick my way down. Greg had some nifty poles, I might look into a pair. After we climbed the first few powerlines I asked Greg if heâd like to go in front of me as I was picking my way along more slowly and looked like he could really move. He went off ahead and I didnât see him again until I was coming into the turnaround, as he was about two miles ahead. He was moving well!
As I was climbing along I ran into Casey, who I havenât seen since Superior 100, 2006, I believe. We talked and laughed, caught up a bit. It was so good to see him again.
I felt really great. My legs felt strong, my breathing was good, no problems, I was so thankful to be able to do this race, to spend a long day in the woods. I gave thanks. I thought about how fortunate I was to be able to do this. I really love it.
Before I knew it I was out of the powerlines and running toward yet another aid station. Amazing. They were all over the place. Wearing my vest was overkill. I really only needed a handheld bottle, which is what I normally use. With Superior 100 on the horizon, a vest is a practice measure.
I began to run alone. Even with over 300 people on the trail we had spread about and I enjoyed the solo time. I was taking care of myself, consuming salt tablets, nutrition and plenty of water. I wasnât in any pain. I was just smiling, spending time in the moment, feeling joy. I hadnât even thought about listening to music.
I was coming in on Fond du Lac and knew that Doug and Maria would be at this station. I couldnât wait! I ran in and saw all of the ducks that Todd had placed in the water. So cute! Big blow up duckies. What a treat! I hugged and caught up with Maria for a few minutes, congratulated her on NeverSummer 100K and then had to get a move on. I ran through the water, petted a blow up duck and hit the trail.
Becks Road was coming up next. UMTR aids this station so I knew Iâd see many friends there as well. As I came in there were many hugs and photos. Matt, Amy, Willow, Rob, so many that I am not listing because I still have âultra brainâ. Rob asked me to try a pickle. I did, it was really good! I had a few cups of Coke and headed across the road. Good times!
I felt like I was running from one group of friends to another group of friends; strung together by a wonderful trail. This was really great.
The woods were beautiful. There had been plenty of rain this summer, everything was green and lush, most of the horse holes were filled in with thick grass and running was pretty easy. I was keeping my heart rate under 140 without a problem, running about an 11-12 minute mile most of the time. I was going to be running into Skyline Parkway next and knew that I had a drop bag there. I could get rid of the spikes I had been hauling and the gloves. Shelly was going to drop my bottle here, too, so I could mix another bottle of UCAN. The UCAN, a few gels, some watermelon and Coke seemed to work well for me.
The water crossing were not real deep, but deep enough to cool my feet. I couldnât believe I didnât feel any blisters yet. This year I havenât had any blisters at all. This may be due to the Altras Iâve been wearing. I usually have at least some hot spots.
I came into Skyline and Brook and Mike said someone came through asking if anyone knew Julie Berg. Shelly had dropped my bottle for me! How thoughtful. They handed it off to me, I dug around in my bag and prepared a bottle of UCAN. I dropped the spikes and gloves, chugged the bottle and headed out. It was so much fun to see everyone. I began to climb the road section, knowing that Iâd be at the turnaround soon.
The cut-off for the turnaround at the Zoo is 7 hours. I figured Iâd be there by 6. No problem. The sun was warm now, we were exposed along the road. Much of this part was a climb before heading down into the Zoo. I walked along, climbing climbing climbing. Pretty soon I was at Spirit Mountain. It is so cool to run along the face of the ski hills, looking down at the Lake Superior, looking up at the chair lifts. I enjoyed it so much. As I was running along many of my friends were running back toward me. I love the out and back on this course. I never meet anyone in the powerlines where the trail is narrow. I usually meet the bulk of the runners along the wider paths going into the turnaround. I saw so many friends, stopped to chat, hug, talk, then run along. I couldnât stop smiling. I felt blessed. I am.
At the turnaround I spied Jean! She asked me how I felt so good, how could I be having so much fun? I tried to explain it to her-that I just really, really enjoyed spending the day in the woods, how much I love to run, how great it is to reconnect with friends. I donât know if I was able to explain this well enough to her. She told me she was expecting Jody soon, I was thrilled! I filled up my bladder, emptied out a few gel packs, consumed was watermelon and told Jean I had to head out. She took a few more pictures and I began the long climb back up Spirit Mountain.
I began to notice a feeling kind of like shin splints in my left leg. Thatâs weird. Maybe it was the walking, climbing out from the turnaround. I havenât had shin splints for years, I couldnât really understand the feeling in my leg. Maybe my sock or gaitor was too tight. I havenât been walking that much. I found that it hurt more to walk than it did to jog, so I began to jog up the hills. That helped for a while.
I dug out my iPod and figured Iâd listen to some music to distract myself. Unfortunatley I think my iPod decided to die on this day. I kept messing with it but couldnât get it to work. I have had it since 2007! I asked a guy running along to take a look at it, turns out his last name was Berg, too! He couldnât get it to work, he was willing to GIVE ME HIS iPod (really!), then we tried my iPhone in airplane mode. That worked fine, so I listened to music for a while. Thank you Mr. Berg!
I popped back into Skyline, was happy to get off of the exposed road and ready to hit the trail again. I dug around in my bag, grabbed a few cliff blocks, said hello and goodbye to Brook and Mike and was on my way.
The trail to Becks Road was quiet! I only saw a few other people during this time. It was such a beautiful day. I was running well, feeling good, feeling so thankful for this day..and then the left leg would remind me that it was not happy.
I was beginning to lose the ability to push off with my left foot. It felt stiff. I ran into Becks, had some more coke, thanked everyone and pushed on.
Maria was coming up next at Fond du Lac so I was going to ask her for advice. Iâd get this gaitor off and see what was going on under it. When I looked down at my leg it looked a little bit swollen, but none more than usual after 30 miles..you know?
I came into the aid station and asked if I could sit in the chair. I never sit in the chair! I plopped down and told Maria and Doug I had to get my gaitor off. Maria asked Troy to retrieve her BioFreeze. I told her I felt like I had a shin splint or something. I was was flexing my foot up, feeling my shin, I told her it felt like tendonitis. She removed the gaitor, I told her to throw it away. She placed it into a baggie and said sheâd wash it and maybe sheâd sell it on EBAY. How much can we get for a Julie Berg gaitor she asked? It was hilarious. I sat there laughing! The BioFreeze felt good, I got up and was able to walk ok. Maria walked me out of the aid station and off I went!
The next section has some crazy climbing with ropes going up hills to grab, now Iâd be going down very steeply. I knew this could be rough without any flex in my foot. I tried to keep it steady as I took teeny tiny steps down the steep downs. Ouch. Now it hurt. What the heck? Shin splints are dumb. Go away.
I moved on, still found that running felt better than walking so jogged the uphills and picked my way down them, trying not to flex my foot. I decided to take a few Advil to see if that would take the edge off. It didnât. That kind of concerned me.
The course flattened out a bit, I was able to run pretty well in sections before climbing back through the powerlines. I knew it would be difficult with this stiff foot hanging behind me. I just couldnât flex it. I never thought that this might be anything more than soreness from shin splints, a bit of tendonitis. I knew that shin splints go away pretty much as soon as Iâm done running, Iâve had them before.
I found that I could still run downhill pretty well. There were long long downhills that I was able to run along pretty quickly, again passing Ed and Andrew. Ha! Good times! I really was having a blast and kind of tucked my pain away into another crevice of my mind. I just wasnât going to think about it.
The powerlines were pretty warm now. Climbing was great, coming down was a bit difficult without flexing my foot. Oh well. It wasnât too bad. It was getting real warm. The powerlines are exposed so I was heating up. I took a few more salt tabs. Drank some more water, began to think about Coke at Petersonâs! I was only about 10 miles from the finish.
I came into Petersonâs, so excited for Coke! I drank 2 cups, had a gel, knowing the sugar and caffeine was going to be like rocket fuel for me. It was. I was able to really run quickly on the flats, enjoying the experience.
Jay Cooke! I couldnât believe that I was at the final aid station. I gave out hugs and thanks, drank some more Coke and ran across the bridge. I was really excited I was going to finish around 13 hours with this leg thing which had held me back. The last section is the most difficult for me. Not so difficult at the beginning, miles 1-3, but difficult at the end, miles 47-50. It is rocks, roots, steep scrambles over boulders and just painful. It also feels like it goes on forever.
I kept smiling, knowing I had almost made it. I moved very slowly, all of those people that I had passed were passing me now. Even Ed and Andrew came along. I had to laugh, told them Iâd see them at the finish. Now I was getting concerned, I was dragging my foot along, it was not letting me move it at all. What the hell?
I had to scooch down onto my butt to get down some of the rocky ledges, trying to hold my foot straight. My shin was pretty swollen now. What in the world. Dumb shin splints. I finally came up to the bridge, walked across the bridge and up onto the bike path. I tried to run and couldnât even run on the bike path. Hmmmmâ¦.not good. My foot was not having it. Another person passed me. Oh man. I grimaced and kept on. I made the turn and could see the finish line!
Oh happy day! I blocked out the pain and jogged toward the end. I could hear all of the bells, the Julie Bergs!, the clapping and cheering. So much fun! I crossed the finish line in just over 13 hours. Thank goodness!! Jean and Jody took pictures; Jody made it to 40 miles before she was pulled-her longest run!!! So awesome!! She felt good! Big hugs for all of my friends, Greg finished in 12 something, was doing well, it was one big party. I feel so grateful to be a part of this community, it really is special.
I visited for an hour or so and decided to head for home. I have about a 2.5 hour drive. I had some cramping on the way, didnât stop, I knew I wasnât going to be able to walk on my foot, it felt stiff.
Sunday my leg was red and swollen. I hobbled around, able to make it to Church and grocery shopping. Monday I couldnât place weight on it. Red, swollen, intense pain. I was sure it was broken now. How could have I run on a broken leg? Did I cross that damn line again between fun and injury again? No way. It didnât feel that bad at the time. I thought it was a shin splint. Or tendonitis. Ugh.
I went to the clinic on Monday and learned I have a thing; cellulitis, a skin infection. The MD diagnosed it right away. I told him I really thought I broke something. Nope, itâs a skin infection. He drew a line around the red swollen area and told me if it grew out of this line I needed to go to the ER. He prescribed antibiotics that Iâve been taking for three days now. The redness is gone. I still canât walk on it, canât place any weight upon it which seems odd to me. The swelling is going down. Iâm unable to flex my foot. I canât help but think I have cellulitis AND a fracture. Itâs very painful. The MD doesnât believe the run had anything to do with the infection. The infection just came out while I was running. If it had come out a day earlier I wouldnât have been running. Very strange.
Oh well, I otherwise have felt great after this race. No muscle soreness, no blisters, no other pains. Awesome recovery. I guess I was in pretty good 50 mile shape!
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Por Edgardo Civallero
Enciclopedia. Su nombre deriva de una lectura ligeramente errÃ³nea del original griego "enkyklios paideia", que significa "educaciÃ³n general". Ese nombre saltÃ³ del griego al latÃn, y de allÃ a casi todas las lenguas europeas, para convertirse, mÃ¡s tarde, en un sinÃ³nimo de "saber general".
Las enciclopedias constituyeron uno de los cimientos mÃ¡s firmes de las colecciones de referencia de nuestras bibliotecas. Y, aÃºn en un mundo dominado por muchos soportes digitales, continÃºan siendo el escalÃ³n inicial de cualquier investigaciÃ³n o acercamiento a una materia. Buen ejemplo de la importancia que tienen en la actualidad es el asombroso desarrollo y la difusiÃ³n de la Wikipedia, en la cual, bajo la direcciÃ³n de un equipo plural de editores, un conjunto aÃºn mayor de contribuyentes aporta conocimientos referidos a tÃ³picos de su especialidad.
Un proceso similar ocurriÃ³, hace siglos, durante la elaboraciÃ³n de la enciclopedia mÃ¡s famosa en el Ã¡mbito europeo: la de Diderot y d'Alembert. Su historia no estÃ¡ desprovista de curiosidades. PermÃtanme compartirla con ustedes.
En 1728, Ephraim Chambers publicÃ³ en Londres su "Cyclopaedia", subtitulada "Un diccionario universal de artes y ciencias". Eran dos densos volÃºmenes in folio, con casi 2500 pÃ¡ginas, que pronto se convirtieron en una de las primeras ây mÃ¡s cÃ©lebresâ enciclopedias generales en lengua inglesa. Contaba con un sistema de referencias cruzadas bastante sÃ³lido y con una clasificaciÃ³n de los artÃculos por Ã¡reas de conocimiento (de las cuales el autor anotÃ³ 47). Basada en trabajos anteriores (como los de John Harris en 1704), la obra de Chambers destacÃ³ por haber sido elaborada con seriedad y buen juicio. De hecho, mantuvo su popularidad por aÃ±os y fue el origen de la famosa "EncyclopÃ©die" francesa.
La "EncyclopÃ©die", o "Diccionario razonado de ciencias, artes y oficios" se publicÃ³ en Francia entre 1751 y 1772, con revisiones y suplementos tardÃos (1772, 1777 y 1780) y con numerosas traducciones y derivados posteriores. Originalmente, pretendÃa ser una sencilla traducciÃ³n de la obra de Chambers al francÃ©s. A tal efecto, el editor AndrÃ© Le Breton encargÃ³, en 1743, la labor de traducciÃ³n a un inglÃ©s residente en ParÃs, John Mills, hasta entonces un modesto escritor que habÃa elaborado algunos textos sobre agricultura en su paÃs natal. En mayo de 1745 âdos aÃ±os despuÃ©sâ Le Breton anunciÃ³ que el trabajo estaba listo para la venta. Grande fue su sorpresa cuando se enterÃ³ que Mills no sÃ³lo no hablaba ni escribÃa correctamente el francÃ©s (muchos dicen que apenas lo balbuceaba), sino que ni siquiera tenÃa una copia de la "Cyclopaedia" para comenzar su trabajo. Un trabajo que, como supondrÃ¡ el atento lector, no estaba ni siquiera iniciado.
Le Breton habÃa sido descaradamente estafado. Lleno de rabia, buscÃ³ a Mills y le propinÃ³ tal paliza (unos dicen que con una caÃ±a, otros que con un bastÃ³n) que el "traductor" presentÃ³ cargos contra el editor a las Cortes. Estas, tras estudiar el caso, dieron la razÃ³n a Le Breton, pues, de acuerdo a su juicio, la agresiÃ³n estaba "justificada por la incompetencia del agredido".
Le Breton reemplazÃ³ a Mills por Jean Paul de Gua de Malves en 1745. Entre los contratados por Malves para realizar el enorme trabajo de traducciÃ³n se encontraban Ãtienne Bonnot de Condillac, Jean le Rond d'Alembert y Denis Diderot. En agosto de 1747, Malves fue despedido por Le Breton, debido a sus rÃgidos mÃ©todos de trabajo. Otras versiones explican que el propio Malves se marchÃ³, hastiado de la labor. Le Breton contratÃ³ entonces a Diderot y a D'Alembert como nuevos editores. Y el inicial trabajo de traducciÃ³n se convertirÃa en uno de redacciÃ³n.
Diderot permanecerÃa en su puesto 25 aÃ±os, pudiendo ver su obra finalizada.
El trabajo contÃ³ con 35 volÃºmenes, 71.818 artÃculos y mÃ¡s de 3.000 ilustraciones. Muchas de las mÃ¡s grandes figuras de la IlustraciÃ³n francesa colaboraron en esos artÃculos: Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu... Louis de Jaucourt fue el contribuyente que batiÃ³ el rÃ©cord de artÃculos escritos: 17.266. Ocho por dÃa, entre 1759 y 1765...
El mismo Le Breton se dio el lujo de escribir un artÃculo de la "EncyclopÃ©die": el dedicado a la tinta negra, "Encre noire". TambiÃ©n se dio otro lujo: el de censurar un buen nÃºmero de textos, para hacer la obra menos "radical". Este hecho ocasionaba frecuentes ataques de ira de Diderot. Los recortes de Le Breton se ensaÃ±aron con artÃculos como "Sarracenos o Ãrabes" y "FilosofÃa pÃrrica"... En todos los casos, existÃan motivos polÃticos para realizar las censuras.
Los escritos de la "EncyclopÃ©die" eran revolucionarios, debido a su enfrentamiento abierto con los dogmas catÃ³licos. De hecho, la totalidad del trabajo fue prohibido por decreto real en 1759. Afortunadamente, debido al apoyo que tenÃa de parte de ciertas personas influyentes âcomo la cÃ©lebre Madame de Pompadourâ el trabajo continuÃ³ "en secreto". En realidad, las autoridades civiles no querÃan deshacer una actividad comercial que daba trabajo a muchas personas. La prohibiciÃ³n fue, en realidad, una tapadera para acallar las furibundas quejas de la Iglesia.
La "EncyclopÃ©die" se transformÃ³ en una obra cÃ©lebre, tanto por sus ideas como por sus autores. Sin embargo, hubo trabajos mucho mÃ¡s relevantes, realizados con siglos de antelaciÃ³n y por parte de autores unitarios. Lamentablemente, muchas de esas obras han desaparecido, o han caÃdo en el olvido mÃ¡s absoluto. Algunos ejemplos pueden ser los siguientes:
â La enciclopedia mÃ©dica de 30 volÃºmenes escrita por Abu alâQasim alâZahrawi, el padre de la cirugÃa moderna, en el aÃ±o 1000.
â La primera enciclopedia cientÃfica conocida, "Kitab al-Shifa", de Ibn Sina o Avicena, escrita entre 1000 y 1030. PoseÃa 9 volÃºmenes sobre lÃ³gica, 8 sobre ciencias naturales, 4 sobre aritmÃ©tica, astronomÃa, geometrÃa y mÃºsica, y otros tantos sobre filosofÃa, psicologÃa y metafÃsica.
â El "Canon de la Medicina", una enciclopedia de 14 volÃºmenes escrita tambiÃ©n por Avicena hacia 1030. La obra fue referencia y modelo en las universidades europeas y musulmanas hasta el siglo XVII. En ella se presentaba la medicina experimental, el descubrimiento de las enfermedades infecto-contagiosas y un largo etcÃ©tera.
â El "Canon Masudicus" de Abu al-Rayhan al-Bisudi (1031), una extensiva enciclopedia sobre astronomÃa.
â La enciclopedia de 43 tomos de Ibn al-Nafis (1242-1244) titulada "El Libro Comprehensivo sobre Medicina", una de las mayores enciclopedias mÃ©dicas de la historia, aunque solo unos pocos volÃºmenes hayan sobrevivido.
Lamentablemente, la mayorÃa de las grandes obras del saber islÃ¡mico âcuyos conocimientos fueron precursores de los "descubrimientos" realizados en Europa mucho mÃ¡s tardeâ desaparecieron bajo el peso de las invasiones mogolas en Bagdad, las Cruzadas o la conquista de AndalucÃa por los reinos cristianos hispanos. Mucho fue quemado y destruido. Solamente aquellos textos que habÃan sido traducidos al latÃn âdurante los siglos XII y XIIIâ en centros de cultura y saber como Toledo, Segovia, CataluÃ±a, Sicilia o el sur de Francia, pudieron conservarse para la posteridad.
Siglos despuÃ©s, fueron muchos los que se adjudicaron descubrimientos y pasaron a los libros de ciencia como grandes figuras, cuando en realidad esos descubrimientos ya habÃan sido realizados siglos antes. Cosas de la historia.
En realidad, cosas de la historia eurocentrista... "Eurotodo", dirÃa Eduardo Galeano al respecto, titulando un texto en la pÃ¡gina 103 de su Ãºltimo libro, "Espejos":
"CopÃ©rnico publicÃ³, en agonÃa, el libro que fundÃ³ la astronomÃa moderna.
Tres siglos antes, los cientÃficos Ã¡rabes Muhayad al-Urdi y Nasir al-Tusi habÃan generado teoremas que fueron importantes en el desarrollo de su obra. CopÃ©rnico los usÃ³, pero no los citÃ³.
Europa veÃa el mundo mirÃ¡ndose al espejo.
MÃ¡s allÃ¡, la nada.
Las tres invenciones que hicieron posible el Renacimiento, la brÃºjula, la pÃ³lvora y la imprenta, venÃan de China. Los babilonios habÃan anunciado a PitÃ¡goras con mil quinientos aÃ±os de anticipaciÃ³n. Mucho antes que nadie, los hindÃºes habÃan sabido que la Tierra era redonda y le habÃan calculado la edad. Y mucho mejor que nadie, los mayas habÃan conocido las estrellas, los ojos de la noche, y los misterios del tiempo.
Estas menudencias no eran dignas de atenciÃ³n".
El mismo Galeano afirma en la misma pÃ¡gina del mismo libro, en el texto titulado "Sur":
"Los mapas Ã¡rabes todavÃa dibujaban el sur arriba y el norte abajo, pero ya en el siglo trece Europa habÃa establecido el orden natural del universo [el norte arriba y el sur abajo]".
Galeano nos cuenta que la biblioteca imperial de PekÃn tenÃa, en el siglo XV, 4000 libros en los que reunÃa el saber del mundo. Seis libros tenÃa, por entonces, el rey de Portugal.
Cosas de la historia. Cosas de la memoria. Afortunadamente, las actuales enciclopedias virtuales permiten la existencia de versiones en chino, Ã¡rabe, ruso, griego, y tantos y tantos otros idiomas. Pero, por desgracia, los que sÃ³lo sabemos leer el alfabeto latino y un par de idiomas europeos tenemos que quedarnos con los artÃculos que nos cuentan todo desde este lado del espejo.
Vuelvo, para cerrar esta entrada, al principio. La palabra "enciclopedia" deriva del griego, y significa "educaciÃ³n general". QuizÃ¡s algÃºn dÃa tengamos una "generalidad" que abarque y tenga en cuenta a todos y a todo. Tal vez ese dÃa podamos aprender algo nuevo, diverso y realmente valioso. Mientras tanto, deberemos conformarnos con la "generalidad" de siempre.
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Many times, during a run, I find myself talking to my body.
I am not talking to myself. I am talking to the vessel carrying me across the path.
I have had that kind of relationship with my body for years, decades, really, since I began climbing mountains and trying to find a way to work through the altitude sickness and reach the top. I treat my body as if it has a conscience. It works for me. If it makes me look a little New Agey, well, that's OK.
But before Arizona a week ago, since the Chicago Marathon in October, I'd been in a spat with my body. Cramps ravaged me in Chicago despite a wonderful first half, and I was pissed at it. This wasn't rational, but spats rarely are, even to the point where I refused to acknowledge that I pushed it too hard, too fast. I refused to acknowledge, in other words, that the fight was mostly my fault.
As a result, for the first time since I began running in 2005, I found myself having to push myself to get outside. I almost fell into a depression, and I probably would have, if depression wasn't a selfish luxury that my busy Dad life can't afford. I ran out of habit, or to get my golden retriever puppy out, or a way to escape the house for a half hour or so. I didn't run out of joy. And when I ran, I was silent. I didn't talk to my body at all. I was alone.
I even faked it on Twitter occasionally, tweeting that I was recovered from the marathon, ready to go, blah blah blah.
I now understand what was wrong. Something really is wrong. I've downplayed it a bit on Facebook and Twitter, but I'm dealing with a doozy here, and yet it's a doozy that doesn't sound like it should be a doozy. It sounds like something your 94-year-old grandfather should be battling.
My sinuses are a mess.
Years ago, I'd get a sinus infection with every cold. If you haven't had one, try pouring rubber cement and a razor blade in your nose, then do a lap around the track 20 times wearing a sweater. The Netti Pot took care of the chronic problem for a few years. But I got a cold in late August, while training for the marathon. Then the flood hit, and I worked two weeks into one, most of it under rain and in sewage and rivers, and all of it was emotionally draining. Did I keep training? Of course I did.
The sinus infection that came probably as a result hasn't gone away. In fact, after a brief time when I thought the drugs had worked, the infection's gotten worse.
There's been some pain, a near-constant stuffy head and a general feeling of being run down, like all I can do once my kids go to bed on most nights is go to bed after them. I have seen a specialist, and I'm getting a CT scan in a couple weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if surgery wasn't next.
The only thing that kept me running was Arizona. I was going to run the Rock and Roll Half on Jan. 19, and if I was going to travel to a place to run a race, I wasn't going to suck at it. I may not PR, and the chances of me even turning in a decent race were pretty slim, I thought, but I would not suck. That would be a waste of time and money and my Get Out Of Jail free card from the spouse.
At times, running sucked. My sinuses weren't draining, so all that poison went down my throat, not out of my nose. Fun. So at the start of every run, I choked to the point of nearly puking for at least two miles. After one especially tough run, I was on my knees for 10 minutes, spitting and coughing, at a park while others stared.
Three weeks before Arizona, though, just in the nick of time, my body seemed to rally. I could breathe. My legs, unburdened with speed workouts, seemed bouncy. My attitude improved. So did my outlook on running. I put in some good miles, and I even began to enjoy them.
This led me to the morning of the race. I was in the first corral, the badass corral, having no idea whether I belonged to be there. I always tell people to be thankful before the start of a race. It had been a tough few weeks, and I chose, instead, to wait to see what happened.
At mile 3, when I passed my running partner, I turned to her and said "today's going to be a good day."
I tell people to be thankful because you don't know when some shit's gonna go down and you won't be able to run any longer. One of my closest friends is going through that now. My partner, one of the toughest people I know, had some recurring back problems that day, even though she still finished strong. You just don't know.
This ending isn't perfect. I've felt pretty lousy the last couple of days, and I won't feel myself until doctors fix what's wrong. That could take another two months, and that may be best-case. But until then, I'll think back to that day in Arizona, when I ran my second-best half ever, at 1:36, and I thanked my body many times for responding the way it did.
I thanked my body as I talked to it continually throughout the race. And when I did, it felt to me like old friends sharing a pot of coffee.
Last year's media coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa riveted me on two fronts: seeing how western society reacted to the threat of a highly mobile, lethal virus and how the affected nations themselves (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) managed the trauma, on the heels of decades of conflict and instability.
If you work in this business, you have friends who worked there inside one relief effort or another. Their stories are illuminating, for no man-made conflict presents so starkly the moral dilemma of Ebola: the patient you are treating is a vector of lethal contagion. In war, by contrast, we work primarily with victims of conflict, less the combattants themselves. Lethality is once removed. Ebola means handling live hand grenades, their safety pin already pulled; the infected are landmines we knowingly tread upon.
The bravery of those who choose to do this work is astounding--particularly national staff who have nowhere to run, no voluntary exit as expats do. Ebola, the great divider: gone are the disaster tourists, the adventure-seekers, the self-glorifiers among us.
And yet where in the media did we see anything that gave us reason for empathetic pause, an unblinking gaze sufficient to register the shared humanity of this apocalyptic visitation? It was nowhere to be seen. This past weekend in Brussels I was fortunate to see Affliction, Peter Casaer's new film from inside MSF treatment centers in the affected countries. Populated by care-givers, patients and their families, the film captures the human impact of this epidemic in ways we know are essential, yet were curiously absent as the crisis unfolded and global panic spiked.
Check out the trailer -- the film has been submitted to the Toronto International Film Festival.
|The state of FranÃ§afrique and French privilege for Africaâs most venal|
In the 1960s, post-colonial Africa was the most hopeful place on the planet. Post-partum exuberance in Europeâs former colonies was infectious and abundant. Yet fate has not been kind to sub-Saharan Africa. From Namibia to Guinea to Somalia, the path of most sub-Saharan nations has traced an arc of intimate complicity with the predatory appetites of their former colonial masters. Nowhere has this neo-colonial continuation of anti-development and enrichment by and for the few been more evident than in Franceâs former colonies.
The nature of governance in these ex-colonies attests to the abiding power of the self-serving instinct and immediate gain, over and against the long-term goal of national progress. Such is the confounding irony of Africaâs entire post-colonial era in nations previously occupied by France, Britain, Portugal and Belgium alike: why is the colonial, predatory model of governance so faithfully re-enacted by ruling African elites? Itâs as if all that negative conditioning only succeeded in instilling a predatory instinct in the new ruling class. Why are Mandela-style visions for collective prosperity not more common, given the shared experience of subjugation and occupation across the continent?
Read the rest of this analysis of FranÃ§afrique over at 3Quarksdaily.
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Ce nettoyeur vapeur pro Lavor est particulièrement adapté pour l'industrie alimentaire, pharmaceutique et mécanique, pour les véhicules, les hôpitaux et organismes sanitaires...
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This is where Rickey posts recommendations of noteworthy consumables, practices, and pastimes that have been deemed invaluable for the readerâs betterment. All products and pieces of advice listed herein have been Rickey tested and approved. Again, this is in no way shape or form a complete rip off of McSweeneyâs (fa-la-la-la-la, lawyers, Rickey canât hear you). Enjoy our latest installment of....
Bombadil. Come now, a quirky indie band named after a minor Tolkien character? How could we not recommend this? For those pressed for time, two of their better songs are âMatthewâ and âHoneymoon,â and pretty much anything off their third album âA Buzz, A Buzzâ is pure gold.
Getting your adult ADD under control. We donât know about you, but modern technology is wreaking havoc on Rickeyâs ability to function as a normal member of society. The smart phone, multiple email accounts, rss feeds, DVR schedule, Netflix queue, and online video gaming have taken a bit of a toll on Rickey's mental state over the years. But most alarming is what technology has done to Rickeyâs porn viewing habits. Multiple tabbed browsing is the main culprit here. One window is never enough. No, Rickey needs sixteen Google Chrome windows simultaneously streaming the complete Sasha Grey oeuvre on his iMac like itâs like the goddamn control screen at CENTCOM. Yeah, that canât be goodâ¦ WHY HAS TECHNOLOGY RENDERED RICKEY SO UNABLE TO FOCUS IN THIS CRITICAL MATTER?!
âThe Passageâ by Justin Cronin. Hey, hereâs a nifty change: an extremely well written piece of pop fiction about vampires! This first installment in an epic trilogy kicks off with mankind unwittingly unleashing a virus upon the population which turns anyone infected into crazy snarling vampires (although the book goes to great pains not to use the V-word, thatâs pretty much what they are). Then, like in all great literature, the vampire apocalypse occurs. Thatâs the first 100 pages. Think of this book as an amalgam of Cormack McCarthyâs âThe Roadâ and Kingâs âThe Standâ and youâre on the right track. Extremely well written and entertaining, the book is a delight to read. Weâre told that movie rights have already been snatched up by Ridley Scott. As you know, vampire stuff is insufferably popular right now, so if youâre dying to be trendy like all the other cool kids, but donât want to rot your brain by reading Stephenie Meyer, this is definitely the way to go.
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If the thought of having a fungus growing on your body makes you feel a bit queasy, there's probably a reason. The bad news is that fungal infections aren't any fun; the good news is that they can be relatively easily treated. So if you have an infection on your body caused by a fungus, do something about it - quick!
What is a Fungus?
A fungus is a certain type of organism belonging to the fungus kingdom, which has more than 80,000 species (but sadly, no king or queen). Fungi are notoriously difficult to characterize, especially as they share traits with both plants and animals, although they lack both chlorophyll and vascular tissue. They can multiply both sexually and asexually (by cloning themselves), and they feed on many different types of organic material, ones that are both living and dead.
Many things fall under the classification of fungi, including mushrooms, toadstools, spores, smuts, yeasts, molds and lichens, to name but a few. Some people choose to call fungi "primitive vegetables", and as such they are able to live in air, soil, on plants or in water. Often, they live on our skin.
Fungal infections are caused by a harmful fungus (about half of all fungi fall into this category) which has infected your skin or has been breathed in by you and invaded your lungs, and they can appear in many different forms. Often it's difficult to ascertain whether a specific health complaint is caused by a fungal infection or not; this is where a dermatologist can be helpful in making an accurate diagnosis.
General Fungal Infections
Fungal infections are incredibly common and can happen to anyone, regardless of personal hygiene - although poor hygiene can definitely contribute to burgeoning infections. Here are a few you are most likely to encounter...
Athlete's Foot. Also known as tinea pedis. Perhaps the most common fungal infection of all. Makes the foot red, itchy, scaly and often smelly. Occurs as the ringworm fungus loves feet, because they are so often encased in warm sweaty socks. This nice moist environment is a prime place for the fungus to thrive, and if not treated properly can even allow transfer to other parts of the body, such as the groin, nails, trunk etc. For some reason athlete's foot is more common among men (boys, take note) and usually affects the area between the fourth and fifth toes (foot fetishists, take note).
Nail Infections. Can begin as a small yellow or white spot underneath a fingernail, but then spreads. As it burrows deeper and deeper into your toenail or fingernail it can cause discoloration, thickening or crumbling, and can be incredibly painful. In some cases the nail will separate itself from the nail bed and an unpleasant odor can occur. Usually caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, sometimes caused by yeasts or molds. Can easily be picked up in swimming pools or other moist, warm places where fungi thrive, much like athlete's foot.
Scalp Ringworm. If your scalp is turning red, crusting and becoming incredibly itchy, there's a chance you have scalp ringworm. This is fairly common among young children, and it's estimated that 50 percent of all child hair loss is caused by this nasty fungus. It occurs primarily in one of three different guises: gray patch ringworm, black dot ringworm and inflammatory ringworm.
Body Ringworm. Also known as tinea corporis. Usually occurs on parts of the body not covered by clothes, such as hands and face. Not as revolting as it seems as it not actually caused by a worm but by - surprise! - a fungus. Gets its name as it can cause a ring-shaped rash with scaly center. Can sometimes be passed on by cats although usually is passed on through human contact. So always wash your hands after stroking a feline... or a human.
Lung fungal infection. Also known as aspergillosis, this fungus thrives in places such as air ducts and compost heaps, then it attacks your lungs. Can be most dangerous to people who have had lung disease in the past and therefore have cavities in their lungs which can become infected. However, this infection can be treated and does not usually spread outside the lung area.
Personal Fungal Infections
Also incredibly common, these fungal infections are the most unpleasant because they infect our most personal areas. Not to be confused with sexually-transmitted diseases, but they can be just as irritating - and sometimes even more so! And as the symptoms so often mimic those of STDs, sometimes it's hard to tell between the two. That's where a proper diagnosis by a doctor or dermatologist can be so important..
Jock Itch. If you spend too much time flaunting a tight, wet Speedo on the beach in hot weather, chances are you'll develop jock itch. This fungal infection of the groin can attack both men and women, but it more common among the boys. Heat and humidity are the biggest factors contributing to this irritating itch, although wearing tight clothing or being very overweight can play a role as well. Results in nasty red pustules that are uncomfortable and unsightly and require medical treatment. Also called Ringworm of the Groin.
Vaginal Yeast Infections. Caused by an overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, this unpleasant infection can cause extreme itchiness around the vagina, as well as an unpleasant discharge and smell as well as occasional pain and burning. It's estimated that ?? of all women have at least one yeast infection in their lives, which can easily spread to sexual partners. Easily treated in the vast majority of cases.
Treatment of Fungal Infections
Most fungal infections are treated with anti-fungal medications, but along with the correct meds you should also wash regularly and keep the affected areas clean and dry. Following a strict skin-care regime is important to avoid re-infection, or infecting others. That means, depending on which type of infection you have, not sharing towels or combs, wearing flip-flops in changing areas or poolside, using an anti-fungal foot spray, wearing clean cotton socks and underwear and changing into clean cotton clothes regularly.
Here, in alphabetical order, are a few of the anti-fungal drugs you may be prescribed, follow the doctor or dermatologist's instructions and let them know beforehand if you are taking any other medications:
Fungal infections can affect anyone, and if you have a busy, active lifestyle chances are you'll come down with at least one - if not more - at some stage of your life. While fungal infections are never fun, there's no need to suffer in silence, so if you have any of the above symptoms, get thee to a doctor pronto. You'll have a new, fungal-free you in no time!
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care an appropriate health care provider.
Sarah Matthews is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find a dermatologist or more personal care articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.
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|Toenail Fungus Cure 11 simple tips to prevent the spread of toenail fungus||The best way to keep your toenail fungus from spreading nail to nail and foot to foot is to keep your nails and feet dry. I will list 11 simple tips to keep your nails dry to help stop the spread at the end of this article. First I would like to talk a little bit about toenail fungus, there is no toenail fungus cure or treatment that will work over night and most home remedies do not work. Most treatments take 6 to 18 months to eradicate the fungus.|
Toenail fungus thrives and breeds at the front of your nails where the nail over hangs from the nail bed, and that is why it"s very important to keep your nails clipped back to the nail bed, it would help a lot both from spreading the fungus, and to help kill off the fungus. The fungus also thrives if you are always wearing warm wet shoes, like shoes that don"t let your feet breath and dry out. You must remember to be vigilant, and don"t get frustrated, like I said there is no fast toenail fungus cure, you must be patient and work hard at killing the fungus.
There are several treatments out there from oral medication to topical solutions, there is also surgery but that is rarely considered. Oral medication works around 80% of the time but is usually a last option for most people because most think it"s not worth the risks, mostly people that are in pain from the fungus use oral medication and it is very rare for the fungus to be painful. Topical treatments can work if you follow a routine to keep the nails fungus free as the new nail grows out. Most topical treatments have no side effects, which makes it an attractive toenail fungus cure or treatment. Following the simple steps I list below will help from spreading the fungus any further and also help you keep your nails fungus free.
Here are some techniques you can use to keep you toenails and feet dry and keep your fungus from spreading:
1. Dry your nails and between your toes with a hair dryer set on cool after bathing or shower.
2. Put foot powder in your socks and shoes, yeast free powder is best.
3. Buy shoes with good ventilation to let your feet breath.
4. Go bare foot or just socks while at home.
5. On hot summer days wear open toed shoes or sandals.
6. Change into dry shoes and socks after a workout.
7. If you have wet shoes let them dry out completely overnight before you wear them again.
8. Keep your nails clipped back to the nail bed at all times.
9. Always keep an extra dry pair of socks and shoes when you go out.
10. Use a separate pair of nail clippers for your infected nails.
11. Always clean nail clippers with alcohol after each and every use.
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CARACTERÃSTICAS DE LOS SISTEMAS DE PRODUCCIÃN TRADICIONAL DE LA GHA.
A primera vista resulta casi imposible distinguir un huevo de campo de uno corriente o industrial. Ambos tienen tamaÃ±o similares y el mismo material esencial, siendo la principal distinciÃ³n la calidad del producto que estÃ¡ asociada, principalmente, al sistema de producciÃ³n que por aÃ±os han mantenido generaciones de avicultoras tradicionales âen el caso del huevo azul tenemos algo visual que lo distingue como nuestro, por eso debemos cuidarloâ Maria Torres .
La informaciÃ³n recopilada en un conjunto de talleres, visitas y entrevistas personales a 13 curadoras de gallinas de huevos azules, que volcaron su propio aprendizaje y el de sus comunidades, acumulado por aÃ±os, en el manejo y mantenciÃ³n de gallinas, se presenta como experiencias, recomendaciones y acuerdos generales para la elaboraciÃ³n del protocolo.
TIPOS DE CRIANZA Y ALBERGUES
Las construcciones disponibles para los animales deben asegurar las buenas condiciones de vida y el bienestar de los animales, disminuyendo al mÃ¡ximo el nivel de stress por hacinamiento, competencia , alteraciÃ³n de sus ciclos etc.
â¢ La densidad poblacional que se manejan y se aceptan, no debe exceder las 60 gallinas por 1000 m2.
â¢ Habitualmente se utiliza y se aceptan sistemas semiâextensivos, con un corral de albergue (que permite la entrada y salida del ave durante el dÃa y la protecciÃ³n de las misma en la noche) inserto en un potrero cercado que puede o no incorporar pastoreo y que dispone de amplio acceso a sombra. En el caso que el potrero cercado no incluya pastoreo las aves se deben soltar aproximadamente 3 horas al dÃa para que hagan pastoreo .
âHabitualmente se las suelta en la tarde entre las 15:00 â 18:00 horas, esto para que no provoquen muchos destrozos en el suelo y la huerta y para que alcancen a poner durante la maÃ±anaâ .Eris Coronado
â¢ Las colonias que manejan y se aceptan son menores de 50 gallinas ponedoras , y lo habitual es entre 15 a 30 gallinas.
â¢ En los corrales de albergue se manejan y se aceptan 2 aves por m2 del Ã¡rea del piso. Estos pueden ser de piso de tierra apelmazada con un Ã¡rea cubierta de paja para recoger excrementos y/o sÃ³lidos.
â¢ En caso de disponer de potreros especiales para el pastoreo se debe disponer de 2 para usarlos en rotaciÃ³n; â ya que cuando se tiene sÃ³lo uno, en muy poco tiempo se comen el pasto y hierbas, dejando el suelo desnudoâ Francisca Paredes
â¢ Se recomienda una construcciÃ³n luminosa y que permita una buena ventilaciÃ³n, la que se puede obtener con una ventana amplia orientada hacia el norte con protecciÃ³n contra otras aves(rejillas u otros) y contra la lluvia y el viento (sacos o plÃ¡sticos reciclados), en este sentido no se recomiendan albergues muy profundos es decir se prioriza albergues maslargos que anchos.
â¢ No se permite el uso de luz artificial para respetar la normal alternancia de dÃa e noche de las aves.
â¢ La zona de prado debe ser accesible desde los primeros dÃas de edad â¢ Se debe disponer de comederos y bebederos que faciliten el acceso de todas las aves y que aseguren la limpieza del alimento y agua fresca.
â¢ Se debe asegurar la disponibilidad de perchas, que permitan el descanso, y eviten peleas.
â¢ Se debe disponer de nidales en cantidades mÃnimas (1 nido por cada 5 aves) que permitan la postura y limpieza de los huevos.
(a) Aspectos generales de la composiciÃ³n de la raciÃ³n alimentaria.
â¢ No se utilizan ni recomiendan alimentos concentrados o preparados comerciales.
â¢ No se permite incorporar ningÃºn tipo de alimentos transgÃ©nicos a las raciones, en este sentido se valora y prioriza la utilizaciÃ³n de alimentos producidos en las propias granjas campesinas con semillas originarias o mantenidas por campesinos.
â¢ No se permite incorporar antibiÃ³ticos, ni hormonas a las raciones ni otras substancias de origen sintÃ©tica o farmacolÃ³gica que estimulen el crecimiento, apetito u coloraciones de piel o huevo.
â¢ No se utilizan ni recomiendan proteÃnas de origen animal.
(b) Tipos de alimentos permitidos y utilizados con mayor frecuencia.
â¢ Alimentos EnergÃ©ticos del tipo Granos (MaÃz, Cebada, Avena, Trigo): Se recomienda dar chancados o molidos. âLa Avena u otro grano se recomienda dar caliente en invierno para que no baje la posturaâ. Lucia Cariman. â El Trigo cruz se cayanean entre crudo y cocido y se tira a las gallinas como alimento" Fresia Antileo. Se incorporan entre un 40 y 50 % de la raciÃ³n.
â¢ Alimentos EnergÃ©ticos del tipo Subproductos: Principalmente Harinilla y afrechillo, se incorporan entre un 30 -60 % de la raciÃ³n.
â¢ Alimentos ProtÃ©icos de Origen Vegetal. En general no se incorporan, se pueden utilizar afrechos de maravilla o afrecho de soya solo en el caso que sea cultivada por los propios campesinos y se asegure que no es material genÃ©ticamente modificado. No tienen limitaciÃ³n en su incorporaciÃ³n.
â¢ Alimentos ProtÃ©icos del tipo Harina de Pescado: En general no se usa, teniendo limitaciones para su incorporaciÃ³n en valores superiores a 10 %, por razones fisiolÃ³gicas.
(c) Otros consideraciones.
â¢ Se debe aportar conchuela o "cÃ¡scara de huevo molida y tostadaâ Maria Torre, como aporte de calcio, se incorpora 250 g por cada 10 kilos de raciÃ³n.
â¢ Se puede utilizar sobras de cocina âHay que darles sobras de cocina (pan, cÃ¡scara de papa, verduras, trozos de carne o pescado, frutas etc...) a voluntad pero se recomienda cocerlas para aumentar su valor nutritivo y aceptaciÃ³n por parte de las avesâ Juana Antilef
â¢ Se debe incentivar el uso de forraje verde a voluntad.
â¢ Se puede agregar sal ComÃºn como aporte de cloro y sodio, se incorpora en un 0,5 % de la raciÃ³n
No se permite el uso de desinfectantes quÃmicos, para el tratamiento de gallineros o implementos.
â¢ âRociar gallineros con agua con agua con ajÃ o agua con lejÃa es muy efectivoâ Lucia Cariman
â¢ âPara la limpieza de los comederos y bebedero lo mejor es agua con lejÃa, cebolla y ajÃâ Juana Antilef
â¢ No se incorpora ni se permite el uso de farmacologÃa en forma preventiva y periÃ³dica.
â¢ Se prioriza el tratamiento con elementos naturales no alopÃ¡ticos (hierbas medicinales), a pesar que falta informaciÃ³n al respecto debido a que no es una prioridad de las campesinas tratar a las gallinas cuando enferman , âporque entre otras cosas se enferman muy pocoâ Matilde Zenteno.
Algunos ejemplos de tratamientos son:
â¢ âSe usa agua de ajenjo cuando estÃ¡n con fiebre, se prepara un misto y despuÃ©s se le agrega al agua heladaâ. Matilde Zenteno
â¢ âCarbÃ³n de piedra en el agua para cuando da fiebre, hay que prender el carbÃ³n primeroâ. Matilde Zenteno
â¢ âPalo de Natre en el agua para la fiebre, se pela el palo y se tira al bebederoâ .Francisca Paredes
El enfoque sanitario es principalmente preventivo en los manejos generales de higiene y alimentaciÃ³n tales como:
â¢ Limpieza escrupulosa del corral cada vez que se tenga nuevas parvadas.
â¢ Se aconseja construir una fosa, que se llenarÃ¡ de ceniza, delante de la puerta del gallinero para que las aves se revuelquen y manejar una densidad baja de aves.
â¢ RenovaciÃ³n de camas cada vez que se tenga nuevas parvadas o si se acumulan muchos desperdicios dentro del gallinero. Se recomienda ceniza en el piso que evita que el guano se pegue. Se permite poner un material absorbente (cama) de viruta pero principalmente de paja
mezclada con cal apagada (2,5 kg por cada 5 m2 o ceniza).
â¢ Se recomienda el inmediato aislamiento o eliminaciÃ³n de aquÃ©llas enfermas o que parezcan enfermas. Los cadÃ¡veres de animales enfermos deben ser enterrados con una capa de cal viva lejos del gallinero.
No se utiliza ni se permite, como tratamiento, el uso de antibiÃ³ticos, antiparasitarios u otros mÃ©dicamente alopÃ¡ticos y en caso de ser necesarios cuando todos los otros tratamientos son ineficaces o en caso que se quiera evitar sufrimiento del animal, solamente bajo la supervisiÃ³n de un mÃ©dico veterinario y con todas las medidas de control y seguimiento claras.
REPRODUCCIÃN Y PRODUCCIÃN DE HUEVOS.
La reproducciÃ³n se maneja en general de la siguiente forma:
â¢ Se debe priorizar y facilitar el intercambio de reproductores con comunidades aledaÃ±as
â¢ Se manejo 1 gallo por 8 o 10 gallinas mÃ¡ximo
â¢ Los machos y hembras pueden dedicarse a la reproducciÃ³n al cumplir los 10 meses, aunque conviene esperar hasta que el gallo complete su total desarrollo (18 meses) y que la gallina haya realizado la primera postura.
â¢ El gallo y gallina pueden emplearse como reproductores hasta los 3 â 3,5 aÃ±os.
â¢ El nÃºmeros de huevos que se pueden colocar a una gallina para incubaciÃ³n puede variar entre 8 a 12 â y en algunos casos hasta 17â Fresia Antileo. â Se pueden utilizar huevos de hasta 10 dÃas para la reproducciÃ³nâ Francisca Paredes, posterior a eso la incubabilidad se deteriora notoriamente, bajando de 58 % en huevos conservados hasta 10 dÃas, a 19 % en huevos almacenados por 11 a 20 dÃas y 8 % en huevosconservados entre 21 y 30 dÃas.
â¢ No se permite incubaciÃ³n artificial , â prefiero la utilizaciÃ³n de gallinas cluequeras que aseguran la continuidad en los camposâ America Paillalafken.
â¢ No se debe usa ningÃºn mÃ©todo de manejo u otro para estimular la cluequez.
â¢ âPollos en crianzas deben estar hasta los 3- 5 meses con las gallinas para evitar peleasâ Marina Recabarren
â¢ A los 7-8 meses se pueden sacrificar los pollos (aprox. 1,5, kilos de peso vivo) âya que tambiÃ©n son buenos para la producciÃ³n de carne que ademÃ¡s es mas sabrosaâ Marina Recabarren
â¢ Para la reproducciÃ³n se recomienda guardar los huevos en canasto, â como mÃ¡ximo hasta 1 semana en lugares ventilados y frescosâ Matilde Zenteno , â se deben guardar de lado (acostados) tal como la gallina los mantieneâ Marina Recabarren
â¢ Se debe priorizar la venta hacia las localidades urbanas cercanas o familias vecinas .
â¢ Se recomienda envasar los huevos en materiales vegetales de las zonas (hojas, mimbres) o materiales reciclados (bandejas de cartÃ³n, papel).
â¢ Se recomienda llevar algunos registros diarios mÃnimos, como cantidad de huevos diarias.
â¢ Las gallinas habitualmente ponen hasta las 15:00 horas, por lo que una recolecciÃ³n diaria en la tarde es suficiente, se recomienda guardarlos en canastos para darles mayor frescura, con el extremo mas grueso hacia arriba.
â¢ Cuando salen sucios (sangre, fecas) se lava con agua y escobilla, sin embargo habitualmente no se lavan los huevos, solo se limpian con paÃ±os limpios para sacar restos de excrementos, plumas y otros.
â¢ No se recomienda conservarlos por mÃ¡s de 7 dÃas, aunque duran en buenas condiciones de sabor y textura hasta 15 dÃas â Aunque yo creo que por ser un producto mÃ¡s natural y tener la cÃ¡scara mas gruesa, lo lÃ³gico es que se porte de la misma forma que los huevos de antes, que duraban mucho mÃ¡s tiempo, incluso un mesâ. Matilde Zenteno
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The computer hangs, freezes, or slows down. It is because the spyware software eat up a lot of the memory resources that causes the computer to lock up and be sluggish. You experience several annoying pop up ads which tend to be very uncontrollable. They just become too persistent that they keep flashing on the screen. These pop up ads continue to appear even if you do not pay attention to clicking the websites or links. There are even those that automatically come up whenever the windows are turned on.
You get to encounter a commandeered default homepage. It gets to mean that an unknown website or something which you haven't visited before comes out as a default homepage as soon as you start with your browser. It is not naturally the one that your settings have set up. As soon as you start typing another search engine, you get directed to another link. As soon as you detect that a spyware software is present in your computer, delete it at once. Here are significant steps on the spyware removal.
Look into your task lists. The computer task list will let you see the programs which are presently running in your computer system. To do it, press CTRL+ALT+DEL. It is best that you familiarize yourself with the files which you keep on your computer because you will easily determine if there is a suspicious thing on the list. If there appears to be one, it can be a spyware software. Clear your computer start up list. There are spyware that automatically start up. Run the msconfig. Do this by typing 'msconfig' in the Windows Run Command.
Check out the unfamiliar programs included in your program list. Do this by checking out the Programs Menu or the Add/Remove Programs which is under the Control Panel. Choose that which is unfamiliar to you and then uninstall them at once.
Get to install at least one or more than one anti spyware programs. The best spyware removal tool is that which totally blocks the entry of more spyware.
Manually remove the spyware that cannot be deleted by the spyware removal tool. There are really those hard-headed spyware programs and they can only be deleted manually.
Remember all these tips and you are on your way to saving yourself from the dangers posed by the spyware programs. You need not be a computer technician to eliminate the spyware!
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|Step One For Protecting Your Technology|
The first step that I recommend to anyone working on a technology protection strategy is to visualize what they would do when confronted with the most common technology disasters. Sure you may need protection from a potential hacker that might try to break into your network Oceans 11 style, but those types of break-ins are relatively rare for small businesses. However I can almost guarantee one of these problems will happen to your business in the next three years:
The answer for most people will be, "I don't know if I'm ok or not." And that answer is to be expected, but which scenario makes you the most nervous? Which one do you think you couldn't recover from? Once you've come up with the scenario that will cost you the most money or pain, start there with your planning.
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|Terminology and Meanings of Early Illnesses||This was posted on a email listing I belong to. I thought it was really interesting and really helpful, so I thought I would share it with you all. I don't know who created it or who to give credit for it to, so if anyone knows let me know.|
Ablepsy - Blindness
Ague - Malarial fever
American plague - Yellow fever
Anasarca - Generalized massive edema
Aphonia - Laryngitis
Aphtha - Infant disease "thrush"
Apoplexy - Paralysis due to stroke
Asphicsia - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen
Asphycsia - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen
Atrophy - Wasting away or diminishing in size
Bad blood - Syphilis
Bilious fever - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis
Biliousness - Jaundice associated with liver disease
Black plague - Bubonic plague
Black fever - Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate
Black pox - Black small pox
Black vomit - Vomiting old black blood due to ulcers or yellow fever
Blackwater fever - Dark urine associated with high temperature
Bladder in throat - Diphtheria (seen on death certificates)
Blood poisoning - Bacterial infection; septicemia
Bloody flux - Bloody stools
Bloody sweat - Sweating sickness
Bone shave - Sciatica
Brain fever - Meningitis
Breakbone - Dengue fever
Bright's disease - Chronic disease of kidneys
Bronze John - Yellow fever
Bule - Boil, tumor or swelling
Cachexy - Malnutrition
Cacogastric - Upset stomach
Cacospysy - Irregular pulse
Caduceus - Subject to falling sickness or epilepsy
Camp fever - Typhus; aka camp diarrhea
Canine madness - Rabies; hydrophobia
Canker - Ulceration of mouth or lips; or herpes simplex
Catalepsy - Seizures/trances
Catarrhal - Nose and throat discharge from cold or allergy
Cerebritis - Inflammation of cerebrum; or lead poisoning
Chilblain - Swelling of extremities caused by exposure to cold
Child bed fever - Infection following birth of a child
Chin cough - Whooping cough
Chlorosis - Iron deficiency anemia
Cholera - Acute, severe, contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing
Cholera morbus - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc.; could also be appendicitis
Cholecystitus - Inflammation of the gall bladder
Cholelithiasis - Gall stones
Chorea - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing
Cold plague - Ague which is characterized by chills
Colic - Abdominal pain and cramping
Congestive chills - Malaria
Consumption - Tuberculosis
Congestion - Any collection of fluid in an organ, like the lungs
Congestive chills - Malaria with diarrhea
Congestive fever - Malaria
Corruption - Infection
Coryza - A cold
Costiveness - Constipation
Cramp colic - Appendicitis
Crop sickness - Overextended stomach
Croup - Laryngitis, diphtheria or strep throat
Cyanosis - Dark skin color from lack of oxygen in blood
Cynanche - Diseases of throat
Cystitis - Inflammation of the bladder
Day fever - Fever lasting one day; sweating sickness
Debility - Lack of movement or staying in bed
Decrepitude - Feebleness due to old age
Delirium tremens - Hallucinations due to alcoholism
Dengue - Infectious fever endemic to East Africa
Dentition - Cutting of teeth
Deplumation - Tumor of the eyelids which causes hair loss
Diary fever - A fever that lasts more than one day
Diptheria - Contagious disease of the throat
Distemper - Usually animal disease with malaise, discharge from nose and throat and anorexia
Dock fever - Yellow fever
Dropsy - Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease
Dropsy of the brain - Encephalitis
Dry bellyache - Lead poisoning
Dyscrasy - An abnormal body condition
Dysentery - Inflammation of the colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood
Dysorexy - Reduced appetite
Dyspepsia - Indigestion and heartburn; heart attack symptoms
Dysury - Difficulty in urination
Eclampsy - Symptoms fo epilepsy; convulsions during labor
Ecstasy - A form of catalepsy characterized by loss of reason
Edema - Nephrosis; swelling of tissues
Edema of lungs - Congestive heart failure; a form of dropsy
Eel thing - Erysipelas
Elephantiasis - A form of leprosy
Encephalitis - Swelling of the brain; aka sleeping sickness
Enteric fever - Typhoid fever
Enteritis - Inflammation of the bowels
Enterocolitis - Inflammation of the intestines
Epitaxis - Nose bleed
Erysipelas - Contagious skin disease due to Streptococci with vesiculas and bulbous lesions
Extravasted blood - Rupture of a blood vessel
Falling sickness - Epilepsy
Fatty liver - Cirrhosis of liver
Fits - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity
Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea
Flux of humour - Circulation
French pox - Syphilis
Gathering - A collection of pus
Glandular fever - Mononucleosis
Great pox - Syphilis
Green fever - Anemia
Grippe/grip - Influenza-like symptoms
Grocer's itch - Skin disease cause by mites in sugar or flour
Heart sickness - Condition caused by loss of salt from body
Heat stroke - Body temperature elevates because of surrounding environment temperature and body does not perspire to reduce temperature
Hectical complaint - Recurrent fever
Hematemesis - Vomiting blood
Hematuria - Bloody urine
Hemiplegy - Paralysis of one side of the body
Hip gout - Osteomylitis
Horrors - Delirium tremers
Hydrocephalus - - Enlarged head; water on the brain
Hydropericardium - Heart dropsy
Hydrophobia - Rabies
Hydrothroax - Dropsy in chest
Hypertrophic - Enlargement of an organ, like the heart
Impetigo - Contagious skin disease characterized by pustules
Inanition - Physical condition resulting from lack of food
Infantile paralysis - Polio
Intestinal colic - Abdominal pain due to improper diet
Jail fever - Typhus
Jaundice - Condition cause by blockage of intestines
King's evil - Tuberculosis of neck and lymph glands
Kruchhusten - Whooping cough
Lagrippe - Influenza
Lockjaw - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw; untreated, it is fatal in eight (8) days
Long sickness - Tuberculosis
Lues disease - Syphilis
Lues venera - Venereal disease
Lumbago - Back pain
Lung fever - Pneumonia
Lung sickness - Tuberculosis
Lying in - Time of delivery of an infant
Malignant sore throat - Diphtheria
Mania - Insanity
Marasmus - Progressive wasting away of the body, like malnutrition
Membranous croup - Diphtheria
Meningitis - Inflations of brain or spinal cord
Metritis - Inflammation of uterus or purulent vaginal discharge
Miasma - Poisonous vapors thought to infect the air
Milk fever - Disease from drinking contaminated milk, like undulant fever or brucellosis
Milk leg - Post partum thrombophlebitis
Milk sickness - Disease from milk of cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds
Mormal - Gangrene
Morphew - Scurvy blisters on the body
Mortification - Gangrene of necrotic tissue
Myelitis - Inflammation of the spine
Myocarditis - Inflammation of heart muscles
Necrosis - Mortification of bones or tissue
Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration
Nephritis - Inflammation of kidneys
Nervous prostration - Extreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activities
Neuralgia - Described as discomfort, such as "headache" was neuralgia in head
Nostalgia - Homesickness
Palsy - Paralysis or uncontrolled movement of controlled muscles
Paroxysm - Convulsion
Pemphigus - Skin disease of watery blisters
Pericarditis - Inflammation of the heart
Peripneumonia - Inflammation of the lungs
Peritonitis - Inflammation of the abdominal area
Petechial fever - Fever characterized by skin spotting
Phthiriasis - Chronic wasting away or a name for tuberculosis
Plague - An acute febrile highly infectious disease with a high fatality rate
Pleurisy - Any pain in the chest area with each breath
Podagra - Gout
Poliomyelitis - Polio; Potter's asthma
Pott's disease - Tuberculosis of the spine
Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to childbirth
Puerperal fever - Elevated temperature after giving birth to an infant
Puking fever - Milk sickness
Putrid fever - Diphtheria
Quinsy - Tonsillitis
Remitting fever - Malaria
Rheumatism - Any disorder associated with pain in joints
Rickets - Disease of skeletal system
Rose cold - Hay fever or nasal symptoms of an allergy
Rotanny fever - (Child's disease) ???
Rubeola - German measles
Sanguineous crust - Scab
Scarlatina - Scarlet fever
Scarlet fever - A disease characterized by a red rash
Scarlet rash - Roseola
Sciatica - Rheumatism in the hips
Scirrhus - Cancerous tumors
Scotomy - Dizziness, nausea and dimness of sight
Scrivener's palsy - Writer's cramp
Screws - Rheumatism
Scrofula - Tuberculosis of neck lymph glands; progresses slowly with abscesses and pistulas develop; young person's disease
Scrumpox - Skin disease; impetigo
Scurvy - Lack of Vitamin C; symptoms of weakness, spongy gums and hemorrhages under the skin
Septicemia - Blood poisoning
Shakes - Delirium tremens
Shaking - Chills; ague
Ship fever - Typhus
Siriasis - Inflammation of the brain due to sun exposure
Sloes - Milk sickness
Small pox - Contagious disease with fever and blisters
Softing of brain - Result of stroke or hemmorhage in the brain, with an end result of the tissue softening in that area
Sore throat - distemper Diphtheria or quinsy
Spanish influenza - Epidemic influenza
Spasms - Sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, like a convulsion
Spina bifida - Deformity of spine
Spotted fever - Either typhus or meningitis
Sprue - Tropical disease characterized by intestinal disorders and sore throat
St. Anthony's fire - Also erysipelas, but named so because of affected skin areas being bright red in appearance
St. Vitas dance - Ceaseless occurance of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntarily
Stomatitis - Inflammation of the mouth
Stranger's fever - Yellow fever
Strangery - Rupture
Sudor anglicus - Sweating sickness
Summer complaint - Diarrhea, usually in infants, caused by spoiled milk
Sunstroke - Uncontrolled elevation of body temperature due to environment heat; lack of sodium in the body is a predisposing cause
Swamp sickness - - Could be malaria, typhoid or encephalitis
Sweating sickness - - Infectious and fatal disease common to the UK in the 15th century
Tetanus - Infectious disease characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness
Thrombosis - Blood clot inside blood vessel
Thrush - Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat
Tick fever - Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Toxemia of pregnancy - Eclampsia
Trench mouth - Painful ulcers found along gum line; caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene
Tussis convulsiva - Whooping cough
Typhus - Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness
Variola - Smallpox
Venesection - Bleeding
Viper's dance - St. Vitus dance
Yellowjacket - Yellow fever
|Degrading the Amazon harms us|
SUBHEAD: Deforestation of Brazil and resulting climate change endangers humanity.
By Dahr Jamail on 7 August 2017 for Truth Out -
Image above: In 2014 Brazil refused to join pledge to end deforestation. Photo by Greenpeace. From (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29338413).
Warwick Manfrinato, the director of Brazil's Department of Protected Areas, has a deep understanding of biological interdependence, as well as its importance.
"If we are of utter service to nature, then we provide the benefits to all other living things on the planet," Manfrinato told Truthout in his office at Brazil's capital city recently. "I have the same value as a human as a jaguar has in nature, and both should be protected, otherwise we all go extinct, no matter what."
Manfrinato, whose department falls within the Secretariat of Biodiversity in Brazil's Ministry of Environment, is working on a variety of projects, including the establishment of a whale sanctuary that will cover the better part of the entire South Atlantic Ocean between Brazil's vast coastal area all the way across to the west coast of Africa. And on June 23, he and his colleagues launched a national "Corridors Program," with the goal of fostering "connectivity and genetic flux."
"We know the flow of genetics in biomes [biological systems] in life is critical," Manfrinato said. "We have to re-establish this, so a jaguar that exists in Mexico should be able to come all the way here without being killed. Physical connectivity allows for genetic connectivity. A monkey should be able to travel from one part of Brazil to another, without having to pass through land that has been cleared, where there is no forest."
Manfrinato's colleague, Everton Lucero, who is Brazil's secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality, was blunt with Truthout about what could happen if dramatic action is not taken to address the impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).
"The worst-case IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projection] is 4.5C by 2100, but at local levels here we see very different impacts already, and are already even seeing an 8C increase in places," Lucero told Truthout.
Manfrinato echoes this: The crisis, he says, has already arrived.
"Everything that is bad has already happened," he explained. "We've come to terms with who we are, and we are those who destroy the planet. We've already destroyed it."
Because of this, Manfrinato believes we already know what needs to be done.
"If we're going to look for solutions, we have to look for the solution for the complexity, not one individual thing," he said. "If there is no connectivity, there is nothing. And that is why I'm busy with building corridors of biodiversity."
He has his work cut out for him. But he's not alone: Many people are working toward similar goals in the Amazon.
A Giant Water Pump
The Amazon is one of the most critically important ecosystems on Earth, and certainly the most biodiverse. It is the world's single largest rainforest, as it is larger than the next two largest rainforests -- the Congo Basin and Indonesia -- combined.
The Amazon River is by far the world's largest river by volume, and has more than 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are each longer than 1,000 miles. The Amazonian water system is so massive and complex that it influences rainfall patterns as far away as the US, and 70 percent of South America's gross domestic product is produced in areas that receive precipitation influenced by the Amazon.
Brazil's role in protecting the Amazon is critical, given that two-thirds of the rainforest is located within Brazil's borders.
In order to get a sense of the connections between Amazon protection and water issues, Truthout met with Fabio Eno, the coordinator for the Natural Sciences Unit of UNESCO in Brazil, in his office in the capital.
Eno thinks it is more than timely that Brazil happens to be hosting the World Water Forum in March 2018.
"Water and drought are critical issues here now, which is so ironic since Brazil is hosting this huge event on water next year, and we are facing water crisis in some of the largest cities here," Eno told Truthout. "What we are seeing in Brazil is that climate change has been and continues to be very clearly visible."
He pointed out that in Brasilia, where there used to be very clearly demarcated dry and rainy seasons, they are now imbalanced: The dry season is starting earlier, and there is less rain during the rainy season. This is a reflection of the progression of climate-related changes in the country.
"In the south, well known for rice production, which has high water consumption, they are facing more droughts and this is affecting local farmers," Eno explained. "States in the northeast are now more intensely affected by the dry season, so we see clearly the effects of climate change in all portions of Brazil."
Eno noted that the impacts have been so intense that Brazil has been caught unprepared, and sees this shift in climate as having contributed to a major international health crisis: Zika virus.
"With the major drought recently in Sao Paolo, people were encouraged to store water in basins in their residence, and even in their toilets," he said. "Then, not coincidentally, we have Zika virus outbreaks that came about the same year Sao Paolo was storing so much more water. People were storing water in every way they could after what happened, but weren't taking necessary care for safeguards. This caused a major international health issue."
Manfrinato sees water-related problems as the biggest climate disruption impacts humans have had.
"What differentiates this planet from every other planet is liquid water," he explained. "It has taken Earth millions of years to find the right balance of liquid water, and people don't understand how important that is and are messing it up with their greed and ambition, of which awareness is far more important."
Manfrinato explains that as humans have "fooled around" with temperature, they have shaken the very foundation of biology.
"Fooling around with water is impossible, as that is the tree of the fruit of life," Manfrinato said. "You mess with it, you mess with everything ... and we've already messed with it."
Lucero also underscored the Amazon's critical role in the watery realms, especially regionally. The rainforest, he said, provides "flying rivers" -- massive amounts of air-borne moisture that develop above the canopy and move with the clouds and rainfall patterns across South America.
"If you remove the forest, you will cause extreme drought in other regions," he told Truthout.
But he says that biodiversity is the Amazon's biggest contribution to the world -- and is the most important reason to care for the rainforest.
"The forest itself is suffering from climate change, as are other biomes," he said. "Variability of climate is affecting the forest from increasing flooding and wildfires, which may, in a doomsday scenario, compromise the entire forest."
Manfrinato sees humans as part of the ecosystem, and an integral part at that, but most assuredly not the apex.
"What is required is a shift of awareness of our being part of nature," he said. "The apex is the complexity. Humans are not the apex, and the awareness that comes from this is how dynamic the system is that allows for all of life on Earth.... It'll do this as long as we allow it to do so."
Manfrinato is deeply passionate about his work, and in the discussion, sounds as much like a philosopher for the planet as Brazil's director of protected areas.
"We need to respect complexity in order to survive as a species," he said. "Everybody and everything wins, or everybody and everything loses if we hold onto this lack of awareness that the complexity is the most important thing. Your apex contribution is to be aware of the complexity, and then to protect it."
Brazil's Forest Code
Many people are acutely aware that there is a massive problem with deforestation in the Amazon. Beginning in 2004, however, deforestation started to decline in the Amazon, primarily because of better protection policies in Brazil. However, the last two years have seen a dramatic increase again. Brazil's government has been in crisis, and monitoring and enforcement have been stymied, allowing for a resurgence.
Fabio Feldmann served in Brazil's parliament for 12 years in the 1980s and 1990s. He is famous for helping to bring positive changes to the forest code -- protections for the Amazon -- into Brazil's constitution in 1988.
"The single most important issue facing Brazil is protecting all of the critical biomes," Feldmann told Truthout during an interview at his home in Sao Paolo. "If you destroy the Amazon region in Peru, you have a great impact in Brazil, and vice versa."
He explained that there is currently only weak collaboration between the countries in South America regarding the Amazon, and this is a problem.
"When I was elected, there was a radical change [in consciousness] about environmental areas," he said. "But this design has not been translated into effective public policies, so now our generation must reflect about what our legacy is to be because right now the deforestation rates in the Amazon are unbelievably high, after so many years."
Feldmann said he is optimistic, and cites heightened public awareness about the land today as compared to 30 years ago. However, he asked, "Do we have time to do what must be done?"
Clayton Lino is president of the Biosphere Reserve Association of Brazil and is a member of the advisory committee for UNESCO's Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve. Truthout interviewed him at his office in the Biosphere Reserve of the Mata Atlantica rainforest in Sao Paolo, a beautifully forested island in the middle of the sprawling polluted city.
"We are under attack daily, because we have laws in the process of being made that destroy other laws that were there to protect the land," Lino said.
This is important to understand, Lino said, because there is so much international pressure on the Brazilian government to continue deforesting. Cattle ranching accounts for roughly 70 percent of the total deforestation in Brazil, and the demand for Brazilian beef in the US and Europe is driving that ranching.
"While local NGOs are working to protect the Amazon and the Mata Atlantica, we do not see any light now," he explained. "There is no international help, and the culture of corruption has infected many Brazilians now because corruption has come from the top down, so more and more people are starting to not respect basic laws."
He is so concerned because his beloved Mata Atlantica, the second biggest rainforest reserve in Brazil, is the most threatened area of rainforest in the world, second only to the Madagascar rainforest.
"We have more biodiversity here than even in the Amazon," he said while pointing out the window. "The Amazon is far bigger, but in the Mata ... we have more endemism [species that live only in one area] than anywhere else in the world."
Lino explained that fragmentation (isolating sections of the forest) is the primary problem in the Mata.
"There is high biodiversity and fragility, because if you destroy something in one place, it cannot come back in another area of the Mata," he said. "So, fragmenting it causes a very big problem."
Today, only 8 percent of the Mata Atlantica remains.
Caring as Protecting
"Without connectivity for evolutionary movement, it cannot proceed," Manfrinato explained of the natural corridors he is striving to create across his country. "This adaptation process needs north/south corridors, because species in the southern hemisphere need to migrate south, and in the north, they'll need to migrate northwards as global temperatures continue to increase."
Image above: Warwick Manfrinato, Director of Brazil's Department of Protected Areas, is working to reconnect all of the biodiversity corridors across the Amazon. Photo by Dahr Jamail. From original article.
Previous to his current job, Manfrinato was a member of the University of Sao Paolo's Amazon research group, which bore the idea of ecological corridors. This is why he was given the position he has in the government: to implement these ideas on the ground.
"Protection is connection, and vice versa; it has to be both," he said.
Claudio Angelo is the head of communications for Climate Observatory, an NGO. A former journalist, he now runs a news website for a vast network of 41 Brazilian NGOs which produces annual estimates of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Angelo explained to Truthout that observable shifts in rainfall patterns are now becoming common across the country, along with a shifting of the timings of the wet and dry seasons. Plus, like much of the world, Brazil is seeing far higher temperatures than ever before. He points to some farming regions that have already seen 6C increases.
"Brazil has warmed faster than the global average, since we are in the tropics," Angelo said. "Since 1961, it is 1C hotter in Brazil, and it took us half the time to warm the same as the rest of the world."
Angelo noted that the Amazon has seen two 100-year drought events (extreme drought events that only happen every 100 years) in a five-year period -- the first in 2005 and then another in 2010.
"The feedback mechanisms that exist between deforestation and climate change are my biggest concerns," he said. "Deforestation was 46 percent of our emissions last year, so our main focus is on mitigation. Hence, we are advocating for zero deforestation in Brazil."
Like Feldmann, Angelo had grown hopeful that his country was finally getting the deforestation of the Amazon under control, until recently.
"Over the last two years we saw this not to be the case, as we had a 60 percent increase in deforestation in just the last two years," he said. "Because of this, Brazil ranks in the top 10 [countries, in terms of] global greenhouse gas emissions."
When trees are chopped down, all the CO2 they sequestered from the atmosphere is released. Angelo pointed out the window and discussed the obvious changes.
"Brazil is still water rationing as we speak, after two record-drought years in a row," he explained. "2015 saw a 45-day heat wave. There is no way you can take off a huge chunk of some part of the planet and think it won't have a major impact on climate change."
As a climate journalist Angelo has reported from the Arctic, Greenland, Antarctica and deep into the Amazon. But right now, he is most struck by what he is seeing in his hometown of Brasilia. When he was a child, he remembers how cold it was in the evenings during the winter, and how summers were not as hot as they are now.
"The number of warm nights, when it is not below 20C, has increased 10 times more than it was 30 years ago," he lamented. "Most of the year here now it's just nasty. It's just hot, and it wasn't like this 20-30 years ago."
Personal experience plays a core role in Manfrinato's motivations, as well. He shared his experience from a recent long hike he'd taken that had a deep effect on his perception of the planet.
"It was in a newly protected area of Brazil and I came out of there feeling part of that place, meaning, that place is mine, and I'm going to protect it," he explained. "And so, we need everyone to start feeling that way about places ... about the planet. You belong to it because it belongs to you. You don't protect it because it belongs to everybody, you protect it because it belongs to you. The land belongs to me, because I belong to the land."
Manfrinato continues his work to reconnect wildlife habitat on the local levels. He aims to move it from local to regional connections, then regional to national, then across borders, then continental.
"We are promoting this internationally," Manfrinato said. "Because without reconnection, we will not survive."
|Charles Clary: Infect[ious] Installations|| Artist and educator Charles Clary lost both his parents in 2013, two weeks apart, to smoking-related cancers. Clary channeled his grief into...|
|Let the sun shine in||Former US Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis once said, "sunlight is the best disinfectant." Justice Brandeis eloquently suggested transparency is the only way to expose and clean up government. |
This was aptly demonstrated on the federal stage over the last few years thanks in no small part to whistleblower Allan Cutler, Auditor General Shelia Fraser and Justice John Gomery. All of these people played a significant role in kicking open the closed doors of government to let the sun shine in.
|9 porquices que todo casal faz, jÃ¡ fez ou farÃ¡ (e o Dr. BactÃ©ria reprova)|
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Dividir chiclete e bala
Fazer xixi enquanto tomam banho
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Dividir a escova de dente
Usar a mesma fronha
Alicate, cortador e lÃ¢mina
Copos e talheres
Usar a mesma toalha de banho
Espremer o cravo alheio
Bucha e sabonete
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|The Cage, Volume III|
I was watching ESPN last week and I saw an interview they did with Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended by the NFL because he apparently used a bathroom stall for a number other than 1 or 2 (hint: it was 69). During the interview, Roethlisberger completely jacked Magic Johnsonâs concept of having an alter ego created from fame and money. In an HBO documentary that aired earlier this year, Magic explained that it wasnât actually Earvin Johnson who routinely cheated on his wife and got HIV. It was âMagic.â Magic was the leader of the Lakers who threw behind the back passes, oozed all sorts of charisma and personality in interviews, and put his tallywhacker where it didnât belong. Earvin was a shy kid from Michigan who was humble, respectful, and could apparently grow a kickass afro. He went on to say something like deep down he was Earvin, but fame and money had turned him into Magic. Basically, he was a victim of his own success. Poor guy.
The crazy thing about Magicâs interview was that I actually ended up feeling bad for him, even though everything he said suggested that I should have felt the exact opposite. The reason for this is because Magic is quite possibly the most likable athlete to ever live, which is why guys like me were listening to what he said and were thinking, âWow, I never thought of it like that. Magic didnât want to have sex with all these women, but since he was rich and famous, he had no choice.â I never once questioned his logic, because heâs Magic Johnson, and Magic Johnson could tell me that he murdered my family and destroyed every copy of FIFA ever made, and as long as he smiled and let out that hearty laugh of his, Iâd probably shake his hand and tell him not to worry about it.
Ben Roethlisberger, on the other hand, comes across as a guy who is as charismatic and persuasive as Brett Favreâs penis. So when he blatantly stole Magicâs alter ego concept and said something like âI stopped being the Ben Roethlisberger who grew up in Findlay and spent his weekends sheltering the homeless, and I started becoming Big Ben, captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers,â I couldnât help but think of how big of a jerk this guy is and how I donât feel sorry for him at all. Sure he used the exact same excuse as Magic, but since heâs nowhere near as likable as Magic, I was furious. The excuse works for guys who have an infectious smile (and in Magicâs case, an infectious disease) or at least a likable personality. It most certainly does not work for guys who think itâs appropriate to have the most rapist-looking haircut in the world right after theyâve been accused of sexual assault.
I guess the point Iâm trying to convey here is that Iâm really upset that Big Ben had to completely ruin this otherwise great excuse for misbehaving. Magic laid the foundation for athletes and celebrities to save themselves with nothing more than a little charisma and an alter ego. I even used Magicâs model to formulate a plan for myself. In five to ten years, when the cops inevitably bust open my door to find a dead hooker in my bathtub and an unconscious me laying in the living room with my pants around my ankles and my face buried in a huge mound of cocaine, I was going to be so excited to tell the judge that it wasnât me who got into all that trouble. It was The Shark. But no. Ben Roethlisberger has to go and be an unlikable sleazeball and ruin it for everyone. Wait, I got that wrong. It was Big Ben who ruined it for everyone. Ben Roethlisberger did nothing wrong. My bad.
Now that I got that off my chest, letâs open up The Cage and see if I can do my best to avoid answering your emails. Before you ask, the answer is yes â all of these are real emails from real people, except for the ones that arenât. ___________________________________________________
My email question is: Why do you never answer emails?
Dear Mark, you are my hero. I love you.
Since you are a mid twenties something man, I am sure that you were excited when you heard of NBA JAM 2010. And since you grew up in Indiana, I was wondering what you thought about the fact that Reggie Miller and Rik Smits didn't make the Pacers legends roster.
Even though I grew up 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, I admittedly have never been much of a Pacers fan. This is predominantly because I absolutely despised the way Reggie Miller played basketball, which is to say that I despised how dirty of player he was and how much he trash talked. I hated all the theatrics that came with his game and I reached my boiling point with him when he pushed off of Jordan to hit that shot in the â98 Eastern Conference Finals, and then proceeded to execute the worst game-winning shot celebration in history. That play alone epitomized everything I hated about Reggie Miller.
As I grew older, though, I realized that trash talking and playing dirty were woven into the fabric of basketball tradition just as much as Chuck Taylors and teammates using the N-bomb as a term of endearment. Upon learning this, I gained a greater appreciation for Reggieâs talents and actually respect the hell out of the guy now. He was one of the best clutch shooters of all-time and made the NBA that much better during his playing days. As for Rik Smits? He was always one of my favorite players if for no other reason than he had a mullet and an awesome nickname (The Dunkin Dutchman). I liked him so much that I briefly considered playing for Marist when they were recruiting me in high school, even though I knew absolutely nothing about the school or basketball program other than the fact that Rik Smits played there.
To answer your question, I think this has the potential to make the fine people of Indianapolis the most upset theyâve been since Steven Tyler disgraced our great country with his national anthem at the 2001 Indy 500. Miller and Smits are the Pacers. If you asked all the Pacer fans who will buy NBA JAM 2010 to name the first two Pacers to come to mind, every one of them would say Miller and Smits. How could they possibly leave both of these guys off the game? More importantly, who got the nod ahead of them? Travis Best?
Now that we got Moss how many more years does Favre stay for? 4? 5? 45?
All of the above. He will retire after four more years, come back, retire again after another year, come back, and then finally retire for good 40 years later. But his final retirement wonât be his choice. It will be Godâs. Following the 2055 NFL season, an 86-year-old Brett Favre will have a heart attack, pick up the phone to dial 911, and ultimately die in stunned silence after Tracy Porter intercepts his call.
(I thought that taking an hour-long rape shower immediately after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship last year would get me over the loss. I couldnât have been more wrong.)
Who would win in a street fight? Mark Madsen or Craig Ehlo?
This is a no-brainer. Iâm taking Craig Ehlo over Mark Madsen in a fight of any kind, whether it be street, MMA, or pillow. This is because Iâm 100% sure that heâs tougher than the Maddog. Think about it. Both of these guys are known for one thing respectively. Madsen is famous for setting white people back at least 20 years with his horrendous dancing at the Lakers championship celebration. And by 20 years, I mean that he didnât set white people back at all because pretty much all white guys dance like that. But still.
Ehloâs claim to fame, however, is that he was repeatedly abused by Michael Jordan. Iâm guessing a lot of people reading this are Cavs fans who donât need to be reminded, but the rest of you probably only know Ehlo because of the shot Jordan hit over him at the buzzer to knock the Cavs out of the â89 playoffs, when in reality he was frequently dominated by Jordan (in Ehloâs defense, though, who wasnât?). Along with hitting âThe Shot,â Jordanâs career high of 69 points also came against the Cavs in 1990, and while Ehlo didnât start out guarding Jordan, he certainly guarded him (or attempted to) for a majority of the game. Ehlo got abused by Jordan so much, in fact, that during a game in Chicago, following a play in which Jordan scored on Ehlo even though Ehlo had wrapped him up with both arms, one of the game announcers was in such disbelief at how frequently plays like that happened that he felt compelled to say, âIt always happens to Craig Ehloâ (Iâm too lazy to look it up on YouTube, but I can just about guarantee that youâll be able to find it). Jordan obviously had many victims during his career, but nobody got abused on a regular basis by Jordan like Craig Ehlo did. Nobody. Sorry, Cavs fans.
So what does that have to do with fighting? Itâs pretty simple, really. People have spent the past 10 years telling Madsen that he sucks at dancing, which is something that Iâm sure heâs somewhat proud of. Meanwhile, people have been telling Craig Ehlo for the past 15+ years that heâs Jordanâs bitch. You and I canât even fathom how much pent-up anger Ehlo is waiting to unleash because of this. Thatâs why I think if these guys really got into a fight, Ehlo would be like the disgruntled employee who finally snaps and shows up to work with a shotgun, only instead of pumping bullets into his co-workers he would be pumping a steady dose of knuckle sandwiches into Mark Madsenâs face.
I think it's fair to say that I anticipated FIFA 11 just about as much as anyone. And, of course, was disappointed just as much as everyone. My roommate is the only one of my friends to share a love for the beautiful game. We got FIFA 10 last year to start preparing for the World Cup, and it was a great ride. I've even been getting up at 9:55 on Saturdays to watch EPL games. When FIFA 11 arrived we spent the next 2 days playing it and came to the conclusion that indeed it did suck, and maybe we'll just have to play FIFA 10. A few days go by and we give it another chance. Sure enough, I hate it just as much as before, however... he now pulls a 180 and says he likes it better than it's predecessor. I was floored. He read the first paragraph of your latest blog, and closed it. He refused to read, as he called it, âgarbage.â So my question is - 1. Is his TMM membership revoked? and B. How do I best handle this doucher?
As much as Iâd like to revoke his TMM membership, the fact is that the only crime heâs guilty of is loving FIFA too much, which obviously isnât a crime at all. I would be a hypocrite to denounce him for defending FIFA, so I canât exactly be that upset.
However, anyone who thinks FIFA 11 is better than FIFA 10 is obviously completely out of their mind. These are the same people who probably prefer the first Home Alone, the second version of DX, and the Third Reich. These people are so off-base with their thinking that they canât be rationalized with. There is no saving your friend. I suggest you knock him unconscious, throw him in the trunk of your car, drive until you reach the depths of hell, and then leave his ass to rot in Ann Arbor, Michigan for being so dumb. Or you could just draw penises on his face the next time he passes out. Whatever works for you.
What are your thoughts on Rufus taking on Brutus?
Iâm kinda split on this particular mascot attack. On the one hand, Iâm all for mascot-on-mascot violence because every time it happens, itâs always hilarious to me. Always. Plus, when the kid who dressed up as Rufus was interviewed, he said that the only reason he ever tried out in the first place was because he knew that OU played Ohio State and he wanted to attack Brutus. I completely respect this kidâs ambition and desire to achieve his dreams. But, on the other hand, he kinda took a cowardly approach by springing a surprise attack on Brutus. There is absolutely no honor in how he went about doing it which kinda takes away from the act altogether. If youâre going to start a mascot fight, you gotta do it the old fashioned way â walk up behind the other mascot and give him a nice little shove. When he turns around to acknowledge your shove, you shove him again to let him know that it wasnât an accident and that it most certainly is on. From there, you wait a second to let him have a chance to process what exactly is going on, and then you unleash hell. Thatâs the only fair way to go about it that still makes for great theater. Itâs Mascot Fighting 101.
When I first read about this mascot fight, I was immediately struck by how awesome both mascot names are. I was sure that a fight between Rufus and Brutus would have to be the greatest combination of mascot names that could possibly get into a fight, but like most things, I was wrong. After doing a little Wikipedia research, Iâve decided that the best possible mascot fight that could ever take place, based solely on the names of the mascots involved, would be if Scrotie (from the Rhode Island School of Design) fought Gaylord (from Campbell University). Can you imagine the headlines if this ever happened? I would actually go buy a newspaper for once in my life, just so I could have a copy of a paper with an inadvertently hilarious headline like âGaylord Wrestles With Scrotie.â Another element of hilarity is added when you consider that this story is absolutely unGooglable, because Googling âgaylordâ and âscrotieâ together would result in nothing but gay porn on at least the first 27 pages of results (not that I would know or anything). That really would be the greatest mascot fight ever. I dare you to check out the Wikipedia list of mascots and come up with something better than that.
Speaking of homosexualityâ¦
I played D3 hoops and we always had uncomfortable conversations about why one or two guys would rather hike back to the dorms in the winter weather than get into the team shower mix. Along those lines, were you a shower sandal wearer, or were you willing to take that risk? Did you ever pee on your feet as a faux method to kill fungus? Did your teammates offer to do it for you? Was my locker room just that weird?
First Iâll answer your questions - no, yes (just to freak out my teammates who apparently never realized that Iâd douse my feet in soap after I did it), no, and yes if your teammates offered to do it for you. Now if youâll excuse me, Iâll address something that should have been addressed long ago.
Locker room shower etiquette is one of the most confusing things in the world to me, right up there with the female anatomy and Three 6 Mafia winning an Oscar. In all my years of playing sports, Iâve never understood it. Itâs completely counterintuitive for one fairly obvious reason.
Itâs no secret that male athletes (specifically football and basketball players) are some of the most homophobic people on the planet. This is solely because they have an unspoken pressure to be as tough as they possibly can, and doing anything that could ever be perceived as âgayâ would completely destroy their macho reputation in their minds. This is why they annoyingly overuse the phrase âno homoâ on a regular basis (âno homo but Iâm really hungryâ), because even the slightest act of âgaynessâ would destroy an athleteâs reputation among his colleagues. Yet these are the same people who see no problem with packing twelve naked guys into a tiny communal shower area or making fun of a teammate with a small penis. It truly is perplexing.
And then there are women athletes, who are often stereotyped as being lesbians, even though a majority of them arenât. But even so, anyone who has ever been on spring break can tell you that there are tons of straight girls who are willing to make out with each other if you offer them $20 or simply start a convincing group chant. Women athletes donât have that macho perception to live up to, which is why they tend to be much less paranoid about being perceived as gay. But if you were to ask women athletes if they use the locker room showers after their games, nearly all of them would say something along the lines of, âThatâs disgusting. Why would we do that?â It truly is perplexing.
Speaking of homosexualityâ¦
My bromate named Chris continually bashes soccer for only being for homosexual people. Do you believe that assessment is true?
In a word, no. In a hyperlink, this.
What is your greatest experience with a Thad Matta halftime or postgame tongue lashing?
A little known fact about Coach Matta is that he might be the worst yeller in the history of getting angry. What I mean by this is that itâs completely unnatural for him to yell, so when he does itâs hard to take him seriously. Heâs the consummate âplayersâ coach,â which is why I was able to write my blog and act like an idiot on a daily basis. Because of this, he rarely ever screamed at us and when he did it was always a little forced. Looking back, it was always pretty funny when he yelled but one story involving his yelling sticks out more than any other, even though it wasnât at halftime or after a game.
During my freshman year at Ohio State, Coach Matta began having back problems that eventually led to him having foot drop in his right foot that still plagues him today. Before his injury, one of his favorite ways of expressing his anger during practice was to dropkick a basketball into the Schottenstein Center stands. When yelling simply wasnât getting the job done, heâd find a ball laying close to him scream a few four-letter words, and cherry bomb for the upper deck. But when he started having back problems, he obviously couldnât punt basketballs anymore, so he had to start improvising.
Maybe the funniest moment in my Ohio State career happened at one practice after Coach Mattaâs back problems came up. He got upset with the way we were playing, presumably because Ivan Harris was shooting too many fade-away threes and Ron Lewis was smacking his lips at everybody, and stopped practice to unleash a furious tirade. After he thought he got through to us, we started practicing again. But on the very first play back, somebody didnât do something right (my guess is that Daequan Cook forgot that he had to run to the other end of the floor and play defense after he scored) and Coach Matta lost it. He temporarily forgot about his foot drop as he searched for a basketball to punt into the stands. When he eventually found one, the proverbial light bulb in his head went off telling him that kicking a basketball is right next to swinging a golf club and receiving a powerbomb on the list of âThe Absolute Worst Things You Could Possibly Do With A Bad Back.â Upon realizing this, Coach Matta turned to a nearby assistant coach and quickly told him something that was undoubtedly along the lines of âkick this for me.â
The assistant (who will remain unnamed for his sake) was obviously flustered by the request, because it was probably the last thing he expected to hear. Plus, he hadnât even been that upset that we were playing badly, or at least he certainly wasnât mad enough to want to kick a basketball. Still, the assistant didnât want to upset Coach Matta more than he already was, so he quickly wound up to kick the ball. But instead of kicking it, he almost completely whiffed, as the ball grazed the side of his foot and rolled to the other end of the court. When this happened, the assistant was so embarrassed about whiffing that he actually became just as mad as Coach Matta, even though it was for a completely different reason. In a hilarious turn of events, the assistant coach decided that the best way to release the anger that he had just developed was to, you guessed it, dropkick another basketball. He hurriedly grabbed another ball and again wound up to boot the snot out of it. This time he made a little better contact, with âlittleâ being the operative word here. The ball shot off the side of his foot as he shanked the kick into only the fifth row of the stands. I started laughing so hard that I had to bury my face in my jersey, and eventually acted like I had to pee so I could leave the gym without getting busted for not taking things seriously. It was, without a doubt, the worst execution of an angry tirade by a coaching staff that Iâve ever witnessed.
Ok, so maybe it wasnât the funniest thing to happen when I was at Ohio State. But itâs still pretty funny to think about a pissed off Coach Matta delegating the role of ball-kicker to a flustered assistant coach, who just so happened to be so bad a kicking that he made Ray Finkle look like Morten Andersen.
Just was wondering what your thoughts are on OSU basketball team this upcoming year. Think they will be as good as you guys were last year even with the loss of The Villain? I know they have a good incoming freshman class that will help, especially with Sullinger. So just seeing what your thoughts are on the subject.
Obviously I could make some wisecracks about how Ohio State is going to struggle to replace me and my record for the most wins in the history of the program. And I could joke about how I brought so many intangibles to the team that Iâm just as synonymous with intangibility as MC Hammer. And I could also make some funnies about how screwed the team will be because theyâll have one less silky smooth J to have to keep in check during practice, which means they wonât be nearly as prepared as they should be for games. I could do all those things, but since most of you are probably Ohio State fans who really do want to know how good the team will be, Iâll give you my honest opinion on this yearâs team.
I fully expect this yearâs team to be every bit as good as our team from last year, even though they lost The Villain. In fact, I think they might actually be better off without The Villain. Obviously, on the surface it seems like Iâm saying this just because I want to take shots at The Villain, but the truth is that last year we won or lost based on how he played. Clearly he played well more often than not, but even so, many of our games consisted of four guys standing around watching Evan take over. This became a problem during a few stretches of last season. Thereâs no way that theyâll be able to replace The Villain this year, but I donât think they necessarily need to. This team will have a lot more parity, which will force teams to plan their defenses around more than one guy.
On an individual level, I really think Will Buford will be the best player in the Big Ten this year, which may be surprising to hear for some people. I donât think he has much of a chance to win the Big Ten POY simply because of the fact that the people who vote for these things are unfathomably stupid, but he certainly has the talent to be phenomenal this year. From what Iâve seen over the summer and early this fall, Will has not only improved his basketball skills, but heâs also taken his mental approach to a whole new level. Last year he kinda took a backseat and picked his spots throughout the season, but this year heâs already showing signs of being the undisputed go-to guy on the team. Heâs playing his ass off right now and I would say his swagger is through the roof, except Iâve never actually used the word âswaggerâ to describe anything in my life and I really donât want to start now. But you get the idea.
As for some of the other guys â Dallas Lauderdale finally gave in to his baldness and shaved his head, which is hilariously awesome to me. Dave Lighty has promised me that since this is his 17th and last year at OSU, heâs planning on making it his best. And Jon Diebler is still the same doucher heâs always been.
Oh, and Coach Matta told me that Jared Sullinger is the best player heâs ever recruited. Ever. And this was when Jared was at least 30 pounds overweight. Heâs since lost a lot of weight and is in much better shape. Translation: Iâm going to every home game this year.
Which brings us to the next emailâ¦
I'm a freshmen here at the great OSU. Basketball tickets go on sale today, and the games I've been to I (and I'm sure you also) have noticed some great fans in the student section such as Red Man Group and the Cowboy. With the basketball fans getting a lot of flack about not being good enough and the reforms they made to the student section this year (behind the bench), do you have any ideas for one person or a group of people to get a 4 year tradition of great Buckeye fanhood? The only idea I have that is decent (or maybe not) would be to have 5 guys all in full uniform behind the bench every game and call ourselves "Second String" or something like that. So let me know if you've got some good ones and you can see your work in action this winter at the games.
If thereâs one thing Iâve always wished I was better at, itâs parkour. But if thereâs two things I wished I was better at, theyâre parkour and coming up with creative ideas for basketball fans or fantasy football/intramural team names. For some reason I always draw a blank on these kinds of things, probably because I have never actually experienced any of them. Iâve never played intramurals or fantasy football and I was always too busy making it rain to think about creative basketball fan costumes or signs, which is why I think Iâm so far behind on the creative curve with this stuff. Itâs a lame, copout of an excuse, I know. But I really think this Second String idea is solid. Iâd go with that if I were you.
Iâm a sophomore in high school. Today I was eating lunch and like we do everyday, we were shooting trick shots into the trash can with our empty Gatorade bottles, the only drink for high quality athletes. I made a behind the back bounce off one table and over our assistant principal. I just wanted a judgment of this shot from a respected, honorable American like yourself. On a scale from 1 to the size of Greg Oden's penis, what would you rate this shot?
Without video evidence, I just donât see how I can give it anything higher than a Brett Favre.
Since there has been a tremendous lack of historical wrestling flavor in your blog save for a few small references, I would like to share with you that two of the all-time legends, Ric Flair and Mick Foley, will battle it out in the upcoming TNA Impact in somewhat of a "Last Match".
In order, hereâs my list of the Top 10 all-time saddest moments in wrestling history:
I know it goes without saying, but just so weâre clear â the greatest moment in wrestling history is without a doubt âThe Plane Ride from Hell,â highlighted by Ric Flair trying to get a flight attendantâs attention by spinning his penis in circles while wearing nothing but one of his badass robes.
I've been thinking for some time that you're input could be valuable on this subject. Since last winter my roommates and I have debated what would be the best way to "make whoopee" with Jillian from The Biggest Loser. I guess there really are a lot of excellent options to go about this but the following are the choices for the four of us:
Call me old-fashioned, but if I had to âmake whoopeeâ with Jillian Iâd just do it the same way Iâve done it my whole life â Iâd make her a mixtape full of K-Ci & JoJo to get her attention, Iâd give her my class ring to prove my sincerity, and then Iâd slip a roofie into her drink and have my way with her underneath the bleachers during the 3rd quarter of the varsity football game. But thatâs just me. Iâm more chivalrous than most. ___________________________________________________
After I called out the walk-on community with my last blog post, tons of walk-ons around the country emailed me to sign up for The Belt. This is very encouraging, but I still think we need more guys. So again, please email me if you are a Division I menâs basketball walk-on. Even if you arenât eligible for The Belt, you can still help out by writing a Facebook message or something to the walk-ons for your favorite basketball team that will let them know about this awesome contest.
I also want to take a second to remind everyone about the Club Trillion Halloween costume contest I decided to have. In case you forgot, the only rule for the contest is that your costume has some sort of reference to Club Tril. This reference can be as strong or as weak as you want, as costumes can range from a walk-on basketball player sitting on a bench to my idea of a giant inflatable penis wearing an Evan Turner jersey. Remember: the stakes are high, as the most creative costume gets a free âFUNDAMENTALS MONTAGE!!!â shirt.
Finally, I wanted to let the Trillion Man March know that we will again be taking part in Movember this year for prostate cancer awareness/research. Since this blog post is already long enough, Iâll provide all the details with the next blog post. For now, I just wanted to remind you all to get mentally prepared to start growing your mustaches out on November 1st. Also, Iâm planning on having maybe a couple mustache contests and Iâm working on getting Barbasol to sponsor everything by providing shaving cream for the winners. Get excited. ___________________________________________________
Your awesome YouTube was sent in to me by John J. and features Mitchell, a member of the TMM, wearing his CLUB TRIL shirt. Thereâs your shout-out, John. And hereâs your video.
Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,
Club Trillion Founder
|BWW Review: DR. JOHN IN SAN DIEGO at Embarcadero Marina|
A worse-for-wear Dr. John walked slowly to the piano with the help of two canes. He was no quicker while leaving the stage at the end of the set. But for over an hour in between, he and his sextet kept up an infectious funky beat, and his voice and piano playing erased half a century of his 76 years. Listeners felt an irresistible urge to tap feet, sway rhythmically, and sometimes laugh at the lyrics of songs such as "How Come My Dog Don't Bark (When You Come 'Round)?" sung in Dr. John's inimitable raspy growl. Contrary to the title of his biggest hit, it was "Right Place, Right Time."
San Diego's Euphoria Brass Band octet set an appropriately festive mood before the main act with a New Orleans brass-band sound, spiced by R&B tinged saxes. As they
left the stage before a brief intermission, they second-lined with a good chunk of the crowd, wailing to a finish on the large lawn where people socialize and buy food and beverages before the concert.
In strange program-handout oversites, Euphoria band members were listed, the musicians backing Dr. John weren't, and Dr. John was described as a guitarist rather than a pianist. He does play both, but usually piano, his only instrument on this night.
The concert was part of the San Diego Symphony's "Bayside Summer Nights" series at the Embarcadero on the waterfront. During my recent interview with Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer she told me a substantial investment in the series is playing an important role in plans for reaching a larger audience. This season that means performers such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd and Leslie Odom, Jr.
But for me, the most important change has been a huge improvement in audio-visual equipment. The outdoor concerts previously had the sound of an AM table-radio playing in another room at home. Especially for those choosing ultra-casual seating on the grass, only the canons of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture could attract attention above neighboring conversations. No more. Bass guitarist Roland Guerin and drummer Herlin Riley were rocking the outdoor venue as if it were an intimate night club, while video closeups of soloists and their instruments were sharp and clear on a new stadium-size display above the stage.
The set included mandatory appearances of "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such a Night," among many other tunes. Although Dr. John sang and played piano on each, most of the solo heavy-lifting went to organ and keyboard player Joe Ashlar, trumpeter Leon Brown and lead guitarist Eric Struthers. Ashlar played with spectacular bouncing energy. Brown can do old-fashioned New Orleans gut-bucket trumpet, but mixes in more contemporary sounds and the mysterious, dark-glasses stage-presence of a MiLes Davis. Eric Struthers adds to the group's eclectic and eccentric style with virtuosic blues and rock-phrased electric guitar.
Dr. John might have gotten the most enthusiastic reaction of the evening had he included a change-of-pace solo in the New Orleans Professor Longhair style he does so well. But the relentless swampy gris-gris groove was never less than captivating.
A cool evening on San Diego's waterfront with food, liquid refreshment and top-notch entertainment. What's not to like? The Symphony's summer series continues through September 3rd. For a calendar and ticket information visit SD SYMPHONY.
|Welcome to the Pro Team Thomas Delfino|
The flying Frenchmen has landed on the Rome SDS Global Pro Team!
An infectious personality on and off his snowboard, Thomas Delfino attracts attention ever time he drops-in.
A preference for deep powder, steep drops and lofty jumps, Thomas is a backcountry ruler who is equally happy accessing terrain by splitboard, sled, or lift-access in the Alps. However he gets up a face or zone, itâs safe to say it Thomasâs respect and passion for snowboarding shows in how he goes about it. His perpetually stoked attitude and his ability to ride any terrain no matter the conditions, makes him an integral part of whatever trip heâs onâand a top choice for us when weâre planning out a project.
Passion cannot be bought, sold, reproduced or faked. He comes at snowboarding the same way that we do. Thomas is the real deal and we are beyond stoked to welcome him to the pro team!
Cast: Rome Snowboards
|Ten Years Later: Foster Care, Again|
IN late June, Congress marked the 10th anniversary of its enactment of sweeping legislation to reform the nation's child welfare system and provide foster children with greater legal safeguards. The law resulted in many significant improvements. But forces unleashed in the '80s demand a renewed commitment to these children. The ``Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980'' was designed to reduce foster care placements by providing services to families at risk. The law also established procedural protections, including a case review system and due process guarantees, to protect children from languishing in foster care.
Ten years later, approximately 500,000 children live in the foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. An increasing number are repeat placements. The number of children in out-of-home care could rise top 840,000 by 1995, if present trends continue.
Children, families, foster parents, and caseworkers have become victims under the current, overburdened system. A 12-year-old former foster child testified before Congress that he'd had so many different placements that he couldn't remember them all. A mother told us she placed her son in foster care to get him the services he badly needed.
In Florida, a caseworker was recently convicted of child abuse for returning a two-year-old to parents who drowned the toddler because she had not been toilet trained. Caseworkers have repeatedly testified that they are understaffed and overworked. In trying to determine whether to return a child to its parents, caseworkers are now damned if they do and damned if they don't.
When the 1980 law was enacted, crack cocaine was unknown. Eight years later, over 100,000 children were born exposed to cocaine. That number could rise to 4 million by the end of this decade. The victims of crack and other drugs are prime candidates for the foster care system. In New York City, crack was a factor in nearly 9,000 child neglect cases last year - over three times as many as in 1986. In California, over 60 percent of drug exposed babies have been placed in foster care, and nationwide many more have become ``boarder babies'' - abandoned in hospitals by parents too sick, or too strung out, to care for them.
AIDS, virtually unknown in 1980, today infects hundreds of children who are abandoned and in need of care. Another leading cause of children entering the child welfare system in the '80s was child abuse. Reports of abuse have more than doubled since a decade ago, with over 2.2 million reports last year.
And a decade ago, the scourge of homelessness was only a minor concern. Today, families with children are one of the fastest growing groups among the homeless, and those children are prime candidates for foster care. In fact, some social-service agencies have compelled homeless parents to give up their children in order to qualify for shelter.
These factors were compounded by massive cuts in federal ``safety net'' child welfare and housing programs. With the ink barely dry on the 1980 foster care law, the new Reagan administration sought to repeal it and let state and local governments handle the mounting crises on their own. When Congress wouldn't let that happen, the Department of Health and Human services tried de facto repeal: funding for preventative services was opposed, state plans went unreviewed, and few audits were conducted despite growing evidence of fiscal mismanagement and soaring costs.
Fortunately, some counties and states have initiated family preservation programs to reduce dependence on foster placements, often with financial support from foundations and the private sector. Many have demonstrated success. Only 2 percent of the families served under Maryland's Intensive Family Services program, for example, required out-of-home placement.
But many states and localities can't afford their own programs to compensate for federal indifference. Legislation we recently introduced will direct greater resources toward family preservation and will assist states in developing proven, cost effective services to keep families together - such as pre-placement, reunification, post-adoption and after-care assistance, and strengthened due process protections for foster children and their parents.
It is a sad commentary on the state of domestic policies that the best action Congress can take to commemorate the 10th anniversary of our foster care law is to pass a new bill to fulfill the promise of the original reform. Sad, yes; but it would be irresponsible to allow hundreds of thousands of children to languish without a place to call home.
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|The Best Zombie Movie Ever Made? THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE|
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The Best Zombie Movie Ever Made? THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE
SHOCK resurrects Jorge Grau’s terrifying zombie thriller THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE.
This in an essay about the living dead so, for the sake of space, letâs start our story in Pittsburgh, 1968, with that too-tall, goggle-eyed grandfather of American horror, George A. Romero…
Taking his cues from Mathesonâs seminal 1954 vampire plague novella I AM LEGEND (âI ripped him off!â the writer/director unashamedly told me once), commercial /industrial filmmaker Romeroâs first feature was a nightmarish, grainy, black and white tale of undead apocalypse; a gruesome story of the fresh dead inexplicably reviving and groping their grey-eyed way to cannibalize the living. That picture, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, would slowly shamble its way into horror history, becoming a critical and cult favorite, a staple at midnight screenings and a massive international hit, especially in Europe where it was heralded as a Grand Guignol arthouse masterpiece.
Enter filmmaker Jorge Grau, a young, experimental Spanish director who, along with an equally visionary, French New Wave inspired pack of bratty celluloid slingers (the likes which include THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE helmer Vincente Aranda) was, at the time, being championed as the avant-garde future of the Spanish film industry. In the wake of Grauâs violent, sexual and historically accurate telling of the Elizabeth Bathory legend, 1973âs THE BLOODY COUNTESS, producer Edmondo Amati approached the filmmaker to direct a movie that would blatantly ride the box office coattails of the Romero picture, but add the more immediate dimension of dripping, full blooded color, replacing the gritty, cheap, shadowy expressionism of NIGHT with a more garish, pulpy and stomach churning pallet. Grau, swayed by a larger paycheck and the chance to film in England eagerly obliged, taking the rather straight forward genre screenplay and giving it a re-write, grafting on his own, unique personality quirks, obsessions and style, borrowing from Romeroâs creation but forging something completely fresh and deliciously offbeatâ¦
Known on these shores under at least a dozen lurid (and occasionally ludicrous) titles, including DONâT OPEN THE WINDOW, BRUNCH WITH THE DEAD and LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE, Grauâs resulting 1974 Spanish/Italian zombie shocker âNon Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Mortiâ, is a movie that Iâve always preferred to call by its UK moniker, THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE. Because I just love the way it reads.
London antique dealer George (a bearded, badass looking Ray Lovelock from, among many other things Armando Crispinoâs AUTOPSY) is on a cross-country motorcycle trip into rural England when, after a bike crushing accident, he regretfully hooks up with the beautiful, fragile Edna (Christina Galbo from WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?) who is also traveling into the sticks to visit her mentally ill sister. On route, the pair come across a strange machine; a whirring, pulsing metallic engine sitting squarely in the centre of a farmers field. Said machineis an agricultural device that sends out waves of low frequency radiation designed to provoke insects to go mad and cannibalize each other. Science!
Lanky haired, neo-hippie George balks at such underhanded environmental buggery, a position which only increases in intensity when he and Edna discover said supposedly harmless radiation is in fact stimulating the recently dead to get up and kill, with the people they kill then getting up to kill. As the local police (led by American stage actor Arthur Kennedy, in a cruel and cranky performance) attempt to pin the rash of violent zombie induced murders on the troubled couple, the evil crop-protecting, dead- provoking device keeps chugging and spinning and the corpses keep-a-coming, resulting in the inevitable tragic, violent, titular (emphasis on the tit!) morgue set climax.
When THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE was released it almost immediately came under fire from critics for its then outrageous levels of graphic splatter, a truly shocking cavalcade of carnage designed by none other than Italian FX wizard Giannetto De Rossi. De Rossi is the latex and karo syrup slinging genius who would later find acclaim drilling brains, poking out eyes and regurgitating guts under the watchful eye of the late, great Fulci and though his art here was not yet quite state of, itâs still pretty damned fantastic: flesh is ripped from bodies, innards are torn out of heaving bellies, eyeballs are eaten and perhaps most notoriously, an unfortunate lass has her blouse ripped open and her left breast crudely removed by the clawing hands of a hungry ghoul.
And speaking of ghouls, the homicidal stiffs on display here are really terrifying; a mangy, slow and stiff lot of relentless red-eyed refuse (incidentally, the crimson contact lenses appear to be exactly the same as the ones utilized for the âinfectedâ in Danny Boyleâs 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later). And these zombies arenât a bunch of amateur local yokels bumbling around in greasepaint but are in fact real actors, characters ripped right out of the worst (or best, as the case with us horror fans may be) nightmare; I can honestly say that Spanish actor Fernando Hilbeckâs, gravestone tossing, recently resurrected, drowned hobo Gutherie, with his sopping wet clothes, blotchy stare and stubbly lock jaw is one of the most frightening screen bogeymen Iâve ever seen and the damage he inflicts on his victims is just as shuddery.
But beyond the moldy monsters and the ample waste of human life on display, the real impact in Grauâs remarkable motion picture lies in the level of intelligence, of finely crafted human drama, of mounting dread and almost Hitchcockian suspense (and black humor) that so effortlessly guides the grue. We come to genuinely care for George and Edna, to believe in their blossoming love, their genuine connection that builds under the direst of circumstances. And when things take a turn for the worse in the final reel, thereâs a palpable sense of loss that pushes the horror into an emotional level unseen in the post Night, non-Romero zombie efforts. The score, by Giuliano Sorgini (SS HELL CAMP) is another major source of the pictureâs skin tightening power, a soundscape that deftly veers between string soaked British lounge pop (especially effective in the dazzlingly edited opening credits montage) and heaving, gasping, synth burbling experimentalism.
THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE is an accessible, thought provoking and paralyzing Eurohorror classic whose ample flaws, frequent lapses in logic (does ANY of the action actually take place IN Manchester?) and many plot inconsistencies (how does Hilbeck manage to revive his fellow cadavers by wiping blood on their eyelids, exactly? Who cares! Itâs creepy!) take a backseat to the movieâs many macabre and gruesomely elegant delights.
This isnât the quasi- realist American horror of Romero and it isnât the chunky in your face zombie opera shock of Fulci. This is the zombie film as dark, lyrical, melancholy fairy tale, a film that exists in a class of its own.
And it very well might be the best zombie movie ever made.
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|Somalia: For many girls, school holidays means FGM âcutting seasonâ|
Source: UN Population Fund
HARGEISA â Asha Ali Ibrahim, 41, has been performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in Diaami, Hargeisa and other parts of Somalia since 1997. July and August are her busiest months of the year. âThis is the peak season, when parents bring their children to be cut,â she told UNFPA.
July, August and September are something of a âcutting seasonâ for many girls around the world, when the break from school means they have time to undergo, and recover from, FGM. Though there is little formally collected data, experts say that FGM is commonly practiced during the school vacation period in parts of Guinea, Nigeria and Somalia.
In some cases, girls even travel from abroad to undergo the procedure. And in some places, it is a precursor to child marriage, which may also take place during school holidays.
FGM is carried out for a variety of reasons. In some places, it is the belief girls must be cut to control their libido. In others, it is the perception that intact girls are dirty or ugly, or that cutting is a prerequisite for marriage. But the practice causes serious medical problems, including haemorrhage, infection, complications in childbirth and even death.
In all cases, FGM is an internationally recognized human rights violation.
About 98 per cent of women and girls in Somalia have undergone some form of FGM, according to a 2011 survey. The most common type involves cutting the genitals then sewing them closed, which can cause significant and long-lasting harm.
Somali girls typically undergo this procedure between ages 7 and 10, but Ms. Ibrahim says girls brought from abroad â especially from the United States and Europe â are usually older, between 12 and 14 years old. âIt is a bit cumbersome to carry out the procedure on tissue that is more mature, and the grown up girls struggle more than younger ones,â she said.
Ms. Ibrahim is clear-eyed about some of the dangers. When she took over the role of circumciser from her aging mother, she was motivated in part by a desire to protect girlsâ health.
âMy mother was using one razor blade on all girls she cut. My daughter got sick soon after being cut by my mother, and I was informed at the hospital that the infection may have occurred from the procedure,â she explained. âI had been understudying my mother, so I asked her to stop carrying out FGM and I took over.â
Ms. Ibrahim uses one razor blade per client to avoid infections. Her other tools include a small bottle of lidocaine, disposable syringes, balls of cotton wool, raw egg that she says heals the wound, a powdered concoction of traditional herbs and penicillin to prevent infection, a thick white thread to sew up the girls after cutting them, and some methylated spirits for cleaning up. Ms. Ibrahim obtains these supplies over the counter from local pharmacies.
Despite her meticulousness, there have been mishaps. Ms. Ibrahim says she has rushed haemorrhaging girls to hospital. Still, she takes pride in her work, and feels it is an important cultural practice. She denies it causes problems during childbirth.
Her own young granddaughter is due to be cut this season, though the procedure has been postponed. âSheâs been unwell recently and I am waiting for her to be better before I circumcise her,â she said.âCircumcision is important as a transition to adulthood. It turns a girl into a woman and this is why all the girls in my homestead have to be circumcised,â she told UNFPA.
âThe world is changingâ
âSchools are closed for two months between July and August, and this indeed the peak season for FGM,â said Ahmed Jama, a UNFPA specialist working on the issue
UNFPA partners with the government, health workers, local organizations, as well as religious leaders and youth activists to encourage their community and policymakers to abandon the practice.
The Hargeisa Institute of Health Sciences revised its midwifery curriculum last year, with help from UNFPA, to teach how to manage FGM-related complications that arise during childbirth. The programme also trains future midwives to become advocates for abandoning the practice.
âThe world is changing, and Somalis are changing too,â said Nimo Hussain, the instituteâs director.
Religious leaders like Sheikh Almis Yahye Ibrahim, 47, are encouraging these changes. The head of International Horn University, he is one of six sheikhs in the Arab region who have formed a network to fight FGM. He also preaches about the harms of FGM to the roughly 5,000 people at the Ibrahim Dheere Mosque.
But the biggest differences will be seen in his daughterâs generation, where girls are increasingly being spared the practice.
None of Sheikh Ibrahimâs three daughters have been cut. âI wouldnât want to destroy anything about them. They should remain the way Allah created them,â he said.
Youth take the lead
Activists in the Y-Peer youth network have also take on the issue.
Pioneered by UNFPA in 2002, Y-Peer trains young people to educate community members about sexual and reproductive health. In Hargeisa, Y-Peer advocates talk to health workers, community members and other young people about a range of topics, including family planning, gender-based violence, child marriage and FGM.
And they have taken the messages to heart.
âI can only marry a girl who is over 18 and is not a victim of FGM,â declared Abdirahman Mohamed, 26, a Y-Peer project officer.
âI wouldnât marry any girl who has undergone FGM because I donât want to live with the health complications,â Mustafa Abdirahman, 19, another Y-Peer member, told UNFPA.
Still, these brave youth are the exception. FGM is still widespread, and its negative consequences continue to ravage the lives of women and girls .
Eighty-year-old Cibaado Ismail knows this all too well. She lives in the Rugta camp for internally displaced persons, just outside Hargeisa.
Her daughter died at age 17 of complications during childbirth. The baby also died. Ms. Ismail blames FGM.
âAn FGM awareness campaign in the camp helped me understand the negative effects of the practice,â Ms. Ismail said. âI have since banned all my 10 female grandchildren from being cut.â
â Pilirani Semu-Banda
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It wasn't until Thursday night that I decided to head to Manchester, TN, for 'A Race for the Ages' (arfta). Plaxico had been sick on Monday and I had a sinus infection that I couldn't shake. After talking it over with Pat, we were good to go...although I did start to have some misgivings on Saturday when nothing seemed to go right and we left an hour later than I was hoping. I was a little nervous traveling alone with the baby again. The last time was in May when we headed to Strolling Jim and he was 7 months old. I had some concerns and none were really pertaining to the race too much. When you travel with a baby, if you have to stop to pee, you have to get him out of the car seat and then try to go to the bathroom without him fussing too much, or setting him down on the dirty bathroom floors. In May, I just pulled him and the car seat out, and it wasn't too big of a deal.
We left on Saturday afternoon around 4 with the plan to stop halfway or so for dinner. At 6 we pulled into Crack and filled our bellies and everything seemed well. We only had 90 minutes left to drive and I thought we would go by the race site to set up our stuff and thenwe could return ready to run Sunday morning. With 40 minutes to go, Plaxico decided he had enough riding. I sang our song for a bit and that helped some. Finally after tears on both sides, we pulled into the parking lot and I rescued him from the car seat. I finally caught up to John Price and he pointed out the shady spot he reserved for us (thank you JP!!) and Sandra helped me quickly throw our
stuff out. It was too dark to really see well enough to set up and I knew I needed to get to the hotel to get someone in a little better mood. My only really bad decision of the weekend; should have just went straight to the hotel.
My start time was Sunday at 2a.m. (that was not happening). In an ideal world, it would have been great to start in the cool morning hours and Plaxico would have been fine riding in his pack sleeping. The problem with that scenario is that mom has to be alert to take care of him during the daylight hours. So the early morning start was out. We slept in some and managed to make it to the race site by about 9 (I forget if that was central or eastern time now though.) Aimee graciously came and helped me set up our canopy and I got the rest of our stuff put out and then we were off to the start. I knew I needed to get as many miles in as I could while it was still cool. I also knew that I would need to stop every 3-4 miles and make sure Plaxico was good as far as diapers, food, and temperment. :)
We had made it around 3 times and I decided that we would stop during our 4th mile. Plaxico ate and I checked his diaper. We enjoyed our little shady spot under the tree. There was a nice breeze there and we were close to the bus if I needed anything out of it. After about a half hour or so, we headed back out for some more loops. We reached mile 7 and it was beginning to heat up so I let Mike know that we would be stopping for a while. I decided to go visit some friends who were about 30 minutes away and get out of the heat. I kind of thought that we might get the chance to come back that evening and grab a few more miles, but someone got a little over stimulated meeting new friends and petting horses. It was close to dinnertime back home so I called in our order on the way to the hotel and swung by the Crack for dinner. It was a good call. After we had dinner and a bath, Plaxico was asleep by 7.
(Sidenote: I have to say getting a shower or bath was one of the things that I was concerned about. I did not want to be a sweaty pig all weekend unable to get cleaned up but I had tried taking a shower before while he was in the tub with me...no dice. So we took a bath together. Quite frankly, it reminded me of my childhood. We had a cistern and occasionally would run out of water and I would have to go up the road to mamaw's to take a bath. I can still here her yelling "That's enough" when I tried to fill up the tub and I would have only an inch of water. At least I had a little more than that with us, but not much more. I also remember my mom talking about when they grew up, they had to share their bath water. There were 6 girls and 1 boy in her family. I wondered if any of them had to take a bath with pee in it. Thankfully, that was at the end and I was already finished "washing" us both off.)
Day one Sunday: 7 miles total
Plaxico slept for 12 hours so we were good to go again. I tried to get us there a little bit earlier to get some miles in before the heat returned. We arrived and I checked us back in to start. I was really focused on trying to get 3-4 more miles in before our first break. In hindsite, I wish I would've tried to visit more with people that was there instead of being so focused on my measly goals but on the other hand, I felt by just being there I needed to push myself some. (Plus there was the carrot of the jacket hanging in my site.) The great thing with having Plaxico with me was that he was an easy conversation started. As shy as I am, it was great when people spoke to me about him becasue then I could work on my conversational skills. I would ask their names and where they were from. most had grandchildren around the same ages or somewhat older. It was funny I was coming around the end of the lap and was chatting with one of the ladies about being there and when i asked her name, she said Ann. It wasn't until after we passed the timing tent that I saw that it was "the Ann Trason" that I was chatting with. Most introduced themselves by just their first names, so it left me wondering who i may really be chatting with but I didn't care. I was having fun. I know I had a couple of people that came across concerned about Plaxico and getting sunburn. I am happy to report that I was very diligent in his sunblock and he did not get any sunburn. As far as I could discern, he was pretty happy. The only time he was displeased was when I had to change his diaper on Monday (which he is displeased with that little task 78% of the time) and when I wouldn't let him eat things falling out of the trees (I wasn't sure if hickory nuts were poisonous but a little tree bark in itself probably would've been alright). ;) We stayed out there for most of the day Monday, but stayed in our shady spot and then went in at lunchtime to eat. (I bought the meal plan for my age and Monday's lunch was the only meal we partook in.) I got to visit with Bill, Sue, and others while we ate. It was close to 2 when we headed back out on the course. I figured 10-2 is the hottest part of the day, so we were on the down slope. When we stopped for our break during the 19th mile, I checked the standings. We could move up a couple of spots if we could get 5 more miles in. Two people had stopped at 23 miles. At this time there was 2.5 hours left. Plenty of time to get the miles in but the sun was relentlessly beating down on the course. No worries though. There were some huge fluffy clouds behind us. Surely they would come across the course. After an hour of waiting for the clouds to come over the course and packing up most of our stuff, we decided our day was done. I was sad to be leaving before the end of the race and the awards but Plaxico was showing hunger signs but wouldn't eat anything I had with me. We went and turned in our chip and said bye to Amiee and Case when I went in to use the restroom. It was only 90 minutes to go but a momma has to do what is right by her baby. I called us in an order for Crack and picked it up on the way to the room. We ate, another bath (pee free this time), and Plaxico was asleep by 7:15. I was bummed also because I didn't really get to say goodbye to many people before we left. I had a great time and I think Plaxico did also. I tried to stay more relaxed about our trip and I think that really helped as far as keeping an 11 month old little boy happy away from home. I was way short of my goal (no mas on the jacket) but fairly happy with the 19 miles we finished up with. I was also happy to be able to enjoy my weekend away from home getting a little bit of exercise, a handful of miles, and seeing a bunch of new smiles. It was great fun being in Fred Deadman Park.
Total miles for "40" hours: 19 miles
Weight of pack & Plaxico: 28 pounds
*Forgive the formatting and editing that may be needed...someone is needing my attention. Sigh....back to the real world.
|Inspiration at the Big Dog Backyard Ultra Run October 22, 2011||ï»¿ |
I arrived Friday afternoon after a snafu at work kept me from getting there earlier like I originally planned. Most were out on the walking tour, but Mike, Juli, and several others were there as I unloaded my stuff. I sat my stuff out close to the drive, but far back away from the start/finish that I would not be in the way of real contenders. Turns out I was next to John Price's stuff (my former road angel from Vol State). So I left my stuff there and headed over to my friend Lina's house to stay the night.
The next morning when I arrived, there was a table with plastic bins/drawers set up beside me. It was Tim E. and Lisa's stuff. I offered to move my stuff. I sure didn't want to be in their way! They were very gracious, so I sat down to fill my bottles and get ready for the race. It was quite chilly and I had brought three hats to wear; a ball cap for when it warmed up, a toboggan, and a semi ski mask. I settled on wearing the orange ski mask because of the chilly air. I knew keeping my mouth covered and breathing through it would help me and keep my asthma at bay. I knew I looked goofy, but I've learned some things that do work for me and I don't care how I look. Soon enough the whistles began to blow and we lined up. I lined up in the back as normal and we headed out onto the road section. The road section was a little longer than I expected and I wasn't sure how much time it would add. I had the course broke down into three sections. The first and third section was essentially the same minus the road section on the first leg. The second section was the loop. On the test runs, the loop was longest for me. I was really nervous when we came to the turn to go uphill and begin the loop section. My watch said 21:05. Only on the first section, and I'm already behind. I decide to pass a few people going uphill and try to make up some time. I settled in behind Lisa, Tim D., and Nikki. I was still worried. I kept glancing down at my watch. Wondering if I should speak up or not. I finally did mention how I had the course broke down in my head to Nikki and that I felt that we were behind. Lisa and Tim had just taken off I thought, when we popped out of the loop and Nikki began going uphill. I started right behind her but told her I thought this was the wrong way. For some reason in my head, I was thinking there was more gravel on the hill. We kind of went back and forth and I'm thinking "Oh my gosh, I am arguing on a trail with Nikki Seger. I must be out of my mind. She'll tell everyone about this big mouth arguing chick." Finally, I told her if there is a cave up ahead, then we are wrong. There was and we were. I tried to run, in vain, to catch up to Lisa and Tim. When the downed tree came in sight, I knew they were long gone and I turned back. As I did, I came upon several others that had come uphill instead of making a hard left at the end of the fence line. (I wonder how may people I scared running at them with this big orange face mask on, yelling "Turn around, we are going the wrong way." I'm sure they thought Halloween had come early. Look at that pumpkin head.) At the bottom of the hill, at the turn, I asked Nikki if I should wait and make sure Lisa and Tim made the turn when they came out from the loop. I didn't know what the etiquette was, but she said no. I felt bad for them, especially Lisa because I knew alot of people were pulling for her to win it all. I quickly took off my hat and laid it on the ground and grabbed some sticks and tried to make an arrow pointing toward the in/out section. I left it and hurried to catch up to Nikki and the others. We came out off the trail head and headed down the driveway. I was crushed. I was going to be timed out on the first loop. I had already began planning what to do with the rest of my day since I was about to be timed out. I actually couldn't wait to sit down. After chasing after Lisa and Tim (which was a dumb idea), and then racing to try to make it in before the hour was up. I was beat. We reached the rock, and as we did, Laz motioned us on. What? I had already settled on being timed out and now your telling me I can go. Could I? Did I want too? Nope, not unless I was able to pee first. I ran to the port o potty, grabbed my toboggan, and hurried out to try to catch up. The main pack of runners was heading in just as I was heading out on the road section. I didn't think I could make it but Laz doesn't give very many freebies. I had to try. I caught up again with Nikki and we chatted some, but I kept an eye on my watch. We were doing pretty good, but again, was going to be cutting it close. She let me pass as we crested the hill by Big's house and I took off the best I could. As I got closer, I could hear the whistle blowing. I tried to count how many times it had blown, but wasn't sure. I was coming down the driveway and saw all the runners lined up and then I heard the cow bell ring. Oh no....crushed again by a mere 15 seconds this time! What? Ray K is telling me to come on. He had told Laz about the first loop debacle and Laz was letting me go through again. I was getting one more mulligan. I had to get in under the hour, and I had to make up some time. I hadn't eaten much for breakfast and I needed to grab something to eat. ï»¿
Soon enough, the last whistle had blown and I got in line for the cow bell ringing. Wow...I should not have sat down. My legs felt wooden. When the Grim Reaper, aka Ray K, passed me on the road section, I knew I was done. I probably should have stopped, but I thought I might be able to squeeze one more loop out. Alas, I eventually was only running the downhills and pretty much walking everything else. My day was done. I was timed out on my fourth loop and met all of the remaining runners on the trail as I was making my way back to the start/finish line. When I told Laz I had exceeding my expectations, he told me someone has to get the low hanging fruit. Encouraging me as usual. lol
The rest of my day was spent learning from Nikki how to crew and get a runner in and out. She graciously let me help grab some things for Lisa and Tim when they came in from each loop. It felt good to help even though I knew I wasn't doing much of anything but standing in awe. Both of these guys were amazing to watch and very inspiring to me to be around. (Not too mention, Lisa pointed out that I was second place female. It hadn't even dawned on me. Of course, my husband would say that is first loser.) I felt very blessed to be around these three and their positive energy, especially such a true survivor as Nikki. I was very glad I came and thankful that Laz encouraged me in his subtle ways. I would have missed being blessed this weekend and encouraged.
Laz started the campfire and it was wonderful to sit around with John, Mike, Juli, Naresh, Diane, Abi, and many others as the clock ate their race. The brats were tasty and I hated to leave, but I did not want to go to my friend's house in the middle of the night. Plus, these guys were looking very strong. There was no telling when the race would end.
ï»¿ Diane also returned my favorite
So I am now looking forward to going back, and I hope Laz didn't take me too seriously when I asked him how to get myself banned from all of his races between loops 2 and 3. After all, Vol State wil be here before you know it. Oh and the Barkley Book Set out, that I would very much like to redeem myself at. Too much fun and so little time.
Sigh......Life is good dag nab em dumb biscuits!
|Last Annual Vol State Road Race 7-14-2011|| We headed down to Tennessee on Tuesday evening, stayed with a friend in Christiana, and met up with the rest of the tour caravan Wednesday morning in Shelbyville. The John Price and Diane Taylor decided to ride in the bus with us. I tried to pay attention, since this was the course tour, but I only vaguely remembered some spots-but one did come in handy later when I was in doubt.|
At the last supper, I got to put some more faces with names and Marv gave us all waterproof turn direction sheets (and every one's phone numbers on it). I promptly tested mine by accidentally lying it in water from my coke. It held up beautifully (and would hold up a couple of other times during short showers).
Thursday: We drove the short distance to the ferry. I was looking forward to riding the ferry, but also to see exactly what the start entailed. I knew we would ride a ferry to start, but I wasn't
and spray sunblock on. Soon we debarked again and I said goodbye to my mom and headed down the road following the line of others. My mom drove past and I waved and I swallowed hard. I'm on my own now. I still felt pretty good and was extremely excited to finally start a race I had been looking forward too for so long. About 5 minutes later, my phone rang. My mom was driving the bus for the first time and she wanted to know if it was normal for the service engine light to be on. Yep-tis normal. (I later learned that my tender hearted mom had a long cry after leaving me. At least until she realized she needed to pay attention if she was going to make it to Chattanooga. She is very directionally challenged.)
I jogged a little, but mainly walked and soaked it all in. I chatted with Erika for a little bit. She sounded great and had a solid plan of
not quitting (She explained her plane ticket didn't leave until after the race finish in ten days- so what else did she have to do. Probably the best plan and I wish I would have thought that way). I made my way through Hickman with no problems and headed down the straight stretch toward Union City, where I planned to stop at the famed Subway that I had heard so much debate about on the vol state emails. I passed the KY-TN state line and regretted not taking
a picture. My phone was hard to get in and out of my pack, so I didn't take hardly any pictures at all once the race started. Which I really regret my laziness. Wasn't that the whole part of the experience is documenting with pics. Not too mention, I am known for blowing my race times due to stopping and taking pics (and potty breaks).
During this straight stretch I could see Sherry up ahead of me. I also kept trading paces with Don Winkley's crew Donald. I said hi a couple of times and probably a couple of lame jokes, but I wasn't real sure of the etiquette when you keep passing someone and I felt like a snob if I didn't acknowledge even with at least a smile. Eventually though, Don caught up to me going into Union City. It would be the last I would see of him after leaving Union City. I also caught up to Sherry and we debated about the route we were suppose to take through Union City- which was also debated before the race. We went around the court house, so we figured we were safe. I spotted the Subway and headed in there. Fred Murolo and his family were in there having their lunch. I don't recall saying anything- I wasn't sure if they would know who I was.
Usually when I eat, I don't drink anything until after I finish. I can take the whole afternoon at work to drink a can of Mt. Dew. I just don't drink alot. I downed two Dr. Pepper's while eating my sandwich. It had only been several hours and I was already feeling
cool because I was doing something outside of my norm. Like attempting 314 miles was normal.
I finished and headed back out and down the road. It was starting to get warm and the first store I came to, I stopped and filled up my buff with ice. I tied off both ends and laid it on top of my head. It would keep my head cool and drip onto my arms for a nice cooling effect. I had practiced doing it over the 4th of July weekend. The only thing I did wrong this time was I overfilled it. Although it felt marvelous, too much drip and very wet shorts would lead to some nasty chafing to contend with at the end of the day.
I believe in between Union City and Martin is where I got to chat with Laz and Carl for a few minutes. I was still on the high of getting to do this race and was felling pretty good about it all. It was the first day after all!
I made it into Martin and stopped at McDonald's to eat. Someone
(with our group) was coming out, but I can't remember now who it was. I went in and ordered some food, found a table to plug in my
phone and tried to eat. I was able to get some food down and my phone charged up and I called my husband to let him know how it was going. (I was a little concerned about my phone not keeping a
charge- another reason I didn't take a lot of pics.) I thought about stopping in Martin for the night. I had heard a couple of people talk about doing that. When I mapped out my plan to use motels, I
was shooting for about 40 miles per day with a long day in there a couple of times. It was still fairly early in the day. I felt like I'd be wasting that time and I ended up keeping with my idea and I headed back out of McDonald's. I had about 10-12 miles to go to get to the hotel and it was a little off course. Thankfully, someone (not sure who this angel was) had spray painted the road for the correct route thru Dresden. Bless this guy! I would have been lost for sure. It was also really cool to see 500K next to a 5K race marking.(another
picture opportunity lost)
As I made my way towards the center of town, I could hear thunder in the distance. I was hoping I was somewhat close so I wouldn't get soaked. I had rolled up my directions and they were stuck in a loop on the front of my pack. This worked great since I pulled it out all of the time to help verify my direction and sometimes just to pass the time. Another test for the waterproof paper was approaching. I spoke to a couple out working in their yard and they agreed. I was about to get soaked. Sure enough, it started sprinkling and I pulled out my umbrella. (I had packed a poncho, but after seeing The John Price with one in his pack and the dual lives it has, I chucked the poncho before the ferry and put my umbrella in my pack.) The road I was on was narrow, but tree lined. Although there wasn't much traffic, right when the rain picked up a pick up truck came barreling down the road and hit the only puddle in the road to splash me as I tried to jump over into the ditch out of the way. Drats- just like being at home on my road! I said a few choice words to this guy too and kept plodding along. By the time I reached the town square it had stopped. I guess the rain chased everyone in for the evening. No one was out. All of the stores were closed down. Not a soul to be seen. It was kind of eerie going through the square at dusk, but kind of scaredy cat cool too- for me that is. I turned out of the town square and headed down the road that would take me past my turn for tomorrow, but to my hotel for tonight. That's when the cop pulled up next to me. He stopped, so I stopped as he got out of the car. He asked me how I was and if he could give me a ride somewhere. I told him I couldn't take a ride until Evergreen Street. I explained about the race and he told me to be careful and wished me well, then he pulled off a little doubtful of me being out there alone. Not enough to come back and give me a ride once I reached Evergreen Street though. I threw the hint out there. Hello?!...oh well, I'd have to trek off course to get to the motel.
The highlight was when I called Carl to check in for the evening. Carl is a true blessing and asset to the race. Seeing as how he's been there and down that, he knows what we are in for. Every time I called him, it was a highlight. In one of his updates, he stated that was important because he may be the only cheerful voice the runners would hear. He was correct. He informed me that I would have some company. I believe it was Josh and Naresh(?) maybe. As I trekked off course, I begin to fantasize that the stars would line up and maybe if it was Josh, I could get a ride with his crew in the morning back to the course. hahaha
The other highlight was at the end of the street was a Dollar General Store and a Subway. I headed for the Subway, but when I went in there, two fellas ordering for the whole ghost town I believe. I did not feel like waiting around, so I headed across the street to the DG Store. I needed some new sunglasses since I broke mine on the ferry right off the bat. I also picked up a box of band aids and some blister aid thingees. I grabbed a Sunny Delight- figured it would taste great in the morning. I don't drink coffee, but if I don't have orange juice (or some kind of juice) then it is a rough morning ahead. I also grabbed a candy bar and a bag of chips before heading to the motel.
I headed to the hotel to check in. It was one that I had heard may fill up. So it was the only one I booked a reservation at. I walked in and it would be when I met Holly Bobo. I would see a lot of Holly Bobo over the next few days. She was a girl that had gone missing in the area. She reminded me of a girl that was missing from Bloomington, about an 1.5 hours from my house. Kind of put an all to real perspective on a woman being out there alone for the most part. I think at the time though, I was too freaking tired to think about it. I just wanted the gentleman to please give me my key. Bless his heart being so efficient, but the incense he was burning was making me nauseous and I just wanted to sit. I was getting at the end of my rope. It was the second time I had ever went that many miles in a day. He finally handed me my key and I headed around back and went it. I promptly pushed the chair up against the flimsy door.
In my grand planning, I figured I'd soak in the tub each evening. Yeah right. I washed my shirt, shorts, and socks. I hung them all to dry and my shoes (wet from rain) all over the air conditioning unit. Put on my only other pair of underwear and extra shirt I had after soaking for about 5 minutes. I was just too tired. Not too mention, that was a lot of dirt and road grime I was sitting in. Yuck! I checked in with my husband and mom and called it a night. Around 2 or so, I heard voices out in the parking lot. If I'd had the energy I would have got up and told them to pipe down. Alas, I was too tired.
Friday: I managed to get out of bed and get headed out. About an hour later than I wanted too. Everything dried really good, especially my shoes and I had to tried to take care of my blisters the best I could last night. I had bought the foot book and tried to read some of it, but not enough practical application yet. : ) I hobbled out of Dresden and came upon New Route 22. My directions stated to keep on Old Route 22 but I kept remembering a 4 lane highway and old route looked deserted. Sigh..I crossed and went down Old route hoping I wasn't making a mistake. Turns out I was okay. The one spot on the course tour I remembered because we had stopped for a potty break by an old bridge crossing the road. yeah- I'm still not lost yet. I had some doubts thru this section because I didn't see anyone, very few cars, and nothing looked remotely familiar. It was eventually time to check in. Bless Carl, but I could only tell him I had left Dresden headed for Gleason and I was currently standing on a bridge with really no idea where I was but there was a large building up ahead so maybe I was close. It was a manufacturing building, but I was not close to Gleason.
Several hours later I made it into Gleason and spied Marv sitting on the porch steps of the general store. He pointed me in the direction of food and I headed to the cafe. Biscuits and gravy- the one thing I could get down. yum While I was in there, Stu and John came in and joined me. I was so happy to see people I knew again. Stu told me to get Neosporin for my chaffing, not the baby powder i was currently using. (He was right, it helped!) After coming out of the general store, i tried to work on my blisters again. Still not knowing what the heck I was doing. I had just put my shoes on when Stu sat down to do the same. Then this wise sage showed me what to do with some scissors and Neosporin. I took off my shoes and he showed me which way to cut and what I needed to do. woo hoo I was good to go again. If Stu hadn't showed me that, I would've stopped way before I did. i was able to jog a little bit again. I was so happy. Leaving Gleason, I came upon our co-RD's, Laz and Carl, and Marv lying in the grass. I was doing good since Stu helped show me what up! I did ask Carl to help put my bottle back in my pack. (That was the one thing about my pack I did dislike. When it was full, it was hard to push my bottles in the side pouches. If I was tired, it really sucked.) After the two debated if that would make me crewed, I reminded them that I was crewed just waiting for my crew. Bless Carl for helping me- dag nab it dumb bottles.
I made it into McKenzie and stopped at the first store I came upon. There was a young shady looking fella standing outside the door holding what looked like a radio or amplifier (stolen?). I nodded at him and headed on in for the bathroom and cold drinks. Luckily, there were some tables to sit down inside the cool air for a spell and I took advantage of it. Soon enough though, shady fella takes advantage of table across from me. He asked me what I was doing and I tried to explain. Then he asked for my phone number. (Okay here is where heat fries your brain.) I gave it to him and as soon as he asked me to recite again, I cringed. Shoot - was it to late to fib. Alright Lord, I can't lie now but you better protect me. Please. Bless the Lord! Who walks in not much after that but my two road angels! Stu and John! woo hoot We all sat for awhile and I was like glue on them when we walked out of there. Shady guy gave me the heebie jeebies. I even turned off the GPS finder on my phone. Hey, brain wasn't completely fried apparently. We headed on into McKenzie where a McDonald's beckoned us for a stop. I was more than ready to try and eat. I managed to get some food down and had a lemonade- which was not a good idea. Way too acidic-did not finish it. I believe I gave it to one my angels, but cannot remember now.
Let me say, if your gonna have road angels, Stu and John are the ones to have. The best of company. We chatted, we were quiet, we laughed and cut up, we blew under our breath. When I heard The John Price blow the first time, I was so happy that I wasn't the only one blowing. Yee haw Misery does indeed love company! I was the luckiest newbie around as far as I was concerned and I felt much safer getting out of Gleason. It also gets fuzzy here. So many roads, so long out there. Well for me at least. I don't remember if this was the day we came upon Troubadour (Rich and his lovely wife) or on Saturday- and I did not do a good job of keeping my texts or emails for more clarity (should have done that!). Stu and I moved a little better and pulled ahead, leaving John. We made it through McKenzie and into Huntingdon. I told Stu I was going to stop there for the night, even after John had told me not too. I was dragging again and didn't think I could keep going. Stu was going to try to keep going to make it into Parkers Crossroad. When we finally
arrived into Huntingdon, nothing was open. We did not find the cafe and headed right out of town. The only cafe we did find was closed with a resting Fred Davis on the bench outside. We stopped and chatted with him as thunder could be heard rolling in. The motel was a few miles ahead and Stu and I decided to keep going to try to beat the rain coming in. Nope- two nights in a row I was to get a good dousing. We made it to the hotel as Naresh was leaving. We chatted with him for a few minutes before he headed off. We went in and I got a room and we grabbed some cold drinks. I let Stu come in and rest a bit. He looked dead on his feet but was determined to keep going to Parkers Crossroad. After he left, I was mad at myself for not pushing myself to go too, but I had already procured the room. I went to check out the vending machine selection. Pretty dang empty. I bought a bag of popcorn that I did not eat and another cold drink before retiring to my room. I was getting into a rhythm of emptying my pack, washing my clothes, hanging to dry, take a shower, call home, and then crash in the bed. I'd check my email and facebook and then go to bed. My clothes didn't dry as well that night, so they were a little crisp when I put them on for the morning.
Saturday: I headed out the door and made my way to Parkers Crossroad, stopping at the first store I came to along the way, about 10 miles later. I tried to choke down some donuts, but only managed two before I just went to drinking my juice and yoo hoo. As I headed back out I came upon Carl, Laz, and I believe Joe Ninke. I had saw him and his wiggle wagon on the ferry, but I didn't get a chance really to chat with him. So I was 98% sure it was him,but I was also sad to see him. I figured it meant the wagon had gotten the best of him, which was confirmed later in the updates. I wasn't as upbeat as the previous two days, but I was still moving forward. Then I scored with a DG Store and went in to buy me some scissors so I could be more successful at my blister care. Safety pins were not getting it and I knew Stu was long ahead of me by now. I headed on down the road towards Parkers Crossroads, hoping with all my might that there would be a place to get biscuits and gravy. I was dreaming of those things. Dairy Queen would be a total score. I was getting closer and I thought I could make out the big red and white sign. Could I be so lucky. Yes- score. I think I almost began skipping until I heard my name. Huh? I turned in the middle of a gas station parking lot to see The John Price coming out of the Subway I just passed. I told him what I was doing and see him in a bit. I kept for my bee line to DQ, only to be skunked. They didn't open for another 1/2 hour. So I trudged back to the Subway defeated. Hurumph...I went in an ordered and slid in next to my road angels. Yep Stu was there also. So I score on a different front. John had stopped in Huntingdon also and Stu had gotten a late start. We finished eating and headed out. Hoping to make Parsons. We were at about the 82 mile marker. Again, I don't remember much about the slog of the day except that it was. We lost Stu for a bit, but he caught up when we stopped. Past Lexington there was road construction- which really stunk. there was no room on the side and I was behind both fellas. i stayed a good 10 feet or so back from them so I could see what was coming just to make sure I didn't step out in front of anything. I did not have the prettiest gait by that time anyhow. It was a definite slog.
At one point we passed a van full of guys pulled off the side of the road. I didn't think nothing of it, but Stu remarked later that they didn't look very scrupulous. of course, I'm sure neither did we. Eventually, the construction widened to where we could walk on the unfinished part of the road and get away from the construction. Which was great, but I also had to go to the bathroom. Being with them, I kept looking for a good spot but also I didn't want them to have to wait on me. I knew it would take me longer than them, which they had being doing along the side of the road throughout the day. one of these days I was gonna practice that pulling the shorts and underwear to the side and squat. I'd still have to dig out my tp though. I absolutely did not want to risk getting a yeast infection which I am very prone too and was quite shocked I survived the whole ordeal without that problem. I was silently suffering beside these guys. The past two days I stayed nauseous throughout the day in the heat. Not enough to throw up but wishing I could instead of that want to upchuck feeling I had with me the whole time. I wanted to cry, but I couldn't do it with them. Or tried not too. If that port a potty hadn't of appeared when it did they may have actually got to witness a meltdown. I told them I had to stop and they could carry on, but they being the ever gentlemen, they waited and we carried on. After that is when I came upon a beaded cross. i figured that was my good omen. So even though I could hardly squat, let alone bend down, I reached down and snatched it up and put it in my pack.
Sunday: I did get up and not too late. John had headed out earlier I found out from Stu when I turned my key in, he was at the front desk chatting with the manager. We left and headed to the DQ we passed the night before. I managed to get a good breakfast of biscuits and gravy, some ham and orange juice. Finally able to eat. We headed back into town and back onto the course. Both of us moving quite slow, me more than Stu. I had to stop once to get a pebble out of my shoe. As I was walking to catch up with Stu he had stopped at the crest of the hill. I felt bad that he was waiting for me. I knew I was going to have to tell him to go on. When I reached him he was directly across from a truck sitting in a parking lot. I thought the guy was waiting to pull out, but he just sat there. Not more than 100 yards or so was another truck parked pulled off facing towards us. Stu stopped to wait for me because he felt that an ambush was about to happen. I almost didn't care at this point, but I was glad my angel was there. I don't think I was in danger, but tell that to Holly Bobo. you never can tell and we'll never know. We finally reached a store and replenished before crossing the Tennessee river. After we crossed, there was another store. I knew definitely Stu needed to go. he was moving faster than I and I couldn't hold him up. We each had our own race to run and I knew he felt responsible for me. When I reached the store he was coming out as I laid down on the picnic table. i told him he needed to go. I had pepper spray and I would be fine. It took some encouraging but it was a race after all. If nothing else my two road angels have taught me the past two days, you move when you can even if it means leaving someone behind. We had each been left, today would be my day. Stu finally carried on and I finally got myself up and went to the bathroom. My stomach was not doing good and I felt sorry for whoever went in there after me. (I would find out later who did, but thankfully I'm sure the smell was gone by then. lol) I headed out and up the road. That is when I realized I had never tested my new can of pepper spray. I had bought it because I could attach it to my pack easily and it was small, shaped like a bullet. I had it hanging from my pack. So I reached down and messed around with it trying to get it to work. Great, I thought, why didn't I test this thing before I told Stu to go. Duh! About that time the breeze kicked up and I hit the button just right. Up into my face I sprayed. Thankfully I had sunglasses on but my nose and mouth immediately began burning. OMGosh! I am such a goofball! I finally had my good cry. Thankfully I had filled my buff with ice and it was still damp so I could use it to try to cool the burning. I called my husband in tears. He was playing golf. I kept trudging on. It felt good to cry finally and the burning eventually subsided but I was moving at a snail's pace. I stopped at a cemetery and laid under a tree. I stopped at a church and called my husband. He was on the last hole and lets say his shots were not good thanks to me. lol He encouraged me and I felt better. I saw someone coming out of the church so I headed up there to see if I could use the restroom and re fill my water bottles. OMGoodness...there was people everywhere. They were having dinner. Now that's the kind of church I want to go too. They even offered to feed me but I declined. I headed to the bathroom and tried to wash my hands when I took off my watch, I put it in my mouth. Which started the whole burning mouth sensation again. Duh!! I finally headed out of there and I thought I had seen Lynnor and Erika when I came out but I didn't see where they went. They eventually caught and passed me when I was in a yard soaking my buff in a drainage ditch that had moving cool water in it. Sometime after that I believe is when I got a chance to chat with Juli Aistars and her husband. It was so good to see her smiling face and it gave me a pick me up. Then Laz and Sandra came by and I recounted the pepper spray story to them. Pick me ups!
I didn't know if I would ever get to Linden, but I finally did. I stopped at the first store I came to, lo and behold, Lynnor, Erika, and Angela Ivory were in there. It was good to see them again. Not too mention, Lynnor had found some socks in a bathroom at the gas station and asked if they were mine. Now I knew who went into the bathroom after me. They had fallen off of my pack where I had hung them to dry. I thanked her since those bad boys cost $12. I never pay that for socks! We finally headed out. It took me about 11 hours to get 17 miles. From the time we left Parsons, until about the time I reached Linden. Laz was baffled by how someone could be so slow. If your laying in every shady spot you come across, your not making very good time. That was a bad day. Thankfully, my mom had arrived at the hotel with my niece and we headed in to get us a room. When we signed in, my mom told me that the desk clerk was worried about a gentleman that came in earlier. Stu had made it but had a rough day too. I checked on him and we agreed to meet for dinner. I went in and crashed on the bed. After chatting with mom and Jaz, taking a shower, and putting some clean clothes on, I went and tapped on Stu's door and we all headed down for dinner. The guy that had worked the front desk, was also the waiter and chief cook. So we had to wait a little while, but boy did he try his dangest to make us feel at home. John Price passed the window and I spoke with him before he headed back out onto the open road. As we were finishing eating, Diane and Paul came in. We spoke with both and then all headed up to our rooms. I told Stu I would let him know what I was going to do about tomorrow. I was wavering. My right shin and ankle was killing me. When I called Carl, I let him know that I would make a decision in the morning after I slept on it (and iced my leg). I wasn't ready to quit just yet and they always say to get some rest before big decisions. So I did until about 3 in the morning. I woke up wide awake. I started thinking about getting out there. i knew I couldn't head out into the darkness without Stu though. I got up and tested my leg. Not great but better. I went and tapped on Stu's door and he was game. We planned to meet downstairs and head out into the early morning. I had a really good feeling about the day and I told my mom I wasn't giving up yet. She did her best to smile and encourage me. I dressed and put on some slip on shoes that I wear at work a lot. I thought it would help a little. Big mistake I would find out later. I met Stu down in the hotel lobby and we headed out of Linden. It was my first time getting a good early start and my first time heading out into the darkness. Thank goodness for my road angel. When we reached the outskirts of Linden, trekking along behind Stu, I heard something snorting at me. It wasn't a cow or horse. Pretty familiar with those sounds from home. Whatever the heck it was, I wasn't staying back to find out. I don't think Stu ever heard it but he may have wondered why I was heavy on his footsteps. I kept checking back behind me every minute or so. Hence, the reason i do not watch scary movies. My overactive imagination can not take it. We came upon a store, but it was closed. We kept trekking. Sun started to come up. Went into a new county. That's when Stu said he wanted to stop and take a break. I did not argue. Dumb shoe choice was not a smart idea this morning. I sat and watched as Stu pulled out a map and started checking it. Oh crap I thought. This can't be good. It wasn't and was confirmed when we asked a lady at the next house we came upon. We were off course. I called my mom and she came and picked us up. We had went 5 miles off course. When we passed the closed store we should have veered right and we went left. I remember wondering if we should have turned because John had said something about a road and to make sure we didn't miss the turn. We did. I was down and I was done. I let Stu know. He had already tried to get me to join a relay with Marv and him, but part of my reason for stopping was my crew. I was concerned about my niece being bored, my mom struggling to watch the pain on the runners. I knew my mom would stay but I wasn't sure I could afford to pay for the three of us and I didn't want to put my mom in a bind. I had no idea how much money I had spent on the trip and was not sure where I was with my money. I knew I was making the right decision for the time, but it wasn't easy and I really felt guilty for not being part of the relay team. I told Stu I would crew him until he caught up to Marv though and we did that. We stopped and talked to Diane while trying to help Stu. We caught up with Marv and Sandra in Howenwald. I hated telling Carl, and especially Laz. Another disappointing DNF from me.
We stopped and chatted with John, Fred, Lynnor, Erika, and Paul as we headed out of town. It was great to get to see them again once more before I left. We then decided to make the best of it and turn it into a short girls trip. We ended up staying in Franklin, KY for the night before heading to Mammoth Cave on Tuesday. Which incidentally was only my mom's second time ever going in a cave (the first being in a cave in Mexico when she agreed to it but not really listening towhat I was saying when I asked her- she's terrified of them). So we ended up having a great time. Since they both live an hour away from me, it was worth the quit to spend the time that way with them instead of my mom worrying about me (she still worried about the rest of the runners and thanked God for each report about them). Plus it was fun spending time with my niece and teasing her throughout the night and day.
I had other reasons in my head when I quit than just mom and money. I bummed myself out that I wasn't going to finish in 7 or 8 days after that Sunday slog. I still was on pace to be finished in 10 days but mentally I didn't want to have to take the full ten days. I was hoping to have a few days of actual vacation before returning to work. Next year better mindset and vacation planning should help that. You can always have many reasons to quit. Or at least I seem too. I plan to be back next year to finish the race, crewless this time. I did fulfill my STG of a great learning experience and I know of things I can do better and differently for next year. I am already plotting and planning and am very excited about the next attempt.
I used a Go Lite Slipstream pack with two Nathan bottles. Would use a bladder next year. I had two dry bags with my stuff in it.
Large dry bag: extra shirt, underwear, and socks, 2nd pair of socks bought at DG store to sleep in (cold feet, I can't sleep), band aids, scissors (bought at DG store), neosporin, shampoo, soap, razor, toothpaste, toothbrush, baby powder, extra safety pins, ibuprofen
Small dry bag: phone charger, gum, asthma inhaler, wallet w/ money, check card, & insurance card,roll of quarters, phone
I also carried an umbrella, plastic bag with maps and turn directions in the outside of my pack, along with pepper spray, bandanna, and my buff (great for ice). I wore shirt, jog bra, shorts, socks, and road shoes. I would take a small fanny pack next time to make getting to my phone and wallet easier.
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CrianÃ§as com HIV tratada na infÃ¢ncia como parte do estudo financiado pelos NIH O fenÃ´meno de CrianÃ§as com HIV e carga viral indetectÃ¡vel continuam aparecendo em todo o Planeta. Anteriormente, o â BebÃª Mississippi ,â que nasceu com o HIV em 2010, recebeu tratamento anti-HIV que se iniciou 30 horas apÃ³s o nascimento’, e parou de receber terapia em torno de 18 meses de vida, e controlou o vÃrus sem medicamentos durante 27 meses, atÃ© que infelizmente reapareceu em seu sangue. Em 2015, uma crianÃ§a francesa que nasceu com o HIV em 1996, comeÃ§aram a terapia anti-HIV na idade de 3 meses, e interrompeu o tratamento em algum momento entre as idades de 5,5 e 7 anos e continuou a controlar o vÃrus sem medicamentos mais de 11 anos depois. “Ã necessÃ¡rio um estudo mais aprofundado para aprender a induzir a remissÃ£o do HIV a longo prazo em bebÃªs infectados”, disse Anthony S. Fauci (ele tambÃ©m Ã© autor do texto Opa, A cura para a AIDS nÃ£o estÃ¡ ai, na primeira esquina), diretor do Instituto Nacional de Alergia e DoenÃ§as Infecciosas (NIAID), parte dos Institutos Nacionais de SaÃºde (NIH). “No entanto, este novo caso fortalece a nossa esperanÃ§a de que ao tratar as CrianÃ§as com HIV [...]
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|Gonorreia nÃ£o tratÃ¡vel pelo mundo|
.Â O boom da gonorreia nÃ£o tratÃ¡vel estÃ¡ se espalhando pelo mundo, alerta a OrganizaÃ§Ã£o Mundial da SaÃºde A OrganizaÃ§Ã£o Mundial de SaÃºde fala da gonorreia nÃ£o tratÃ¡vel como uma “situaÃ§Ã£o muito sÃ©ria”, depois de confirmar trÃªs casos conhecidos em que todos os antibiÃ³ticos foram ineficazes contra a gonorreia nÃ£o tratÃ¡vel . A OMS estima que 78 milhÃµes de pessoas por ano contraem gonorreia intratÃ¡vel… Uma IST que pode infectar Ã³rgÃ£os genitais, reto, garganta. E, tambÃ©m, os olhos, com consequÃªncias, facilmente previsÃveis. Cepas intratÃ¡veis de gonorreia estÃ£o em ascensÃ£o, aÂ OrganizaÃ§Ã£oÂ MundialÂ de SaÃºde Â alertou. Alimentando temores de que as drogas em breve serÃ£o inÃºteis. Isso tudo depois de trÃªs casos em que os antibiÃ³ticos tiveram comprovada ineficÃ¡cia. A gonorreiaÂ Ã© a segunda infecÃ§Ã£o bacteriana sexualmente transmissÃvel mais comum no Reino Unido depois de clamÃdia, com quase 35.000 casos relatados na Inglaterra em 2014. A OMS estima que 78 milhÃµes de pessoas em todo o mundo contraem a doenÃ§a a cada ano, com a maioria dos casos afetando homens jovens e mulheres com menos de 25 anos, portam estaÂ gonorreia nÃ£o tratÃ¡vel. O Ãºltimo alerta Ã© baseado nos resultados de dois estudos, com a coautoria de pesquisadores da OMS. Analisando dados de 77 paÃses;Â em mais de [...]
|End of Week #28 . . . Still Hot||That's right -- twenty-eight weeks of the 52 for this year have gone by so far in 2017. It's day 196 so about 53.7% of the year has passed. And it is hot again (still). Today and tomorrow are projected to be over 100Â° and in the next two weeks the coolest day is somewhere around 90Â° . . .|
We keep our fingers crossed for the a/c system and the ice maker (we've had to replace that twice already in five years).
The above flowers love the heat and four out of the five are found in our yard along with several others. The center flower is the Edelweiss and just the name alone brings emotional tugs.
I saw the Edelweiss when I visited my son in Germany many years ago. And of course the song in "The Sound of Music" is a keeper.
Miss Norma was a 90-year-old woman who when given a terminal diagnosis had the option of traveling the country with her son and daughter-in-law in their RV or be hospitalized and go through chemotherapy and other measures.
She chose to go driving and she had wonderful adventures that are well documented throughout the book.
Now we started reading "Finding Gobi" and it relates the true story of a long distance runner who meets and befriends a little dog while running a mega marathon in the Gobi Desert.
We have only just begun the story and are finding it intriguing. Of course, we love dogs -- not so much fans of running marathons that are well over 100 miles in length (under 100 just fine) of course we are . . . we look forward to living the adventure along with "Gobi".
He had brain surgery two days ago and has made it through this first stage and may face an additional surgery next week.
We are distraught over these developments and are so anxious to hear that he is mending.
Of course, I have not been able to talk with him and I just get the briefest of updates as to his condition.
The next few days are critical as to keep him free of any infection or other things hampering his recovery. It is difficult to not be able to do things that might help him. Our hopes are in the hands of his doctors.
I did send the above flower arrangement to him for possibly a bright visual way of encouragement when he "comes to" from the surgery -- however, the ICU would not accept the floral gift.
We will keep a positive outlook for him in the coming days and weeks. Unfortunately, Seattle might as well be on the other side of the world as far as visiting. We have our own difficulties as to be free to travel . . .
I have managed to do some genealogy work this week, but only a little. As I have mentioned before genealogy is one way that I can escape any unfavorable aspects of daily life for a little while.
This week I have been struggling to deal with the above two programs, both of which have introduced new versions that offer new features. The main feature for me is the ability to "sync" the trees in each program with the tree that I maintain on Ancestry.com.
There is a learning curve for both programs and I have used FTM as my main program for years with RootsMagic as a good backup.
What I do generally is to work in Ancestry.com and then sync the tree in FTM and in RootsMagic.
Those actions take incredible skills on the part of the programming to make it happen.
I just need to spend more time getting the kinks worked out -- but once that is done -- what a great feature. But wait, there is more . . .
What a difference to see the Giants almost lose every other game that they play.
Today, the Giants play the Padres. And MadBum (Madison Bumgarner) is slated to be the starting pitcher.
This will be his first game this year -- in the preseason he foolishly rode a dirt bike and fell off injuring his shoulder.
He has been in rehab ever since -- some think it may have finished his career -- but we will get an indication today when he steps onto the mound. The "snot-rocket" king will have a chance to prove that he is still "in-the-game". We hope so.
Lastly, I know that I am not alone when I mention that working on family genealogy is a "lonely" hobby, but it comes with a ton of personal satisfaction for me. And so that keeps me working on the trees.
I happened to notice this question somewhere in my searching recently and I have to agree that almost never do I hear from family regarding any aspect of my searching.
I recall when I first started working on family history and I told my father about that and he replied: "Why would anyone want to do that?" and that is another reason that I keep at it . . .
That is a bit of our week, see you all "in a few"!
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|Album Review: Sodom - Epitome Of Torture|
One of the things about the thrash renaissance that is most welcome is the remembrance of bands outside the Big Four. While the Bay Area bands, along with the New York scene, did define thrash and contribute countless classic records, the boundaries of the genre weren't compatible with America's. Thrash exploded everywhere, and nowhere more than Germany, which has solidified its legacy as the second home of thrash. In the dark years of heavy metal, when all but the biggest bands seemed forgotten, the German thrash scene was reduced to but a blip on the screen. But as thrash came roaring back to life, there's been an increased awareness of how vital the German thrash bands were, and how they carried the flag through the down times with more pride than their American counterparts.
Now that thrash is back in full force, bands like Sodom are getting more attention than they ever did before, and with an album centered around torture, I'm betting they'll be getting plenty more.
With the typical throwback flare, âMy Final Bulletâ teases the calm before the storm, a move that has become so clichÃ© it's hard to remember how effective it was the first few times a metal band tried it. The song wastes no time getting to the point, tearing through sharp riffing and a quick shouted refrain of the title. The solo turns the song on it's head, but does so in a way that breaks up what would otherwise be an overlong cycle. The oddly self-referential âS.O.D.O.M.â ups the tempo, while wisely avoiding constant double-bass drumming, with the spelled out chorus something that should never work, but is actually rather fitting for what the band is doing.
The title tracks flips the playbook, slowing down the tempo as the chorus approaches, a little trick that makes the song infinitely better than if it had been raced through at full speed. That's the kind of songwriting usually only veteran bands are able to display. And then Sodom turns around and plays a song like âStigmatizedâ, a more death metal inspired number that deepens the vocals to a half-growl, and ultimately goes nowhere.
The best Sodom songs, like âCANNIBALâ, are able to take all the fury and heaviness the subject matter demands and inject them with a healthy does of catchy songwriting. The riffs under the chorus of the song are exactly the kind of guitar playing that can get under your skin and infect you if given the opportunity, which is a high form of compliment. When Sodom is firing on all cylinders, they make the kind of thrash that even a non thrash fan like myself can appreciate. They do that often on âThe Epitome Of Tortureâ, even with the few missteps they make along the way.
Worth noting is that the album sounds amazing. The production is the perfect blend of raw energy and clean sound, heavy in all the right places, but not self-destructive to the music. I can't say I've ever heard a thrash record that sounds better than this one does.
âThe Epitome Of Tortureâ isn't going to redefine thrash, nor is it likely to be mentioned in the same breath as the comeback masterpieces of the other major thrash bands, but it's a rock solid album that deserves its fifteen minutes of thrash fame.
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|Friday's Featured Sermon: "Spiritually Living, Yet Still Stinking"|
The terminology we use to describe God’s work in salvation is almost exclusively positive. We talk about the new birth, the new life, transformation and regeneration. But we also have to recognize that salvation requires death—specifically, the death of our old, sinful selves. We have to die if we’re going to be saved.
And throughout the rest of our earthly lives, we will carry around the remnants of that spiritual death. Like Lazarus, we still bear the grave clothes of our former selves, unable to fully discard the unredeemed flesh. On this side of heaven, we will never be free of that dead, old self.
In his sermon, “Spiritually Living, Yet Still Stinking,” John MacArthur explains why believers can’t stop sinning altogether—why claims of “entire sanctification” are empty lies. Dealing with the biblical facts about the nature of sin and salvation, John paints an encouraging portrait of the believer’s struggle against the flesh. He exposes the battle every Christian must face. And he helps listeners consider the glorious truths of their new birth in Christ.
Moreover, John encourages listeners to break the sinful habits of our old self and stifle the influence of our flesh.
“Spiritually Living, Yet Still Stinking” is a tremendous help when it comes to understanding the believer’s position in Christ, and the constant struggle against sin. It’s a great encouragement for the battle all Christians must daily wage against sin and temptation. And it provides powerful theological insight against the false teaching that promises an easier path to sanctification.
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|Am 2 anisori si 16 operatii. Sufar de atrezie esofagiana. Te rog, salveaza-ma!||
Razvan (27 ani) si Alina (25 ani) sunt doi tineri care si-au dorit foarte mult un copil. Mare le-a fost bucuria cand pe 03 August 2015 s-a nascut ingerasul lor, Denis. Imediat dupa nastere a inceput un adevarat calvar pentru aceasta tanara familie. La doar cateva ore de la nastere, Denis a fost diagnosticat cu atrezie esofagiana. A fost transportat si operat de urgenta la Timisoara la Spitalul Louis Turcanu. Atrezia esofagiana este o malformatie congenitala. In cazul acestei malformatii esofagul nu este un tub continuu de la gura pana la stomac, ci este intrerupt. Asta inseamna ca, copilasul nu poate fi hranit.
|Fantasia â17: Kodoku Meatball Machine|
It is sort of like Stephen Kingâs Under the Doom, but with gallons more gore. The director claims he used four tons of fake blood, but that sounds like a conservative estimate based on whatâs on the screen. Regardless, a neighborhood filled with some of the worst people in Tokyo is in for a mutated beatdown when a cosmic bell jar cuts them off from the rest of the city in mad man Yoshihiro Nishimuraâs Kodoku Meatball Machine (trailer here), which screened during the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival.
Job never knew how good he had it, compared to poor, put-upon Yuji. The would-be debt collector is a magnet for all the neighborhoodâs bullies, grifters, and freeloaders. He was already deeply in debt when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis. He is about ready to just cash-in, but he still finds himself attracted to Kaoru, the pretty girl working at his local used bookstore. Unfortunately, she is involved in an exploitative cult.
The hits just keep coming when an evil little boy in the cult frames Yuji for assaulting him. However, at least he will be safely tucked away in jail when the bell jar lands. The less âfortunateâ will have embarrassing body parts sheared off by the impenetrable barrier. Once the neighborhood is cut off, some sort of space parasite starts infecting Yujiâs neighbors, turning them into rabid bio-mecha killing machines. They get to Yuji too, but he is able to maintain control of his new cyborg-like body, thanks to his cancerous blood. Old enemies become allies when the altered Yuji teams up with a dojo of ex-cops to save Kaoru from her infected guru.
Believe it or not, Nishimura actually makes us care about Yuji and Kaoru. They deserve better than theyâve ever got or are likely to get. However, the reason to see a Nishimura movie is the wildly gory practical effects and maybe some bare breasts. He does not disappoint on either score, particularly the former. Four tons worth. However, the bizarre harlequin-witches who usher in the alien occupation are devilishly intriguing, especially since they are played by Eihi Shiina, best known as the femme fatale for the ages in Takashi Miikeâs Audition.
Right, at least four tons of fake blood. You canât say you donât know what youâre getting into with KMM. It should safely vault Nishimura past Noboru Iguchi to become the uncontested king of Japanese gore. Yet, the fact that he maintains a semblance of a human element amid all the berserk chaos is rather impressive. If you dig Nishimura, this Meatball is your huckleberry. Recommended accordingly, Kodoku Meatball Machine has another high-profile international festival screening coming up at Fright Fest UK, following its Canadian premiere at this yearâs Fantasia.
|Proyecto Squatters presente el 1Â° de Diciembre||DÃa Internacional de Respuesta Frente al VIH.|
El pasado 1ro de Diciembre se celebrÃ³ el DÃa Internacional de Respuesta Frente al VIH. En el marco de una jornada concientizadora en el Hospital Garraham, debatieron junto a los adolescentes y sus familias las problemÃ¡ticas asociadas al sida.
El servicio de EpidemiologÃa e InfectologÃa del Htal. Garrahan atiende a 450 pacientes con VIH, la mitad de ellos adolescentes. El equipo de Squatters acompaÃ±Ã³ a los/as jÃ³venes en un taller de contra-publicidad donde conocieron las tÃ©cnicas contra-publicitarias y pudieron crear sus propios mensajes en base a la modificaciÃ³n de publicidades.
La jornada, organizada por el servicio de EpidemiologÃa e InfectologÃa del Htal. contÃ³ con la participaciÃ³n de la Red Argentina de JÃ³venes y Adolescentes Positivos (RAJAP). En el encuentro se proyectÃ³ la pelÃcula "Quererte bien" de la FundaciÃ³n HuÃ©sped, hubo un show a cargo del grupo de clowns de hospital "AlegrÃa Intensiva", y se expuso un cartel que realizaron los/as jÃ³venes en el taller de contra-publicidad.
La Red Argentina de JÃ³venes y Adolescentes Positivos (RAJAP) lanza la campaÃ±a âIgual a vosâ. En diferentes provincias, lxs integrantes estarÃ¡n en espacios pÃºbicos para pedirle a las personas que dejen mensajes contra la estigmatizaciÃ³n y la discriminaciÃ³n. La red, formada por casi mil jÃ³venes, realizÃ³ hoy una conferencia de prensa presentando los datos actualizados sobre VIH, donde tambiÃ©n se exigieron polÃticas pÃºblicas y denunciaron los faltantes de medicamentos en algunas localidades. âIgual a vosâ estarÃ¡ en: Bahia Blanca, CÃ³rdoba, Corrientes, Jujuy, Mendoza, NeuquÃ©n, Posadas, Puerto Madryn, Rosario, Salta, San Juan.
En ese contexto, frente al Obelisco, exhibieron el cartel que realizaron lxs chicxs en el taller de Squatters.
Compartimos lo que sabemos, con la Ãºnica condiciÃ³n de que, a su vez, vos lo compartas
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|Mobile Menace: Youâve been infected! Or have you?||Posted October 3, 2016 by Nathan Collier In the mobile world, most of us have become accustomed to installing apps that display ads in exchange for the them being free. Most ads arenât too annoying, and for the price it … Continue reading |
|UC Davis Study Shows Popular Molecular Tests Over Diagnose C. Difficile Infections Up To 50 Percent|| |
Clostridium difficile is a common cause of infection and diarrhea in hospitalized patients, but a new study by UC Davis pathologists suggests that many patients are mistakenly diagnosed and do not need antibiotic treatment.
(PRWeb September 08, 2015)
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|Drug Developed by Texas A&M, MD Anderson Protects Against Worldâs Deadliest Infectious Diseases|| |
Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a new therapy to stimulate the bodyâs natural immune system, thereby providing effective protection against a wide range of life-threatening infectious diseases.
(PRWeb May 01, 2014)
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|My Mammaw...||When I was still a newborn, my mom developed a very severe ear infection that caused her to lose her hearing in both ears temporarily. That meant she couldn't take care of me because she couldn't hear me cry. My grandmother, Mammaw, stepped in and took me and kept me for weeks, until my mom was better. She gave me back to my mom, but I was her baby from then on. |
This morning she passed away. Anyone that has read my blog with any regularity will know that, despite her knack for ...
|Bacterial Vaginosis Natural Treatment Probiotics||The research into probiotics and the understanding of beneficial bacteria within our bodies is growing rapidly. It has become very obvious that probiotics play a tremendous role in our daily health from vitamin absorption to fighting off common and uncommon diseases and problems that afflict us on a daily basis.|
Health Benefits of Probiotics
* Studies have found that probiotics may improve nutrient bioavailability, for B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and phosphorus, among others.
* Pediatric studies have found that certain strains (such as Lactobacillus GG, found in Culturelle capsules) may aid in significantly decreasing the rate of acute diarrhea and rotavirus shedding. Parents also reported a 25% decrease in diaper rash among babies drinking formula containing probiotics.
* Probiotics and active bacteria culture may improve lactose intolerance. The bacterial strain commonly used in yogurt can produce lactase enzymes. Therefore, people with lactose intolerance and children suffering from intestinal infection can usually tolerate yogurt with an active culture.
* Some studies have shown that by regulating intestinal transit time, probiotics improve constipation among the elderly.
* Other studies have shown that probiotics, especially acidophilus, promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon and reduce the conversion of bile into carcinogens (cancer- causing substances).
* Some studies have found that probiotics may enhance immunity by regulating lymphocytes and antibodies.
What can probiotics do for women and their health?
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 are the worlds most documented probiotic strains for womenâs health. They were selected for their ability to interfere with infectivity of a range of bacteria and yeast in the vagina, as well as confer benefits to the intestine and reduce the risk of bladder infections.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 has been shown to adhere to cells in the bladder, vagina and intestine. Some people believe this is key to its ability to promote health, but in fact, it is only one of the important attributes. The organism displaces and prevents adhesion by intestinal and urogenital pathogens, inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast, can kill HIV and other viruses through its acid production, and stops pathogens from forming clumps or biofilms that are very difficult for drugs to eradicate. It is innately resistant to vancomycin and spermicidal nonoxynol-9. The strain induces an anti-inflammatory effect and modulates factors that would otherwise increase a womanâs risk of preterm labor.
Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 adheres to bladder, vaginal, and intestinal cells displaces and prevents adhesion by intestinal and urogenital pathogens, inhibits the growth of these harmful organisms and can kill HIV and other viruses through its acid production. It produces hydrogen peroxide that many believe is important in vaginal health. It also produces signaling factors that disarm toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium that causes so many hospital infections and deaths (the âsuperbugâ). Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14 also possesses immune modulatory activity.
Probiotics are completely safe and fall into the category of natural treatment in the home. They are commonly available and inexpensive.
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|Prostate-Specific Antigen||Example of an ultrasound impacted by prostate cancer. Cancer develops from the tissues of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system when cells will mutate to spread so uncontrollably. |
These can spread ( metastasize is ) in migrating from the prostate to other parts of the body ( particularly bones and lymph nodes ).
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Prostate cancer happens regardless of benign prostatic hypertrophy ( or prostate adenoma ). It is in the vast majority of cases adenocarcinoma.
Prostate cancer can cause agony, difficulty urinating, penile dysfunction and other symptoms. Treatment is by surgery, radiotherapy, hormone care and often chemo, or blend of these techniques.
According to the american Cancer Society, breast cancer is rare among Asians and more common among blacks ( high rates could also be affected by the increased effort detection ).
Prostate cancer develops most frequently in men over 50 years. This is the kind of cancer most typical in men, where he is in charge of more deaths than any other cancer ( except lung cancer ). However many men who develop prostate trouble symptoms do not, don't undergo any therapy and die for other reasons. Many factors of genetic origin, toxicological and diet-related appear concerned in the development of this cancer. We find outbreaks of cancer cells in thirty to 70% of cases in studies performed in autopsies of men seventy to eighty years ; prostate problems remains the most often asymptomatic : the chance of a man 50 years know a diagnosis of prostate problems is only 10%. In 3% of cases, this cancer will be deadly.
From 1983-2002, while deaths from cancer were sometimes higher in the Caribbean city, deaths from prostate cancer and stomach were twice as found in the Caribbean in the mainland ( while colorectal cancer and lung cancer were 3 times less frequent ). This may be explained by both genetic reasons and food ( green tea and / or soybeans or other foods rich in selenium ) which seem to protect most jap living in Japan ( while living in the U. S. isn't ).
The causes are not known with precision. There is a genetic predisposition and the presence of certain genes seems a little correlated with the onset of the illness. Particularly, a mutation on chromosome eight might explain the higher occurrence of this cancer in black Yank.
Nutritive causes were discussed with a possibly protecting role of lycopene. In a similar fashion, exercise can have a a little protective effect and tobacco a deleterious effect.
In most cases, prostate problems is asymptomatic, ie it is discovered when it doesn't own event to it. It is most frequently found :
During blood tests, including investigation of the PSA ( particular antigen for prostate, whose predictive worth and use, without proven benefit to public health, has recently been questioned ). The PSA is a protein usually secreted by prostate cells, but cancer cells secrete ten times more than a normal cell. The blood level of PSA can be increased by many other factors ( the prostate volume, infections and / or inflammation, the mechanical ( digital colonic other ) ... ) or reduced by certain treatments for benign hypertrophy ( ministered ). It is recognized , however , rates of PSA between four and 10 ng / ml are doubtful, but it is obviously significant beyond.
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|Warning Of Prostate Cancer||An enlarged prostate is called benign prostatic hyperplasia. Sometimes a person experiences an enlarged prostate after the age of 40 and it is among the most common health Problems in men over the age of 60. |
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Hereditary factors and male hormones, among other things can play a role in the development of an enlarged prostate. Due to the location of the prostate gland and how it wraps around the urethra, an enlarged prostate may cause many issues with the urinary tract. Pressure can be put on the urethra causing pissing Problems. Blockage of the urinary tract could cause repeated urinary tract infections. If this problem gets bad enough, a complete blockage of the urine is possible, causing one to lose the power to urinate, which will result in a medical emergency.
Treatment for an enlarged prostate may simply comprise an annual examination to be certain that you aren't developing further complications from the condition. If the condition worsens, you'll have to suffer surgery or other medical therapy. Sometimes observation is all that is required. Over time, symptoms and the condition can reduce and essentially decline on their lonesome. In non-serious cases, surgery could be commended to help with the problem.
If you experience any of the signs or signs of the condition, you may wish to schedule an appointment with your surgeon. A physical may simply need to see your condition to find out how it moves forward or deteriorates.
If you experience the absence of pissing, blood in the pee, or back discomfort, seek medical attention as soon as possible. .
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|The NotPetya Global Pandemic â CyberArk Labs Analysis|
In May 2017,Â WannaCryÂ took advantage of an exploit in the Windows operating system to usher in a cyber security pandemic â ransomware that can spread its infection like a traditional worm. The results were catastrophic, with some damage estimates reachingÂ up to more than $4 billion. Yesterday, a new malware dubbed NotPetya emerged as the driving force […]
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|Here are few precautionary steps to follow in your efforts to avoid viruses:||ô¾ If students, or you, bring diskettes from outside (home) implement a âSCAN FIRSTâ policy. This|
means that all diskettes or CD-ROMS (even those purchased from a store or distributor) MUST be
scanned for viruses prior to running applications from them or installation of a program.
â¢ Insert the diskette/CD ROM/Zip disk into the appropriate drive but DO NOT open any files. Go
to your AVG Anti-Virus icon on the task bar or shortcut on your desktop and right click:
ô Select âRun AVG Anti-Virusâ. The AVG Anti-Virus System window opens (see picture
on page 16). If using the FREE version this window automatically opens.
ô If using AVG Anti-Virus Professional Edition, double click on Program from the menu
bar, select and click Switch to Basic.
ô Double click on Removable Media Test button.
ô Select the device you wish to test (i.e. 3.5 floppy drive, zip drive, CD-ROM drive)
ô Click on the Run button. The program scans the designated media for viruses. If a virus
is found on the media being scanned, a warning notice will be displayed on the screen
and then the program will prompt you to choose what you want the anti-virus program to
do. Use the help menu if you are unsure.
ô¾ Be selective about what email messages you decide to read. If your district provides email service
via a district server, by opening an infected email message you could infect the server. Check with
your districtâs technology department regarding this issue.
ô¾ DO NOT download an attachment that is an executable file (.exe as the file extension) and be very
cautious of .zip files as well. You may not want to open email messages that have been forwarded
since viruses are known to attach and send themselves through a userâs address book.
ô¾ Update your anti-virus software DAILY and set your anti-virus program to scan the system DAILY.
Make sure that the computer will be ON, it cannot scan when the system is off.
ô¾ Update the operating system directly from the Microsoft web site (www.microsoft.com). You can
set your computer to do this automatically but again, the system must be on. Note: Microsoft does
not send email updates
|How can I protect my computer from a virus?||As the saying goes âthe best defense is a good offense,â install and update an anti-virus program|
IMMEDIATELY. We recommend using AVG Anti-Virus from Grisoft but there are other anti-virus
programs used so contact your districtâs technology department if you do not have such a program
installed on your classroom computer. You can download a FREE version of AVG by going to the
URL: www.grisoft.com. Grisoft does not provide technical support for users of the free version.
Before downloading any software, close all running/open programs. If downloading from the Grisoft web site, follow the
instructions as given on the site:
â¢ Grisoft emails the Registration Number for each program therefore you must have an email account to install AVG.
â¢ Once you select the download button, the AVG License Agreement is displayed. Read through the agreement and
the click âYes, I Agreeâ button.
â¢ Next the Registration page opens. Fill in the Questionnaire Form and then click the âContinueâ button at the
bottom of the page.
â¢ You will be prompted to choose the path where the program is going to be stored. The default window option is to
âSave this program to diskâ, click âOKâ.
â¢ The âSave Asâ window will open. In the âSave Inâ box click the down arrow and select the desktop (if this is not
the default on your computer). Click the âSaveâ button. Download will begin.
â¢ Once download is completed AVG will have sent you an email with the programâs registration number. Check
your email after downloading the program. Open the email sent from Grisoft, highlight and copy the
Registration Number from the email message. You must insert this number during setup.
â¢ Once you have obtained the registration number click on the âOpenâ button at the bottom of the download
window, OR locate the icon on your desktop and double-click it, the AVG-6.0 Anti-Virus
System Setup window opens. Click on the âSetupâ button and follow the instructions from
the Setup screen, pasting the Registration Number (that you copied from the email) in the
appropriate dialog box.
â¢ Once installed, delete the .exe icon from your desktop. Right click on the icon and select âdeleteâ from the menu.
It will tell you that you will be unable to run the program if you delete that file, ignore this and click âYesâ or
âContinue.â You already have the program installed therefore you no longer need this file.
Follow the steps below to configure the program after installation is complete:
First Phase of Setup
1) Once the program is installed you MUST configure your virus
2) Double click on the shortcut icon on the desktop to open the
program and choose the Control Center. In the âResident
Shieldâ tab window, check all three boxes in the âCheck
Virusesâ box. Also, check âConfirmationâ and âAsk what to
do nextâ options. Click the âApplyâ button.
3) Click on the âEmail Scannerâ tab and check all boxes. Click the âApplyâ button.
4) Click on the âUpdate Managerâ tab. This is crucial to the configuration
because this is where you will set AVG to download updates to the
program. If you do not update the program on a regular basis it is
pointless to have it installed.
a. Click the box next to âAllow scheduled updateâ. Set âUpdate to
start at:â The program cannot update when the computer is off so
set it to update at a time when you first turn your computer on, enter
the time (use the up/down arrows to the right of the box to select a
b. The next option is âUpdate if the database is older than:â. We advise updating every 5 days. The
system must be restarted after update is completed.
c. The next option is âIf not successful than repeat in:â set this at 1 to 5
d. Click the âApplyâ button.
5) Click on the âSchedulerâ tab. Click to check the box âEnable scheduled
tests.â Click the âApplyâ button. Click the âOKâ button. The window will
6) If you need to know what version of AVG you installed and/or the serial
number, click on the âInformation tab.â This also is where you will find the
date of the last virus update performed.
Second Phase of Setup
It is imperative that you run an AVG âComplete Testâ on your system because it will intercept viruses entering through
email but it will NOT intercept a virus obtained through browsing a web site until it runs the âComplete Test.â
7) Right click on the AVG icon in the system tray on the task bar, select and click Run
AVG Anti-Virus or double click on the AVG shortcut icon on the desktop.
8) Click on the âSchedulerâ button. Set the time that you want AVG to
automatically run the complete test. Click in the box to check
âEnable scheduled testsâ and then click the âOKâ button.
ô¾ Enter a time when the computer will not be in use (when at
lunch, recess or on duty). The computer MUST be ON for
AVG, or any other virus protection program, to scan for viruses!
Final Step of Installation:
9) Click on the âVirus Databaseâ button. The AVG Center window will open (see #4).
10) Click on the âUpdate Now!â button.
11) Once completed retrieving updates, a window opens displaying all of the new update files, you must restart
your computer in order to install and update the AVG Anti-Virus program. (Make sure that you do not have
any open files before you restart your computer, if so you must save all work and exit the programs first.)
12) Uninstall, properly, any other virus protection program if going to use AVG.
Below is a list of common methods of virus infection and steps to take to avoid them. While the
numbers of viruses continues to grow in leaps and bounds, a few smart moves to protect the system can
help keep the problems at bay.
â¢ Garbage In, Garbage Out: This is one of those old computer clichÃ©s that is so true in the
computer world and elsewhere. The only way to get a virus infection is by allowing infected
software into the PC or through email and Internet sites. Viruses cannot spontaneously generate
on a PC.
â¢ More Connections Means More Risk: The more ways you interface your PC to others, the
more chances there are of a virus making its way onto your system. A standalone PC with a
stable software base has much less chance of becoming infected by a virus than a PC shared by
multiple users that is connected to a large network.
â¢ Piracy Has Its Price: While infections from store-bought software happen, they are extremely
rare. On the other hand, software that is shared from PC to PC, or worse is obtained from illegal
sources, has a much higher chance of being infected.
â¢ Use Backups: If you have the ability and the discipline to maintain multiple backups of your
system over a period of time, this is a useful "last ditch" defense against virus infection. It doesn't
really prevent viruses from striking your system, but it can save you in the event that you are
unlucky and suffer data loss due to viruses. (Note that you need to have a reasonably long
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retention period in your backup cycle for this to work. If you just backup your entire disk onto
the same backup tape once every week, then you only have one week at most to catch any given
virus before you end up copying it onto the backup tape as well.)
â¢ Control Access to Your PC: You should be careful about who uses your system. Generally
speaking, a PC in an open area used by dozens of people, such as in the classroom, will develop
viruses far more often than one on an individual's desk. The reasons are obvious.
|How do viruses infect your computer and how are they spread?||The fact of the matter is that you can get a virus by reading email messages and by downloading an|
attachment infected with the virus. You must be careful of files attached to email messages that must be
downloaded. If the attached file is an executable program (has the extension â.exeâ), a Word document
or any other file that is capable of being infected with a true virus, it may have a virus in it.
REMEMBER, the email itself can carry a real virus therefore the best practice (if you do not have a
virus protection program) may be NOT to open emails from someone that you do not know or that have
been forwarded (âFWDâ in the subject line) since many viruses attach to a userâs email address book
and forward themselves to others, unknowingly to the user.
|VIRUSES||Viruses are unwanted programs that spread from computer to computer, much the way real viruses do in|
humans and animals. They are sometimes very dangerous and can in fact wipe out your entire hard disk
if you are unlucky--and if you don't protect yourself. Taking steps to protect your computer from viruses
is an essential part of any data problem prevention routine.
What is a virus? A computer virus is a program that attaches to other pieces of code, so that when the
user tries to run the original they also unintentionally run the virus code as well; the virus code is
designed to replicate itself and "infect" other programs, possibly in a modified form, and may also
exhibit other behavior as well. So, in order to be a virus, the program must have the ability to do all of
â¢ Run without the user wanting it to and/or create effects that the programmer wants but that the
user did not want or request.
â¢ Have the ability to "infect" or modify other files or disk structures.
â¢ Replicate itself so it can spread to other files or systems.
Note one thing that is not on this list: a virus does not necessarily have to trash your hard drive or exhibit
other malicious behavior, in order to be a virus. While many viruses do damage files and disk structures,
many are just nuisances or exhibit "prank" behavior such as playing music on the PC speaker or putting
funny phrases on the screen when the system is booted. However, the risk of damage from viruses is
substantial. Many can cause serious data loss; sometimes the virus writer doesn't even intend some of
the effects that the virus produces (viruses can have bugs!). Damage can also occur from program files
being altered when the virus infects them. Often it is not possible to repair the damage, even when the
virus is removed.
There are many different types of viruses. In addition to the classical virus, there are other virus-like
programs that are similar to viruses in terms of how they work and what they do, but differ from them in
one or more respect:
â¢ Worms: A worm is a program that is self-contained and when run, has the ability to spread itself to other systems.
In essence, a worm is a virus that doesn't infect other programs. Instead, it acts independently, seeking to spread to
other computers connected to its current host. They tend to spread over network connections. They can have other
undesirable effects when run.
Note: The acronym "WORM" is also used as a short form for "write once, read many", a storage technology that is
used by devices such as CD-R drives. The concepts are totally unrelated.
â¢ Trojan Horses: A trojan horse is any program that, once run, does something that the user doesn't want or request.
The program doesn't necessarily infect other files or spread to other systems. It is the generic term to refer to any
software that is intentionally coded to do something other than what it is supposed to. Some people think of viruses
as a special form of trojan horse: one that can infect other files (thus turning them into trojan horses) and duplicate
itself. Trojan horses are sometimes just called "trojans" for short.
â¢ Bugs: A bug is an error in a program. It is included here even though it really isn't in the same class as viruses and
trojans, because it is similar to a trojan horse in that it causes behavior other than what the user wanted. The
difference of course is that with a bug, the aberrant behavior is unintentional! With a trojan horse the author is doing
it on purpose.
â¢ Droppers: A dropper is a program designed to install or deliver a virus or trojan horse onto a target system. The
dropper is specially designed to avoid detection by standard virus detection programs, because the virus is specially
encrypted so that the dropper itself doesn't appear to the virus scanners like a regular infected program file would. In
some ways, a dropper is like a "virus egg", waiting to be hatched. They are uncommon.
â¢ Virus Impostors (Joke Programs): Some oh-so-clever programmers have devised cute programs that mimic the
effects of true viruses when they are run but are not considered viruses themselves, or even trojan horses, because
here the user of the file knows that the program is going to do something strange. These are often installed by
someone as a practical joke on his/her coworkers or friends for a good laugh.
|University Course Credits for MOOC Certificates: One Likely Pathway||How will MOOC-based learning aid learners in entering and performing in the workplace? |
We may imagine MOOC-based learning to serve as a qualification in two ways: let's call them the (1) certificate, (2) credit routes.
On the first, MOOC aggregations of certificates themselves are offered as significant job qualifications on a par with, or as an accepted substitute for, college and university degrees. I discussed this option in my last post. On the second, the certificates will be accepted for college and university credit, and thus become (like conventional courses) components of degree pathways where degrees serve as qualifications.
Certificates as Qualifications
The first route - the use of MOOC certificates as qualifications - has been explored with mixed results..
In December 2012 Coursera announced the opening of its Career Services program, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Participating firms, which have included Yahoo and Twitter, contract with the MOOC provider for an undisclosed fee to get data on students' performance on Coursera's MOOCs. Both students and Coursera's participating University partners can opt out of the program. Udacity had already announced a similar program.
In 2013 the MOOC provider edX experimented with its own job service, attempting to place its top MOOC students in jobs with similar companies - the leading high-tech firms. Of the more than 800 top performers that edX placed before these firms, only three received interviews and not a single one was offered a job. Following this failed experiment, edX withdrew from the career services arena.
As I recently argued in this blog, this step may have been premature and ill-founded:
The top-tier firms get thousands of applicants from the best university programs in computer science and information systems for every opening. Why would they be interested in experimenting with MOOC learners when they can take their pick of numerous Stanford, MIT and Purdue grads, who have shown the persistence to earn four year degrees, rubbed shoulders with top professors, and networked with other top students who will soon enter the workforce and connect up with hundreds of other hot prospects?
Meanwhile, new business start-ups in Silicon Valley, on Massachusetts Route 128, in New York's Silicon Alley and throughout the country hunger for talent. Most organizations will not be able to compete for the top grads of the top-tier university programs. Is it not possible that edX, which is hardly an expert in the employment agency business, simply directed their efforts at the wrong job market.New online job placement services appear - almost daily - to link individuals with skills and firms hungry for demonstrated capabilities. How effective MOOC certificates will prove to be as demonstrations of skill remains to be seen.
Certificates as Transfer Credits
In this post I want to consider whether MOOC certificates are likely to enter into degree pathways - that is, whether colleges and universities are likely, anytime soon, to accept MOOC certificates as transferable credits in their degree pathways.
It will be remembered that by the end of 2012 the American Council on Education, the body responsible for determining the credit-worthiness of college courses, had, as noted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, begun to evaluate some MOOCs as credit-worthy. The Chronicle quite rightly proclaimed this as a major step - it signaled that colleges and universities failing to recognize MOOC-based learning could not base their rejection on grounds of academic quality.
But to date, few academic institutions have been willing to grant transfer credit for MOOC certificates. And it is not hard to see why! These organizations have become increasingly dependent on tuition dollars for their daily operations. They are naturally reluctant to accept MOOC-based credits into their degree pathways if in doing so they have to forego tuition revenues. If their degrees require, let us say, 120 credits, at an average cost per credit of perhaps $700, plus fees, then transferring in a MOOC in lieu of a four-credit course would cost almost $3,000. Accepting up to four such transfer courses would cost up to $12,000 per student. If a significant fraction of their students were able to avoid these tuition costs, the organization would be financially strained if not bankrupted.
However, the combination of rising tuition and rising unemployment/underemployment for recent college grads, has radically decreased the private rate of return on the investment in college. The well-publicized trillion dollar student debt crisis has brought this economic fact to public awareness. Most families consider tuition costs as economic investments intended to increase future earnings. As the rate of return on this investment declines (or goes into minus territory) families are reconsidering the value of college education.
According to a Moody's Investment report on the credit-worthiness of colleges and universities released in November 2013, 40% faced stagnant or declining tuition revenues.
Anemic tuition revenue growth has spread to a larger share of the higher education industry, infecting public universities for the first time in decades. At this pace, tuition-dependent colleges and universities will be challenged to make necessary investments in personnel, programs, and facilities to remain competitive over the longer term," said Karen Kedem, a Moody's senior analyst and author of the report.
Moody's key findings include net tuition revenue declines at a projected 28% of public and 19% of private universities, with net tuition revenue growth below inflation projected for 44% of public and 42% of private universities and total enrollment declines at nearly half of public and private universities.
In addition, federal budget negotiations, the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and performance-based funding may result in further stress on colleges if student aid and loan programs are curtailed to any degree, given that a rising share of students are dependent on these funding sources, says Moody's.While many colleges and universities will continue to demand that their matriculated students earn - and pay for - their credits internally, others will now be hungry for any and all tuition dollars they can get. Some, faced with declining enrollments, will welcome students offering MOOC certificates - like other life experiences - for credit. Others will see the transfer of MOOC credits, paradoxically, as a profit opportunity.
Consider the recent decision by Ashford University to accept MOOC certificates for credit!
Ashford University is a for-profit academic organization owned by Bridgepoint Education, with a campus in Clinton Iowa and a large and profitable on-line degree operation. The university recently agreed, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, to accept certain ACE approved MOOCs from Coursera and Udacity, for transfer credit.
Ashford University depends for its tuition revenues largely on students with federally guaranteed student loans.Relatively few of its students complete their degree programs. According to Wikipedia, "as for-profit colleges have come under increasing scrutiny, a U.S. Senate report in 2011 listed Ashford's parent company, Bridgepoint, as having one of the highest withdrawal rates of any publicly traded school in the industry." Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa has said of Ashford "I think this is a scam, an absolute scam."
Nonetheless, Ashford is on to something! According to its website, "The mission of Ashford University is to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs." Let's first focus on "affordable". Ashford's website states prominently that students can transfer in up to 90 credits. That is a generous transfer policy. On the face of it, the policy implies that Ashford is willing to forego tuition revenues for these 90 credits. But consider that that leaves 30 or more credits in the degree pathway - credits for which Ashford can collect tuition revenues. That is very likely 30 credits worth of tuition that the university would not, without its generous transfer policy, otherwise hope to collect.
Turning to "accessible," more than 95% of Ashford's students are enrolled in its anywhere/anytime on-line degree programs consisting of high margin, readily scalable on-line courses. Students will be paying tuition for courses with low marginal costs per student. That generous transfer policy, with its embrace of MOOC certificates for credit, looks like a pretty good deal for the university.
And it might also be an attractive deal for many students. Ashford is aggressively defending its policy of accepting ACE-approved MOOC certificates for credit as a boon to students, and its defense makes a lot of sense. "Requiring students to assume debt and repeat course content they have already mastered does not serve the individual student, the future employer, or the community," said Dr. Lori Williams, Ashford University provost. "Our job as an educational institution is to maximize learning and facilitate development for each student. In turn, students are more likely to complete their programs, have greater independence from debt, and ultimately get into the workforce more quickly."
Ashford and its students will hardly be the only ones to find this deal appealing. Remember those "total enrollment declines at nearly half of public and private universities." Why will those universities not follow in Ashford's footsteps and offer generous transfer policies, including transfer of MOOCs?
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|Apple Laptop Batteries Can Be Hacked, Infected With Malware - SecurityNewsDaily|
Jul 25, 2011 | 12:15 PM ET | By Paul Wagenseil, SecurityNewsDaily Managing Editor
Apple laptop batteries can be hacked to infect the laptop with malware, or possibly even rigged to explode, a well-known security researcher has found.
All modern laptop batteries have logic chips inside them that communicate with the computer they’re powering. That’s how you’re able to see how much charge is remaining. The chips also carry out regulatory tasks, such as shutting down the charging process when a battery’s at risk of overcharging.
But any logic chip has operating software â “firmware” â and that software can usually be remotely updated.
Charlie Miller, who’s famous for winning the annual Pwn2Own contest four times with his Mac OS X and iOS exploits, discovered that Apple puts the same password on all its laptop batteries in order to efficiently send out battery firmware updates.
Unfortunately, a skilled malicious hacker armed with the password could alter the firmware, Miller says. Altered firmware could be used to store malware or tweaked to damage the computer.
“These batteries just aren’t designed with the idea that people will mess with them,” Miller told Forbes tech blogger Andy Greenberg. “What I’m showing is that it’s possible to use them to do something really bad.”
Miller will be presenting his finding at next week’s Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. He has already notified Apple of the vulnerability, and is not revealing the password.
Digging into source code
Miller, who formerly was with the National Security Agency and currently works for Denver security firm Accuvant Labs, was intrigued by a 2009 firmware update that Apple had sent out to fix a problem with MacBook batteries.
He analyzed the code for the update, found an administrative password and then noticed it applied to all models of Apple battery. This isn’t unusual â the iPhone, iPad and iPod (ipod touch firmware 3.1.3 download) Touch also share a default, and easily Googled, administrative password.
Miller reverse-engineered the Apple battery firmware (“bricking,” or permanently damaging, seven of the $ 130 batteries in the process) and discovered how to alter it to send false readings to the laptop user, to damage the battery or even to serve as a hidden repository for malware.
“You could put a whole hard drive in, reinstall the software, flash the BIOS and every time it would re-attack and screw you over,” Miller told Greenberg. “There would be no way to eradicate or detect it other than removing the battery.”
The greater problem
Could the firmware be rigged to make the battery explode? Miller found that the Apple batteries had built-in fuses to prevent serious overheating, but there’s no guarantee counterfeit batteries would have such safeguards.
Miller has written a patch â he’s calling it “Caulkgun” â for the Apple battery vulnerability and will release it at Black Hat.
The downside is that Caulkgun will prevent future firmware updates. Nor will it do anything to solve the greater problem, because this vulnerability is not confined to Apple laptop batteries.
Most computer accessories and parts â hard drives, optical drives, graphics cards and network cards, for example â use firmware-upgradable logic chips. Most have enough memory space to house a small piece of malware.
It’s likely that most items in each category from a particular brand use the same administrative password.
For malicious hackers, it’s just a matter of finding out what those passwords are.
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|Odour-free Summer Days!|
The disadvantages of summer is icky sticky skin and the problem of body odour. No matter how cautious we are, often we do not smell like the first breath of spring-summer. Although it can be embarrassing and smelly or pungent, sweating is natural and rather good for us. It’s our body’s way of cooling us down and getting rid of toxins. One can surely fight off body odour, underarm smell and excessive sweating naturally with some effective home remedies. Hereâs how to keep body odour at bay and keep yourself fresh at all times. High on hygiene: Body odour occurs when bacteria in moist areas of the body multiply. This can be gotten rid of by taking shower twice daily, especially during the summer season. One can use antibacterial soaps as they help to unclog pores and stop the bacteria from causing further odour. You can add fragrance and a handful of alum to your bath water, which can act as a powerful antiseptic and anti-bacterial element.â¨Â â¨ Diet control:Â You need to watch what you eat. Remember caffeine, spicy or pungent foods, alcohol, saturated fats, sugar and cigarettes are culprits for body odour. Basically we sweat what we consume, hence alter your diet to include fresh fruits, salads and vegetables(a lot of spinach, kale, chard), fiber or whole grains besides consume plenty of water, lime water, buttermilk, coconut water or rhododendron water to cleanse your body from within. Avoid strong smelling garlic or onion based foods. Green vegetables are a natural deodorizer and green salads will not only keep your skin fresh but clear it of impurities.Â Also drink camphor tea, for chronic problem of body odour this age old drink is worth trying. Low skin pH value: Body odour causing bacteria cannot survive on the skin if the pH value of the skin is low. Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil naturally help in lowering the pH value of the skin. You can soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and clean your underarms or sweaty areas with it instead of chemical laden perfumes or deodorants. Scented oils: You may add a few drops of essential oils like lavender, peppermint and pine to your bath water to reduce body odour. These oils not only make you smell fine they also aid in getting rid of the pungent odour from deep within. Besides lemon is an excellent remedy for killing bacteria that is lodged in your skin. All you have to do it rub half of a lemon on your underarms and allow the juice to remain on your skin, let it dry for some time and then rinse. Better still you can squeeze a lemon into a bucket-full of water and shower with it. Do this for a few days and bid good-bye to dour! Natural Deodorants: You can make your own herb-based deodorants at home, most of the herbs are helpful in combating body odour. Beauty herbs like sage, rosemary, leaves of chrysanthemum, lovage, celery and parsley can be made into a tea which can then be used as a wash besides should be included in the diet frequently. Odour Culprits: Smoking and alcohol result in bad mouth odour, also body odour as it builds up toxins in the body.Â Choose the right fabrics: Avoid synthetic fabrics in summer, instead opt for loose fit, airy silhouettes in that cotton breathe. Also wear cotton socks to prevent your feet from smelling. Common Issues: Body Odour could also be due to stress, hormonal imbalance, tooth decay, Vitamin Deficiency, heavy physical activity, tobacco use, medical conditions like liver, kidney, fungal infections, diabetes, low BP etc. Beauty Expert Shonelle recommends a few natural tips to remain odourless this season. â¨ 1. A mixture of baking soda and lemon is great for body odour, you can apply it on your underarms and feet to kill bacteria and odour. â¨ 2. Take a few teaspoons of tomato juice to bathing water and soak yourself in it for some time. â¨ 3. Apply peanut butter on your underarms before retiring to bed, every summer night. â¨4. Add white vinegar during bathing to a mug of water, rinse your armpits with it. â¨ 5. Rose water, a natural deodorant can be stored in a spray bottle and used often or put a few drops in the bathtub. â¨ 6. Turnip juice can be used on underarms for getting relieved of body odour.â¨ 7. You can rub potato slices on your underarms.â¨ 8. Mint leaves and neem leaves are great for odour, boil some leaves and add water to your bath. â¨9. Sandalwood powder is good for stink, add some powder to rose water and apply the paste on your underarms, let it dry and rinse. â¨10. Dust your odour-producing areas with baking soda or corn starch, it absorbs moisture and kills bacteria.
|Emergent files paperwork for new immuno-oncology spin-off|
Emergent BioSolutions announced April 15 that it has begun the formal process of separating some of its assets to form a separate entity, which will be known as Aptevo Therapeutics Inc.
Aptevo will specificallyÂ focus on immuno-oncology technology, while Emergent will consolidate its focus on public health.
âThe filing of the Form 10 Registration Statement is an important milestone in the execution of our plan to create two independent, publicly traded companies with distinct strategic plans, growth strategies, and operational and development priorities,â Emergent President and CEO Daniel Abdun-Nabi said. âThis spin-off will allow each entity to establish itself as a pure play company -- Emergent in the public health threats and emerging infectious diseases fields and Aptevo in the immuno-oncology field. We look forward to completing the spin-off to unlock the full value of each business for our stockholders.â
Before the spin-off becomes official, Emergent must get approval for the Form 10 Registration Statement it has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in addition to receiving approval from its board of directors.
|WHO recommends yellow fever vaccine for travelers to Angola|
The World Health Organization (WHO) is advising travelers to Angola to treat themselves with a yellow fever vaccine to protect against the virus and limit its spread.
Nearly 2,000 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in Angola since December. Approximately 258 people have died as a result of the disease.
âCases of yellow fever linked to this outbreak have been detected in other countries of Africa and Asia," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said. "We are particularly concerned that large urban areas are at risk, and we strongly urge all travelers to Angola to ensure they are vaccinated against yellow fever and carry a valid certificate."
Though WHO officials stopped short of telling travelers they are required to have the vaccine, the International Health Regulations make that requirement official. The regulations are an attempt to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and require travelers without vaccine documentation to have a documented medical excuse.
Officials have been aggressively promoting yellow fever vaccination since February and have managed to get nearly seven million people vaccinated in that time.
|Researchers suggest existence of new Ebola-like strain|
Researchers from the University of Kent have published a new study that suggests the Reston virus may be capable of mutating into a virus with an Ebola-like impact.
The Reston virus is in the same biological family as Ebola, but in its current form is not known to cause death. It typically infects pigs in Asia, though it has been known to infect humans as well. The research, lead by Senior Lecturer in Computational Biology Mark Wass, Professor of Molecular Medicine Martin Michaelis, and Lecturer in Virology Jeremy Rossman, found that given a few mutations to a specific protein, the Reston virus could take on fatal characteristics.
The findings were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.
|And I'm back.||A few people may have noticed my complete disappearance from everything. As was touched upon in the never-finished B-word entry, that was due largely to a broken foot and a new boyfriend. It was extended by moving out of my house (where I lived for three years) and into an apartment with Dylan in lower Queen Anne. That was a month ago. I don't have any good excuses for the last month, other than my internet access at work being severely restricted. Yeah, it sucks.|
For the most part I've been settling into a routine of housebound-coupledom. I've been reading a lot, since there isn't internet at my new apartment yet (we're lazy), and I spend most of my time at Jon's, where the only thing to do really if he's on the computer is to read. I've been reading A. M. Homes, first The Safety of Objects, then Music for Torching, and I just finished The End of Alice. I bought Things You Should Know as well, but I forgot it at home. If you've read her, you know that she specializes in suburban dystopias (which is almost redundant, anyway), and is generally a pervert. After filling my head with affairs, death, supreme unhappiness, unlikable characters, and the half-mad musings of a blood-thirsty Humbert Humbert knock-off (The End of Alice really wasn't very good. Maybe someone who hasn't read Lolita could possibly enjoy it, though "enjoy" probably isn't the right word), I feel like I need a brain bath. Hers is a consciousless, cum-stained, hate-filled, self-involved universe, and I feel infected somehow, like I couldn't possibly be happy with anything, ever. It's gross.
I'm debating whether I want to read the last book of short-stories just to get it over with and put her away once and for all, or if I need a break. It's a short book. I'll probably just read it. And then I need to find something vaguely hopeful to read, before I give up on humanity. Any ideas? Not The Audacity of Hope, thanks.
What else. Nick has been at BEA for the last five-ish days, and all of his reports from there (which include high-rise hotel rooms and meeting Alec Baldwin) have made me unconsolably jealous. Why don't I attend celebrity-dotted parties? Why don't I ever go anywhere new? Why don't I have a real job? These are not nice questions to answer. In fact I'm thoroughly disgusted by the answers to all of them.
My most notable accomplishment of late was volunteering at the Emerald City Comicon, which earned me the opportunity to gawk at Jamie Bamber, who plays Apollo on BSG. I also walked by Will Wheaton on numerous occasions. I could have met either of them, but didn't have anything to say, so I decided against it. I guess I'm not as big of a geek as I thought.
This part is slightly personal and not meant to alam anyone: my once-robust health has noticeably declined, and I've been to the doctor more times in the last three months than I had been in the last three years. Aside from the foot troubles, I went in for a lady exam, and had an abnormal pap result. This was followed by a colposcopy (which is a terrible thing to endure and I don't recommend it to anyone; though I hear dying of cervical cancer is worse, so, your call), and I just received word on Friday that I have CIN2, which requires further treatment. It's not cancer, but it can turn into cancer if not removed. I'm 24 and I feel suddenly very mortal. I've possibly expressed my premature-death daydreams to some of you, but that's generally more a fear of Final Destination-type accidents involving log trucks, stray bullets, or improbable electrocution. I've very rarely considered the possibility of my body turning against me and taking me down from the inside; yet here I am. I'm squeamish about medicine in general and things involving my reproductive health specifically, so this is essentially the worst thing ever for me to have to go through. Well, disembowelment would be worse. But that's filed with my above, fanciful death scenarios. This is much more... realistic.
I haven't told anyone in my family (I don't think they read my blog? If I'm wrong, well, surprise!), mostly because I don't want to answer any questions about it or have them be worried about me. Assurances from my doctor and internet research concur in the estimation of this diagnosis as both not-terribly-serious and entirely-treatable, but I think my this-only-happens-to-other-people sense of entitlement has kicked in and is making me feel victimized by the universe. Rather, I'm allowing it to make me feel victimized by the universe; I'm not so far gone as to not take ownership of my feelings. Phew.
Moving on: I'm feeling homesick for Maine and my family and have just started planning a Summer sojourn, but it's being complicated by the fact that I would like for Jon to come with me and meet everyone, but he has work-related issues with the time and length of the trip I'd like to take. Some resolution should be found soon (I may just go alone, obviously), and I will of course announce as appropriate when any dates are set.
|New screening for anthrax-related meningitis developed by CDC|
A development for the capability to screen a large group of people for anthrax-induced meningitis has recently been published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.Â
Meningitis is one of the most fatal results of anthrax, and understanding how to test for and treat it is extremely important for preventing mistreatments and improving survival rates.
The current method of testing for meningitis, a lumbar puncture to test the spinal fluid, is not realistic for a setting in which numerous people have possibly come into contact with anthrax, and thus be susceptible to meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began looking for different ways to test for meningitis, beginning with anthrax medical documents from 1880 and reading through present-day findings, hoping to find information on meningitis links to anthrax âÂ and ways to confirm meningitis from external symptoms.
After reading through the literature, the CDC reported that if two of four symptoms were present â intense headache, changing mental health, meningeal indications or other neurological symptoms â that a victim can be assumed to most likely have meningitis. These findings will be extremely helpful in large-capacity crisis situations, where quick screening and treatment for meningitis are a race against the clock.
|New Ebola infection detected in deceased Liberian woman|
A 30-year-old woman in Liberia who recently passed away was later confirmed to have the Ebola virus.
Liberia has experienced multiple Ebola virus outbreaks since May 2015, though it is no longer considered a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in West Africa by the World Health Organization (WHO).Â
Due to the rising technologies and capabilities of the health world, Ebola virus infections have become easier to detect, and WHO and LiberianÂ public health officials have begun investigating the area in which the woman lived and was treated to search for any other possible Ebola likelihoods after a meeting to discuss response plans.
WHO predicts that major Ebola virus outbreaks will continue, such as in nearby Guinea, which is currently handling a new grouping of infections, and Sierra Leone. The virus continues to survive in some victims, and will likely cause more infections in the three countries.Â
WHO continues to keep the areas staffed with over 1,000 trained responders; it is constantly working to regain the health structures of the three countries.
|WHO vaccinates 1,000 people in Guinea following new Ebola outbreak|
A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea has put 1,000 people who may have been in contact with Ebola patients under medical surveillance by the World Health Organization (WHO).Â
This is the first outbreak in Guinea since the original took place in December 2015.
WHO and local health authorities have worked to discover these contacts, vaccinating nearly 800 people with the VSV-EBOV vaccine that helped prevent Ebola infection in a study done by Guinea's Ministry of Health. In an attempt to cover all bases, the vaccine is administered to those in a strategy called the 'ring vaccination,' which includes vaccinating anyone that has come into contact with a confirmed Ebola case, and then anyone that has come into contact with that contact.
Since February, seven out of eight confirmed Ebola virus victims have passed; currently, the last living patient, an 11-year-old girl, is in a stable condition. WHO continues to combat the outbreaks with a team of 75 staff members that are ready to control outbreaks as soon as they occur.
|Lassa fever transmitted to Germany, followed by secondary case|
The first cases of Lassa fever were reported in Germany between March 10 and 16 by the World Health Organization.Â
In addition, 52 more possible cases of Lassa fever are currently awaiting confirmation, though 28 of the patients have already passed the 21-day incubation period.
The original case came from Togo to Cologne through an evacuation on Feb. 25; the patient then died a day later, and Lassa fever was confirmed as the source of death through autopsy. The second case, a funeral home employee, contracted the infection from the corpse of the first case, though the employee is certain he wore gloves and did not touch any of the corpse's fluids. As of right now, the upper respiratory infection had while handling the corpse is suspected; after the patient's conditions persisted, he was quarantined in a special isolation unit with four of his family members in Frankfurt on MarchÂ 15.
The infection probability for all of Germany is very low, as it was the first secondary transmission to be recorded in Europe. Due to this secondary infection, WHO urges those caring for patients with Lassa fever to take extra precautions.
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|Yellow fever outbreak persists in Angola|
Since Dec. 5, 2015, Luanda, Angola, has been contending with a yellow fever outbreak.Â
On Mar. 21, the World Health Organization (WHO) provided information about the progress of the fever, stating that only two of the 18 provinces in Angola are yellow fever-free.
Angola has seen 1,132 cases of yellow fever and 168 deaths since the outbreak began. Luanda is the confirmed source of the outbreak and has the most amount of suspected cases at 818 -- although other provinces may be catching up soon.Â
A WHO-supported task force has been sent to Angola to combat the Grade 2 emergency with vaccines and medical treatmentÂ as reported by the Emergency Response Framework (ERF).
The WHO also continually tracks the fever to detect its infection patterns and where it may head next. The organization is particularly concerned that yellow fever will be transmitted across the border and become an international problem; there have already been rumors of its transmission to China, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Â
Consequently, there are more stringent vaccination regulations for those attempting to enter Asia, specifically from Africa or Latin America. Still, the WHO declares that travel to Angola is safe as long as people attempt to prevent mosquito bites and are vaccinated against yellow fever.
|2 dead, 7 more cases of MERS-CoV confirmed in Saudi Arabia|
The World Health Organization was recently contacted by the National IHR Focal Point of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to report seven more cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, which occurred between March 9 and March 10.
A 22-year-old female, a 50-year-old male and a 75-year-old male are still in critical condition in hospital ICUs. Two others, a 26-year-old male and a 62-year-old male, are also a part of the new infections but are stable and either in pressure isolation rooms or at home. Two victims, however, passed away on March 8 and March 9, after both testing positive for MERS-CoV only roughly 24 hours before.
WHO has been notified of more than 1,684 MERS-CoV cases and 600 MERS-CoV-related deaths since September 2012 worldwide and is continually working to contain the infection and stop death rates. Its study of MERS-CoV has maintained that most infections, which occur from human-to-human, appear in health care settings.Â
Due to the accessibility of country-to-country travel, WHO predicts that more MERS-CoV infections will appear in the coming years and will be transported from one country to another. Due to the disease's delayed or sometimes lack of symptoms, many will not know they have MERS-CoV until they have left the country.Â
WHO is still encouraging all Member States to thoroughly watch for the MERS-CoV infections or anything resembling acute respiratory infections and to note any specific patterns they may take. WHO also asks that health care workers practice the necessary precautions when working with any patients, particularly those presenting signs of an acute respiratory infection.Â
The public can protect themselves from the infection by practicing good body and food hygiene and avoiding contact with sick animals. The WHO hopes to keep promoting safe travel between countries.
|FDA gives clearance for Great Basin E.coli test|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave the clearance for Great Basin Scientific Inc. to conduct its Shiga Toxin Direct Test.
The FDA gave them 510(k) clearance for the test, which is intended as a molecular test to detect E.coli that produces Shiga toxins. The test will most likely be tested on the Great Basin Analyzer, which also performs tests for Clostridium difficile and Group B Streptococcus.
The Great Basin Shiga Toxin Direct Test will allow lab techs to get immediate results from samples. It will require under one minute of hands-on contact. It will detect stx1 and stx2, while providing results quickly
âWe are pleased to receive 501(k) clearance for our Shiga Toxin Direct Test, and are excited about the opportunity to drive new site placements with this unique test,â Ryan Ashton, co-founder and CEO of Great Basin Scientific, said. âBy offering the only direct-from-patient specimen test, and identifying the O157 strain and quickly detecting stx1 and stx2 genes, we are providing clinicians a powerful tool to provide a better outcome for their patients. The clearance of this test is particularly timely given the growing number of multi-state outbreaks for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 (STEC O157) infections.â
|Pfizer to participate in Human Vaccines Project|
Pfizer has decided to play a part in the Human Vaccines Project, which seeks to develop vaccine protection for infectious diseases such as HIV, dengue fever and cancer.
âOver the last decade, weâve seen unprecedented technological advances in our understanding of the biology of diseases -- and new tools in designing vaccines including therapeutic vaccines,â Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccines research and development at Pfizer, said. âYet, the translation from preclinical to clinical vaccine research has often been hampered by a lack of understanding of the desired human immune responses required to obtain optimal vaccine protection. With our strong heritage of translating scientific findings into the development of medicines and vaccines, Pfizer is proud to contribute to the consortiumâs research efforts.â
Public and private research groups are teaming up on the project. The groups seek to apply the latest in medical technologies and knowledge to fight infectious diseases.
âWe look forward to Pfizerâs contribution to the Human Vaccines Project as we launch an unprecedented public-private partnership in human immunology discovery, to decipher the human immunome and principles of protective immunity, to usher in a new era in global disease prevention,â Wayne Koff, founder of the Human Vaccines Project, said. âThe human immune system holds the key to preventing and controlling a broad spectrum of infectious diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases and allergies. By bringing together leading vaccine researchers, institutions and biopharmaceutical companies -- and harnessing recent technological advances in molecular and cellular biology and bioinformatics -- the project may potentially enable accelerated development of vaccines and immunotherapies for some of the most devastating diseases of our time.â
|WHO reports new case of avian influenza in China|
Another avian A (H5N6)Â influenza infection was confirmed in China on March 15 by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), which then notified the World Health Organization (WHO).
The victim, a female from Huizhou City in the Guangdong Province, showed symptoms on Feb. 20; she was hospitalized two days later. She has been in critical condition ever since and was confirmed to have H5N6 on March 15.Â
China continually keeps watch for more cases of the infection, in addition to researching treatment. It also provides information to the public.Â
WHO has reported that although the infection is severe, it does not transmit human to human -- and thus is not of concern for international transmission. Ultimately, the best way to avoid becoming infected in a confirmed country is to keep away from poultry farms, birds in markets, and areas in which a bird may have defecated or been slaughtered.Â
WHO hopes to continually obtain information on surveillance and patterns of H5N6 to better understand the infection.
|Researchers develop test to track tuberculosis gene|
A blood test that can predict whether or not a dormant string of tuberculosis (TB) will develop into full-blown tuberculosis has been developed.
Researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative teamed up to develop the test. The test will forecast whether the dormant mycobacterium tuberculosis could turn into active tuberculosis disease. The test has a 10 to 20 percent chance of false results.
âThis discovery could help develop a diagnostic that would narrow the detection and treatment gap for tuberculosis, impacting how the global health community approaches this epidemic,â Dan Zak, an assistant professor at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, said.
Mycobacterium affects about 33 percent of the population, though only 90 percent will see this strand develop into TB. The test works by measuring specific RNAs in the blood; the blood markers are used to measure the activity of the gene in the blood.
The study, which was published in the leading medical journal The Lancet, took samples from over 6,000 teenagers. The teens were infected with the mycobacterium. The researchers followed them for two years to see who developed active TB.
âThe test can predict progression to TB more than one year before disease manifests, which provides a window of opportunity to use treatment to prevent the disease,â Willem Hanekom, professor and principal investigator of the study, said.
|Dominica receives CDC travel notice for Zika virus|
The Zika virus and its infection patterns are constantly being watched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the organization's acute attention to the continuing transmission has led to its declaring a travel notice for Dominica.
The CDC is constantly updating its list of Zika virus regions and notes that anyone traveling to a location with Zika virus is capable of contracting it, as the aggressive mosquitos that carry it bite during the day and the night. Preventing mosquito bites is of the utmost importance because there is currently no vaccine or treatment for those with Zika virus.
If traveling to a location with Zika virus, infection may not be known until the traveler has left the country. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint aches and red eyes, though the dangerous part about Zika virus is that it does not always immediately display symptoms. It is especially important to practice safe sex if you or your partner have recently traveled to an area with Zika virus, as there has been evidence that it can be sexually transmitted. This is especially important if a woman is pregnant or intending to become pregnant.Â
Furthermore, it has been proposed that Guillain-BarrÃ© syndrome (GBS) is extremely likely to be connected with Zika virus, though the CDC is still conducting research with Brazil to confirm these assumptions.
To see the regions with confirmed Zika virus occurrences, refer to the CDC home page.
|FDA approves new inhalational anthrax treatment|
Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the Anthim (obiltoxaximab) injection, to be used with specific antibacterial drugs to treat people who have had inhalational anthrax.
Anthim has also been approved for preventing inhalational anthrax if other alternative therapies are unavailable or inappropriate.
Inhalational anthrax, a rare illness, happens when people are exposed to animals or animal products that are either contaminated or infected with the disease. Sometimes people are exposed to the disease when anthrax spores are intentionally released.
When anthrax spores are released, people inhale the bacterium Bacillus anthracis spores. Then the bacteria spreads through the body, generating toxins that cause irreversible and massive tissue injuries that lead to death.
Anthim, a monoclonal antibody, eliminates the toxins that anthrax generates. The FDA has approved Anthim as part of its Animal Rule, enabling researchers to conduct efficiency studies within well-controlled, adequate animal studies. Scientists hope to see Anthim progress to human studies in the near future.
In the past, anthrax has been used as a bioterrorism threat. The spores resist destruction and easily spread through the air, making them a bioweapon of choice.
âAs preparedness is a cornerstone of any bioterrorism response, we are pleased to see continued efforts to develop treatments for anthrax,â Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said.
|Senate fails to remedy law, leaving it open to abuse|
The U.S. Senate has failed to remedy serious loopholes within the PRV program for neglected diseases, leaving the law open to abuse from pharmaceutical companies throughout the nation and the world.
Even though the Senate added the Zika virus to a list of illnesses that qualify for the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Priority Review Voucher (PRV), the law needs fixed to fully allow innovation against Zika virus infections.
âWhen we faced the deadliest Ebola epidemic ever, Doctors Without Borders was trying to treat patients virtually empty-handed,â Judit Sanjuan, Doctors Without Borders/MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨resâ (MSF) U.S. access campaign manager and legal policy advisor, said. âNearly two years later, the global health community is facing another epidemic, Zika, without safe and effective vaccines or treatments to help patients. Ebola should have taught us not just about the urgent need for research for neglected diseases, but also that people in affected communities must have affordable access to any new treatments or vaccines that are developed. By adding Zika to the list for which companies can receive a PRV -- without first ensuring that the program rewards true innovation and that the people most in need benefit from any scientific breakthrough -- we are repeating our mistakes.â
The vote allows companies to register vaccines or treatments for a disease. After registration, the companies are closer to being approved for a voucher to speed the FDAâs evaluation of products. This can be done without proving that the new product is an innovation to prevent or treat the disease.
The goal of the PRV was to develop incentives that would help researchers create vaccines and treatments for neglected patients and diseases. In contrast, now the PRV gives incentives to companies that do not show innovation for new products that are desperately needed for neglected illnesses; the PRV goes to the highest bidder rather than the best innovator.
"As this bill now moves to the U.S. House, our government representatives must take this opportunity to immediately fix the critical flaws with the program,â Sanjuan said. âThey must ensure that companies rewarded with a voucher are actually creating new products that are available and affordable to patients and treatment providers. This program should help people suffering from fatal neglected diseases, instead of companies just looking to rake in huge profits.â
|WHO officials confirm connection between Guillain-Barre syndrome, Zika infection|
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently received a notification that the National IHR Focal Point of the United States has found two Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) cases that are connected to Zika virus infections.
Currently, both of these cases are being investigated to find whether they meet the case definition of GBS from the Brighton Collaboration.
The first patient was an elderly male living in the U.S., who had recently traveled to Central America. He first developed an acute febrile illness not long after returning home. In January, he was hospitalized with progressive ascending weakness of the extremities, as well as diminished reflexes. His test results showed that he had the Zika virus infection. Just as he had improved enough for discharge, he had a sudden subarachnoid hemorrhage because of a ruptured aneurysm. He died quickly.
The second patient was a male adult who lives in Haiti. In January, he developed an acute onset of facial weakness, numbness in his fingers and difficult swallowing. Within a few days, he went to the U.S. to receive further medical care. Tests showed that he had elevated protein in his cerebrospinal fluid but normal white blood cells; a physical exam demonstrated diminished reflexes and mild weakness. His serology test showed that he had Zika virus infection. After receiving an IV immunoglobulin therapy, he was discharged from the hospital.
Health professionals are taking active measures to guarantee that the virus does not reach epidemic proportions.
|CDC adds Cuba to Zika virus watch list|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a level-two travel notice for Cuba concerning Zika virus transmission and is working with local health officials in areas that have been determined to contain the virus.
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitos that are extremely active in the daytime, but that also bite at night. Anyone traveling to areas with Zika virus is capable of becoming infected; and, as there are no vaccines or medications against the Zika virus, it is important to prevent mosquito bites. There have also been reports of sexual transmission, so until further information is released, the CDC recommends pregnant women and their male partners stay out of areas that have been confirmed for Zika virus, go through all precautions to prevent mosquito bites and to use condoms.
Zika virus does not immediately show symptoms -- sometimes not ever -- and so travelers that may have contracted the virus may not know until they have already left. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint discomfort and red eyes, and may last up to a week. Upon leaving an area with confirmed Zika virus infections, it is important to continue using insect repellent for three weeks to avoid other mosquito bites.
Although the mortality rate and need for high hospitalization is low, travelers should keep watch for symptoms, and tell a health care official immediately once symptoms show. The professional health representative will want to know when and where infected victims have traveled. Guillain-BarrÃ© syndrome (GBS) has also been discovered in patients that most likely have the Zika virus, and research continues to figure out their association.
The CDC home page contains additional information, including a map of affected areas.
|WHO team departs for Cabo Verde to combat Zika virus|
The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to send a team, consisting of WHO AFRO and the Institut Pasteur members in Dakar, to Cabo Verde, following the minister of health's request for assistance.Â
Between Oct. 21, 2015, and March 6, 2016, 7,490 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed or suspected -- of those cases, 165 were pregnant women. Forty-four of the women have had their babies, and no birthing trouble or abnormalities have been detected. Thirty-three cases of Zika virus have been suspected on two of the nine islands that make up Cabo Verde, in Santiago Island and Fogo Island, between Feb. 29 and March 6.
Zika virus rates have lowered in Cabo Verde, but the minister of health reported on March 15 that microcephaly has been identified for the first time. Although it is still uncertain whether microcephaly is connected to the Zika virus in Cabo Verde, research is developing to cover all bases.
The team traveling to Cabo Verde will be working on the research that was begun by the health professionals of Cabo Verde. The team members will work to provide technical and laboratory assistance, work on Zika virus surveillance and spread information to nearby communities.Â
WHO wants to continue to distribute information to pregnant women, including any risks that may come to the fetus if they are already infected with Zika virus. These guidelines include following all preventative guidelines, visiting their prenatal doctor regularly during the entire pregnancy, acquiring risk information and possible counseling, visiting with a pediatrician or pediatric neurologist after the baby is born, acquiring possible abortion options, and being treated with respect.Â
Teams will be begin departing on March 17.
|Dengue vaccine trials result in complete prevention of all four strands|
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently reported its clinical trial findings on a Dengue 2 virus vaccine.Â
The trial indicated that the vaccine completely prevented dengue virus from human volunteers.
Dengue is the most prominent mosquito-to-human virus throughout the entire world, with close to 400 million infected people in 120 separate countries per year. Symptoms include a higher fiver, headaches, pain behind the eyes, rashes and aching joints, muscle or bones, and hemorrhagic fever -- the culprit of hemorrhagic fever for two million people and killing over 25,000 people each year. Although multiple vaccines have been created against dengue, they have proven to be only partially effective.
Anna Durbin, associate professor of international health at the Bloomberg School, was motivated by the failing dengue vaccine to find a better solution, and by February had begun trials. The school's vaccine, called TV003, must work to protect victims from all four types of dengue virus, as a second contraction of a different strand often brings with it more severe reactions.Â
âWhat weâre trying to do is accelerate vaccine development, weeding out poor candidates before testing them in large numbers of people in places where dengue is endemic,â Durbin, who has been working on a vaccine for dengue for more than 15 years, said.
After the trials, the group found that TV003 protected against all types of dengueÂ virus, but had trouble protecting against Dengue 2. When testing if TV003 could prevent it if victims were exposed to Dengue 2 after only six months, the results indicated yes.Â
Durbin is confident that the study of, and vaccination against, the dengue virus could lead to promising contributions, such as the development of a vaccine against Zika virus, as it is also a mosquito-borne infection.Â
The school's findings were published in Science Translational Medicine on March 16.
|CDC releases report on how to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria|
Although the United States has successfully decreased health care-associated infections (HAIs), antibiotic-resistant bacteria are still a force to be reckoned with.Â
In order to better combat this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a new Vital Signs report, providing guidance on how to use multiple measures to fight them, and the Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas, which provides information on infections that can come from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. CDC Director Tom Frieden stated that many of these bacterias are infecting patients while in the hospital, hindering them from getting better and rendering them sicker and capable of sepsis or death.
Six antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been studied in acute care hospitals, and found that one of every seven HAIs from catheters and surgery come from these bacteria, and that it increased to one in every four infections in patients that remained in the hospital more than 25 days. The report also discussed the decrease in Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes the most amount of infections in hospitals.Â
The CDC asks anyone involved in health care, from state to local levels, to continually work to prevent HAIs, including attempting to stop the bacteria transmission between patients, halt infections due to surgery and catheters, and increase antibiotics.
Alongside the CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) -- and regulations requiring reports of contracted HAIs -- have assisted in decreasing infection rates.Â
Congress has also provided $160 million to the CDC to move forward with their National Action Plan for Combatting Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria, which will work to better equip states for prevention, reporting, research and antibiotic use -- hopefully to further limit HAIs in the future.
|UAB welcomes new director of med school's Division of Infectious Diseases|
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases has named Jeanne Marrazzo, leading expert in the field of infectious diseases and HIV, its new director.
âI am thrilled to have Dr. Marrazzo join our department to lead the division at a time when it is thriving,â UAB Department of Medicine ChairÂ Seth Landefeld said. âDespite great advances in vaccines and antibiotics, infectious diseases remain major threats to our health â whether itâs the age-old scourge of tuberculosis, a super-virulent staph or a new epidemic like Zika virus. Tackling these diseases and growing our faculty of world leaders will advance health and health care for Alabamians and many, many others.â Â
Marrazzo is currently studying the effects of the Nuvaring, a contraceptive vaginal ring for women. In addition, she is studying how the ring interacts with those who have HIV and those who donât.
As part of her time at UAB, Marrazzo hopes to continue her research, while also looking at new infectious diseases. She plans to build a strong department that collaborates on ideas and projects alike.
âUAB has been a leader in HIV and STD research for decades, with a well-recognized reputation and body of work,â Marrazzo said. âFor example, the 1917 Clinic âÂ which provides primary care to people living with HIV and also conducts world-class research âÂ is iconic and a fixture of excellence in providing care to vulnerable populations, which is a critical part of working in the infectious diseases field.â
|Seven new cases of MERS reported to World Health Organization|
Seven new cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) were identified by the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between Feb. 17 and 25, and reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Those infected include a male from Hail City, 56, who showed symptoms on Feb. 20 and three days later went into the hospital; he tested positive for MERS-CoV the next day. He is currently in the ICU in critical condition, as is a 53-year-old, non-native male from Abha, who showed symptoms on Feb. 11 and went into the hospital on Feb. 20. A 60-year-old sheep, goat and cow owner from Najran was also admitted into the hospital, two days after showing symptoms on Feb. 20. He is in a negative-pressure isolation room and is stable, as is a 74-year-old camel owner, who showed symptoms on Feb. 15 and went into the hospital on Feb. 21.
A non-native, 28-year-old female health care worker from Alkarj was found to have the MERS-CoV infection through possible contact tracing of MERS-CoV cases. She currently shows no symptoms and is isolated at home. Another non-native, a 24-year-old male from Riyadh City, showed symptoms on Feb. 14, went into the hospital two days later and was confirmed for MERS-CoV on Feb. 17. He is currently in the ICU in critical condition. Lastly, a 53-year-old from Riyadh city began showing symptoms on Feb. 13 and went into the hospital on Feb. 16. He also tested positive for MERS-CoV on Feb. 17. He is stable and at home in isolation.
An investigation as to where these cases may have contracted the infection within the two weeks of shown symptoms is still being pursued. At least 1,651 cases of the MERS-CoV infection have been reported to WHO since September 2012, with 590 of these resulting in death. MERS-CoV can be transmitted human to human, and has mostly been transmitted in health care locations.Â
WHO will continue to report on new cases from the Middle East and expects that new cases will emerge in other countries via animals or animal products. In order to control MERS-CoV, WHO indicates that the utmost care must be taken in health care settings, even if someone is not currently showing MERS-CoV symptoms. Furthermore, hygiene and food hygiene are extremely important, as transmission possibilities have been confirmed.
|First Argentinian chikungunya outbreak confirmed|
Chikungunya was identified in Argentina for the first time on March 7 by the National IHR Focal Point of Argentina, which then relayed the information to PAHO/WHO.Â
The laboratory confirmations were found by using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, or RT-PCR.
Tests included 1,281 people who were thought to have chikungunya between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015, with 21 people confirmed to have contracted it, and 22 thought to be likely. Beginning on Jan. 1 of this year, up to the week of Feb. 21-27, another 1,030 people were tested for chikungunya; 55 were confirmed to have been infected; and four more were thought to probably have contracted it.Â
Most of the identified cases have been from Argentina's cities Tartagal and Apolinario Saravia, both located in the SaltaÂ province, while the rest were from the province of Jujuy in the city of San Pedro. Health figures in Argentina are attempting to control the outbreak and heal the infected, through higher surveillance of infected and symptomatic patients, performing tasks that will control more heavily affected areasÂ and by communicating with the public and other health officials.
All of the confirmed infections in Argentina lie close to the Bolivian border, which has been infected with chikungunya for many years. It is possible it may continue spreading throughout the country and to neighboring nations.Â
The WHO has issued a warning about the Aedes mosquito population and suggests that decreasing the mosquito breeding will limit the infection numbers, by means of limiting their habitats, using mosquito nets, using repellant, shutting doors and windows, and dressing in long-sleeved garments.
|Ebola vaccine to begin trials in new Guinea center|
A teleconference between Guinean President Alpha Conde, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rest of the world was recently conducted in order to express thanks to those who have developed the Ebola vaccine in Russia, which has received Russian state registration.Â
The teleconference was part of an event, with Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova and Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova, alongside RUSAL President Oleg Deripaska, in attendance.
Skvortsova relayed that the vaccine is ready for field trials, beginning in the Republic of Guinea at the Research and Clinical Diagnostics Center for Epidemiological and Microbiological Studies, a program by RUSAL, who have been in Guinea for more than 10 years. RUSAL has put $10 million into the center, located in Kindia, which will begin to act as a treatment center for other diseases once Ebola is eradicated. An infection hospital, a laboratory, a blood and plasma center and a tentative hospital are all part of the center, which is the largest center meant for treating viral diseases in all of West Africa.Â
RUSAL employees have not been infected with Ebola yet, but Popova noted that there was a high rate of infection amongst Guinean medical workers. By government and nongovernment parties working together, Deripaska stated, even the toughest issues will be solvable.
|Suicide by Compassion|
A short while ago the world was gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease in Africa. Ebola was chasing people to a bloody death left and right, and the pain and suffering streamed to our screens daily. Fortunately the tide of the deadly plague was stemmed and the world relaxed.
What if the plague had become so out of control that hundreds of thousands of people decided the terror and fear and chance of death was so great and so imminent that another country would be more safe and secure? What would have happened? Would those potential plague carriers have been allowed to travel across multiple borders? Offered welcome, regardless of their infection status, in the heart of a mostly healthy different continent?
One would assume there would be armed checkpoints, mandatory testing for the disease and one would further assume testing would include those who are not sick but carriers.
Would anyone question the sense of protecting the healthy from the infected, even if many thousands died waiting to be tested?
I think we'd all agree that proper quarantine measures are good sense; a necessary imposition for protection. And, in a time of good health, most of those suffering under the quarantine would also agree it's a necessary measure.
It's an easy decision to impose a quarantine when the disease is as obvious as Ebola, so clearly a threat, but what about when the disease is not so visible, not physically based but psychological?
What about if the disease is not running rife but only carried by those who have been brought up to tolerate the deformities it inflicts?
I am speaking of course of the ISIS ideological plague that is the current scourge of a big chunk of desert and jungle. The ISIS ideological plague spreads similarly to a biological virus, by finding suitable hosts in which to grow and causing the death of those who do not succumb to its pathology.
Should those who carry such a plague not be quarantined and tested to make sure they will not deliberately or accidentally infect those not previously afflicted with its symptoms?
I understand that those inflicted with similar diseases do not recognise those who carry the ISIS plague, as carriers of a plague, however, those of us who are rational should be encouraging quarantine of these poor befuddled victims of that vile contagion in order to protect the most common casualties of the plague: freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of action.
With protection of these highest held freedoms of humanity in mind I offer the 'ISIS plague carrier's self-identification test' so that victims can recognise their affliction.
The test can be taken by any who follow a dogma of supernatural coercion and I urge all who pretend in god(s) or spirits etc to take it.
If enough people take it and do so honestly and with honour, the freethinking areas of the world may still avoid suicide by compassion.
So, why is the no quarantine?
I suspect it's because to the majority of Europeans who are pretenders in god, those who pretend in god are all lovely peaceful bunnies.
I further suspect they'd have a different opinion if they stood on the oppressed and abused non-believer's rational side of the argument.
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|Quien ordena su casa, ordena su vida|
Este es el diario de una limpieza general. El texto estÃ¡ plagado de obviedades y de frases hechas porque el objetivo principal de poner orden en casa es aprovechar para poner orden en la mente, aplicando principios del milenario Feng Shui. Repitiendo determinados pensamientos se busca que acciones habituales se conviertan en automÃ¡ticas, primero y en subconscientes, finalmente. No se trata de "mientras ordeno, aprovecho para pensar" si no de "mientras pienso, aprovecho para ordenar", que es bastante diferente. Sobre todo con la actitud que tomas ante la tarea, anteponiendo la interesante a la aburrida y no al revÃ©s.
En esta nueva limpieza de mi vivienda, el holocausto de cosas que no uso ha sido importante. Cada vez que hago uno, me pregunto por que no fui mÃ¡s estricto la Ãºltima vez, pero Ã©sta vez se que, muy probablemente, la prÃ³xima serÃ¡ mucho mÃ¡s frÃa e inflexible. Â¿Cuando? A saber. Yo quisiera hacerla maÃ±ana, pero las cosas son como son, no como queremos que sean. Pondremos los medios para que sea lo antes posible, sin que eso no quiera decir ni seis meses, ni un aÃ±o y medio.
Lunes: amanezco a las 12 de la maÃ±ana, despuÃ©s de dejar que el cuerpo durmiera todo lo que quiso, que fueron 11 horas. Me levanto con la intenciÃ³n de oxigenarme un poco con la bici, pero estÃ¡ lloviendo demasiado, asÃ que, cafetera mediante, me pongo con el dormitorio, la pieza de la casa que estÃ¡ mÃ¡s alejada de la entrada. La limpieza, de dentro hacia afuera. Cojo aire y en la inspiraciÃ³n me acuerdo de mi espalda. Hago el propÃ³sito de volver a la rutina de Pilates y meditaciÃ³n que tan bien me sienta al despertar. EmpezarÃ© maÃ±ana. Primera decisiÃ³n importante de la semana.
El armario (200*252) tiene tres secciones. En una de ellas hay siete trajes (sacos). Me he puesto uno, dos veces en los dos Ãºltimos aÃ±os y no hay perspectivas, por suerte, de que tenga la necesidad de volver a enfundarme uno. Escojo dos, oscuros y atemporales de corte, que me cubran de algÃºn evento imprevisto y meto los otros cinco en una bolsa. Lo mismo hago con las camisas, odio planchar y me quedo tres, deshaciÃ©ndome de siete. Las corbatas van, mansamente, detrÃ¡s. Ya habÃa regalado una decena y tirado otra, pero aÃºn quedan como veinte. Escojo diez, que me parecen muchas, abarcando toda la gama cromÃ¡tica, aunque si me pongo una, serÃ¡ con una camisa blanca, asÃ que aÃºn podÃa haber sido mÃ¡s expeditivo, ya que me servirÃa cualquiera de ellas.
Guardo una de tonos rojos y blancos, para colgar el muÃ±eco de Papa Noel de la ventana, en Navidad. Es una tradiciÃ³n de varios aÃ±os, ahorcar en esas fechas seÃ±aladas, a un Papa Noel con una corbata atada por el cuello, lo cual, al principio, me costÃ³ alguna palabra cruzada con algÃºn vecino con hijos. Pero ya hace ya tiempo que mis vecinos saben con quien conviven y dejaron de emitir juicios de valor sobre mis excentricidades y se limitan a cruzar de acera cuando van con sus hijos y a invitarme a bebida y palmearme el hombro y echar unas risas cuando van solos y coincidimos en un bar. Saben que soy rarito, pero no peligroso. Y, a veces, bastantes, divertido.
Los polos siguen el mismo camino. Este verano no he llevado otra cosa y comprÃ© 15 low cost para trabajar. Aparto los que han soportado mejor el tute y el resto pasa al cajÃ³n de ropa de "ir por casa", empujando a la que habÃa ahÃ a la segunda bolsa de deshecho. Repaso todos los cajones de la cÃ³moda y termino de llenar la segunda bolsa. Para plegar toda la ropa que va en cajones y estantes utilizo el LP en vinilo de Yazoo "DonÂ´t go", a efectos de que todas las prendas tengan el mismo ancho, es un tema meramente de estÃ©tica. En los estantes y en los cajones la ordeno escalonada por colores. Obviamente, la ropa que va colgada en perchas tambiÃ©n estÃ¡ escalada cromÃ¡ticamente, como se ve en la foto que colguÃ© al principio.
Alguien pensarÃ¡ que esto es enfermizo, compulsivo. No es el caso. Simplemente lo hago porque para cualquier tarea se tiene que tener un plan o, si lo preferÃs mÃ¡s sencillo, una visiÃ³n de cÃ³mo hay que llevarlo a cabo. Ya sea un viaducto sobre una rÃa, la lista de la compra o colgar las camisas en el armario. No sirve "Las cuelgo, y listos". Se empieza pensando asÃ y se terminan desmoronando las civilizaciones. El declive de Roma empezÃ³ el dÃa en que el asistente de NerÃ³n empezÃ³ a colgar las tÃºnicas de cualquier modo. Ese pequeÃ±o cÃ¡ncer aparentemente inofensivo se convirtiÃ³, con el tiempo, en lo que los libros de historia han denominado "La caÃda del imperio romano".
Debajo de la cama hay un canapÃ©. Son 200 * 160 * 30 cmts, lo que supone un volumen de 960 litros, casi un metro cÃºbico. Ahi caben muchas cosas y como queda oculto a la vista se corre el riesgo de acumular mucha mierda inÃºtil. Lo saco todo y aspiro y friego dentro. Luego me voy a tomar un cafÃ© para que me de un poco el aire y enterarme de lo que hizo el Reus Deportiu de fÃºtbol (que ganÃ³ fuera y se coloca cerca de los puestos de ascenso).
Al volver, me siento con Ã¡nimos (el cafÃ© doble ha hecho sus previsibles efectos) y abro este post (tardarÃa unos cuantos dÃas en terminarlo), titulo un word en blanco "El triunfo de la perversiÃ³n del lenguaje", en lo que tiene que ser un artÃculo de un folio y medio para Letra en Obras y del que publiquÃ© una copia en castellano en un post anterior y abro otro titulado "IndependÃ¨ncia", para compilar una serie de notas que tengo sobre el proceso soberanista que se vive en Catalunya y del que quisiera ofrecer una visiÃ³n particular con la inocente ignorancia del que lo vive de lejos, en un tono eminentemente humorÃstico. Escribo apenas un pÃ¡rrafo de cada uno y paso una hora procastinando por feisbuc y el mail, antes de guardarlos y volver a enfrentarme con el montÃ³n de trastos amontonados en el pasillo y que antes estaban bajo la cama.
Hay de todo. Utensilios de pintura, herramientas, bolsas de diferentes tamaÃ±os, tonterÃas de playa, accesorios para ir en moto, utensilios varios de trekking, raquetas, palas de ping-pong, elementos informÃ¡ticos varios... Cuando termino de recolocar lo que me parece que vale la pena conservar, medio canapÃ© estÃ¡ vacÃo y tengo una bolsa para tirar en el punto limpio y otra para donar. Cambio las sÃ¡banas y la funda del edredÃ³n, sin intentar recordar cuando fue la Ãºltima vez que puse unas limpias, ni ayudarme del olfato para ubicar ese punto en el tiempo. MÃ¡s vale tarde que nunca.
Despues de quitar el polvo, aspirar y fregar, contemplo, orgulloso, el trabajo. Hasta las tareas mÃ¡s pesadas, hasta las mÃ¡s engorrosas, si se hacen bien, le producen a uno satisfacciÃ³n. SÃ³lo hay dos formas de hacer cualquier labor: bien, o maÃ±ana.
Me tumbo en el sofÃ¡ despuÃ©s de ducharme y me pongo la serie "Vikingos", esperando que me entren ganas de escribir. DespuÃ©s de dos capÃtulos las musas seguirÃ¡n brillando, pero no aqui y como es algo mÃ¡s de medianoche decido irme a leer un rato a la cama. Me cuesta horrores dormir, como 100 folios de "Un estudio sobre la banalidad del mal", de Hannah Arendt, que es un buen rato.
Martes: Al levantarme, asomo la cabeza por la ventana y llueve. Pienso en salir de todos modos porque no hace frÃo, pero la pereza de tener que sacarle el barro a los cambios y engrasarlos de nuevo, a la vuelta, me retiene en casa. Recuerdo mi propÃ³sito de retomar el Pilates y la meditaciÃ³n y me quedo con el primero. No me apetece demasiado enfrentarme, de sopetÃ³n, a la macedonia mental que tengo y decido que me irÃ© preparando psicolÃ³gicamente a lo largo de la semana, no sea que me de un cortocircuito.
Hoy toca la habitaciÃ³n de los invitados, que tambiÃ©n es la de los gatos. De hecho, cuando viene alguien suelo dormir yo en ella para no tener que trasladar la arena y los platos de Cuca y Tete y acomodo a los invitados en el otro dormitorio. En el armario tienen varias perchas y dos cajones vacÃos para que coloquen sus cosas. A veces, hasta les pongo sÃ¡banas limpias.
Esa habitaciÃ³n tambiÃ©n ejerce de biblioteca, archivo y trastero, es como un backup de mi existencia y una muestra de mi pretendido orden dentro del caos. DespuÃ©s de limpiar el polvo, aspirar y fregar, me entretengo con los papeles viejos. Tiro varios kilos de documentaciÃ³n comercial de la Ãºltima empresa en la que trabajÃ© (aÃºn no sÃ© por que la guardaba), papeles oficiales diversos y la carpeta donde guardo todos los diplomas que he ido acumulando a lo largo de los aÃ±os. Â¿Por que? Â¿Y por quÃ© no? Recuerdo perfectamente lo que sÃ© y lo que no y lo que conseguÃ, no necesito una cartulina de colores que me lo recuerde y nunca los colgarÃ© en una pared. Uno tiene que conseguir que le valoren y le juzguen por lo que hace, ahora. Que no sea ni por lo que hizo, ni por lo que tiene.
En esa pieza tambiÃ©n estÃ¡n los dos zapateros. No dirÃ© los que hay, para que no me imeldicen. Suelo comprarlos buenos en las terceras rebajas y me duran mucho tiempo. Hay unos que vinieron conmigo desde Maspujols y de eso va a hacer 10 aÃ±os. Me los llevo a la cueva y les doy lustre a todos mientras veo otro capÃtulo de "Vikingos". La ambientaciÃ³n de la serie es increÃble y la fotografÃa, espectacular. La trama, algo lenta para mi gusto. Lo de limpiar todos los zapatos de un tirÃ³n ya lo inventÃ³ Henry Ford en la dÃ©cada de los treinta para conseguir ahorro de tiempo y costes, aunque el lo hacÃa con la fabricaciÃ³n de coches. A mi, de la cadena de montaje, me interesa el aspecto del ahorro de tiempo y tener las cosas listas para usarlas.
A lo largo del dÃa (como harÃa durante toda la semana) voy anotando ideas sueltas en este post pero, al terminar con la limpieza, soy incapaz de desarrollar ninguna de ellas (al igual que ayer), ni de aÃ±adirle mÃ¡s que unas pocas lÃneas a los textos abiertos. En mi cabeza, las ideas estÃ¡n claras, pero no soy capaz de transformarlas en palabras. Me vuelve a costar horrores dormir, a pesar de que me duelen los ojos del cansancio y de que me encajÃ© quÃmica como para sedar a una cebra.
Tampoco duermo mucho, cuatro horas y media. DespuÃ©s de la tabla de Pilates, sin mirar que dÃa hace, me visto de ciclista de invierno y salgo a la calle. No llueve, pero lo harÃ¡, asÃ que no quiero ir demasiado lejos. Bajo hasta la playa y, aprovechando que hay marea baja, la recorro de una punta a otra una docena de veces. SÃ© que meter la bici en el agua (y en la arena) es nefasto para ella. Espero que las mÃ¡quinas no tengan sentimientos porque a Ã©sta la maltrato bastante, aunque luego la mime todo lo que puedo. Es como pegarle y luego decirle "lo siento, sabes que te quiero", algo muy deplorable. Soy un egoÃsta, lo sÃ©.
Para hoy miÃ©rcoles me he reservado el baÃ±o y el pasillo. El primero lo termino demasiado rÃ¡pido (no es ni "mediano") y decido quitarle los restos de cal a la mampara de cristal de la baÃ±era, un rato, hasta que me doy cuenta que es un coÃ±azo superlativo y lo anoto a la lista de tareas para la chica que viene a cuidar los gatos cuando no estoy y que, de paso, me da un repaso al piso para que cuando vuelva no me agobien las bolas de pelo de gato por todos los rincones.
Para compensar ese dribling a las cosas bien hechas, desinfecto con aguafuerte y un estropajo toda la baÃ±era. Una vez leÃ que si te descubres frotando la tina con lejÃa, antes de la visita de una seÃ±orita, es seÃ±al de que estas enamorado. Renuncio al deseo de tener visita femenina por la tarde, no sea que se cumpla el dicho.
Viendo el botiquÃn y el armario de cosmÃ©ticos de un soltero no es difÃcil adivinar su edad. A los treinta, en el botiquÃn sÃ³lo tenÃa EspidifÃ©n para las resacas, Radiosalil para calmar los daÃ±os colaterales de hacer deporte (golpes y torceduras) y un tubito de aciclovir para las herpes labiales. Ahora hay una docena y media de referencias. Con treinta, los cosmÃ©ticos se reducÃan a un bote de Sanex en la baÃ±era y al gel de afeitar, el bÃ¡lsamo after y un bote de colonia para ocasiones especiales. Tampoco harÃ© una lista exhaustiva de lo que hay ahora, pero confesarÃ© que no podrÃa pasar sin un gel de aloe vera para la cara y las manos.
El pasillo se apaÃ±a rÃ¡pido, asÃ que le doy una pasadita a todos los enchufes, manetas y pomos metÃ¡licos de la casa. Cuando creo que ya estoy listo por hoy, me doy cuenta que las fotos que hay colgadas en el pasillo y en la Cueva tienen algo de polvo. En total son 73 portafotos de cristal (sin marco), de 20*30 cmts, 43.800 centÃmetros cuadrados. Un dÃa mÃ¡s, aplico la tÃ©cnica de Henry Ford y cae otro capÃtulo mÃ¡s de "Vikingos", pero no me entero de mucho. Las fotos sirven como soporte a la memoria y impiÃ¡ndolas afloran muchos recuerdos. Paro el disco duro multimedia y pongo mÃºsica de fondo mientras me entrego a la nostalgia.
Hoy hay Champions y bajo a ver el BarÃ§a a la cervecerÃa. Quieras o no, piden caÃ±as para todos y vuelvo a casa con cuatro en el cuerpo. No son muchas pero, de un tiempo a esta parte, el alcohol no me sienta bien. En lugar de abrirme puertas a la percepciÃ³n que normalmente estÃ¡n cerradas como sucedÃa antes, ahora me cierra las pocas que tengo abiertas y me deja muy cansado. Llego a la conclusiÃ³n de que, con toda certeza, resultarÃ¡ que ya me he bebido todo el cupo de alcohol que tenÃa asignado a esta vida. Tampoco es un drama; excepto una copita de rioja con un buen trozo de carne, puedo vivir sin tomar bebidas alcohÃ³licas. Con lo que he llegado a chupar... Â¡cÃ³mo cambian las cosas!
Hay dos cosas que me matan; el alcohol y el tabaco, sobre todo la segunda. SÃ© como dejar de fumar, lo he conseguido una decena de veces. SÃ© como no volver a encender un pitillo y cuando debo empezar. JamÃ¡s volverÃ© a escribir "he dejado de fumar" porque no podrÃ© decirlo con la cabeza bien alta hasta el dÃa que muera. En mi caso, esa batalla es para toda la vida.
Efectivamente, el alcohol me deja cansado; al llegar ni me siento ante los folios en construcciÃ³n. Apago el ordenador y vuelvo a dormir diez horas y media de tirÃ³n. El jueves levanto con pocas ganas de nada. O ninguna, para ser mÃ¡s exactos. En el mundo exterior diluvia, lo que reduce drÃ¡sticamente las opciones de penitencia. Hoy toca la cueva, donde, en teorÃa, hay poco que eliminar. Pongo mÃºsica y cojo un cepillito y un trapo y me dedico a escuchar mÃºsica mientras le quito el polvo a las figuritas de frikie que tengo y a los cdÂ´s.
Encuentro en un cajÃ³n todas las fotos que he ido renovando de los portarretratos. Tengo copia por triplicado de todas ellas asÃ que, desde hoy mismo, tengo otro cajÃ³n libre en la Cueva. Encuentro dos que las guardÃ© porque esperaba un milagro. Pero los milagros no existen.
Desmantelo un ordenador cuyo disco duro se jodiÃ³ hace un aÃ±o y del que he aprendido a prescindir. Hace tres aÃ±os solÃa trabajar muchas veces con tres a la vez, alguno de ellos con dos o mÃ¡s tareas o procesos en marcha. Desde que dejÃ© de trabajar como asalariado me quitÃ© ese vicio horrible. Eso ha hecho que me vuelva mÃ¡s incapaz de manejar multitareas pero (no es casualidad), cometo menos errores en las que hago, amÃ©n de disfrutarlas mÃ¡s. Correr es de cobardes, ya lo comentÃ© en un post, hace tiempo. En otro, es cierto, me contradije, afirmando que "correr es de atletas". Se debe tomar como la excepciÃ³n que confirma la regla.
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Del ordenador me quedo el doble ventilador del disco duro, la fuente de alimentaciÃ³n, el ventilador principal y una de las grabadoras, por la simple razÃ³n de que, si las tiro, serÃ¡n las piezas que se estropearÃ¡n la semana que viene en el otro PC, que empieza a acumular muchas horas por encima de su vida esperada. En esta vida, una de las cosas que hay que intentar evitar a toda costa es chulearle a la Ley de Murphy.
Tengo una treintena de pelÃculas en DVD que van todas a otra bolsa de deshecho. El reproductor de se salva por los conciertos que tengo en ese formato, aunque no soy capaz de recordar la Ãºltima vez que lo usÃ© para reproducir un disco desde que comprÃ© el almacÃ©n multimedia. VacÃo los cajones del escritorio y les paso un trapo hÃºmedo. La mitad de cosas que habÃa en ellos no regresan a sitio.
Chequeo la tablet de nuevo (no arrancaba) y tengo que resignarme a que se jodiÃ³. Puedo acceder a los datos, pero la pantalla no muestra mÃ¡s que una tenue luz. Este ha sido el mes de la electrÃ³nica en el BidÃ¡n InglÃ©s. AdemÃ¡s del accidente de la tablet, perdÃ un reproductor mp3, se me cayÃ³ otro al WC al levantarme medio dormido a echar un pis y el e-reader se niega a retroiluminarse. Demasiadas opciones de regalo navideÃ±o para mi castigada economÃa. Veo dos capÃtulos mÃ¡s de "Vikingos" esperando las ganas de escribir y termino yÃ©ndome a cama algo ansioso por que no aparecen por ningÃºn lado, ya van cuatro dÃas.
Me despierto a las seis y cuarto y a las siete ya me doy cuenta de que no me volverÃ© a dormir. Me pongo a Federico Jimenez Losantos y al cabo de seis minutos ya tengo la adrenalina suficiente para abandonar el reconfortante envoltorio del edredÃ³n.
Hoy viernes toca la cocina, que presenta un aspecto muy prÃ³ximo a "asqueroso". Me coloco los auriculares inalÃ¡mbricos, cargo los discos de Midlake, Jeremy Jay y Tanya Donelly y me dispongo a sacar todo lo que hay en los armarios superiores. Me cuestiono seriamente por que tengo seis piezas de algunos platos y tazas si nunca comemos mÃ¡s de tres, cuatro a lo sumo, en casa. El espacio que ocupan tampoco es vital y conservo la mayorÃa, pero no perdono los vasos de tubo. Esos si que no se usarÃ¡n bajo ningÃºn concepto y los meto en una caja para mi colega del bar.
Repaso fechas de caducidades de harinas, arroces, latas y pasta y certifico con satisfacciÃ³n que todo estÃ¡ para aguantar el invierno. Este aÃ±o he tenido que tirar poquÃsima comida, algo que me produce unos remordimientos enormes. AlgÃºn tomate escaqueado y algÃºn brik de leche a medias, como mucho. Repito el proceso de enjabonar con estropajo, esta vez en los armarios bajeros y vuelvo a indultar una limpieza mÃ¡s al wok y a la fondue que estÃ¡n por estrenar, hoy estoy blandito, estÃ¡ claro. Me libro de limpiar el interior del horno, evidentemente por falta de uso. Hago ensaladilla rusa para manchar lo menos posible y bajo a la cervecerÃa a socializar un poco, aprovechando el partido de fÃºtbol. En lugar de las caÃ±as habituales, pido Burn con mucho hielo. Solo. Tomo dos, uno por parte.
Este detalle cambia muchas cosas y, al llegar a casa, se me escapan las letras por los dedos. Me pongo con el artÃculo para Letra en Obras, pero se me va la mano y a las seis de la maÃ±ana, tengo cinco folios, un exceso para lo que quieren. La primera premisa de lo publicado en internet es "corto" (pienso en este post y me da la risa). Decido repasarlo maÃ±ana y recortar por algÃºn sitio. No tiene que ser difÃcil, en este paÃs esa es la cultura que hay.
Vuelvo a dormir cuatro horas y media. El cafÃ© parece revivir los dos Burn de anoche y hago la tanda completa: Media hora de Pilates, media de meditaciÃ³n y una hora de bicicleta. DespuÃ©s de la ducha me siento increÃblemente estupendo. El dÃa en que las dos primeras horas de todos mis dÃas puedan empezar de esta forma, serÃ© libre de verdad.
Me siento increÃblemente inspirado y aprovecho para grabar La Cage Sessions 15. Me hacen falta sÃ³lo dos intentos para que quede mÃ¡s que aceptable y paso el resto del dÃa editÃ¡ndola, separando pistas y subiendo a la nube las diferentes versiones. Mientras hago eso, aprovecho para revisar el artÃculo que dejÃ© medio montado anoche (leer y escuchar mÃºsica no se consideran "dos tareas simultÃ¡neas"). Los recortes convierten los cinco folios y medio en ocho. No tengo estados intermedios. O todo o nada. 0 o 1, soy un homenaje andante a la era digital. A las once de la noche me estoy cayendo sobre el teclado y decido ir pacama, donde caigo dormido en menos de diez minutos, pero a las cinco ya vuelvo a estar poniendo una cafetera, es muy posible que el cafÃ© tenga mucho que ver en este estado de pseudo-insomnio en el que vivo. Recojo el resto de la cocina en compaÃ±Ãa de Franz Ferdinand, Frankie Rose y Fleetwood Mac.
Pienso en el sentido y la intenciÃ³n del artÃculo que le he mandado a Letra en Obras y, con cierta amargura, reconozco que cada vez tengo mÃ¡s claro que, en este paÃs de mierda, no se va a montar una revoluciÃ³n y esto va a ser peor que una plantaciÃ³n sureÃ±a de algodÃ³n. Lo malo del asunto es que soy demasiado joven para ideÃ³logo y demasiado viejo para montar barricadas. Si, sÃ³lo me queda una salida, emigrar.
Procastino a ratitos y cuando la cocina estÃ¡ para una foto de revista de decoraciÃ³n proletaria (aÃºn no hay ninguna y ese nicho tiene holgura) es la hora de la carrera de Moto3. Termino odiando mÃ¡s profundamente de lo que lo hacÃa, a Nico Abad y a la realizaciÃ³n de Tele 5. Â¿Por que no ofrecen una versiÃ³n de pago sin cortes publicitarios y con alguien al micro que sepa hablar? Esta temporada, ver las carreras de motos no ha sido bueno para mi karma. Si el aÃ±o que viene siguen igual, las voy a visionar en diferido por internet, como hacen un par de amigos mÃos con la cabeza mejor amueblada que la mÃa. Durante Moto2, me echo una siestita con el volumen muteado.
Cuando despierto, le doy un repaso al piso para darme cuenta de que me he olvidado de limpiar los cristales. Entra luz suficiente y ahora es Ã©poca de lluvia. Dos motivos suficientes para posponer la tarea hasta la llegada de la primavera. Me voy a ver como MÃ¡rquez queda campeÃ³n del Mundo. Le envidio enormemente (y no estoy seguro de que esa envidia sea sana) por haberlo conseguido con 20 aÃ±os. Tengo que conseguir morir satisfecho de mi paso por esta vida. Ahora mismo, superado el ecuador no lo estoy en absoluto. Me he limitado a flotar en ella demasiado tiempo, sumergiÃ©ndome muy pocas veces.
En la segunda revisiÃ³n de este post ha sido cuando muchas cosas quedaronn claras. Imprimo 3 folios que contienen una palabra en Beat my guest a 210: Tinduf. Cuelgo uno en el baÃ±o, otra junto a la mesita de noche y otra en el corcho de la zona DJ, para no olvidarme de la meta para la que tengo trazado el plan de ruta, con sus correspondientes etapas. Esta maÃ±ana he empezado un nuevo Camino, literal y metafÃ³ricamente.
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Earlier this week the GROW team arrived at the office to discover an invitation had been delivered from the Bhagyashwar VDC to the country director, Stephen Petersen, to attend a ceremony celebrating this districts most recent accomplishment. Bhagyashwar has recently gone âsmoke-freeâ, meaning that every household in their VDC (Village Development Committee) has adopted an improved cookstove. As this was a good chance to go into the surrounding community, the GROW team set off with one of the community health employees, Nirajan, to Bhagyashwar, slightly more than a half hour away.
On the way, Nirajan gave us an overview about the VDC and the ceremony. Bhagyashwar is one of the smallest of the 75 VDCs in Achham, but has an overall higher socio-economic status. Seeking to be a model VDC, Bhagyashwar has implemented several government programs. In addition to going smoke-free (100% improved cookstove implementation), Bhagyashwar is also open-defecation free (toilets installed for every household) and chaupadi-free (an end to the practice of separating women on their period, often in poor, unhygienic conditions).
The adoption of multiple voluntary government programs is more than just the fulfillment of a statistic as the community adopts them with long-term health impacts in mind. For example, the chief causes of under-five mortality in the region are pneumonia and diarrheal diseases. The open-defecation free policy, implemented earlier, has already begun to put a dent in that rate. Additionally, the elimination of chaupadi will hopefully reduce maternal mortality as it is high in part because of STIs (sexually-transmitted infections) and UTIs (urinary-tract infections), both of which are due in part to poor menstrual hygiene. And since the cause of most COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) cases are a result of the smoke from indoor cookstoves, it is hoped that the implementation of improved cookstoves will reduce the incidence of COPD in the region.
Of course, such programs can only have an effect if they are maintained over a long period of time, and they can only be maintained if the VDC is engaged in the program. In Bhagyashwar, the VDC committee organized the stove initiative, and has taken responsibility for its monitoring and followup. If the improved cookstove program expands to other VDCs, there must be a body to maintain their use so that they do not break down with nobody to repair them. When interventions such as these are left without support they become yet another useless relic of NGO subsidies.
On the way back, Nirajan told us that things are already much better than five years ago. People used to go to traditional healers, but now they come to places like Bayalpata Hospital and the local government health posts. Even the traditional healers in the region sometimes refer patients to Bayalpata Hospital. The people of this region, according to Nirajan, have become more sensitized to their health issues. Bhagyashwar saw an opportunity to use an NGOâs subsidies to improve their own health. While nobody can say for certain how this program and others like it will turn out five or ten years down the road, if the VDCs are aware of and want to improve their health, then the smoke-free program and others like it will make a real difference to the long-term health of the people of Achham.
|Heroes: The Physicians|
Dr. Payel has provided us invaluable guidance throughout our summer and we have been inspired by her work to transform the hospital. As a bridge between the clinical and administrative departments in her role as Clinical Operations Director, Dr. Payel has spear-headed innumerable projects to improve the quality of care and create clinical systems that result in the best patient outcomes. She has a keen eye for places where the hospital could improve and constructively does something to address any concerns. In our first several weeks, we saw her lead the efforts to make the hospital into a more dignified, hygienic place. ÂÂ There was rarely a night when she was not in the ER or IPD overnight assisting in the heroic and often creative efforts of the clinical team to save a patientsâ life. Her energy carries through the rest of the hospital as she encourages others to produce top-quality work. In an organization with a basic tenet that âgood intentions are not enough,â Dr. Payel embodies efficiency and effectiveness in getting things done.
Dr. Bibhusan is among the kindest, most visionary physicians I have known. As Medical Director, he has earned tremendous respect from the entire clinical staff as a skilled physician, excellent teacher, and an effective manager. However, I have been most inspired by my interaction with Dr. Bibhusan as a physician who makes a concerted effort to improve community health beyond the clinical space. After attending a training program on the governmentâs HIV initiatives, Dr. Bibhusan came to Ashma and me to discuss how we could fill in the service gaps of the regionâs community and home based HIV care model. Through our conversations over the next couple weeks, we created a program that would bridge several of our departments and bring all of the community stakeholders together. This was not a theoretical exercise â within a week of our initial conversations, we were able to begin bringing community partners together. Dr. Bibhusanâs gentle leadership throughout that process fostered the beginnings of a very positive and productive partnership among a group of people who had never before been able to work together in a meaningful way.
Dr. Roshanâs constant optimism is infectious. Iâve never once heard him complain and he claims to have never had a bad day. People seek Dr. Roshan out to be reminded of why we do what we do and maybe to be tossed a mango or a wide smile. Dr. Roshan is a role model for everyone at Bayalpata Hospital with his love of learning and teaching. Even after a long day in the clinic, Dr. Roshan always finds time to teach anyone interested in learning. One night while I was in the ER for rounds, Dr. Roshan was looking at a patientâs xray. He paused when he saw Sindhya and me to thoroughly explain the patientâs history and the relevance of the xray findings. He then went on to explain the difference between a number of similar-sounding medical terms related to the next patientâs condition. The next morning in the daily continuing medical education lecture for the health assistants, he made sure to slip a few of those new terms in and looked over to Sindhya and me to make sure we had caught the terms. As he did so, I was reminded of just what makes Dr. Roshan so incredible â he naturally connects with and improves the life of each individual he meets, whether patient, co-worker, or friend.
Dr. Rashmiâs passion to improve patient outcomes drives her work. As one of the first female physicians in the region, she has quickly gained the trust of the many female patients who come to Bayalpata Hospital with Ob/Gyn concerns. Dr. Rashmi looks out for others. One night she came to us quite concerned about the quality of the blankets we give to newborns and expressing the desire for a project where we could perhaps provide infants with their first (and likely only) outfit that they will receive in their first days of life. She takes the lead in addressing any complications with maternal and child care. Dr. Rashmi also greatly contributes to the morale among the staff by helping to organize staff bonding nights and by being a friend to all those in the Bayalpata community.
Drs. Payel, Bibhusan, Roshan, and Rashmi are heroes.
|Collaboration to Stop an Epidemic|
The burden of HIV/AIDS in Achham is among the worst in the world. Achham has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS of any district in Nepal, largely due to the number of men who seek work in India and come back infected. To respond to this challenge, there are numerous community-based organizations that try to prevent the further spread of the epidemic by reaching out to people living with HIV and AIDS. The government piloted its community and home based care (CHBC) model in Achham to expand the continuum of care beyond the medical treatment hospitals and health posts provide. Nyaya Health has also participated in efforts to combat HIV/AIDS as an integral part of our health care delivery model. We have recently become an HIV Center- authorized to initiate and maintain treatment for affected individuals. Our medical director just participated in a government training for the CHBC program and our community health program reaches out to affected individuals through follow-up visits. However, the efforts of all of these different organizations and providers have not been coordinated resulting in duplicated efforts and wasted resources.
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to do some research regarding HIV interventions conducted in other resource-limited settings around the world and current efforts in our local community to determine what Nyaya could do to coordinate efforts and fill in gaps in the current services. As a result of this research, yesterday we held our first Community Partners Meeting with representatives of the organizations working to combat HIV in the region. The objective of this first meeting was to simply get everyone in the room together to share current programs, target groups, and successes. Nyaya also presented recent local HIV epidemiological information from our patient record database. The tone was quite friendly and the meeting seemed to be a success. By the end, everyone present was excited to continue the collaborative efforts through monthly meetings hosted in a rotating schedule by each of the organizations. Hopefully, future meetings will provide a way for the various organizations to collaborate in a more meaningful way.
The other successful outcome of the first Community Partners Meeting was the support the organizations present gave to Nyayaâs new idea of reaching out to caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS - a traditionally neglected group in HIV care. From my initial research, I had ascertained that in Achham, there is not a structure that provides caregivers of people living with HIV and AIDS with support, guidance, or a community of peers. I proposed the idea of a caregiversâ support group facilitated by the community health workers in each village. We are drawing up the specific plans now and hope to reach out to other stakeholders and begin trainings for the community health workers prior to the next monthly Community Partners Meeting.
|Self-Care for Moms with Chronic Pain|
I learned the importance of self-care in the hardest possible way. You see, I think it’s because I DIDN’T take care of myself as a first-time mom of a newborn (I ignored a sore throat that ended up being a strep infection), that my immune system triggered an attack against my joints. An attack…
|Some Chinese snake confidence and a sweet hairdo. . .|
So here is our oldest--Mr. Aiden. Â And here is how he has been coming home from school nearly everyday this winter!
Is that a sweet hairdo or what?? Â Well, at least I know he is wearing his hat at recess. Â Looking a little ghetto but at least we have warded of the ear infections. Â Oh, another thing about 'the hair'. . .Ade has decided to "grow it out." Â Yep, he is going for the skater dude look--long and shaggy. Â It is driving his dad crazy and I think it is endearing. Â (but really, almost everything this little 7 year old does I think is endearing.) Â Quinn says, "it looks like we can't afford a freaking hair cut for our kid--just take him in for a little trim." Â My response, "have you seen the housing market. ."
Okay on to the confidence thing. Â Last month in the first grade they studied the Chinese New Year and Ade was obsessed with finding out which animal each of us were, including grand parents. Â One night while looking at the calender he made (above and below) I was reading all the thing about the snake-Aiden's animal. Â After reading it I snickered a bit and Ade's reply was, "but mom, ALL those things are true and he said it so matter-of-factly, that's what made us laugh. Â Quinn just gave me that raised eyebrow expression to which I replied--"he's your son."
And here is the one whom "possesses such great wisdom" Â (that part he gets from his mom) working on his homework. Â I do have to say, I hope all my kids tackle homework like this little dude does. Â For the most part, he comes home from school and pull it right out. Â I rarely have to remind him to get it done. Â Yea--I don't think I could handle one more bargaining session.
We love you so much, Ade, hairdo, snake-like confidence and all!
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|Bombshell In President Trump Administration As James Comey Release Opening Statement Of His Testimony|
In few hours to his testimony in the US senate, James Comey has opening statement has been posted online.
Read the former FBI director, James Comey statement here;
Statement for the Record
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
James B. Comey
June 8, 2017
Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee.
Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I was asked to testify today to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on subjects that I understand are of interest to you. I have not included every detail from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the Committee.
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January 6 Briefing
I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York. I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election. At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.
The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified. Among those reasons were: (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing.
The Director of National Intelligence asked that I personally do this portion of the briefing because I was staying in my position and because the material implicated the FBI's counter-intelligence responsibilities. We also agreed I would do it alone to minimize potential embarrassment to the President-Elect. Although we agreed it made sense for me to do the briefing, the FBI's leadership and I were concerned that the briefing might create a situation where a new President came into office uncertain about whether the FBI was conducting a counter-intelligence investigation of his personal conduct.
It is important to understand that FBI counter-intelligence investigations are different than the more-commonly known criminal investigative work. The Bureau's goal in a counter-intelligence investigation is to understand the technical and human methods that hostile foreign powers are using to influence the United States or to steal our secrets. The FBI uses that understanding to disrupt those efforts. Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power. Sometimes it involves hardening a computer system that is being attacked. Sometimes it involves "turning" the recruited person into a double-agent, or publicly calling out the behavior with sanctions or expulsions of embassy-based intelligence officers. On occasion, criminal prosecution is used to disrupt intelligence activities.
Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power. When the FBI develops reason to believe an American has been targeted for recruitment by a foreign power or is covertly acting as an agent of the foreign power, the FBI will "open an investigation" on that American and use legal authorities to try to learn more about the nature of any relationship with the foreign power so it can be disrupted.
In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI's leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on President Elect Trump's reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.
I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past. I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) -- once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months -- three in person and six on the phone.
January 27 Dinner
The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House. He had called me at lunchtime that day and invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to invite my whole family, but decided to have just me this time, with the whole family coming the next time. It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others.
It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.
The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to. He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.
My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship. That concerned me greatly, given the FBI's traditionally independent status in the executive branch.
I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my ten-year term as Director. And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not "reliable" in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth. I added that I was not on anybody's side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.
A few moments later, the President said, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty." I didn't move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed. We simply looked at each other in silence. The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner. At one point, I explained why it was so important that the FBI and the Department of Justice be independent of the White House. I said it was a paradox: Throughout history, some Presidents have decided that because "problems" come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close. But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.
Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job, saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others. He then said, "I need loyalty." I replied, "You will always get honesty from me." He paused and then said, "That's what I want, honest loyalty." I paused, and then said, "You will get that from me." As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase "honest loyalty" differently, but I decided it wouldn't be productive to push it further. The term -- honest loyalty -- had helped end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he should expect.
During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them. He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn't happen. I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren't, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative. He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.
As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI.
February 14 Oval Office Meeting
On February 14, I went to the Oval Office for a scheduled counterterrorism briefing of the President. He sat behind the desk and a group of us sat in a semi-circle of about six chairs facing him on the other side of the desk. The Vice President, Deputy Director of the CIA, Director of the National CounterTerrorism Center, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and I were in the semi-circle of chairs. I was directly facing the President, sitting between the Deputy CIA Director and the Director of NCTC. There were quite a few others in the room, sitting behind us on couches and chairs.
The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone. I stayed in my chair. As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General lingered by my chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me. The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me. The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me.
When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, "I want to talk about Mike Flynn." Flynn had resigned the previous day. The President began by saying Flynn hadn't done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President. He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify.
The President then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information -- a concern I shared and still share. After he had spoken for a few minutes about leaks, Reince Priebus leaned in through the door by the grandfather clock and I could see a group of people waiting behind him. The President waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly. The door closed.
The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, "He is a good guy and has been through a lot." He repeated that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." I replied only that "he is a good guy." (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would "let this go."
The President returned briefly to the problem of leaks. I then got up and left out the door by the grandfather clock, making my way through the large group of people waiting there, including Mr. Priebus and the Vice President.
I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn's departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency.
The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President's request, which we did not intend to abide. We also concluded that, given that it was a one-on-one conversation, there was nothing available to corroborate my account. We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations. (He did so two weeks later.) The Deputy Attorney General's role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role. After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed. The investigation moved ahead at full speed, with none of the investigative team members -- or the Department of Justice lawyers supporting them -- aware of the President's request.
Shortly afterwards, I spoke with Attorney General Sessions in person to pass along the President's concerns about leaks. I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me. I told the AG that what had just happened -- him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind -- was inappropriate and should never happen. He did not reply. For the reasons discussed above, I did not mention that the President broached the FBI's potential investigation of General Flynn.
March 30 Phone Call
On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as "a cloud" that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to "lift the cloud." I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn't find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.
Then the President asked why there had been a congressional hearing about Russia the previous week -- at which I had, as the Department of Justice directed, confirmed the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. I explained the demands from the leadership of both parties in Congress for more information, and that Senator Grassley had even held up the confirmation of the Deputy Attorney General until we briefed him in detail on the investigation. I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that. He repeatedly told me, "We need to get that fact out." (I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.)
The President went on to say that if there were some "satellite" associates of his who did something wrong, it would be good to find that out, but that he hadn't done anything wrong and hoped I would find a way to get it out that we weren't investigating him.
In an abrupt shift, he turned the conversation to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying he hadn't brought up "the McCabe thing" because I had said McCabe was honorable, although McAuliffe was close to the Clintons and had given him (I think he meant Deputy Director McCabe's wife) campaign money. Although I didn't understand why the President was bringing this up, I repeated that Mr. McCabe was an honorable person.
He finished by stressing "the cloud" that was interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn't being investigated. I told him I would see what we could do, and that we would do our investigative work well and as quickly as we could.
Immediately after that conversation, I called Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente (AG Sessions had by then recused himself on all Russia-related matters), to report the substance of the call from the President, and said I would await his guidance. I did not hear back from him before the President called me again two weeks later.
April 11 Phone Call
On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I "get out" that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that "the cloud" was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.
He said he would do that and added, "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know." I did not reply or ask him what he meant by "that thing." I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.
That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.
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Sebelum membahas cara tepat mengatasi organ intim gatal dan keputihan pada wanita, mari kita bahas mengenai penyebab mengapa organ intim gatal. Gatal pada organ intim wanita dapat disebabkan karena satu atau kombinasi dari beberapa penyebab. Diperlukan pemeriksaan oleh dokter untuk mendeteksi kondisi yang menyebabkan gatal. Berikut ini adalah beberapa penyebab umum yang dapat terjadi:
1. Penggunaan bahan kimia.
Gatal dapat disebabkan iritasi vagina akibat bahan-bahan kimia yang terdapat dalam kondom, krim, sabun, tisu, atau pembalut yang digunakan.
2. Infeksi jamur / kandidiasis vagina.
Jamur yang tumbuh berlebihan pada vagina dan vulva. Infeksi ini lebih berisiko terjadi saat wanita sedang hamil, menggunakan antibiotik, aktif berhubungan seksual, dan ketika sistem kekebalan tubuhnya sedang melemah. Selain gatal, jamur akan menyebabkan vagina mengeluarkan cairan putih dan kental.
3. Vaginosis bakteri.
Keberadaan bakteri-bakteri sehat pada vagina adalah hal yang normal. Namun bakteri jahat dapat menyebabkan infeksi dan rasa gatal. Selain gatal, umumnya vaginosis bakteri diiringi gejala seperti rasa perih, serta keluarnya cairan dan bau tidak sedap dari vagina.
4. Penyakit menular seksual (PMS). Herpes, klamidia, trikomoniasis, dan gonore.
6. Lichen sklerosis.
Bercak putih pada kulit sekitar kemaluan. Kondisi yang jarang terjadi ini umumnya dialami wanita pascamenopause. Penyakit kulit lain seperti eksim juga dapat menyebabkan gatal.
7. Infeksi cacing kremi: lebih sering dialami oleh anak perempuan.
8. Pra-kanker: gatal juga dapat menjadi gejala kulit kemaluan yang mengalami prakanker.
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Di dalam Tissue Double Majakani terdapat kandungan / ekstrak biji buah majakani yang terbukti sangat baik dalam mengatasi organ intim gatal dan keputihan. Majakani (Quercus Infectoria) adalah sejenis tanaman atau pohon yang juga mempunyai nama lain Pohon Oak, Oak Galls atau Mecca Majakani. Biji buah majakani banyak mengandung tannin, asid tanik, antioksidan, vitamin (terutama vitamin A dan C), kalsium, besi, serat, protein dan karbohidrat. Terbukti mampu menekan perkembangbiakkan bakteri dan jamur jahat pada organ intim wanita. Selain itu, mampu mengurangi kelebihan cairan pada vagina dan membantu mengatasi keputihan pada wanita.
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Gunakan Intimate Tissue ini pada organ intim kewanitaan & selipkan sebagian saja lalu biarkan, diamkan 15-20 menit. Karena bidang tissue cukup lebar, bisa di bagi 2 untuk siang & malam, Sedangkan untuk membersihkan organ intim gunakan dari dalam kearah luar organ intim kewanitaan tanpa perlu di bilas kembali.
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"luar biasa tisu double majakani (TDM) ini, teman saya 2 bulan lebih menderita kesakitan terkena varises vagina, jangankan untuk hubungan pasutri untuk buang air seni saja sakit sekali.... tapi alhamdulillah... sejak memakai tisu manjakani ini varises sudah tidak terasa saat diraba padahal baru 1x pakai... untuk hasil optimal rutin di gunakan hingga 2 minggu tiap hari... Terimakasih.... "
(Ibu Nur - Medan)
"konsumen saya memberi kesaksian terkena infeksi vagina (perih & gatal) sejak memakai air toilet di mall saat bepergian, saya anjurkan memakai tissue majakani, 1 lembar di bagi 2 untuk siang & malam, yang siang harinya baru pakai 25 menit dia merasa ada yang bekerja di dalam organ intimnya (seperti gerakan merambat), lalu yang untuk malam hari sy anjurkan untuk didiamkan hingga pagi harinya, besoknya dia hubungi saya saat tissue dikeluarkan timbul lendir kekuningan & ada serbuk seperti bedak, menurut pakar yg seperti serbuk itu adalah bakteri... dan pada hari ke 5 dengan pemakaian rutin... (menghabiskan 5 sachet) infeksi vagina tsb sembuh!"
(ibu Lilies - Jakarta)
"Sejak memakai Tisue Double Majakani, keputihan yang dialami istri saya berkurang sangat drastis! saat pertama kali pemakaian lalu didiamkan 20 menitan & saat dikeluarkan pada tisu menempel lendir kekuningan yang cukup banyak, kini sejak pemakaian aromanya pun terasa segar & istri lebih bergairah, selain sehat tentunya.. terimakasih atas solusinya...."
(Bpk. Agus - jakarta)
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|Training human antibodies to protect against HIV|
During HIV infection, the virus mutates too rapidly for the immune system to combat, but some people produce antibodies that can recognize the virus even two years after infection. With an eye towards developing a vaccine, in four related papers from multiple groups publishing September 8 in Cell and Immunity, researchers describe a multi-step method for "training" the immune system to produce these antibodies in genetically engineered mice.
I see from my last post date that it has been almost a month.
When I left you I was in the middle of creating my base for my new piece. I had cut all my pieces and pre-basted them ready to join them together.
Which I did.
Then on rising the next morning I decided that the order was completely wrong and took it all apart again! SO...I had it all apart and ready to rejoin but it didn't happen.
Instead I have spent the last month trying to recover from an ear infection, a sinus infection and inflamed bronchial tubes.
The entire time I had a non stop headache so there was no sewing for me!
I am finally on the mend and today is day three of no headache. I can finally think again, and even better yet, I can sew again.
So last night I stitched together my squares in the order I want and pressed them out. Here it is...my final base for Sun, Moon and Stars. I was surprised that I didn't gravitate more for the blues, I have so many to pick from but the other pieces spoke to me and I could see stars dancing on those black and maroons and suns glowing from those mottled golds and browns and splashes of fuschia. So now my mind wanders to my suns.
My first will be the one I saw in the beginning, my beautiful, powerful glaring red sun. I will place it on this square. It speaks of turmoil and strife which was where my head was at when it came to me. Our sun, glaring down on us in all its powerful glory.
And now I am back to mulling over how I will bring this figure to life. Hopefully I will be back a bit sooner this time!
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|Revisiting the Beltway: One Last Trip around 695 (for the blog, that is)|
For this post, I summarize a few key spots I have visited throughout the rest of the Beltway. Yes, I'm squeezing Exits 9 through 44 into one longish post. This is, I admit, an inadequate way to finish it up, but it is better than nothing.
As I did in my January 18, 2009, Final Assessment post of the original series, I will again divide the Beltway up into six sections:
This will not be a sweeping assessment of eats around the Beltway - I am exploring one, maybe two at the most, restaurants in each aforementioned section. But these few restaurants hopefully do show the diversity of old and new eats off the Beltway, and will encourage you to further explore for ones I left off on your own.
The Glen Burnie Section (south, Exits 1 through 8A)
As I said, I have a few posts about Beltway eats in Anne Arundel County. I will refer you to those, with one caveat: the Afghan place across the street from the Glen Burnie MVA is now a Hip Hop Chicken (map here). I haven't visited it yet.
The "Catonsville" section (southwest, Exits 9 through 16B)
It's kind of silly to say I've "revisited" this part of the Beltway. This is where I grew up: Lansdowne, which was home for my first 20-odd years, and Arbutus, Catonsville and such, where I got to (and still go to) frequently. That said, I haven't really visited the newish eating establishments here lately: the new Middle Eastern place in Arbutus (Punjab Kabab & Sweets, map here), the frozen yogurt place along Maiden Choice (And what is up with this new fro yo trend? Seriously, I don't get it), and the new Lansdowne Station shopping center, home to a Boardwalk Fries, an Italian place (Three Brothers of Lansdowne, the only Baltimore location of sixteen across the state; map here) and, notably, a new Chinese/American/sushi buffet. That last part - sushi buffet - should send shivers down anyone's spine.
The place in question is the Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet (map here) off Exit 10, near the Office Depot. My mother told me that she took my sister here a few months ago and thought it would be a nice place to go get a sit-down meal. Not nice as in "dressy" nice, but nice as in "Oh, you don't see us so often, it would be nice to spend some more time with you, and your sister liked this place" (full disclosure: my youngest sister, in her 30's, has autism, and it's not easy to find places that she likes beyond a set few places, so for her to like any place with Chinese food is in itself amazing to my family).
The place isn't my idea of "inviting": despite the many tables and booths, it seems quite crowded. The mostly dimly lit interior doesn't help on that score. Certainly though, the people there seemed to enjoy themselves, particularly the children's birthday party in the separate (and loud) meeting room next to the dessert buffet.
The Teppanyaki Grill has a bevy of the stuff you'd expect to find at a Chinese/Japanese buffet: various fried "Chinese" things, some maki rolls on ice which seemed freshly made at least (with massive amounts of wasabi sitting next to them), a section of "American things" just in case your stubborn Uncle Floyd won't eat "Asian" stuff, and large salad and dessert bars in case you are ever-so-slightly tempted to eat something healthy.
For the price, however, this can't really be beat: all-you-can-eat for all of $7.19 plus tax ($10.39 for dinner instead of lunch; kids eat for less and very young kids eat for even less). That said, it is a buffet, and as massive buffets go it is pretty average. You may be thinking "Well what did you expect?" In a word: this. I expected what I got, so I wasn't exactly disappointed. But all the same, I don't usually enjoy this sort of thing, so I probably won't head back. It didn't make me sick - that was a plus.