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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Be Cautious While Befriending People on Social Networking Websites

It is better to excercise some caution before befriending people on social networking websites. This warning comes in the wake of a Sydney woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on a social networking website. The incident has prompted police to urge people using websites such as Facebook to be careful when dealing with strangers. Police say the 24-year-old from Minto, in Sydney's south-west, recently struck up a brief friendship with a man she met over the internet. She allowed him to spend a night in her lounge room but he allegedly entered her bedroom about 1am yesterday and sexually assaulted her. "Police are reminding all internet users to show extreme caution when befriending people via social networking sites and report any criminal activity," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted NSW Police as saying. Source-ANI

When It Comes to Bacterial Exposure, Your Toilet Seat May Be a Better Dining Spot Than the Kitchen

According to an American microbiologist, lunch off a toilet seat is safer than on a typical office desk.

"There's more faecal bacteria in your kitchen sink than in your toilet after you flush it. People nuke their bathrooms, but not their kitchens," The New Zealand Herald quoted Dr Charles Gerba, of Arizona University, as saying.
He added: "There are 200 times more E. coli on the cutting board than on a toilet seat. It's safer to make a sandwich on a toilet seat than on a cutting board in the average home."
This is because many people don't sanitise the board properly after cutting up raw meat, or don't use separate boards for raw meat and ready-to-eat foods.
And things only get worse at work.
The phone and the desktop are the "germiest" items in the office. The number of bacteria per square centimetre on a desktop is typically 400 times greater than on a toilet seat.
Gerba said: "The computer keyboard and mouse are next worst, then the drawers."
As far as the office restroom is concerned, the door handle on the way in will be loaded with bad bugs, as will the underside of the toilet seat and the taps. However, the door handle on the way out won't be so bad, because most people have washed their hands.
Gerba found that schools and daycare were the most unhygienic workplaces, because kids were less likely than adults to wash their hands and they picked up lots of germs from playgrounds.
Gerba advises the frequent use of hand sanitizer and regularly cleaning desks, phones, keyboards and computer mice with disinfectant wipes.


Depression In Hepatitis C Patients Often Overlooked

Depression in hepatitis C patients is often overlooked in routine clinical interviews. Such a failure on the part of the doctors to recognize the problem could affect the outcome of the treatment, warn researchers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland (the NORDynamIC project group).

A second U.S. study found that patients with chronic infection had lower (work) productivity and incurred higher medical benefit costs than those without HCV. Both studies are available in the August issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

HCV is a blood-born infection causing inflammation and destruction of liver cells. When inflammation lasts longer than six months there is ongoing liver cell injury which is defined as chronic HCV. The standard treatment protocol for chronic HCV is weekly injections of peg-interferon alfa-2a in combination with daily oral ribavirin for 24 to 48 weeks. However, this combination treatment can lead to major depression or other psychiatric complications in a number of HCV patients which may require premature termination of the antiviral therapy.

Peter Leutscher, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues estimated the value of routine medical interviews in diagnosing depression in chronic HCV patients receiving peg-interferon/ribavirin therapy using the Major Depression Inventory (MDI). The MDI is a self-rating depression scale with a dual functionality in diagnosing major depression and in measurement of depression severity. Of the 325 HCV patients enrolled in the study, 6% were observed with major depression at baseline. Among the remaining 306 patients, 37% (n=114) developed depression while on HCV combination therapy. “According to the MDI criteria, we found that only 32% of the 114 patients with major depression were correctly diagnosed during routine medical interviews,” noted Dr. Leutscher.

Read Interesting Facts...........

Read some interesting facts related to the act of pro-creation or sexual intercourse.

Intercourse of the sexual kind is also known as copulation, consummation, penetration and sexual union. The popular slang that is considered vulgar includes - Bang, frig, hump, lay, quickie and ride.
1. There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
2. The Durex - World Sex Survey indicates that globally we are having sex -
103 times per year, or
1.98 times per week, or
0.28 times per day.
3. Certain foods can boost your sex drive and the list includes - lean meat, Grains, Watermelon, Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds, Bananas, Strawberries, Mangos, Avocado, Chilies, Basil, Cardamom, Figs, Pepper, Champagne, Oysters, Chocolate, Truffles, Caviar and Whipped Cream.
4. Sex can burn about 70-120 calories for a 130 pound woman, and 77 to 155 calories for a 170 pound man every hour.
5. The Americans and Greeks top the maximum number of sexual intercourses - they do it 124 and 117 times respectively a year. The Indian do it only 76 times a year but the Japanese men seem to be the least interested and only do it 36 times.
6. Sleep studies show that men have about nine erections during a night's sleep - regardless of what they dream.
7. In 2004 porno star Lisa Sparxxx created a very unusual world record - she had sex with 919 men in 24 hours.
8. There are over 4.2 million porn websites in the world and growing everyday with millions of videos depicting sexual intercourse in various Kama-Sutra postures.
9. The ancient Sanskrit Hindu book – Kama Sutra describes a total of 64 sexual positions for making love and sexual intercourse. These are very graphically depicted in the sculptures of Khajuraho and Konark Temple. He describes making love as "divine union".
10. In Africa one of the common myths that prevailed has been that sexual intercourse with a Virgin can cure AIDS. Deflowering Virgins has been popular in the past too so much so that Fatafehi Paulah, King of Tonga in the 17th century - deflowered 10 virgins a day and during his entire reign had slept with 37,800 virgins.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Critical Genes for Down Syndrome Identified

Critical genes responsible for some aspects of Down syndrome, a well known cause of mental retardation and diseases like Alzheimer's, have been identified by scientists. A team of scientists from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and Children's National Medical Center (CNMC), led by Zygmunt Galdzicki, associate professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, USU, and Tarik F. Haydar, CNMC, now associate professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, were able to identify Olig1 and Olig2 as two genes specific to the critical region of chromosome 21 associated with Down syndrome by using a specifically-engineered modification of the golden standard Down syndrome mouse model, Ts65Dn. Previous studies including those by co-author Tyler Best, while a graduate student at USU, suggested that inhibitory activity is stronger in the Ts65Dn brain. This led researchers at USU and Children's to hypothesize that genes controlling the inhibitory tone of the brain contribute to the cognitive changes associated with Down syndrome. By manipulating Olig1 and Olig2, genes present on the extra chromosome 21, the researchers were able to normalize key aspects of the inhibitory tone in brain regions involved in learning and memory. Thus, the balance of excitatory to inhibitory neurons is critically regulated by extra copies of these genes and they can drastically modify neurological development in Down syndrome. Dr. Galdzicki said: "The results of this study demonstrate the critical effects of Olig1 and Olig2 on brain development and, in particular, on inhibitory networks in the brain. However, it is likely that additional genes are also involved in the effect. We hope the findings will lead to better strategies for early intervention, even during the pregnancy , to reduce neurological consequences of Down syndrome

Mumbai Youngsters Donate Sperm to Help Childless Couples

Youngsters in Mumbai donate sperm at the city's only sperm bank to help the barren couples. According to Dilip Patil, Managing Director, Cryos International Sperm Bank, lot of precaution is taken while selecting the donors, because preserving of samples is a very critical operation. The bank will be liable not only to the donor but to the recipient clinics and the patients also. The sperm banks also remunerate young donors with sums between Rs. 500 to 1000, and give them free reproductive health check-ups. "It's a very good programme for our country, and also it's our responsibility to help other couples who do not have a child or the ability to produce," said Gaurav Chavan, a college student. "It is not harmful and every Indian who are capable to donate their sperm, specially youngsters, must do it and must help the infertile couple," said Shailendra Singh, college student.

Depression and Erectile Dysfunction Put Men at Risk of Serious Cardiac Problems

Depressive symptoms in men coupled with erectile dysfunction, scientists have discovered, constitutes a risk factor for a major cardiovascular event. Erectile dysfunction and depressive mood are often associated, and both are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. To investigate clinical correlates further, researchers led by Elisa Bandini of the University of Florence studied approximately 2,000 male patients in a clinic for sexual dysfunction using a structured interview while also scoring for depressive symptoms. Results show that in these subjects with erectile dysfunction, depression increases cardiovascular problems independently from other known risk factors. Furthermore, even the use of antidepressant medications did not alter the relationship between severe depressive symptoms and adverse cardiovascular events. "Recognizing depressive symptoms in subjects with erectile dysfunction is mandatory not only for improving their sexual life, but also for preventing cardiovascular diseases," Bandini noted. The study has been published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.sorce ANI

Woman Pregnant With Two Babies That are Not Twins

Angie Cromar, a Utah woman, is pregnant with two babies that are going to be delivered seven days apart, which means they are not twins. Cromar, a labor and delivery nurse, has two wombs; a rare condition called didelphys. Cromar never had a problem prior to this, according to LA Times, but this time she conceived in both wombs. She first because aware of this pregnancy being a dual one when she had her first ultrasound and doctors said one baby was five weeks old and the other six weeks old. Cromar is aware that there may be complications such as pre-term labor and low birth weight, but she is nevertheless excited. Less than 100 women across the world have given birth after being diagnosed as having didelphys. Source-Medindia


Within the next 40 years an extra 1.5 trillion litres of water will be needed to cope with a population in Australia of up to 45 million.
A new study says future cities will have to be re-plumbed and waterless washing machines are likely to be encouraged; water restrictions will be commonplace and as environment reporter Sarah Clarke explains, water will cost more.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and against a backdrop of climate change and with population predicted to grow to up to 45 million people by 2056, water supplies are only going to get worse.
Ross Young is from the Water Services Association's Ross young said the volumes of water required for urban Australia going forward to 2050 are quite significant compared to today's water consumption levels. However, the urban water industry believes that, you know, we have the technology and the resources to make sure that water won't be a limiting factor for population growth in urban Australia.
A new report by Australia's major water utilities, which estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion litres by 2056 based on a population of 31 million people, and the worst case scenario indicates more than 1.5 trillion litres may be needed if Australia reaches 45 million.

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