Conventional medical wisdom has held that being overweight has one advantage: the extra weight puts enough stress on bones to help stimulate the formation of more bone tissue. Overweight bones are typically stronger than those seen in thinner people who are believed to have a higher risk of osteoporosis.
But researchers in Belgium have challenged that view with a study showing that the fatter men in their study had smaller, thinner bones and that the size of their bones was affected most dramatically by the amount of fat in the trunk area. Of the 768 men between the ages of 25 and 45 whose bone density was examined, those with the largest, densest bones were those with the highest lean muscle mass. The researchers said that bone mass fell as the percentage of body fat rose and that bone mass increased as lean muscle mass rose. They concluded that bone mass is determined by "dynamic" loading provided by muscle mass rather than the "passive" loading from the weight of fat. The study was published in the July 2009 Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Reports from around the globe indicate that H1N1 is not going away any time soon.
Although it appears from available health reports that spread of H1N1 continues to be a very real concern,at least for the moment it is under control.The largest fear is the strain will mutate and fail to respond to the current vaccine.
Animals have been reported to already have contracted H1N1 most unexpectedly a cat and the concern is that the virus will mutate through this vector.
The following are headlines from around the world regarding the present status of H1N1. Remaining informed is our best defence.
Suspension of classes decreased spread of new flu in 21%, says survey
Work was published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases'.
Analysis showed that the number of close contacts decreases by 10%.
Changes in the new flu virus killed two people in France
This is the same mutation identified in Norway.
WHO maintains that drugs are still effective
20 NOVEMBER 2009
GENEVA -- The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has informed WHO of a mutation detected in three H1N1 viruses. The viruses were isolated from the first two fatal cases of pandemic influenza in the country and one patient with severe illness.
Brazilian and Venezuelan Yanomami cut relations because of the new flu.
Government of Venezuela has confirmed eight deaths from the disease among Indians.
Fearing infection by influenza virus A (H1N1), the Brazilian Yanomami Indians avoid visiting their relatives in the villages of Venezuela. According to the Indian leader Davi Yanomami, two weeks ago, the Indians Platanal in southern Venezuela, sent many messages that they were already infected by the disease in the neighboring country.
H1N1 strikes Yanomami people in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela, 4 Nov 2009 (AFP) - The H1N1 flu has affected the indigenous Yanomami, on the border between Venezuela and Brazil, the government of Caracas sent on Wednesday, a delegation of the Ministry of Health to the site.
Death rises to 86 in number by the new flu in Ukraine
Number of patients rose to 478 thousand.
Daily, the country registers between 70 thousand to 80 thousand new cases.
Health authorities of Ukraine reported on Wednesday (4) that 86 people died of influenza and other respiratory problems in recent weeks, so the football match in the Champions League on Wednesday in Kiev will distribute masks to try to minimize exposure.
According to the head of the Ukrainian health, Ludmila Mujárskaya, the number of patients rose to 478 thousand, Ukrainian news agencies.
Daily, the number of infected people rises 70 thousand to 80 thousand.
A cat in the state of Iowa has been infected by the virus A (H1N1),
the first time a cat is diagnosed with a new strain, said the American Association of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday .
The cat of 13 years apparently contracted the virus from one of the residents of the house, the group said in a statement. The animal recovered and apparently not infected anyone or another animal.
U.S. releases new drug against new flu if Tamiflu does not work
The Food and Drug Administration , FDA, has approved use in some cases an experimental antiviral drug to treat severe cases of influenza A (H1N1).
Peramivir is experimental and was executed as an emergency option authorized, by the FDA. This drug inhibits the enzyme that spreads the virus A (H1N1) by the body.
However, The drug, known as peramivir, currently being developed by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, is being tested to obtain official approval for wide, public comsumption, from the FDA.
Oxygenation of the blood produces good results in patients of the new flu
Results will be published in the November issue of JAMA.
Study was conducted in Australia and New Zealand.
Despite the severity of illness and intensity of treatment, most patients in Australia and New Zealand who had respiratory failure due to the new strain and were treated with a system that added oxygen into their bloodstreams, survived the disease.
The results will be published in the November issue of JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association)
Fear of the new flu in the Northern Hemisphere boosts online sales of fake drugs
Company internet security alert was on Monday (16). Most of the gang was based in Russia,
According to Globo.com
MADRID, Nov. 26
(Xinhua) -- Spain reported 17 more deaths from the A/H1N1 flu during the week of Nov. 15-21, bringing the total number of deaths to 135 in the country, figures from the Health Ministry showed Thursday.
However, the mortality rate of the disease remained very low and it dropped by a slim 0.01 point to 0.13 deaths per 1,000 infected patients.
According to the ministry, the number of A/H1N1 influenza cases continued to rise in Spain, as 158,942 more new cases were registered last week.
The H1N1 flu, or "swine" flu, has caused its first death in Greece
unrelated to underlying health conditions. A 29-year-old Frenchman died early Tuesday, September 15th.
Although Greece has seen about 2,000 cases of the swine flu so far, most of the cases have been with travelers who became infected while still outside Greece.
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."
There may be no need to feel guilty about putting off your annual trip to the gynecologist anymore! New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists assert that healthy women should not get cervical cancer screening pap tests every year. Instead they encourage women to get the screening every two to three years. The medical group also recommends against getting a pap test until after the age of 21, even if an adolescent is sexually active.
What are the new rules for getting mammograms?
After commissioning two studies that reviewed the risks and benefits of breast cancer screening, the USPSTF announced changes to the current mammogram guidelines, which the same group instituted in 2002. For average-risk women, they recommend:
1-No routine mammograms for women ages 40 to 49 2-Every-other-year mammograms for women ages 50 to 74 3-No need for clinicians to teach women to do breast self-exams
The new recommendations against annual cervical cancer screenings are not intended to save you embarrassment or discomfort — they're meant to prevent unnecessary and possibly harmful treatments. For example, treatment of precancerous HPV symptoms that would otherwise go away on their own puts women at a higher risk of giving birth to a premature or underweight baby. Still, cervical cancer rates have dropped 50 percent since the 1970s mostly thanks to the pap test, so I hope the doctors aren't trying to fix something that isn't broken. But the authors of the guidelines explain that the same results can be accomplished with less-regular screenings.
I'll admit the idea that less screening can be better for your sexual health seems counterintuitive. Will you stick to your annual pap test or do you welcome a chance to get one less frequently?
Is this recommendation designed to protect our population’s health or is it the beginning of restrictions to cut services at the expense of early detection? Do we need clarification on this matter and if so should we hurriedly pass the bill that has been presented by the White House?
We need a better system of health care that provides everyone the health care that is necessary, at a cost that we can all afford. Is this a better solution? I for one have consistently been an advocate of universal health care from a humanitarian prospective but I am not sure that this “Change” that we are going forth with is the kind of change that we need. Again what will be the cost in terms of availability of services, or unavailability of services and money that would saddle us with an unprecedented National Debt that will affect our children and grandchildren?
I grew up in a small town in upper New York state called Glens Falls , New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
I remember our first house on Putnam road. It was a 4 bedroom home; 2 bedrooms upstairs and 2 down.
My mother and father slept downstairs which left us kids upstairs by ourselves. We had no A/C then, neither did we have fans. I still vividly recall the summer months, in my bed, the sweltering heat, my body sticking to my sheet, hoping for a breeze to blow through my open window. But for me it was just the season and I did not complain.
After all it was summer and vacation from school was the best part. There were 4 of us home when I was born. I was the youngest of 6, my oldest brother was 20 years older than myself and I have a sister 21 years my senior. They were on their own making their way when I came along. We had one guest room, downstairs, that my mother always kept specially prepared when ministers would visit. My parents were devout in their faith and church was an integral part of our life style. This made a visit from our ministers very special and often they would spend a night or two.
Our home was a part of a developing neighborhood in the late 50’s. Half the houses on Putnam Road, at that time, were only partially built and we used to play in the cellar holes nearby. It was a quiet place and was located geography in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. These mountains stretched northward about 200 miles to the Canadian border and as I grew up I spent countless days fishing and hiking through these mountains. The small lakes and ponds in this region were carved out by glaciers and were spring fed, clear and cold. In those days I preferred the cold mountain lakes to any pool, which to me seemed like bath water by comparison.
The winter months in retrospect were harsh but as a young man it was a time for snowshoeing, skiing, and ice fishing. In midwinter we would backpack into the mountain lakes to ice fish by the light of huge bon fires on the ice.
Then there was college and relocation to the city of Albany, New York about 70 miles to the south. For the most part my visits north were for short visits after that; then back to class, internships or jobs.
Life has a way of going forward all on its own and although my life now is very different from the way I grew up I still look back with fond memories of friends, snow, mountains, miles of natural xmas trees; their fur bows laden with heavy snow, and many hours of the best fish stories you ever heard.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with treasured memories , happiness and joy.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro, which give their name to a short story by Ernest Hemingway and his film adaptation starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner, have been a symbol of romanticism that has engulfed the African continent for centuries. But in recent years have also become a symbol of climate change.
A new study in the permafrost of the highest mountain in Africa, published today in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Accademy of Sciences' (PNAS) reinforces this idea. The research findings reveal that the glaciers located both in the crater on the slopes of the summit of Kilimanjaro could disappear within 20 years if nothing is done to reverse the current trend of global climate warming.
Portage Glacier 1914
Portage Glacier 2004
Glaciers across Western China and the Tibetan Plateau are shrinking, threatening more water shortages
In northern Guangdong, farmers who had good wells now must carry water past dried up fish ponds.
China is the rousing giant of global warming. It stands as a developing nation outside the guidelines of the Kyoto treaty, yet with more than one billion people and a huge energy-gobbling economy, it is one of the most influential countries in climate change.
Greenland's huge icecap, second only to Antarctica, is also showing signs of change, although measurements are preliminary. Outflow glaciers like this one on the central east coast, as measured by NASA airborne radar and laser, appear to be thinning and flowing more rapidly. The National Climate Data Center (NOAA) reports that 2002 saw the greatest measured surface melt of Greenland ice in 24 years of satellite records. Two deep ice cores from there provide a detailed Northern Hemisphere climate record extending beyond the last ice age.
Some of us are adjusting nicely..
Hummm I wonder where the man is that was sitting in that chair......
If you are now about to begin working on recovering from the effects of trauma, or if you have already begun this work and are planning to continue making some changes based on what you have learned, you will need courage and persistence along the way. You may experience setbacks. From time to time you may get so discouraged that you feel like you want to give up. This happens to everyone. You may ask the question can something good come out of adversity? Often in the face of adversity, we are unable to see anything through our pain. The only thing we can think about are questions. Why is this happening to me? How will I go on? How will I survive?
Notice how far you've come. Appreciate even a little progress. Do something nice for yourself and continue your efforts. You deserve an enjoyable life.
Always keep in mind that there are many people, even famous people, who have had traumatic things happen to them. They have worked to relieve the symptoms of this trauma and have gone on to lead happy and rewarding lives. You can too.
There are some that feel “Although we may want to, we should not turn away from our pain. It is felt by some that "breaking barriers is the way we feel all of our feelings during these times of adversity and heartache". It has also contended by some that "denying our pain, or denying our feelings, will not benefit us in any way". "In fact, it will likely prolong our troubles. But if we look at our situation, and face our problems head-on…we will triumph.”
has validated “repression” as a coping mechanism which may be necessary to survive the moment of trauma because accurate recall would be induce more pain then we could endure.
Weinberger developed the concept of a “Repressive Coping Style”, which he operazionalized as a specific combination of anxiety and defensiveness. Postulating four combinations of responses to threat; Weinberger defined repressors as individuals who express low anxiety and high defensiveness.
Forcing yourself to “feel a certain way” or to recall traumatic events because it is believed that you must “feel your feelings” may do more damage than good. Understand that timing is everything and to be able to gain prospective without re-traumatizing yourself is the kindest thing to do for you. This is why it is a process, a Journey of healing, of increased optimism and “Resolution”.
Remember, always be kind to yourself. As stated by Louise Hay
” you are in exactly the place that you should be” if it were not so you would be in a different place.
When your joints ache and your body's fatigueed,the lure of a comfortable couch can be strong. But suprisingly, one of the best antidotes to pain and fatigue is to get up and going.Regular excercise provides many benefits..including less arthritis pain and more energy to do the things that are important to you.
Yet,knowing exercise is good for you and actually doing it are two different things; it can be hard to get going when your schedule's jammed and your joints are begging for a little R & R. So how do you get yourself going and keep yourself motivated? Give the following a try:
1- Start off small..Rome wasn't built in a day.
2- Break it up ..Even 3 ten minute sessions a day are worth it!
3-Mix it up..If you are bored by the same thing day after day for example, walk to a different neighborhood or go to the park.
Stick with what you like..If you enjoy it .do it!
4- Be flexable- Adjust to accommodate your difficulties..like arthritis. Avoid an all or nothing approach.
5- Don't go it alone - Walk with a friend..Make it fun.
6- Soothe yourself - Take time to warm up or stretch.
7- Reward yourself..When you have reached a milestone reward yourself with a movie or something you enjoy.
8 - Keep you eye on the prize..You have to set goals to cross the finish line. Always set goals for yourself. Above all be kind to yourself. Not critical and the healthier you become the less pain you will feel and the happier you will be with "just being you".