On my many stumbles across the net, I came across this post on Sandya's blog -
US Politics: A child's guide to US foreign Policy!
It is a satirical take on the US Politics and the Decision making that has become the trade mark of the US government!
Excellent read - highly recommended by me and hence this post!
Makes me think what a farce it has been all along!
Sunday, 27 July 2008
On my many stumbles across the net, I came across this post on Sandya's blog -
The scientists from the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Portsmouth, have found that women are damaging their breasts by wearing wrong bras.
They have found that the breasts could be damaged and fragile ligaments irreparably stretched by wearing the wrong bras. The research team has tested about 50 bra designs on hundreds of women over the past three years under the leadership of Dr Joanna Scurr, a breast biomechanics expert. Her research proves that breasts move up to 21cm during exercise and they move up and down, in and out and from side to side. Most bras are designed to limit just vertical movement.
Wendy Hedger, a researcher on Dr Scurr’s team, said: “Many women have strong preferences for certain styles of bra and won’t buy anything else. They won’t even look at anything that doesn’t look like the sort of bra they are used to wearing. In sports bras, for example, many women won’t buy a bra that resembles their everyday bra and does up at the back – they think if it can’t be pulled over their heads like a crop top then it’s not a real sports bra. But this is not true and many sports bras do up at the back in the same way as a traditional bra and do a very good job of supporting women.
“Some women forget that their shape and size change and they might have to go through several changes in bra size over their lifetime especially after breastfeeding and the menopause.”
The breast biomechanics research team started testing bras and the movement of women’s breasts more than three years ago. They have also helped design a new sports bar for women who play high-impact sports. Dr Scurr agreed to help a New Zealand bra manufacturer give their existing high-impact bra a major overhaul and the new bra goes on sale in Europe this summer.
This is good news for the active women who are into fitness in a big way.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Dr Heberman from the University of Pittsburgh urges caution in Precautionary Advise regarding cell phone use.
He has given "Practical Advice to Limit Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation Emitted from Cell Phones"
1. Do not allow children to use a cell phone, except for emergencies. The developing organs of a fetus or child are the most likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
2. While communicating using your cell phone, try to keep the cell phone away from the body as much as possible. The amplitude of the electromagnetic field is one fourth the strength at a distance of two inches and fifty times lower at three feet. Whenever possible, use the speaker-phone mode or a wireless Bluetooth headset, which has less than 1/100th of the electromagnetic emission of a normal cell phone. Use of a hands-free ear piece attachment may also reduce exposures.
3. Avoid using your cell phone in places, like a bus, where you can passively expose others to your phone's electromagnetic fields.
4. Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times. Do not keep it near your body at night such as under the pillow or on a bedside table, particularly if pregnant. You can also put it on “flight” or “off-line” mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions.
5. If you must carry your cell phone on you, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned toward the outside so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away from your rather than through you.
6. Only use your cell phone to establish contact or for conversations lasting a few minutes, as the biological effects are directly related to the duration of exposure.
For longer conversations, use a land line with a corded phone, not a cordless phone, which uses electromagnetic emitting technology similar to that of cell phones.
7. Switch sides regularly while communicating on your cell phone to spread out your exposure. Before putting your cell phone to the ear, wait until your correspondent has picked up. This limits the power of the electromagnetic field emitted near your ear and the duration of your exposure.
8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
9. When possible, communicate via text messaging rather than making a call, limiting the duration of exposure and the proximity to the body.
10. Choose a device with the lowest SAR possible (SAR = Specific Absorption Rate, which is a measure of the strength of the magnetic field absorbed by the body). SAR ratings of contemporary phones by different manufacturers are available by searching for “sar ratings cell phones” on the internet.
What this means for "Gadget-men" among us who use their mobile phones for long durations is that they can get adversely affected by the electro-magnetic radiation being emitted by the cell phones.
Research has not yet found out whether prolonged cell phone use results in Brain cancer or not. The publication has been delayed by 2 years and therefore Dr. Heberman suggests that we should rather be safe than sorry and limit the use of Cell phones as much as we can.
He further suggests that their use by pregnant women and children should be reserved for emergency use only.
Bad news for the cell phone industry and for the cell phone mad users.
Saturday, 19 July 2008
According to a research paper published by the Journal of Neurology, being physically fit can reduce the advance of Alzheimer's Dementia.
The study looked at 121 people aged over 60, around half of them in the early stages of the disease. Those with Alzheimer's who were less fit had four times more signs of brain shrinkage than those who were fit.
Dr Jeffrey Burns, from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, said he was one of the first to look at whether exercise could affect the progress of the illness.
His volunteers underwent a treadmill test to see how fit they were and then their brains were scanned for shrinkage, which is one way of measuring the severity of their Alzheimer's. He said: "People with early Alzheimer's disease may be able to preserve their brain function for a longer period of time by exercising regularly and potentially reducing the amount of brain volume lost.
Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, delivering oxygen and nutrients to brain cells.
"This is one possible explanation why dementia progresses slower in people who are physically fit.
"Exercise also reduces your risk of developing dementia so it's important to take regular exercise. A healthy heart means a healthy brain."
So what it boils down to is that; if you keep fit, you live longer.
Exercise has many benefits and one of them is it slows down dementia.
Great news for fitness freaks. It doesn't have to be a gym trip, even small amounts of exercise on a regular basis will do wonders. You can cycle your way to health or go for a brisk walk!
Any form of exercise will help as long as you make sure that you reach your target heart rate!
My previous post on crash diets increase the risk of sudden death will hopefully guide you towards exercising and eating sensibly rather than going binge crash dieting!
Friday, 18 July 2008
The New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. With a population of over 15 million, Delhi is one of the largest cities in the world and having the least Hotels in Delhi. This will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India generally, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawarhar Lal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, India.
The problems anticipated by the Govt. of Delhi are of Accommodation for Common Wealth games in Delhi. The Govt. wants to entice people and companies to set up Bed and Breakfast in Delhi, Hotels in New Delhi and Guest Houses in Delhi for the duration of the games and provide guesthouses to tourists. Indian Cooking classes and Dentists in Delhi are going to be very popular during that time.
Only time will tell if this initiative is successful or not.
Update: - I am told that Indian Govt has introduced a bed and breakfast scheme in various parts of India and many bed and breakfasts have come up. Some of them are Jaipur B&B, Goa B&B, Noida B&B, Agra B&B, Mumbai B&B, Gurgaon B&B, Rajasthan B&B, Bangalore B&B and Pune B&B.
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