Friday, May 30, 2008

Blood Transfusion may do more harm than good?

DURHAM, N.C. – Heart patients are more than twice as likely to die during their first 30 days of hospitalization if they receive a blood transfusion to treat blood loss or anemia, according to a new analysis by cardiologists at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)

Additionally, such patients are more than three times as likely to suffer a heart attack within 30 days, when compared to those who did not receive a transfusion.

These findings -- which emerged after a retrospective analysis of the treatments received by more than 24,000 patients hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome -- run counter to earlier and smaller observational studies. For this reason, the researchers believe that a large randomized clinical trial needs to be initiated to resolve the issue and provide clear evidence-based guidance on how best to treat these patients.

According to Duke cardiologist Sunil Rao, M.D., lead author of a study, the causes underlying the increased incidence of adverse events after transfusion are unclear. Previous studies have shown that transfused blood increases oxygen delivery only in the most severely anemic patients. Also, nitric oxide is essential for delivery of oxygen from the hemoglobin in red blood cells to tissues. However, nitric oxide has a short half-life, so by the time stored blood has been transfused, the essential nitric oxide may have been depleted.

It is also possible, Rao continued, that the transfused blood may stimulate an immune response that can exacerbate already existing coronary artery disease.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

It is believe to be one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world which features cathedral-like caverns and domes. The stalactites and stalagmites formation resembles like religious images, fruits and birds. Truly, an admirable underworld that project the omnipotence of the Creator over human hands. The Underground River is home to other cove dwelling fauna.Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was declared by Proclamation No. 835 on March 26, 1971. The land form in the park are associated with rocky mountains ( of marble and limestone) running from north to south. Two-thirds of the area is covered by lush tropical rainforest from the shoreline to the highest peak, and one-third is thinly vegetated karst limestone. The vegetation types include lowland forest (often with 35 m. canopy), coastal forest and karst forest.

This National Park is currently a popular destination for visiting bird-watchers, and most of the threatened and restricted range birds of the Palawan Endemic Bird Area have been recorded here. Several threatened species are regularly seen in the extensive lowland forests and substantial number of Palawan Phesant Peacock and Philippine Cockatoo are found in the park.

I happy to inform that the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is nominee as one of the new seven wonders of the world.Kindly visit this site new7wonders.com and vote.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The 6 year old Connie Talbot



Connie Talbot is an English child singer from Streetly, Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands.She rose to fame in 2007 when she reached the final of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, where she lost to Paul Potts. Although it had originally seemed as though Talbot would sign with Sony BMG, the label pulled out of the deal due to her age.

Shortly afterwards, she signed with Rainbow Recording Company, and began production of her debut album, Over the Rainbow, which was released on 26 November 2007 in the UK, with a rerelease due June 2008."Over the Rainbow" is the stunning debut album from Connie, featuring 12 all-time favourite songs. Connie is officially the youngest artist to debut in the UK charts, earning herself a gold record in the process.




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connie_Talbot
http://www.connietalbot.com/

Distracted Worker

Office life can sometimes seem like a constant stream of calls,alerts and interruptions report the New Scientist Magazine. Research found that a sample group of information workers averaged only three minutes of activity before being diverted.Since interruptions can eat up two hours of each working day,some busy office workers use computer analysis to distinguish the urgent from non urgent.Suggestions that can be used by all include: "Be honest with people,...tell them you really don't have a minute if you don't" and have the courage "to turn off your email,phone and instant messenger until the job is done"

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day Glitter Graphics


The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.~Washington Irving

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Jesus Christ Lizard




I was amazed when I found this video at You Tube from National Geographic.It is basilisk lizard (Basiliscus plumifrons), a skittish tree-dwelling species found in Central America.According to article written John Roach for National Geographic News the Jesus lizards, or basilisk lisards, accomplish the seemingly miraculous act of moving on top of water by generating forces with their feet that keep their bodies both above the surface and upright, according to Shi-Tong Tonia Hsieh. Hsieh is a graduate student in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in Massachusetts.

The lizards range in size from less than 0.01 ounces (2 grams) upon hatching to more than 7 ounces (200 grams) as adults. Throughout their size range, they can run across water on their hind limbs at about 5 feet (1.5 meters) a second for a distance of approximately 15 feet (4.5 meters) before they sink to all fours and swim. The lizard is often called the Jesus Christ lizard in Central America because of its seeming ability to walk on water.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Manggahan Festival (Island of Guimaras,Philippines)

In 1993, Guimaras started the Manggahan Festival , a parade of the country's sweetest mangoes grown in the province. They celebrate this festival every third week of May every year to express their colorful way of life.Festive and high-spirited,the Guimarasñons welcome local and foreign tourists with songs and dances perform by the famous tribe of Guimaras which are the Tribu Balsahan of Baranggay Rizal, Tribu Bulaang Moros of Buenavista, Tribu Bulantihan of Jordan and Asinan Festival Tribe of San Lorenzo. “Lin-ay sg Guimaras” is one of the events that draw attention annually.


Mangoes grown in Guimaras contribute significantly to Western Visayas share in the country's total mango production. Along with their other agricultural produce,mangoes bring income to most local households and generate employment. Mangoes are also widely exported to the United States, Japan,Europe and Australia.

Friday, May 2, 2008

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Create a joke and earn $300 (it's not a joke!)

I love to read the Reader's Digest magazine.The Jokes category is my favorite part.But do you know that if you got a funny story, a joke or quote, you can send it to them thru mail or to their website.If you joke is selected to the magazine,you will be paid from $100 to $300.Your joke must be original with no more that 100 words or 1000 characters.It will become their property upon submission.


Here's one of the funny cartoon from Reader's Digest.


Salutation to the Dawn by Kalidasa

Salutation to the Dawn is one my favorite poem.It is a Sanskit proverb for senerity and peace written by Kalidasa, famous Sanskit poet and dramatist.




Salutation to the Dawn

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of beauty.


For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.