Friday, July 31, 2009

Sixteen more Swine flu cases, India's tally now 525

16 new fresh cases of swine flu, including 11 children, were reported Friday, taking the total number of people contaminated with the virus to 525 in India, health officials said.

According to a health ministry statement, the new fresh cases were reported from Pune (10), Hyderabad (2), Delhi (1), Gurgaon (1), Chandigarh (1), and Imphal (1).

2,361 persons have been tested, out of which 525 are positive for Influenza A swine flu (H1N1). A total of 529 out of the 2,361 persons have been identified through entry screening, 489 through contact hunting and the rest were self reported.

Of the 525 positive cases, 369 have been discharged and rest of them is under treatment at chosen health facilities.

Of the ten new fresh cases in Pune, nine were children and one is a 21-year-old man. While all the children slim the sickness from previous patients, the adult had returned from London.

Of the 2 new cases in Hyderabad, one is a 24-year-old man who traveled from Dubai and the second is a 16-year old boy who is a contact of a formerly reported positive case. He was found to be symptomatic July 29 and was accepted to the identified health facility.

The lone case in Delhi is a boy who contracted the disease from a formerly reported positive case. The case from Gurgaon is a 6-year-old boy.

The solitary case in Chandigarh is a 17-year-old youth who got the virus from a earlier patient.

The one reported from Imphal is a 19-year-old woman who traveled from Singapore to New Delhi and then went to Imphal.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Swine flu: Pregnant women top of the list for H1N1 Vaccine

With pregnant women considered in the high-risk category for swine flu complications, the government yesterday recommended they be put at the front of the line for the vaccine expected out in October.

Other priority candidates include health care workers, children six months and older, young adults aged 19 to 24 and non-elderly adults considered high-risk. The recommendations were handed down by a 15-member panel of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and are usually adopted by federal health officials.

Parents and care-givers of infants should also be given the vaccine under the priority category because infants under six months old cannot be given the vaccine, explained health officials.

Six deaths in pregnant women were reported to the Centers for Disease Control since the onset of the virus in April, according to an online study released yeasterday in the Lancet. All of the women had developed pneumonia and acute respiratory distress, said the study, and required mechanical venilation.

There have been a total of 34 confirmed cases of swine flu in pregnant women and of those, 11 women were admitted to the hospital with acute respiratory illness, stated the Lancet study.

Because of the high risk of possible complications, pregnant women should be first on the vaccine list, said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC, in the meeting of health officials yesterday in Atlanta.

"We have seen pregnant women disproportionately affected by this virus," said Schuchat. "They have apparently a four-fold increase of being hospitalized here (as compared to) the general population that gets this virus so we do think that when influenza, including this H1N1 virus strikes pregnant women, worse things happen."

Schuchat stressed that "it's vital" for pregnant women who have respiratory illness and fever to get early treatment. She also advised pregnant women to get the new H1N1 vaccine when available and also the seasonal vaccine to protect against both flu strains.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

India: PMC to Survey H1N1 flu Affected Areas

PUNE: The outreach teams of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will behavior a survey about hundred homes in the area where H1N1 affected students' resides.

Speaking to TOI on Tuesday, R R Pardeshi, acting public medical officer of health (MOH), said, "We will form outreach teams which will conduct a review of housing societies in the locality where the 58 students who were detected with H1N1 stay. Under this survey, about 6,000 people will undergo beginning scrutiny. Those detected with normal influenza will be treated in normal dispensaries, while those leaning towards H1N1 will be admitted to the Naidu hospital. The survey will be started instantaneously and ward officers are already gathering requisite information, before starting the actual survey."

Pardeshi said the PMC was concentrating on areas where the precious 58 students reside. "The school which reported 21 cases of H1N1-affected students is our focus, and we will mostly examine the housing areas where the affected students stay. The PMC is organising a workshop for doctors and multi-purpose workers and also information dissemination centres will be recognized at ward levels. There is no need to panic and H1N1 cases detected in the town are at a mild level," said Pardeshi.

The PMC has appealed that citizens should shun foreign tours as much as possible. They should travel only if it is totally unavoidable. People who have traveled abroad should home quarantine themselves for ten days on their return to India. It is possible that the symptoms may not show up in one day, because the incubation phase of the virus is seven days.

"If people observe any symptoms of the flu, they must instantly contact the Naidu hospital," said additional municipal commissioner M S Devnikar, adding that there was no require to press the panic button and every effort is being made by the PMC to control the situation.

The PMC's Naidu hospital has a 20-bed capacity, which can be augmented to 80 beds, if required. The hospital also has enough supply of tamiflu tablets.

Meanwhile, the PMC has decided to conduct consciousness drives in the city. Mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale has already ordered that the municipal administration bring out an awareness campaign through advertisements and hoardings in the city.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Swine Flu (H1N1): Manipur Alert after Fencers Get Infected

Manipur fencers having tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus in New Delhi.

At least 4 fencers and the coach of a 34-member national fencing team have tested positive for swine flu on their return journey from Singapore, where they joined the recently concluded Junior Asian and Cadet Championship. The group had arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"We have received official intimation that two fencers from Manipur are among the five who were tested positive for swine flu. They are being quarantined and observed at a hospital in the state capital," said The Bhubonchandra Singh, the state nodal officer of Influenza Pandemic.

The 2 fencers, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl, are from the capital, he said, adding that this is the first time people from Manipur have been contaminated since the recent global outbreak of the disease.

The senior health official appealed to the people not to panic. "We have been extending our utmost efforts to avoid the disease from spreading."

As part of the preventive programme, state doctors have already been deployed at the Imphal airport to check passengers, mainly those coming from aboard.

"So far we have not found any incoming passengers having symptoms of swine flu. If any suspect case is detected, we will send blood samples for laboratory testing to Kolkata," Singh said.

"Nevertheless we have intensified our routine preventive measures following the latest infection case," he added.

The state veterinary and animal husbandry services department, which is also playing a key role in combating the pandemic, has already imposed a ban on importing pigs from Myanmar.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stripping of Woman in Public to be Probed in Bihar

The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered state police chief D.N. Gautam to undertake the probe on Thursday night even though the police headquarters had previously asked Inspector General (Patna zone) Sunil Kumar to look into the incident.

A group of men had allegedly abused, battered and then stripped a woman in her 20s in full public view at a busy road in the state capital on Thursday evening.

A police team was reportedly present at the site and watched the assault on the woman for nearly an hour before taking the culprits to the police station.

Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani said Assistant Sub-inspector Shiv Nath Singh, who was in charge of patrolling the area, has been suspended for not helping the woman in time.

The woman was known as resident of Jesidih, a town in the neighbouring state Jharkhand. Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Punaichak here, had lured her to Patna with a promise of providing a job to her.

Soon after she came here, Rakesh compulsory her to have sex with his friends. She ran away from the hotel where she had been staying with him for the last few days. However, Rakesh and his friends wedged up with her and attacked her.

Police have arrested Rakesh, who is said to be involved in the flesh trade.

"Police have lodged a case against Rakesh and others on the basis of the statement of the woman," an official said.

The state women's commission has asked Patna Senior Superintendent of Police R. Mallar Vizhi to submit a report on the incident.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad condemned the incident and said that it shows that no government existed in the state.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Silver Pheasant Bird Pair: New attractions at Vandalur zoo

CHENNAI: Three pairs of ring-necked pheasants, 2 pairs of red jungle fowls and a pair of silver pheasant are the new attractions at the Vandalur zoo.

The birds were given by the Kanpur zoo under an exchange programme.

In turn, the Vandalur bird zoo authorities have given the Kanpur zoo two pairs of grey pelicans, painted storks, grey herons, night herons, blossom-headed parakeets and Alexandrian parakeets near a pair of white pea fowl.

The birds from the Kanpur zoo were brought in a special cage, which was booked as bundle in Lucknow Express.

A Range Officer from the Lucknow bird zoo and 2 assistants brought the birds from there, said Vandalur zoo authorities.

Talking about aquatic bird population at the zoo, the authorities said that they were propagation very well at the zoo. Till recently, the authorities used to release the excess number of birds into the Otteri Lake located inside the zoo. However, at a meeting held recently, the authorities decisive to exchange the aquatic birds for some other species of birds with other zoos in the country.

At least 2 to 3 days are needed to pack the birds in envelopment's to be taken to the Kanpur zoo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Healthy Animals Now Come Online

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.

Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue examines a significant agricultural pest: fire ants.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

· Scuttling Scrapie: Research efforts to detect and eliminate scrapie in goats.
· Disease Detection: New technologies for improved FMD detection and control.
· Fortifying Fowl: Food supplements for poultry health.

Professionals interested in animal health issues may want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering approximately 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects like nutrition or parasites. The site also provides complete contact information for the more than 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

To receive an e-mail alert about each future issue's posting online, contact Laura McGinnis, ARS Information Staff (301-504-1654,, or sign up online.

Full Solar Eclipse of 2009 July 22

This is a second solar eclipse of this year 2009. First Solar eclipse of this year 26th January 2009. On Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Cutting Calories to Prevent from Cancer

A great deal of effort has been spent trying to understand how the food we eat—diets that are high in red meat, vitamins, minerals, or fiber, for example-affects our cancer risk. A similar question, fueled no doubt by the rising rates of obesity around the world, relates to the calorie content of our diet. What happens if we simply take in fewer calories?

To survive and proliferate, all cells, including cancer cells, need energy. Since the early 1900s, researchers could see how this axiom might be used in treating cancer; their experiments showed that calorie reduction inhibited the growth of transplanted tumors in mice.

Today it is the most widely studied and effective strategy for prolonging survival in mammals, said Dr. Stephen Hursting, formerly a deputy director in NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention and now the chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas.

“It is the most potent broadly acting dietary intervention we know of that actually prevents cancer in experimental models,” he said. A study that appeared July 10 in the journal Science, for example, provided some evidence that a diet 30 percent lower than normal may be delaying diseases and extending the lifespan of rhesus monkeys. It was the first study to test this long-term intervention in primates, but whether it works in humans, and in the real world, is a question that hasn’t yet been answered.

Watching What We Eat

Dietary interventions used in animal experiments are sometimes called dietary energy restriction (DER). Ad libitum is a term that describes eating freely as much as one wishes; DER reduces calories usually in the range of 10 to 40 percent below ad libitum.

Even small differences in energy intake have been shown to have an effect in animal studies, noted Dr. Henry J. Thompson, director of the Cancer Prevention Laboratory at Colorado State University. “In fact, as little as a 10 percent reduction from ad libitum correlates with significant health benefits,” he explained.

How DER may be causing these benefits is still unclear—is it a simple gross reduction of calories consumed, could the same effect be seen if more calories are burned with exercise, or is a combination of the two the optimal approach? Researchers have found some clues, which they are now using as the basis for several clinical studies in humans.

Moving Beyond Mice

By slowing the metabolic rate, DER seems to interfere with the production of reactive oxygen species and also interfere with cell growth factors and signals, impeding angiogenesis and bolstering tissue breakdown. And by diverting stored energy from growth and development to basic cellular survival, DNA replication appears to happen less often, with less energy available to drive the transformation of healthy cells into cancer cells.

Underfeeding mice to test these relationships is simple. The calories that animals eat each day can be limited to levels below what they would normally eat, which is usually in the range of 115 calories per week.

It’s much trickier to test DER in humans. Outside of observational studies, most of the clinical research on dietary restriction and cancer prevention has focused on those who are overweight or obese, a population for whom the health risks of staying at their current weight (including cancer) clearly warrant an intervention.

The largest project funded by NCI in this area is the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) initiative, a $54 million, 5-year project that began in 2005 to help molecular biologists, nutritionists, clinicians, behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, and others who work in the diet/exercise/cancer arena translate findings from cells into mice and then into clinical studies more efficiently. Many of the TREC projects are studying factors that contribute to obesity, but some are looking more closely at the link between calories in/calories out and cancer.

At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, for example, Drs. Cornelia Ulrich and Anne McTiernan, the principal investigator of the Hutchinson TREC Center, are leading a project with overweight or obese post-menopausal women who are put on a restricted-calorie weight loss diet, a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise regimen, or both. The study’s goal is to explore what happens with biomarkers that in mouse studies have been linked to carcinogenesis and DER.

Women in the general U.S. population who are aged 50 to 70 eat approximately 1,700 to 1,800 calories a day, according to a survey by the CDC in which participants recalled what they had eaten from the most recent day or two; in Drs. McTiernan and Ulrich’s study, women assigned to the diet arms of the experiment are restricted to somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day, depending on their weight at the start. The goal is to reduce their weight by 10 percent in the first 6 months. Meanwhile, their blood is checked for markers of DNA damage and repair to lymphocytes. Inflammation markers, including interleukin 6, serum amyloid A, and C-reactive protein, are also checked to see how the interventions affect these factors, which have been linked with increased cancer risk and poorer outcomes for cancer patients.

“We want to know whether health benefits for cancer can be achieved if women exercise regularly, even if they do not lose much weight or, alternatively, if weight loss is essential, which is achieved more easily through caloric restriction,” Dr. Ulrich explained. “We can also figure out whether body fat loss or other changes in body composition are critical to reduce risk factors for cancer, or whether an increase in fitness is equally important.”

A previous study with this group has shown that women who are part of the exercise intervention (45 minutes a day of brisk exercise, like walking, 5 days a week) decreased C-reactive protein, one of their markers for inflammation, by 10 percent over the course of a year, while those in the control arm who performed simple stretches showed an increase of 12 percent in this marker. Measurements from the ongoing TREC trial of exercise and caloric restriction will be collected in the next few months, with the results most likely published early in 2010.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby Dance Beat it - Michael Jackson Babies Dance

Its nice and beautiful baby dancing. I like very much. But never beat Michael Jackson dance.

NASA Space Station Shuttle Again Postponed

Thunderstorms have obligatory NASA to delay July 12th Sunday evening's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

The launch team came within minutes of transfer Endeavour and seven astronauts to the international space station. But storms moving in from the west were in contravention of NASA's safety rules, and managers called everything off. They will try again today July 13, 2009.

It was NASA's fourth launch challenge over the past month. Saturday's try was frustrated by lightning, and hydrogen gas leaks caused two postponements in June.

NASA has until July 14th Tuesday, possibly July 15th Wednesday, to launch Endeavour with the concluding piece of Japan's space station lab. Otherwise, it will have to wait until the end of July because of a Russian supply ship, which is awaiting liftoff.

Endeavour holds the third and final section of Japan's enormous $1 billion space station lab, named Kibo, or Hope. It's a porch for experiments that require to be exposed to the vacuum of space. The shuttle also is loaded with large additional parts and hundreds of pounds of food for the six station residents.

When the shuttle astronauts arrive at the space station, they will make up the major crowd ever in a single place in orbit: 13 people. All of the main space station partners will be represented: the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan.

One American flying up on Endeavour will trade places with the lone Japanese astronaut on the space station.

Friday, July 10, 2009

கொன்று தின்னும் கொலுசுகள்(anklet)

எனை கவனிக்காமல் கடந்துபோகிறாய் நீ
எனை கலைத்துப் போட்டு
கடந்து போகிறது
உன் கொலுசு
உன் காலில்
இருந்ததற்கே இசை மீட்டக்
உயிரற்ற கொலுசு
கொலுசை கொள்ளை
அடிப்பவரைப் பார்த்திருக்கிறேன்
கொலுசால் கொள்ளை அடிப்பவளை
இங்குதான் பார்க்கிறேன்
இதுநாள்வரை கொலுசின்
ஒலி பிடிக்கும்
இந்த நாள் முதல்
உன் கொலுசின் ஒலி
மட்டுமே பிடிக்கும்
உன்னை நான் கடக்கையிலும்
என்னை நீ கடக்கையில்
நமக்கு மட்டும் புரியும்
ஒரு மொழியில் பேசுகிறது
உன் கொலுசு
என் இருப்பை […]

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

வருத்தப்படாத வாலிபர்கள் சாப்ட்வேர் கம்பெனி..

"தல தல நம்ம பூச்சி பாண்டிய கிளயன்ட் (client) புடிச்சு திட்டிட்டு இருக்காறு தல... சீக்கிரம் வெளிய வா தல"...

"இந்த கிள்யன்ட்க்கு நம்ள திட்டுரதே வேலையா போச்சு. இன்ணைக்கு இதுக்கு ஒரு முடிவு கட்டிற வேண்டியது தான் .. எடுரா வண்டியே.. "

அங்கு கிளயன்ட் எக்கசக்க கோவத்துடன் இருக்க எக்குத்தப்பாக மாட்டி கொள்கிறார் கைபுள்ளை.. முகம் வேர்த்து விருவிருக்க கிளயன்ட் ரூமை விட்டு வெளியே வெளியே வருகிறார்

"என்ன தல.. இந்த ட்ரிப் திட்டு கொஞ்சம் ஓவரோ.."

"பேசாதே.. அசிங்க படுதிடிங்களே டா ... "

"தல உனக்கு சப்போர்ட் பண்றதுக்கு ஆள் கூட்டிட்டு வர போனோம்.."

"ஆள் எங்க?"

"நாம ப்ராஜெக்ட் ல ஒரு பய இல்ல.. எல்லாரும் டீம் ஔட்டிங் போய்டாய்ங்க.. நீ ஊம்னு சொல்லிறுந்தனா வெளி ப்ரொஜெக்ட்ல இருந்து ஆள் கூட்டிட்டு வந்துருபோம்.. "

"அது எனக்கு அவமானம்.."

"அத தான் நாங்களும் செஞ்சோம் .. என்ன தல இப்படி வேர்த்துருக்கு.. "

"டே கிளயன்ட் கேக்குறே ஒன்னு ரெண்டு கேள்விக்கு பதில் சொல்ல தெரியலனா இப்படி தான் வேர்க்கும்.. அதெல்லாம் கண்டுக்க கூடாது.. "

"அடடே மீட்டிங் போய்ட்டு வந்த கைபுள்ளைகே இப்டி வேர்க்குதுனா மீட்டிங்
எவ்ளோ பெருசா இருக்கும் யோசிச்சு பாரு. "

"ஏன்டா இன்னுமா இந்த கம்பெனி நம்ள நம்பிட்டு இருக்கு..."

"அது அவங்க விதி.. "

அங்கே காரில் ஷக்தி (பிரசாந்த்) வர..

"யாரு.. காரு.."

"டே அந்த கிளயன்ட் நம்ள அங்க திட்டுனது மட்டும் இல்லாம இங்க திட்டுறதுக்கும் ஆள் அனுப்பி வைசுருக்கான் டா.. ஒடுங்க டா.."

"ஹலோ ஹலோ.. எக்ஸ்கியூஸ் மீ.. "

"நீ ஒன்னும் சொல்ல வேணாம்.. டே சீக்கிரம் போங்க டா.."

"ஆஹா மடகிடான் யா மடகிடான் யா.."

"போதும் எல்லாத்தையும் நிறுத்திக்குவோம்.."

"லூசு.. நான் கம்பெனிக்கு புதுசு.."

"இங்க பாருடா புதுசாம்ல.. நல்லா கிளபுராய்ங்க டா பீதிய.. சரி யாரு மேனேஜர்..."

"வேலாயுதம் சார தான் பாக்கணும் ..."

"அந்த ப்ரொஜெக்ட்ல நீ என்னவா ஜாயின் பண்ண போரே..."

"டெஸ்டரா ஜாயின் பண்ண போறேன்.. "

"நானும் தான் டெஸ்டர்.. இதுல யாரு சீனியர் டெஸ்டர் .. "

"அத அங்க போய் முடிவு பன்னுவோம்.. "

அங்கு சென்றதும் மேனேஜர் வேலாயுதமும் சக்தியும் ஒன்னு கூடி விட..

"ஆகா ஒன்னு கூடிடாய்ங்கயா ஒன்னு கூடிடாய்ங்கயா.. ஆள் இல்லாது டெஸ்டர் குருப்க்கு டீம் லீடர் ஆய்டலாம்னு நினைச்சேனே.. இப்படி அந்த ஆசைல மன்ன அள்ளி போட்டிங்களே.. "

புதியதாய் வந்த சக்தியுடன் மேனேஜர் உள்ளே சென்று கதவை சாத்தி பேச ஆரம்பிக்க ..

"பாத்தியாடா மனகேற்கு கொழுப்ப.. இவளோ நாள் உளைச்சவன வெளிய தள்ளி கதவ பூட்டு உள்ள போய்டாய்ங்க.."

"தல நீ ஊம்னு ஒரு வார்த்தை சொல்லு.. மனேஜர போஸ்ட விட்டே தூக்கிடலாம்.."

"அங்க என்ன கிளயன்ட் அசிங்க அசிங்கமா திட்டிட்டு இருந்தான். அபோ எல்லாம் சும்மா இருந்துட்டு இன்னும் ஒரு மாசத்துல ரேடிறேது ஆகா போற மனேஜர துக்குரேன்னா சொல்றே.. ராஸ்கல்.."

Friday, July 3, 2009

No Matter Your Age Think Future

No matter your age, it can’t hurt to start thinking about your future. What are your interests? What things are important to you? (Things that are important to you are called your values.)

Whether you are interested in art, computers, medicine, or countless other possibilities, planning for your future is an ongoing process. It includes:

  • Learning
  • Setting goals
  • Taking risks
  • Making choices

It is important to start the planning process now. Find out what classes you might need to take to reach your goals. For example, do you want to be a veterinarian? Then you will need to take math and science classes. And think about how you are doing in school — it is never too early to try your best with your future in mind.

This information to help you make plans for a terrific future.