Tuesday, September 30, 2008


It is reported top ccongressional and White House officials, stunned by the house of Representative's 228-205 rejection of a massive rescue plan for the US economy on Monday, scrambled on Tuesday to structure a new bailout plan.
Rival presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama urged congress Tuesday to redouble efforts to save the bailout. The House vote triggered the biggest oneday sell-off on Wall Street since the 2001 attacks. Both Mr.McCain and Mr. Obama urged their party legislators to stay at work until an acceptable plan is assembled.
"The first thing I would say, "Let's not call it a bailout, Let's call it rescue" Mr. John McCain said.
"I assure our citizens and citizens around the world that this is not the end of the legislative process" Mr. Bush said.
Wisdom comes with age, and so do joint-aches, short sight, forgetfulness and digestive disorders. As one gets on in years, even routine activities like climbing stairs become painful tasks. Parkinson's disease, dementia, urinary infections and arthritis are common maladies of old age. As most patients suffer from arrested mobility, doctors should consent to visiting them at home.
Fifty per cent of elderly people have psychological problems. They suffer from Alzheimer's disease, insomania and depression. More falls and fractures in the elderly occur due to the effect of sleeping tablets, than slippery bathroom floors.
A Geriatric specialist said "Exposure to the sun can go a long way in enhancing good health, so we advice senior citizens to have sun-bathe everyday".

When a lady learned she had a large fibroid tumor in her uterus, she went online.
There is nothing new in that, of course. The intrepid and the adept were going to to te Web for health information as long as the 1990's, well before search engines made it accessible to a wider audience.
These days, that is pretty much everyone. At least three-quarters of all internet users look for health information online., according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project; of those with high-speed connection, one in nine do health research on typical day. And 75 per cent of online patients with chronic problem told the researchers that "their last health
search affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition," according to a Pew Report released last month.
Reliance on the Internet is so prevalent, that "Google is the defacto second opinion" for the patients seeking further information after diagnosis.

In a moment of historic drama in the Capitol and on Wall street, the House of Representatives voted on Monday to reject a $700 billion rescue of the financial industry. The vote against the measure was 228 to 205. Supporters vowed to try to bring the rescue package up for consideration again as soon as possible. Stock markets plunged sharply at midday as it
appeared that the measure would go down to defeat.


ICICI Bank Ltd on Monday said its UK subsidiary, ICICI Bank UK Plc, has zero exposure to the U.S. sub-prime credit, either directly or through credit derivatives like CDO/CLN/CDS, and that about 98 per cent of its non-Indian investment book of $3.5 billion is rated investment grade and above.
Losses reported yesterday is of total banking sector, due to the global financial crisis.

Spreading the message of peace, a 'Japanese Peace Boat' with 600 passengers, including 103 atom bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, arrived in Kochi,India on Monday. The visit is part of their global voyage for a nuclear-free world. The ship will leave for Masawa on Sunday night.

One-and-a-half-month-old baby was barely able to breath because of his increasing abdominal swelling. But neither he nor his parents knew that the infant was actually carrying the foetus of his sibling.
One of the worlds' bizarre medical conditions, a fetus-in-fetu -- that is, a partly formed foetus inside a fully developed human body -- was successfully removed after an operation in a hospital in an Indian City.
The baby was admitted to a hospital after a severe respiratory distress and increasing abdominal swelling since birth. After carrying out a serius of medical tests, a gaint tumor was detected in his abdomen. The doctors were sure that it was a case of cancer in a hopeless condition, that is, if operated, the chances of survival were only five per cent.Many doctors
were reluctant to take up the case because of the survival risk.
However, after his fathers consent, he was operated upon and the real shock came after that. The tumor weighed one-and-half kilos and was attached to abdominal arota with a vascular pedicle. When the doctors cut open the cover, there was a partly formed human body of unidentified sex with two hands, two legs and deformed fingers and toes. There were brain
tissues without a skull and a partly formed vertebral column.

The baby is recovering well after the operation.

Monday, September 29, 2008

U.S. lawmakers on Sunday were set to sign off on a deal to create a $700 billion government fund to buy bad debt from ailing Banks in a bid to stem a credit crisis threatening the global economy.
After marathon talks into the early hours of Sunday morning, congressional leaders from both parties emerged with an agreement that altered key parts of a Wall Street bailout program initially proposed by the Bush adminisration.
The preceding week of negotiations over the rescue package roiled financial markets and altered the course of the U.S. presidential campaign.

An initiative by the scientists of the M.S. Swaminathan research foundation, Tamil Nadu, India will see the country's jatropha growers hitting gold and the possible emergence of an alternative to fossil fuel.
When crushed and processed, the jatropha seeds produce an oil that can be used in a standard diesel engine and the residue can be processed into a biomass to power electricity plants.
The bio-diesel from jatropha is unique since its emission levels would be too low compared to fossil fuels. THIS WILL BRING DOWN THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN THE COUNTRY.

It's time to throw away pain-killers from medicine box: Scientists have proved that faith and belief in God can relieve pain.
Researchers at the Oxford Centre For Science Of The Mind, in Oxford University, in a study published in the journal Pain, conducted an experiment in which it was found, trust in God seemed to be able to block out much of the pain as the same is able to activte part of the brain associated with conditioning the experience of pain.
The study also found that people who had strong religious belief could moderate their pain by thinking about it more positively.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


September 28th 2008
You might be working harder and longer in a desperate bid to succeed, but if you are doing so at the cost of your health, then you need to get rid of those workaholic habits."Many people feel like they have to push themselves to unhealthy levels in order to succeed. But high-pressure jobs and long hours take a real toll on your immediate and future health," said George Griffing, M.D., professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University.
worst habits of workaholics, according to Griffing:

Forgetting to relax: While some stress can be good because it keeps you alert and motivated, too much stress or chronic stress will take its toll on your body.
Eating on the go:
Between meetings, conference calls and deadlines, workaholics forget to take out time to sit down for a healthy lunch. But a good meal is exactly what a person needs to stay mentally sharp throughout the day.
Putting off sleep for work:
Even busy professionals need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Missing out on sleep can lead to irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and poor judgment. It has also been linked to obesity.
Not making time for exercise:
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days is very important to immediate and future health.
Working even when sick:
Many people come to work despite being ill. But there are three common sense reasons to stay home - Nobody wants your germs, you'll be less productive and you need your rest to get better.
Drinking (too much):
Excessive drinking can lead to alcoholism, liver disease and some forms of cancer.
Skipping annual medical checkups: In order to detect problems early, prevent others from developing and get the best treatment if you have a condition, you need to know what's going on in your body.

People who frequent online sex, fetish and swinging sites have "alarmingly high" rates of depression, anxiety and stress, says a shocking new research.
What's more, people who seek out cyber sex typically devote hours a day to the covert activity, the study found.
The Australian research also revealed that overwhelmingly male, well-educated, and aged anywhere from 18 to 80 indulge in such kind of 'pleasure'.
They spend an average of just over 12 hours on the sites each week - mostly chatting, participating in cyber sex with webcams, downloading video and images, or sending erotic emails, the study found.
The research revealed that more than 65 per cent of the 1325 American and Australian men surveyed said they had met someone off line that they had first encountered online.
Marcus Squirrell, a doctoral student at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, said the study, to be presented at a major psychology conference tomorrow, was the first to paint a full picture of cyber sex surfers.
Most concerning was the high rate of poor mental health among the sample group.
"We found that 27 per cent of them were moderate to severely depressed on the standard depression scales," Sydney Morning Herald quoted Squirrell, as saying.
"Thirty per cent had high levels of anxiety and 35 per cent were moderately to severely stressed, which is of course extremely high," Squirrell added.
The more heavily they engaged in online sexual activity the higher their level of depression and anxiety was, he said.

Doctors and nurses might be risking their own health and that of their patients by being dangerously overworked, in some cases labouring as many as 17 hours daily, according to a new study.
Fiona McDonald, associate lecturer at the law faculty of Queensland University of Technology, has completed an extensive study, looking at the different laws in place to regulate working hours across six countries.
McDonald said there had been a number of cases in recent years where patient deaths, or serious injuries, were put down to bad judgement calls caused by doctor fatigue, according to a Sciencealert report.
'After a point being so tired has a similar effect to being drunk, so overworked health professionals are at a higher risk of making poor judgements, their reaction time slows and they face increased difficulties completing routine tasks,' she said.'The working hours of doctors and nurses are a major issue which puts the health of patients and workers at risk. Australian
Medical Association believes some work up to 120 hours per week; most are working less than that but it would still be around 80 hours a week,' McDonald said.
'While mistakes may occur because of fatigue, they may also occur when there are multiple shift changes - mistakes often occur as a result of poor communication during handover.'
Process of implementing medical fatigue risk management plans, Will bring in some changes