Dec 5

Patients usually got better in two weeks with or without meds, study says

Just in time for runny nose season, new research suggests routine sinus infections aren’t really helped by antibiotics and other medicine that’s often prescribed.

In the British study, people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucous generally improved within about two weeks — whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray or fake medicine.

The results, based on patients’ reporting whether their symptoms had improved, echo previous findings in children.

Antibiotics, particularly the penicillinlike drug amoxicillin, are among the most commonly prescribed medicines for sinus infections.

Steroid sprays sometimes are used, but the study found they also were no better than dummy drugs, although they appeared to provide some relief for patients with only minor symptoms.

The study should lead to a “reconsideration of antibiotic use for acute sinusitis. The current view that antibiotics are effective can now be challenged, particularly for the routine cases which physicians treat,” said lead author Dr. Ian Williamson of the University of Southampton in England.

Physicians can focus on effective remedies that improve symptom control,” which include ibuprofen and other over-the-counter painkillers, Williamson said.

Inhaling steam and squirting salt water into the nose to flush out thick mucous are among other methods that sometimes provide relief, he said.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers randomly assigned 240 adults to receive one of four treatments: 500 milligrams of amoxicillin three times daily for seven days and 400 units of steroid spray for 10 days; only amoxicillin; only steroid spray; or fake medicine.

Patients on the drugs didn’t get better quicker than those using the placebo.

Sinus infections are diagnosed in about 31 million Americans each year and are among the most common reasons for doctor visits.


Nov 28

Christmas GiftsHow many times when Christmas comes along do we end up spending a large amount of money on gifts for friends, relatives and family, which are not the least bit personal, and regretting it afterwards? These days we often seem to get caught up in a rush to spend as much as possible on commercialized products when in fact we could save money and give much better presents if only we applied ourselves to hand-making them or something which will be of use to the person whom we are gifting. The association of Gifts with the celebration of Christmas has almost become indispensable.

It is said also that gifts speaks more than emotions. This is the season of loving and caring your near and dear ones. So to choose the perfect gifts for your loved ones it is important to know whom you will gift and what are his or her likes and dislikes. It is not necessary that your gift has to be expensive it can be simple and sweet. It is important that your gift should convey the message you want to send to the person whom you are gifting it is the emotion attached with the gift, which makes it special. Your gifts can range from clothes to accessories, to perfumes, to electronic goods and hand made cookies, cakes and other items.

Gifts can be categorized according to its nature and to whom you are gifting. Like gifts for brothers, sisters, parents, kids, friends and spouses. So accordingly you have to choose your gifts it is also advisable to give hand make gifts because it has a special emotion and feeling attached to it. So here’s a selection of gifts which are easy to make and will certainly not break the bank. The recipients will love the fact that you have put your own time and effort into making the gifts and will treasure them.

  • Personalized Recipe Book
  • Homemade Stationary
  • Dress Up Box For Kids
  • Decorated Coffee Jar
  • Personalized Photo Album
  • Hand made Flower Vas
  • Jewellery Box
  • Hand made Artifacts
Nov 20

Oops, did she do it again?

Paris Hilton A purportedly new Paris Hilton sex tape is circulating the Net.

 In it, the 26-year-old hotel heiress and aspiring philanthropist can be seen frolicking around in a large tub, bathing herself with a shower head while poking fun at previous sex tape scandals, according to the Australian News Network.

 While YouTube was showing an edited version of the tape, a number of adults-only sites were rumored to have gotten their hands on an uncensored version of the bathroom romp.

 The tape was believed to have come from a storage vault in Hilton’s name, the contents of which were confiscated after she failed to pay rent on it.

Nov 20

Woburn (MA) – A company called Terrafugia is currently developing a plane that transitions into a car.  For a mere $148,000 you too can own a Transition.  When completed in late 2009, it will have an average cruising speed of 115 mph, gets over 25 mpg in the air.  It’s classified as a Light Sport Utility vehicle and weighs only 1320 lbs.  It will be powered by a 100 hp, 4-stroke Rotax 912 ULS.  This engine is FAA certified to run on both 91+ octane autogas as well as 100LL.  The same engine is used to power the rear push-prop and front wheels, using a clutch-based transmission for power selection.  The Rotax engine is certified to allow a 5% ethanol mixture.

  • Cargo and dimensions:

  • Folding wing:

The key feature of Transition is its folding wing.  With the push of a button, and when the vehicle is turned off and parked, the wing can extend out for air flight, or retract into large, wide vertical posts near the car for normal driving and garage storage.  Concerns over the hinge mechanism may be the biggest remaining hurdle for early adopters, however.  Terrafugia has a patent-pending for a system they’ve developed which meets all requirements of air-use.  They also point out that military aircraft currently use various folding wing designs.

Transition’s wing loading is approximately 8.8 lbs per square foot, which is comparable to light sport or general purpose aviation aircraft.  They currently have a working prototype wing design, however it is machine mounted and is not part of the actual aircraft.  All of the pictures and images seen are either from a 1/5th scale prototype that was built and flown, or from computer generated animation.

Flying Car

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Nov 19

Top 50 Most Popular Girl&Boy Baby Names in the United States . All names are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

Most popular boy names for babies in the U.S.

1 Jacob 25,347
2 Michael 23,324
3 Joshua 22,775
4 Matthew 21,045
5 Ethan 21,039
6 Andrew 20,323
7 Daniel 19,776
8 Anthony 19,016
9 Christopher 18,871
10 Joseph 18,737

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Nov 17

early sexual activityTeens who start having sex at an early age may be less likely to engage in delinquent behavior in early adulthood than teens who wait until they’re older to have sex, a new U.S. study finds.

The findings contradict the widely held belief that early sexual activity is associated with later drug use, criminality, antisocial behavior, and emotional problems. For example, two studies published earlier this year in the same journal found a link between early teen sex and later behavioral problems.

“We got a very surprising finding, particularly that early sex seems to forecast less antisocial behavior a few years later, rather than more,” lead researcher Kathryn Paige Harden, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, said in a prepared statement.

From their analysis of data on 534 same-sex twin pairs collected between 1998 and 2007, the researchers also concluded that sex at an earlier age may help teens develop better social relationships in early adulthood.

The study is published in the current online edition of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

“There is a cultural assumption in the United States that if teens have sex early, it is somehow bad for their psychological health. But we actually found that teens who had sex earlier seem to have better relationships later. Now we want to find out why,” she said.

In the next phase of this research, Harden plans to closely examine the contexts of early teen sexual activity, such as the types of relationships, the age of the partners, where the sex occurred and why, and how long, the relationships lasted.

“Our hypothesis as a result of this finding is that teens who become involved in intimate romantic relationships early are having sex early and more often, but that those intimate relationships might later protect them from becoming involved in delinquent acts,” Harden said.

Nov 16

Here’s FIVE clips that I think could – possibly – be real. If you have a contender to add to the list, email me and I’ll try to pull another five.




Nov 15

fake ufoThis week, I’m going to run a few posts on UFOs and Aliens, a subject that’s been dear to my heart since I was a kid. It’s to coincide with “I’ll Believe You”, a new movie some friends of mine worked on that’s released in a couple of weeks, so make sure you check out the trailer here. Great family movie.

Todays selection of clips were pretty easy to organize – the 10 best fake UFO clips on YouTube. Of course, I’m only assuming they’re fake, but I think that’s a pretty safe bet. Tomorrow’s post will be clips that I think could possibly be real, which is proving much trickier. If you have any clips that you think should fit into that category, let me know.

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Nov 11

A man’s ability to achieve and sustain an erection depends on the healthy operation of a network of systems that cause vascular tissue in the penis to fill with blood. For an erection to take place, the nerves to the penis must function properly, an adequate blood supply must circulate to the penis, and the penis must receive a stimulus from the brain. Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the term used to describe a malfunction in one of these systems. Estimates of the number of American men who suffer from erectile dysfunction range from 15 million to 30 million, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Premature ejaculation, a low sperm count that results in infertility, or a low sex drive are not the same as erectile dysfunction, though one or more of these conditions may accompany ED. Occasional failure to achieve an erection (less than 20 percent of the time) can occur for a variety of reasons–drinking too much alcohol, for example, or extreme fatigue–and is not considered unusual. But failure to achieve an erection more than 50 percent of the time usually indicates a problem that requires treatment. Though erectile dysfunction is much more common in older men (researchers estimate that roughly half of men over age 60 have ED), the condition is not considered normal at any age.

Erectile dysfunction is associated with a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions including diabetes, excess weight, atherosclerosis, prostate surgery, depression, stress, performance anxiety, kidney disease, and hormonal imbalances. Over 200 prescription medications can cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect, as can smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs. A number of therapies exist to treat the condition.

Oct 29

funny celebrities caricatures

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