University of Southern California spit test predicts cavities

Monday, February 21, 2005

Los Angeles, California —A simple saliva test can predict whether children will get cavities, how many cavities they will get and which teeth are most vulnerable.

Developed by researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the test quantifies the genetic component of tooth decay, spotting the risk when something can be done about it.

“When we apply this to young children, it allows us to predict what might be their future caries history—the number of cavities that they’ll get by, say, their late 20s or early 30s,” says researcher Paul Denny.

Called the Caries Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) test, the test measures the relative proportions in saliva of different types of sugar chains called oligosaccharides. The same sugar chains are present on tooth surfaces.

The effect of sugar chains on teeth’s resistance to disease is analogous to the effect of “good” and “bad” cholesterol on blood vessels. “Good” sugar chains tend to repel bacteria that cause cavities while “bad” allow bacteria to bond to teeth and start the decay process. Unlike cholesterol, however, sugar chain makeup in humans is 100% genetically determined.

Denny and colleagues have found that the sugar chain makeup in saliva can predict a child’s future cavity history to plus or minus one cavity with greater than 98% confidence.

The findings suggest that in developed areas of the modern era genes play a more significant role in tooth decay than in former times or third world nations where gross malnutrition and negligent oral hygiene held the greatest impact on dental health.


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Can Your Local Chiropractic In Saltillo Ms Help With Neck Pain?

September, 2014 byAlma Abell

Studies show that chiropractic medicine is the most effective treatment for neck pain. Although not as common as back pain, neck pain is a common complaint for Chiropractic in Saltillo MS. An estimated 10-15% of the general population is increasing, suffering from some kind of pain or stiffness in the neck. Neck pain can be caused by several factors: stress, trauma, sprains, nerve entrapment, changes in the intervertebral disc, etc. Although most of the described diseases are not severe, they can cause neck pain and much discomfort that dramatically affect quality of life.

Neck pain can also lead to loss of productivity at work. A 1996 survey by Louis Harris & Associates found that nearly 20 million American workers suffer from neck pain not related to work. The same survey showed that nearly 70 percent of employers believe that pain affects employee performance, and 61 percent believe that it negatively affects morale. The neck pain can be attributed to sports injuries, bad sleeping habits, etc.

The most popular therapies for treating neck pain include chiropractic, physical therapy and the use of analgesics and muscle relaxants (prescribed by doctors or otherwise). A new study published April 26 in the British Medical Journal compared the effectiveness and cost of these forms of treatment, and concluded that chiropractic therapy is “more effective and cheaper” than physical therapy and conventional medicine. After seven weeks, the rate of improvement in manual therapy group was 68 percent, compared to 51 percent and 36 percent with physiotherapy and drugs, respectively.

The use of drugs to relieve pain was lower in the group receiving chiropractic adjustments. During the monitoring period, which was 52 weeks, 37 percent of patients treated with chiropractic had to take some kind of drug, compared to almost 97 percent of physiotherapy treatments. In addition, patients who received adjustments reported less time lost at work due to neck pain. Patients in the chiropractic group lost an average of 1.3 days of work due to neck pain within one year after treatment. Patients in the care of a general practitioner lost an average of 10.4 days. For more information on how your Chiropractic in Saltillo MS can help your neck pain, contact your local chiropractor today.

Peter Andren, Australian MP dies aged 61

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Australian federal member of Calare, Peter Andren died on Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was aged 61.

Mr Andren who had held the seat since being elected in 1996 had previously announced his intention to run for the senate after his electorate was changed for the 2007 federal election. After Mr Andren was diagnosed with cancer in July, he announced that he would be retiring from politics at the election.

Mr Andren’s 1996 campaign platform was based upon retaining services in regional Australia, particularly banking, health and telecommunications. Over the next 11 years, Mr Andren’s primary vote grew and at the 2001 and 2004 elections was elected without preferences, achieving a majority primary vote.

In 2001, Mr Andren disagreed with his electorate on refugees. The electorate supported the government’s tough stance but Mr Andren could not support the government’s border protection measures. Following this, a vicious letter-box campaign rose up saying “you might like Peter Andren … but you won’t like what he’s got to say about keeping our borders safe”.

Fellow NSW independent member, Tony Windsor said Mr Andren’s stance on asylum seekers was just one sign of his compassion and strong belief in human rights.

Mr Windsor described Mr Andren as the “conscience” of parliament. “Peter Andren was a true representative of the people of the Calare electorate, a man of the highest integrity and the conscience of the Parliament,” he said.

“He was subjected to vitriol from time to time within the Parliament over issues, but if he believed in something he stuck to it. He didn’t compromise and I think that’s a lasting legacy that Peter will leave.”

Prime Minister John Howard said despite having a difference of opinion with Mr Andren on many issues, he had a lot of respect for him.

“I respected his skills as a local member,” he said.

“Mr Andren and I frequently disagreed on major issues and he made no bones about that and I made no bones about it either but that didn’t stop me respecting him and acknowledging the tremendous work he did for his electorate.”

Labor leader Kevin Rudd described Mr Andren as a true independent.

“Peter Andren will be a great loss to the Australian parliament,” he said.

“He was a man of principle, a man of commitment, a man who was an absolute independent.”

Leader of the Greens, Bob Brown said Mr Andren was an example of how a politician should be.

“He was an exemplar of representative politics for his electorate and the people of Calare kept returning him with a bigger and bigger majority,” he said.

“[If] anybody ever asks me how a politician should be, I am going to say, ‘Look at the record of Peter Andren'”

“He was a great Australian representative and he is a great loss to this country.”

During his political career, Mr Andren fought the sale of Telstra, introduced a bill to allow MPs to opt-out of their generous superannuation schemes, opposed the Iraq war and campaigned on environmental issues.

Mr Andren was born at Gulargambone, near Dubbo in Western NSW in 1946. Before he entered politics Mr Andren worked as a teacher before moving into journalism. Mr Andren worked as a news producer in Sydney for the Seven and Nine networks, before moving back to regional NSW where he worked as the news editor for both Radio 2GZ and Prime Television.

Mr Andren is survived by his partner and two sons.

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Sandra Fluke nominated by Time magazine for Person of the Year

Friday, November 30, 2012

Women’s rights advocate and Georgetown University Law Center graduate Sandra Fluke has been named as a candidate by Time magazine for their Person of the Year.

Sandra Fluke was the focus of media in February after attempting to testify before a Republican-controlled committee in the United States House of Representatives about contraception and women’s health. Kate Pickert of Time wrote in her profile, “Fluke … weathered the attention with poise and maturity and emerged as a political celebrity.”

Fluke … weathered the attention with poise and maturity and emerged as a political celebrity.

Time concluded Fluke helped give U.S. President Barack Obama an edge in his presidential re-election campaign: “Democrats gave her a national-convention speaking slot as part of their push to make reproductive rights a central issue in the 2012 presidential campaign — one that helped Barack Obama trounce Mitt Romney among single women on Election Day.”

Honored to be listed for Time’s Person of Year.

Fluke responded to the nomination via Twitter, and stated she was “Honored to be listed for Time’s Person of Year”. In the same statement she also drew attention to the scarcity of women on the list of candidates.

An analysis of Fluke’s candidacy by Peter Roff of U.S. News & World Report called attention to her role in the political phenomenon in the recent election cycle known as the “War on Women” which drew significant attention to issues of women’s rights. Roff gave advice to the Republican party on the way it relates to women, “Once the Republicans become comfortable talking about all issues as though they were women’s issues too — issues like unemployment, economic growth, job creation, education, and healthcare as well as the so-called social issues — they will be demonstrating that women have a home in the GOP. Until they do however it will be the Sandra Flukes of the world that continue to carry the day when it counts.”

Journalist Leslie Marshall observed some conservative political commentators were critical of Time for its nomination of Fluke for Person of the Year.

… she showed true strength over adversity. And she has since become a women’s health activist. For these reasons alone, she belongs on this list.

Marshall argued Fluke belongs on the list: “She should be credited with reminding women on both the right and the left; that many of us agree on the issue of women’s reproductive rights. Although some of us might be Democrats and some Republicans, our gender unites us. She brought more women to the polls, reminding us of the decades it took to be where we are and what was at stake for women if we did not re-elect President Obama. In speaking at the Democratic National Convention, she showed true strength over adversity. And she has since become a women’s health activist. For these reasons alone, she belongs on this list.”

However, Marshall stated she wouldn’t be voting for Fluke’s candidacy, but would instead cast her ballot for Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old female education activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt.

Fluke was a featured speaker on September 5 at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fluke spoke to attendees at the convention about the consequences for women of electing Republican candidate for U.S. President, Mitt Romney, over incumbent President Barack Obama. Fluke has campaigned with President Obama in his bid for re-election.

She was recognized April 22 with the Stand Up for Choice Award. Fluke was given the Stand Up for Choice Award at the “Third Annual Multi-Generational Brunch” of the organization NARAL Pro-Choice America which was held in New York City (NYC), New York in the United States.

Fluke received a nomination in March as a candidate for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. The list is released annually as a special edition of Time magazine, titled Time 100.

She gave testimony to the US Congress on February 23 before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee at a hearing about women’s health and contraception. She also worked for Sanctuary for Families in NYC which worked to crack down on human trafficking and domestic violence.

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American comedian Harvey Korman dead at age 81

Saturday, May 31, 2008

American comedian Harvey Korman has died at the age of 81, according to a statement released by his family.

Four months ago, Korman suffered a rupture in an aortic aneurysm located in his abdomen and died from complications related to the illness.

“Everything he did on The Carol Burnett Show, especially the Mother Marcus character, was a special favorite. Everyone in the hospital referred to him as ‘miracle man’ because of his strong will and ability to bounce right back after several major operations. It was a miracle in itself that he survived the incident at all,” said Korman’s daughter, Katherine Korman, in a statement to the press.

Korman, who started his career on Broadway in New York City, was famous for and won awards for his appearances on the Carol Burnett Show in the 1960’s and 70’s. He also was a starring actor in the film Blazing Saddles as well as other movies made by Mel Brooks. As a result of his work on television, Korman was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, but won a total of four for his work on the Carol Burnett Show.

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What To Consider Before Renting Limousine Services In Boston

byAlma Abell

Limousines are luxurious transport solution cars with high class services suitable for small and large organizations, middle class, average earning people. Anyway, Boston limo services is gaining popularity as a means of transport to preferred locations and events such as wedding ceremonies, airport pick up and drop, business trips, tours, funerals, fun night and many other occasions.

Many companies are turning to this kind of business to offer exclusive services to their client in order to beat their competitors. Majority of service providers are offering competitive prices and promotional discount among other additional services to stay on top of their competitors. But the question is; what do you need to consider before renting a limo?

If this is your first time to hire limousine services in Boston, then you should consider the tips below before making any arrangement with the service provider.

1. Experience and Testimonials

It’s a good idea to enquire from the company or regular clients about the reputation and experience of the service provider company. The years the company has been in operation, reliability and experience of the chauffeur.

2. Is the Company Insured?

Before renting any means of transport it’s mandatory to check if the company is fully insured. This is to ensure that in case an accident occurs, you will be fully covered. You should not risk your life by ridding in an uninsured limo.

3. Condition of the Limousine

Before making further arrangements with the service provider, you should enquire to see and if possible inspect the limo to see its condition, passenger ratio and if it has the required features to suit your mission.

4. Type of the limo

Limos come in different models and style to suit the user’s requirements. Normally, there are SUV hummers, super stretch limos, Roll Royce, escalades, and shuttle vans etc. You should consider enquiring about the kind of vehicle you are due to hire.

5. Do they Offer Promotional Discounts?

You should consider a company that will offer you a good treat at the end of the contract. If you are a regular client or you need more than one luxury limo for your events, then you should look for the company that has the best offer.

6. Contract and Agreement

If you consider a certain company and you are certified with their offer, then you should enquire for a copy of the contract, terms and agreement of their services for legal purposes.

Certainly, if one needs a limousine for a wedding event, it should not be just a limo in any color; it should match the color or other bear a universal color (white).

Canadian city announces first Studios of Brampton tour

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Created by the Brampton Arts Council and the City of Brampton, the Studios of Brampton studio tour will allow residents a chance to view works by dozens of local artists at twelve locations.

The tour will run October 1 & 2 from 10 pm until 4 pm ET.

On the tour are the personal studios of watercolourist Jack Reid, sculpture Marion Bartlett, woodworker Rick Bino, ceramicist Eric Wong, calligrapher and fashion illustrator Rosemarie Gidvani, abstract painter Karen Darling, oil painter John Cutruzzola, stain-glass artist Darlene Robichaud, and watercolourist Gordon Stuart.

Also on the tour is the Art Gallery of Peel, which will be exhibiting Sydney Drum, a Canadian artist based in New York, and Kelly McNeil.

Visual Arts Brampton and Beaux-Arts Brampton will both have line-ups of local artist members. VAB has confirmed displays by William Band, Bridget Doughty, Betty Jean Evans, Marguerite Finlayson, Conrad Mieschke, Keith Moreau, Mary Noble, Olga Rudge, and Elizabeth Patrick.

Sample works representing each location on the tour will be shown at the Brampton City Hall’s Atrium Gallery.

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Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore

Monday, November 5, 2007

In the 1980’s and the 1990’s there were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children or non-consenting adults in the context of Satanic rituals that has come to be known as The Satanic Panic. In the United States, the Kern County child abuse cases, McMartin preschool trial and the West Memphis 3 cases garnered worldwide media coverage. One case took place in Jordan, Minnesota, when children made allegations of manufacturing child pornography, ritualistic animal sacrifice, coprophagia, urophagia and infanticide, at which point the Federal Bureau of Investigation was alerted. Twenty-four adults were arrested and charged with acts of sexual abuse, child pornography and other crimes related to satanic ritual abuse; only three went to trial with two acquittals and one conviction. Supreme Court Justice Scalia noted in a discussion of the case, “[t]here is no doubt that some sexual abuse took place in Jordan; but there is no reason to believe it was as widespread as charged,” and cited the repeated, coercive techniques used by the investigators as damaging to the investigation.

One of the most visible Satanic organizations—though one that was never a suspect or charged in any of the Satanic Panic cases—is the Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey. Members of the Church, such as Peter H. Gilmore, Peggy Nadramia, Boyd Rice, Adam Parfrey, Diabolos Rex, and musician King Diamond, were active in media appearances to refute allegations of criminal activity and the FBI would later issue an official report debunking the criminal conspiracy theories of this time.

Gilmore feels Satanists are often misunderstood or misrepresented. LaVey’s teachings are based on individualism, self-indulgence, and “eye for an eye” morality, with influence from Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand; while its rituals and magic draw heavily from occultists such as Aleister Crowley. They do not worship—nor believe in—the Devil or a Christian notion of Satan. The word “Satan” comes from the Hebrew word for “adversary” and originated from the Abrahamic faiths, being traditionally applied to an angel. Church of Satan adherents see themselves as truth-seekers, adversaries and skeptics of the religious world around them.

On a windy October day in Central Park, Wikinews reporter David Shankbone sat down with the High Priest of the Church, Peter H. Gilmore, who has led LaVey’s congregation of Satanists since his passing in 1997 (he became the High Priest in 2001). They discussed the beliefs of the Church, current events, LaVey’s children and how Satanism applies to life and the world.

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Australian PM promises to assist Corby

Monday, July 11, 2005

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has promised that his government will do whatever it can to assist Schapelle Corby’s legal team. He said this as part of a three page letter sent in response to a request from Corby herself.

“Let me assure you that the Australian Government will continue to provide every assistance it can under our legal system, consistent with our approach to date,” he said.

Corby was recently sentenced by an Indonesian court to 20 years in jail for attempting to smuggle four kilograms of marijuana into the island of Bali. The case has been controversial in Australia, with many people believing she is innocent and that the legal process was unfair.It has been alleged that the drugs were planted in Ms. Corby’s luggage by baggage handlers, as part of a smuggling ring internal to Australia, and that they were not collected by the intended “pick up”, leaving them in Ms. Corby’s possession when she arrived in Bali. The Bali High Court decided during an appeal that new evidence should be heard in the case. During the original case a number of key witnesses were not called.

Wikinews Australia has in-depth coverage of this issue: Schapelle Corby

Corby’s lawyers are now collecting new information and preparing for the case. Mr Howard pledged to support them in this process.

“Looking ahead, the Australian government will do what it can to support your legal team as they work to collect further evidence in Australia”, he said.

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