Saturday, March 21, 2009
About Health and Fitness..
Reports surface that teens are taking cow drugs for abortions
Veterinary and medical professionals said that they have been warned about a potentially alarming practice among the state's rural youth: teenage girls ingesting livestock drugs to end their unwanted pregnancies.
Brewing up a stroke safeguard?
The role coffee and tea play in a person's risk of having a stroke got a little clearer recently as two large observational studies found that the beverages may actually provide a modest amount of protection.
Patton took on cancer with humor
Mark Patton liked to bill himself as "The World's Most Transplanted Person." Patton underwent three bone marrow-stem cell transplants, plus other stem cell treatments. He survived 18 years with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood canc
Switch in health records boosted
The incentives in the economic recovery act to encourage the conversion from paper to electronic health records could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for the state's health care systems and doctors.
How Stimulus Funds are being Spent
Infant addictions rising, doctors say
"The number of methadone-withdrawing babies has skyrocketed in the last four to five years," said John Glaspey, a pediatrician and neonatologist who works at several area hospitals for Newborn Care Physicians of Southeastern Wisconsin. "The problem right now is much worse than it ever was before."
happy smile for all......
Hobby symbolizes lifestyle.When passers-by see Ralph Noriega’s 2008 Toyota Yaris, they see interesting decals of a knight on a horse and symbols related to dragons.
On the trunk, are the words, “Dragon Rider.”
What is a dragon rider?
“A dragon rider is a peace keeper and protector of the ‘realm’,” Noriega said.
Noriega has always been a fan of knights in shining armor riding fast steeds, and promoting safety and tranquility.
The white Yaris symbolizes what Noriega does for a living and what he truly believes — for the past 20 years or so, he has been an employee of SRS, a defender of those who cannot defend themselves.
“I fight poverty, domestic violence, and abuse,” he said. “I protect children and promote adult self-sufficiency.”
He follows the code of a knight, on and off the job — chivalry, fighting forces of evil, and does not believe in injuring women or children.
His wife, Kathy, has always been intrigued with dragons.
“I’m the knight who came along and tamed the dragon,” Noriega said with a smile. “If the dragon’s happy, everybody’s happy.”
This is Noriega’s first new car which came out of necessity. When the Marion SRS office closed, he was forced to commute to work. His pickup did not get the gas mileage he wanted so he traded it for an economy car.
He wanted a black car but the dealership did not have one available at the time. So Noriega settled on a white car.
“It was a blank canvass,” he said.
The car is a work in progress, with Noriega adding decals, as he is inspired. He has plans that include dragon claws and eyes on the hood and a dragonhead on the roof
The money he has saved in fuel costs are paying for the car, Noriega said. It has been an adjustment for the six-foot-tall-plus man to drive a compact car, but it has been worth it.
Noriega lives the life of a man committed to his wife and family. While talking in his driveway, he is quick to point out the strong female influences in his life.
His mother-in-law, Joy Wildin, lives next door.
“She’s a cancer survivor. At 60, she learned how to drive a truck to pay her medical bills,” Noriega said. “Ten years later, she’s still driving. Joy is the matriarch dragon.”
For Noriega, he believes his “successful” and happy marriage of 30 years is attributed to his and Kathy’s commitment to each other and to their faith.
“The knight on his white horse and dragon are tied together to love. What is love? God is love,” Noriega said. “Taming dragons is through servitude not control.”
A couple of years ago, Kathy fulfilled her dream or, as she puts it, her midlife crisis. She purchased a Pontiac Firebird, which seemed appropriate for the “dragon.”
Recently, Noriega found his family’s crest and guess what the symbol was. A knight on a horse.
Driving his “white stead,” Noriega has received a few double takes.
“I was driving down the street and a kid, about 8 or 9 years old, saw it and loved it,” he said. “I loved his reaction.”
Noriega is willing to tell his story because it not only applies to his car but to his way of life.
China assurance Johnson & Johnson Baby Products.
Joannan Lu, the Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman in China, confirmed the company had handed in products to the Shanghai quality watchdogs for checks, but added it has no plan to pull its products from the Chinese market.
The company has no information about when the results would be available from the quality checks by the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision and the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration, Lu told Reuters in a telephone interview
Chinese officials have given the all-clear to Johnson & Johnson baby products made in China.
Beijing says no evidence has been found that the products contain potential carcinogens as alleged by an activist group.
The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration says it found no contamination by formaldehyde in 33 products sold by the company's Shanghai branch.