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Thursday, May 04, 2006

I'm not dead yet... 

my loyal, loyal readers...how I have let you down! Things have been a zoo since we left. Blaine hurt his shoulder while fixing up the house to sell (no. not on the market yet!) his mother had her gal bladder and with her cancer was (and still is) slow to recover. and now that my youngest is enrolled part time in the illness of the week club (aka day care) I have been laid up with the worst cold/flu I've had in year..Tuesday I slept 19 hours. and no cracks about avian flu, I don't want the men in white suits showing up on my door step!

But I'm marching on, hacking as I go. sorry was that my lung I just spat at you?

I do have some interesting things to talk about, all be them old news I'm sure, in the next few days if my strength keep up...

stay tuned, if you are still there at all!

Gina froze in time on 11:31 PM [ | ]

Monday, April 24, 2006

Concern Over Rising Preterm Births 

Doctors in this week's BMJ express concern over the apparent increase in preterm births.

Research from Denmark, published on bmj.com in February, found that preterm deliveries increased by 22% from 1995 to 2004. Even among low risk women aged 20-40, there was a 51% increase in early delivery.

The study also showed that assisted conceptions, multiple pregnancies, and elective deliveries increased during this time and were associated with early birth.

Now doctors in the UK warn that, if these trends are real, the impact for society is considerable.

Preterm deliveries account for fewer than 1 in 10 births but result in 75% of neonatal deaths and most neonatal intensive care admissions, write Andrew Shennan and Susan Bewley of St Thomas' Hospital, London.

Preterm birth also has considerable impact on long term future health. For instance, 1 in 4 survivors born less than 25 weeks' gestation have severe mental or physical disability. Even beyond 32 weeks, 1 in 3 children have educational and behavioural problems by the age of 7.

Obstetricians should re-evaluate the risks and benefits of delivering babies earlier. If these findings from Denmark are true, the implications are worrying.

Gina froze in time on 8:12 PM [ | ]

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Earth Day Footprint Quiz 

Earth Day Footprint Quiz

So in honor of earth day I took the quiz, not as bad as I thought, but not really good either:



CATEGORY ACRES
FOOD 5.4
MOBILITY 1
SHELTER 4.7
GOODS/SERVICES 5.2
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 16


IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.


IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 3.7 PLANETS.

Gina froze in time on 3:36 PM [ | ]

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Hyperactivity, Sleepiness, And ADHD Often Improved After Tonsillectomy 

About half of the children in the study who were found to have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder before tonsil surgery no longer met criteria for this diagnosis one year later. Other cognitive and behavioral issues also improved.

On the whole, the 78 children who had their tonsils out were much more likely than a comparison group of 27 children to have had behavior and sleep problems at the start of the study. But by the end of the study, tests showed little difference between the two groups.

The researchers caution that their results do not yet prove cause and effect, and that tonsillectomy is not usually a "cure" for ADHD. But, they say, the growing body of evidence on this issue suggests that a significant number of children with inattention, hyperactivity, or sleepiness during the day - and also sleep-breathing problems at night - may benefit during both the night and day by tonsillectomy, an operation that was once performed on more than a million children a year but has become much less common in recent decades.

Now I personally find this to be common sense. Too many times people will push off behavior issues as "something wrong" with the child when it really is over scheduled, lacking in sleep and out right frazzled at a young age.

One of the most telling findings was that HALF the children (11 out of 22) "diagnosed" with ADHD did not have the condition one year after their tonsillectomy. But even more important was a few children developed ADHD a year after the surgery, supporting previous evidence that sleep-disordered breathing causes damage that may not be seen until much later.

The bottom line for parents, Chervin and his colleagues say, is that any child who snores regularly, or has other signs of breathing problems during sleep, may benefit from an evaluation for sleep problems and perhaps from tonsillectomy - especially if the child is also having behavior problems at home or school.

"If you have a child who has difficulties with attention deficit, hyperactivity, or daytime sleepiness, there may be something that can be done about it if the child proves to have a sleep disorder," Chervin says. "An undiagnosed sleep disorder is not the solution for all children with ADHD. But it could be something worth looking into for a substantial minority, especially those children with symptoms that suggest a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea."
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Gina froze in time on 12:38 PM [ | ]

Sex Equality Linked To More Satisfying Sex Lives 

According to new research, couples enjoy better sex lives in countries where sex equality is best. Austria and Spain seem to have the most satisfied couples, while the Middle-East and parts of Asia have the least.

You can read about this study in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour.

According to the researchers, most couples are sexually active well into their eighties. Participants had to fill in a questionnaire.

The findings revealed vast differences between satisfaction rates of men and women.

Lack of foreplay seems to be more of a problem for women who live in male dominated societies. In order to reach a climax, foreplay is more important for women than for men.

Women who are in a relationship where things are not going well tend to switch off more from sex than men. The researchers suggested this may be a way of regulating pregnancy and protecting children.

Men's perceptions of women's level of satisfaction seems over-optimistic. 45% of the men in this study thought their partners always had an orgasm. However, only 26% of the women confirmed this.

The study revealed that Austria has the most satisfied couples in the world. 80% of Austrian men and 63% of Austrian women were either extremely or very satisfied with their sex lives. Spain came second. Japan came bottom.

60-80% of couples who live in countries with greatest equality were satisfied with their sex lives. In male-dominated societies, such as parts of the Middle East and some parts of Asia, satisfaction rates ranged from 20-50%.

As you can see from the lists below, Mexico came up among the top ten. Even though it is known as a male dominated society, satisfaction rates are high. Spain used to be very male dominated, over the last thirty years Spanish society has changed a great deal.

Top Ten Countries
% of people satisfied with their sex lives

-- Austria - 71.4%
-- Spain - 69.0%
-- Canada - 66.1%
-- Belgium - 64.6%
-- United States - 64.2%
-- Australia - 63.6%
-- Mexico - 63.2%
-- Germany - 62.0%
-- Sweden - 60.5%
-- United Kingdom - 59.8%

Bottom Five Countries
% of people satisfied with their sex lives

-- Thailand - 35.9%
-- China - 34.9%
-- Indonesia - 34.0%
-- Taiwan - 28.7%
-- Japan - 25.8%

Gina froze in time on 12:22 PM [ | ]

Monday, April 17, 2006

Email rumors and Moral dilemma... 

My Inlaws are not techno savvy and they are constantly "taken" by email rumors. I am always telling them that the interesting, outrageous, and funny things they tell me are all email rumors.

But, I'm torn, MIL told me this weekend that she was really doubting her loyalty to Bush...all the poor choices he's been making and the mess we are in with Iraq....AND that he has the lowest IQ of any president in the past 50 years. This is a Hoax, that even a few news papers have run as real news.

I feel an obligation as their DIL to tell them, but having my very republican Inlaws say this just kills me...

Oh, what should I do???

Gina froze in time on 8:24 PM [ | ]

Sunday, April 16, 2006

WorldChanging: Another World Is Here 

News of optomism. This wonderful website, WorldChanging: Another World Is Here, reports on all the good things that people are doing.

WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

look for Home Design Round-up, The Beastie Boys are Open Source!, Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance: It's Coming.

Gina froze in time on 11:30 AM [ | ]

Very funny!! 

1- Go to Google

2- Type in the word "Failure"

3- Instead of clicking "Google Search," click
"I'm Feeling Lucky."

4- :)

5- Spread the word before the people at Google
"fix" it.

Gina froze in time on 8:23 AM [ | ]

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

life has been crazy 

sure, I'll get back with you in a few days! HA!

life has just been crazy. there is so much unpacking still to do, not to mention the hours and hours of work I'm having to do at the office...on only three hours a day, b/c of daycare right now!

I'll post later today or tomorrow about all the fun I'm having...

Gina froze in time on 11:15 AM [ | ]

Thursday, March 30, 2006

We Survived, Sort of... 

Well we are here, all moved in. Most of the boxes are unpacked. I really love the house we are renting, not so much the house itself (it's really poorly built, with the cheapest materials on the market) but the lay out of the house is so different from our old house.

We lived in a craftsman cottage, while very charming and very, very well built, was laid out horribly! the kitchen was right next to the bedrooms and the kitchen and dining room were in separate parts of the house. The floor plan of this house just flows and I really feel at ease here!

Thanks all for the well wishes. I'm still going to be a bit spotty on posting for maybe another week while I'm settling in, talk to you all soon!

gina

Gina froze in time on 5:03 AM [ | ]

Thursday, March 23, 2006

no computer!!! 

Going offline won't have internet for almost a week!

Gina froze in time on 7:42 PM [ | ]

Monday, March 20, 2006

Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship 

This story has really been undercovered by the news. I wanted to share!!!

The Raw Story | Retired Supreme Court Justice hits attacks on courts and warns of dictatorship:
Supreme Court justices keep many opinions private but Sandra Day O'Connor no longer faces that obligation. Yesterday, the retired justice criticized Republicans who criticized the courts. She said they challenge the independence of judges and the freedoms of all Americans. O'Connor's speech at Georgetown University was not available for broadcast but NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg was there.

Nina Totenberg: In an unusually forceful and forthright speech, O'Connor said that attacks on the judiciary by some Republican leaders pose a direct threat to our constitutional freedoms. O'Connor began by conceding that courts do have the power to make presidents or the Congress or governors, as she put it "really, really angry." But, she continued, if we don't make them mad some of the time we probably aren’t doing our jobs as judges, and our effectiveness, she said, is premised on the notion that we won’t be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts. The nation’s founders wrote repeatedly, she said, that without an independent judiciary to protect individual rights from the other branches of government those rights and privileges would amount to nothing. But, said O'Connor, as the founding fathers knew statutes and constitutions don’t protect judicial independence, people do."

And then she took aim at former House GOP leader Tom DeLay. She didn’t name him, but she quoted his attacks on the courts at a meeting of the conservative Christian group Justice Sunday last year when DeLay took out after the courts for rulings on abortions, prayer and the Terri Schiavo case. This, said O'Connor, was after the federal courts had applied Congress'onetime only statute about Schiavo as it was written. Not, said O'Connor, as the congressman might have wished it were written. This response to this flagrant display of judicial restraint, said O'Connor, her voice dripping with sarcasm, was that the congressman blasted the courts.

It gets worse, she said, noting that death threats against judges are increasing. It doesn't help, she said, when a high-profile senator suggests there may be a connection between violence against judges and decisions that the senator disagrees with. She didn’t name him, but it was Texas senator John Cornyn who made that statement, after a Georgia judge was murdered in the courtroom and the family of a federal judge in Illinois murdered in the judge’s home. O'Connor observed that there have been a lot of suggestions lately for so-called judicial reforms, recommendations for the massive impeachment of judges, stripping the courts of jurisdiction and cutting judicial budgets to punish offending judges. Any of these might be debatable, she said, as long as they are not retaliation for decisions that political leaders disagree with.

I, said O'Connor, am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning. Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and former communist countries where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O'Connor said we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strongarm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.

Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.

Gina froze in time on 11:31 AM [ | ]


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