Monday, November 1, 2004

Poland Attracts Plastic Surgery 'Tourism'

Poland Attracts Plastic Surgery 'Tourism'

""A rising number of Germans and others from western Europe are traveling to Poland - and other new EU members such as Hungary and Slovakia - to pay less for plastic surgery, fertility treatment and dental work."


"Breast enlargement, for instance, starts at around $3,200 in Poland, but runs between $6,150 and $9,800 in Germany. A nose job costs $2,000 to $2,500 in Poland, $4,900 to $7,400 in Germany.""

[Via My Way News: ]

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Poland Attracts Plastic Surgery 'Tourism'

Friday, October 29, 2004

Rendell Misstates The Issue

Rendell is finally doing the right thing:

""Under pressure from military voters and Republicans, [Pennsylvanie] Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said Friday that he will ask a federal judge to extend the deadline for counting overseas ballots by one week.

Rendell told a news conference in Philadelphia that Republicans could produce only one voter - out of 26,000 overseas military and civilian voters - who failed to get the absentee ballot he requested." [My Way News]"

The issue is not whether people got ballots, governor. The issue is the the fact that they got them late yet the deadline for their return was unaltered. It appears that will now be rectified.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Is the Hockey Stick Broken?

More on global warming science:Is the Hockey Stick Broken?

Monday, October 25, 2004

New Interim Guidelines Address Use of Antiviral Medications for Influenza

Influenza Antiviral Medications: 2004-05 Interim Chemoprophylaxis and Treatment Guidelines

""Influenza antiviral medications are an important adjunct to influenza vaccine in the prevention and treatment of influenza. In the setting of the current vaccine shortage, CDC has developed interim recommendations on the use of antiviral medications for the 2004-05 influenza season. These interim recommendations are provided, in conjunction with previously issued recommendations on use of vaccine, to reduce the impact of influenza on persons at high risk for developing severe complications secondary to infection.""

[Via Medscape Headlines]

How To Reduce The Risk Of Catching The Flu

From the JCAHO:

New National Campaign Offers Americans Three Easy Steps To Prevent Infections

The Joint Commission urges Americans to do three easy things to limit the spread of respiratory infections in health care settings and communities.

  • Clean your hands – Rub hands vigorously with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds after using the bathroom, taking out the trash, changing a diaper, or before handling food. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is an acceptable alternative. Americans should also not hesitate to ask their doctors, nurses, dentists or other caregivers whether they have cleaned their hands before rendering care. It is also important that your hands be clean when caring for a sick friend or family member at home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose – To stop the spread of infectious diseases through sneezes and coughs, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, your hands, or the crook of your elbow. Then, remember to wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact – A fever or symptoms of a contagious illness are clear signs to you or your child to stay at home and away from other people, either at work or at school. If you are sick and go to work or school, you place others at risk for getting sick as well.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bush and GOP Sites Outage, DDOS Attack Suspected

Bush and GOP Sites Outage, DDOS Attack Suspected:

""Web sites for President Bush's campaign and the Republican National Committee are investigating outages.""

[Via eWEEK Technology News]

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Pentagon Says No Need for a U.S. Draft of Doctors (Reuters)

Pentagon Says No Need for a U.S. Draft of Doctors (Reuters):

""Reuters - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it does not need or want a draft of doctors and other medical workers even as another agency updates contingency plans for such a draft in the event of a national catastrophe.""

[Via Yahoo! News: Top Stories]

Why Do Carbs Turn To Fat?

Researchers uncover process for carb-induced fat formation:

""Researchers are one step closer to understanding how high carbohydrate diets lead to obesity and diabetes. They have shown that a single protein called carbohydrate response element binding protein activates several genes that cause cells in the liver to turn sugar into fat.""

[Via Science Blog - Science News Stories]

Monday, October 18, 2004

How Technology Failed In Iraq

MIT Technology Review: How Technology Failed In Iraq

" “Next to the fall of Baghdad,” says Marcone, “that bridge was the most important piece of terrain in the theater, and no one can tell me what’s defending it. Not how many troops, what units, what tanks, anything. There is zero information getting to me. Someone may have known above me, but the information didn’t get to me on the ground.” Marcone’s men were ambushed repeatedly on the approach to the bridge. But the scale of the intelligence deficit was clear after Marcone took the bridge on April 2." "

Saturday, October 16, 2004

State Limiting Obesity Lawsuits

Obesity lawsuits:

" "Michigan becomes the thirteenth state to ban civil lawsuits 'against restaurants and other sectors of the food industry for serving or making food that made people fat' by way of specific legislation. The Michigan Trial Lawyers Association opposed the measure...." "

[Via PointOfLaw Forum]

Friday, October 15, 2004

MIT Technology Review: Global Warming Bombshell

""Suddenly the hockey stick, the poster-child of the global warming community, turns out to be an artifact of poor mathematics.""

See the analysis at Why not in a major scientific journal? Because Nature rejected it. You decide.


[From MIT Technology Review]

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