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Justice Ginsburg has Pancreatic Cancer

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on February 6, 2009

datalockerThe Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for an “early stage” pancreatic cancer. The 75-year-old, who had surgery for colon cancer in 1999, will remain in the hospital for seven to 10 days following her surgery.

The doctors who examined and conducted surgery on her said that the tumor measures about 1 centimeter and was discovered during an annual exam last month at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Study shows the pancreatic cancer is especially dealy and is known as a silent killer. Most cases are asymptomatic. And the later the cancer is caught, the lower the chances of survival, Dr. Avram Cooperman, surgical director for the Pancreas and Biliary Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, told last summer after Patrick Swayze’s diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

Statistically, the illness affects about 30,000 people a year, and has only 5 percent survival rate for five years. Caught early enough and treated with surgery and chemotherapy, the five-year survival rate goes up to 17 to 25 percent, Cooperman said.

According to further study, people whose ages ranging from 50 to 70 are most at risk for developing the disease. Cooperman said smokers, heavy drinkers of alcohol and, in some cases, people with a genetic predisposition are most at risk for pancreatic cancer. Some sufferers of chronic pancreatitis may also be at risk.


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Helen Fisher’s Personality Test

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 31, 2009

dona18Helen Fisher is a world-renowned biological anthropologist and author who is expert on the science of human attraction. For three year she worked to find out the reasons why love makes us go weak in the knees and heart to beat.

Dr.Helen Fisher mentioned by Time Magazine as queen mother romantic research, is an internationally renowned biological anthropologist and one of the world’s leading experts in the science of human attraction.

She created profiles of four distinct personality types: the Explorer, the Builder, the Director, and the Negotiator.

Fisher mentioned in work that the other chemical systems play a role in personality, of course. We may have as many as a hundred different kinds of neurotransmitters (smaller molecules) and some fifty types of peptides in the brain.

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Mariana Bridi Dies

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 27, 2009

Brazil Model DiesA gorgeous and promising model from Brazil named Mariana Bridi used to explore the world of modeling career and was actually soaring to success in her chosen path when sadly she contracted an ordinary urinary tract infection.

The virus spread so fast and inexorably through her entire body, proving to be extremely drug resistant. The doctors had no other option than to amputate her hands and feet. But unfortunately, she gave her life, was pronounced dead on Saturday.

“God is comforting our hearts because he wanted her to be with him now,” her father Agnaldo Costa told reporters outside the hospital where his daughter died. “I can’t accept that my daughter left us so soon.”

The disease happened to her so fast. In December she fell sick and doctors in her native state of Espirito Santo northeast of Rio de Janeiro initially diagnosed as having kidney stones. Then she went back to the hospital on Jan 3 with a very low blood pressure, that’s when the doctors decided to do the amputation and pump drugs into her.

According to research, the bacteria have the “worrisome characteristic” of “low antibiotic susceptibility.”It also easily mutates to develop resistance to new drugs.

A short statement from the Espirito Santo State Health Secretariat announced her death on Saturday (Jan 24)”despite all the commitment of the hospital team.”

I think it was about time for her to say good bye to her earthly life because it could be too painful for her if she had lived longer with her health condition. She is in good hands now, wherever she is, I am sure she is happy.

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Miss America 2009

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 25, 2009

datalockerKatie Stam, a twenty two year old from Indiana crowned as Miss America 2009. The coronation night was held in Las Vegas on the night of January 24, 2009. She also won the swimsuit preliminary round last Tuesday. Stam reigned over 52 beauty queens all over America.

The winning answer of Stam is: “That beauty that you feel on the inside, it’s that confidence, that radiance inside of you, that’s what glamour is.”

Contestants are divided into 3 main groups:

  • Mu
  • Alpha
  • Sigma

Talent Portion Winners:

  • Miss Delaware, Galen Giaccone
  • Miss Georgia, Chasity Hardman
  • Miss Vermont, Ashley Wheeler

Lifestyle and Fitness Winners:

  • Miss Indiana, Katie Stam
  • Miss Mississippi, Christine Kozlowski
  • Miss New York, Leigh-Taylor Smith

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Anorexic Brazilian Model Dies

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 24, 2009

dona6Ana Carolina Reston, a 21-year-old model from Brazil passed away due to her serious case on anorexia. She weighed only 88 pounds and has died of generalized infection.

This know model used to travel abroad for her modeling career, she had been to China, Turkey, Mexico and Japan for several modeling agencies. She died on November 14 in Sao Paulo. The hospital said the infection that killed the 5-foot-8-inch model was caused by anorexia nervosa, a disorder characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, an aversion to food and severe weight loss.

Her mother has advised every mother to take care of their children because their loss is irreparable. No matter how much money you have if it’s time for you to die you will really die.

Reston began her modeling career at the age of 13 after winning a local beauty contest in her hometown of Jundiai, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

“I noticed something was wrong when she returned from Japan,” Miriam told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper. “She was too thin when she returned and when I told her to eat something, she would say: ‘Mom please don’t fight with me; there is nothing wrong with me, I’m fine.’ “

The worst thing is that the world of fashion encourages each aspiring model to emulate rail-thin models that people will get attracted with them and that they will be popular in the eyes of everybody.
Where is the moral value to such a statement from the fashionable individuals?

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Miss World Finalist Gets Amputated

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 24, 2009

dona4Brazilian model Mariana Bridi, a two-time Miss World finalist has been through some painful experience as her hands and feet have to be amputated. This move has to be done after she fell ill with a virus that spread through her blood.

Her health gets worst after taking some medicine for the purportedly kidney stone that was diagnosed on her. But two days after hospitalization the doctors said she had a very serious infection. As days go by the blood circulation to her limbs has stopped and she got all the more sick.

Due to her state of health her hands and feet have to be amputated. Miss Bridi is in a serious condition on a ventilation machine in hospital in Serra, in the southeastern state of Espirito Santo. The infection was caused by the pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

Doctors made the heartbreaking option to amputate her feet when the poison spread to her blood and cut off her circulation. Then, decided to remove her hands as well. But after that surgery she suffered an internal hemorrhage and had another emergency operation on Wednesday afternoon.

Miss Bridi was a finalist in the search for Brazil’s Miss World contestant in 2006 and 2007. In 2007 she flew to China to represent her country in the Miss Bikini international competition.

Anybody, despite of how famous and rich you are when get ill there’s nothing you can do but holding on to your faith in the most high God trusting Him and leaving everything on Him.

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John Muir Preserves America’s Wilderness

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on January 17, 2009

dona2John Muir a Scottish-born American naturalist is remembered for his outstanding contribution in the aspect of preserving the wilderness of America. He wrote several essays, and books giving accounts on his adventures in nature and wildlife. His works are well-read by the people as all of them provide education regarding the environment, until now his writings are being read and used as a reference.

He had founded a club called Sierra Club, which was formed and act as the United State’s important conservation organizations. He is very influential to the creation of the modern environmental movement.

Muir was the role player in the preservation of Yosemite area and the Sierra as pristine lands. He spearheaded the move to push a bill which makes Sierra a national park in order for it to be cared of and preserved. The congress then approved the bill as recommended by Muir, he was chosen as the first president of the Sierra Club.

He was very against to making nature a commercialized place. He would obstruct anyone who tries to destroy nature by putting up businesses which could kill the environment.

He saves the nature and the government is giving him lots of credits and honors regarding his work. After him named some honors including the John Muir Wilderness, Muir Woods National Monument, John Muir High School, John Muir College, John Muir Country Park and others.

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