Monthly Archives: November 2008

Birthday of 2 Important Men in My Life

Its clear that who is the most important man in her life for a girl in her early life and childhood. Its her DAD. Today is my dad’s birthday. Such a lovely and sweet dad. My role model in life. I Love You. I am sorry that I can’t be there to celebrate your birthday.

Wish you a Happy Birthday.

The most important person for a married girl is her husband. Today’s his birthday too. I am really proud and happy to have a husband like you. Love you dear. Special wishes for you too.

You know my hubby turned 28 and Dad turned 58 today.

478 voters, 510 votes in Chhattisgarh polling booth!

Raipur- Four poll officials were suspended after 510 votes were cast in a polling booth with 478 registered voters in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district during the second phase of the assembly elections, officials said Saturday.

Polling booth number 176 in village Manikchauri in Abhanpur constituency recorded above 100 percent voting on Nov 20, the final phase of assembly elections in which 51 of the state’s 90 constituencies went to polls.

Official sources said all the four polling staff deployed at the booth were suspended and the district election officer recommended re-polling.

Chhattisgarh Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, who is a sitting legislator from the seat, is locked in a fight with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate and former Lok Sabha MP Chandrasekhar Sahu. Manikchauri is Chandrasekhar Sahu’s ancestral village.

Hyundai i10 or Maruti A-Star: What to buy?

Hyundai’s bestselling model – the i10 – launched in the domestic market in October 2007 will now face tough competition from the A-Star – Maruti Suzuki’s latest model launched on November 19 in Delhi.

Offered at an introductory price of Rs 346,000 to Rs 411,000 ex-showroom in Delhi for different models, the A-Star will take on i10, which is priced between Rs 337,000 and Rs 543,000.

Vitamin C May After All Be Your Heart�s Best Friend

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that they have found further evidence suggesting that vitamin C supplements can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), a central biomarker of inflammation which is a powerful predictor of heart disease and diabetes.

The researchers have also found in the same study that daily doses of vitamin E, another antioxidant, are not very beneficial.

The findings emerge just days after an eight-year clinical trial, led by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, failed to confirm that vitamins C or E supplements could prevent heart attacks or strokes.

Gladys Block, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of epidemiology and public health nutrition, said that their study did not close the books on the benefits of vitamin C for cardiovascular health.

She said that the Brigham and Women’s Hospital study did not screen study participants for elevations in CRP, defined by the American Heart Association as 1 milligram per litre or greater, which is an important distinction in determining who might benefit from taking vitamin C.

She insisted that her study showed that for healthy, non-smoking adults with an elevated level of CRP a daily dose of vitamin C lowered levels of the inflammation biomarker after two months compared with those who took a placebo.

However, the study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine did not find any benefit from vitamin C supplementation for participants that did not start out with elevated CRP levels.

“This is an important distinction; treatment with vitamin C is ineffective in persons whose levels of CRP are less than 1 milligram per litre, but very effective for those with higher levels. Grouping people with elevated CRP levels with those who have lower levels can mask the effects of vitamin C. Common sense suggests, and our study confirms, that biomarkers are only likely to be reduced if they are not already low,” said Block.

She reckoned that for people with elevated CRP levels, the amount of CRP reduction achieved by taking vitamin C supplements in the study was comparable to that in many other studies of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

While several larger statin trials lowered CRP levels by about 0.2 milligrams per litre, she said, the present study showed that vitamin C lowered these levels by 0.25 milligrams per litre.

“This finding of an effect of vitamin C is important because it shows in a carefully conducted randomized, controlled trial that for people with moderately elevated levels of inflammation, vitamin C may be able to reduce CRP as much as statins have done in other studies,” said Block.

The researchers, however, are uncertain as to why vitamin E did not show an effect even though it is also an antioxidant.

Block thinks that the difference perhaps relates to the fact that vitamin E is fat soluble and thus found in cell membranes, while vitamin C is water soluble and found in intercellular fluid.

Though the study lasted for two months only, the researchers insist that there is no evidence to date of adverse effects for longer-term use of vitamin C at high levels.

They agree that further studies are required to see whether vitamin C’s beneficial impact on CRP levels continue past two months.

“This is clearly a line of research worth pursuing. It has recently been suggested by some researchers that people with elevated CRP should be put on statins as a preventive measure. For people who have elevated CRP but not elevated LDL cholesterol, our data suggest that vitamin C should be investigated as an alternative to statins, or as something to be used to delay the time when statin use becomes necessary,” said Block.

Source: ANI

‘Child-witches’ of Nigeria seek refuge

This is the Best example of Religious Ignorance

Mary is a pretty five-year-old girl with big brown eyes and a father who kicked her out onto the streets in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Her crime: the local priest had denounced her as a witch and blamed her “evil powers” for causing her mother’s death.

Children from Crarn accused of being witches and wizards, protesting outside the Governor’s headquarters.

Mary was found by a British charity worker and today lives at a refuge in Akwa Ibom province with 150 other children who have been branded witches, blamed for all their family’s woes, and abandoned. Before being pushed out of their homes many were beaten or slashed with knives, thrown onto fires, or had acid poured over them as a punishment or in an attempt to make them “confess” to being possessed.