Saturday, July 26, 2008

Cell Phone's Cancer Risk

Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.

The issue that concerns some scientists is electromagnetic radiation, especially its possible effects on children. However, it is not a major topic in conferences of brain specialists.

Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a type of radiation that is a form of electromagnetic radiation, according to the National Cancer Institute. Though studies are being done to see if there is a link between it and tumors of the brain and central nervous system, however there is no definitive link between the two.

A 2008 University of Utah analysis looked at nine studies — including some Herberman cites — with thousands of brain tumor patients and concludes there's no overall increased risk of brain tumors among cellular phone users. Studies last year in France and Norway concluded the same thing.

Dr. Ronald's warning is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use and a public lack of worry the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing while adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset. So far this might the best step we can take as a cell phone users.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Coffee As a Healthy Drink

New perception on coffee drinking...

For so long time, coffee has been taken as a favourite beverage. But it's not usually thought of as health food. A number of recent studies suggest that it can be a highly beneficial drink.

The New York Times report, The Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded that habitual coffee consumption was consistently associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers also found a strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of several serious ailments, including heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

Coffee contains antioxidants which help control the cell damage that can contribute to the development of the disease. Beside of that chlorogenic acid, which associated with it has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations. This explained why it's good relation in controlling diabetes.

Researchers found people who drank four to six cups of coffee a day had a 28 percent reduced risk compared with people who drank two or fewer. Those who drank more than six had a 35 percent risk reduction. Another research by Norwegian found that women who drank one to three cups a day reduced their risk ofcardiovascular disease by 24 percent compared with those drinking no coffee at all.

The same finding has been published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which appeared in May, suggested that antioxidants in coffee may dampeninflammation, reducing the risk of disorders related to cardiovascular disease. Several compound such phenols, volatilearoma compounds and oxazoles that are efficiently absorbed shall contribute to its antioxidant capacity.

In another analysis, published in July in the same journal, researchers found that a typical serving of coffee contains more antioxidants than typical servings of grape juice, blueberries, raspberries andoranges.

Now, it's may the time for us to look over which type or brand of coffee really good for ourselves.


The Coffee of the century
The finest herbal drink with the goodness
of Guarana, Red Beet and Red Yeast Rice.
a try, you love it forever!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

CFLs Lamp: How Safe To Save

Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), also known as energy saving light bulb said can save you up to USD11.00 or about RM38.00 annually per bulb. CFLs more efficient in changing electricity to light compare to old-fashioned incandescent tungsten filament bulbs. Further more, it can stand 10 times longer. Total up, that you can save up to USD 110.00 or RM380.00 before needs to replace! All these seem like a good saving to your energy cost.

But at the  dark side you may need to know CFLs are tubes containing mercury and noble gases (typically argon). The latest modern generation of CFLs lamp contain about 4 milligrams of mercury. It's much lesser if compared to thermometer which may contain about 0.5 to 3 grams.

Mercury are very toxic. High mercury exposure may results in permanent nervous system and kidney damage. Event the amount contain in every single lamp are relatively small, care and precautiom steps must be taken if the CFLs bulb broken. In case of low exposure risk, health experts also warned that toxic mercury inside the bulbs can aggravate a range of problems including migraines and dizziness.

Like batteries, used CFLs bulb may not disposed into normal waste bin as we dump our kitchen rubbish. This hazardous waste if dispose by the wrong way could contaminate our water supply system.

Here's some safety precaution you should follow it CFLs bulb broken in your room:

  • Evacuate the room. Make sure no body stay inside the room (including your pets).

  • Open the window and leave the room at least for 15 minutes.

  • Shut off the central air heating or air conditioner unit.

  • Don't ever use a vacuum cleaner or sweep as this action may spread the mercury droplets around the house.

  • Use damp paper towel or disposable  wet wipe to clean the glass fragment and dust.

  • Place the remain in the plastic bag and seal. Dispose it into the municipal bin as you done for batteries.

  • Try not to inhale dust from the broken bulb.

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