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Tuesday 5th June 2007


Basic Computer User

UK student sells web business for US$1.25m, university bar expects a bonanza. more

Sony drops Blu-Ray price
Even with the price cut, however, Sony’s lowest cost Blu-ray player is still more expensive than rival Toshiba’s HD DVD player, which sells for US$400. more

Scientists open door to screaming laptop
Thermoacoustic engines convert wasted heat in electronic devices into sound and then electricity. more

Flash memory use expected to soar
Anticipated declines in cost, as well as functional advantages over hard disk drives, should drive increased more

Intel, Asus Announce $199 ’Eee PC’
Asus and Intel have teamed up to develop a $199 notebook PC, the companies announced here on Tuesday. more

McAfee: Yahoo search results most ’risky’
Search company has not sought to refute research from McAfee that claims Yahoo returns the riskiest results of the top five search engines. more

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Advanced Computer User

Virtual van Gogh’ AI Program Paints Fine Art
Experts at Medical Development International (MDI) said on Friday they have successfully applied artificial intelligence to the world of fine art, creating what they call a “Virtual van Gogh." more

New vulnerabilities hit Firefox and Internet Explorer more

Google Desktop vulnerable to attack
Security researcher Robert Hansen has published details of a new attack on Google Desktop. more

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Another Killer Drug on the Loose?

By Jon Herring

Three years ago, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew its pain-relieving drug Vioxx from the market when it was discovered that it substantially increased the risk of heart attack. According to Dr. David Graham of the FDA, Vioxx has been responsible for at least 140,000 heart attacks and as many as 40,000 deaths.

Wow! And to think the FDA has re-approved this drug for the market (with a stronger warning label), while they are doing their level best to control your access to safe, natural supplements. It would be enough to elicit a big ol’ belly laugh... if the issue were not so deadly serious.

And what do we have now? The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article suggesting that the diabetes drug Avandia, taken by more than 6 million people worldwide, also raises the risk of heart attack... and, possibly, death. As you may be aware, more than two-thirds of people with Type II diabetes die of heart problems. And the pooled results of dozens of studies on nearly 28,000 people showed a 43 percent higher risk of heart attack for those taking Avandia as compared to those taking no diabetes medication.

As you might expect, the maker of Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline, disputed these results. The company said their own review showed “only" a 30 percent increased risk of heart attack. (Phew! What a relief!)

If all this isn’t troubling enough, the study I told you about yesterday showed that the use of diabetes drugs has risen almost threefold among teenage girls in the last five years. There’s no telling what the long-term fallout from this trend might be.

Besides antibiotics and antivirals, no drugs I know of can successfully remedy an underlying medical condition. All they do is mask or alleviate the symptoms. And while they might provide temporary relief, in some cases, the unintended consequences can be profound.

Type II diabetes is a condition brought on by lifestyle choices. And, in most cases, it is easily preventable and readily reversible. To do so, you must exercise consistently, maintain adequate vitamin D levels by enjoying frequent sun exposure, and eat a diet rich in protein and healthy fats... while avoiding starches, sweets, and grains.

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How food is prepared important to health: study more

Low-cost vitamin D supplement blocks tuberculosis (TB) for six weeks after a single dose more

Researchers studying children in Greece found that those who eat a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and olive oil experience less respiratory allergies and asthma than other children. more

Vitamin K reduces calcification of arteries by 37 percent; blood thinner medications cause calcification
A study has found vitamin K not only blocks new arterial calcium buildup but can also reduce existing levels of calcification by 37 percent. more

Raw, “empowered" chocolate products launched by Empowered Foods; full review of sensational product line
You’ve never had chocolate like this before. Of all the chocolate products I’ve ever tried (and I’ve eaten a lot of them because, of course, it’s my job), nothing compares to the raw, “empowered" chocolate superfood bars and products made by a small raw... more

Anti-Bacterial Soaps Do More Harm Than Good

By Al Sears, MD

If you think anti-bacterial soaps are somehow “better" because they kill bacteria, there’s something you should know: They don’t protect you from anything. In fact, they may increase your risk of allergies, including asthma.

What’s more, there’s no proof these soaps are more effective against germs than regular soap. Even the conservative American Medical Association agrees. Myron Genel, chairman of the AMA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, had this to say, “There’s no evidence that [anti-bacterial soaps] do any good and there’s reason to suspect that they could contribute to a problem by helping to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

You see, anti-bacterial soaps kill off only weak strains of bacteria, leaving the strong ones to multiply. So when you use these soaps, you’re actually contributing to the cultivation of new strains of super-strong bacteria.

What’s more, you don’t need to protect yourself from common bacteria. Your body has a natural relationship with the bacteria you encounter in your daily life - both the good and the bad. By fighting off the bad guys, your immune system gets stronger and more resilient.

Keep in mind that your skin is your body’s largest organ. It will absorb whatever you put on it - including the antibiotics in anti-bacterial soaps. So choose regular soaps instead - those made with natural ingredients and without the addition of dyes or other chemicals.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]

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The oldest rock band in the world - meet The Zimmers and their amazing cover of The Who’s “My Generation". here

Interesting artwork... here

It pays to head in the opposite direction of the herd. To paraphrase legendary investor Warren Buffett, when others are greedy you should be fearful, and when others are fearful you should be greedy. This strategy has made Buffett $52 billion. It could work for you, too.

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From a power management software vendor: “By the end of 2008, power costs are set to rise another 25 per cent."

Cybercafes offering private rooms with unlimited Internet access and comfy chairs - and sometimes even showers and microwaves - have become popular in Tokyo for overnight stays. Businessmen... the homeless and working poor who cannot afford the city’s high rents... nightclubbers who missed the last train home... are taking advantage of these affordable accommodations. They are lured by rates as low as $11 a night, cheaper even than the city’s well-known “capsule hotels."

(Source: Reuters)

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