Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A diet high in vegetables like cabbage could protect against bladder cancer, a New Zealand scientist who led a team of researchers into the subject reported. Agricultural scientist Rex Munday said tests on animals showed that an extract of broccoli sprouts reduced the incidence of bladder cancer by more than 50 per cent.
He said researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and John Hopkins University, in the United States, had worked on the project with New Zealand’s Massey University and Crop & Food Research. The findings supported an earlier study showing that rats fed with vegetables of cabbage family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and watercress, showed an increase in tissue enzymes that protect against cancer causing chemicals.
“The greatest effect was seen in the bladder, suggesting that such vegetables would protect against bladder cancer”, Munday said. “This result is consistent with epidemiological studies showing that people who have high dietary intake of plants of the cabbage family are les likely to develop bladder cancer than those who eat only small amounts of these vegetables.
Munday said bladder cancer was a major problem, particularly in Western countries, being diagnosed in more than 300,000 people every year worldwide. It is the fourth commonest cancer in men and in the eight in women. The researchers are now working on other vegetables to find more effective materials that could prevent bladder cancer.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Melinda Gates, who is married to Bill Gates, won't buy an iPhone or iPod. One of the richest women in the world covets an iPhone. But she's not allowed to have one.
Melinda Gates- yes, of Microsoft's Gates Family- is qouted in the latest issue of Vogue Magazine as saying, "Every now and then I look at my friends and say, "Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone".
However, she and Bill Gates- who co-founded the Microsoft empire, which of course is the arch enemy of Apple- have a policy against iPods and iPhones. "There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household," Melinda Gates said. "But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids.
No iPods or iPhones for the kids? It's possibly the one area in which the gates children could be described as deprived. Which probably makes the gates offspring the only ones at school with Microsoft's Zune music players.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
DUST is your worst computer's enemy, and dust can accumulate quickly inside your PC, if it is placed on the floor. So cleaning it regularly is important. If your home is dusty, cleaning your PC out every month is a good idea. Turn off and unplug your PC before opening it up to vacuum out dust. Also do not touch any of your computer's sensitive electronic components.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2007, having earned an estimated $122 million from winnings and endorsements.
Woods has won fourteen professional major golf championships, the second highest of any male player, and 65 PGA Tour events, third all time. He has more career major wins and career PGA Tour wins than any other active golfer. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Woods was the first Multiracial American to win the Masters in 1997 at Augusta National.
Woods has held the number one position in the world rankings for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record nine times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has tied Jack Nicklaus' record of leading the money list in eight different seasons. He has been named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year a record-tying four times, and is the only person to be named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year more than once.
After winning the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods missed the rest of the 2008 PGA Tour, missing two major championships and the 2008 Ryder Cup, in order to rehabilitate his injured left knee.