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Do you think that anybody can damage your soul?

Then why are you so embarrassed?

I laugh at those who think they can damage me.

They do not know who I am.

They do not know what I think.

They can not even touch the things which are really mine

and with which I live.

Wake up every morning with though that

Something wonderful is about to happen.

In three words I can sum up everythings.

I ‘ve learned about life.

It goes on…

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That’s Sound

That’s sound

I hear it

Try to wake up

But, this eyes can’t open

This head feels so heavy

I hear the sound again

This hand can’t reach

Try to focus what happen

But still hard to remember

 

That’s sound

Feel in drama history

Be someone behind the scan

See many actor and actress playing their acting

But, always bad acting, no sense of emotions

I want to break this border

 

Why they have pale faces?

This is unreal world, acting world

They should act with two other side of faces

The face of lie, the face of acting

The sound

That’s ever heard before

Ringing louder

But, the show must go on

Avoid all borders

Fight with all left energy

Never let it destroy imagination

 

The sound is heard again

Try to open this eyes slowly

Try to rise up my hand

Try to focus, is it my world?

Try to sit and rub this face

This is my original face

No lie, no mask

I let the sound ringing, and

Never care where does it come from

I leave it.

 

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African Americans with heart disease who practiced Transcendental Meditation regularly were 48 percent less likely to have aheart attack, stroke or die from all causes compared with African Americans who attended a health education class over more than five years, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Those practicing meditation also lowered their blood pressure and reported less stressand anger. And the more regularly patients meditated, the greater their survival, said researchers who conducted the study at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

“We hypothesized that reducing stress by managing the mind-body connection would help improve rates of this epidemic disease,” said Robert Schneider, M.D., lead researcher and director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention in Fairfield, Iowa. “It appears that Transcendental Meditation is a technique that turns on the body’s own pharmacy – to repair and maintain itself.”

For the study, researchers randomly assigned 201 people to participate in a Transcendental Meditation stress-reducing program or a health education class about lifestyle modification for diet and exercise.

  • Forty-two percent of the participants were women, average age 59, and half reported earning less than $10,000 per year.
  • Average body mass index was about 32, which is clinically obese.
  • Nearly 60 percent in both treatment groups took cholesterol-lowering drugs; 41 percent of the meditation group and 31 percent of the health education group took aspirin; and 38 percent of the meditation group and 43 percent of the health education group smoked.

Those in the meditation program sat with eyes closed for about 20 minutes twice a day practicing the technique, allowing their minds and bodies to rest deeply while remaining alert.

Participants in the health education group were advised, under the instruction of professional health educators, to spend at least 20 minutes a day at home practicing heart-healthy behaviors such as exercise, healthy meal preparation and nonspecific relaxation.

Researchers evaluated participants at the start of the study, at three months and every six months thereafter for body mass index, diet, program adherence, blood pressure and cardiovascular hospitalizations. They found:

  • There were 52 primary end point events. Of these, 20 events occurred in the meditation group and 32 in the health education group.
  • Blood pressure was reduced by 5 mm Hg and anger decreased significantly among Transcendental Meditation participants compared to controls.
  • Both groups showed beneficial changes in exercise and alcohol consumption, and the meditation group showed a trend towards reduced smoking. Although, there were no significant differences between the groups in weight, exercise or diet.
  • Regular meditation was correlated with reduced death, heart attack and stroke.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Death from heart disease is about 50 percent higher in black adults compared to whites in the United States. Researchers focused on African Americans because of health disparities in America.

“Transcendental Meditation may reduce heart disease risks for both healthy people and those with diagnosed heart conditions,” said Schneider, who is also dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health in Fairfield, Iowa.

“The research on Transcendental Meditation and cardiovascular disease is established well enough that physicians may safely and routinely prescribe stress reduction for their patients with this easy to implement, standardized and practical program,” he said.

Source : medicalnewstoday.com

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Criminals have a taste for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich.

People with devices using the Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Google’s Android operating systems are popular targets for cyber criminals according to Kaspersky. The security company said in its latest analysis of malware targeting Android, that there had been “a rapid growth” in the number of programs – especially money-stealing Trojans – infecting these operating systems in the third quarter of this year.
Yuri Namestnikov, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab said: “Although Gingerbread was released back in September 2011, due to the segmentation of the Android device market it still remains one of the most popular versions, which, in turn, attracts increased interest from cybercriminals.
“The popularity of the most recent version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich – among virus writers can be explained by the fact that the devices running the latest versions of the OS are more suitable for online activities. Unfortunately, users actively surfing the web often end up on malicious sites.”
Google’s Android OS has always been a popular target for cyber criminals.
The “IT Threat Evolution: Q3 2012” report shows that Gingerbread (Android 2.3.6) accounted for 28 per cent of all blocked attempts to install malware, while Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) accounted for 22 per cent of attempts. More than half of all malware detected on users smartphones turned out to be SMS Trojans. This malware drains money from victims’ mobile accounts by sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers.
Of these programs the OpFake family has become the most widespread – 38.3 per cent of all the malicious programs detected for Android – all of which disguise themselves as the OperaMini browser. The Plangton Trojan family accounted for a fifth of all attacks. The malware collects service data on the phone, sends it to the command server and waits for the cyber criminals’ commands. Specifically, malicious programs in this family can stealthily change bookmarks and the home page.
The third most widespread malware was the FakeInst family, which mimics installers for popular programs (17 per cent). These two types of malware are mostly distributed via so-called alternative app stores created by cyber criminals.

 

Source : computeractive.co.uk

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Courage

Courage unless you’re scared before you do it.

It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure.

Don’t wait until people are dead to give them flowers.

Don’t let your pride or lack of courage stand in the way of saying you’re sorry.

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

It doesn’t take strength to hold a grudge; it takes strength to let go of one.

I would rather make my name than inherit it.

Measure your days by how the corners of your mouth turn.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

I’ve been trying to find the word that says what I need to be in life.

“Brave’ is the only word. It’s the only thing that I ask myself to be.

 

Source : Unknown

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If You Love Someone

If you look close enough to the world around you,
you might find someone like you.
Someone trying to find their way,
someone trying to find their self.
Sometimes it seems like you are the only one in the world
who’s struggling, who’s frustrated,unsatisfied, barely getting by.
But that feeling’s a lie.
And if you just hold on,
just find the courage to face it all for another day.
Someone or something will find you and make it all okay.
Because we all need a little help sometimes.

We need someone to remind us that it won’t always be this way.
That someone is out there.
And that someone will find you.

The person who loves you more will fight with you daily without any reason.

But whenever you’re sad that person will fight with the world to end your sadness.

 

Source : By Unknown

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency’s decision to move forward with the development of a regulation for perchlorate to protect Americans from any potential health impacts, while also continuing to take steps to ensure the quality of the water they drink. The decision to undertake a first-ever national standard for perchlorate reverses a decision made by the previous administration and comes after Administrator Jackson ordered EPA scientists to undertake a thorough review of the emerging science of perchlorate. Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical, and scientific research indicates that it may impact the normal function of the thyroid, which produces important developmental hormones. Thyroid hormones are critical to the normal development and growth of fetuses, infants and children. Based on this potential concern, EPA will move forward with proposing a formal rule. This process will include receiving input from key stakeholders as well as submitting any formal rule to a public comment process.

In a separate action, the agency is also moving towards establishing a drinking water standard to address a group of up to 16 toxic chemicals that may pose risks to human health. As part of the Drinking Water Strategy laid out by Administrator Jackson in 2010, EPA committed to addressing contaminants as a group rather than one at a time so that enhancement of drinking water protection can be achieved cost effectively. Today’s action delivers on the promise to strengthen public health protection from contaminants in drinking water.

“Clean water is critical to the health and prosperity of every American community and a fundamental concern to every American family. EPA is hard at work on innovative ways to improve protections for the water we drink and give to our children, and the development of these improved standards is an important step forward,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Our decisions are based on extensive review of the best available science and the health needs of the American people.”

Action on Perchlorate:

Scientific research indicates that perchlorate may disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones that are critical to developing fetuses and infants. Monitoring data show more than 4 percent of public water systems have detected perchlorate and between 5 million and 17 million people may be served drinking water containing perchlorate. The science that has led to this decision has been peer reviewed by independent scientists and public health experts including the National Academy of Sciences. Perchlorate is both a naturally-occurring and man-made chemical that is used in the manufacture of rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives, and may be present in bleach and in some fertilizers. This decision reverses a 2008 preliminary determination by the previous administration, and considers input from almost 39,000 public comments.

Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical that is used to produce rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives. Perchlorate can also be present in bleach and in some fertilizers. Perchlorate may have adverse health effects because scientific research indicates that this contaminant can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development.

EPA is developing a proposed national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate. EPA is committed to using the best available peer reviewed science and data to develop the perchlorate drinking water regulation. EPA is evaluating the available science on perchlorate health effects and exposure. EPA is also evaluating laboratory methods for measuring and treatment technologies for removing perchlorate in drinking water. The Agency is also evaluating costs and benefits of potential regulatory options for perchlorate.

EPA will continue to evaluate the science on perchlorate health effects and occurrence in public water systems. The agency will also now begin to evaluate the feasibility and affordability of treatment technologies to remove perchlorate and will examine the costs and benefits of potential standards.

Action on Drinking Water Strategy:

EPA will also be developing one regulation covering up to 16 chemicals that may cause cancer. This group of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are chemicals such as industrial solvents, includes trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) as well as other regulated and some unregulated contaminants that are discharged from industrial operations. The VOC standard will be developed as part of EPA’s new strategy for drinking water, announced by the administrator in March 2010. A key principle of the strategy is to address contaminants as groups rather than individually in order to provide public health protections more quickly and also allow utilities to more effectively and efficiently plan for improvements.

Additional Information about the Four Drinking Water Strategy Goals

Goal 1. Address contaminants as groups rather than one at a time so that enhancement of drinking water protection can be achieved cost-effectively.

The Agency announced in February 2011 that it plans to develop one national primary drinking water regulation (NPDWR) covering up to 16 carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (cVOCs).   Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), which the Agency determined were candidates for regulatory revision under the second six year review of the existing NPDWRs, will be included in the cVOC drinking water standard. EPA will propose a regulation to address cVOCs as a group rather than individually in order to provide public health protections more quickly and also allow utilities to more effectively and efficiently plan for improvements. In the near-term, EPA also will evaluate how best to address nitrosamine disinfection byproducts since data from the second Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule indicate that these compounds are being found in public water systems. In the long-term, the various offices within EPA we will continue to work together to evaluate and fill the data gaps for other groups of interest for drinking water.

Goal 2. Foster development of new drinking water technologies to address health risks posed by a broad array of contaminants.

EPA, in partnership with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), promoted the formation of a regional Water Technology Innovation Cluster in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana region that involves businesses, universities, and governments working together to promote economic growth and technology innovation. Emphasis has been placed on drinking water needs from early stages of cluster development; however, the scope also includes wastewater, storm water, and water reuse technologies because they increasingly impact each other. After a series of stakeholder meetings and the formation of a Steering Committee for the cluster, EPA Administrator Jackson visited Cincinnati on January 18, 2011, where she and the SBA Administrator announced the establishment of this regional cluster. As stated during the announcement, EPA is investing significant resources to conduct key studies of the environmental technology market place for drinking water. The cluster will develop, test, and market innovative processes and technologies including those that:

    • Are sustainable, and water and energy efficient
    • Will be cost effective for the utilities and consumers
    • Address a broad array of contaminants
    • Improve public health protection

Goal 3. Use the authority of multiple statutes to help protect drinking water.

EPA offices shared collected information and analyses conducted under the drinking water, pesticide, and toxics laws; identified authorities that will enable EPA to collect additional information on pesticides and toxic chemicals to inform analyses of potential health risks. OW and OCSPP jointly developed and released a table of non-cancer human health benchmarks for ~350 pesticides in April 2012. The table of Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides (HHBPs) provides a tool for states, the public and other stakeholders to use for their internal decision-making processes (e.g., assist in interpreting drinking water monitoring data) when drinking water regulatory values or health advisories are not available.

In November 2010, OCSPP and OW worked together to identify a list of 134 chemicals being considered for screening for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interact with and possibly disrupt the hormones produced or secreted by the human or animal endocrine system, which regulates growth, metabolism, and reproduction. The list includes chemicals that have been identified as  priorities under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and also pesticide active ingredients that are being evaluated under EPA’s registration review program. The data generated from the screens will provide robust and systematic scientific information to help EPA identify whether additional testing is necessary, or whether other steps are necessary to address potential endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Goal 4. Partner with states to develop shared access to all public water systems (PWS) monitoring data.

In 2010, EPA, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) established a Data Sharing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the goals of:

(a) promoting advanced information technology to facilitate data sharing between states and EPA;

(b) strengthening the analysis of potential drinking water public health concerns;

(c) sharing powerful data analysis tools to target program oversight, compliance assistance, and enforcement; and,

(d) enabling consumers to obtain timely information about the quality of drinking water and the performance of public water systems in meeting drinking water standards.

In December 2010, to ensure that the data sharing goals of the MOU are achieved, a state-EPA work group was formed to focus on such issues as data requirements, characteristics of successful data exchange, uses of compliance monitoring data, and ways to provide easily accessible drinking water quality information to the public.  In 2011, in addition to continuing the work of the state-EPA workgroup, the Agency will begin to redesign the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) in which the compliance monitoring data collected under the Drinking Water Strategy will be stored and made accessible to the public.

Source : epa.gov

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Listening to Music Lights Up the Whole Brain

Finnish researchers have developed a groundbreaking new method that allows to study how the brain processes different aspects of music, such as rhythm, tonality and timbre (sound color) in a realistic listening situation. The study is pioneering in that it for the first time reveals how wide networks in the brain, including areas responsible for motor actions, emotions, and creativity, are activated during music listening. The new method helps us understand better the complex dynamics of brain networks and the way music affects us.

The study was published in the journal NeuroImage.
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research team, led by Dr. Vinoo Alluri from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, recorded the brain responses of individuals who were listening to a piece of modern Argentinian tango. Subsequently, using sophisticated computer algorithms, they analyzed the musical content of the tango, showing how its rhythmic, tonal and timbral components evolve over time. This was the first time such a study has been carried out using real music instead of artificially constructed music-like sound stimuli. Comparison of the brain responses and the musical features revealed many interesting things.
The researchers found that music listening recruits not only the auditory areas of the brain, but also employs large-scale neural networks. For instance, they discovered that the processing of musical pulse recruits motor areas in the brain, supporting the idea that music and movement are closely intertwined. Limbic areas of the brain, known to be associated with emotions, were found to be involved in rhythm and tonality processing. Processing of timbre was associated with activations in the so-called default mode network, which is assumed to be associated with mind-wandering and creativity.
“Our results show for the first time how different musical features activate emotional, motor and creative areas of the brain,” says Prof. Petri Toiviainen from the University of Jyväskylä. “We believe that our method provides more reliable knowledge about music processing in the brain than the more conventional methods.”

Source : sciencedaily

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Sodium Chloride Salt

Senior nutritionist Rose Carr reminds us that the problem with sodium chloride, or salt, is that while we need a little, we’re getting much more than is good for us.

Why is a high-salt diet so bad?

Many people are aware that a high-salt diet increases our risk for high blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular disease. Even if we currently consume a high-salt diet and have normal blood pressure, we shouldn’t be complacent: it’s been shown higher salt intakes early in life are associated with high blood pressure later in life.

Researchers from Otago University have recently shown the effect of salt on cardiovascular disease risk is from more than just its effect on blood pressure. They showed that salt was also implicated in hardening the arteries. The good news is that reducing salt intake does help to lower elevated blood pressure and improve the functioning of blood vessels. In addition to its cardiovascular effects, there is now strong evidence showing a link between high-salt diets and gastric cancer, osteoporosis, cataracts, kidney stones and diabetes. A high-salt diet may also encourage growth of the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, and be linked with exercise-induced asthma.

How much?

Did you know? One tablespoon of standard soy sauce has over 1100mg of sodium, but salt-reduced soy sauce has less than half that.

It’s considered safe to consume up to 2300mg of sodium a day – the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt. But to reduce the risk of chronic disease the Ministry of Health suggests no more than 1600mg sodium each day – that’s about seven-tenths of a teaspoon. That’s a lot less than our estimated average consumption of around 3600mg each day – a little over one-and-a-half teaspoons of salt.

Where is it?

Around 75 to 85 per cent of our salt consumption is from processed foods, so even if you use salt sparingly in cooking or at the table you could have a high-sodium diet. That’s why it’s important to compare the nutrition labels on processed foods and go for lower-sodium options. Research has shown we don’t notice any taste difference with small reductions.

A 2005 published survey found bread was the largest contributor of sodium in our diets (accounting for up to 27 per cent), followed by processed meats (accounting for up to 14 per cent). Since that time, the National Heart  Foundation (NHF) has worked with bread manufacturers to reduce the amount of sodium in bread and approximately 150 tonnes of salt will be removed on an annual basis. The NHF is currently working with producers of processed meat to reduce the sodium in their products.

Source : healthyfood

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Many animal species transmit information via chemical signals, but the extent to which these chemosignals play a role in human communication is unclear. In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researcher Gün Semin and colleagues from Utrecht University in the Netherlands investigate whether we humans might actually be able to communicate our emotional states to each other through chemical signals.

Existing research suggests that emotional expressions are multi-taskers, serving more than one function. Fear signals, for example, not only help to warn others about environmental danger, they are also associated with behaviors that confer a survival advantage through sensory acquisition. Research has shown that taking on a fearful expression (i.e., opening the eyes) leads us to breathe in more through our noses, enhances our perception, and accelerates our eye movements so that we can spot potentially dangerous targets more quickly. Disgust signals, on the other hand, warn others to avoid potentially noxious chemicals and are associated with sensory rejection, causing us to lower our eyebrows and wrinkle our noses.

Semin and colleagues wanted to build on this research to examine the role of chemosignals in social communication. They hypothesized that chemicals in bodily secretions, such as sweat, would activate similar processes in both the sender and receiver, establishing an emotional synchrony of sorts. Specifically, people who inhaled chemosignals associated with fear would themselves make a fear expression and show signs of sensory acquisition, while people who inhaled chemosignals associated with disgust would make an expression of disgust and show signs of sensory rejection.

To test these hypotheses, experimenters collected sweat from men while they watched either a fear-inducing or a disgust-inducing movie. The men followed a strict protocol to avoid possible contamination. For two days prior to the collection, they were not allowed to smoke, engage in excessive exercise, or consume odorous food or alcohol. They were also instructed to use scent-free personal-care products and detergents provided by the experimenter.

Women were then exposed to the sweat samples while performing a visual search task. Their facial expressions were recorded and their eye movements were tracked as they completed the task.

As the researchers predicted, women who were exposed to chemosignals from “fear sweat” produced fearful facial expressions, while women who were exposed to chemosignals from “disgust sweat” produced disgusted facial expressions.

The researchers also found that exposure to fear and disgust sweat altered the women’s perceptions during the visual search task and affected their sniffing and eye-scanning behaviors in accordance with either sensory acquisition or sensory rejection. Importantly, the women were not aware of these effects and there was no relationship between the effects observed and how pleasant or intense the women judged the stimuli to be.

These findings are important, Semin and colleagues argue, because they contradict the common assumption that human communication occurs exclusively through language and visual cues.

Rather, the findings provide support for the embodied social-communication model, suggesting that chemosignals act as a medium through which people can be “emotionally synchronized” outside of conscious awareness.

The researchers acknowledge that these effects could very well contribute to the kind of emotional contagion that is often observed in situations involving dense crowds.

The study was co-authored by Jasper H. B. de Groot, Monique A. M. Smeets, Annemarie Kaldewaij, and Maarten J. A. Duijndam of the University of Utrecht.

Source : sciencedaily.com

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