"Women develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection"

HIV and Women

growth of HIV virus
growth of HIV virus

Women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection.

Women with similar viral loads. will develop AIDS faster. Why?

Research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard has found that a receptor molecule involved in the first-line recognition of HIV-1 responds to the virus differently in women, leading to subsequent differences in chronic T cell activation, a known predictor of disease progression. Their paper, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Medicine.

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Excerpts courtesy of LabSpace.net labspaces.net/98592/StudymayexplainwhyHIVprogressesfasterinwomenthaninmen

Image courtesy of   Wikimedia.com  wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/HIV-budding-Color.jpg

"Sunscreen guide from EWG -protecting you and your family"

More than a million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. The incidence of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of the disease, is escalating. Effective sunscreens are crucial to public health. But EWG’s investigation reveals that they may be hard to find: * 59 sunscreens with SPFs from 55-100+ might tempt you to stay out longer in the sun, but they block just 1-2% more sunburn rays than an SPF 30 sunscreen. * Hundreds of all-day moisturizers advertise SPF protection, but 1 in 5 offers little protection from harmful UVA rays. Some break down well before the day’s end. A surprising new government report attributes an increasing incidence of malignant melanoma among people who work indoors to UVA rays shining through windows onto unprotected skin. * Lip cancer is most common on the bottom lip where sun exposure is most direct. Two of 5 lip balms offer poor UVA protection. One plus for 2009: 19% fewer sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor approved by FDA as an active ingredient in sunscreen.

sunscreen guide
sunscreen guide

Few sunscreens live up to their advertising claims, and the federal government is powerless to make them. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been promising to regulate sunscreens since 1978, when gasoline was 63 cents a gallon and the BeeGees’ “Saturday Night Fever” topped the charts.

Thirty plus years has gone by without action. Tired of delays and excuses?

Take action: ask FDA to do its job and issue some sunscreen regulations with teeth. email FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

In the meantime, EWG’s research team has created this comprehensive guide listing 82 recommended products and other sun safety tips to help you and your family have fun in the sun safely.

Check out your favorites and see how they rate. You will probably be as surprised as I was. Thanks so much for this detailed evaluation.

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Excerpts courtesy of   Environmental Defense Group(EWG) http://www.ewg.org/cosmetics/report/sunscreen09/findyoursunscreen?&&showall=1

Image courtesy of http://www.bertagnolli.net/mandalay.2002.05/sunscreen.jpg

"Wonderous flowered carpet display in Brussels"

In The Market Square in Brussels late summer hosts the creation of the magnificent design of its flower carpet has drawn inspiration from 18th century French patterns. Locals and tourists alike find this magnificent work of art breath taking. Local TV and the city host special music and light shows to accompany the carpets display for three days and four night.

begonia flower carpet
begonia flower carpet

The world’s largest Savonnerie carpet

The name of this famous French workshop comes from the establishment where it was founded in 1627 by Louis XIII, on the current location of the Palais in Paris. At that time, continuous wars had led the kings of France to relocate the prestigious craft on their territory. Henri IV had even simply prohibited the import of foreign tapestries as of 1601.

This 2008 carpet was inspiration from Persian, Caucasian or Turkish patterns. The designs of French carpets adopted a style of floral and plant patterns, mixed with royal and, inevitably, Christian symbols. The fleur-de-lys, for example, depicts the Holy Trinity with its three petals. It had been adopted by the kings of France since the Middle Ages, and exalted by the Bourbon dynasty all the way to Spain. The particular, eight-pointed cross of the Templars refers to the cosmic balance, the resurrection and the New Testament. The Savonnerie craftsmen that created the original patterns excelled in the precise and delicate way they practiced their craft.

Arranged by craftsmen on the cobblestones without any soil, nearly one million fresh begonias are used is created this living 300 square meter ( 3229.17 sq. feet) carpet every other year in the Market Place in front of the Grand Place in Brussels. The next creation will be hosted in August of 2010.

No camera image or video can reproduce the splendor of this work of art. Thank you for making our world more beautiful for supporting and creating the annual beautiful work of art.

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Excerpts courtesy of http://www.flowercarpet.be/site/main.php?lg=en&otm=3&mtm=6&hst=_05_01&pg=127

Image courtesy of http://www.xarj.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/brussels11.jpg

Video courtesy of Youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y_zLimU6EY

"Making a difference one person at a time Jackson's "We are the World"

In memory of the good times, a song to unite the world.

The inspired and upbeat “We Are the World” is a 1985 song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced and conducted by Quincy Jones and recorded by a super group of 45 popular musicians to raise money for Africa which had experienced unusual drought in 1984/1985. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song for charity, knowing there were people dying of starvation in Africa. Quincy Jones agreed to produce and sent a demo to all the participating artists, along with a note to “check their egos at the door”. Vocal format Jones worked out which singers would perform which lyrics, studying recordings of each of the selected singers to decide which would work well with each other.He paired Billy Joel with Tina Turner and Willie Nelson with Dionne Warwick, as well as Michael Jackson with Prince (who was a no-show for the recording), so instead with Diana Ross. During the performance, the solo portions, sung by the lead singers, allowed their distinctive, famous voices to be heard individually, or in pairs, for a short phrase, before the entire group sang the third repetition of the chorus verses. Fifty singers were turned down from lending their voices to the group effort. When the song was released worldwide to aid the poor in Africa and the US. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief.

We can make a difference one person at a time.

Video courtesy of www.youtube.com [youtube=<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmxT21uFRwM&hl=en&fs=1&]"
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Excerpts courtesy of En.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_the_World”