Friday Thoughts

Gimme another cup of Joe – Midlife coffee drinking can decrease the risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s disease later in life. This conclusion is made in a Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia Study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study has been conducted at the University of Kuopio, Finland in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and the National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland.

It included 1409 participants from the survivors of population-based cohorts surveyed within previous studies.

The study found that coffee drinkers at midlife had lower risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life compared to those drinking no or only little coffee with the lowest risk (65% decreased) among moderate coffee drinkers (drinking 3-5 cups of coffee/day). Adjustments for various confounders did not change the results.


Elvis and his dyed black hair will always be remembered as he stands among the throng of Californian blondes and again makes true the old adage that, “In the kingdom of the blonde, the one dyed man is king.”

Speaking of Black – Did you know coal provides just over half our nation’s electricity.

Check out the new 56″TV from Philips. The new format 21×9 vs. the current HDTV 16×9 vs. regular TV 4×3. Others are expected to come out with competing versions. The idea is that it gives a wider and more pleasing view, like a movie theater.  A demo shows that the  ‘letter boxing’  or black lines on bottom and top of the regular HDTV is eliminated, but there is no more content showing, just a better view of the picture. If they can marry OLED and 21×9, I will be really excited. Oh, yeh, it will be sold first in Europe this spring. Maybe a gift for me next Christmas.


China becomes more monolithic – China plans to complete its own satellite navigation system by 2015, making it independent of foreign technology such as the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

The Beidou Navigation System will enable military and civilian users from China to find their way anywhere in the world. “The system will shake off the dependence on foreign systems,” said Zhang Xiaojin, director of astronautics at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

China aims to launch 30 more satellites into space by the middle of the next decade. Ten satellites will be launched in 2009 and 2010. The five-satellite system currently in place only provides regional navigation services within China’s own territory.

The Beidou Navigation System is seen as a rival not just of the GPS, but also the European Union’s Galileo Positioning System and Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System.
Just what we need, more space garbage flying around.

What good is a dollar these days?
– Here is a place to find out.
and here–1998-0.asp

Health Care – “I think we’ve finally arrived at the point in time [related to health reform] when the pain of change may be lower than the pain of the status quo.” – Francois de Brantes, CEO of Bridges to Excellence, told AIS’s HEALTH PLAN WEEK.
I think he may be correct.

– Last year, 62% of Americans sought some kind of alternative medicine treatment. 75% say they have done this at least once in their lifetime. Eight million people a day conduct health information searches on the Web.

– Legislative provisions that would require providers to use federal health information technology funds to purchase equipment made in America were stripped from both the House and Senate versions of a massive $819 billion economic stimulus package, riling Republican lawmakers who say they want assurances that taxpayer dollars stay in country.

– LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Doctors say a record number of British men last year sought breast-reduction surgery for “man boobs” or “moobs,” as some call them. Breast-reduction surgery for men rose from 22 operations in 2003 to 224 operations last year, said the Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Britain. Are the real boobs the physical appendages, or the guys getting the operations?

Uncle Jay – We all love those youtubes he does. Here is his website, and it has an RSS. He does a new video each week.

Cool technology for diabetics
– Scientists at Draper Laboratory, in Cambridge, MA, are developing a nanosensor that could be injected into the skin, much like tattoo dye, to monitor an individual’s blood-sugar level. As the glucose level increases, the “tattoo” would fluoresce under an infrared light, telling a diabetic whether or not she needs an insulin shot following a meal. Sure beats sticking a needle in your finger.
Dog lovers – will love this way to get their screen cleaned for free.

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