Monday, April 30, 2007
Globe and Mail - Jailed Chinese judge dies of 'adult sudden death syndrome'|
A Chinese judge charged with corruption died in his cell from “adult sudden death syndrome,” Xinhua news agency said on Monday.
Globe and Mail - Five-point vitamin D primer|
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He recommends going to the doctor three or four times a year and asking for a 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D level test. "It should be between 125 and 150 nanomoles per litre," he said. "It's important that the patient not accept the doctor saying your levels are fine. They've got to get the number and get their levels up."
Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, experts agree. How long you should stay outside depends on how much sun block your skin creates naturally, Dr. Cannell says. "Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiency discriminates according to race." Fair-skinned people, especially blonds and redheads, need only about 20 minutes a day to produce the recommended levels. Those with darker skin could need five to 10 times longer.
In the winter months, and for those who do not want to expose their skin to sun, Dr. Cannell recommends taking vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol pills are available over the counter in most pharmacies and health-food stores. He suggests taking 2,000 international units of the supplement per day.
It is possible to have too much vitamin D; Dr. Cannell cautions against buying supplements over the Internet. "You can get capsules with 50,000 units. That's a medicine; it's not for supplementation," he says.
Globe and Mail - Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light|
More benefits of Vitamin D (and problems associated with the deficiency of Vitamin D) keep on rolling in.
For decades, researchers have puzzled over why rich northern countries have cancer rates many times higher than those in developing countries — and many have laid the blame on dangerous pollutants spewed out by industry.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
NYTimes - For Shareholders, a Ticket Into an $8 Billion Deal|
Looks like the founder will come out sitting on a nice pile of dough - ~$400M.
The buyers, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Goldman Sachs, have offered Harman shareholders a chance to retain a stake in the newly private company and share in any profit made if the company is later sold or taken public.
Monday, April 23, 2007
NYTimes - Before Deadly Rage, a Life Consumed by a Troubling Silence|
In his junior year, Mr. Cho told his then-roommates that he had a girlfriend. Her name was Jelly. She was a supermodel who lived in outer space and traveled by spaceship, and she existed only in the dimension of his imagination.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
NYTimes - Housing Slump Takes a Toll on Illegal Immigrants|
From Fresno to Sacramento, big tangles of wire and PVC pipes clutter vacant lots in silent subdivisions, waiting for houses to be built — some day. Dozens of “For Sale” signs already dot the lawns across new residential communities. And right next to the ubiquitous billboards from builders are fresh signs offering homeowners help to avoid foreclosure.
NYTimes - Managers Use Hedge Funds as Big I.R.A.’s|
These hedge fund managers just have to make sure that their fund doesn't implode.
A lot of the hedge fund managers earning the astronomical paychecks making headlines these days are able to postpone paying taxes on much of that income for 10 years or more.
Friday, April 13, 2007
AppleInsider.com - Apple's Leopard still plagued by lengthy bug list|
Holy moley! 5.3GB for a beta OS!!!
According to reports already plastered on Apple-related web sites, Mac OS X Leopard (Client) Build 9A410, which was released to thousands of Mac OS X developers this week, still carries with it a laundry list of nearly three dozen known issues.
Friday, April 06, 2007
MSNBC - China denies exporting tainted wheat gluten|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week blocked wheat gluten imports from the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou, saying they contained melamine, a chemical found in plastics and pesticides.