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H1N1 Swine Flu

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Swine influenza virus (SIV) is caused by Orthomyxoviruses that are endemic to pig populations. SIV strains isolated to date have been classified either as Influenzavirus C or one of the various subtypes of the genus Influenzavirus A. Swine flu, unlike bird flu, is able to pass from human to human contact. The 2009 swine flu outbreak is the spread of a new strain of H1N1 influenza virus that was first detected by public health agencies in March 2009. Local outbreaks of influenza-like illness were detected in three areas of Mexico , but the presence of this new strain was not discovered for a month. Following this discovery in the parts of United States bordering Mexico , its presence was swiftly confirmed in the local outbreaks in Mexico , and in isolated cases elsewhere. By April 27, the new strain was confirmed also in Canada , Spain , and the United Kingdom and suspected in many other nations, with over 1,800 candidate cases. The new strain is an apparent reassortment of several strains of influenza A virus subtype H1N1, including a strain endemic in humans and two strains endemic in pigs, as well as an avian influenza. Reassortment is common in influenza viruses, due to the structure of their genome. This particular reassortment is consistent with a transmission of swine influenza from pig to human combined with the mixing of two viral infections in the sa me person. In April both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expressed serious concerns about this novel strain, because it apparently transmits from human to human, has had a relatively high mortality rate in Mexico, and because it has the potential to become a flu pandemic. On April 25, 2009, the WHO determined the situation to be a formal “public health emergency of international concern”, with knowledge lacking in regard to “the clinical features, epidemiology, and virology of reported cases and the appropriate responses”. Government health agencies around the world also expressed concerns over the outbreak and are monitoring the situation closely. Recommendations to prevent infection by the virus consist of the standard personal precautions against influenza. This includes frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sa nitizers, especially after being out in public. People should avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes with their hands unless they’ve washed their hands.. If people do cough, they should either cough into a tissue and throw it in the garbage immediately or, if they cough in their hand, they should wash their hands immediately. Many countries confirmed that inbound international passengers will be screened. Typical airport health screening involves asking passengers which countries they have visited and checking whether they feel or look particularly unwell. On April 27, the CDC recommended the use of Tamiflu and Relenza for both treatment and prevention of the new strain. Some physicians in the US are recommending the use of masks when in public. The purpose of a face mask is to effectively cover a person’s mouth and nose so that if a person is around someone who is infected, there is a decreased likelihood of transmission.

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Earth Hour 2009 – Malaysia

Courtesy from thestar online..

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An aerial view of Hulu Langat where Malaysian landmarks including the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers observed a “lights off” hour from 8.30pm in conjunction with 2009 Earth Day.

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Sub-editors at The Star Publications working in the dark during 2009 Earth Hour.

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Menara Star in Petaling Jaya observed a ‘lights-off’ hour in conjunction with 2009 Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm

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Residents of Perumahan Polis Desa Tasek swtiching off their lights in conjunction with Earth Hour celebrations.

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The Star Online joins in the 2009 Earth Hour celebrations – 28 March, 2009

Malaysians not so hot in bedroom

A surprisingly high number of Malaysians are not sexually satisfied, a survey by pharmaceutical company Pfizer has revealed.

Two out of three Malaysian men and three out of four women are not satisfied with their sex lives, the Asia-Pacific Sexual Health and Overall Wellness survey stated. Malaysians are ranked sixth among 13 countries but, if it’s any consolation, Singaporeans fared worse. They are in eighth spot.

India topped the list with 70% of the respondents saying they were satisfied with their sex lives while Japan reported the lowest sexual satisfaction rate at 10%. “The Malaysian figure is higher than the overall Asia Pacific results where 57% of men and 64% of women reported being not very satisfied with sex,” said Dr Rosie King, who led the study in the Asia Pacific region from May to July 2008.

“The survey links the level of erection hardness to sexual satisfaction for men.” said Dr King during a roundtable discussion at a hotel here yesterday.

The level of erection hardness is measured in a scale of one to four using the Erection Hardness Score (EHS) developed by the European Association of Urology.

“Level one is like tofu where the male organ is large but not hard, level two is similar to a peeled banana where it’s not hard enough for penetration, level three is like an unpeeled banana where it’s hard enough for penetration but not completely, and level four is similar to a cucumber where it’s completely hard and fully rigid,” explained Dr King.

The men were required to evaluate themselves using the EHS during the survey and 40% of Malaysian men reported that they experienced erection below grade four.

Compared to their EHS grade four counterparts, these men have sex less often, are less sexually satisfied, and may suffer from lack of self confidence, or worse, depression.

“We found that greater sexual satisfaction is strongly associated with greater satisfaction with life overall. Generally, men and women who are highly satisfied with their sex life have a more positive outlook on their relationships and life.

In Malaysia, 102 men and 100 women were selected nationwide based onage, marital status, education level, and income to participate in the survey.

2009 Academy Awards Winners

Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Motion Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk.”

Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Foreign Film: “Departures,” Japan.

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk.”

Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E.”

Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight.”

Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman.

Original Song: “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

Costume: “The Duchess.”

Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire.”

Documentary (short subject): “Smile Pinki.”

Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Animated Short Film: “La Maison en Petits Cubes.”

Live Action Short Film: “Spielzeugland (Toyland).”

Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Roses are Red

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