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Post time 2012-7-4 16:13:10 |Display all floors
7月04日
Another serious reason to shun away from foods with shark fin.

Consuming shark fin soup is a bad idea, not only because of the decreasing number of sharks, but it can also lead to brain damage.

It has been found that shark fins have high concentrations of β-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), a neurotoxin linked to neurodegenerative diseases in humans including Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig disease (ALS).

Patients with these diseases that are tested were found to have very high levels of BMAA before they died, up to 256 nanograms per milligram – in their brains. Shark fins contain between 144 to 1836 ng/mg of this neurotoxin.

The threat comes, not only from eating the soup, but also from taking supplements that contain shark fat.

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Post time 2012-7-5 14:40:57 |Display all floors
7月06日
If key European Banks start deleveraging in Asia ...

The largest borrowers from European banks (particularly UK banks) are Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan Province of China, while China, India, and the economies of South East Asia generally have smaller liabilities.

For most regional economies, the nonbank private sector, i.e., businesses and households, are the main recipients of credit from foreign banks as a whole, especially in areas of trade credit and specialized project financing.

However, in several Asian economies, lending by local subsidiaries and branches were funded primarily by local deposits. Thus, reducing potential deleveraging pressures.

In Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan Province of China, the domestic banking sectors are relatively more reliant on European banks for wholesale funding, thereby increasing their vulnerability to deleveraging through the financial system.

Overall, Asian economies should be self-reliant considering the following factors:  vigorous policy response, healthy balance sheets, liquidity guarantee, expanding insurance, low debt-to-equity ratios and lastly but equally important, they have healthy local banking systems.

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Post time 2012-7-6 09:38:05 |Display all floors
7月06日
Molecular Therapy: A new source of pluripotent stem cells

Human amniotic fluid stem cells exposed to valproic acid or AFSC+VPA is the newest way of looking at the potential of stem cells, allowing us to capitalize on the past to repair the future.
Said cells lie in the human life cycle between the embryos and old people s teeth: floating in the fluid that cushions a fetus.

After harvesting, the cells need to be exposed to valproic acid to make them pluripotent.Then, they are grown on a protein-rich gel and also exposed to the medium used to culture hES cells.

Valproic acid is cheap and FDA approved. Although it can cause neural tube defects in an embryo, it is used on the amniotic stem cells externally. It's also much safer as compared to injecting genes, RNA, or proteins, which are inefficient and can induce tumors. Applying the drug externally to isolated amniotic fluid cells doesn't entail culturing stem cells from embryos, as is the case for hES cells.

Another advantage is it's easier to derive pluripotent stem cells from these cells than from adult cells, in which crucial pluripotency genes are totally switched off.

This could be an exciting new player in the pluripotent stem cell field, and certainly has the potential of making a big impact on regenerative medicine.

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Post time 2012-7-7 09:59:50 |Display all floors
7月07日
What is methanal? Why is it found in famous brands of shampoos?

Methanal or Formaldehyde/Formalin (CH₂O), is a very toxic substance which can cause sever burns, redness, or blisters when it comes in contact with the skin.
It can cause horrible burning pains in the mouth, throat, stomach, liver, and intestines if ingested and can cause incredible pain, tearing, or permanent blindness if it gets into the eyes.
If inhaled, it could be extremely irritating and damaging  to mucosa linings in the nostrils and respiratory system. Other harmful effects are dizziness, headaches, chest pains, or complete respiratory failure.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), methanal's risk factor is high. It is classified as a carcinogenic to humans and is associated with various kinds of cancer. It can cause immune-system toxicity, liver problems, and can be an irritant and allergen.

So why are they found in Unilever brands 'Lux' and 'Dove' shampoos ?
Methanal is a cheap additive that functions/used as cosmetic biocide, denaturant and as preservative.

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Post time 2012-7-7 10:56:44 |Display all floors
sibangh Post time: 2012-7-7 10:45
There's always room for improvement.

Yes, I believe so.
俺是这样认为的。

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Post time 2012-7-8 11:18:23 |Display all floors
This post was edited by LoneAcorn at 2012-7-8 11:20

7月08日
Point a finger in blame at others ….

Citing figures of US unemployment vis-a-vis RMB's value during 1991 to 2010, the US protectionists view that a weak Chinese currency costs American jobs. They say that a weaker RMB is associated with low American unemployment and a stronger RMB is associated with high American unemployment.

Yeah right! It's always easier for them to play the 'blame-China-game'. {:soso_e149:}
Well, in fact, if only those officials at the helm really knows how to handle their own economy properly, then what this or that country does is almost irrelevant.

The sad fact is that, it's not easy for a nation to really function well if on their own. More so, for a nation who started from invasion and for many centuries, thrived by either relying on their own oil resources, invading then looting those of other countries or enslaving/enticing majority of talents from other nations (Africans, Latinos, Asians).

Reminds me of a saying:
'Point a finger in blame at others and you have 3 fingers pointing back at yourself.'

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Post time 2012-7-9 06:54:15 |Display all floors
7月09日
Common Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Conditioners: Sodium Laureth Sulphate

Sodium Laureth Sulphate, sometimes referred as SLS, is a known chemical carcinogen found in commercial hair conditioners.

This substance has been linked to kidney damage, liver damaged, dermatitis, eczema and it can disrupt the human nervous system making it a neuro-toxin as well.

Manufacturers of shampoos and conditioners add this chemical because it is a cheap way to give their product a frothy texture.

Currently, this chemical substance is in the process of being banned for consumer usage in Europe and in some parts of Central America. However, the US reports state that said chemical is still fine for human usage.

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