Monday, July 20, 2009
For all those RV (recreational vehicle) users, here comes some good news..
I know how difficult it is to even replace the wheel of your car if there is a puncture. Now what happens if its a RV on your vacation with family - you could be in a big mess. So the good news is www.goodsamers.com is offering some great packages for RV users.. You should checkout these offers because they are one of the best avialable now for the price they are offering.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Oh My God.. OMG.. OMG.. My computer is crawling like a snail sometimes.. I can’t work well with virtualization - and thats something that I am studying hard these days.. Maybe upgrading just the computer memory can ease things a little bit.. But it does not help the fact that my motherboard Intel D102 is not supported by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. So I am thinking to replace the whole thing.. So as soon as I could get the money - expect a brand new system..
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This is an article from asbestos.com. Its kind of ironic, isn’t it? Mesothelioma is caused due to Asbestos exposure.. But this site - it deals with mesothelioma and is not a site for Asbestos. Its a pretty good site.
There are several types of treatment available for patients with mesothelioma, some recommended more frequently than others. The most commonly used treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. In addition, some experimental treatments are becoming more widely used, or are showing some encouraging results in clinical trials. These treatments include photodynamic therapy, gene therapy, and immunotherapy, among others.
Most of these treatments are not used in isolation. In many cases, treatment may consist of a combination of therapies. For example, surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible may be followed by radiotherapy or chemotherapy to remove residual cancer cells. This is one of the most common treatment options for mesothelioma among those who are candidates for surgery.
A number of alternative therapies can also be combined with traditional treatment options. Many patients choose to add alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, or TENS therapy to their conventional treatment approach in an effort to enhance or compliment the treatment process. A variety of alternative therapies, including aromatherapy, meditation, or yoga, are often added to a treatment regimen to provide pain relief and foster relaxation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma it is likely youre interested in the various treatment options available. Working with your doctor to create the best treatment plan is an important step. Knowing what the treatment plan will do to help treat the cancer often helps patients and their families understand the process and feel more comfortable.
Mesothelioma is regarded as a highly aggressive cancer, as this disease is exceptionally resistant to current treatment methods. Though a number of treatments are available to mesothelioma patients, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, these options are known to only offer palliative relief - not a cure.
A number of scientific studies and clinical trials have worked tirelessly to find a cure for mesothelioma to no avail. Those versed in the politics of cancer research posit that since mesothelioma is such a rare cancer, little financial funding has been allotted to support the search for a cure. Hence, the hope for a mesothelioma cure is undeniably reliant upon increased funding to support research efforts.
Thankfully, the general public is becoming increasingly aware of mesothelioma. As more people and specific interest groups recognize the critical need to support research for a mesothelioma cure, funding will undoubtedly increase and this cancer may start to receive financial support that contends with the nation’s most recognized forms of cancer. Once adequate funding for research becomes available, the hope for a cure will become a more tangible reality to mesothelioma sufferers across the globe.
Surgical treatments for mesothelioma include three main types - diagnostic surgery, curative surgery, and palliative surgery. Some types of surgery fall into more than one category.
For example, thoracentesis may be used as a diagnostic procedure, and as a palliative treatment to provide symptomatic relief. Only curative surgery can potentially remove all cancer from a patient with mesothelioma.
However, for curative surgery to be effective, it is particularly important that mesothelioma be diagnosed as early as possible. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is not usually diagnosed until it reaches Stage III or IV, when surgery is not an option. (Surgery can only be performed during mesothelioma stages I and II.)
Most forms of chemotherapy involve the intravenous administration of drugs such as Alimta and Cisplatin. Chemotherapeutic drugs are targeted to kill cells that are rapidly dividing by interfering with processes that occur during cell division.
However, while cancer cells themselves divide rapidly, so do some types of healthy cells, causing some of the unpleasant side effects that are often associated with this form of treatment. Though older chemotherapy medications seemed to do little to fight mesothelioma, newer chemotherapy drugs are showing much promise.
A relatively new form of chemotherapy called heated chemotherapy is an option for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.
This treatment is carried out following surgery, and involves the perfusion of heated chemotherapeutic medications into the peritoneum.
Radiation therapy, or “ionizing radiation”, is used to kill cancer cells and to limit the spread of cancer. For patients with mesothelioma, radiation therapy is most often used in conjunction with surgery.
However, in some cases radiation may be used as a stand-alone treatment to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with mesothelioma. In either case, it is rare for radiation therapy to provide more than short-term symptomatic relief.
Mesothelioma patients may receive one of two types of radiation therapies, depending on whether or not they are suitable candidates for either procedure.
External beam radiation therapy is the traditional type of radiation therapy, where tumors are bombarded with beams of radiation to kill cancer cells. Brachytherapy is a newer type of radiation treatment. It involves tiny radioactive rods which are implanted within a tumor to provide a strong, concentrated dose of radiation to tumors while doing very little damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Photodynamic therapy is a highly specialized and specific form of treatment that is most often used to treat skin cancers, some types of lung cancer, and pleural mesothelioma.
However, this treatment is usually unsuitable for patients with metastasized cancer; it is most effective in patients who have localized disease.
This type of therapy involves the use of light energy to kill cancer cells. In photodynamic therapy treatment, the patient is given an intravenous solution of a medication that makes cancer cells highly sensitive to a particular kind of light.
One to three days after this treatment, the patient is exposed to the light, and cancer cells that have absorbed the medication are killed.
Gene therapy involves using genetic material to specifically target cancer cells and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy treatment.
The main type of gene therapy being developed for use in mesothelioma patients is called “suicide gene therapy,” because it forces cancer cells to produce substances that cause their death.
When undergoing this type of gene therapy, the patient is treated with a non-infectious virus that has been altered with genetic material that makes them produce a particular protein.
Following this procedure, the patient is then treated with a chemotherapeutic medication that is specially formulated to be toxic only to cancer cells. This type of therapy has produced some promising results for mesothelioma patients, but it is still only available through clinical trials.
Immunotherapy is a type of treatment in which the patient’s own immune system is ‘tricked’ into killing cancer cells. A healthy, normally-functioning immune system does not kill cancer cells, because even though these are diseased cells, the immune system is unable to recognize them as being harmful.
There are two main types of immunotherapy: active and passive. In active immunotherapy, mesothelioma cancer cells are removed from a patient and then treated in a laboratory to turn them into a vaccine. Following this laboratory treatment, the patient is injected with the vaccine and if the treatment is successful, the patient’s immune system recognizes the vaccine as a harmful substance, thus recognizing the cancer as being harmful as well.
Passive immunotherapy is somewhat different in that it does not attempt to activate the patient’s immune system. Instead, it uses substances such as cytokines (molecules that direct and regulate the immune system) and other agents to help boost the patient’s immune response to their cancer.
This is an article from lcdtvstands.net - good info for those who are in the lookout for an upgarde..
If you update your tv, you may need to update your stand as well. Lcd tv stands save space, provide for greater storage, and are aesthetically more appealing.
1- LCD TV Stands Save Space!
Eventually, everybodys television becomes outdated or wears out. When you purchase a new LCD or Plasma tv it is important to get a stand that matches.
Nowadays tvs are getting bigger. Panasonic just released a 103 inch tv that costs around sixty thousand dollars. Most americans watch a 27-32 inch tv. However, when they upgrade to lcd or plasma they usually add on 6-12 inches. These larger tvs won’t usually fit on an older tv stand.
The good news is that lcd and plasma tv stands are made thinner because the tv is not as wide. The new designs allow you to save a lot of space.
You may want to consider putting an lcd television on your wall. If, however you choose this option you will also need some media storage space. Many people choose a tv stand for the convenient storage space.
2- How Much Storage Space Do I Need?
Lcd tv stands provide greater storage. Why? Because the tv doesn’t take up as much room.
We recommend getting a stand that can store all of your dvds. For most people, they will need at least four shelving compartments or drawers. Most people prefer a drawer or compartment with a translucent or glass face so they can see what dvds they are going to watch.
If you are a gamer (Wii, Xbox, Playstation) we recommend a separate compartment for the game console. In addition, you may enjoy having a separate drawer or compartment for video games.
Please keep in mind that you will accumulate more media over the years. You may want to consider purchasing more storage space than you have need right now or donate items on a frequent basis.
3- Aeshetic Appeal
New lcd and plasma tv stands have a more modern feel. They look cleaner and crisper than older televisions. The reason is because they are so thin. This is why most modern stands do not cover the television.
Friday, July 3, 2009
By Charlyn Keating Chisholm, About.com
What are the best Las Vegas hotels? You can’t go wrong with these. These Las Vegas hotels are not necessarily the most luxurious or expensive, but represent some of the best values.
This luxury all-suite hotel, opened in early 2008 next to sister property The Venetian, is the newest all-suite property in Las Vegas. In the lobby, fountains stretch two stories high, and a 60-foot glass dome, imported marble floors and bronze columns make an impressive statement.
Classically romantic, this resort is styled after a lakeside village in Tuscany. The fountains out front dance a ballet of sorts throughout each day. Inside, a botanical garden with a matching glass ceiling sculpture provide more sustenance for your senses. This hotel has a special place in my heart, ever since I spent my honeymoon there a couple of years ago. Ask for a Lake View room for an enchanting look at the dancing fountains gracing the 8-acre lake.
Red Rock Casino Resort
The first billion-dollar resort and casino to be built off the Strip, Red Rock takes full advantage of a picturesque setting in the mountains. This luxury resort was conceived on a smaller scale then the typical Strip behemoth, resulting in a more intimate feel. Las Vegas flash is added with over three million crystals woven into the decor. Glass windows overlook the surrounding mountains.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
A few steps above many of the other resorts on the Strip in elegance and style Located at the Southernmost tip of the Strip at the top of Mandalay Bay, the Four Seasons is almost a hidden oasis among the din and fervor of Las Vegas.
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
An all-suite, non-gaming hotel within the Mandalay Bay towers, THEhotel is a sleek option on the south end of the Strip. Guests of THEhotel enjoy all of the amenities of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort complex, including the water park, shopping and restaurants. THEhotel has its own spa, The Bathhouse, and a separate entrance.
The Venetian treats guests to a taste of Renaissance Italy in the desert. With an indoor shopping area modeled after St. Mark’s Square, a replica of the canals and gondolas of Venice, and sixteen restaurants by the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse, put this huge resort into the category of “must see it to believe it.”
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Since its opening in 1999, Mandalay Bay has become one of the most popular hotels on the Strip. At night, rumjungle becomes one of the hippest night spots in town. Concerts are held in the arena or the House of Blues concert hall. During the day, there’s a rare coin museum, a walk-through aquarium and several trendy restaurants.
Palms Casino Resort
Playboy-inspired hotel west of the Strip popular with the L.A. Crowd and celebrities like Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson. A magnet for celebrities, the Palms has been making waves among the hip and young crowd since its opening in 2001. A South Beach atmosphere and two of the hottest nightclubs in town add to the draw.
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
If you can’t swing the overseas flight, Paris Las Vegas will give you a taste of the City of Lights. The hotel catches your eye from the Strip with a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Inside the hotel and casino is a dollhouse version of the city, with cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and folks greeting you with “Bonjour.”
When Caesars Palace opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 1966, it set a new standard in opulence and elegance. Today, despite competition from newer hotels, Caesars still holds its own. The Forum Shops are decadent shopping at its best, and is fun to walk through if just to see the blue sky ceiling and fountain statues that come to life. Older kids will love the virtual reality rides.