Thursday, March 4, 2010

rec.bicycles.racing - 25 new messages in 11 topics - digest

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Today's topics:

* Frame - 4 messages, 4 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/46a86853a75ce918?hl=en
* almost had me going there - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/b49ae84ca033402a?hl=en
* Vote for Fred - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/1ec13e04998ba676?hl=en
* Paris-Nice 2010 - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/d0f54cb29d5b5a04?hl=en
* rebranding equipment... - 5 messages, 5 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/276ccc4f0af1c8fe?hl=en
* Rock Racing UCI license - 3 messages, 3 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ae5b7afd17f37cb0?hl=en
* rbr scientific terms - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/112d7d276a6cac98?hl=en
* ForkSTRONG Bracelets are here and free to 'Influencers' worldwide - 1
messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ca9e6fc157464aa7?hl=en
* Exploding Frame and Fork Mystery Solved! - 1 messages, 1 author
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/96a8338a6991b0fe?hl=en
* A Field Guide to Sports Egos - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/4b95cb9bbcf95a01?hl=en
* back pain - 2 messages, 2 authors
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/406ffaae7ce881df?hl=en

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TOPIC: Frame
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/46a86853a75ce918?hl=en
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== 1 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 12:11 am
From: Wilma Munro


bjw@mambo.ucolick.org wrote:
>
>> Definitely a Sunday club-ride bike. Seems like you
>> wouldn't want to ride it in the rain. Apart from the
>> water getting into everything, I bet the front wheel
>> could throw water right through the downtube into
>> your face, crotch, and aerobelly.

William Fred wrote:
> That's why you put fenders on something like that.

Crotch fenders could have various other applications. I wonder if they
come in carbon.

== 2 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 1:09 am
From: "Fred K. Gringioni"

"Ryan Cousineau" <rcousine@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:rcousine-A3F432.20273803032010@[74.223.185.199.nw.nuvox.net]...
>
>> I'll bet that in our lifetime, we'll see some sort of iso-truss tubing
>> being
>> viable for bikes, but the concept's gotta be a lot lighter, not heavier,
>> in
>> order to compensate for the aerodynamic disadvantages.
>
> It's neat-looking, but incredibly stupid. It can never really be light
> enough to compensate for the aero disadvantage, unless they start
> aero-shaping the truss and wrapping it in cling film ("replace monthly
> for best performance"). Bike frames already are trusses, just at a more
> reasonable scale.

Dumbass -

It's theoretically possible to make that isotruss work with Buckminster
Fullerenes.

If they ever do the space tether/elevator, that's gonna be the material.
It's the only thing that's got the tensile strength to weight ratio. The
problem with it so far is no one's been able to create it at scales bigger
than nano.

thanks,

Kurgan. presented by Gringioni.

== 3 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 8:06 am
From: Sergio Moretti


On Mar 4, 12:27 am, "b...@mambo.ucolick.org" <bjwei...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> On Mar 3, 9:27 pm, Ryan Cousineau <rcous...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> >  "KurganGringioni" <soulinthemach...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > I'll bet that in our lifetime, we'll see some sort of iso-truss tubing being
> > > viable for bikes, but the concept's gotta be a lot lighter, not heavier, in
> > > order to compensate for the aerodynamic disadvantages.
>
> > It's neat-looking, but incredibly stupid. It can never really be light
> > enough to compensate for the aero disadvantage, unless they start
> > aero-shaping the truss and wrapping it in cling film ("replace monthly
> > for best performance"). Bike frames already are trusses, just at a more
> > reasonable scale.
>
> > > One area where the concept should perhaps should be applied today is in the
> > > rear derailleur design, but once again, it's gotta be lighter.
>
> > Maybe not. The lightest read der remains the Simplex. Modern derailers
> > backed off in order to be more accurate (stiffer) and more reliable
> > (fewer delrin parts). Even now, when Shimano and Campy dabble in carbon
> > derailer parts, the weight is about the same.
>
> Dumbasses,
>
> I basically agree with Fred Cousineau, in fact I'd go a
> little stronger and say that regardless of the aero
> problems, an open framework "tube" is generally
> going to be at a disadvantage versus a regular tube
> in the bicycle frame application.  It's for the same reasons
> why drillium is essentially extinct, even for chainrings -
> Campy skeleton brakes are the only exception I can
> think of offhand, plus a few stems with oddball cross
> sections that are done just to look cool.
>
> Rather than drilling a lot of small holes in a piece that
> leave it connected by tiny webs of metal, it's stronger to make
> the piece have its stress points connected by fairly solid
> pieces, and leave large open spaces in between.  This
> is what a modern chainring looks like.  It's also more or
> less the principle behind a traditional triangulated bicycle
> frame - you connect the important points with beams of
> moderately large diameter that are strong and stiff for their
> weight, and leave the spaces in the middle empty.
>
> In the case of frame tubes, they can be under a fair amount
> of torsion, especially the downtube.  The most efficient
> shape for resisting torsion is a circular cross section.
> Anything more elaborate, like an I-beam or a box, is
> actually worse in torsion so you have to add metal/CF/whatever.
> If you try to make it as a very open truss, you have to
> worry about the thin elements denting (analogous
> to why you can't make super-light steel frames out
> of super-thinwall tube - they buckle).
>
> There are some structures that are way more efficient to
> build as trusses, like a power-line tower, or a spoked
> bicycle wheel for that matter.  The tower has to be pretty wide
> to balance, and be stiff against side loads.
> If you tried to make it that wide and out of a solid tube it
> would be insanely heavy.  Bike frame tubes have a different
> constraint.  They are stiff enough when 2" or so, or less, in
> diameter.  You could make a stiff and light structure by
> increasing the diameter and building it as a truss.  But
> once you make a 6" diameter truss toptube, no one is
> going to be able to ride it except those goobers who have
> their seats too low and knees sticking out to the sides.
>
> The goofy Calfee frame that is entirely woven over with
> carbon spiderweb is a better analogy to a truss than the
> Delta 7 frame.  The Delta 7 frame has its ass between
> two chairs - it's trying to be a truss and a traditional
> 3-main-tube diamond frame at the same time.  That
> keeps it UCI legal but makes it cool looking rather
> than optimized.
>
> Ben- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Ben,

I agree with your points, especially the final comment "...cool
looking rather than optimized".

BTW, it's very expensive too -- about $5000 (frame only).


== 4 of 4 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:30 pm
From: Amit Ghosh


On Mar 3, 11:37 pm, Fred Cousineau <rcous...@gmail.com> wrote:

> And all the non-wood* bikes were less gimmicky than your example of
> maahble columns.
>

dumbass,

the show is all about pointless extravagance (marble columns), but in
the particular aesthetic of the beards, "townies" and microbrews
crowd.

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TOPIC: almost had me going there
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/b49ae84ca033402a?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 1:05 am
From: "Fred K. Gringioni"

"William Fred" <gcnp58@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:Xns9D30A56C7D14EFkldeltaC@130.133.4.11...
>>
>> Dumbass -
>>
>> Saddlebag of saddlesores gets me thinking of one of RBR's favorite
>> riders, Tom Danielson.
>>
>> When TD's about to drop out with his stomach virus/diarrhea, Ligget
>> could say he's reaching into his:
>>
>> 1) duffel of disease
>> 2) container of contamination
>> 3) purse of pestilence
>> 4) rucksack of rot
>> 5) pocket of plague
>> 6) vial of Vaughters
>
> Bidon of Boot

Dumbass -

How about this:

When Vaughters comes up with his next excuse for TD dropping out of a stage
race, they can say that Vaughters grabbed that excuse from his Douchebag of
Danielson.

thanks,

Fred. presented by Gringioni.

== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:27 am
From: "A. Dumas Fred"


Fred Gringioni wrote:
> When TD's about to drop out with his stomach virus/diarrhea, Ligget could
> say he's reaching into his:
>
> 1) duffel of disease
> 2) container of contamination
> 3) purse of pestilence
> 4) rucksack of rot
> 5) pocket of plague
> 6) vial of Vaughters

Backpocket of Bah.
Coffer of Convoluted Cock-ups
Chamois of Chagrin
Chest of Choking Cholo
Drawer of Dropsies

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TOPIC: Vote for Fred
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/1ec13e04998ba676?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 4:51 am
From: "z, fred"


http://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_archives/2010/3/3/4470968.html

Colorado's bicycling Guv not the first to hit the pavement


Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter joined a special club on Tuesday -- "Pols Who
Love to Ride Bikes and Have the Abrasions, Contussions and Fractures to
Prove It."

Members include other governors, some mayors, and even a president.

Out riding with some friends Tuesday morning, Ritter apparently touched
wheels with the bicyclist in front of him and crashed to the pavement.

Spokesman Evan Dreyer said the governor bumped his head as well, but was
wearing a helmet. He'll spend several nights in the hospital for
treatment of the broken ribs and previously undisclosed separated shoulder.

We're glad that Ritter is OK. He's been seen riding at the Elephant Rock
Ride and has been talking to Lance Armstrong about reviving the Coors
Classic.

But Ritter is just one in a long string of elected officials who have
been injured in bicycle accidents.

Kneecaps and collarbones

Among mayors, it has been reported several times over the years that
Chicago's Richard M. Daley ripped the skin off his kneecap a few years
ago in a bicycle crash. Washington DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty flipped over
the handlebars of his road bike on the Whitehurst Freeway in 2008 while
he was training for a triathlon and reinjured his foot.

The toll among governors is just as high.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry broke his collarbone just last summer when he sped
down a hill on a bike trail in Austin and, for an unknown reason,
flipped over his handlebars and landed on the backside of his right
shoulder.

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner suffered two broken bones in his right hand
while participating in the 2005 Bike Virginia. Apparently Warner was
holding his water bottle in his right hand as he approached some
railroad tracks and tried to slow down, braking the front wheel only
with his left hand.

POTUS

The most famous bicycle crashes, of course, involved President George W.
Bush on Mountain Bike One.

The first was in 2004 when he fell off his bicycle at his ranch and
grazed his chin, upper lip, nose, both knees, and right hand.

The most publicized, however, occurred during the G-8 summit in 2005.
According to excerpts from the police report, a detachment of police was
asked to close off an intersection while Bush bicycled to his hotel:

"As the President passed the junction at speed he raised his left
arm from the handlebars to wave to the police officers present while
shouting 'thanks, you guys, for coming'.

"As he did this he lost control of the cycle, falling to the
ground, causing both himself and his bicycle to strike [the officer] on
the lower legs. [The officer] fell to the ground, striking his head. The
President continued along the ground for approximately five metres,
causing himself a number of abrasions."

This series of accidents in the past decade may lead us to believe that
our elected officials are total klutzes when it comes to bicycling.
Well, I've had my own experience with klutzier bike crashes, and would
rather just chalk it up to bad luck. Let's just be glad these crashes
weren't any worse.


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 7:26 am
From: dave a


On 3/4/2010 4:51 AM, z, fred wrote:
> http://www.bikingbis.com/blog/_archives/2010/3/3/4470968.html
>
> Colorado's bicycling Guv not the first to hit the pavement
>
>
> Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter joined a special club on Tuesday -- "Pols Who
> Love to Ride Bikes and Have the Abrasions, Contussions and Fractures to
> Prove It."
>
> Members include other governors, some mayors, and even a president.
>
> Out riding with some friends Tuesday morning, Ritter apparently touched
> wheels with the bicyclist in front of him and crashed to the pavement.
>
> Spokesman Evan Dreyer said the governor bumped his head as well, but was
> wearing a helmet. He'll spend several nights in the hospital for
> treatment of the broken ribs and previously undisclosed separated shoulder.
>

Several nights in the hospital for a few broken ribs and a separated
shoulder? What a wuss.

Any video of POTUS doing the faceplant?

- dave a

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TOPIC: Paris-Nice 2010
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/d0f54cb29d5b5a04?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:31 am
From: --D-y


On Mar 2, 7:51 pm, "Tom Kunich" <tkun...@earthlink.net> wrote:
> Next Sunday Paris-Nice will begin. This year has more top level riders than
> most other years so it ought to be interesting to see what happens.
>
> Of course since it is so early in the season it will only be giving up hints
> about what the teams are going to perform as.
>
> Who are you thinking will win this year?

Hincapie.
--D-y

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TOPIC: rebranding equipment...
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/276ccc4f0af1c8fe?hl=en
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== 1 of 5 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 7:10 am
From: Cicero Venatio


As the dollar drops, and the price of equipment rises, I see cyclists
buying more and more equipment from frames to shifters that are branded
Nashbar. But I also see them, in their shame, do some real clumsy
attempts to hide the nashbar logo on their equipment. Now a real man,
could care less, and sport the Nashbar logo with pride, noting it's not
the bike, but the man that is important. But in this new world of
fakes, frauds and poseurs, it is the brand of the shifter or the frame
that counts. I've even seen these poseurs even refuse to drink a store
branded soft drink, just because it wasn't a "Coke" or a "Pespsi." Has
madison avenue made everyone just incredibly shallow?


== 2 of 5 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 9:02 am
From: "rick-paulos@uiowa.edu"


Oh look at all the posers. Those that buy kit that advertises for
others. WTF? Are people so needy they must belong to a group? Really
advertising a pro team has long term benefits. Look at all the old
7-11, Postal, Motorola and so on you still see riders and fans
wearing. Worst yet are small local clubs that require members to buy
their own kit that advertises for the teams sponsors. This is so
wrong. Riders pay to pretend they look like dopers.


== 3 of 5 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:22 pm
From: Amit Ghosh


On Mar 4, 12:02 pm, "rick-pau...@uiowa.edu" <rick-pau...@uiowa.edu>
wrote:


> Oh look at all the posers.  Those that buy kit that advertises for
> others.  WTF?  Are people so needy they must belong to a group? Really
> advertising a pro team has long term benefits.  Look at all the old
> 7-11, Postal, Motorola and so on you still see riders and fans
> wearing. Worst yet are small local clubs that require members to buy
> their own kit that advertises for the teams sponsors.  This is so
> wrong.  Riders pay to pretend they look like dopers.

dumbass,

where do you rank the rock racings - where the racers ride escalades
to the races (and get shaken down by the mexican cops) meanwhile
selling their kits on ebay to pay their cellphone bills.

== 4 of 5 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:39 pm
From: Fred Cousineau


In article <QtednYl1xOP8UBLWnZ2dnUVZ_vidnZ2d@earthlink.com>,
Cicero Venatio <jazzyboss@hotmail.com> wrote:

> As the dollar drops, and the price of equipment rises, I see cyclists
> buying more and more equipment from frames to shifters that are branded
> Nashbar. But I also see them, in their shame, do some real clumsy
> attempts to hide the nashbar logo on their equipment. Now a real man,
> could care less, and sport the Nashbar logo with pride, noting it's not
> the bike, but the man that is important. But in this new world of
> fakes, frauds and poseurs, it is the brand of the shifter or the frame
> that counts. I've even seen these poseurs even refuse to drink a store
> branded soft drink, just because it wasn't a "Coke" or a "Pespsi." Has
> madison avenue made everyone just incredibly shallow?

Dear Cicero:

People are hiding their Nashbar-logo shifters? That's, like, a branding
upgrade from Microshift.

--
Fred Cousineau rcousine@gmail.com http://www.wiredcola.com/
"It's despicable, but it works." -Fred Dumas


== 5 of 5 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 7:18 pm
From: "bjw@mambo.ucolick.org"


On Mar 4, 10:02 am, "rick-pau...@uiowa.edu" <rick-pau...@uiowa.edu>
wrote:
> Oh look at all the posers.  Those that buy kit that advertises for
> others.  WTF?  Are people so needy they must belong to a group? Really
> advertising a pro team has long term benefits.  Look at all the old
> 7-11, Postal, Motorola and so on you still see riders and fans
> wearing. Worst yet are small local clubs that require members to buy
> their own kit that advertises for the teams sponsors.  This is so
> wrong.  Riders pay to pretend they look like dopers.

Dumbass,

I'd rather have a hater mistake me for a doper or a poser,
than a poser mistake me for a hater.

Small-club riders should pay for their own kit. It's a
hobby or a pastime. If your team is so professional that
Cat 3s and 4s are getting free kit, then the sponsorship
priorities are messed up. Sponsorship dollars should
subsidize race entry fees, putting on races, discount/free
entries/kit/expenses for juniors, and communal club
expenses (gas money, etc).

Thank you for your attention in this matter,
Ben

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TOPIC: Rock Racing UCI license
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ae5b7afd17f37cb0?hl=en
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== 1 of 3 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 8:55 am
From: "rick-paulos@uiowa.edu"


UCI President Pat McQuaid vigorously denied allegations that Rock
Racing's license bid failed for political reasons. "I don't know the
details but I would say that's pure bullshit," McQuaid said. "I wasn't
involved in the decision but that wouldn't be a reason. That's all
bullshit."


Okay, McQuaid is the president of the organization issuing the
licenses. How %^&*ing clueles is McQuaid?

== 2 of 3 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 1:10 pm
From: "Mike Jacoubowsky"


<rick-paulos@uiowa.edu> wrote in message
news:9a02e185-9a10-4355-88f9-b496b2c5c2f1@k17g2000yqb.googlegroups.com...
> UCI President Pat McQuaid vigorously denied allegations that Rock
> Racing's license bid failed for political reasons. "I don't know the
> details but I would say that's pure bullshit," McQuaid said. "I wasn't
> involved in the decision but that wouldn't be a reason. That's all
> bullshit."
>
>
> Okay, McQuaid is the president of the organization issuing the
> licenses. How %^&*ing clueles is McQuaid?

Is it "political" to deny a license to a team that has become the equivalent
of the 1970s Oakland Raiders, hiring a crew of presumably-ex-dopers that
nobody else would take? Well, maybe. But what about denying the license due
to incompetence? Look at Michael Ball's quote in the same article-

"I'm sure there are a lot reasons why they didn't give it to us," he added.
"Probably one of the mistakes I made was to consider Landis on the team.
That really hurt our chances more than anything. I've learned more about
this sport and that there are a lot of politics and hopefully we'll be able
to get things right."

He's been at this game how long and he's still claiming ignorance to be an
excuse? This isn't about politics, it's about stepping out of Darwin's way
and letting things progress as they should.

In a parallel universe, Michael Ball would be an awesome DS for a Rollerball
team.

--Mike Jacoubowsky
Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReaction.com
Redwood City & Los Altos, CA USA

== 3 of 3 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:19 pm
From: Amit Ghosh


On Mar 4, 4:10 pm, "Mike Jacoubowsky" <Mi...@ChainReaction.com> wrote:

> "I'm sure there are a lot reasons why they didn't give it to us," he added.
> "Probably one of the mistakes I made was to consider Landis on the team.
> That really hurt our chances more than anything. I've learned more about
> this sport and that there are a lot of politics and hopefully we'll be able
> to get things right."

dumbass,

landis' involvement didn't prevent OUCH from getting a license.

ball is in love with the idea of having his own team but he wasn't
prepared for the shitty reality of it.

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TOPIC: rbr scientific terms
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/112d7d276a6cac98?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 10:56 am
From: Anton Berlin


On Mar 4, 12:59 am, Ryan Cousineau <rcous...@gmail.com> wrote:
> In article <hmnkp7$bi...@news.eternal-september.org>,
>  "Robert Chung" <anonymous.cow...@address.invalid> wrote:
>
> > Ryan Cousineau wrote:
>
> > > Best discovery from reading that: "cretin" was the original
> > > kind-hearted euphemism.
>
> > This is better: "The etymology of cretin is uncertain. Several hypotheses
> > exist. The most common derivation provided in English dictionaries is from
> > the Alpine French dialect pronunciation of the word Chrétien ("(a)
> > Christian")"
>
> > BTW, "étouffe-chrétien" is a phrase used to describe a food that is so
> > difficult to chew and swallow that it could choke a Christian.
>
> To the OED!
>
> First appearance in English is recorded as 1779. I would not have
> guessed it was so late: "W. COXE in Ann. Reg. II. 92 note, The species
> of idiots I have mentioned..who are described by many authors as
> peculiar to the Vallais, are called Cretins."
>
> Here's the OED etymology:
>
> [a. F. crétin (in Encycl. 1754), ad. Swiss patois crestin, creitin:L.
> Christinum CHRISTIAN, which in the mod. Romanic langs. (as sometimes
> dial. in Eng.) means Ĺ’human creature¹ as distinguished from the brutes;
> the sense being here that these beings are really human, though so
> deformed physically and mentally. (Cf. natural.) So, according to
> Hatzfeld and Darmesteter, the Cagots are called in Béarn crestiaas.] 
>
> If there is any other proposed etymology, it is not recorded.
>
> --
> Ryan Cousineau rcous...@gmail.comhttp://www.wiredcola.com/
> "In other newsgroups, they killfile trolls."
> "In rec.bicycles.racing, we coach them."

I have the complete OED at home and will check also.


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:31 pm
From: Ryan Cousineau


In article
<f2160d42-8296-4b95-8ea3-8bb067c5de4d@g19g2000yqe.googlegroups.com>,
Anton Berlin <truth_88888@yahoo.com> wrote:

> On Mar 4, 12:59 am, Ryan Cousineau <rcous...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > In article <hmnkp7$bi...@news.eternal-september.org>,
> >  "Robert Chung" <anonymous.cow...@address.invalid> wrote:
> >
> > > Ryan Cousineau wrote:
> >
> > > > Best discovery from reading that: "cretin" was the original
> > > > kind-hearted euphemism.
> >
> > > This is better: "The etymology of cretin is uncertain. Several hypotheses
> > > exist. The most common derivation provided in English dictionaries is from
> > > the Alpine French dialect pronunciation of the word Chrétien ("(a)
> > > Christian")"
> >
> > > BTW, "étouffe-chrétien" is a phrase used to describe a food that is so
> > > difficult to chew and swallow that it could choke a Christian.
> >
> > To the OED!
> >
> > First appearance in English is recorded as 1779. I would not have
> > guessed it was so late: "W. COXE in Ann. Reg. II. 92 note, The species
> > of idiots I have mentioned..who are described by many authors as
> > peculiar to the Vallais, are called Cretins."
> >
> > Here's the OED etymology:
> >
> > [a. F. crétin (in Encycl. 1754), ad. Swiss patois crestin, creitin:L.
> > Christinum CHRISTIAN, which in the mod. Romanic langs. (as sometimes
> > dial. in Eng.) means 'human creature1 as distinguished from the brutes;
> > the sense being here that these beings are really human, though so
> > deformed physically and mentally. (Cf. natural.) So, according to
> > Hatzfeld and Darmesteter, the Cagots are called in Béarn crestiaas.] 
> >
> > If there is any other proposed etymology, it is not recorded.
> >
> > --
> > Ryan Cousineau rcous...@gmail.comhttp://www.wiredcola.com/
> > "In other newsgroups, they killfile trolls."
> > "In rec.bicycles.racing, we coach them."
>
> I have the complete OED at home and will check also.

You'll be checking my copy-paste skillz. Taxpayers not only pay my
salary, they also give me online access to the OED.

--
Ryan Cousineau rcousine@gmail.com http://www.wiredcola.com/
"In other newsgroups, they killfile trolls."
"In rec.bicycles.racing, we coach them."

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TOPIC: ForkSTRONG Bracelets are here and free to 'Influencers' worldwide
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/ca9e6fc157464aa7?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 11:02 am
From: Anton Berlin


Hi guys,

I decided to give these away.

The glow in the dark feature of these bracelets makes it easy to be
seen should you wake up in the dark recesses of a road side ditch
hours after a spontaneous fork explosion.

If you have a local LBS where you can get a few of these bracelets to
people interested in supporting ForkSTRONG please post your name or
alias and the address of the LBS they can be sent in c/o.

Example:

Anton Berlin c/o
Richardson Bike Mart
1000 Coit Road
Plano TX 75093

Also post quantity desired.

Distribution will be based on total requested, geographic dispersion
with preference given to those that attest their loyalty and undying
support of ForkSTRONG.

(PS – Kurgan will already be an 'authorized dealer' for his region)

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TOPIC: Exploding Frame and Fork Mystery Solved!
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/96a8338a6991b0fe?hl=en
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== 1 of 1 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 11:03 am
From: Anton Berlin


ForkSTRONG bracelets are now available see this post:


http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/browse_thread/thread/ca9e6fc157464aa7?hl=en#


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TOPIC: A Field Guide to Sports Egos
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/4b95cb9bbcf95a01?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 11:42 am
From: Mark


Any cycling entries for the narcissist or insane lists?

http://trueslant.com/matttaibbi/2010/03/04/a-field-guide-to-sports-egos/


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 6:34 pm
From: Ryan Cousineau


In article
<4126f53c-b94c-4936-94d7-125397698b22@z4g2000yqa.googlegroups.com>,
Mark <msambors@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Any cycling entries for the narcissist or insane lists?
>
> http://trueslant.com/matttaibbi/2010/03/04/a-field-guide-to-sports-egos/

All of them?

--
Ryan Cousineau rcousine@gmail.com http://www.wiredcola.com/
"In other newsgroups, they killfile trolls."
"In rec.bicycles.racing, we coach them."

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TOPIC: back pain
http://groups.google.com/group/rec.bicycles.racing/t/406ffaae7ce881df?hl=en
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== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 4:04 pm
From: kwander


http://www.backpainpanacea.com

Most people turn to their doctors to find relief and to obtain varying
remedies for pain, but did you know there are dangers related to
common treatments that your doctor likely isn't telling you. That's
right. Your quest to eliminate your bad back and neck pain could be
causing you more harm than good.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, are one common remedy
for chronic back pain and neck pain. It is extremely common for
neck and back pain treatment seekers to pop a few ibuprofen or aspirin
in the hopes of finding pain relief. In some extreme cases, while
awaiting risky surgery, many people will embrace a treatment plan of
NSAIDS!

Believe it or not, the pitfalls of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, as well as surgery, are staggering. According to a recent
article in Science Daily:

"The mortality rate from NSAID complications is higher than that of
serious diseases like cervical cancer and AIDS."
NSAIDs have been known as contributory to high blood pressure, stomach
and intestinal bleeding, ulcers, kidney and liver problems.

In fact, a study published in the American Gastroenterological
Association Journal stated that 71 percent of people who took some
form of NSAID medication for 3 months, a mere ninety days, or more
experienced problems with their small intestines.

These complications merely scratch the surface and are second only to
the untold complications a vast majority of suffering patients
experience after undergoing surgery.

You may be considering surgery if you suffer from sciatica, herniated
discs, as well as a host of other back and neck problem. Well, before
you go under the knife, you should know that there may be some serious
surgical side effects that your doctor isn't telling you about.

In the United States today, over 250,000 surgeries are performed each
year, and this number only accounts for lower back surgery. Many
health experts agree that most operations are either premature or
unnecessary and most operations are unsuccessful. Many people are
unaware of the dangers surgery can impose.

Consider this, Dr. Arthur White, a respected surgeon, states:
"I make my living on cleaning up the messes of other surgeons who have
operated prematurely with inadequate diagnosis and inadequate
training."

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is one of many issues directly
attributed to surgery. FBSS is a condition that culminates from failed
spinal surgery. Unfortunately, this problem is extremely common and
something the average patient hears little about until it's too late.
FBSS sufferers generally experience pain and mobility that is actually
worse than it was prior to surgery.

Whether you suffer from upper, lower, or middle back pain, neck pain,
sciatic nerve problems, herniated discs, neck tension, chronic pain,
or just general backache, there is hope for you that does not involve
expensive and painful surgery, and does not involve the use of
dangerous NSAID medications.

So, if you care about your overall health, and you're seeking a safer
and more effective treatment for your back and neck pain, you will
be pleased to know that there are many natural healing options
available to you, such as healing through targeted neck pain back pain
exercises, specific alternative treatments and lots more.

Remember, knowledge is power. When it comes to your neck and back pain
treatment, ask lots of questions and don't settle for unclear advice
or undergo treatment on which you've been ill informed. You only get
one body; embrace your power and protect yourself.

I got rid of back pain and sciatica etc. by doing some exercises which
focus on the primary causes. At least 3 top orthopedics had prescribed
spine surgery for my same problems.
It is up to you to decide.

K wander

http://www.backpainpanacea.com


== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Thurs, Mar 4 2010 8:28 pm
From: "Mike Jacoubowsky"


If you can't spam effectively, don't bother spamming at all. Jeez, how far
do you expect someone to get before finding out what you're selling? You
lost just about everyone by the second (of 14???) paragraph! You didn't just
bury the lead... there was no lead to be buried. Even the closing paragraph
was weak.

Pathetic.

--Mike Jacoubowsky
Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReaction.com
Redwood City & Los Altos, CA USA


"kwander" <karamjit123@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:74d3ab8b-bed6-411f-81ae-d5d5a04418a6@b9g2000pri.googlegroups.com...
http://www.backpainpanacea.com

Most people turn to their doctors to find relief and to obtain varying
remedies for pain, but did you know there are dangers related to
common treatments that your doctor likely isn't telling you. That's
right. Your quest to eliminate your bad back and neck pain could be
causing you more harm than good.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, are one common remedy
for chronic back pain and neck pain.� It is extremely common for
neck and back pain treatment seekers to pop a few ibuprofen or aspirin
in the hopes of finding pain relief. In some extreme cases, while
awaiting risky surgery, many people will embrace a treatment plan of
NSAIDS!

Believe it or not, the pitfalls of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, as well as surgery, are staggering. According to a recent
article in Science Daily:

"The mortality rate from NSAID complications is higher than that of
serious diseases like cervical cancer and AIDS."
NSAIDs have been known as contributory to high blood pressure, stomach
and intestinal bleeding, ulcers, kidney and liver problems.

In fact, a study published in the American Gastroenterological
Association Journal stated that 71 percent of people who took some
form of NSAID medication for 3 months, a mere ninety days, or more
experienced problems with their small intestines.

These complications merely scratch the surface and are second only to
the untold complications a vast majority of suffering patients
experience after undergoing surgery.

You may be considering surgery if you suffer from sciatica, herniated
discs, as well as a host of other back and neck problem. Well, before
you go under the knife, you should know that there may be some serious
surgical side effects that your doctor isn't telling you about.

In the United States today, over 250,000 surgeries are performed each
year, and this number only accounts for lower back surgery. Many
health experts agree that most operations are either premature or
unnecessary and most operations are unsuccessful.� Many people are
unaware of the dangers surgery can impose.

Consider this, Dr. Arthur White, a respected surgeon, states:
"I make my living on cleaning up the messes of other surgeons who have
operated prematurely with inadequate diagnosis and inadequate
training."

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is one of many issues directly
attributed to surgery. FBSS is a condition that culminates from failed
spinal surgery. Unfortunately, this problem is extremely common and
something the average patient hears little about until it's too late.
FBSS sufferers generally experience pain and mobility that is actually
worse than it was prior to surgery.

Whether you suffer from upper, lower, or middle back pain, neck pain,
sciatic nerve problems, herniated discs, neck tension, chronic pain,
or just general backache, there is hope for you that does not involve
expensive and painful surgery, and does not involve the use of
dangerous NSAID medications.

So, if you care about your overall health, and you're seeking a safer
and more effective treatment for your back and neck pain, you will
be pleased to know that there are many natural healing options
available to you, such as healing through targeted neck pain back pain
exercises, specific alternative treatments and lots more.

Remember, knowledge is power. When it comes to your neck and back pain
treatment, ask lots of questions and don't settle for unclear advice
or undergo treatment on which you've been ill informed. You only get
one body; embrace your power and protect yourself.

I got rid of back pain and sciatica etc. by doing some exercises which
focus on the primary causes. At least 3 top orthopedics had prescribed
spine surgery for my same problems.
It is up to you to decide.

K wander

http://www.backpainpanacea.com

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From Young Filmmakers Across the Globe
March 11, 2010

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Young people are on the frontlines of many of the world's human rights crises, but it's all too rare that we get to hear their perspectives. The second edition of Youth Producing Change shares 10 powerful stories from young filmmakers across the globe as they turn a camera on their own lives and share their visions of change. Film program run time: 72 min. Discussion with filmmakers to follow. Founding Presenter: Adobe Youth Voices.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:2184 Child Health News Update

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Latest Child Health News


KID HEALTHY campaign celebrates eighth anniversary
Leaders of the annual KID HEALTHY - Steps to Healthy Living Campaign, announced today that on March 9 they will celebrate eight years of working in schools and youth agencies to combat the rising trend of childhood obesity in Southern California
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/KID-HEALTHY-campaign-celebrates-eighth-anniversary.aspx


Childhood absence epilepsy: Comparative clinical trial of widely used anti-seizure drugs
The first comprehensive comparative effectiveness clinical trial of three widely used anti-seizure drugs for childhood absence epilepsy - the most common form of epilepsy in kids - has established an evidence-based approach for initial drug therapy.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/Childhood-absence-epilepsy-Comparative-clinical-trial-of-widely-used-anti-seizure-drugs.aspx


Philadelphia FRESH project: Door to door smoking cessation treatment for smokers with young children
In underserved areas like North Philadelphia, existing research shows a nearly 10 percent higher smoking rate than in the general population, with a lower quit rate to boot. The consequences of this public health problem are magnified for new mothers that smoke, as they also expose their babies to the ill effects of second-hand smoke.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/Philadelphia-FRESH-project-Door-to-door-smoking-cessation-treatment-for-smokers-with-young-children.aspx


Study: 73% of disadvantaged kids in Los Angeles County have untreated caries
A huge percentage of underprivileged kids in Los Angeles County have infectious dental disease that's gone unchecked, according to a study led by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/Study-7325-of-disadvantaged-kids-in-Los-Angeles-County-have-untreated-caries.aspx


Study on role of recorded ODLs in improving clinical care for low-weight babies: RWJF awards $480,000 grant
Researchers at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and UC Irvine will monitor the day-to-day health of low-birth-weight babies and their parents as part of a comprehensive initiative designed to combat chronic illnesses associated with low-weight births.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/Study-on-role-of-recorded-ODLs-in-improving-clinical-care-for-low-weight-babies-RWJF-awards-24480000-grant.aspx


Community support critical for reducing childhood obesity
Community support of school obesity prevention programs is critical to achieving a significant decrease in obesity among children, according to researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100304/Community-support-critical-for-reducing-childhood-obesity.aspx


School-based weight-management program may be effective for losing weight
Innovative, kid-friendly strategies for losing weight and gaining nutrition savvy-plus physical fitness skills-are emerging from scientific studies funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/School-based-weight-management-program-may-be-effective-for-losing-weight.aspx


HHS Secretary asks Olympic athletes to combat the challenge of childhood obesity
Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first in a series of web videos and public service announcements to promote First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative, Let's Move, to solve childhood obesity within a generation. Childhood obesity and excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/HHS-Secretary-asks-Olympic-athletes-to-combat-the-challenge-of-childhood-obesity.aspx


Study on impact of bystander CPR on pediatric cardiac arrest
Bystanders who perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a child with cardiac arrest increase the child's likelihood of survival, according to the largest pediatric study to date. The outcomes are similar for both chest compression alone (hands-only) CPR and CPR with chest compression and rescue breathing.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Study-on-impact-of-bystander-CPR-on-pediatric-cardiac-arrest.aspx


Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics installs Infinix CF-i/BP vascular X-ray systems
To bring the latest in cardiovascular X-ray technology to its pediatric patients, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., has installed two InfinixTM CF-i/BP vascular X-ray systems with 8" x 8" flat panel detectors (FPD) from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. These systems are the first pediatric bi-plane systems in the U.S. equipped with Toshiba's Next Generation Advanced Image Processing (AIP) capabilities.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Childrene28099s-Mercy-Hospitals-and-Clinics-installs-Infinix-CF-iBP-vascular-X-ray-systems.aspx


Eye injuries in young children: Keep liquid detergent capsules out of reach
In this week's BMJ, senior eye doctors are warning people to keep liquid capsules for fabric detergents out of the reach of children after a wave of eye injuries in young children at their hospital.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Eye-injuries-in-young-children-Keep-liquid-detergent-capsules-out-of-reach.aspx


Study: LABA can be effective step-up treatment for children whose asthma is not well controlled
For children whose asthma is not well controlled and on low doses of inhaled corticosteroids, a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) may be the most effective of three possible step-up treatments. National Jewish clinician-scientists Stanley Szefler, Joseph Spahn, Ronina Covar Gary Larsen and Lynn Taussig, and colleagues in the NIH-funded Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network published their findings March 2, 2010, online in the New England Journal of Medicine.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Study-LABA-can-be-effective-step-up-treatment-for-children-whose-asthma-is-not-well-controlled.aspx


MSU risk assessment: Reliable method to assess lead-poisoning risk in children
As health departments across the United States seek a better way to determine which children should be tested for lead poisoning, a method created by Michigan State University scientists has proven to be more accurate and cost-effective than current strategies.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/MSU-risk-assessment-Reliable-method-to-assess-lead-poisoning-risk-in-children.aspx


UHSM uses Aruba Networks' VBN solution to increase quality of antenatal services
Aruba Networks, Inc., a global leader in 802.11n wireless LANs and secure mobility solutions, today announced that the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom is using Aruba's Virtual Branch Networking (VBN) solution to increase the quality of antenatal services delivered to the local community.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/UHSM-uses-Aruba-Networkse28099-VBN-solution-to-increase-quality-of-antenatal-services.aspx


Altarum Institute urges government to implement effective BMI surveillance systems to combat childhood obesity
A report published today in the journal Health Affairs calls for increased body mass index surveillance as a tool to combat the childhood obesity epidemic and urges state and federal action to implement effective BMI surveillance systems nationwide.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Altarum-Institute-urges-government-to-implement-effective-BMI-surveillance-systems-to-combat-childhood-obesity.aspx


Mother's milk sends signals that affect babies' behavior and temperament
Among rhesus macaque monkeys, mothers who weigh more and have had previous pregnancies produce more and better breast milk for their babies than mothers who weigh less and are less experienced.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Mothers-milk-sends-signals-that-affect-babies-behavior-and-temperament.aspx


Junk food consumption on the rise among U. S. children
Children in the United States are snacking more than ever before on salty chips, candy and other junk food, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Junk-food-consumption-on-the-rise-among-U-S-children.aspx


Nemours: New efforts to reduce prevalence of overweight and obesity among Delaware's children
The prevalence of overweight and obesity among Delaware children, ages 2-17, shows a flattening of the trajectory – no change- between 2006 and 2008. Because overweight and obesity rates had previously been climbing rapidly, the leveling-off is cause for optimism reports Nemours in the March 2010 edition of Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed publication and the country's most respected health policy journal.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100303/Nemours-New-efforts-to-reduce-prevalence-of-overweight-and-obesity-among-Delawares-children.aspx


Researchers face variety of barriers to addressing obesity in children
The US is facing many challenges in controlling the childhood obesity epidemic. Despite recent efforts and some progress, one third of US children are still overweight or obese. Yet research has shown that the road to obesity begins early in life, and it is more common and difficult to address for low-income children.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Researchers-face-variety-of-barriers-to-addressing-obesity-in-children.aspx


Cause of abdominal pain in children with no apparent reason: Psychosomatic component
A systematic review that is published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by Schulte and associates (University of Bremen, Germany) analyzes what is the psychosomatic component of abdominal pain with no apparent cause in children.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Cause-of-abdominal-pain-in-children-with-no-apparent-reason-Psychosomatic-component.aspx


Children with cancer experiencing extreme pain: 13% of parents consider "hastening death"
A survey of parents who had a child die of cancer found that one in eight considered hastening their child's death, a deliberation influenced by the amount of pain the child experienced during the last month of life, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Children-with-cancer-experiencing-extreme-pain-1325-of-parents-consider-hastening-death.aspx


Problems controlling common diseases could be hindering efforts to meet key child health goals
Problems controlling common diseases like HIV, heart disease and diabetes in poor countries could be hindering efforts to meet the world's key child health and tuberculosis goals, a new study published in PLoS Medicine has warned.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Problems-controlling-common-diseases-could-be-hindering-efforts-to-meet-key-child-health-goals.aspx


Prenatal cocaine exposure affects sustained attention and self-regulated behavior in children
Children exposed to cocaine in the womb face serious consequences from the drug, but fortunately not in certain critical physical and cognitive areas as previously believed, according to a new comprehensive review of research on the subject from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. When a pregnant woman uses cocaine, it can interrupt the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the baby, putting such children at risk for premature birth, low birth weight and many other problems.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Prenatal-cocaine-exposure-affects-sustained-attention-and-self-regulated-behavior-in-children.aspx


Visually impaired children benefit from earlier introduction to long cane
When "T" started kindergarten, she was an independent, confident child who was fully able to move about in her new environment—even though she was the only visually impaired child in her school and used a long cane. T was born in 2003 with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a rare inherited eye disease, and has no light perception. She was introduced to the long cane at the early age of 14 months to foster her independence of mobility and functioning.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Visually-impaired-children-benefit-from-earlier-introduction-to-long-cane.aspx


Balloon Sinuplasty minimally invasive surgery safe for treating chronic sinusitis in children
A recently published study in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy demonstrates Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology to be safe when used by physicians in pediatric patients. Known as the INTACT study, this is a prospective, non-randomized, multicenter study and was sponsored by Acclarent, Inc.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Balloon-Sinuplasty-minimally-invasive-surgery-safe-for-treating-chronic-sinusitis-in-children.aspx


Pennsylvania to use nearly $10M in federal grant funds to improve quality of health care for children
Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced Pennsylvania will use nearly $10 million in federal grant funds to improve the quality of health care for children while reducing the cost of services through the use of pediatric electronic health records.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Pennsylvania-to-use-nearly-2410M-in-federal-grant-funds-to-improve-quality-of-health-care-for-children.aspx


Eliminating sugary beverages and junk foods from schools may help slow childhood obesity
New policies that eliminate sugary beverages and junk foods from schools may help slow childhood obesity, according to a San Francisco State University study released today and published in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Eliminating-sugary-beverages-and-junk-foods-from-schools-may-help-slow-childhood-obesity.aspx


Getting pregnant the "traditional" way or by assisted reproduction does not affect birthing process or the baby
Whether a women gets pregnant the "traditional" way or by assisted reproduction has no effect on the birthing process itself or the baby, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100302/Getting-pregnant-the-traditional-way-or-by-assisted-reproduction-does-not-affect-birthing-process-or-the-baby.aspx


Oral immunotherapy promising for egg allergies, SLIT for milk allergies
Children with egg allergies who consume increasingly higher doses of egg protein - the very nutrient they react to - appear to gradually overcome their allergies, tolerating eggs better over time and with milder symptoms, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and elsewhere.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Oral-immunotherapy-promising-for-egg-allergies-SLIT-for-milk-allergies.aspx


Breastfeeding and better hygiene may protect against peptic ulcer bacterium infection
Young children in developing countries are infected at an early age with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. New findings show that childrens´ immune responses help in fighting the bacteria. In addition, breastfeeding and better hygiene appear to protect against infection. The results provide hope for a vaccine, according to research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Breastfeeding-and-better-hygiene-may-protect-against-peptic-ulcer-bacterium-infection.aspx


Childhood obesity prevention: Prenatal and infancy period upto age 5 crucial
Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should begin far earlier than currently thought-perhaps even before birth-especially for minority children, according to a new study that tracked 1,826 women from pregnancy through their children's first five years of life.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Childhood-obesity-prevention-Prenatal-and-infancy-period-upto-age-5-crucial.aspx


Obese children as young as 3 years old have elevated levels of C-reactive protein
A study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers found that obese children as young as 3 years old have elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that in adults is considered an early warning sign for possible future heart disease.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Obese-children-as-young-as-3-years-old-have-elevated-levels-of-C-reactive-protein.aspx


Reversing protein deficiency through gene therapy can improve SMA
Reversing a protein deficiency through gene therapy can correct motor function, restore nerve signals and improve survival in mice that serve as a model for the lethal childhood disorder spinal muscular atrophy, new research shows.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Reversing-protein-deficiency-through-gene-therapy-can-improve-SMA.aspx


Researchers find gene regulator that plays key role in DS-AMKL
Between 5 and 10 percent of babies with Down syndrome develop a transient form of leukemia that usually resolves on its own. However, for reasons that haven't been clear, 20 to 30 percent of these babies progress to a more serious leukemia known as Down syndrome acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (DS-AMKL), which affects the blood progenitor cells that form red blood cells and platelets.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Researchers-find-gene-regulator-that-plays-key-role-in-DS-AMKL.aspx


Unexplained, sudden anemia: Brown recluse spider bite
As spring approaches and people return to outdoor activities, caution should be taken in areas of the country that are home to Loxosceles reclusa, also called the brown recluse spider. A new study from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found that when patients present with sudden anemia, but the cause is elusive, the brown recluse spider should be part of the differential diagnosis, at least in parts of the nation where the spider is regularly found.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100227/Unexplained-sudden-anemia-Brown-recluse-spider-bite.aspx


Bioethics expert: Parents should be allowed to use selective reproduction in choosing future child's gender
A bioethics expert has argued that parents should be allowed to use selective reproduction to choose their future child's gender and to screen out serious disease and disability.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100227/Bioethics-expert-Parents-should-be-allowed-to-use-selective-reproduction-in-choosing-future-childs-gender.aspx


Health Policy Research Roundup: Length of hospital stays, analyses of Obama's reform proposals
Archives Of Internal Medicine: Hospital Cost Of Care, Quality Of Care, And Readmission Rates - This study compares patients treated for pneumonia and congestive heart failure (CHF) and finds that high-cost hospitals don't always deliver better care. The researchers, who based their analysis on the data from 3,146 hospitals in the 2004 to 2006 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR), report that "risk-adjusted costs of care for CHF and pneumonia varied widely between hospitals, although hospital cost-of-care patterns seemed stable over time and correlated across conditions."
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100227/Health-Policy-Research-Roundup-Length-of-hospital-stays-analyses-of-Obamas-reform-proposals.aspx


Mutations in MeCP2 cause autism spectrum disorder Rett Syndrome
A paper published online today in Molecular Cell proposes that Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) impacts the entire genome in neurons, rather than acting as a regulator of specific genes. Mutations in MeCP2 cause the autism spectrum disorder Rett Syndrome as well as some cases of neuropsychiatric problems including autism, schizophrenia and learning disabilities.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Mutations-in-MeCP2-cause-autism-spectrum-disorder-Rett-Syndrome.aspx


Creators of Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign toast Let's Move! program
The creators of the popular Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign are toasting the new Let's Move! initiative that was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama. Instead of the latest celebrity sporting a white upper lip, the new ad features children – who have the most to gain from the new Let's Move! program, which aims to solve the childhood obesity problem in a generation.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Creators-of-Milk-Mustache-got-milk-Campaign-toast-Lets-Move!-program.aspx


Baby Angels Foundation established to support bereaved parents in Minnesota and western Wisconsin
The death of a child is one of the most painful losses a family can experience, and when it happens unexpectedly it can leave them feeling confused and helpless. To help families cope immediately and long after this tragic event, Becca Peden and Serena Gragert have established the Baby Angels Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and funding much-needed resources for bereaved parents in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Baby-Angels-Foundation-established-to-support-bereaved-parents-in-Minnesota-and-western-Wisconsin.aspx


Over 16% of pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes
Two to three times more pregnant women may soon be diagnosed and treated for gestational diabetes, based on new measurements for determining risky blood sugar levels for the mother and her unborn baby, according to a study that was coordinated by investigators at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Over-1625-of-pregnant-women-diagnosed-with-gestational-diabetes.aspx


Possible damage to children caused by compulsory vaccines: CVS calls for investigation of federal agencies
In a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of House and Senate Committees charged with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Coalition for Vaccine Safety (CVS) is calling for hearings to investigate HHS, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies for failure to fully address issues of vaccine safety as intended by the Mandate for Safer Vaccines in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Possible-damage-to-children-caused-by-compulsory-vaccines-CVS-calls-for-investigation-of-federal-agencies.aspx


AST now offers programs and services to treat children with developmental disorders
Autism Spectrum Therapies, an agency providing comprehensive autism services throughout Southern California, is expanding its services to include speech and language programs and occupational therapy, in addition to behavior therapy. The focus of the new services will be early intervention for children from infancy to age three and developmental catch-up for young children who have fallen behind in any developmental area.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/AST-now-offers-programs-and-services-to-treat-children-with-developmental-disorders.aspx


Fetuses exposed to high levels of stress hormone may have solving problems later on: Study
A mother's nurture may provide powerful protection against risks her baby faces in the womb, according to a new article published online today in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The research shows that fetuses exposed to high levels of stress hormone - shown to be a harbinger for babies' poor cognitive development - can escape this fate if their mothers provide them sensitive care during infancy and toddler-hood.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Fetuses-exposed-to-high-levels-of-stress-hormone-may-have-solving-problems-later-on-Study.aspx


Maternal sensitivity may influence language development among children in early stages of autism
A new study by researchers from the University of Miami shows that maternal sensitivity may influence language development among children who go on to develop autism. Although parenting styles are not considered as a cause for autism, this report examines how early parenting can promote resiliency in this population.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/Maternal-sensitivity-may-influence-language-development-among-children-in-early-stages-of-autism.aspx


BPA exposure during pregnancy may cause permanent reproduction problems for female offspring
Here's more evidence that "safe" plastics are not as safe as once presumed: New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy leads to epigenetic changes that may cause permanent reproduction problems for female offspring. BPA, a common component of plastics used to contain food, is a type of estrogen that is ubiquitous in the environment.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100226/BPA-exposure-during-pregnancy-may-cause-permanent-reproduction-problems-for-female-offspring.aspx


New research using MRI shows that childhood stress can lead to structural brain changes
New research using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows that childhood stress such as abuse or emotional neglect, in particular when combined with genetic factors, can result in structural brain changes, rendering these people more vulnerable to developing depression. The study led by scientists at Trinity College Dublin has just been published in the international scientific journal, Neuropsychopharmacology.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/New-research-using-MRI-shows-that-childhood-stress-can-lead-to-structural-brain-changes.aspx


CHOP and AIAM collaborate to develop more accurate child crash test dummies
A research report released today by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) details CHOP's cutting-edge work with academic and industry collaborators to develop more accurate child crash test dummies, called child anthropometric test devices (ATD's).
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/CHOP-and-AIAM-collaborate-to-develop-more-accurate-child-crash-test-dummies.aspx


YoNaturals' healthy nutrition agenda could help combat childhood obesity
Mark Trotter is the charismatic CEO of YoNaturals, the leader in natural and organic snack food vending. And he's led his feisty San Diego company on its own inspired mission to improve the diets of our nation's school age children.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/YoNaturals-healthy-nutrition-agenda-could-help-combat-childhood-obesity.aspx


Nevirapine taken to protect fetus from HIV should be avoided for one year after childbirth, say researchers
Women given the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention drug nevirapine to protect their fetus should not use an HIV-drug regimen that contains nevirapine for at least one year after childbirth, say researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/Nevirapine-taken-to-protect-fetus-from-HIV-should-be-avoided-for-one-year-after-childbirth-say-researchers.aspx


Arterial ischemic stroke in children often go unrecognized, and the strokes can recur
Children can have strokes, and the strokes can recur, usually within a month, according to pediatric researchers. Unfortunately, the strokes often go unrecognized the first time, and the child does not receive treatment before the recurrence.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/Arterial-ischemic-stroke-in-children-often-go-unrecognized-and-the-strokes-can-recur.aspx


Deciphering babies' cries: Hope for new parents
Baby monitors of the future could translate infant cries, so that parents will know for certain whether their child is sleepy, hungry, needing a change, or in pain. Japanese scientists report details of a statistical computer program that can analyze a baby's crying in the International Journal of Biometrics.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/Deciphering-babies-cries-Hope-for-new-parents.aspx


FDA approves Pfizer's Prevnar 13 pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
Pfizer Inc. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for Prevnar 13™ (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein]), the Company's 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100225/FDA-approves-Pfizers-Prevnar-13-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine.aspx


Enzon Pharmaceuticals initiates treatment in PEG-SN38 Phase 1 study for pediatric cancer patients
Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the first patient has been treated in the Phase 1 study of PEG-SN38 for pediatric cancer patients. PEG-SN38 or EZN-2208 is Enzon's PEGylated form of SN38, the active metabolite of the cancer drug Camptosar® (irinotecan HCl injection). The study is designed to find the recommended dose of PEG-SN38 in pediatric patients. The PEG-SN38 compound is currently being evaluated in Phase 2 studies for metastatic colorectal and breast cancer.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100224/Enzon-Pharmaceuticals-initiates-treatment-in-PEG-SN38-Phase-1-study-for-pediatric-cancer-patients.aspx


FDA approves Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' Prevnar 13 pneumococcal disease vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine for infants and young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Prevnar 13 will be the successor to Prevnar, the pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine licensed by the FDA in 2000 to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and otitis media. The new vaccine extends the protection to six additional types of the disease causing bacteria.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100224/FDA-approves-Wyeth-Pharmaceuticals-Prevnar-13-pneumococcal-disease-vaccine.aspx


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