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December 07, 2008 Test blog, trying to have narrow screen.

Posted Dec 07 2008 2:55pm

playing with the blog, trying to make it not so wide/ what should I click to make it narrower than across the whole screen why is it when I type a bunch of junk it will post and when rejectsbut not this time, At least it goes to the more narrow view when you "turn" the page and all the older ones are not stretched wide.

I can't get rid of it so here is a serious post: a bunch of them. make it extra long, that usually results in them not accepting it and only shwing the photo.

FDA Advisers Recommend Rejection of Airway Valve for Emphysema
By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: December 05, 2008
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 5 -- An FDA advisory panel recommended today against agency approval of a first-of-its-kind one-way airway valve for emphysema patients, a device billed as a noninvasive substitute for lung volume-reduction surgery.

By an 11-2 vote, the Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Device Panel found insufficient evidence of benefit to outweigh the risks of implanting the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve, manufactured by Emphasys Medical of Redwood City, Calif.

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You may wash your nose with a saline solution couple of times a day instead.
Check this advice from the National Jewish in Denver, CO.

Internet Searching Stimulates Brain, Study Says

December 1, 2008

(The New York Times News Service) -- Can Googling delay the onset of
A new UCLA study, part of the growing research into the effects of
technology on the brain, shows that searching the Internet may keep older
brains agile -- it's like taking your brain for a walk.
It's too early to conclude that technology will help vanquish Alzheimer's
disease, but "our study shows that when your brain is on Google, your neural
circuitry changes extensively," said psychiatrist Gary Small, director of
UCLA's Memory & Aging Research Center.
The new study, which will be published next month in the Journal of
Geriatric Psychiatry, comes at a time when medical experts are forecasting
that Alzheimer's cases will quadruple by 2050. In response to such
projections, "brain-gyms" and memory-building computer programs have
The subjects in Small's nine-month study were 24 neurologically normal
volunteers ages 55 to 76, with similar education levels.
They were assigned two tasks: to read book-like text on computer screens and
to perform Internet searches.
While doing so, their brains were scanned inside a specially equipped
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Half the group was familiar with
Internet searching; the other half was not.
Subjects viewed simulated Web pages through goggles, then, using a finger
pad to approximate an online search, pressed one of three response buttons
to control the cursor. For the book reading task, they pressed a button to
advance text pages.
To increase their motivation, subjects were told in advance that they would
be assessed for their knowledge of the topics they researched. Topics
included the benefits of eating chocolate, planning a trip to the Galapagos
and how to choose a car.
The MRI results showed that both text reading and Internet searching
stimulated the regions of the brain controlling language, reading, memory
and vision. But the Internet search lit up more areas of the brain,
additionally activating the regions controlling complex reasoning and
decision making. The increased brain activity, which is probably due to the
many rapid choices such searches involve, suggests that subjects had a
richer sensory experience and heightened attention.
By focusing on older users, Small said, he aimed to fill a gap in brain
research. Few studies have looked at the effects of technology on these
"digital immigrants," who began using computers later in life than their
younger counterparts, the "digital natives." Small's study was started as
part of the research for his latest book, "iBrain: Surviving the
Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind."
"Our findings point to an association between routine Internet searching and
neural circuitry activation in middle-aged and older adults," the study
said. "Further study will elucidate both the potential positive and negative
influences of these technologies on the aging brain."
The implications are provocative, particularly because it is well known that
developments in technology affect human behavior.
"People who are more adept with the technology will be more successful in
society, and their offspring will be more likely to excel," Small told The
Some researchers, including Kevin Lee, deputy executive director of the
Ellison Medical Foundation, which funds research on aging, say such
statements go too far.
"The printed book and typewriters may change our brains, individually, over
a lifetime," Lee said. "But whether using computers would change our genetic
makeup is something that would only happen over thousands of years."
Small acknowledges that our increasing dependence on technology is
"It's not all good," he said. "We know that a teenager does not have the
empathy skills of a middle-ager. What will happen if they play video games
The study, he hopes, will be a stepping stone.
"The brain is complicated, and the technology is complicated -- it's not all
good, it's not all bad, but it definitely has an impact on our lives," Small
"We need to acknowledge that and be thoughtful about our relationship with
technology so it enhances our lives and our relationships with other


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