Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’ (but not brains)

Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’
Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests.

The Spanish research involving more than 15,500 men and 26,000 women found large quantities of alcohol could be even more beneficial for men.

Female drinkers did not benefit to the same extent, the study in Heart found.

Experts are critical, warning heavy drinking can increase the risk of other diseases, with alcohol responsible for 1.8 million deaths globally per year.

The study was conducted in Spain, a country with relatively high rates of alcohol consumption and low rates of coronary heart disease.

The research involved men and women aged between 29 and 69, who were asked to document their lifetime drinking habits and followed for 10 years.

Crucially the research team claim to have eliminated the “sick abstainers” risk by differentiating between those who had never drunk and those whom ill-health had forced to quit. This has been used in the past to explain fewer heart-related deaths among drinkers on the basis that those who are unhealthy to start with are less likely to drink.

Good cholesterol

The researchers, led by the Basque Public Health Department, placed the participants into six categories – from never having drunk to drinking more than 90g of alcohol each day. This would be the equivalent of consuming about eight bottles of wine a week, or 28 pints of lager.

“ People should not be encouraged to drink more as a result of this research ”
Professor Martin McKee London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
For those drinking little – less than a shot of vodka a day for instance – the risk was reduced by 35%. And for those who drank anything from three shots to more than 11 shots each day, the risk worked out an average of 50% less.

The same benefits were not seen in women, who suffer fewer heart problems than men to start with. Researchers speculated this difference could be down to the fact that women process alcohol differently, and that female hormones protect against the disease in younger age groups.

The type of alcohol drunk did not seem to make a difference, but protection was greater for those drinking moderate to high amounts of varied drinks.

The exact mechanisms are as yet unclear, but it is known that alcohol helps to raise high-density lipoproteins, sometimes known as good cholesterol, which helps stop so-called bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries.

‘Binge-drinking’

UK experts said the findings should be treated with caution because they do not take into account ill-health from a range of other diseases caused by excess drinking.

“Whilst moderate alcohol intake can lower the risk of having a heart attack, coronary heart disease is just one type of heart disease. Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, is associated with high alcohol intake and can lead to a poor quality of life and premature death,” said the British Heart Foundation’s senior cardiac nurse, Cathy Ross.

“The heart is just one of many organs in the body. While alcohol could offer limited protection to one organ, abuse of it can damage the heart and other organs such as the liver, pancreas and brain.”

The Stroke Association meanwhile noted that overall, evidence indicated that people who regularly consumed a large amount of alcohol had a three-fold increased risk of stroke.

“Six units within six hours is considered ‘binge-drinking’ and anyone indulging in regular ‘binge-drinking’ increases their risk of stroke greatly,” said research officer Joanne Murphy.

Public health specialists warned no-one should be encouraged to drink more as a result of this study.

“The relationship between alcohol and heart disease remains controversial,” said Professor Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“While there is good evidence that moderate consumption is protective in people who are at substantial risk of heart disease – which excludes most people under the age of 40 – we also know that most people underestimate how much they drink. This paper adds to the existing literature but should not be considered as definitive. ”

In the UK, the recommendation is no more than two to three units of alcohol a day for women – the equivalent of one standard glass of wine – and three to four units for men.

The British Liver Trust said: “There have been several studies suggesting that small amounts of alcohol can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in men over the age of 40.

“But these are often misinterpreted by people looking for a health reason to consume alcohol.

“If you want to look after your health, stay within the limits of no more than 3-4 units a day for men or 2-3 for women and aim to give yourself at least two days off alcohol a week.”

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, agreed that the message from this study was not clear: “At the end of the day, you’re juggling different risks and benefits, maybe helping your heart or maybe damaging your brain and liver.

“The simple message is moderation.

“Stick to the guidelines, and you won’t go far wrong.”

573.000 private September 11. SMS/pager messages to be released.

Tuesday November 17th will see the release of more than half a million private messages recorded on the day of the September 11 attacks upon World Trade Center and Pentagon in the USA.

Julian Assange who has obtained this material from unspecified sources, feels the material sheds more light on the governments reaction – or lack thereof, on 9/11:
“I have only read a few messages, but what I have read, demonstrates how delayed and unprepared the government was at dealing with the situation at hand.”

Julian Assange of Wikileaks has already shown some of the messages to the Danish paper Berlingske Tidende:
“2:20:30 PM A ALPHA. Honey wanted to tell you how much i love you. I was alittle worried.I Don’t want to lose you now that I got you back. You mean everything to me. You have my whole heart and life. Ilove you so much”

Man killed, eaten, the rest sold to a kebab shop in Russia

Suspected cannibals killed a young man, ate parts of him and then sold other bits to a kebab shop.
Cops also believe the 25-year-old victim’s body parts may have been used to fill pies too.

The trio of homeless guys were arrested in Russia – accused of murdering the man with knives and a hammer.
Prosecutors revealed: “After carrying out the crime, the corpse was divided up – part of it was eaten and part of it was sold to a kiosk selling kebabs and pies.”
Suspicions were raised when dismembered parts of a human body were found near a bus stop in the outskirts of the Russian city of Perm – which is 720 miles east of Moscow.

The three men all have criminal records, said Russian cops.
They have been arrested on suspicion of killing their victim – who has not been named – before chopping up his corpse to eat.

Detectives for the Prem region released the astonishing statement that the human remains could have been used for kebabs and pies on their http://www.susk.perm.ru website.
But police said it was not clear yet if any of the human meat had been sold to customers.

Pee to help make your garden grow

Gardeners at a National Trust property in Cambridgeshire are urging people to relieve themselves outdoors to help gardens grow greener.

A three-metre long “pee bale” has been installed at Wimpole Hall.

Head gardener Philip Whaites is urging his male colleagues to pee on the straw bale to activate the composting process on the estate’s compost heap.

He said the “pee bale” is only in use out of visitor hours, since “we don’t want to scare the public”.

He said: “For eight weeks now, male members of our garden and estate teams have been using the outdoor straw bale when nature calls.

“The pee bale is excellent matter to add to our compost heap to stimulate the composting process; and with over 400 acres of gardens and parkland to utilise compost, we need all the help we can get.

“There are obvious logistical benefits to limiting it to male members of the team, but also male pee is preferable to women’s, as the male stuff is apparently less acidic.”

By the end of the year, it was calculated that the 10 men from the 70-strong garden and estates team will make more 1,000 individual trips to the pee bale, contributing towards the compost for the estate.

The estate said it will have saved up to 30% of its daily water use by not having to flush the loo so many times.

Rosemary Hooper, Wimpole estate’s in-house master composter, said: “Most people can compost in some way in their own gardens.

“Peeing on a compost heap activates the composting process, helps to produce a ready supply of lovely organic matter to add back to the garden.

“Adding a little pee just helps get it all going; it’s totally safe and a bit of fun too.”

Google Maps shows Flu and H1N1 vaccine spots across USA

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Get your vaccine for free now and you may stay alive over the winter.

‘Sperminator’ gets 12 Facebook chicks pregnant!

U.K. lowers the standards yet again. 

Dominic Baronet Facebook's 'Sperminator' and his 12 Pregnant Idiots

Dominic Baronet Facebook's 'Sperminator' and his 12 Pregnant Idiots

“GIRLS beware! If grinning charmer Dominic Baronet is your Facebook friend delete him NOW – or he’ll have you PREGNANT in a just a few clicks.
Love rat Baronet has been branded The Sperminator for getting TWELVE girls pregnant after wooing them on the social networking site – two of them on the SAME DAY.

Five women are now raising his KIDS, five were talked into ABORTIONS and two are EXPECTING.
For years the laptop lust hunter has secretly preyed on women with his smooth internet patter. He told one smitten girl: “One hundred million sperm entered the womb. Only one made you – that makes you simply the best!”

As well as his wantonly prolific bedroom strike rate, 26-year-old factory worker Baronet boasts a seedy history – a convicted drug dealer sentenced to four years for supplying cocaine and ecstasy. Just the sort of lad you want fathering your babies.
Now, after discovering the truth, one of his most recent conquests patted her four-month bump and demanded he be forced to have THE SNIP.

Angry Kerry Martin, 24, told us: “Dominic should have a danger warning slapped on his Facbook page and be given a compulsory vasectomy to protect other girls.”
Kerry uncovered Baronet’s cheating ways by keeping tabs on his page after he ditched her. In no time she spotted a congratulations message revealing he’d also got 24-year-old Stacy Jones pregnant around the same time…”

Read the rest and weep (for the future of mankind)

Tracey’s little sex blunder on Facebook!

Tracey’s Facebook privacy blunder after she finally got laid again.

Tracey's Facebook blunder after finally getting laid again.

Tracey's Facebook blunder after finally getting laid again.

Facebook Sex Blunder Blooper with Tracey

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Magnus Muhr’s ‘Dead Flies Circus’ art

I always wondered what all those dead flies were for.

Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr is a amateur photographer in Sweden who has come up with the brilliantly creative idea of bringing life back to dead flies. Well I imagine they are dead, otherwise Magnus is also a very skilled animal trainer.

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus Sunbathing

Magnus Muhr Dead Flies Circus Sunbathing

For a further look at Mr. Muhr’s “Dead Flies Circus” check out his homepage gallery.
Magnus Muhr’s portfolios

First iPhone worm/virus with Rick Astley

Worm attack at Apples iPhone.
The first worm to infect the Apple iPhone has been discovered spreading “in the wild” in Australia.

The self-propagating program changes the phone’s wallpaper to a picture of 80s singer Rick Astley with the message “ikee is never going to give you up”.

iPhone virus worm Rick Astley
iPhone virus worm Rick Astley

The worm, known as ikee, only affects “jail-broken” phones, where a user has removed Apple’s protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.

Experts say the worm is not harmful but more malicious variants could follow.

“The creator of the worm has released full source code of the four existing variants of this worm,” wrote Mikko Hypponen of security firm F-secure.

“This means that there will quickly be more variants, and they might have nastier payload than just changing your wallpaper.”

The picture of Rick Astley is believed to be a nod to the internet phenomenon known as Rickrolling, where web users are tricked into clicking on what they believe is a relevant link, only to find that it actually takes the user to a video of the pop star’s song “Never gonna give you up”.

Sounds like bad news!

 

Charlie Brooker quote on Windows OS.

“I know Windows is awful. Everyone knows Windows is awful. Windows is like the faint smell of piss in a subway: it’s there, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” – Charlie Brooker
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/28/charlie-brooker-microsoft-mac-windows