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The Bikini

Bikini 1946

The modern bikini was introduced by French fashion designerJacques Heimin Paris in 1946.

Heim was working on a new kind of beach apparel. It comprised two pieces, the bottom large enough to cover its wearer’s navel.

In May 1946, he advertised the bathing suit, known as the “Atome,” as the world’s “smallest bathing suit.”

His partner named his swimsuit the “bikini”, taking the name from theBikini Atoll, one of a series of islands in the South Pacific where testing on the new atomic bomb was occurring that summer.

Bikini bomb

Thus, the swimsuit was named the “bikini” because it was believed its revealing style would create reactions among people similar to those created by America’s atomic bomb in Japan just one summer earlier.

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

* Why do doctors leave the room while you change?

They’re going to see you naked anyway…

* Why is ‘bra’ singular and ‘panties’ plural?

* Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

*Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

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Wisdom to ponder…

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

1864 ~ 1964

A mining engineer who became the President of the US from 1929 to 1933. The stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression occurred 8 months into his presidency.

“Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”

“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”

“Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.”

“Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”

“Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury.”

“The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”

“There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”

“America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”

“Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.”

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”

“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”

“It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.”

“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”

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Cartoon may 2012

Do Doctor Fish
Spread Disease?

Doctor fish 2

A new trend in spas around the world is the use of fish to feed on the dead skin of it patrons. TheGarra rufa,or commonly known as “Doctor Fish” are small carp originating from the Middle East that prefer to dine on human skin.

This method is being used for the trea

tment of eczema and psoriasis, since the fish will aggressively eat the dead skin of those afflicted. The toothless fish actually prefer the thickened dead skin found in these disease conditions.

However, there are health concerns about using this bizarre method of therapy. A re

cent study conducted in the UK found the following potentially pathogenic bacteria in several batches of fish imported from Indonesia:

Vibrio vulnificus
Streptococcus agalactiae(Group B)

In addition, the UK Health Protection Agency issued a warning last year thatfish foot spas could potentially spread blood borne viruses such as Hepatitis and HIV if infected clients bleed into the spa water.

Several states in the US have banned this practice, since the use of fish conflict with regulations that require all instruments used in a pedicure to be either sterilized or discarded.The Doctor Fish are far too expensive to throw away after each use.

Although the reported incidence of disease caused by Doctor Fish has been low to date, theCDC is monitoringthe situation closely.

Doctor fish

The use of pedicure fish have become increasingly popular throughout the world at numerous health and beauty spas. The United Kingdom has 279 such spas, and the practice continues to grow rapidly in Asia and Europe.

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Your mother may have been inclined to “preach to the choir” from time to time, telling you repeatedly what you already knew. If so, imagine what Mom might say to you if she supervised the mycology lab…..

Mom retro

“Clean your room!”

Clutter can be the enemy of an efficient mycology lab.  Space is a premium in most laboratories, so maximize your success by cleaning up often. Use folders, notebooks, etc. for paper documents.  Keep the computer area neat and ergonomically friendly,.Shelve reference texts after you use them. And, yes, swab the bench tops with a disinfectant before and after use.

“Keep the incubators clean!”

The time it takes to swab the inside of the mycology incubators with 70% ethanol at least weekly will probably be time well spent.  If you have never experienced mite contamination you can’t appreciate how much benefit constant incubator cleaning is worth. It takes only one breakdown in culture handling and incubator maintenance to make one realize how important a pest-free incubator is to successful diagnostic mycology.

“Rotate your media stock!”

Store the freshest media behind the oldest.   When you grab a pack of plates or slants, read the date on the pack to be sure you are using in-date supplies which are in compliance with lab policy.

“Double check your labeling!”

Missmarked tubes or plates must never be allowed. Those cultures are not just growing microbes. They represent a patient whose well-being depends on your accurate culture identification and reporting out results under the correct patient name.

“Give thanks for your job!”

These are tough times. The job you now have may not be the job you would like to have in a few months or years, but it is what you presently have, so work at it like your life depends on it.   Maybe it does?

“Be nice to others!”

Treat your co-workers with respect.   This may be Mom’s toughest assignment for you, but harmony can go a long way in getting through the day efficiently.   Mom would appreciate it.

Submitted by James Harris, PhD

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Can Infections Cause Cancer?

One in every six cancers worldwide is caused by a bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral infection that is preventable or treatable, according to new estimates published in the journal,Lancet Oncology.

Patient on IV drip

The research, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, indicates infections are attributable to approximately 2 million new cancer cases every year.

The four main infections that account for 1.9 million of these types of cancer cases are:

  • Human papillomaviruses (HPV)
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)

The most common cancers caused by these infections were gastric, liver, and cervical cancers. In women, cervical cancer accounted for 50 percent of the infection-related cancer burden, while in men, liver and gastric cancers accounted for more than 80 percent of the burden.

Of the 7.5 million deaths from cancer worldwide in 2008, approximately 1.5 million were due to infections.

The authors of the study claim that the “application of existing public-health methods for infection prevention, such as vaccination, safer injection practices, or antimicrobial treatments, could have a substantial effect on the future burden of cancer worldwide.”

Cancers caused by infections generally have a higher mortality rate than other cancers, according to the researchers.   To measure the rates, the researchers conducted an analysis that included data on 27 cancers in 184 countries.  They found 16 percent of all cancers worldwide stemmed from infections, however the rates varied by region.

In less-developed countries, 22.9 percent of cancers are due to infection, whereas in more-developed countries the figure is 7.4 percent.

The highest proportion of infection-related cancers was found in sub-Saharan Africa, where one in three cancers is caused by an infection (32.7 percent).  In comparison, figures from the U.S. and Canada indicate that 4 percent of cancers in North America are due to infection.

The countries with the lowest rates of infection-related cancers are Australia and New Zealand, with estimates of 3.3 percent.

The numbers of cases are similar for men (990,000 cases) and women (1,100,000 cases), but the specific cancers are very different.

One thing that infection-associated cancers have in common is that a chronic infection is required. It takes decades for an infection, which causes chronic inflammation, to progress to cancer.

As this new research indicates, control of cancer can be partially accomplished by effective infection control.

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