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Baseball: Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden throws perfect game

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Dallas Braden, a left-handed pitcher for Major League Baseball‘s Oakland Athletics in the United States, became one of only nineteen players in the history of the MLB to pitch a perfect game, in a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. Braden, aged 26, who retired all 27 batters consecutively on 109 pitches, also earned his first career complete game. In the process of throwing the perfect game, Braden also struck out six Tampa Bay hitters.

The perfect game was the second pitched in the Athletics’ franchise history, the other being thrown by Hall of Fame pitcher Catfish Hunter on May 8, 1968 against the Minnesota Twins. Braden, at 26, also became the youngest pitcher to throw a complete game since Anaheim Angels pitcher Mike Witt did so at age 24 in 1984.

The low crowd at the Oakland Coliseum, at only 12,228, was due to the Mother’s Day holiday occurring across the United States, Braden, along with every other Major League Baseball player, donned pink equipment for awareness of breast cancer, which has become a tradition for baseball players on Mother’s Day. Braden’s own mother died of skin cancer when he was a senior in high school, but his grandmother attended the game.

Braden recently drew controversy in the league after publicly criticizing New York Yankees all-star third baseman Alex Rodriguez for crossing the pitcher’s mound after a foul ball, which Braden claimed to be an “unwritten rule” in baseball. When asked about the no hitter, Rodriguez simply responded, “Good for him, he threw a perfect game. And even better, he beat the Rays,” he said, as the Rays lead the American League East division, the same division that Yankees play in.

“Mother’s Day hasn’t been a joyous day for me in a while. But to know that I still get to come out and compete and play a game on that day, that makes it a little better. With my grandma in the stands, that makes it a lot better. To be able to give her this today was perfect…,” said Braden in a post-game interview with MLB.com.

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Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

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US First Lady undergoes neck surgery

Saturday, September 8, 2007

United States First Lady Laura Bush underwent elective surgery on Saturday at George Washington University Hospital and is now “resting comfortably at the White House,” according to spokeswoman Sally McDonough. Last month, the First Lady injured her neck and shoulder during a hiking trip.

The neck surgery, called posterior cervical foraminotomy, was performed to alleviate pressure on several pinched nerves in her neck.

Laura was not able to accompany President George W. Bush for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Sydney, Australia because of the procedure.

The spokeswoman said the outpatient surgery was a minimally invasive procedure, and lasted about two-and-a-half hours.

After unsuccessful physical therapy treatments, doctors reportedly suggested surgery.

The First Lady reportedly spoke with the President during his trip back from the APEC forum and according to White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino “he [Bush] said she sounded very well…He looks forward to getting back to help her in the recovery.”

Do You Know About The Dangers Of Weight Loss Pills?

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In the fitness and health industry, there are always trends. There might be a new gimmick or a new supplement that is promised to help you lose x amount of pounds or help you to get the body you always dreamed about in x weeks. Unfortunately these products are often times just marketing scams that are no way near as strong as many people think or wish they are. One such product is the common weight loss pill. A factor of these pills that many don’t seem to understand or care about is the complication associated with them or rather the dangers of weight loss pills. With this article we want to give you an idea about the dangers and educate you about better choices.

All weight loss pills work in the same way: They will increase your metabolism through some ingredient and try to suppress your appetite through another. The most common ingredients used in diet pills nowadays are caffeine liked substances that are promised to increase your metabolism and substances like guarana that will control your appetite. The problem with both of these substances or their variations is that they bear dangers that are unknown to many and if taken in combination, as usual with weight loss pills are even worse.

When you take weight loss pills you will sooner or later run into the following side effects: High blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart attacks or even seizures. It doesn’t matter how old you are, as there have been reports of very young users experiencing these side effects.

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Another factor that is very important to show that weight loss pills are often not a very fruitful endeavor is that many pills do not work or just work by reducing weight via water loss which is not permanent and will therefore be just a few hours of success for you. You should not let these products fool you as they will often times not help you at all and only hurt you with a variety of side effects.

Weight loss pills should never be taken without supervision and prescription from a qualified physician, as they are very dangerous if taken without proper guidance. Many doctors do not recommend them until you are considered extremely obese. The average person would do better just following a well planned diet and exercise regimen than hopping onto the bandwagon and starting to swallow diet pills. But, as mentioned above, there are exceptions to the rule: If you are extremely obese or have absolutely tried everything else and have therefore exhausted your options, you might be someone who can try using these pills. But as already mentioned consult your physician beforehand and make sure that the endeavor will not backfire on you.

Hopefully you now understand the fallacies of these pills and how they will often times only hurt and not help the person using them. If you still want to try them, it is highly advised to consult with a doctor and go from there. These pills will never replace a proper diet and exercise program and therefore the danger of weight loss spills should not be underestimated.

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Palm trees belong to Arecaceae family of plants. Palm trees are widely planted and well-known tree families. We get many common products and foods from palm trees. They are also planted in gardens and parks, which don’t have heavy frosts.

There are over 2500 different species of Florida palm trees and every tree has different leaf formations. They can also have pinnate or palmate leaves. Palmate leaves have quality that they appear like human hand with outstretched fingers. Pinnate Leaves looks similar to a feather. Palm trees also have another interesting characteristics that they can grow solitary or in clusters.

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Florida palm trees are the first choice of every one who wants to plant palm trees in their garden. Palm leaves not only gives an attractive look to your garden but also provides you with so many fruits depending upon the specie of the tree. Few of the popular specie of palm trees are Areca, Banana, Bismarck, Coconut, Blue Latan, Christmas, Fishtail, Princess, Queen, Majesty and so on. When you think about purchasing palm trees for growing in your garden there are many factors which you need to take in to consideration. Followings are some tips for buying palm trees.

* You need to visit your nearest nursery. Visiting nursery will help you in getting more information about the palm trees, their price, and the available palm trees for your area.

* There are some species of Florida palm trees which can grow up to 20-30 feet. So you need to decide what height of palm tree you require to plant in your garden.

* Climate is an important factor to be considered, because the growth of the palm trees depends upon the types of climate they get. So you need to choose the best palm tree specie which can grow in the climate of your area.

* You also need to consider the landscape where you are going to plant the palm trees. The landscape should have enough space so that the trees can get proper sunlight and you should be able to water plants.

In growing Florida palm trees you need to give lots of efforts and time. Instead you can appoint any farm or the gardening company who can do all the things like choosing best palm tree, deciding correct place and space required for the trees. The advantage in appointing such company or farm is you get quality work, because they have experienced staff to do all this.

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A major security hole was discovered in the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) of the Debian version of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is one of the most used cryptographic software, that allows the creation of secure network connections with the protocols called SSL and TLS. It is included in many popular computer programs, like the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Apache web server. Debian is one of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, on which are based other distributions, like Ubuntu and Knoppix. The problem affects all the Debian-based distributions that were used to create cryptographic keys since the September 17, 2006. The bug was discovered by Luciano Bello, an argentine Debian package maintainer, and was announced on May 13, 2008.

This vulnerability was caused by the removal of two lines of code from the original version of the OpenSSL library. These lines were used to gather some entropy data by the library, needed to seed the PRNG used to create private keys, on which the secure connections are based. Without this entropy, the only dynamic data used was the PID of the software. Under Linux the PID can be a number between 1 and 32,768, that is a too small range of values if used to seed the PRNG and will cause the generation of predictable numbers. Therefore any key generated can be predictable, with only 32,767 possible keys for a given architecture and key length, and the secrecy of the network connections created with those keys is fully compromised.

These lines were removed as “suggested” by two audit tools (Valgrind and Purify) used to find vulnerabilities in the software distributed by Debian. These tools warned the Debian maintainers that some data was used before its initialization, that normally can lead to a security bug, but this time it was not the case, as the OpenSSL developers wrote on March 13, 2003. Anyway this change was erroneously applied on September 17, 2006, when the OpenSSL Debian version 0.9.8c-1 was released to the public.

Even though the Debian maintainer responsible for this software released a patch to fix this bug on May 8, 2008, the impact may be severe. In fact OpenSSL is commonly used in software to protect the passwords, to offer privacy and security. Any private key created with this version of OpenSSL is weak and must be replaced, included the session keys that are created and used only temporary. This means that any data encrypted with these keys can be decrypted without a big deal, even if these keys are used (but not created) with a version of the library not affected, like the ones included in other operating systems.

For example any web server running under any operating system may use a weak key created on a vulnerable Debian-based system. Any encrypted connection (HTTPS) to this web server established by any browser can be decrypted. This may be a serious problem for sites that requires a secure connection, like banks or private web sites. Also, if some encrypted connection was recorded in the past, it can be decrypted in the same way.

Another serious problem is for the network security software, like OpenSSH and OpenVPN, that are used to encrypt the traffic to protect passwords and grant the access to an administrative console or a private network protected by firewalls. This may allows hackers to gain unwanted access to private computers, networks or data traveled over the network, even if a not affected version of OpenSSL was used.

The same behavior can be applied to any software or protocol that use SSL, like POP3S, SSMTP, FTPS, if used with a weak key. This is the case of Tor, software used to offer strong anonymity on the TCP/IP, where about 300 of 1,500-2,000 nodes used a weak key. With 15-20% of weak Tor nodes, there is a probability of 0.34-0.8% circa to build a circuit that has all tree nodes weak, resulting in a full loss of anonymity. Also the case of only one weak node begin used may facilitate some types of attack to the anonymity. The Tor hidden services, a sort of anonymous public servers, are affected too. However the issue was speedly addressed on May 14, 2008.

The same problem also interested anonymous remailers like Mixmaster and Mixminion, that use OpenSSL to create the remailer keys for the servers and the nym keys for the clients. Although currently there is no official announcement, at least two remailer changed their keys because were weak.

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Your little princess is turning one and and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a princess birthday party. Whether you want to keep it simple or make it very extravagant, a princess party can fit your needs and budget. This is her first birthday, the important thing is to make it memorable.

Let’s begin with invitations. You can find first birthday princess invitations at a good online party store, But if you like to be creative and would like to make them yourself here are a few ideas. You can cut out invitations in the shape of the number one (1) using pink and purple paper. Stamp and glitter crowns on the front for added detail. You can also find princess scrapbook paper and use that. Add glitter dust to the invite for a magical touch. Another idea would be to print the invitation of paper that looks old and roll up as a scroll. Tie together with ribbon to keep the scroll closed. Purchase elongated jewelry boxes used for necklaces or watches and mail the scroll invitations using those. Tip: Purchase the box before your print the wording on the craft paper. Crop paper to fit in box before printing.

Next you want to choose decorations. If a budget isn’t an issue there are many different themed princess party supplies you can purchase. Try to find princess themed party supplies that are also for first birthday. Many come in packages with plates, cups napkins, decorations and more. For those on a budget you can cut corners by simply using basic solid colored party supplies and decorations in pink and purple: the signature princess colors. You can also buy individual princess supplies instead of a whole package. Accent the solid party supplies with matching princess themed napkins or party plates.

There is no one perfect cake for every princess party. I do have several suggestions that are will satisfy any 1st birthday princess party. Of course, there is the traditional flat sheet cake than can be decorated in colors that coordinate with the party decorations. You can also add a princess cake kit with princess figurines and the writing can read Happy 1st Birthday. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try these ideas.

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3D castle cakes are absolutely beautiful and are show stoppers. You can find lots of recipes online to bake and decorate yourself or you can have a bakery custom make one for you. Be sure to buy a special “1” candle to adorn the top of the castle. New to cake decorating is the Wilton Romantic Castle cake kit and it is a definite must if you want to make your own castle cake.

If castle cakes aren’t your thing, how about something a little less dimensional? Nowadays you can find lots of novelty cake pans in the shape of crowns, castles, princesses and more. These are nice for those who like to bake.

Keeping with the princess first birthday theme, a cute cake idea is a “1” with a crown on top shaped cake. Again you can bake this yourself using a novelty “1” cake pan and a tiara cake pan or have a bakery custom make this for you. Chances are with a bakery you may need to supply them with the novelty cake pans. Decorate the cakes using coordinating icing colors.

Having a successful party comes with all the small details. Decorate your daughter’s high chair or walker with balloons and streamers. If you are feeling fancy, tulle would be a great decorating fabric as well. Add a red carpet to the entrance of the party or one leading up to the high chair. Make a CD that includes all princess themed songs. Include songs to famous princess movies and soundtracks. Make favors and/or centerpieces using lollipops on the shape of princesses, glass slippers, crowns and more. You can use chocolate or candy. These will be the prettiest and most delicious princess party favors.

There is no right or wrong way to make it a special princess day. Be sure to add flair to whatever you decide to do make your little girl feel like the princess she is on her first birthday. A little creativity goes along way.

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