Thursday, September 24, 2009

SES ASTRA - What do I need?

SES ASTRA - What do I need?: "The signals from the satellite are collected by the dish and focused onto the LNB (Low Noise Block Converter), which is located at the end of an arm in front of the dish. The signals are then transferred from the LNB to the receiver via a cable.

To receive all the services from an ASTRA satellite, you will need a dish fitted with a universal LNB. If you have a satellite receiver with two tuners, or want to receive services on more than one TV set, you will need a ‘twin’ or ‘quad’ LNB.

You can also receive TV signals from more than one ASTRA satellite orbital position using a single dish, by using a multi-feed setup or Duo LNB.

Different colours and even transparent dishes are available to render the dish less obtrusive. A professional retailer or installer can advise you of the options."

Satellite television - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The leading satellite television broadcaster in the UK is a subscription based service named Sky Digital, marketed by British Sky Broadcasting. Since May 2008, a subscription free alternative known as Freesat has been available as part of preparations to migrate the UK to exclusively digital TV broadcasting. The Freesat service is run jointly by the UK's two largest broadcasters, ITV and BBC and should not be confused with the similarly named freesat from sky, a subscription free version of the Sky platform."

Monday, September 21, 2009

Expert Witness: Gwen Cooper - Expert Witness - Open Salon

Expert Witness: Gwen Cooper - Expert Witness - Open Salon: "I mean certainly again with this book, if it were not for the nature of the internet, and the speed with which things can go viral, and where you can see it happening in real time, I don't know that I would've gotten his deal, or I don't know that it would have happened the way that it did. It really was an instance of being able to see that interest unfold and trace it back to a specific source and see it unfold from there."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Prostate biopsy on thursday morning in frederiksberg Hospitalic.com

Prostate biopsy - MayoClinic.com: "The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that produces fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. During a prostate biopsy, also called a core needle biopsy, a fine needle is used to take a number of tissue samples from your prostate gland. A prostate biopsy is done by a urologist, a doctor who specializes in men's sex organs and urinary system. Your urologist may recommend a prostate biopsy if results from initial tests, such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or digital rectal exam (DRE), suggest you may have prostate cancer.

Following a prostate biopsy, tissue samples from the prostate biopsy are examined under a microscope for cell abnormalities that are a sign of prostate cancer. If cancer is present, it is evaluated to determine how quickly it's likely to grow and spread and to determine your best treatment options."

my PSA was 30 which is six times the "normal" value

Prostate Cancer — Diagnosis and Treatment at Mayo Clinic: "If you are older than age 70, you may opt for expectant management (also called watchful waiting) if your prostate cancer is growing slowly."

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis - Mayo Clinic: "#
# Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test — A sample of blood is analyzed for PSA, a substance produced in the prostate gland that helps liquefy semen. A small amount of PSA always circulates in the blood. High PSA levels, or levels that rise over time, could indicate prostate inflammation, enlargement, or cancer."

Mayo Clinic - Improved PSA Tests a Better Gauge of Prostate Cancer Risk: "PSA density: Using ultrasound imaging, the physician determines the size of the prostate gland. With this data, the physician can evaluate the PSA number based on the gland's size. For example, larger prostate glands produce more PSA."

Beautiful Buzz

Beautiful Buzz: "words on music and more by Adam Perry (mppedro@gmail.com)"

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Welcome to ESTA - the Official U.S. Government Web Site

Welcome to ESTA - the Official U.S. Government Web Site: "Welcome to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Web Site.


International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization using the following process:"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The PSA Test for Prostate Cancer | Health | Patient UK

The PSA Test for Prostate Cancer | Health | Patient UK: "* Home

This leaflet is designed to help you decide whether to have the PSA blood test for prostate cancer. You might have no symptoms but just want to check that you don't have prostate cancer, or you might be thinking about the test because you have developed prostate symptoms. There are pros and cons about having the test which are detailed below.

What is the prostate gland?

Cross-section diagram of the prostate and nearby organs

The prostate gland (just called 'prostate' from now on) is only found in men. It lies just beneath the bladder (see diagram). It is normally about the size of a chestnut. The urethra (the tube which passes urine from the bladder) runs through the middle of the prostate. The prostate helps to make semen, but most semen is made by the seminal vesicle (another gland nearby).

The most common problem of the prostate is prostate enlargement (also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). This is a benign (non-cancerous) condition where the prostate gets bigger ('enlarges') gradually after the age of about 50. By the age of 70, about 8 in 10 men have an enlarged prostate. This condition can cause symptoms such as passing urine frequently, difficulty in passing urine, etc. A separate leaflet gives more details about prostate enlargement.

The other main condition which can affect the prostate is prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a common cancer in older men. Every year in the UK about 22 000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. About 8 in 10 cases occur in men over the age of 65. It is rare in men under 50. Unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer is often present for years without you realizing it. This is because in many cases the cancer is slow growing and can take many years to cause any symptoms. By the age of 80, more than half of all men will have some cancer cells in their prostate - but only 1 in 30 of them will actually die from it.

However, some prostate cancers are fast growing and can spread to other parts of the body. It is these faster growing cancers that tend to cause the most problems and can be a cause of death.

A separate leaflet discusses prostate cancer in more detail.

What is the PSA test and who might have it done?

It is a blood test that measures the level of PSA in your blood. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen. PSA is a protein made by the prostate which naturally leaks into the bloodstream.

Some men with symptoms of a prostate problem may consider having the test. The symptoms of benign prostate enlargement can be similar to the symptoms of a developing prostate cancer. Some men without any symptoms consider having the test to 'screen' for prostate cancer.

However, in both of these situations, the decision to have a PSA test is controversial as there are pros and cons. See below.

What does the PSA test tell me about my prostate?

A raised PSA level can be a sign that you have prostate cancer. The PSA level is often raised well before any symptoms of prostate cancer develop. So the test can help to detect early prostate cancers (which may have a better chance of being successfully treated than more advanced prostate cancers.) As a rule, the higher the PSA level, the more likely that you have prostate cancer.

However, a raised PSA level can also occur in other prostate conditions such as some cases of benign enlargement of the prostate and inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis). In particular, a PSA level that is mildly or moderately raised has a good chance of being due to a benign condition, but could be due to prostate cancer. Overall, about 2 in 3 men with a raised PSA level do not have prostate cancer.

Also, if you do have prostate cancer, a single PSA test cannot tell you whether a prostate cancer is slow or fast growing.

And also, in some cases, the PSA level may be normal even when there is cancer there. Up to 1 in 5 men with prostate cancer have a normal PSA level.

So, the PSA test is not an accurate test for prostate cancer."

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test - National Cancer Institute

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test - National Cancer Institute: "# What are some of the limitations of the PSA test?

* Detecting tumors does not always mean saving lives: When used in screening, the PSA test can detect small tumors. However, finding a small tumor does not necessarily reduce a man's chances of dying from prostate cancer. PSA testing may identify very slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to threaten a man's life. Also, PSA testing may not help a man with a fast-growing or aggressive cancer that has already spread to other parts of his body before being detected.

* False-positive tests: False-positive test results (also called false positives) occur when the PSA level is elevated but no cancer is actually present. False positives may lead to additional medical procedures that have potential risks and significant financial costs and can create anxiety for the patient and his family. Most men with an elevated PSA test result turn out not to have cancer; only 25 to 35 percent of men who have a biopsy due to an elevated PSA level actually have prostate cancer (3).

* False-negative tests: False-negative test results (also called false negatives) occur when the PSA level is in the normal range even though prostate cancer is actually present. Most prostate cancers are slow-growing and may exist for decades before they are large enough to cause symptoms. Subsequent PSA tests may indicate a problem before the disease progresses significantly."

Men overdiagnosed for prostate cancer: Study

Men overdiagnosed for prostate cancer: Study: "He adds: 'Prostate cancer screening has resulted in substantial overdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment. It may have saved relatively few lives . . .

'We desperately need the ability to predict which patient has a localized cancer that is going to metastasize and cause suffering and death and which patient has a cancer that is destined to stay in the patient's prostate for the remainder of his life.'

In Canada, 'we have been seeing similar trends in the increase of the rates of cancers being diagnosed,' said Heather Chappell, acting director of cancer control policy at the Canadian Cancer Society. 'It's our inability to tell the dangerous cancers from the cancers that you would have lived with all your life and not even known about."

Monday, September 07, 2009

DAVID POGUE

The Public Editor - He Works for The Times, Too - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com: "multiple interests and loyalties raise interesting ethical issues in this new age when individual journalists can become brands of their own, stars who seem to transcend the old rules that sharply limited outside activity and demanded an overriding obligation to The Times and its readers."

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Bruce Mau Design - Manifesto

Bruce Mau Design - Manifesto: "An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how we approach every project.

1. Allow events to change you.You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them."