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Symptoms of lung cancer

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Lung cancer, like other forms of cancer is a breakdown of the cell balance maintained by our bodies. A system of checks and balances are maintained by the human body to generate new cells only when need. When this system is disrupted, cells grow uncontrolled to form a mass called a tumor. A tumor can be malignant or benign. A benign tumor is relatively harmless and does not spread. A malignant tumour, on the other hand, spreads to other parts of the body aggressively. Lunch cancer can either be small lung cancers (SCLC) and non-small lung cancers (NSCLC). Both these types of lung cancers spread differently.

In terms of symptoms, lung cancer can many times be detected during a routine chest X-Ray or CT Scan. The X-Ray or scan will show a solitary mass called a lesion. Patients with small lesions usually do not have any external symptoms. The presence of a lesion will usually lead to a series of tests to see if the lesion is benign or malignant.

A simple physical examination can also lead to the presence of lung cancer. If the patient is a regular smoker, doctors will look for signs such as breathing difficulties, obstructions or infections in the lungs. If the lung is deceased, insufficient oxygen in the blood will appear as a bluish colouring of the skin, a state call Cyanosis.

The growth of lung cancer will interfere with breathing, and lead to symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, and coughing of blood. If the cancer invades nerves, it may lead to shoulder pain or paralysis of the vocal cords. Esophagus could also be affected making it difficult for the patient to swallow.

Lung cancer can also spread to the bones and is called metastasis. This will cause severe pain in the bone joints starting with the shoulder and moving to other parts of the body.

Lung cancer can also affect the brain, causing blurred vision, headaches, seizures, or weakness in sensation.

Then there is the Paraneoplastic Symptoms which result from the production of hormone like substances by the tumor. The most common type of harmone is called adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH). This results in elevated levels of calcium in the bloodstream.

There could also be other symptoms such as weight loss, weakness, fatigue, depression, and mood changes.

Author also likes to share details on  breast cancer statistics. You can also check out about breast cancer donation.

Written by chamiers

August 31st, 2011 at 5:25 am

Posted in Health

Tips on Choosing the Right Hair Dryer

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Hair dryer is one of the essential beauty products that we use from time to time. Knowing how to properly choose the right hair dryer will not only help you save time and money but can also ensure that you get the beautiful bouncy hair you are aiming for.

Below are some tips and recommendations that can assist you when shopping for the right hair dryer.

One of the initial considerations in buying hair dryer is your set budget. The prices of this beauty product may vary depending on the brand and quality. Commercial hairdryers can go as much as $200. People with manageable hair often go for more affordable hair dryers since they only need to use the product occasionally. However, people with less manageable hair who need to employ hair dryers on a daily basis usually prefer branded hair dryers that are more expensive and durable.

The wattage of the hair dryer is also another essential priority. The number of watts indicates the strength and temperature of your hair dryers blower which directly affects the time you will need to dry and shape your hair as you like. The ideal wattage for a standard blower is 1750 watts. Individual with thicker hair or curls are recommended to obtain a 2000 watts hair dryer.

Identifying the type of your hair is also an additional priority in finding the right hair dryer. Many hair dryers now include additional features to cover even wider hair types. Individuals with curly hair may opt to buy hair dryers with an anti-frizz styling diffuser which can help enhance their curls and waves by giving it more body. On the other hand people who wish to achieve a straighter and manageable hair may look for hair dryers with nozzle attachment. The nozzle can direct the concentration of heat coming from the hair dryer that makes it an effective tool for creating a straighter and smoother finish.

People with sensitive hair types will do well to get a hair dryer that provides different temperature settings. The different setting can give the user the ability to manipulate the temperature of the dryer until the ideal setting is finally achieved. This can provide people with sensitive hair the option to enjoy the benefits of a hair dryer without damaging their hair.

The weight of the hair dryer must also be considered when deciding which one is the best for you. People with long hair should be very particular with these consideration you are will be required to hold on the dryer for longer hours to dry your long hair. Heavy hair dryers might cause you wrist to ache or numb even before youre done with half of the drying process.

With the numerous options available in the market choosing the right hair dryer can definitely be very tedious. This is why it is important to identify your concerns and priorities that you need to satisfy in terms of your hair dryer qualifications.

Author recommends to check out more reviews about Anti Hair Loss


Written by chamiers

August 31st, 2011 at 5:10 am

Why people prefer Cinch Belt More?

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Do you have a waistline that needs to be curbed before your 22nd birthday? Do you pass the mannequins and wonder if you could wear those dresses one day when you have a waist to flaunt? All these woes of yours are long forgotten as fashion has a way to fix it all and for all those women who weep staring at their disfigured waists every morning in the mirror, cinch belts are perfect solutions. Now you must be wondering what a cinch belt is. Its no brain racker and surely is something that you must’ve seen in all those malls that you trot around every weekend. If we go by the conventional definition of cinch belts as the dictionary states, it is nothing but a wide belt of elastic, leather, or fabric with a clasp or lacing in front, worn tightly to make the waist look smaller. If put simply, its very close to a corset which when worn around the waist gives an impression of a smaller waist.

Historically, the popularity of the cinch belt was brought to surface by Diors New Look around 1947.As quoted by Dior I designed clothes for flower-like women, with rounded shoulders, full feminine busts, and hand-span waists above enormous spreading skirts. The hand-span waists so beloved by Dior were achieved by foundations garments, of which the most popular was the waist cincher, called the “waspie” or “guepiere it became the quintessential undergarment of the New Look. Such garments were worn tightly cinched at the waist to maintain your waist at its flattering best, restraining the figure in a slender silhouette.

Cinch belt is a great and fashionable option to don up any outfit you possess. With the ever changing fashion market, a great plethora of cinch belts are available now with a variety of colours and fabrics including leather, metal, cloth and woven material. Every simple dress can be transformed into a stunning ramp garment with the addition of one simple accessory called cinch belt.

Cinch belts are great options for a brunch or a late night party as it can really trim down your waist on those floral brunch frocks or can suck all your fat and make your waist as tiny as it can ever be on that black dress for a pub night. You could choose from a range of rhinestone embedded belts to a simple black cinch strap to dazzle in those parties.

While choosing your cinch belt, its important for you to take care that the material of the belt be soft as the skin in the waist area in sensitive and is prone to abrasions much more than other areas. You could go for options like tulle, silk, organza, lace, gauze or linen as these materials are soft and wont cause much trouble to your waist. You should also try and feel the belts before you buy them as if they are too tight then it might just get a little uncomfortable for you, hence, allow an extra 1 inch of breathing space for a comfortable fit. Also note that too tight a belt would spill out those unruly bulges from sides which would defeat your attempt of looking slimmer and would make your figure shapeless.

You can use your imagination to the last bit with this accessory as it goes with everything including, jeans, tee shirts, dresses. You name it and you have it well teamed up with a cinch belt. Just note that if you have any health issue that could get worsened with the tightness around your waist, then you should avoid wearing these, as remember, there is nothing more important than your health.

Cinch belts are a great option for women with fuller figures as they emphasise the waist line, highlighting the thighs and breasts. Its totally up to you how you want to carry it to maximise your sexuality and minimise the flaws of your figure.

Thus, before you go for a cinch belt, use your better judgment and decide how you wish to flaunt your figure and use the belt to create an illusion of a lessened girth and a slender waistline.

Author recommends to check out more reviews on Poodle Skirt.

Written by chamiers

August 29th, 2011 at 3:38 am

Brief Note on Finger Pulse Oximeters

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Finger pulse Oximeter is an electronic powered medical device that is used to monitor indirectly the oxygen saturation in the patients blood. The device also monitors the change in the blood volume in the patients skin. It then produces photoplethysmograph using both. The device is quite often connected to a medical monitor, so that the staff can see the oxygenation level of the patient at all times. Majority of these devices can also show patients heart rate. You also have portable Oxygen pulse oximeter that battery-operated. These can be used by the patients to measure his or her blood-oxygen level in the comfort of their homes.

The device was invented by Millikan during the 1940s. It was in 1972 that the present day pulse oximeter was developed. Aoyagi of Nihon Kohden developed this model.

This device displays the amount of arterial hemoglobin present in the oxyhemoglobin configuration. The value that is acceptable is between 95 and 100 %. However it is common for the value to fall as low as 90 %.

The device is useful in situations where the patients oxygenation level is unstable like operating, intensive care, and hospital ward settings. The portable devices usually run of one or two batteries (AAA) and they use the minimal amount of energy. These devices are small and portable which makes it easy people to use it.

Athletes and mountain climbers whose oxygen levels might decrease with exercise or at high altitude will find this device useful. In fact certain devices have a software that maintains the both the pulse and the blood oxygen level of the patient. This chart will remind the patient to check their blood oxygen levels.

This device, however, has its limitations. It cant guarantee that the readings are absolutely correct. If you give 100% oxygen to a person who is suffering from hypoventilation he or she will show excellent blood oxygen levels even when he or she is still suffering from a condition called respiratory acidosis. This condition is caused by the presence of excess of carbon dioxide.

The popularity of this device is growing fast and it is found in almost all hospitals.

Written by chamiers

August 25th, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Top Fantasy Football Players 2012

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Top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects

For fantasy football owners in a keeper or dynasty league, it’s never too early to start looking at next year’s crop of draft picks. Over the course of the coming college football season and BCS bowl games, you’ll have a few players add themselves to this list. But this is what the current crop of promising underclassmen look like right now. These men should be top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects.

  • Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal – Sports radio is already full of talk about “The Andrew Luck Sweepstakes”. Andrew Luck, the reason Jim Harbaugh got a head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, is already locked in as the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Mel Kiper said the only other player who has graded out as high as Andrew Luck (in Kiper’s ratings) is Bo Jackson. Another NFL insider has described Luck as “Peyton Manning with athleticism”. He’s supposed to be that good.
  • Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide – Early reviews are that Trent Richardson, a 5’11”, 225 pound back who shared time with Mark Ingram in the ‘Bama backfield, might end up being considered a better NFL prospect than his former teammate. While Mark Ingram fell into a nice situation with the New Orleans Saints, he did slide through much of the 1st round. Trent Richardson could be a Top 10 pick.
  • Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Athletic, but raw, receiver. His sophomore numbers were down, but expect him to get a lot of attention if he can show improvement his junior season.
  • Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys – Watch where Blackmon is slotted in the NFL Draft. With 111 catches last year, Justin Blackmon led NCAA Division 1 football. But his speed isn’t said to be blazing. Blackmon could put up huge numbers, then watch a bad 40-time put him in the 2nd round. Whether he ends up a 1st or 2nd round NFL selection, a team should get a nice producer in Blackmon.
  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma Sooners – Landry Jones has the size and arm strength NFL scouts like. OU plays with a spread offense, something NFL front office personnel usually don’t like. That didn’t keep Sam Bradford from going first overall, though. If Landry Jones puts up big numbers in the weakened Big 12, he should be a top of the 1st round selection next spring.
  • Matt Barkley, QB, USC Trojans – Barkley may have the best physicals tools of any quarterback in next year’s draft. He’s been the starter at USC since his freshman year, so he might be a Top 10 draft choice himself, if he continues to produce on a USC team dealing with NCAA sanctions.
  • Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina Gamecocks – Alshon Jeffery is a 6’4″ physical specimen known to have the best hands in college football. He’s not super-fast, but he’s got separation speed. Alshon Jeffery may be the #1 wide receiver taken in next year’s draft. He probably won’t have the measurables that Calvin Johnson had, but you might be able to compare him to Larry Fitzgerald: big, fast enough, and able to catch anything in his vicinity.


Written by randy

August 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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The Cheapest Homes in California

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I’m not going to lie to you: the prices of homes in California are flat-out expensive. You’ll find your occasional good bargain, but if you’re moving from any other part of the country (besides the New York City area) to most parts of California, the prices you’ll have quoted to you are probably going to take your breath away.

When I say real estate in California is costly, I’m not just talking about Hollywood or Bel Air or the nicest parts of San Diego and San Francisco. I’m talking about all over and on a general basis. The fact is, California is the most populous state in the United States (by far), with California’s 55 votes outranking #2 place state (Texas) by 17 votes and dwarfing New York State and Florida’s 29 electoral votes. California has a lot of people, while more people want to live on the West Coast all the time.

So the price of homes are costlier on average in the cities of California than just about anywhere you’re going to look, whether you’re looking in Long Beach or Anaheim, Oakland or Bakersfield. When you get into the heart of cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco, or near the beachfront properties in Los Angeles or San Diego, the prices are going to skyrocket. Keep that in mind when shopping for cheap homes to buy in California.

Cheapest Homes in Los Angeles

The cheapest home I found listed in Los Angeles is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with 572 square feet selling for $69,900 on East 117th Street. Another house about that size is a 576 square foot single-family home on Hooper Avenue in LA. This place has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom and has an asking price of $89,900.

Most of the cheaper houses I’ve found in the City of Angels are nowhere near as inexpensive. For instance, I found a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence on Weigand Avenue with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,174 square feet. This house is selling for $154,900. I found a HUD home selling for a hundred dollars more, ($155,000–another home had a $123,000 price tag, but it was exclusive for government agencies and non-profits). The 155-grand house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is found at 1125 East 114th Street.

Croesus Avenue has a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home selling for $109,000. Croesus Ave also has a $115,000 home selling with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a rod iron fence around small yard. The Santa Rosalia Drive Apartments has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with $133,560 asking price. On 5th Avenue, you’ll find a small but pleasant-looking 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with a yard, layered walkway and palm trees in the background. This home sells for $169,000. Grape Street has a 2 bed, 1 bath, 940 square foot single family home selling for $118,800. If you’re looking for a home on Compton Avenue, you’ll find a house with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms fitted into 1,486 square feet of living space. This home has an asking price of $100,000.

Another cheap home I found is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath place on East 106th Street. This foreclosed home is selling currently for $94,900. You can find a home with a rod iron fence around it on East 101st Street with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a price tag of $148,000.

Cheapest Homes in San Diego

The cheapest residences to buy in San Diego are condominiums. Most of the residential houses are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the condo is a less expensive, trendy way to live. One of the cheapest places to buy I found in San Diego is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condominium with 670 square feet at Hotel Circle’s S Unit C3. This San Diego condo’s asking price if $99,900. On Nile Street, you’ll find the Unit 3 condo is on sale for $124,900. This condo has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 782 square feet, and a one-car garage. On Beadnell Way, you’ll find a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo selling for $139,900. Ask about Unit 1 at the front office.

Paseo Cardiel has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom unit selling for $149,000. You’ll also find a home listed online under a McClintock Unit address which says it’s selling for $551. A quick perusal of the listing shows that the square football on the place is 551 square feet, so unless this home owner has a quirk about selling his or her home by $1 per square foot, I would expect a more substantial price. Carmel Mountain Road has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo selling for $124,000. This condominium has 798 square feet in it. Among homes, a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom residence on Scripps Westview Way is about as cheap as they come. This foreclosed place is selling for $135,000.

San Jose’s Least Expensive Homes

San Jose is the third-largest city in California, behind LA and San Diego. San Jose has more people than nearby San Francisco, even. Unlike many of the big cities in Southern California, you can find homes selling for 5-figures in the San Jose area. For instance, a 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,344 square foot residence on Ford Road (at unit 34) is selling for $89,900. On Nicholson Lane, you’ll find a 3 bed, 2 bath trailer home selling for the same price: $89,900. At Senter Road, you’ll find what appears to be a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo selling for $149,000.

Inexpensive Residences in San Francisco

The price of housing in the Bay Area can be outrageous at times. The California real estate market has long been out-of-touch with most of the other regions of America. Even in the biggest economic downturn in decades, the price of real estate remains significantly higher than in most parts of America. As an example, Lobos Street in San Fran has a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house selling for $209,000.

20th Avenue Apartment E has a 1 bed, 1 bath unit selling for $232,000. If you asked anywhere near that in most parts of the country, they would laugh you out of the room. In comparison, the 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom house on Sagamore Street which is selling for $295,000 seems like a real bargain.

You’ll find a lot of properties listed on certain foreclosure listings online (upwards of 200), but most of these classifieds have a suspicious amount of detail (or lack of detail). When a small home on Franklin Street has a listed price of $985,000, you have to wonder what the price are on all the San Francisco house listings where they don’t want you to know the price.

Even on the HUD website, I wasn’t able to find information. Despite having hundreds of properties listed for California, not one appears to come up in a search of the HUD classifieds for San Fransisco. To find the cheapest homes in San Fransisco, you may have to approach things the old-fashioned way–through a realtor or realty website in the Bay Area.

Cheapest Homes in Sacramento

The same cannot be said for Sacramento. California’s state capital has a significant number of cheap property listings. HuD has a number of cost-effective housing options which are significantly lower than what you’ll find in most of California’s bigger cities, though the prices are still nowhere near as low as you’ll find in the Midwest.

HUD featured a $141,500 asking price for a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house at 520 Tenaya Avenue in Sacramento. At 1827 Jamestown Drive, HUD is selling a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home for $92,000. The price on this house just was lowered recently. Both the Jamestown Drive and Tenaya Ave homes are extended listings. A two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house at 8857 La Riviera Drive is selling for $60,000 exactly. The price on this residence was recently lowered.

Frenso’s Cheapest Home

Fresno, the largest city in the San Fernando Valley in central California, has much cheaper housing than in Southern California around Los Angeles or San Diego, and certain cheaper than you’ll find in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fresno is the 5th largest city in California by population, so the job market should still be significant.

You can buy a house on East Franklin Avenue with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 938 square feet for $42,400. This house has a yard and a chain link fence. North Ezie Avenue has a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with 1,436 square feet selling for $79,900, while you can find a home on North Harrison Avenue with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom fitted into 1,080 square feet selling for $74,900.

Look on East Holland Avenue and you’ll find a home with 3 bedroom and 1 bathroom in 1,026 square feet selling for $64,900. Look on South Maple Avenue and you’ll find a 3 bed, 2 bath home with 1,434 sq feet and an asking price of $74,900. A two bedroom, one bathroom, 1,085 square feet house on East Iowa Avenue has a price tag of $49,000, while an East Floradora Avenue home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom has an asking price of $54,500.

Written by randy

August 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 am

Homemade Gorilla Suit Costumes

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Gorilla suit costumes are a classic, and it doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for. A gorilla suit costume is just as appropriate at a science fiction convention as it is at a Halloween party. And new versions of the classic gorilla costume look more realistic than ever.

Making your own gorilla suit costume can be a challenge, but it can be a fun way to spend some time with one of your kids, and it can save you a little bit of money. If you’re handy and like doing craft type stuff, give making your own gorilla suit for Halloween a try.

Your gorilla suit will need arms and a torso, as well as pants. I recommend sweatshirts and sweatpants, in black or gray. You can then attach the fur to the appropriate places on the costume. Get yourself a cool gorilla mask to top it off with, and you’ve got a homemade gorilla costume that can’t be beat.

If you really want to have some fun with a gorilla suit, try emulating some of the early Planet of the Apes movies to see if anyone is nostalgic enough to remember the films and make the connection. If you’ve got some buddies who are also science fiction geeks, you could even have someone dress as Charlton Heston from the movie. If someone is creative and artistic, you could set up your own Statue of Liberty prop so that you can re-enact the end of the original movie. That will really drive the crowd wild.

Collecting Spawn Comic Books

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I’ve been collecting Spawn comic books for years now. I’ll admit that they’re a guilty pleasure, especially the early issues. But something about the intensity of Todd McFarlane’s artwork kept me coming back for more, and I’ve collected Spawn ever since.

1992 was a good year for a lot of things. I was 22 years old, for one thing, so I had a great sex drive. I still had most of my hair, and even though I didn’t have a six pack, I wasn’t fat. And the first issue of Spawn arrived.

Comic book speculation was rampant in the early 1990’s. Comic book publishers would regularly publish five different version of a single comic book, with the only difference being an alternate cover on each version. Speculators drove prices higher than anyone would have believed. It all came crashing down eventually, and now the comic book market is about 10% of the size it was then.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, they’re readily available. Comic book prices are made up of the following factors: scarcity, condition, and demand. If something is rare, it’s more valuable. Unless no one wants a copy of it. (That’s the demand aspect of comic book values.) Condition is the other important consideration, and comic book collectors are notoriously fussy about the conditions of their collectibles.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, Spawn comic book prices are pretty reasonable. You can get a copy of the first issue for just $5 in near mint condition. Other issues in the series are even less expensive. Some gimmick issues might be worth a little bit more, like the David Finch illustrated version of #200, but even that is only worth $60. Collecting Spawn comics is an affordable pastime compared to collecting other comic book titles. You can learn more about Spawn at this Spawn fan site.

Written by randy

August 17th, 2011 at 11:52 am

Agricola Rules Summary

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I’m posting this Agricola rules summary because I’ve recently discovered the game, and I really enjoy it. Summarizing the rules helps me better understand how to play Agricola, which will make it easier for me to teach it to my friends. (And without friends to play Agricola with, what good is it anyway?) I know of at least one other site that summarizes the Agricola instructions, and I’ll try to do at least as good a job explaining the game here.

Agricola is an agricultural development game for 1 to 5 players. It takes between 30 minutes and one hour to play. Each player get a farmyard. The game also includes game boards for game actions and another board for major improvements.

At the beginning of each game, you play a couple living in a two room hut. Your goal is to improve your family’s living circumstances. The game has 14 rounds, and during each round, EACH member of a player’s family gets to take one action.

During the game, family members take actions like tending crops or repairing fences. Some turns include a harvest phase, which you MUST plan for. If you don’t, then you won’t have enough food to feed your family.

The most important strategy in Agricola is to have a large family. With more family members, you get to take more actions per turn.

Written by randy

August 16th, 2011 at 11:56 am