Friday, November 27, 2009

Italian researcher's labour of love leads to MS breakthrough

Go to The Globe and Mail

New way of thinking about debilitating disease has yielded stunning new treatments – but MS societies urge sufferers to be cautious before experimenting.

Elena Ravalli was a seemingly healthy 37-year-old when she began to experience strange attacks of vertigo, numbness, temporary vision loss and crushing fatigue. They were classic signs of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease.

It was 1995 and her husband, Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, set out to help. He was determined to solve the mystery of MS – an illness that strikes people in the prime of their lives but whose causes are unknown and whose effective treatments are few.
What he learned in his medical detective work, scouring dusty old books and using ultra-modern imaging techniques, could well turn what we know about MS on its head: Dr. Zamboni's research suggests that MS is not, as widely believed, an autoimmune condition, but a vascular disease.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wix - Create Flash sites easily with Wix.com

Wix.Image via Wikipedia
Wix.com offers a free and easy way to create Flash sites. Started in 2005, the company aims to make creating graphiclly appealing sites using Flash easy to create, for free!

If you have no Flash skills whatsoever its possible to create a Flash site easily using their drop and drag widget based editor. I know because I have no Flash skills and I did it, so if I can, anyone can.

Check out my basic Flash gallery here  which was created in just a few minutes. If you need a professional site, they can do that. You can upgrade from the free basic package to professional hosting packages that are still great value. You can even sign up for an e-commerce package that allows you to sell from your site. best of all, they don't a penny from you for your sales! Of course you will still pay fees to PayPal or whoever handles the money side of things for you but this has got to be a cheaper option than any other hosting package.

If you want to have a go, the head over now to www.wix.com
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fight for Preemies | Bloggers Unite Campaign




Fight For Preemies


November 17, 2009

Objective:
Every year, 20 million babies are born too soon, too small and very sick ― half a million of them in the United States. November 17 is when we fight.

Do you know a baby that was born too soon, too small, unable to suck, unable to breathe on his own? Premature birth is a health crisis that jeopardizes the lives and health of nearly half-million babies each year. It is the No. 1 killer of newborns and can lead to lifelong disabilities. Worse: the number has increased 31 percent since 1981. It can happen without warning and for no known reason. Until we have more answers, anyone’s baby, could be born too soon.

Medical advances give even the tiniest babies a chance of survival, yet for many babies premature birth is still a life or death condition. It’s the No. 1 cause of death during the first month of life. And babies who survive face serious health challenges and risk lifelong disabilities.

The rate of premature birth has never been higher. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. We need to fight for answers. And, ultimately, preventions.

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis of premature birth. The March of Dimes invites bloggers like you to get involved.

• Learn about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies
• Put a badge on your blog during November, Prematurity Awareness Month®
• On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others

We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Up to £70 cashback on selected SONY DSLR models



There's a full range of Sony digital SLR cameras, lenses and accessories to help every photographer realise their own personal creative vision.
And now, with up to £70 cashback, digital SLR photography has never been so creative, so accessible and so much fun.
Just choose one of the Alpha models or an Alpha accessory included in the offer and the rest is easy.
Models included are:
A230 - £50 cashback
A330 - £60 cashback
A380 - £70 cashback
75-300mm Lens - £50 cashback
50mmm F1.8 Lens - £20 cashback
30mm F2.8 Lens - £20 cashback

Download and complete the Cashback form and send it to us with your sales receipt as proof of purchase. We’ll post you a cheque for up to £70, depending on the model or accessory you bought, when we receive your form.
Offer ends January 30th 2010 and terms and conditions apply. More information available at http://www.sony.co.uk/article/id/1237476803510

Click here to download the claim form
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Canon Cashbacks



Currently, Canon is offering cashbacks on ts video and photography equipment. However, the offers only apply to certain products in their range. When you purchase an EOS 500D or EOS 450D this winter between 28th October and 20th January 2010, you can claim up to £50/€55 cashback. You can also claim up to £150/€170 on Powershot G11 Accessories. For those enterested in buying a non-DSLR, there is a £50/€55 cashback offer on the Pwershot SX camera and £40/€45 on the SX200.

If you are looking to buy a Canon camcorder, there is £50/€55 cashback available on the LEGIRA HF model, or £30/€35 on FS models.

In addition to these cashback offers, Canon are offering 3-year warranties on i-SENSYS laser printer and all-in-one products. If you buy a Canon projector, there is a free upgrade from 90 days to 3 years warranty on the lamp bulb.

More info at http://www.canon.co.uk/promotions/


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Friday, November 06, 2009

Getty Images invites Flickr members to submit their images

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Getty Images, which last year signed a deal with the social networking and photo sharing website Flickr, has now called on Flickr members to submit directly their images to be considered for the Flickr Collection at Getty.

Flickr announcment says:
"The Flickr Collection on Getty Images has been growing and growing since it launched back in March – with a princely figure of nearly 60,000 images in the collection so far. It’s no secret that there are billions of amazing photographs on Flickr, so it made perfect sense for us to find an easy way for members to suggest their own photos to be considered for the Flickr Collection on Getty Images.
Starting today you can submit a portfolio of 10 images to the Getty Images Call for Artists group, giving you an opportunity to showcase your best shots directly to the editors at Getty Images. The Getty Images creative team will regularly review the photos in the group pool, looking out for images they feel are marketable based on their industry expertise, and inviting new photographers to join the collection.
So, if you think your photos rock and are interested in being considered for the collection, join the Getty Images Call for Artists group and follow the submission guidelines or check out our updated FAQs."

A word of caution:
Not everyone thinks that its a good idea to submit your images to Getty (and other photo agencies that operate on the so-called 'microstock photography' business model). The main thrust of their argument (the opponents, that is) is that Getty is a bit like Wal-Mart, piling them high and selling them cheap, as it were. This means that the photographer gets only a small a royalty for the use of their image and that this is a mere pittance and no proper reward.

An example of someone who opposes the Getty model is Todd Klassy. Read his comments on the Flickr blog here

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How good is Macphun's Aurora HDR 2018?

Yesterday I posted about the upcoming release of Macphun's Aurora HDR 2018. Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-order on September...