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Sensitive girls ‘have better sex’

Sensitive girls ‘have better sex’

12/05/2009

Women who are in touch with their feelings have more fun in bed, research suggests.

A study of 2,035 female twins showed those with greater emotional intelligence had more and better orgasms.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor and manage feelings and emotions in oneself and others.

The findings suggest that having low EI puts woman at risk of female orgasmic disorder, one of the most common sexual problems suffered by women. Up to 30 per cent of women find it difficult or impossible to climax.

Prof Tim Spector, director of the Twin Research Department at King’s College London and co-author of the study, said: “This study will help enormously in the development of behavioural and cognitive therapies to improve women’s sex lives.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/05/12/sensitive-girls-have-better-sex-115875-21351682/

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Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin

Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin
by Julia Layton

5 Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

5 Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes
by Melanie Radzicki McManus
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/products/5-benefits-of-electric-toothbrushes.htm

Lots of people these days use electric toothbrushes to keep their pearly whites nice and bright. But are they really better? Yes, say dentists, who overwhelmingly recommend them as the best means of keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque and its damaging effects. Yet simply purchasing an electric toothbrush doesn’t guarantee great results. You also need to make sure you brush at least twice daily, spend at least two minutes a session brushing and use the proper brushing technique (yes, there’s a technique to it).
Before you rush out to buy an electric toothbrush, do a little research. First, electric toothbrushes aren’t the same as battery-powered toothbrushes, which are similar to manual brushes but use a AA battery to make the bristles vibrate a little, thus providing some extra cleaning. True electric toothbrushes are rechargeable units that plug into the wall. You change the brush heads every three to six months and keep the handle, which receives the charge. The heads comes in different shapes and sizes and work differently. They may oscillate, vibrate, rotate or use sonic technology
Electric brushes also come with various features, such as special modes for sensitive teeth, gum massage and whitening. Some come with pressure sensors that let you know if you’re brushing too hard, or feature digital reminders to replace your brush head. Most are packaged with extras such as toothbrush holders and travel chargers
The major drawback to electric toothbrushes, in many people’s opinions, is the cost; starter kits are generally $50 to $75, although you can purchase some for less than $25 or more than $100. In the long run, however, they may not cost much more than manual brushes, as they need to be replaced far less often.

1.They clean your teeth more thoroughly.
Electric toothbrushes win hands down over manual brushes when it comes to cleaning ability. The electric version’s whirring bristles remove plaque better and faster, for starters. Their more advanced designs are also able to get at hard-to-clean areas like the backs of molars and the gum line, thus helping to prevent cavities and gingivitis. Not surprisingly, then, both the American Journal of Dentistry and the British Dental Journal support the use of electric toothbrushes .
But don’t just listen to the sages at dental journals. Regular folks are big electric toothbrush fans, too. In a survey of 16,000 patients published by the American Dental Association, more than 80 percent said they improved their oral cleanliness after switching from their manual toothbrushes to an electric version . It’s hard to argue with that!

2.They keep you from brushing too hard.
It’s ironic — you try so hard to get your teeth nice and clean that you wind up brushing too hard. Most often, this means you injure your gums, possibly even causing some gum recession. (And gum tissue never grows back.) Brushing too vigorously can also remove enamel from the tooth surface, causing sensitivity to cold, heat and other stimuli .
One of the major benefits of electric toothbrushes is that it’s nearly impossible to brush too hard with them because you shouldn’t really be doing the brushing. With an electric toothbrush, you simply hold the brush and let its moving bristles do the work. You do reposition the brush over different parts of your mouth, but you’re not supposed to be vigorously moving the brush back and forth, and you definitely shouldn’t be applying pressure.
Some models even have sensors that will automatically reduce the power if you start brushing too hard . This is a great option for those who are prone to using a little too much force when they brush.

3: They’re easier to use for people with dexterity issues.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says people who have physical conditions (such as arthritis, limited mobility in their hands or arms or manual dexterity problems) that make it difficult to use a manual toothbrush should consider using an electric toothbrush. Why? Electric toothbrushes have larger handles, which are easier to grip. Plus, their powered brushes do the cleaning for you, especially in the tricky areas that require fine motor skills to get at, such as the backs of molars and behind your upper and lower front teeth .

4.They have built-in timers so you brush the proper amount of time.
Did you know you’re supposed to brush your teeth at least 2 minutes at a time, spending at least 30 seconds in each of your mouth’s four quadrants (upper right and left sides and lower right and left sides)? You probably think you easily brush your teeth for that amount of time, but if you timed yourself, you might be quite surprised at how little time you actually do brush. The average brushing time for Americans is a measly 31 to 65 seconds per session, depending on sex and age .
One of the more helpful attributes of electric toothbrushes is that most come with timers that beep when two minutes are up. If you haven’t heard the beep, keep brushing! Others additionally emit a beep after 30 seconds, so you know it’s time to switch to another section of your mouth .

5. They’re greener.
There’s some debate about whether electric toothbrushes are less harmful to the environment than manual toothbrushes. Those who say yes note that you would go through a lot of “regular” toothbrushes (the heads of which aren’t recyclable) before you dispose of an electric brush, most of which use replaceable heads. In fact, according to the environmental experts at Green Your, it takes between 14 and 42 toothbrush replacement heads to equal the amount of plastic in one manual toothbrush .
Of course, you do eventually throw out your electric toothbrush body, because at some point it stops taking and holding a charge . Still, many people feel electric toothbrushes are more environmentally friendly.

Global Food Production May Be Hurt as Climate Shift

Global Food Production May Be Hurt as Climate Shifts, UN Forecaster Says

By Luzi Ann Javier – May 26, 2011
Global food output may be hurt as climate change brings more extreme weather over the next decade, with China likely set for harsher droughts and North America getting heavier rain, said the World Meteorological Organization.
“Extreme events will become more intense in the future, especially the heat waves and extreme precipitations,” Omar Baddour, a division chief at the United Nations’ agency, said in a phone interview from Geneva. “That, combined with less rainfall in some regions like the Mediterranean region and China, will affect crop production and agriculture.”
The more extreme weather — including in the U.S., the world’s largest agricultural exporter — may disrupt harvests, possibly cutting production of grains, livestock and cooking oils and boosting prices. Global food costs reached a record in February, stoking inflation and pushing millions into poverty.
“We foresee with high confidence in climate projections that intense precipitation in some parts of the world will be more intense, and drought will be more intense,” said Baddour, who’s tracked the subject for more than two decades. Extreme heat waves “will also be more intense and more frequent.”
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Price Index, which tracks 55 food-commodity items, rose nine times in the past 10 months, with the gauge peaking at 237.24 in February. The index climbed to 232.07 last month.
‘Massive Disruptions’
Baddour’s comments add to projections that more extreme weather may affect farm production. Sunny Verghese, chief executive officer at Olam International Ltd. (OLAM), among the world’s three biggest suppliers of rice, forecast in February that food- supply chains face “massive disruptions” from climate change.
Drought in China has affected 6.5 million hectares of farmland, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on its website on May 20. China has ordered the operator of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s biggest, to release water to replenish the Yangtze River and counter the local region’s lowest rainfall in half a century.
The drought in China may cut early-season rice output if there’s no adequate rain over the next two weeks, according to industry researcher Cngrain.com. “If the drought doesn’t end in two weeks, the impact on the region’s rice will no doubt be significant,” Zhang Lu, an analyst at the group, said yesterday.
In the U.S., floods along the Mississippi River and its tributaries have affected almost 3.6 million acres of cropland, causing the most damage in Arkansas, the American Farm Bureau Federation said on May 23. Floods in Canada’s Frenchman River Basin may be the largest since 1952, and the waters slowed the nation’s sowing, the Canadian Wheat Board said on April 20.
Intense Pressure
“Climate change, high-and-volatile food and energy prices, population and income growth” will put intense pressure on land and water and challenge global food security as never before, according to Mark Rosegrant, director of environment and production technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Rosegrant also cited changing diets and increased urbanization in a May 24 e-mailed statement.
Corn will average $7.75 per bushel this quarter and $8 in the third quarter on “growing concerns about crop weather in the U.S., Europe and now parts of Russia,” said Abah Ofon, a Singapore-based analyst at Standard Chartered Plc. Corn traded at $7.4625 per bushel at 7:29 p.m. in Singapore today, more than double the price a year ago.
Food costs are at “dangerous levels” after pushing 44 million people into poverty since June, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Feb. 15. That adds to the more than 900 million people around the world who go hungry each day, he said.
Agricultural research is needed to adapt farming to climate change, Olivier de Schutter, the UN’s special adviser on the right to food, said at a conference on May 23. “The improvement of plants is absolutely important given the challenges we are facing, particularly the threat posed by climate change,” de Schutter said in Brussels.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-26/extreme-weather-will-upset-global-food-output-during-next-decade-un-says.html

HUMAN POOP MEAT?! Crazy Japanese Scientists!

HUMAN POOP MEAT?! Crazy Japanese Scientists!

Quotes on women

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

Women like silent men. They think they’re listening. ~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. ~Author Unknown

Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman’s toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace. ~Marianne Williamson, “A Woman’s Worth”

Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. ~Bill Maher

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car. ~Carrie Snow

You start out happy that you have no hips or boobs. All of a sudden you get them, and it feels sloppy. Then just when you start liking them, they start drooping. ~Cindy Crawford

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away. ~Laurence J. Peter

The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think. ~Author Unknown

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. ~Arnold Haultain

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. ~Charlotte Whitton

Women are always beautiful. ~Ville Valo

The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy. ~Ellery Queen

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. ~Mae West

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. ~Nicole Hollander

Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. ~Author Unknown

Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage. ~Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly

A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are. ~Chauncey Mitchell Depew

The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photographs of herself. ~Elizabeth Metcalf

There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women. ~Madeleine K. Albright

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. ~Oscar Wilde

There’s something luxurious about having a girl light your cigarette. In fact, I got married once on account of that. ~Harold Robbins

When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $3.95 a minute. ~Author Unknown

Men get laid, but women get screwed. ~Quentin Crisp

The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks, a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges. ~Germaine Greer

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. ~Ovid

Howiver, I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish: God Almighty made ’em to match the men. ~George Eliot, “The Harvest Supper,” Adam Bede

Women are like elephants to me. I like to look at them, but I wouldn’t want to own one. ~W.C. Fields

Patents Prove Cell-Phone Dangers?

Patents Prove Cell-Phone Dangers?
Elisa Batista

Joanne Suder is no friend of the cell-phone industry.
The Baltimore attorney refuses to use its beloved product — the mobile phone — and has ranted against the industry and its products on CNN’s Larry King Live as well as other media outlets.
Suder is perhaps best known for filing a high-profile $800 million lawsuit against the cell-phone industry, claiming its products gave her client, Chris Newman — a neurologist in Baltimore — a brain tumor.
That case won’t be heard by a judge until next week, but Suder’s already considering 36 more lawsuits against the industry, which she contends sells products that are harmful to consumers.
Even though the scientific research goes both ways, the industry continues to proclaim its innocence.
“Years of scientific research reaffirm there are no health risks associated with wireless phones,” said Nokia spokesman Keith Nowak.
Most recently, Suder accused the wireless industry of “putting a spin” on a Federal Trade Commission decision to sue two companies for falsely advertising technology that purportedly shielded cell-phone users from radiation. While Suder agreed the FTC should crack down on fraudulent claims, she said the cell-phone industry’s reaction to the news showed it had a lot to hide in terms of the health risks associated with its products.
“It appears that the wireless communications industry is putting a spin on the FTC’s action or inaction,” Suder said. “This creates the appearance that these snake oil devices don’t work because you do not need protective devices. This is clearly untrue…. Cell phone radiation is dangerous and causes cellular damage that can result in tumors and death.”
Her evidence — which she will present in federal district court in Baltimore next week — that cell phones wreak such havoc? “Dozens and dozens” of patents filed by the industry to create radiation-shielding technology.
Nokia filed one of these patents on July 28, 1998, according to the U.S. patent office. The patent contains a description for the creation of a device that would protect the cells in a user’s head from radiation.
“It has been suggested that radio frequency irradiation may stimulate extra growth among supportive cells in the nerve system, which in the worst case it has been suggested could lead to a development of a malignant tumor,” the Nokia patent states. “Although the consequences described above have not been scientifically verified, the uncertainty has some effects by reducing the speed of growth of the market of radiophones.”
Motorola, Ericsson and other handset manufacturers own similar patents, Suder said.
“Those patents aren’t snake oil,” she said. “They’re from the defendants’ mouths themselves.”
The cell-phone industry remains confident it will quash Suder’s evidence in court.
Nowak dismissed the Nokia patent touted by Suder as a patent “on antenna efficiency,” not a disease-fighting tool.
“The more efficiently the phone can work, the better” it is for the consumer, Nowak said.
While Nokia won’t have its day in court next week — it isn’t one of the defendants of Suder’s lawsuit –- it may face Suder’s wrath in another lawsuit.
Next week, a judge will sift through scientific evidence provided by both Suder and the cell-phone industry to determine whether Chris Newman, 41, got a brain tumor from using a cellular phone. The defendants in that lawsuit are Motorola, Verizon Communications, Bell Atlantic Corp., Bell Atlantic Mobile, SBC Communications, the Telecommunication Industry Association, and Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2002/02/50592