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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Did you know what causes Vitiligo?

Did you know what causes Vitiligo (vit-ill-EYE-go)?

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body.

Similar patches also appear on both the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose), and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball). The hair that grows on areas affected by vitiligo sometimes turns white.

Did you know that the cause of vitiligo is not know?

Doctors and researchers have several different theories. There is strong evidence that people with vitiligo inherit a group of three genes that make them susceptible to depigmentation. The most widely accepted view is that the depigmentation occurs because vitiligo is an autoimmune disease -- a disease in which a person's immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues. As such, people's bodies produce proteins called cytokines that alter their pigment-producing cells and cause these cells to die. Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves. Finally, some people have reported that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress triggered vitiligo; however, these events have not been scientifically proven as causes of vitiligo.

Who is affected by vitiligo?

About 0.5 to 1 percent of the world's population, or as many as 65 million people, have vitiligo. In the United States, 1 to 2 million people have the disorder. Half the people who have vitiligo develop it before age 20; most develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects both sexes and all races equally; however, it is more noticeable in people with dark skin.

Did you know that Vitiligo seems to be somewhat more common in people with certain autoimmune diseases?

These autoimmune diseases include hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), adrenocortical insufficiency (the adrenal gland does not produce enough of the hormone called corticosteroid), alopecia areata (patches of baldness), and pernicious anemia (a low level of red blood cells caused by the failure of the body to absorb vitamin B12). Scientists do not know the reason for the association between vitiligo and these autoimmune diseases. However, most people with vitiligo have no other autoimmune disease.

Did you know that Vitiligo may also be hereditary? Children whose parents have the disorder are more likely to develop vitiligo. In fact, 30 percent of people with vitiligo have a family member with the disease. However, only 5 to 7 percent of children will get vitiligo even if a parent has it, and most people with vitiligo do not have a family history of the disorder.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Did you know that in the USA: 1 Million Sperm Donor father 30,000 Children; Yearly?

Fertility isn’t easy. It’s assumed. We feel that as humans, it’s our God-given right to reproduce our own offspring. But then, as life would have it, biology doesn’t always work. A close friend once related to me in a whispered phone conversation, “I never thought that this would happen to me. I never thought that I would be one of these people.” Unable to conceive, she turned to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

The CDC reports that in the United States the number of women between the ages of 15 and 44 with impaired ability to have children is now 7.3 million or 11.8%. This number is the same for those who have used infertility services.

Men can also be infertile. Sperm depletion is affected by:

  • Infections
  • Genetic conditions
  • Age
  • Lack of healthy food
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs,
  • Marijuana
  • Cigarettes
  • Chemicals
  • Tight underwear
  • Hot tubs
  • Saunas

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has steadily grown in use during the last few decades due to public awareness, IVF insurance, and accessibility. Previously, before doctor-perfected techniques existed, there was only sperm donation, also known as artificial insemination or donor insemination (use of another’s sperm).

In the United States, sperm banks are regulated by the CDC, the FDA, and other legal associations. The first clinical sperm donation took place in 1884 at the Philadelphia Medical School. A chloroformed woman was inseminated with the sperm of the “best-looking” medical student (with the knowledge of her husband). She conceived and later gave birth.

Author Lennard J. Davis chronicles this story as part of his brief history of sperm donation in his new book Go Ask Your Father. It is his obsession with finding his origin of paternity long after the deaths of his parents and Uncle Abie—who claimed that he himself (as a sperm donor) was the biological father of Davis. The father who raised him, Morris (Abie’s brother), had an episode of mumps and later suffered a bout of gonorrhea, probably leaving him sterile.

He writes, “In 1941, Seymour and Koerner published a highly influential article about artificial insemination in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article, which noted the exponential increase in the number of children born as a result of artificial insemination, caused an uproar and resulted in a public debate about the morality of the procedure. Doctors such as Alan Guttmacher, who was president of Planned Parenthood, became major supporters of the technology, seeing it as part of an overall plan to give parents and doctors more control over reproduction. In that same year, one survey estimated that ten thousand pregnancies had been brought about by artificial insemination, two-thirds of which used the husband’s semen alone. If the survey was accurate, that means that by 1941, about thirty-three hundred babies had been conceived by donor insemination. Within the same decade, if what Abie {his uncle} said was true, I would join their numbers.”

Once looked upon as immoral, “the Roman Catholic Church still disapproves,” donor insemination has become legally and socially acceptable—it’s taken 100 years. Though many moral and legal issues surrounding sperm donors have dissipated, remaining problems for offspring deal with abandonment, identity, and genetic diseases.

Today’s generation of sperm donor children are, like Davis, turning to DNA identification, when applicable. DNA identification is also being used to determine paternity from possible known fathers. A good example of its use Davis says is the case of Mick Jagger and the Brazilian underwear model Luciana Morad. Jagger was found to be the father of a seventh child and he agreed to pay $35,000 monthly to Morad. Likewise, Larry Birkhead, after DNA testing, was found to be the father of the deceased Anna Nicole Smith’s child. He was given custody of his child.

Pointing out the problems with today’s bioethics, Davis, also a professor of Medical Education, mentions that today “there are now upward of a million children who have been born by donor insemination.” He adds that this business has grown substantially, with an estimated 30,000 babies conceived each year through donor insemination. The first generation, like Davis, have reached adulthood, some wishing to know who their biological fathers are. But like the opening of adoption records, “the culture of secrecy shifts” and donors are beginning to be identified. In 2005, donor anonymity was done away with in the United Kingdom.

Go Ask Your Father is an enticing, minute memoir embodying the short time period of the author's search for his roots and identity, but the book also embraces Lennard Davis's pursuit of his entire existence.

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Did you know who won 8 consecutive MVP awards on the Ice?

Who won eight consecutive MVP awards? Only the greatest man to ever put on a pair of skates...

Wayne Gretzky

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Did you know what pitchers have won the most Cy Young Awards?

The Cy Young Winners with 4 or more wins

1992 Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs 20–11 0 2.18
1993 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 20–10 0 2.36
1994 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 16–6 0 1.56
1995 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 19–2 0 1.63

Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners 18–202.48
1999 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 17–9 0 2.49
2000 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 19–7 0 2.64
2001 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 21–6 0 2.49
2002 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks 24–5 0 2.32

1986 Roger Clemens*
Boston Red Sox 24–402.48
1987 Roger ClemensBoston Red Sox 20–902.97

1991 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox 18–10 0 2.62
1997 Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays 21–7 0 2.05
1998 Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays 20–6 0 2.65
2001 Roger Clemens New York Yankees 20–3 0 3.51

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Did You Know What baseball player has won the most MVP awards?

The players with the most MVPS
The face of a dark-skinned man who is smiling widely. The letters "S" and "F" overlap on his hat.
Willie Mays won the award in 1954 and 1965 with the same team in different cities.

A man is pictured from his belt up looking to the left of the camera. His button-down baseball jersey says "RED SOX" across it and he is wearing a baseball hat with a "B".
Jimmie Foxx was the first player to win three MVP awards.

An African-American man looks just right of the camera. His helmet and white jersey both have an orange "S" over "F" logo on them. The man's left arm is crossed over his body and his right is out of the picture. There is a black and orange glove on his left hand.
Barry Bonds' seven MVPs are the most for any individual player.
2004 Barry Bonds - V
SFG 147 G .362/.609/.812

2003 Barry Bonds - V
SFG 130 G .341/.529/.749

2002 Barry Bonds - V
SFG 143 G .370/.582/.799

2001 Barry Bonds - V
SFG 153 G .328/.515/.863
1993 Barry Bonds - V
SFG 159 G .336/.458/.677

1992 Barry Bonds - V
PIT 140 G .311/.456/.624
1990 Barry Bonds - V
PIT 151 G .301/.406/.565

A Hispanic man walking while shouting at someone out of the picture. His helmet is emblazoned with a white "N" and "Y" intertwined, and "NEW YORK" is stitched in black letters across his button-down jersey. The player is holding a black baseball bat almost vertically with black, gray, and white gloves.
Alex Rodriguez won the award with two different teams at two different positions.
A right-handed batter is at the plate, looking toward the pitcher's mound. Wearing a red uniform and white pants, there is a crowd behind him with jerseys of various colors.
Albert Pujols won the award three times, all at first base with the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Did you know the only baseball player to win MVP awards in both American and National Leagues?

That player would be...

Frank Robinson won the NL MVP in 1961 when he played for Cincinnati and won the AL MVP in 1966 when he was with Baltimore.

Did you know that Robinson was a 12 time All-Star?

Did you know that Robinson was a member of two teams that won the World Series (the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles),

Did you know that Robinson achieved these accomplishments?

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Did you know who had 131 career knockouts?

That fighter would be Archie Moore. He was born Archibald Wright (December 13, 1913 – December 9, 1998), was light heavyweight world boxing champion between 1952 and 1959 (and again in 1961) and had one of the longest professional careers in the history of his sport. A native of Benoit, Mississippi, raised in St. Louis, Mo., he died four days short of his 85th birthday, in his adopted home of San Diego, California.

He was an important community figure, and became involved in African American causes once his days as a fighter were over. Nicknamed "The Old Mongoose", Moore still holds the record for the most career knockouts by any boxer, at 131. He also became a successful character actor in television and film. He placed #4 on Ring Magazine's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time".

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Did you know that Nevada is #1 again?

That is right Nevada is the Nations Most Dangerous state, Wow...

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Did you know what quarterback was sacked the most?

Sacked The Most

* Most times sacked career 516 John Elway 1983-1998

* Most times sacked season 76 David Carr 2002

* Most times sacked game 12 Bert Jones10-26-1980, Warren Moon 9-29-1985, Donovan McNabb 9-30-2007

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Did you know who threw the most interceptions?

The Most Interceptions Thrown

* Most Consecutive Passes, None Intercepted, 308, Bernie Kosar, 1990-91

* Most Passes Intercepted, Career, 316, Brett Favre, 1991-Present

* Most Passes Intercepted, Season, 42, George Blanda, 1962

* Most Passes Intercepted, Game, 8, Jim Hardy, September 24, 1950

* Most attempts with no interceptions, Game 70 Drew Bledsoe November 13, 1994

Did you know this quarterback trivia?

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Did you know that Favre is  the only quarterback to have led a team to victory over all thirty-two teams in the NFL?

Did you know the top 10 most winning starting quarterbacks?

Did you know what quarterback has the most consecutive starts

Did you know what NFL starting quarterback has the best playoff record?

Did you know what quaterback has broken records and set more milestones?

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Did you know who holds the record for most rushing yards?

Rushing Yards

* Most Yards Gained, Career, 18,355 Emmitt Smith 1990-2004
* Most Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Rushing, 11, Emmitt Smith, 1991-2001
* Most Consecutive Seasons, 1,000 or More Yards Rushing, 11, Emmitt Smith, 1991-2001
* Most Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career, 78, Emmitt Smith 1990-2004

* Most Yards Gained, Season, 2,105, Eric Dickerson, 1984
* Most Yards Gained, Rookie, Season, 1,808, Eric Dickerson, 1983

* Most Yards Gained, Game, 296, Adrian Peterson, November 4, 2007

* Most Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing, Career, 6, O.J. Simpson 1969-1979

* Most Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing, Season, 4, Earl Campbell, 1980

* Most Consecutive Games, 200 or More Yards Rushing, 2, O.J. Simpson, 1973, 1976; Earl Campbell, 1980;

Ricky Williams, 2002

* Most Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing, Season, 14, Barry Sanders, 1997
* Most Consecutive Games, 100 or More Yards Rushing, 14, Barry Sanders, 1997

Tony Dorsett

* Longest Run From Scrimmage, 99, Yards, January 3, 1983

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Did you know who He led league for 5 consecutive seasons?

That would be Jim Brown...

* He led league, for 8 seasons, 1957-1961 1963-1965
* He led league for 5 consecutive seasons, 1957-1961

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Did you know who served 26 years in the NFL?

* Most Seasons, 26 years George Blanda, 1949-1958, 1960-1975

* Most Seasons, One Club, 20 years Jackie Slater,

1976-1995; Darrell Green, 19 years 1983-2002

* Most Games Played, Career, 382 Morten Andersen, 1982-2004, 2006-2007

* Most Consecutive Games Played, 352 Jeff Feagles, currently 22 years in the NFL 1988-Present

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Did you know that Robert Horry has more NBA championships than michael Jordan?

That's right Robert Horry has 7 Championship Rings.

Michael Jordan only has 6.

Robert Horry  1994 1995 2000 2001 2002 2005 2007
Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

Michael Jordan 15 1991 1992 1993 1996 1997 1998

Did you know that Michael Jordan was not the number one draft pick?

Did you know what teams were dynasties?

Did you know the youngest person to score 40 points in a game?

Did you know who had the most NBA AllStar Appearances?

Did you know that Michael Jordan won?

Did you know what NBA player has won the most MVP?

Did you know that Robert Horry has more NBA championships than michael Jordan?

Did you know the only basketball award that Jordan did not win was high school state championship?

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