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from Arcamax, Garfield, 09-14-2008

Milk may help bacteria survive antibiotics

DUBLIN, Ireland (UPI) — Portuguese scientists say they’ve learned milk may help protect potentially dangerous bacteria from being killed by antibiotics used to treat animals.

The researchers from Portugal’s Technical University of Lisbon said bacteria sometimes form structures called biofilms that protect them against antibiotics and the body’s natural defenses. Now the scientists have discovered one of the most important micro-organisms that causes mastitis in cows and sheep, called staphylococcus, can evade the animal’s defenses by forming such biofilms.

Mastitis is an infection of the udder in cattle and sheep.

The researchers, led by Manuela Oliveira of the university’s veterinary medicine department, found that when the staphylococci produce a biofilm, that structure protects them against host defenses and antibiotic treatment, allowing the bacteria to persist in the udder.

The researchers said they also determined low concentrations of antibiotics such as penicillin, gentamicin and sulphamethoxazole, combined with trimethoprim, were less effective against staphylococcus when compared with the same experiment performed in the absence of milk.

The research was presented Monday at Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College during the fall meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and technology e-zine, 09-10-2008

World’s first cloned dog becomes a father

SEOUL (UPI) — South Korean scientists say Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, has become a father after the world’s first successful breeding of cloned canines.

Seoul National University officials said the Afghan hound impregnated two cloned dogs of the same breed through artificial insemination. The scientists said the whelping marks the first time that puppies have been born from cloned parents. One of the 10 puppies born May 14-18 died, but nine remain healthy.

“This shows the reproductive ability of a cloned dog,” said Professor Lee Byung-chun, whose team created Snuppy in 2005 and also produced the world’s first cloned wolves. This year he has cloned dogs capable of sniffing out human cancers.

The breeding of cloned dogs “opens the way for cloning sniffer dogs and seeing-eye guide dogs, which usually have to be sterilized for training and lose the ability to reproduce,” Lee said.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 09-10-2008

A Compulsive Need to Rescue

“For each one shall bear his own *load.”1

A Daily Encounter reader writes, “My friend Jane (name changed) is broken-hearted. Her boyfriend of four years broke up with her and the guy still keeps in touch with her. She still loves him so much. Jane is now so much pained especially that the guy told her he impregnated his current girlfriend. She feels very much responsible for him. Until now she still feels responsible for him and blames herself for letting him go astray and of not being strong enough for him. How can I help her get out of being in that state?”

Here is another example of co-dependency which is when someone takes on the responsibility for someone else. This of course isn’t love. It’s need. That is, one needs to feel needed (rescue others) in order to feel okay about themselves. One would ask, “How in the world could Jane be responsible for a man making another woman pregnant?” Boggles the mind! But that’s not the way the codependent sees it. They don’t see it as a Messiah complex.

The codependent’s problem is just as real as the problem of the one they are seeking to rescue. As long as they are doing this, they don’t have to face their own issues. This is like seeing the holes in the other person’s head but unable to see the matching bumps in their own head!

Among other things, the codependent is always seeking to short circuit the natural consequences of somebody else’s negative behavior. Only as the codependent gets out of the way and allows the problem person to face the consequences of his/her self-destructive behavior, does this person have a chance of facing reality and getting the help they need to get well. There’s no guarantee that they will, but as long as we keep rescuing them, that’s almost a guarantee that they won’t get well.

So for all we rescuers (of whom I was the “chief of sinners”), we need to face and accept our problem and get the help we need to get well. Codependency can look like it is Christian, but it isn’t. It is also stopping people from becoming dependent on God by keeping them dependent on us. It’s a sickness from which we need healing and deliverance.

from DailyEncounter, 03-07-2008

My stomach’s been way too sensitive these days

And I don’t know why.

I’m usually “eat whatever, whenever”. Oh, well, “eat whatever I like, whenever I like”. But these days it’s not goin’ that way. My stomach’s been having a lot of rebellions. I almost missed a quiz ’cause of it. Good thing that the instructor did not arrive and I got safe. Earlier this morning, I ate and ube treat and some juice. Usually, my stomach will just go on and digest ’em. But I had to go home quick ’cause it seemed to have doubled over. After lunch I had halo-halo. And, yeah, my stomach rebelled.

Now I don’t know what snack stuff or dessert I can have.

Anybody who knows some sorta remedy, tell me, please. Pretty, please.

And, yeah, I got the colds…

Stayin’ up all night, all night

Time Check: 11:56pm (my phone’s clock)

Still, I don’t wanna sleep.

I don’t wanna do anythin’ school-y. I have three unfinished lab reports in physics; two have gone past the deadline. The prelim for Exer6 is still unfinished. And I just told myself, “I’m gonna submit this all the week after the sportsfest.” I wonder if I can actually do it. My class tomorrow is at 7am. I guess, I’ll just finish the prelim for the sake of the group. Whatever’s on with me?!?

I think, I’ma catch a cold…