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Thursday, November 22, 2007
· For our national and local gov’t. officials, we pray that they continue to seek discernment and spiritual guidance as they go about their duties and responsibilities …and to cease from enriching their own pockets and overfeeding their already gluttonous pride and ego, let us pray to the Lord…
· For our community leaders, we pray that they continue to find ways to learn how to better serve, unselfishly, the less privileged and the insecure, without shamelessly putting forward their own self-interests first…let us pray to the Lord…
· For our church elders, we pray that they finally learn to embrace media as their abled partners in preserving religious tenets and dogmas without jeopardizing, nor compromising, what is true, what is fair and what is just, at all times…let us pray to the Lord...
· For our company officers, we pray that they continue to be steadfast in their pursuit for the greater good of the business, without neglecting nor ignoring that the real heart and blood of this institution lie not in monetary gain nor in the ratings game, but in happy and grateful smiles of colleagues, subordinates and co-workers…let us pray to the Lord…
· For our competitors, we pray that they continue to push us to greater heights by being graceful in defeat and humble in failure… for while winning, and leading, makes us truly proud, we pray that we never forget to remember that it is, and always will be, about faithfully serving the Filipino people--- no matter what, no matter how, and no matter when… let us pray to the Lord…
· For all the members of the ABS-CBN family, we pray that we continue to nurture in our midst the harsh reality that so much is expected of us, as role models in the industry, and that so much is at stake when we fumble and we fall… yet, while we always have the choice to refuse this challenge by leaving, we pray that every single day we live as a Kapamilya, we shall continue to pursue our responsibilities with sheer honesty, integrity and professionalism…for, after all, work is, and always will be, a blessing…let us pray to the Lord..
· For our families and loved ones…we pray that they continue to support us and grant us their unconditional understanding… for the challenges and pressures of our work can only be made lighter and more manageable when, after a day’s stint, we look forward to rushing back to a warm and comforting home…let us pray to the Lord…
· And for all our personal intentions and wishes for this day…. Let us pray to the Lord…
Posted by DYAB at 7:04 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
By Bill Christensen
posted: 05 October 2007 05:17 pm ET
A computerized pillow reduces snoring according to German scientist Daryoush Bazargani.
"The pillow is attached to a computer, which is the size of a book, rests on a bedside table, and analyzes snoring noises," said Bazargani.
"The computer then reduces or enlarges air compartments within the pillow to facilitate nasal airflow to minimize snoring as the user shifts during sleep," he said.
Snoring is a problem that most people are familiar with; the National Sleep Foundation estimates that as many as one in three Americans snores at least occasionally.
Dr. Bazargani is a snorer himself; several manufacturers are interested in bringing this prototype (see picture) to the marketplace. His pillow encourages you to change your sleep position so your throat is not constricted (one of the reasons why we snore).
The computerized pillow is yet another in a long series of devices intended to help you with your sleeping. Consider one of these futuristic options:
Posted by DYAB at 8:09 PM
Emotions Run Amok in Sleep-Deprived Brains
Without sleep, the emotional centers of our brains dramatically overreact to bad experiences, research now reveals.
"When we're sleep deprived, it's really as if the brain is reverting to more primitive behavior, regressing in terms of the control humans normally have over their emotions," researcher Matthew Walker, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, told LiveScience.
Anyone who has ever gone without a good night's sleep is aware that doing so can make a person emotionally irrational. While past studies have revealed that sleep loss can impair the immune system and brain processes such as learning and memory, there has been surprisingly little research into why sleep deprivation affects emotions, Walker said.
Walker and his colleagues had 26 healthy volunteers either get normal sleep or get sleep deprived, making them stay awake for roughly 35 hours. On the following day, the researchers scanned brain activity in volunteers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while they viewed 100 images. These started off as emotionally neutral, such as photos of spoons or baskets, but they became increasingly negative in tone over time—for instance, pictures of attacking sharks or vipers.
"While we predicted that the emotional centers of the brain would overreact after sleep deprivation, we didn't predict they'd overreact as much as they did," Walker said. "They became more than 60 percent more reactive to negative emotional stimuli. That's a whopping increase—the emotional parts of the brain just seem to run amok."
The researchers pinpointed this hyperactive response to a shutdown of the prefrontal lobe, a brain region that normally keeps emotions under control. This structure is relatively new in human evolution, "and so it may not yet have adapted ways to cope with certain biological extremes," Walker speculated. "Human beings are one of the few species that really deprive themselves of sleep. It's a real oddity in nature."
In modern life, people often deprive themselves of sleep "almost on a daily basis," Walker said. "Alarm bells should be ringing about that behavior—no pun intended."
Future research can focus on which components of sleep help restore emotional stability—"whether it's dreaming REM sleep or slow-wave, non-dreaming forms of sleep," Walker said.
Many psychiatric disorders, "particularly ones involving emotions, seem to be linked with abnormal sleep," he added. "Traditionally people mostly thought the psychiatric disorders were contributing to the sleep abnormalities, but of course it could be the other way around. If we can find out which parts of sleep are most key to emotional stability, we already have a good range of drugs that can push and pull at these kinds of sleep and maybe help treat certain kinds of psychiatric conditions."
The findings are detailed in the Oct. 23 issue of the journal Current Biology.
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Monday, October 01, 2007
Posted by DYAB at 4:15 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Posted by DYAB at 4:26 PM