New Year Resolutions

Some take it seriously. Some bid it farewell just after the clock strikes twelve. Some call it a Second Chance to Dream with Eyes Open. New Year Resolution -- no one can deny having made some.
 
People change with time, so do their aspirations. Seriously taken, Happy New Year Resolution is an opportunity to gauge our goals. For the adventurous souls, it is the opportunity to tickle a funny bone or to try something bold.
1. Quit an Addiction – It will not take you anywhere good, trust us. If it does you no good, why stick to it? If needed, seek help of support groups or professionals. If you have the will, you shall find the way.
2. Back to School – Learning has no age. Pick up where you left off.
3. Fit in Fitness –Secure a future with fewer trips to the doctor – exercise. Select a regime you can stick to. A group activity may add the element of fun to the routine. Lose some flab. But don’t set any strict target, for then the chances are you may get de-motivated and quit.
4.Healthy Hogging – Think before you put any morsel in your mouth. Occasional indulgence should be there.
5. Sack Stress – This sounds easier than it actually is, and there is no magic tip. You have to find your own haven.
6. Positive approach to life –Vow to always view the glass to be half full. This will help you solve any obstacle you may face in life.
7. Give up on a bad habit – Old habits die hard – some really need to – like, biting nails, biting your lips etc.
8. Overcome a fear or mental block – This will make you feel liberated – it will free your mind of shackles.
9. Pamper yourself once in a while – You deserve it – do whatever your heart desires – but remember not to go overboard.
10. From Vocation to Profession – When your hobby becomes your profession it not only brings in money but also makes working a fun experience.

From:
http://www.123newyear.com/newyear-resolutions/


 
Medical Innovations 2015

Physicians and scientists at Cleveland Clinic have announced their 9th annual list of top medical innovations for improving patient care in the upcoming year.
Cleveland Clinic is a top-rated non profitacademic medical center that combines clinical and hospital care with research and education.
Here are the new technologies that are on its radar — and that you might encounter soon at a hospital near you.

1. Mobile Stroke Unit
High-tech ambulances bring the emergency department straight to the patient with stroke symptoms. In-hospital stroke neurologists interpret symptoms via broadband video link, while an onboard paramedic, critical care nurse and CT technologist perform neurological evaluation, providing faster, effective treatment.


2. Dengue Fever Vaccine
One mosquito bite is all it takes. Fifty to 100 million people in more than 100 countries contract the dengue virus each year. The world’s first vaccine has been developed and tested and is expected to be submitted to regulatory groups in 2015, with commercialization expected later next year.

3. Cost-effective, Fast, Painless Blood-Testing
Have the days of needles and vials come to an end? A new technique uses a drop of blood drawn from the fingertip in a virtually painless procedure, and it is estimated to cost as little as 10 percent of the traditional Medicare reimbursement.

4. PCSK9 Inhibitors for Cholesterol Reduction
Effective statin medications have been used to reduce cholesterol in heart disease patients for over two decades, but some people can’t tolerate them. Several PCSK9 inhibitors, or injectable cholesterol-lowering drugs, are in development for those who don’t benefit from statins. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the first PCSK9 in 2015 for its ability to significantly lower LDL cholesterol.

5. Antibody-Drug Conjugates
 Chemotherapy, the only form of treatment available for some cancers, destroys cancer cells and harms healthy cells at the same time. A promising new approach for advanced cancer selectively delivers cytotoxic agents to tumor cells while avoiding normal, healthy tissue.

6. Checkpoint Inhibitors
Cancer is notoriously difficult to treat. Immune checkpoint inhibitors have allowed physicians to make more progress against advanced cancer than they’ve achieved in decades. Combined with traditional chemotherapy and radiation treatment, the novel drugs boost the immune system and offer significant, long-term cancer remissions for patients with metastatic melanoma. And increasing evidence shows they may also work on other types of malignancies.

7. Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker
Since 1958, the technology involved in cardiac pacemakers hasn’t changed much. A silver-dollar-sized pulse generator and a thin wire, or lead, inserted through the vein keeps the heart beating at a steady pace. Leads, though, can break and crack, and become infection sites in 2 percent of cases. Now, vitamin-sized wireless cardiac pacemakers can be implanted directly in the heart without surgery and eliminate malfunction complications and restriction of daily physical activities.

8. New Drugs for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Nearly 80,000 American adults with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may breathe easier in 2015 with the recent FDA-approval of two new experimental drugs. Pirfenidone and nintedanib slow the disease progress of the lethal lung disease, which causes scarring of the air sacs. Prior to these developments, there was no known treatment for IPF, in which life expectancy after diagnosis is just three to five years.

9. Single-Dose Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer
Finding and treating breast cancer in its earliest stages can often lead to remission. For many women with early-stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy is performed, followed by weeks of radiation therapy to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Intra-operative radiation therapy, or IORT, focuses the radiation on the tumor during surgery as a single-dose and has proven as effective as whole breast radiation.

10. New Drug for Heart Failure
Angiotensin-receptor neprilysin inhibitor, or ARNI, has been granted “fast-track status” by the FDA because of its impressive survival advantage over the ACE inhibitor enalapril, the current “gold standard” for treating patients with heart failure. The unique drug compound represents a paradigm shift in heart failure therapy.
 

From: http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/top-10-medical-innovations-2015
Medical innovations On board Paramedic
Vaccine
Wireless Cardiac Pacemaker
Support  Group
Innovaciones médicas
Asistencia médica a bordo
Vacuna
Marcapasos cardíaco inalámbrico
Un grupo de apoyo es una reunión periódica de personas, que se juntan para ofrecerse ayuda mutua y proponer soluciones a problemas en común
View the glass to be half full
Give up on a bad habit
Bid sth farewell
Go overboard
Ver el vaso medio lleno.
Dejar de hacer algo un hábito perjudicial
Despedirse, decir adios
Excederse
Secure a future with fewer trips to the doctor - exercise”.
“But don’t set any strict target”.
Think before you put any morsel in your mouth”.
Vow to always view the glass to be half full”.
Give up on a bad habit”.
Do whatever your heart desires”.


When the subject is you, use (don’t +) infinitive without to.
+ infinitive without to:
Call me tomorrow for a chat”
 – don’t / do not + infinitive without to:
Don’t be late for the meeting."
Do not forget to ask participants for feedback”. (Do not is generally used in writing)


When the subject is we, use let’s (not).
+let’s + infinitive without to:
"Let’s talk about their proposal now.”
– let’s not + infinitive without to:
“Let’s not do it so soon.”

 Using imperatives

You usually use the imperative to tell people to do something:
Don’t wait for customers to contact you. Phone them”


In spoken English, imperatives can sound very direct so you can add just or please to soften the message:
Please have a seat”
Just send me an email”
BE CAREFUL! Don’t use imperatives to waiters, receptionists, shop assistants, etc. if you want to sound polite. 


You can also use imperatives to make offers or invitations:
Come and see the new office when you’re in town.” 
Common mistakes and confusing words in English.

Any vs Some
 

Any and some are both determiners. They are used to talk about indefinite quantities or numbers, when the exact quantity or number is not important. As a general rule we use some for positive statements, and any for questions and negative statements,
For example:
-I asked the barman if he could get me some sparkling water.I said, "Excuse me, have you got any sparkling water?"Unfortunately they didn't have any.

!Note - You will sometimes see some in questions and any in positive statements. When making an offer, or a request, in order to encourage the person we are speaking to to say "Yes", you can use some in a question:
For example:Would you mind fetching some gummy bears while you're at the shops?

You can also use any in a positive statement if it comes after a word whose meaning is negative or limiting:
For example:-
A. She gave me some bad advice.
B. Really? She rarely gives any bad advice.