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Bakers Invents Heated Knife to Perfectly Spread Cold Butter on Toast

Bakers Invents Heated Knife

It’s one of those little annoyances that virtually everyone experiences at one time or another, getting butter just out of the fridge to spread on a piece of bread or toast. Some take the time to heat the butter a little bit in the microwave, or near a stove burner, but most just grit their teeth and try to make the best of things.

Now however, it appears those days might just be over as a group of baking engineers from bakery company Warburtens, has invented what they call the perfect knife for spreading butter on bread; the Toastie Knife, they’re calling it and Mail Online couldn’t be happier, describing it as the answer to the prayers of millions of Britons the world over. Slash Gear is a little more subdued but is equally impressed as clearly the need for well spread butter crosses every international border.

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Online explains that it took till now for someone to come up with the right butter knife because until recently, the technology simply didn’t exist. What’s changed is the minituration of electronics, specifically the kind needed to not just heat the knife blade to the perfect temperature (41.8C/107.24F) but to hold it there and to indicate to the user when it’s was ready to go, know more.

The result is a normal looking butter knife with a single red LED on top to indicate when the knife has heated and a small button that kicks things off. Once pressed a signal is sent to tiny microprocessor that then sends a signal to the heating element with is spread throughout the knife blade, ensuring a uniform heat. Once the right temperature is reached, the LED goes on and the heating element goes into steady mode, using a very tiny thermostat to keep the knife at the proper temperature as it’s used to first cut the butter slice, and then to slather it across the bread, toast, muffin or bagel.

designing the knife

Slash Gear notes that more work went into designing the knife that might be expected when just looking at it. For example the engineers tested hundreds of metals to find the perfect combination of washability, endurance and heat spread. Also, many tests were conducted to ensure the knife had a good feel in the hand, and of course to find that perfect temperature which would ensure enough melt to carve and spread, but not so much to liquidize the butter. In short, they say, the Toastie Knife is a true innovation that butter and bread eaters will likely be enjoying centuries from now.

10 Science Fiction Technologies Science Hasn’t Caught Up With

Science fiction and technology have certainly improved our lives but our imagination still looms larger than life. Here are 10 concepts that science has not yet implemented that would revolutionize our existence.

Fusion Power

Forget carbon based fuels, No need to build windmills across wide expanses of our countryside. No nuclear waste to dispose of. The fuel, hydrogen, is cheap and plentiful. It’s closer than you think, The National Ignition Facility in California is set to try the first energy positive fusion reaction in 2010. Ground has been broken on Project Iter, a prototype fusion plant, in France slated for 2016 completion.

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Remember the 8 Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman? They had bionic ears and eyes. We could end blindness and deafness. Implanted servo motors could end quadriplegia. Bionic implants could have no end of everyday and medical uses.


Here’s a fun one. Think of all the time we spend traveling! No more traffic jams to contend with going to work. No terrorist blowing planes out of the sky. Instant transport of supplies to disaster areas. Of course something would have too be done about in-laws dropping in unexpectedly…..

Personal Force Fields

The ultimate safety device. No more injuries in car accidents. Muggings a thing of the past. No more mass killings by crazed shooters. An item that would be much in demand.


We do some of this now making hybrid seeds and such. But we could do so much more! What if we genetically engineered people with gills, for example? There would be no more drowning accidents and we could even cultivate food sources and build colonies cheaply underwater.

X-Ray Glasses

From the come on ads in old comic books. This would be of great aid to the medical industry and undoubtedly have security and commercial uses. Guys, get that lecherous grin off your face.


Remember these from Star Trek? No one ever cooked. You just pressed a few buttons and the computer replicated your desired food. Full nutritional control as well.

Tissue Regeneration

Any number of science fiction books have had devices and treatments that allow organs and even whole severed limbs to be regrown, Stem cell research is a step along the way.

Neural Computer Implants

Some work has been done on this: allowing paralyzed people to communicate by computer, for example. But what if you could wire yourself to your computer or iPad? No keyboards, no touch screens and instantaneous execution of your commands. Who would be assimilated?

Time Travel

My favorite dream. Scientists could go back in time and bring back, say, a breeding pair of dodo birds. Historians could watch the great events in history directly. I could find out who wins the fifth at Aqueduct and go back in time and make a really sweet bet.

How to Identify a Valuable Case Knife

How to Identify a Valuable Case Knife

You might have seen it languishing in one of the glass cases as your wife drags you through yet another dreary, stuffy antique store, or it might have called out to you from a table at an estate sale: a Case pocket knife that looks a good bit older than the one in your pocket. Is the price fair? Identifying a valuable Case knife, for many knife collectors, is a full-time occupation. There are so many factors involved in determining the value of a Case knife, including its age, composition of the blade and handle, and its condition, that it can be a daunting task to really get a fair value for that antique-store knife.

Do you like it?

Do you like it

The most important question in any collecting hobby is the question of whether or not you actually like the item you’re about to purchase. It can become tiresome when collecting to constantly be putting a monetary value on everything. While that will make the collection easier to sell if you ever need to, the truest form of collection on any subject matter, but in particular in collecting Case knives, is to actually enjoy your collection. Case knives have been around for well over a hundred years now, and they’ve made several thousand different types of knife, all of them in different handle variations, with different tang stampings and different badging in the handle. All this adds up to an almost complete impossibility to acquire one of each type of Case knife ever made. This leads in to the question of what particular type of Case knife or variety of Case knife do you like? Center your knife collection around this, and it won’t be quite so daunting (or expensive) of a task to put together a significant Case knife collection. This also allows you the freedom to walk into those antique stores, properly value a Case knife, and even put your own personal valuation on it. Is it one that you need for your collection? If not, is it one that you would like to add to your collection anyway? If you don’t need the knife, it’s expensive, and you don’t particularly like it, then why would you get it?

Important determinations to make when valuing Case knives

Important determinations to make when valuing Case knives

Two of the most important things to keep in mind when determining the value of a Case knife you are considering purchasing are: Is the knife in new or used condition, and has the knife been sharpened? Some overzealous collectors might not realize that sharpening a collectible Case knife can seriously diminish its value, as can carrying the knife. While it might make for an interesting conversation piece, a knife which has the scratches and dings on it which are indicative of having been used can reduce the piece’s value as much as 50%-75% over the value of a mint, never used Case knife, find more info.

So, you’re still looking at that Case knife with the $35 price tag in the antique store, and wondering if it’s worth it? Well, have a look. Let’s say for instance that this is a 1980 Case large trapper with a yellow handle. The stamping number on these knives is #3254. You know that the new value of these knives ranges between $70-$90, and earlier examples can be priced in new condition from nearly $250. This knife, however, is obviously not new. While it has not been sharpened, it has a small crack on the handle, and one of the blades shows signs of use- tiny pits in the surface of the metal indicative of light use and common on knives more than 20 years old. As you know, a used knife depreciates value by about 50% Split the difference between 250 and 70, and you’re left with $160. The crack on the handle is a serious imperfection, even on a used knife, so knock another 75% from that, and you’re left with $40. The price, then, for that particular Case knife, is not entirely unreasonable for its condition, but you might want to try to knock the price down a bit further. Around $27 would be a good deal. Considering that, if you still like the knife, and don’t mind the crack, it’s still less expensive than a new Case knife of the same type, and it’s got some history behind it. For the cost, it’s worth it even if you decide to carry it yourself rather than mount it on the wall.

As with any collection, collecting Case knives is a hobby which can very easily get out of control. Knowing how to properly value Case knives can help you to build a better collection which will have considerable residual value in the future. Just remember to always buy the Case knife that you like before buying one that’s expensive just because it’s a collector piece.

Huge Turnout at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show

Huge Turnout at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show

The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show is held five times a year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, click over here. A typical Gun Show, it features both modern and antique firearms and edged weapons for sale. In addition, all sorts of related accessories, including military surplus, tactical gear, optics, and just about anything related to firearms can be found at the hundreds of table displays. The most recent Indy 1500 Gun Show was the weekend of January 9th, 10th and 11th. The cost of admission was $10, up $1 from last spring’s show. This increased fee was but a portent of what would be found inside the show itself.

My son and I arrived on Saturday right after noon. The parking lots were very close to full, and for the first time I had ever seen there was a line about 100 yards long waiting to enter. I had heard some friends previously discussing and cussing the rumors that the new Obama administration would soon endorse not only more restrictive gun control, but also push for an extremely high % of “user” taxes on both firearms and ammunition.

restrictive gun control

While the specter of more restrictive gun control has been debated for years, the thought of a new tax structure for firearms and ammunition seemed a real threat, and was taken seriously in discussions. Needless to say, the conversations my son and I overheard went into gory detail about the mayhem that new legislation and taxes could bring to the gun owner’s community in this country. Repeatedly we heard those around us stating that “This may be the last Gun Show” or “You better stock up on ammo now, it’ll cost you triple once Obama gets in” or even “Yea, the liberals are gonna ban anything that holds more than 5 rounds, and forget semi-automatic anything!”. Thus, the stage was set.

Once inside the gun show hall, one might say that pandemonium prevailed. Granted, the extreme size of crowd made it difficult to move about. The aisles between the display tables were barely wide enough to allow customers to stand at tables on both sides, and allow more than two people to pass each other in the center. And of course those families with strollers added to the crowed conditions. Allow me to blame the organizers for not providing more square footage, not the people themselves. Wonder what the Fire Marshall would have said.

Many patrons of the show were not, I might add, in the panic buying mode. Truly fine antique firearms were abundant, and specific niche collectors would have enjoyed the quality of the offered items. However, the activity surrounding the dealers fortunate enough to have AR15 type rifles and carbines can only be described as a feeding frenzy. (These are the semi-automatic version of the standard weapon carried by our military and law enforcement, incorrectly called “assault” rifles by some misinformed people.) We witnessed three sales of these in the time it took to weed our way through the crowd next to one dealer.

There were several others waiting rather impatiently for their chance to purchase. I talked with two other dealers who had sold out of AR’s already. Tactical type shotguns were also in short supply. (For those that know, I only saw one 870, and no 500 or 590’s.) Oh yes, the prices on the “evil black rifles” were at least $400 more than the same weapon at last summer’s show. $20 thirty-round clips were going for $30 and up, when you could find them. Ammunition was also running at least 20% higher than the last time I checked prices, which was sometime within the past six months.

These high prices were in no way a deterrent to those gun show patrons who had made up their minds that price be darned they were going to get that rifle before the new Obama reign took control of our 2nd Amendment rights. No, I did not interview any purchasers. But I heard their comments. Demand dictated price. Can’t blame the dealers. At least this niche segment of the economy seems to be booming instead of busting!

economic evaluation

Perhaps my feeble attempt at economic evaluation is flawed. But I do know that my quick search on the internet revealed only the tag of “Out of Stock” on several dealers’ sites when I looked for AR type firearms. AR type rifles can’t be found available for immediate delivery. Maybe the dealers at gun shows have them all, jacking up the price $300 to $500, and selling them like the proverbial hotcakes. The near panics of some are driving up prices. As the ‘Monk’ TV show theme song says, “I may be wrong now, but I don’t think so”.

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Hair Combs

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Hair Combs

Part of your proper hygiene is hair brushing, so this means that you need to regularly wash your hair brushes and hair combs. This doesn’t have to be a chore. Here’s an easy way to clean your brushes and combs on a weekly basis:

First, clean out all the hair, every single strand, from your brushes and combs. (Discard the excess hair.)

Then fill your bathroom sink with warm water, mixed with some hair shampoo. Make sure that you put the shampoo in the sink while it is still filling with water. You need plenty of lather to get your hair brushes and hair combs clean go here for more.

Clean Hair Brushes

Once the sink is full of lathered-up water, place all your hair brushes and hair combs into the water and let them sit for around 5 or 10 minutes. Soaking your hair brushes and hair combs will loosen the dirt from the brushes’ bristles and comb’s teeth.

After you’ve allowed your hair brushes and hair combs to soak for a bit, begin the cleaning process by using your hair brushes to scrub the dirt out from between the teeth of your hair combs. Scrub diligently and rinse in the lathered water as necessary.

Next, use one hair brush to scrub another hair brush and so on until all your hair brushes and hair combs are clean. Drain the lathered water and rinse your hair brushes and hair combs by placing them underneath the water faucet.

You might want to fill your sink again, this time using a small amount of hair conditioner in with the water. (You might need to stir the conditioner into the water as the sink fills to help distribute the hair conditioner.) This process will help keep your brushes and combs pliable.

Let your brushes and combs soak for a bit in the conditioner water and then remove them and again rinse them by holding them underneath the water faucet. Gently shake the excess water from your hair brushes and hair combs and then lay them on a towel to dry.

Once your hair brushes and hair combs are dry, feel free to use them. Repeat this process weekly to help keep your hair brushes and hair combs the cleanest they can be.

*If you have loose hair left in your sink after it drains, don’t try to rinse it down the drain. Hair buildup will only create a clogged-up sink. Take a piece of toilet tissue and wipe the loose hair up and toss it into the trash.

The Slender Man: Internet Meme or Rising Conspiracy Theory?

The Slender Man

As technology advances and the Internet becomes an even bigger part of everyone’s lives information can spread faster than ever. This lead to the creation of Internet memes; a subject or idea that is spread primarily through the Internet practically overnight. LOL Cats began life as a meme, and they’re not an institution. And though many of these memes are about existing conspiracies like the Illuminati or “birther” ideas from the Tea Party, others are grown out of whole cloth,To learn more info on memes, you’ve to browse our website.

The Internet meme of the Slender Man is one of the latter, and it’s taken on a macabre life of its own.The slender man is described as a figure in a black suit with a white shirt and a black tie. The figure appears threatening and ghoulish, with no face and limbs that appear strangely elongated. There are those who claim that when the Slender Man stretches out his arms he becomes hypnotic. Others claim that the Slender Man is a complete shapeshifter, and that its fingers and body can grow into tentacles. Photographs that accompany the Slender Man meme claim that it appears suddenly to steal children like the old Celtic gods the Tuatha De Danann, and that there is never evidence left behind of these kidnappings. Though no one knows if the Slender Man eats his prey, absorbs them into his body, drinks their blood like a sanguinary vampire or just brings them to another plane of existence.

Now this all sounds horrible and terrifying, like an urban legend gone amok. Because that’s essentially what the Slender Man is. Rather than some horrible monster, terrible alien or a remnant of a pagan god the Slender Man began life on one of the forums at Something Awful. The forum topic was “paranormal picture,” and it was a Photoshop contest that took place in the summer of 2009. Victor Surge was the creator of the entry about the Slender Man, and it became so popular that he kept adding to the mythos, including various Photoshopped pictures. As the creator added more to the myth the Slender Man took on a life of its own, soon developing a fan following that included fan fiction (with its requisite Mary Sue characters), art and the requisite number of fluffy bunnies of a variety of new age faiths who claim to have seen or invoked the entity known as the Slender Man without actually checking the origins of the myth.

Ever since his popularity has reached the level of common knowledge the Slender Man has shown up in a variety of places. This includes Easter eggs in video games such as Mario Galaxy where you can seen beings that resemble the Slender Man in one of the levels watching you from a ledge. Much like other reports these beings are strange, alien and you can never get any closer to them and come back with your soul, mind and body intact

.”The Slender Man,” by Anonymous at Know Your Meme

“Slender Man- Marble Hornets,” by Anonymous at Wiki Dot “The Slender Man,” by Anonymous at Mythical Creatures Guide

Diabetes: My Story


The Every Day Life of a Person with Diabetes

I have now been living with Diabetes for about a year and a half, and since being diagnosed, i have had many people come up to me and ask me for a better understanding of what I have to do on a daily basis. Often times people jump to conclusions about my disease. People often ask, “How are you diabetic if you are not overweight?” I also often hear the question, “Are you not allowed to have sugar?” Both of these questions are fine to ask, because not everyone has an understanding like i do. However, many people often misconceive the meaning of being Diabetic.

The first and most important misconception of being Diabetic is the fact that there are two different types of diabetes, Type One and Type Two. Type One is an autoimmune disease where the immune system sees the pancreas as foreign, and attacks itself. This causes the pancreas to become weak, and eventually produce less and less insulin. This means that the body can not keep up with the changes, and needs insulin to convert the sugar into energy. This has nothing to do with being overweight. Being a Type One Diabetic myself, I can tell you that not all diabetics are overweight. I am the perfect height and weight for my age, and the disease has not done much harm to my body. The reason why I am diabetic is because my body has attacked itself and caused parts of my pancreas to shut down. This means that I have to inject insulin into myself, because my body cannot produce the hormone. The insulin is a hormone that turns the sugar that I eat in my body into energy that my body can use. This also means that I often have to use a meter to check my blood sugar, to make sure that my blood sugar is in the targeted range. When I was taken to the hospital, my blood sugar was about 600, while the normal blood sugar should be between 80-160. Having such a high blood sugar causes a lot of damage to my kidneys, and makes them fail. However, I was very lucky in the fact that the doctors stopped my blood sugar from rising before it was too late.

The Every Day Life of a Person with Diabetes

After being in the hospital for a couple of days, I found it to be a lot like health class. The nurses would wake me up in the morning, and bring me an entire menu, with all of the carbohydrates listed on each food, and I ate all the time, because the food was so good! the nurses and doctors treated me so well, because they knew that I was so shocked to be diagnosed. One day I was completely fine, going to basketball practice and being with friends. However, when I started to feel very weak and had to drink and go to the bathroom all the time, I was starting to get worried. That is when I decided to go to the hospital for my illness. The doctors then diagnosed me, and kept a close watch on me to make sure that my blood sugar was staying under control. After eating breakfast every morning in the hospital, the nurses would then take me into a room where there were endocrinologists, or hormone doctors. I would join a classroom along with other newly diagnosed diabetics, and their parents. The doctors would explain my disease, and how to manage it properly. This was by far one of the most knowledgable experiences of my life. Knowing that nothing should be taken for granted, even your own health. In the classroom I learned how to count carbohydrates, and read nutrition labels on food. One good thing about being put in such a good hospital is that there were many other newly diagnosed diabetics that I could talk to, and many of the endocrinologists on my floor were also diabetic, and decided to pursue the career to help children that have to go through the same thing that they went through during their childhood. Clicking here: diabetes for more information.

After the health class, I was allowed to go around the hospital. My family was always there with me, and they helped to support me through my diagnosis. To be honest, much of my time at the hospital was a blur, because I was in shock, and didn’t fully understand just how much this meant. This disease completely changed my life, both in a good way, and a bad way. During my stay at the hospital, I usually just listened to music, and I would go in the children’s room to paint every once in a while. I probably looked very out of place in the children’s room, but it was still fun being in there with my little brother. My first day out of the hospital was the day it all hit me. it was like the whole time i was in the hospital, i didn’t feel anything because i was in shock, and then when I got home, I realized just how big the disease was. My mom was very concerned for me, and wanted to take me and my friends out to dinner to explain to them what it meant to have diabetes, and give them a better understanding of what happened to me, because I didn’t tell anybody why I was out of school for a week.

When we got to the restaurant, I panicked. I realized that i had to know the carbs on everything, and be able to give myself enough insulin required for all of the carbs. I was completely clueless in the real world. It was like being a little kid again, and losing all of my independence. I had to start all over. I had to be able to count my own carbs, and my parents had to be able to trust me going out by myself with diabetes. I told all of my friends that what happened wasn’t that big of a deal, and that I was still the same person, which was true, but I did not feel that way at all at the time. While waiting for my food, I went into the bathroom and tried my hardest not to cry. I felt like it would be like me giving in to the disease. I wanted to deny that it ever happened. After I got it back together, I went back out to my friends.

A couple weeks later I went back to school, and had many people asking me questions about what happened, and I explained to them what happened, but i didn’t give them all of the details of the struggle of living with diabetes. How at any moment, if my blood sugar dropped too low, I could pass out and go into a coma, and I would never be the same again. Many people thought it wasn’t that big of a deal, and that’s what i wanted. I didn’t want people to pity me, because i felt like it was a way of saying that i was a lesser person. I wanted to be just as good as any other person, if not better. I did exactly that, I worked hard to be better in both academics and athletics. I wanted to be a model for my disease. I knew that it was one of the many obstacles I would have to overcome in my lifetime, and I drove past it. I even started to do charity work for children with blood cancer, because it made me imagine how much worse it would have been to be diagnosed with cancer. I am now grateful for everything I have, and I know that nothing is set in stone. Anything can happen at anytime, you are not living if you are not taking chances.

Overall, diabetes is a serious disease, but is very easy to handle if you have the right mind set. For newly diagnosed diabetics, my advice to you is to stay optimistic, because that will help you the most through the first couple months of your diagnosis, then you realize how easy it is to incorporate it into your every day life. To any people who have had any questions with diabetes, I hoped that I have answered them, and have given you a new outlook on the disease.

Should We Be Paid to Lose Weight?

Should We Be Paid to Lose Weight

There is no doubt that being healthy is very important to many of us. While some people seem to have a lot of luck with dieting and exercise, there are others who do not want to have the motivation that is needed to get off the couch and stop eating ice cream, potato chips and whatever else. So, what does it really take to give people the motivation that is needed in order to lose weight?

What Has a Town in Italy Decided to Do?

In an Italian town called Varallo, it has been decided by the mayor that the best way to motivate people to lose weight is to pay them. Men will be paid $70 for every 9 pounds that they lose, while women will be paid $70 for every 7 pounds that they lose. If the weight is kept off for five months, residents will get paid $280. This town seems to believe that paying people to lose their unwanted weight is the best approach to encouraging motivation – and ultimately reducing waistlines and obesity rates.

What Has a Town in Italy Decided to Do

What Do People Think about being Paid to Lose Weight?

The idea seems pretty ingenious to many, especially since no other towns have seemed to come up with a way to encourage its residents to lose weight. What if towns throughout the United States, where obesity rates are known to be at the highest and only increasing, decided to take the same action? Would people actually be motivated enough to get up off the couch and lose weight?

Others have their doubts about whether or not paying people to lose weight will work. What would happen after the town stops paying people to lose weight? Would people choose to keep the weight off in order to stay healthier, or would they view losing weight as nothing more than a chore? There also may be people who will use unhealthy weight loss methods, such as starvation and laxatives, in order to earn some extra money.

Is Paying People to Lose Weight Sending the Wrong Message?

Many people think that losing weight can be a difficult task to begin with. By paying people to lose weight, are we saying that losing weight should be compared to a job? This makes it seem like even more of a chore, when in reality, losing weight is something that you should want to do for yourself in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, view source.

Is Paying People to Lose Weight Sending the Wrong Message

Of course, this is not to say that the mayor of this Italian town has a bad idea. Since many are easily convinced with money, paying people to lose weight just may prove to be quite effective. The main question is whether or not paying people to lose weight will actually promote healthy weight loss methods and long-term results.

Plateletpheresis 101: Simple Answers to Basic Questions

Plateletpheresis 101

1) What is plateletpheresis?

Plateletpheresis is a special form of blood donation. During plateletpheresis, only the platelets are removed from the donated blood. The term derives from the words platelet and apheresis. Apheresis is a Greek word that means extraction, removal, separation.

2) What are platelets?

Platelets are cellular blood components that help blood to clot. What is more, platelets are the body’s first line of defense against bleeding. If you sustain a cut, however small, platelets rush to the site of the injury and form a clot, a scab.

3) Who needs platelets?

People with a low number of platelets circulating in their blood (low platelet count) or with dysfunctional platelets, need regular platelet transfusions. Platelet transfusions are also vital to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments as well as patients with certain anemias (aplastic anemia) and blood coagulation disorders.

What is plateletpheresis

4) Is plateletpheresis the only way to remove platelets from whole blood?

No. Platelets can also be extracted from a whole-blood donation in a specialized centrifuge.

5) Why plateletpheresis?

It can take up to four whole blood units to harvest the amount of platelets we can get from a single plateletpheresis unit. One unit of platelets harvested from plateletpheresis can help save the lives of two or three patients.

6) What is plateletpheresis like?

The procedure is similar to a whole blood donation. One difference is that the platelet donor is attached to a cell separator, a computer-controlled machine that draws donor blood, removes the platelets, and returns the plasma and all other blood components back to the donor. There are approximately 6-8 draw-centrifuge-return cycles per plateletpheresis session. The whole process (including a mini-physical) takes about 2 hours.

7) Is plateletpheresis safe?

Absolutely safe! All the materials (tubing, needles, plastic software to collect the blood) are sterile and destroyed after each session. There is no risk of infection whatsoever.

8) Are there any adverse effects?

Platelet donors may experience nausea or fatigue during plateletpheresis. The most common side effect is a tingling sensation in the lips, which is easily counteracted by administering calcium-containing antacid tablets.

9) How often can one donate platelets?

Every 3-28 days, but no more than 24 times a year.

10) Is there a need for platelets?

Yes. Platelets have a life span of only 5 days, so there is a high need for a constant supply.

11) What are the requirements for being a plateletpheresis donor?

Details may differ from blood clinic to blood clinic, but essentially they are the same as for whole blood donors. For example, you need to be 18-60 years old and weigh no less than 110 lbs. There may be some extra blood tests to measure your platelet count and special antigen compatibility. You cannot take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 36 hours before donating platelets.

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight

The easiest way to lose weight is to learn to eat sensibly. There are a lot of diets advertised that say you can lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Most of those diets don’t work out long term. The best approach I have found to losing weight is cutting back on calories, including desserts, and exercising. Instead of trying to lose weight quickly, try losing weight slowly and keeping the weight off.

I lost twenty pounds over a four-year period, and I have kept it from coming back. What is my secret? There is no magiic involved, and no expensive diet plans to follow. All I do is cook most of my meals at home, using a lot of fish, fresh vegetables, rice and beans, and fresh herbs and spices.

as well as healthy

The meals are tasty, as well as healthy, and I am able to skip most desserts. My weight plan includes exercising for an hour four days a week. If I don’t have time for a full workout in the gym one day, I take a brisk walk for a half hour. As I said, there is no magic involved – just a sensible approach to losing and maintaining weight, Visit K Drops Test for effective information now..

Another important factor to consider is that each of can jinx our diet plans by feeling deprived. If I feel like occasionally having frozen yogurt, for example, I will eat four ounces of it. That will satisfy me that one time a week or every other week enough that I won’t crave other goodies to compensate for not having the frozen yogurt. On my diet plan, breakfast consists of fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit jiuce and fresh oatmeal, with bananas and raisins. Lunch often consists of salad, adding a good source of protein to it like tuna or sardines.

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The dressing is usually light olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A lot of bottled dressings contain empty calories. A mid-afternoon snack can consist of celery or carrot sticks. An important component of dieting is drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Also, it is important not to drink empty calories found in high-sugared sodas. It’s all right to include tea and coffee (hot or iced, decaf or regular) among your daily beverages. If you are a milk drinker, try 1% or skim milk.

If you have been considering cutting down on calories, and exercising, today can be the day you put your own diet and exercise plan into action. I hope you have as much luck with your plan as I have had and am having with mine.


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