Pills Prevent H.I.V. Infection in 2 New Studies – NYTimes.com

As it becomes ever clearer that modern antiretroviral drugs can not only treat the disease but prevent it, pressure is likely to increase on donors to find more money to supply them in places like Africa and on pharmaceutical manufacturers to either sell them cheaply or release their patents to companies that can.

“This is an extremely exciting day for H.I.V. prevention,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of AIDS prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “It’s clear we’re not going to find a magic pill that prevents it, but this is adding more to the tool kit.”

Until a few years ago, condoms and abstinence were alone in that tool kit. Recent studies have added circumcision, vaginal microbicides, a daily pill for the uninfected (known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP) and early treatment for the infected (known as “treatment as prevention”).

via Pills Prevent H.I.V. Infection in 2 New Studies – NYTimes.com.

Wait to Restart Birth Control Pills, C.D.C. Says – NYTimes.com

Women who have just given birth should wait at least three weeks before they start using birth control pills because of the risk of serious, potentially fatal blood clots, public health officials announced last week. Women who deliver by Caesarean section or have other risk factors for blood clots — like obesity or a history of previous blood clots — should wait at least six weeks before using these medications, they said.

via Wait to Restart Birth Control Pills, C.D.C. Says – NYTimes.com.

API Medical Traditions

Asian medical tradition centers on a belief in the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and the need for balance and a holistic approach to the treatment of illness. In this session, you will look at some of the traditional beliefs that shape Asian medicine. Understanding and acknowledging these beliefs can help you provide a better foundation for helping your patients make intelligent health care decisions.

Many Asian patients must reconcile traditional beliefs with Western concepts of health and illness. Patients subscribe more firmly to traditional or western beliefs based on their age, education, language proficiency, length of time in the US, and general assimilation into Western culture. An awareness of AAPI medical tradition will permit you to ask appropriate questions regarding health beliefs, demonstrate respect and sensitivity for your patient’s culture, and ultimately strengthen your relationships with your AAPI patients.

via Providers Guide.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A feature on area youth who are leaders and volunteers in their communities. The teens featured were nominated for The Ann Arbor News’ Young Citizen of the Year award.

Jessica Chang

High school: Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.

Grade: Graduated.

Parents: Jimmy and Theresa Chang.

School activities: President of Asian Student Union, webmaster of Rotary’s Interact Club, lead team member of Leap the Gap project from Youth Senate.

Community activities: Taught English to young children, created brochures for the Caregiver’s Day conference, raised money for tsunami relief in southeast Asia and earthquake aid in Pakistan. Also donated blood.

Post high school plans: Will attend the New York Institute of Technology as part of a seven-year bachelor of science/doctor of osteopathic medicine program.

Why is community service an important part of your life?

“The community has provided a lot for me, and I believe that it is important to give back even more. It brings people together to make the town a better place and generates new ideas.”

What do you wish to tell other students about the value of community service?

“What you do will make a big impact on someone else’s life, no matter how small or insignificant you think the service is. People appreciate those who help. Thus, in turn, you will receive help when you need it.”


I’m back at school

wow, it’s already been 4 weeks of school and it doesn’t really seem like it. Until now.

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t typed in this thing in forever. It wasn’t until I saw Sunny on it that I checked mine out again.

Life has been alright. I know a few people on campus, but I haven’t been really close to any of them except Justine. And that’s only because one, we’re both orientals and we’re in three classes together (and have similar classes). I hope to make more friends, but my first concern is testing. And doing well. And not failing biology lab. I really don’t want that to happen. As long as I study for the labs and type up lab reports, right??! Well, it’s kinda annoying because he’s not very clear about what he wants in his lab report.

Introduction, Hypothesis, Procedure, Data, Conclusion.

Okay, intro, procedure, and data I got. But what kind of hypothesis do we come up with on our own? Uh, we expect the potato juice to turn black in the iodine test because that tests for starch… but what about when you have unknowns???!

Anyway, life is good so far.

I studied with Justine and Pearl at the Flushing Library today. I thought I was really behind (I have one more chapter to go), but they are only half way through the first chapter… I guess they should probably start earlier next time (me too).

Calc… I hope I got 20/20 on my quiz again. I didn’t know how to show something so I wrote a long paragraph describing why something was the way it was.

Chem, review session on Tuesday on all the hw and test on Thursday. I am soo freaked out. 20 questions, 5 points each!?????! OMG, that is so crazy!! If you get one wrong, you’re down 5 percent. I have to get everything right… it should be a piece of pie.

3 tests. First one Tuesday. Wish me luck.

I’m working on getting my study habits down. Preview text + write down definitions (if poss, understand concepts), take notes in class, review notes, reread text + fill in the gaps w/ more detail, do hw/questions, and formulate test questions. Review class notes and text notes daily. Ask questions to myself daily. Repeat for every lecture.

Can I do it??

Yes I can (wow, I feel like bob the builder).

Well, I need to revamp this site so I like it more so I’ll type here more. I have this amazing travel blog going up so once it’s up and running, I’ll link it.

I ate a lot today.
I chatted with Dan this morning, went to Farmer’s Market, ate a large green paper and pepperoni pizza and a carne sampler (3 huge meatballs and 3 sausages) at Arigero’s.

I went home, chatted with dad, read something about orientation for NYIT (I’m supposed to sign up for a date but I’ll be in Europe on those three days… I had already contacted them about this issue way back in May, but I guess I just have to tell them again… I can already tell that the administration at NYIT is probably not the greatest), getting a student loan……


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We need 2 ($550 each) mid size rooms for 2 couple no kids. Bathroom and kitchen sharing is okey. With or without living room is ok too. Willing to pay advance and deposit. We are quiet,very clean and reserve people. We work all week. Just need a place to stay and rest during days off. We always pay rent on time and we clean after ourselves.

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52 Free Things to Do

Hehe, I also like this article.


1. Take a drive to look at the Christmas decorations.

2. Play cards—perhaps strip poker.

3. Watch a movie together.

4. Go outside and have a snowball fight.

5. Get some finger paints and create your own body art with each other as your canvass.

6. Go sleigh riding.

7. Go ice skating.

8. Work out or exercise together.

9. Stage your own improvisation show.

10. Sing to each other.

11. Review or create a photo album or scrapbook of your memories together.

12. Play a board game—perhaps chess, Scrabble or Twister.

13. Go to a book store, get coffee and read for hours.


14. Work on a remodeling project together.

15. Plan and complete a yard work project together.

16. Do the spring cleaning together—room by room. When done, reward yourself by making love in the room you’ve cleaned.

17. Put on old clothes and mud wrestle after some drenching rain.

18. Give each other a massage.

19. Play catch—football, baseball, softball or Frisbee.

20. Go to a car dealer and test drive the car of your dreams.

21. Shoot basketball together.

22. Dance together.

23. Take a shower together and wash each other—everywhere.

24. Take a free adult education class together.

25. Go to a mall and have a contest to see which one of you can get the most free samples.

26. Go rollerblading or bike riding.


27. Build a campfire and roast marshmallows.

28. Go swimming or skinny dipping.

29. Give each other a manicure or pedicure.

30. Go somewhere crowded to people watch.

31. Go to a free outdoor event, perhaps a concert.

32. Lie on a blanket outside and watch the clouds or stars.

33. Go on a picnic.

34. Watch a fireworks display.

35. Be creative and engage in sexual role plays. Be anyone you’d like to be for the night who is also exciting for your partner.

36. Sit by the water somewhere.

37. Do a prolonged strip tease for each other.

38. Have a water balloon fight.

39. Sit outside and read poetry to each other.


40. Go for a drive together.

41. Go window shopping.

42. Incorporate food into your love making—chocolate syrup, whipped cream, fondue, strawberries—anything you and your partner enjoy.

43. Call or write to someone you haven’t had contact with in a while.

44. Cook something together.

45. Spend an evening just talking with each other. Talk about the things you have done, plans you have for the future, important people in your lives or current events.

46. Take a bubble bath together.

47. Go to a free movie or museum.

48. Take a drive and find the potential in old houses and their properties.

49. Create an imaginary story together—either orally or in written form.

50. Take turns being each other’s genie in a bottle by fulfilling your partner’s every wish and fantasy.

51. Play in the fallen leaves.

52. Create an exciting scavenger hunt that ends in your bed.

Long Distance Relationships

I love this article.

Throughout our experience working with long distance relationship couples, we had discovered that there are lots of thing that we must do and as well as refrain from doing in order to survive the relationship. Below are some of the advices that we have compiled over the years. Although they may look simple but when it comes to the actual execution, it may take more than your effort and discipline. It is your desire to survive the relationship that makes the most impact in writing the outcome of your distance relationship. Consider some of the below do and don’t list and together with your desire, I am pretty sure you are able to conquer your distance relationship with ease and fun.


1) Establish an effective communication channel
The very first thing that you must do in a long distance relationship is to establish an effective communication channel. Most people will think that telephone is the most convenient mode of communication but apart from the telephone services, there are some other alternative you can use. Instant messenger, emails, VOIP phone and conventional mails can be very effective if you know how to use them. Each of the communication channels has its own advantages and disadvantages and therefore you must start to explore each of them to enhance your communication experience.

2) Plan to meet each other
There is nothing more important than planning to meet each other again at an interval of time throughout the period of your long distance relationship. This will help both you and your partner to catch up with each other over the things that you cannot do while apart. The anticipation of seeing each other again will always give you the excitement, hope and as well as eliminating the lonely feeling in your LDR.

3) Build hobby that you can both share
By building and keeping a hobby, both of you will have something to discuss and work on throughout your distance relationship. Finding something to do online can be quite interesting judging from its speed and reach ability but never leave out conventional hobby as well because you do not need to have your partner’s physical present to share a hobby.

4) Surprise your partner
Occasionally surprise you partner with cards, gifts, letter and flower out of their expectation apart from your normal correspondence. Put your imagination to use and your partner will be sure to love your effort in keeping them happy. Sending the unexpected gifts to your partner will always spice up your distance relationship regardless how far your partner may be.

5) Capture and share that interesting moment
Throughout the period of your LDR, you can always capture some interesting moment of yours by exchanging photos, video clips and as well as audio recording. This will indirectly keep your partner informed on what has happen in your life despite the physical distance.


1) Settle for a temporary replacement
One of the mistakes that a distance relationship couple often make is to settle for a temporary replacement when their partner is not physical around. By letting a third party into your life, you will not only put your distance relationship to risk but you will also break the mutual trust and agreement that you make. Although it may not be done intentionally but this type of mistake will be very costly to your long distance relationship.

2) Take the relationship lightly
The absence of your partner does not give you the license to dictate and manipulate the relationship. You must remember that, your partner has their own right to participate in any decision making toward the well being of your relationship regardless where there are. A long distance relationship is also as important as a normal relationship and your partner has their own right to be treated fairly.

3) Wait and see attitude
Most of the failures in distance relationship that we observed are contributed by the wait and see attitude of the couples themselves. This was caused by the insecurity of the couple as they do not think that the LDR will work but at the same time they do not want to put a stop to the relationship. Let me tell you this, if you plan to have this kind of attitude, refrain from walking into one at the first place because both you and your partner will suffer in the relationship. In a LDR, both partners must be committed and proactive in bringing the relationship to a higher level.

4) Suspicion
There are no rooms for suspicion in a long distance relationship. In order for you to survive your distance relationship, you must learn to trust your partner whole heartedly. A single suspicion will break the bond you have for each other and it is a beginning of the end if you start to suspect your partner at any point of your LDR. Although it is easier said than done but trust me, if your partner is apt to do something unfaithful to you, they will still do it under your nose. Therefore there is no need for you to create such unnecessary stress in your LDR.

5) Succumb to negative comment on LDR
Couples in distance relationship always make a mistake by believing that LDR do not work. The negative impression you have in LDR will eventually hunt you down and destroy your relationship if you choose to listen to the negative comment. Therefore, once you have decided to enter into a long distance relationship, you must learn to believe that your relationship will work. I knew it because I had successfully conquered my own distance relationship due to the reason that I am not influence by any of the bad comments I received.

Alex Chew is an avid believer of Long Distance Relationship. He has been actively involved in helping distance couples on their journey through his research works and books. He is also the webmaster of http://www.perfect-relationship.com and the author of Manage Your Way to A Perfect Distance Relationship e-book.

Copyright © 2005 Alex Chew & Perfect-Relationship.com. All right Reserved.

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more good hostels

Rosebery Hall Residence
90 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TY
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 51.30/night
Twin Private Ensuite * 61.56/night

Globetrotter Inn
Ashlar Court, Ravenscourt Gardens, Hammersmith
Twin Private Ensuite * 57.46/night

YHA London’s Earl Court
38 Bolton Gardens, SW5 0AQ
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 54.38/night
Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom 58.48/night
note: 88% reviewed good location, close to tube

Astor Museum Inn
27 Montague Street, Bloomsbury
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 71.82/night
note: I read the reviews and the reviewers highly recommend it… the location is great and the heater is fixed. 1224 people reviewed it within the last 6 months so there are bond to be some who don’t like it as much. It IS more expensive, but maybe it’s a good idea to pay for the location and the Inn comfort.

205 Earls Court Road
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 41.04/night
note: 3 min from tube, west of downtown, zone 2, apparently shower area isn’t that great (though they may be fixed now)

Antigallican Hotel
428 Woolwich Road
Twin Private Ensuite * 46.17 51.30
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 41.04 46.17
note: everything’s ‘good’ except that it’s far away from City of London… it’s much closer to the London Airport though. The plus is that it is cheaper than most hostels.

Ace Hotel (Kensington)
16-22 Gunterstone Road, West Kensington
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 53.35 Thursday only

YHA London St. Pancras
79-81 Euston Road, NW1 2QS
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 61.56 Thursday only

Palmers Lodge
40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage
Twin Private Ensuite * 55.40 Friday only

St. Christopher’s Village
165 Borough High Street
Twin Private Shared Bathroom 55.40 Friday only