May 2007


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WHO gets LUPUS

The actual number ofLupus patients is hard to estimate due to the varied assumptions among those that collect data. Some studies only look at those who are hospitalized while others only measure insured patients. However, not all lupus patients end up in the hospital and some insurance companies do not list Lupus on their insurance forms.

Many studies do not reflect the racial makeup of the country. Like one Mayo clinic study had over 95 percent Caucasian participants, which is not reflected in U.S. demographics.

Other types of Lupus are ignored in studies due to duration. For instance, DILE only lasts a few weeks, so it is often not recorded. DLE is only seen by dermatologists, and often ignored by studies that only include hospitalized patients.

Despite the inherent difficulties in studying Lupus, when compiled we do know some things about who gets Lupus more often and why certain populations of people are afflicted with more serious Lupus symptoms. In each case we will examine the incidence (number of new cases over a certain time period) and prevalence (number of people with Lupus in the population studied) of lupus.

Racial Factors

There is a clear difference in the incidence and prevalence of Lupus in different races of people. For instance, the incidence of Lupus in Latinos, African Americans, and Asians is greater than in other races. According to a study by Kaiser-Permanente, 286 out of 100,000 African American women in San Francisco were diagnosed with Lupus.

A Hawaiian study showed that Asian women have a three times greater prevalence rate than Caucasian women, and they tend to have a more severe form of SLE. Still, there are other reports of Native American people having the greatest prevalence of Lupus, but the studies conducted had numbers so small that they were difficult to confirm.

African Americans and Asians are more prone to severe forms of SLE. African Americans are three times more likely to develop SLE, and it can be found in 1 out of every 300 African American women. While Asians tend to lead the way in developing organ threatening disease African American males follow right behind them.

Race and geography also have an impact on Lupus statistics. While Lupus among African Americans is great, the disease is rare on the African continent. Among Asians, the disease is much more common in the Philippines and China than in Japan. Meanwhile, Sioux tribes have a 10 percent of incidence rate over other Native American tribes.

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LUPUS IS FOR THE BIRDS!
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This article came from the book, Freedom From Lupus.
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If there is any thing that I can do to assist you…please feel free to contact me. As a long term survivor of Lupus, I feel that I am qualified to help you with many areas of this disease.
And as well, share my personal experiences with you.

MyMonaVie.com/SharonSutley

Smiles, better health and world peace,
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Hello Baby Boomer,

Well, here is another layer of me that you didn’t know…I used to study art…so, I really love this one and it is put together so well…I hope that all of you enjoy it as much as I did.

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This post is for a friend, Rhea…who loves outer space…I thought about you when I decided to post this…[smile].

Straight from WASHINGTON…Planet-seekers who have spotted 28 new planets orbiting other stars in the past year say Earth’s solar system is far from unique and there could be billions of habitable planets.

The most recent planet discoveries bring the number of known exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — to 236, the researchers told a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu Monday.

“We are beginning to see that our home is not a rarity in the universe,” said Geoffrey Marcy, a professor of astronomy at the University of California Berkeley, who led the team.

“We are easily able to detect giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn around other stars. Most orbit far from the star like our own Jupiter and Saturn orbit from the sun,” Marcy said in a telephone interview.

“It’s a common structure among planetary systems.”

New techniques allow astronomers to detect planets that are not enormous although Earth-sized objects cannot yet be seen, said the researchers.

Four of the systems also have multiple planets, like Earth’s own with its sun, eight planets (Pluto was demoted from planet status) and smaller orbiting objects.

“We are finding that most stars have not just one planet but when we find one there is a second or a third or a fourth,” Marcy said.

“The … attribute which really has us the most excited is this new planet which we found three years ago,” Marcy said. The Neptune-like planet orbiting the star Gliese 436 has intrigued scientists because it appears to be covered with water — albeit rock-hard, hot water in a most un-Earthlike chemical state because of the intense pressures on the planet.

Earlier this month, Swiss and Belgian researchers imaged the star as this planet crossed between it and the Earth. The tiny change in the star’s light gave them the planet’s diameter and density.

“From the density of two grams per cubic centimeter — twice that of water — it must be 50 percent rock and about 50 percent water, with perhaps small amounts of hydrogen and helium,” Marcy said.

“Now we are very sure it has a rocky core and this giant thick envelope of water,” he added.

“This is why we are jumping out of our clothes. It is the first time we have determined the structure of one of these extrasolar planets. It is rocky like Earth but it has a lot of water which is the essential ingredient for life.”

This is almost certainly happening over and over again, Marcy said. Scientists had theorized this for decades but now the hard evidence is starting to pour in.

“Our Milky Way galaxy has 200 billion stars. I would estimate that 10 percent of them, perhaps, have planets that are habitable,” Marcy said.

“There are hundreds of billions of galaxies, all of which are more or less like our Milky Way Galaxy, which is tens of billions of planets like our own.”

There is one unusual property to our solar system: the nearly circular orbits of the planets, which gives a consistent dose of radiation from the Sun.

Other solar systems seen so far are not usually like this. “Most of the planets are not in circular orbits around the host star but in elongated ones called elliptical orbits,” Marcy said.

“We enjoy nearly constant temperatures throughout the year,” he added. “If the Earth got too close to the sun, the Earth would heat up, the water would boil off and that would be bad.” Too far, and it would freeze.

“An elongated orbit could not sustain life,” Marcy said.
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Thank you Rueters for this fasinating report.
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I just love UFO and Planet information, don’t you, Baby Boomers…

Not long ago they thought you would fall off the planet, when you came to the edge of it…

It is so nice to know that we are not alone.

Wonder if they are here all ready?

I think I saw one, some time ago…an alien…well, that will be a different post all together…

Mean while…if you have any stories you want to share…let’s hear them.

Smiles and Intergalactic PEACE!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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The Match Game was always good for a laugh or two!

In form LOS ANGELES, California, Charles Nelson Reilly, the Tony Award winner who later became known for his ribald appearances on the “Tonight Show” and various game shows, has died. He was 76.

Reilly died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, his partner, Patrick Hughes, told the New York Times.

Reilly began his career in New York City, taking acting classes at a studio with Steve McQueen, Geraldine Page and Hal Holbrook. In 1962, he appeared on Broadway as Bud Frump in the original Broadway production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The role won Reilly a Tony Award.

He was nominated for a Tony again for playing Cornelius in “Hello, Dolly!” In 1997 he received another nomination for directing Julie Harris and Charles Durning in a revival of “The Gin Game.”

After moving to Hollywood in 1960s he appeared as the nervous Claymore Gregg on TV’s “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and as a featured guest on “The Dean Martin Show.”

He gained fame by becoming what he described as a “game-show fixture” in the 1970s and ’80s. He was a regular on programs like “Match Game” and “Hollywood Squares,” often wearing giant glasses and colorful suits with ascots.

His larger-than-life persona and affinity for double-entendres also landed him on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson more than 95 times.

Reilly ruefully admitted his wild game-show appearances adversely affected his acting career. “You can’t do anything else once you do game shows,” he told The Advocate, the national gay magazine, in 2001. “You have no career.”

His final work was an autobiographical one-man show, “Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly,” about his family life growing up in the Bronx. The title grew out of the fact that when he would act out as a child, his mother would often admonish him to “save it for the stage.”

The stage show was made into the 2006 feature film called “The Life of Reilly.”

Reilly’s openly gay television persona was ahead of its time, and sometimes stood in his way. He recalled a network executive telling him, “They don’t let queers on television.”

Hughes, his only immediate survivor, said Reilly had been ill for more than a year.

No memorial plans had been announced.
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Thank you AP News…
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Charles Nelson Reilly always cracked me up! He was so silly and fun..I will miss him.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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Chopper attack, bombs kill 8 U.S. troops in Iraq…and the day is not over yet…help support our Troops [not the WAR]…contact me…you can make a difference to our Troops, deployed over sea.

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~The Baby Boomer Queen~
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In from BAGHDAD, Iraq, eight U.S. troops were slain in Iraq on Monday in a deadly chain of events that began when a U.S. helicopter crashed, apparently shot down by small-arms fire, according to a U.S. military official.

A military vehicle rushing to the helicopter crash site was hit by an exploding roadside bomb, and a second “quick-reaction force” vehicle also was hit, the official said.

The two pilots of the Kiowa helicopter were killed in the crash; six soldiers died in the bombings of the two vehicles, and three others were injured.

The eight Memorial Day deaths occurred in volatile Diyala province between Baquba and Muqdadiya, the U.S. military announced on Tuesday.

The statement said all of those killed were from Task Force Lightning, the force that patrols northern stretches of Iraq, including Diyala.

U.S. commanders have expressed concern about a rise in violence and the growing presence of al Qaeda in Iraq militants, who have fled to Diyala from other regions of the country.

The U.S. death toll for May has risen to 112, making it the deadliest month so far this year.

The highest monthly death tolls for U.S. troops occurred in 2004 — 137 in November and 135 in April.

Since the start of the war, 3,456 U.S. service members have died. Seven civilian contractors of the Defense Department also have been killed in the war.
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Thank you CNN News
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