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Aug 30, 2011

Did you Know Video Games Can Heal the Sick

Games both video and computer have been for years looked down on as evil and a negative influence on society. However, recent research indicates that games play a significant role in healing. Studies indicate that playing games helps divert a patient’s mind from pain and for many patients, games are a form of physiotherapy as they exercise the fingers and muscles of the arms and oil the wheels of the mind. In fact, children suffering from autism learn a great many social skills from games they play.

Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, has conducted in depth studies on gaming and found that “gaming can be a useful tool in healthcare, games can distract kids and adults undergoing painful treatments.” In fact children undergoing chemotherapy for diseases like sickle cell anemia deal with the disease better when they play games that absorb their attention completely. Sick children who occupied their minds playing video or computer games required lower doses of pain medication and tended to suffer less from hypertension and nausea than children who were asked to just rest. According to Griffiths an expert in the field, games benefit children suffering from attention deficit disorders too.

A conference on gaming showcased the fact that computer and video games promoted awareness in nutrition, lifestyle choices, and medical skills. According to experts, games helped reduce stress and healed people with phobias, diabetes, asthma, and cardiac diseases.

Games did not just promote anger and aggression but improved co-ordination skills, focus, and concentration, and steadied elevated blood pressure and pulse beating. Games are now playing a definitive role in therapy. Some games introduce images or stimulus to the mind like aromas or natural happenings like a river flowing or an avalanche. Many studies are focusing on “The state of Cognitive Exercise with digital Game Play,” where the use of games in treating diseases like Alzheimer is being addressed.

That gaming is recognized as a healer by medical communities across the US is established by the fact that the “Get-Well Gamers Foundation” collects unused games and consoles from avid gamers for distribution to children’s wards at hospitals across the US.

The new regimen in healing is to combine exercises with gaming. For example a patient who needs to be motivated to complete therapy sessions can be induced by connecting the bicycle to a video game that engages the patient’s mind. Ciprian Docan of Rutgers University has modified a home video game to assist stroke patients with hand movements and exercises.

Work by Karen Grimmer and her team in Adelaide Women and Children’s hospital showed that children suffering from severe burns feel less pain and discomfort when their minds are completely immersed in a virtual reality game. Games therefore served as appositive healing tool and helped children overcome great pan and discomfort.

Contrary to popular beliefs video and computer games do have a positive side and, all over the world serious studies are in progress of how games can be utilized in health care.

About the Author:
Aaron Brooks is a freelance writer for 1888FreeOnlineGames , the premier website to play thousands of free online games including arcade games, action games, card games, flash games, strategy games, puzzle games and more


Aug 27, 2011

How to Make a Fool Out of Yourself at a Protest Event

Protests can be amazing events--both for the cause and for the participants. They can also get messy. Here are five things you shouldn't do at a protest...unless, of course, you're trying to make a fool out of yourself.

1. Break formation.

If you have a good reason to leave the protest event--if you need to take a bathroom break, say, or return a phone call, or change a diaper, or just rest your weary bones--then of course that's fine. But when you leave the protest event, leave the protest event. Don't try to go off and start a second, competing protest event nearby because you think you've found a more visible or convenient location; that just dilutes your visible numbers.

2. Start a revolution.

If you're protesting for change, that's great. If you're protesting to change a protest for change, you're just being silly. The organizers' strategies should define the protest. If you want to do things differently, make suggestions to the organizers or run your own protest later--but don't fight the organizers over control of the existing protest.

During a pro-choice protest last year, we were ordered by police to leave our main event at Smith Park due to a bomb threat. We regrouped across the street, outside the Governor's Mansion. One earnest young man gave what was probably supposed to be a rousing pep speech encouraging all of us to charge past police and reenter Smith Park in force. We all just kind of looked at him funny.

3. Go off-message.

Most protest events are single-issue protests, and they bring in people with a wide range of views. If you're protesting the death penalty, for example, the group will probably include both socially conservative Roman Catholics and socially progressive civil libertarians. Good slogans will be slogans that all, or nearly all, participants can join together and chant. Good signs will be signs that further the basic message of the protest.

So if you're at an anti-death penalty rally, don't try to start a "My body, my choice!" or "No blood for oil!" chant. That screws up the cohesion of the group, and distracts observers from the central message of the protest.

4. Act like a jerk.

This is America, and everyone has the right to their beliefs. Whatever cause you support, counterprotesters have as much right to protest your event as you have to stage it in the first place--and you have the right to do the same. But neither of you has the right to disrupt the other group's event. Make sure they know you're there, but keep a comfortable distance and let them do their thing.

There is a video making the rounds on YouTube of a young woman interrupting a socially conservative event by entering the crowd, then screaming and howling epithets at the top of her lungs right in the face of a young man timidly holding a Bible. If this incident wasn't staged, it may as well have been; it was great PR for the guy with the Bible.

5. Get arrested for no good reason.

Earlier this year, members of a gay rights organization were arrested for marching onto the campus of privately-owned Mississippi College after being specifically told not to by police. So what were these folks protesting? The college's homophobic policies? Seems to me they were protesting trespassing laws.

Likewise, antiwar protesters who take off their clothes in public aren't being arrested over the war. They're being arrested for violating indecent exposure laws, effectively transforming the protest event from an antiwar protest to a pro-public nudity protest.

If you're willing to get arrested for doing the right thing, that's great. But if you're going out there and getting arrested just for the hell of it, why bother?

The Bottom Line

Ask yourself why you're going to this protest event. If you support the cause, then everything you do at that event should be conducive to that goal. If what you're planning to do will screw up the protest event or otherwise hurt the cause, don't do it.


Aug 24, 2011

What's New in Lifestyle Publications

What does an advertiser look for in a consumer lifestyle media partner? Besides audience profile, brands are often interested in the two things that make lifestyle publications interesting to the consumer: unique content and relevant, memorable advertising. In this column, we looked at a site that married its advertising with social media exposure, and one that specialized in creating memorable branded content. This week's candidates are equally equipped, ready to deliver a fresh new experience for digital media buyers and the brands they represent.
High on Beauty
According to a new study, 25 percent of online shoppers purchased a health or beauty product online in the past three months. To reach these potential customers brands must know where to go and how to stand apart. Beauty High aims to help. Media buyers may be familiar with StyleCaster Media Group and its flagship site, but earlier this year the company added Beauty High to its roster of sites in an effort to "make beauty cool" for a new generation of consumers.
Beauty High is both a beauty site and an online shopping destination complete with exclusive editorial content, tutorials, and interactive features. Celebrity interviews are a frequent item, as are interviews with beauty industry pros. Already the site is luring fashion, beauty, and CPG brand advertisers like Sephora, Victoria's Secret, Hawaiian Tropic, and Coca-Cola by offering the ability to align themselves with editorial content. The site's advertising options include "organically integrated" branded content that includes video, photo, and editorials; high-impact rich media advertising; event integration and influencer seeding; and social media activation through sweepstakes and giveaways.
"Following the success of, we decided with Beauty High we wanted to create an experience that had (the) 'cool' factor that many style sites have but that many beauty sites lack. We are making beauty cool for a new generation and attracting the audience that advertisers want to engage with," said David Goldberg, president of StyleCaster Media Group. "We have become a trusted conduit for our brand partners to take their message to the style generation."
Sweet Entertainment
Since launching in September 2010, Cotton Candy Magazine has been focusing on developing content that resonates with its target user: the "stylish, forward-thinking woman." This lifestyle publication helps women experience the sweeter side of life with articles and fashion spreads, along with exclusive video content running in the site's video channel, Cotton Candy TV. Celebrity interviews come in both text and video form, and bite-sized blog posts keep readers coming back with tips on everything from style to spicing up one's life. To date editorial features have included the likes of Ritz-Carlton and Macy's.
Apart from standard rich media ad units that run adjacent to editorial content on the site, brands can place pre-roll video in Cotton Candy TV features and even highlight their products through social media; the publication uses its growing social media presence to point to product photo galleries and drive qualified traffic to brands. E-mail sponsorships are also available, as are sponsored links - text ads strategically placed in editorial and e-mail content. Sponsorship packages can include all of these placements, along with offline event sponsorships.
As you might expect from its content, Cotton Candy Magazine appeals to women ages 18 to 44 who are tech-savvy and relatively affluent. According to publisher Nicole D. Smith, 66 percent of users use an iPhone to open Cotton Candy e-mail showcases, and the majority of readers earn over $100,000 per year. The site also recently launched a Tumblr page to extend its reach among social media users.
As a content category, consumer lifestyle is fairly well saturated. To infiltrate it now and garner the attention of top fashion and beauty marketers requires something unique, whether that distinction comes in the form of voice, point of view, or approach to advertising. As you plan your campaigns, look to properties that distinguish themselves but also demonstrate an enthusiasm to create a mutually beneficial media partnership. Your clients' ads will be instrumental in helping these new sites attain and maintain a loyal audience.


Aug 22, 2011

Lokpal will create two oligarchies: Arundhati

Hyderabad: "When people fight against corruption, it is important to understand what corruption is. Is corruption just an accounting problem, a financial irregularity? Or, is it a currency of social inequality or concentration of power?" asked noted author and social activists Arundhati Roy while commenting on people's support for Anna Hazare's movement against corruption.

Addressing mediapersons here on Sunday, the Booker prize winner answered several questions pertaining to the spurt of rebellions across the country and the current political scenario. When asked about Anna Hazare's protest, she said she was not wearing the 'I am Anna' cap.

"A woman who sells samosas on a cart has to bribe the local policeman for permission to sell it in that place. My worry is that with the Lokpal creating a bureaucracy to monitor hundreds of officials from the prime minister to the lower-rung employees, people will have to bribe two systems. The Lokpal might just create two oligarchies."

An increasing number of corporate players are taking up the government's role by taking up road-laying, electricity supply, etc and hence corporates, media and NGOs, who play a pivotal role in opinion formation, must also come under the scanner of Lokpal, the author of God of Small Things said.

"The events of last week - Hazare's arrest and eruption of protests across the country need to be examined closely. The government is, in fact, helping Hazare stage his protest by letting him dispatch video messages from the prison. The Delhi municipality cleans up the Ramlila Maidan ahead of Anna's protest there while staying overnight in the Jantar Mantar area to protest is impossible if you are a Bhopal gas tragedy victim," Roy said.

She, however, opposed the arrest of Hazare as he had not committed any crime. The author had a dig at the media, saying it was being unfair by showcasing the protests of the influential and ignoring the voices of the poor. "Right now, 10,000 people are protesting at Koodankulam.

They will not get even five minutes on our news channels. Maoists and Gandhi followers are protesting against the same injustice of the government. While the Anna protests are coming from the top layer of the society, the Maoist protests are from the grass roots."

When asked about her opinion on the issue, Roy said the movement had a long history of radical trouble and the protests involved women. She hoped it would not turn out to be just another political movement for a smaller state such as those of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

She found it disturbing that students were taking their lives for the movement. "Arundhati Roy is not a voice of the voiceless. There are no voiceless people. There are deliberately-silenced people. People losing lands and livelihood to corporate people will not protest with slogans such as 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' she remarked.


Aug 19, 2011

10 differences between Jan Lokpal Bill and Govt Bill

The streets are witnessing a demand that the government's Lok Pal Bill be replaced by the Jan Lok Pal Bill (JLP) as drafted by the team led by Anna Hazare. There are several significant differences between the two bills. In this note, we describe the some of these differences.
First, there is a divergence on the jurisdiction of the Lok Pal. Both bills include ministers, MPs for any action outside Parliament, and Group A officers (and equivalent) of the government. The government Bill includes the Prime Minister after he demits office whereas the JLP includes a sitting Prime Minister. The JLP includes any act of an MP in respect of a speech or vote in Parliament (which is now protected by Article 105 of the Constitution). The JLP includes judges; the government Bill excludes them. The JLP includes all government officials, while the government Bill does not include junior (below Group A) officials. The government Bill also includes officers of NGOs who receive government funds or any funds from the public; JLP does not cover NGOs.
Second, the two Bills differ on the composition. The government Bill has a chairperson and up to 8 members; at least half the members must have a judicial background. The JLP has a chairperson and 10 members, of which 4 have a judicial background.
Third, the process of selecting the Lok Pal members is different. The JLP has a two stage process. A search committee will shortlist potential candidates. The search committee will have 10 members; five of these would have retired as Chief Justice of India, Chief Election Commissioner or Comptroller and Auditor General; they will select the other five from civil society. The Lok Pal chairperson and members will be selected from this shortlist by a selection committee. The selection committee consists of the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, two Supreme Court judges, two high court chief justices, the Chief Election Commissioner, the Comptroller and Auditor General and all previous Lok Pal chairpersons.
The government Bill has a simpler process. The selection will be made by a committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the leaders of Opposition in both Houses of Parliament, a Supreme Court judge, a high court chief justice, an eminent jurist and an eminent person in public life. The selection committee may, at its discretion, appoint a search committee to shortlist candidates.
Fourth, there are some differences in the qualifications of a member of the Lok Pal. The JLP requires a judicial member to have held judicial office for 10 years or been a high court or Supreme Court advocate for 15 years. The government Bill requires the judicial member to be a Supreme Court judge or a high court chief justice. For other members, the government Bill requires at least 25 years experience in anti-corruption policy, public administration, vigilance or finance. The JLP has a lower age limit of 45 years, and disqualifies anyone who has been in government service in the previous two years.
Fifth, the process for removal of Lok Pal members is different. The government Bill permits the president to make a reference to the Supreme Court for an inquiry, followed by removal if the member is found to be biased or corrupt. The reference may be made by the president (a) on his own, (a) on a petition signed by 100 MPs or (c) on a petition by a citizen if the President is then satisfied that it should be referred. The President may also remove any member for insolvency, infirmity of mind or body, or engaging in paid employment.
The JLP has a different process. The process starts with a complaint by any person to the Supreme Court. If the court finds misbehaviour, infirmity of mind or body, insolvency or paid employment, it may recommend his removal to the President.
Sixth, the offences covered by the bills vary. The government Bill deals only with offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The JLP, in addition, includes offences by public servants under the Indian Penal Code, victimization of whistleblowers and repeated violation of citizen's charter.
Seventh, the government Bill provides for an investigation wing under the Lok Pal. The JLP states that the CBI will be under the Lok Pal while investigating corruption cases.
Eighth, the government Bill provides for a prosecution wing of the Lok Pal. In the JLP, the CBI's prosecution wing will conduct this function.
Ninth, the process for prosecution is different. In the government Bill, the Lok Pal may initiate prosecution in a special court. A copy of the report is to be sent to the competent authority. No prior sanction is required. In the JLP, prosecution of the Prime Minister, ministers, MPs and judges of Supreme Court and high courts may be initiated only with the permission of a 7-judge bench of the Lok Pal.
Tenth, the JLP deals with grievance redressal of citizens, in addition to the process for prosecuting corruption cases. It requires every public authority to publish citizen's charters listing its commitments to citizens. The government Bill does not deal with grievance redressal.
Given the widespread media coverage and public discussions, it is important that citizens understand the differences and nuances. This may be a good opportunity to enact a law which includes the better provisions of each of these two bills.


Aug 15, 2011

‎10 things to know about Anna Hazare 'n Jan Lok Pal Bill.. !

‎10 things to know about Anna Hazare 'n Jan Lok Pal Bill.. !
1. Who is Anna Hazar...e?
An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What's so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills.
In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Ok,...?
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bil, The Jan Lokpal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

8. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).

7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the JAN LOKPAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
At least we can spread the message. How?
Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.

At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India.
At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain.
At least we can pray for his good health.

Thanks for reading.

Please Spread This msg As Much As You Can 'n Tell Others To Do The Same.. !


Aug 14, 2011

Food That Fight Back The Fat !

Food That Fight Back The Fat !
(First of all one has to control consumption of pasta ,burger , pizza,chocolate,pastry,ice-cream,cold drinks)

Blue berries

BLUE BERRIES-They helps to reduce stomach fat 'says university of Michigan.

Eating pecans can delay age-related motor neurons degeneration, according to researcher by the Center for Cellular Neurobiology.


Eat your meals at a snail's pace and you may lose that extra weight.
A Dutch study finds that taking breaks as you eat may keep you fuller longer.People who ate a meal in two hours with few 20-mins breaks -felt more satiety afterward than those who took 30 mins to eat. The leisurely
eaters benefited from a gradual increase in hormones yjay kept them full, while the bolters had a hormonal burst followed by a decline. You may see a similar (but weaker ) effect from a one-hour meal.

Lemon water
Lemon water with less sugar and a little pich of salt in break fast wil be a great start of a healthy day
Honey- From long in ancient honey have been a great treasure of health , if you want to become thin mix lemon water with honey and drink twice a day, daily and if u want to bulk up your self you just have to do is stir honey with a moderate warm milk and do the same twice.....


Cut Your Blood Sugar

The cinnamon

 (dal chini) in masala chai can help treat diabetes!.” A teaspoon of cinnamon with food can reduce blood sugar levels as it promotes insulin production and is therefore given to Dibetic patients,”
says Delhi-based nutritionist.

Black Pepper

Black Pepper
“I have come across many people who fatten just because of unhealthy food habbits and resulting in bad digestion.”
Now Get Rid Of Indigestion: Black Pepper (kali mirch) in masala chai (tea) has an antioxidant efftect an promotes healthy digestion


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