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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

16 weird body facts.

Body facts

Did you know that you now have 96 fewer bones in your body than when you were born? There's a lot more you never knew to ask. Check to see how many of these facts you knew:

    * If you remove the minerals from a bone by soaking it overnight in a six percent solution of hydrochloric acid, it will become so soft, you could tie it in a knot.
    * One person in 20 has an extra rib, and they are most often men.
    * When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206, if you are an adult. The rest of the bones have not disappeared – they have merely fused together.
    * The female egg cell is the largest cell in the human body. It is about 175 000 times heavier than the smallest cell, the male sperm cell.
    * There are 96 000 km of blood vessels in the average adult body.
    * The average person has about 100 000 scalp hairs.
    * When you look at an object, the image of that object appears upside down on your retina. However, your brain automatically corrects for this, allowing you to perceive the object the right side up.
    * Enamel, found on our teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body.
    * The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and more pressure-sensitive nerve endings per square inch than any other part of your body.
    * Like fingerprints, every person has a unique tongue print.
    * The kidneys filter your blood up to 300 times per day.
    * During the first six weeks of life, there is no difference between the male and female embryo.
    * Human fingers stretch and bend about 25 million times in a normal lifetime.
    * The human body contains 30 000 billion red blood cells.
    * Tooth decay has led to 60 percent of adult Americans losing their upper right, middle molar.

News By Health24

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The National AIDS Council for a tax on financial transactions


AFP - The National AIDS Council (NSC) considers "appropriate" to implement a tax on financial transactions and to develop other innovative financing to "halt the momentum of the epidemic "of AIDS through expanded access to testing and treatment.

Otherwise, "the fight against HIV / AIDS will be permanently compromised," said the independent advisory body in a notice published on the eve of the G20, which included in its agenda the issue of innovative financing. For the CNS, the proposed tax on financial transactions "is a real opportunity for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities". The Council, chaired by Professor Willy Rosenbaum, said that the UN had promised in 2005, universal access to antiretroviral treatment for late 2010. If they fail to be reached, it undertook in 2011 that 15 million people are on treatment by 2015.

According to the latest figures from UNAIDS, covering the year 2009, more than 33 million people worldwide living with HIV, including nearly 6 million receive treatment. The low-infected do not need it, but 10 million people eligible for treatment do not receive it. However, "the setting for the treatment of infected people can reduce very significantly the risk of HIV transmission," involving "a consequence of lower number of new infections in a relatively short time," recalls the CNS. He noted that after an increase in "unprecedented" in disposable income between 2000 and 2008, the investments made "have been declining since 2009." $ 15.9 billion in 2009, they would have up to 28 to 50 billion dollars a year to achieve the 2015 targets.

In addition to the tax on financial transactions, the NSC emphasizes the need to mobilize official development assistance, lower in France in the ratio of 0.7% GNI by 2015 what it had promised. He also advocated innovative financing diversified, such as taxes and public / private partnerships. The NSC also points out that increased patent protection has limited competition and therefore "the expected fall" the price of treatments. He considers "essential" to repeal the provisions contained in bilateral agreements that limit the exemptions to allow poor countries to benefit from access to medicines. Thus, some proposals in the current negotiations between India and the EU would complicate access to generic medicines for poor countries.

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