Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people . Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. AD begins slowly. It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. Over time, symptoms get worse. People may not recognize family members or have trouble speaking, reading or writing. They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, they need total care. This can cause great stress for family members who must care for them. AD usually begins after age 60. The risk goes up as you get older. Your risk is also higher if a family member has had the disease.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Let me collect a few special events that occurred in the year 1987 and post them below. So, why I am so much interested in this year? I’ll tell you. But first read further to know more.
- IBM introduces PS/2 & OS/2
- 100th U.S Congress convenes
- First World Series game in a covered stadium at Minnesota Metrodome
- Chris Antley becomes first jockey to win 9 races in 1 day at Belmont
- First military use of trained dolphins by the US Navy in Persian Gulf
- Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Co, dies at 70
Posted by Vimal at 1:16 AM
Friday, May 16, 2008
“As the sun rises from beneath the oceans and spreads its arms across the ocean to embrace every droplet of water in the sea; the birds chirp across the skies signaling the entry of a new day; the wind gushes by the sails and the dolphins splashes its fins to welcome my ship; and I stand proudly on the top-most part of the ship waving my hands towards the skies signaling that I am the master, I could feel the freshness of cool water splashing from the side-walls of the ship onto my face”- only to realize that my mom poured a bucketful of water over my face just to wake me up and pack me to college. Oh God the daily routine!!!
Posted by Vimal at 1:05 AM
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Bioinformatics is the analysis of biological information using computers and statistical techniques . The science of developing and utilizing computer databases and algorithms to accelerate and enhance biological research. Bioinformatics is a multifaceted discipline combining many scientific fields including computational biology, statistics, mathematics, molecular biology, and genetics. Bioinformatics enables biomedical investigators to exploit existing and emerging computational technologies to seamlessly store, mine, retrieve, and analyze data from genomics and proteomics technologies. This is achieved by creating unified data models, standardizing data interfaces, developing structured vocabularies, generating new data visualization methods, and capturing detailed metadata that describes various aspects of the experimental design and analysis methods. Already there are a number of related undertakings that are dividing the field into more specialized groups. Clinical Bioinformatics and Biomedical Informatics are emerging as transitional fields to promote the utilization of genomics and proteomics data combined with medical history and demographic data towards personalized medicine, molecular diagnostics, pharmacogenomics and predicting outcomes of therapeutic interventions. The field of bioinformatics will continue to evolve through the incorporation of diverse technologies and methodologies that draw experts from disparate fields to create the latest computational and informational tools specifically design for the biomedical research enterprise.
Posted by Vimal at 12:59 AM
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The future of Indian cricket team looks good, in fact great! Never in the history of Indian cricket there had been so many young players who are all performing well at the same time. The likes of Gautam Ghambir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, and Ishanth Sharma have brought fresh blood into this Indian team. Never to forget our captain cool – M.S Dhoni. This team has an average age of 23. And without the greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Draid they have still managed to do a great job. The fielding of the new Indian side is excellent and the running between the wickets has improved a lot. The batting depth has increased with all-rounders like Irfan Pathan, Romesh Powar and Yousuf Pathan. This group of young lads has fought well as a team. And the bench strength is awesome and with many of the experienced players getting only a back seat. We can proudly look into the future of Indian cricket and say that the good times have begun and from now on, we can only hope for better times ahead when we strive to dominate world cricket like the Aussies have done for the past two decades.
Posted by Vimal at 12:57 AM