November 30th, 2008

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A Dem on Rebuilding the Republican Party

I like this guy. And I think he's right. He makes the point that Ron Paul, at 72, is never going to be president. He also says what I've been saying, which is.... Now that the GOP is weak and defeated, the opportunity is there for all who espouse the basic tenets of Republicanism to spring into action and recreate the party. The GOP can be a less socially bigoted, more fiscally and intellectually functional political entity. Here it comes.

Here's a link I ran across from another source: http://www.rebuildtheparty.com/ . I think this is the status quo repugnicans trying to suck in the internet generation. They may or may not anticipate that if we, the internet generation, begin to participate we may provide a new generation of candidates and ideas that are the foundation of the new Republican platform. And wouldn't it be nice if, as he suggests, both parties espoused a belief in intelligence, competence and peace. Imagine.
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Smart Alcoholics

New research has shown that kids who have high IQ's at the age of 10 are more likely to be alcohol dependent at age 30. The effect is stronger in women than among men. In young girls, 15 more IQ points adds up to a 38% increased risk of alcoholism. Boys with 15 more smart points only have a 17% higher risk of being a boozer. This is not what the scientists expected. That is why science is done: to find out, not to prove your assumptions. Clarification for those who misread the title behind the cut: the 1970 British cohort study is of children who were BORN in 1970; this is new science based on an old foundation.
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ANEMIAS: Macrocytic

If LOW RBC, Hgb, or Hct
Then evaluate MCV & MCHC to determine if anemia is:
-microcytic hypochromic (MCV < 82 fL, MCHC < 30 g/dL)
Iron deficiency anemia
Thalassemia
Sideroblastic anemia
Anemia of chronic disease (some cases)
Pyridoxine Responsive anemia (B6 deficiency)
Chronic blood loss
Lead poisoning
-normocytic normochromic (MCV 82-97 fL, MCHC 32-36 g/dL)
Acute blood loss
Early stage Iron deficiency anemia
Hemolytic anemia from any cause
Anemia of Chronic Disease (ACD)
Hereditary spherocytosis – osmotic fragility test
Aplastic Anemia
-macrocytic (MCV > 97 fL) (remember theoretical upper limit of 37 g/dL for MCHC)
B12 deficiency
Folate deficiency
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Hypothyroidism
Cancer chemotherapy
Alcohol abuse
Liver disease
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