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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...


What's in store for the Year of the Fire Dog?

Posted by Angi Ma Wong on Sunday, 29 January 2006

What's in store for the Year of the Fire Dog?

The influence of the fire element creating earth prevails, increasing the opportunities for harmony and peaceable solutions to global and environmental challenges, even as there remain potential for fire-earth related disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, nuclear events, building and mining collapses, etc. Industries related to wood such as writing, publishing, furniture, textiles, will do well because they fuel fire. Healthwise, the fire element governs the blood circulation, heart, and the earth element affects the spleen, shoulder, stomach and digestive system, cancer and diabetes. Finance, energy, electricity, stock market and airline industries will do well.

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Avoiding the Winter Blues

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 19 December 2005

Preventive measures to avoid frostbite as the mercury dips below freezing.

Ice skating, skiing, sledding and snowball fights are all fun winter activities. It only takes minutes for exposed skin to become frostbitten in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds of 20 miles per hour or more. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have a few suggestions for the proper precautions to fight frostbite.

Your body's first priority is to maintain its core temperature when you are out in the cold. To do that, it shifts blood away from the extremities and toward the central organs of the heart and lungs. This increases the risk of cold weather-related injuries, such as superficial or deep frostbite to the arms, hands, legs and feet. With superficial frostbite, only the skin surface is affected, whereas deep frostbite also affects underlying tissues. Body tissue can freeze when it is frostbitten. Ice crystals form in the tissue cells, which can cause physical damage and permanent change in cell chemistry. When the ice eventually thaws from the body tissue, additional changes in the cell may occur, resulting in infection or cell death (gangrene).

"Since it's easier to prevent frostbite than treat it, it is critical to dress properly for the weather and go inside if you are wet or in the cold too long," said Richard F. Kyle, MD, first vice president of AAOS. "If you believe you or someone you are with has frostbite, it is crucial to seek proper medical attention so the injury does not worsen."

Signs and symptoms of frostbite include: numbness and/or loss of feeling in affected area; uncontrollable shivering followed by lack of shivering; loss of physical coordination and speaking difficulties, such as slurring. Skin may swell and blister or appear cold, hard and white. Facial skin may turn grey or blue.

People with frostbite often suffer from hypothermia -- when your core body temperature drops -- which requires...

Tea Flavonoids Act as Potent Antioxidants

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 13 December 2005

Tea flavonoids act as potent antioxidants and have been shown to induce cancer cell death and growth while bolstering the body's immune system defenses against the disease.

According to a study published in the latest issue of Archives of Internal Medicine*, black tea consumption is inversely associated with the risk of ovarian cancer. This population-based study followed over 61,000 Swedish women aged 40-76 over a 15-year period, and noted a dose-response relationship between tea consumption and incidence of ovarian cancer. Compared to women who reported not drinking tea, those who drank two or more cups per day had a 46 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer.

The Iowa Women's Cohort study, conducted in the U.S., also suggests that weekly consumption of tea is associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer.

"The size of this study helps build a case that tea flavonoids have the ability to help protect against cancer in a varieties of ways," said Douglas Balentine, Ph.D., Director Nutrition Sciences Unilever North America. "Tea flavonoids act as potent antioxidants and have been shown to induce cancer cell death and growth while bolstering the body's immune system defenses against the disease."

Cancer is a multifactorial disease, but it is clear that diet can play a role in helping to reduce the risk of many types of cancer.

* Larsson SC, Wolk A. Tea Consumption and Ovarian Cancer Risk in a Population-Based Cohort.
Arch Intern Med. Dec 12/26 2005;165.

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Tips to Keep Your Mind in Top Shape

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 06 December 2005

Have you ever misplaced your keys and wondered if you were losing your mind? According to the Mayo Clinic, just when youre old enough to be considered wise about the ways of the world, some days its awfully hard to find your glasses.

Have you ever misplaced your keys and wondered if you were losing your mind?

According to the Mayo Clinic, just when youre old enough to be considered wise about the ways of the world, some days its awfully hard to find your glasses.

As you age, some brain cells may deteriorate or function less efficiently, potentially affecting your speed of mental processing and ability to retrieve information rapidly. Yet many factors besides aging affect mental ability. Depression, stress, sleep disorders, poor health and certain medications are among the most common.

The November issue of Mayo Clinic Womens HealthSource covers healthy choices to help keep your mind and body in top form:

Exercise your mind. An active brain produces new connections between nerve cells that allow cells to communicate with one another. To challenge your mind, try taking a class or engaging in a new hobby. Other activities that could help include reading, volunteering and staying connected with friends.

Stay physically active. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain and might promote cell growth there. To reap the most benefits, exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week.

Eat fruits and vegetables. Oranges, berries, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes contain antioxidants -- substances that may help protect your brain cells from damage over time.

Limit alcohol. People who drink heavily are at higher risk of developing memory problems and dementia. For women and anyone 65 or older, its best to drink moderately or not at all -- no more than one drink a day.

Manage stress. When youre stressed, your brain releases hormones that can damage your brain with...

Yale Admissions Officer Scott Clark Shares Insight into the Admissions process wit AC's Marissa Becker

Posted by Marissa Beker on Wednesday, 23 November 2005

'Tis the season for submitting last minute college applications. AsianConnections' Marissa Becker sits down for a rare interview with Yale Admissions Officer Scott Clark.

As students are putting the final touches on their college admissions applications, Yale Admissions Officer Scott Clark shares insight on the complex selection process in a rare interview with AsianConnections' Marissa Becker.

Marissa What advice can you share for students applying to college today?

Scott: The biggest piece of advice that I would have for students is just to relax as they go through this for several reasons.

For one, getting your heart rate up is unhealthy and nobody wants to see that.

Two, it ends up being counter productive for your goals, as far as getting into schools and doing well, being happy and being successful because youll be making choices based on anxiety, based on status, what have you, and those are all the wrong reasons to make your decisions.

And so, were very concerned about all the anxiety thats coming into play these days and we really want to just see students emotionally divest a little bit, not get so wrapped up into getting into the most prestigious college but rather spend their time finding the college where they think theyll be happy and where they think they will be successful.

Your self esteem, your self worth has absolutely no business being wrapped up in this because if most students dont get in, then you can just think to yourself of actually being in good company if youre actually not admitted. Youre in the majority in that case.

Basically, to just understand that so few people in the world even get to go to college. This should be exciting, this shouldnt be a stressful time because no matter what happens, if youre the type of student whos considering a school like Yale, youre going to go to college, youre going to go to a good college.

Marissa: With the highly competitive nature...