New noninvasive blood tests are being developed for expectant mothers to find out if their babies have genetic conditions such as Down syndrome. Pregnant women often take a test called amniocenteses that requires a needle to be inserted through the walls of the abdomen and uterus to draw a sample of the fluid surrounding the fetus. Having had the test, I can tell you first hand that it isn’t pleasant and there are risks involved. Although, percentages of anything serious occurring are minor, when having the procedure, you are still at risk of puncturing and affecting a fetus and provoking a miscarriage. There is another invasive test being used for genetic disorders called chorionic villus sampling or CVS that samples tissue from the placenta.
Now scientists say the new tests of fetal DNA from a mother’s blood taken as early as 9 weeks into pregnancy will be available at the end of this year. The amniocentesis test is being performed 200,000 times a year in the U.S. With this new blood test, only the women who have a fetus with a condition would need to confirm the results with an invasive procedure.
In addition, researchers anticipate that noninvasive tests can also be used to detect other inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis or sickle-cell anemia.
Federico Pratesi tells the story that in order to impress a beautiful woman in the village, his great-grandfather decided to make some lovely linens for her. It took him two years to make them until in three years he married her and enjoyed them together. It was then that he became the Mr. Pratesi of Linens. In 1906, the Pratesi factory is in the town of Vinci (where Leonardo was born). Florence based, these sheets are enjoyed by the elite all over the world in spite of "hotel collection" knock offs, and are here to stay. Now Pratesi has created a line of sheets for the youth who may be on slightly lower budgets and cannot afford a housekeeper: the Infinito "no ironing" line of Pratesi.
So what does Mr. Pratesi think about how to dress a bed most comfortably: "A firm mattress with a flat bottom sheet tucked in tight and a top sheet with either a light duvet or a cashmere blanket, but not too heavy. Basically, no bulky comforters or blankets on the feet." His remarks for newlyweds is: "Buy a set of sheets that is nice and alive. The bed is one of the centers of your life. You will spend a third of your time there."
The Summer has arrived and now we are spending more time outside by the pool, on our patio furniture and using the barbeque. But wait, all of this needs to be cleaned before we can enjoy it comfortably. Today, I was able to get my husband to clean all the patio furniture and even the barbeque enticing him with a lovely dinner when he finished the job. It also gave me an opportunity to see how this Patio Furniture cleaning product called "Goo Gone" works. It seemed to get the job done nicely removing stains on the cushion covers.
Here are the highlights:
*Removes suntan lotion, grease, tree sap, bird droppings and mildew stains
*Works on wicker, wood, plastic, vinyl, canvas, rattan, metal and glass
*Spray directly, use damp cloth, soft brush and rinse clean with water
Dinner is almost ready, and the patio so lovely that I think we will dine outside tonight!
In the course of placing household workers such as a nanny, housekeeper, companion or even a household manager, there are many consummated offers that have come my way. Fortunately, a good portion of these were what I consider a good and valid job offer that served all parties well. What exactly does this mean to everyone involved? Primarily, you want to ensure that everyone's intentions and objectives are met. An employee may be seeking a good salary and overall benefit package. The employer is hopeful that they made the right selection for their home and/or family, and that this person will fill their needs, perform dutifully and be long term. The agency is seeking a happy marriage and closure with a paid contract in hand. If, however, within the course of these negotiations, things go awry, then there is no valid offer. For example, an employee may express to b content with a position. But if the job pays considerably less than what was previously earned, then certainly, the employee will ultimately change face. Once this attitude take shape, the employer will observe a change in performance and disposition. This will then change the dynamics of their relationship. Hence, the agency gets the call that it dreads.
So bottom line, a job offer is simply not valid, unless all parties are in agreement and content with all the aspects of the offer. Trying to squeeze a triangle into a circle just doesn't make sense.
According to the National Institute of Health, 1 out 5 babies gets colic, which virtually means that they cry inconsolably at least 3 hours per day. Nobody seems to know what causes colic but the signs of are clear. A colicky baby
will often draw up their legs, clench fists and like clockwork begin to cry at a certain hour, usually in the evening. Out of desperation, parents are willing to try just about anything. Many swear by gripe waters and herbal tonics, all of which can be purchased in a drug and health food stores. Gripe water contains deionized water, sodium bicarbonate, ginger extract and fructose as primary ingredients. The dosage is 6 times per day using a dropper or adding the water to the baby's bottle. There are 2 well known producers of Gripe Water: Little Tummy's and Mommy's Bliss. Both suggest that it works for easing nausea and discomfort due to baby stomach gas and other colic symptoms. Although fennel extract and herbal teas could relieve colic symptoms, researchers concluded that there is no solid evidence to prove that these remedies are full proof, especially with a full-blown colic. Colic is not well understood and doctors don't have a lot of solutions to offer frustrated and weary parents other than staying patient. Most colicky babies grow out of it by the time they are 3 months old.
The General Conference of the International Labor Organization convened June 1, 2011 and adopted the "Domestic Workers Convention, 2011" deciding on proposals with regard to decent work for domestic workers. The recommendations ensure that the domestic workers enjoy freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining. This would identify and eliminate any legislative or administrative restrictions to the right of domestic workers to establish their own organizations of their own or join others. In addition, measures would be taken to strengthen the capacity of workers' and employers' organizations representing domestic workers while working toward elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation for the following things:
a) make sure that arrangements for work-related medical testing respect the principal of confidentiality b) sick leave and if applicable, any other personal leave c) the rate of pay or compensation for overtime are consistent with Article 10(a) of the Convention d) any other payments to which the domestic worker is entitled e) payments in kind and their monetary value f) details of any accommodation provided g) authorized deductions from worker's remuneration. h) compensatory rest period if the normal rest time is interrupted i) weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours j) time spent accompanying the household members on holiday not counted as part of their paid annual leave k) protect domestic workers from abuse, harassment and violence.
l) periods during which domestic workers are not free to dispose of their time
m) standby or on-call periods regulating the number of hours per week and month or year, and n) consideration of measures to ensure effective protection of migrant workers.While all of these suggested measures have been established at the International Labor conference, domestic workers continue to face the battles of legislation to make headway.http://www.MartaPerrone.com
Glad products is now adding technology that promises to block odors with their new product called "Odorshield" with Febreze (the household odor eliminator). Its competitor, Hefty also is using odor technology but offers bags that are unscented. Simplehuman has introduced their version with carbon-lined plastic. Trash can manufacturers are getting into the challenge by adding carbon cartridges to its newest trash cans, and others are more concerned about "touching trash cans" with iTouchless Housewares & Products Inc. who has come out with its newest hands-free sensor trash cans that open automatically.
While sales are down on regular trash bags due to overstuffing and reusing bags from grocery stores, the cost of resin used to produce plastic has gone up driving the prices up. Manufactures are banking on odor-eliminating products to drive sales and have gained momentum.
How do they manage to get their bags to smell better? Ruffies uses a baking soda derivative dusted on the surface while Glad sandwiches Febreze in between 2 layers of plastic and Hefty says its odor technology is mixed with the plastic on a molecular level.
No matter how they choose to do it, my pet peeve is that ALL trash be removed daily from every room of the house, and how it smells in the outside bins frankly doesn't matter to me.
Apparently autism is not caused by 1 or 2 genes, but by hundreds of different mutations. These are findings reported by studies published recently in Journal Neuron. Autism is part of a network that controls the development of synapses (the connection between nerve cells allowing them to communicate). Although no study ever fully explains the problem, with these findings scientists are able to understand better the genetic causes of autism spectrum disorders that may ultimately provide a better diagnosis and research on synapse formation.
Autism spectrum disorders are conditions ranging from mild to severe and are characterized by problems with social interactions. Amazingly, 1 in 110 U.S. children has autism. An estimated 25% of these disorder cases are linked to inherited gene mutations in the parents’ germ lines. The question is what causes the mutations since reported rates of autism have risen in recent decades. Is something environmental playing a role? Boys are also 4 times more likely to develop autism than girls. Scientists have pinpointed that Chromosome No. 7 (key to development of social personality) showing duplications is the link to autism spectrum disorder. As they continue their research into the underlying biological factors, it is their hope they can do a better job at treating autism.
After working for a family several years certain problems have come up in the job. If found this position working as a full charge housekeeper through an agency. Should I call the agency and ask them to help me solve the problem by speaking to my employer, or should I speak to them directly first?
Although the agency served as your representative to obtain this position, it is best that you make every attempt to solve the problem on your own first. You may however call your agent and get their advice on the issue so that you are better informed as to how to solve the problem. In every relationship, there will be issues. It is best to have regular "review or evaluation sessions" so that both you and your employer can discuss problems openly. Keeping that open line of communication is crucial so that incidents do not build up causing heated emotions. Stay in close direct communication with your employer at all times.
This week in a court action California's Tuition Law was upheld on human and practical grounds. Thousands of teenagers were brought to this country by their parents as young children. The conclusion is that it would be wrong to put a college education out of financial reach by requiring them to pay higher, non-resident tuition to attend the state's public colleges. These students bear no responsibility for their illegal status.