Baby's Stroke is caused by MND

Sunday, Nov 04, 2012
The New Paper

KUALA LUMPUR – The birthday cake was ready.
So was the present – a pretty skirt for baby girl Siew Jing Yew, known affectionately as Yew Yew, who turned one on Oct 16.
But what was supposed to be a day of celebration turned into a nightmare for Yew Yew’s parents.

The baby was warded in a Kuala Lumpur hospital on Oct 14 after coming down with a cough and fever.
Initially, 28-year-old housewife Chin Yu Fung thought her daughter would recover in time to celebrate her first birthday at home.
Sadly, it was not meant to be.
On the day that Yew Yew turned one, doctors broke the bad news that she had suffered a stroke, her parents said.
Her father, Siew Chee Leong, told Malaysian paper Guangming Daily that they had noticed that she was coughing on Oct 14.
When they took her to hospital, doctors told them that everything seemed fine, the 34-year-old furniture sales supervisor said.
But the next day, at around 6pm, he noticed Yew Yew clenching her left hand and shivering. It turned out she had cramps. She was placed under observation.
On her birthday, doctors said she had a stroke. More bad news followed last Thursday.
A virus infection had caused bleeding in Yew Yew’s right brain.
Mr Siew told Guangming: “I’m heartbroken. The news about her condition just keeps getting worse every day. At first, we accepted it when she had a stroke.
“But then doctors said she had internal bleeding. The last few days have been really trying.”
The couple said a large portion of Yew Yew’s brain cells have died from a lack of oxygen, which could affect her learning abilities in future.
Looking at her daughter hooked to various tubes, an upset Madam Chin said: “Every time I play with Yew Yew, she would smile so happily. We love her so much.”

Yew Yew underwent two operations and was placed in intensive care.
The couple need more than RM50,000 (S$20,000) to pay the medical bill.
To help raise the money, Mr Siew’s friend has set up a Facebook page called “Need Help! 1-year-old Baby got Stroke”.
As of 7pm on Friday, the page had received more than 1,500 likes and over 3,500 people had talked about it.
The Facebook page provides updates of Yew Yew’s condition, including a post on Wednesday that said the baby was awake and able to recognise Madam Chin.
“(The) doctor mentioned that she may not be able to do that (recognise her mother) but she did! This is a huge progress.”
A post later that day thanked donors, saying the family had “achieved our targeted amount”.
As Yew Yew’s road to recovery begins, her parents remain hopeful that she will be able to play with them once more, wearing the birthday skirt.
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Respiratory tract infection: cold, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis. Some medications, such as ACE inhibitors taken to lower blood pressure, can cause chronic coughs in some people. A virus infection can lead to stroke and affect the brain cells when the motor neurons are affected, it is possible to cure but research work is still ongoing.
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/motor_neuron_diseases/detail_motor_neuron_diseases.htm
– Contributed by Oogle.

Do you know the Timeline for Renewable Energy?

Orders for offshore wind turbines have come to an abrupt halt in the UK, in what some industry figures say is the first clear sign of a long-feared slowdown in renewable energy investment.

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It will take up to 50 years before Nuclear Fission is commercially viable with widespread use, in the meantime, Wind farms, Solar, CNG, Menthane will be immensely popular to bridge the gaps, even the creation from water to synthetic oil will see great results, everybody will slowly phase out nuclear energy because it is not dependable in the long term.
– Contributed by Oogle.

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

If I am not wrong, we are coming to the time where close to 30% of the entire world population will be above the age of 50 years, as such, the potential of an untapped market if you could expand along this line.

I have read the news of a malaysian who has radically redesigned the entire wheel chair to be light weigh and very portable, it seems he has sold his designs to america who now manufactures it, if his designs are adopted, the specs could radically replace the requirements of new building codes to accomodate the disabled.
Businesses especially restuarants and shopping centre which has facilities to be disabled friendly and changing rooms for young babies/feeding will enjoy enormously huge business and many will adapt to these changing needs. I am providing you an advance peek into the future where the demand is.
– Contributed by Oogle. 
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Friday June 8, 2012 By EDWARD R. HENRY edward@thestar.com.my

WALK paths with tact tiles and ramps built around certain parts of Petaling Jaya aimed at creating a barrier-free environment, has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the Commonwealth Associa-tion for Public Administration and Management (Capam) Inter-national Innovation Awards.
Out of the 120 submissions for the award, PJ has been shortlisted as one of the semi-finalists. PJ’s people friendly project — A Barrier Free PJ: Lifting the Urban Disability Stigma — has captured the hearts of Capam judges. Forty countries are taking part in the awards.
PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the council felt privileged to be selected as a semi-finalist and the entry was slotted under the Innovation in Citizen Engagement and Dialogue award category.
Capam president Paul Zahra from Malta will present the award in New Delhi, India, in September.
“We find physical barriers still preventing the disabled from participating and enjoying the benefits of living in the city.
“Our efforts are being seen as various parts of the city have been redesigned to make it accessible,” said Roslan.
Capam is an International Innovations Awards that celebrates the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and services in the public sector.
The award inspires and encourages innovators to improve public service governance, and the quality of life of residents and communities.
“PJ’s barrier-free environment project is the only entry from Malaysia and it competes with entries from established countries and organisations. PJ has made parks and public areas accessible to the physically-challenged and we feel that warrants our entry to be shortlisted,” said Roslan.
He added that PJ’s ongoing effort to create a barrier-free city “is the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, PJ city councillor and distinguished fellow of the United States of America Hawaii University Anthony Thanasayan said he felt privileged and honoured by Capam’s submission.
“Being a wheelchair-bound person as a teenager living in PJ, the neighbourhood was my greatest foe at one time. I was a virtual prisoner in my home because of the lack of thought given by the municipal council then to me as a resident with special needs.
“I could not get into Taman Jaya park which is a few hundred metres from my home because of a locked gate and cobbled pavements,” he said.
Thanasayan added that now it was a different story.
“We have a special entrance for wheelchairs initiated by me that allow all handicapped people through. We have the country’s first universal design pavement that is also being made in poorer areas of PJ.
“I think, it is an incredible success story that any local government can offer and continue to help the disabled community.
“But now with the leadership of Roslan all that is changing,” he said.

Do you think 3D printing can create anything? You can only use it to design anything, so what is the design market like? The next big thing is….

Dylan Love | Oct. 8, 2012, 1:58 PM
The similarities between the early era of personal computing and the current state of 3D printing are huge.
When personal computing was in its salad days in the late 1970s, it was a fringe interest for weirdos with beards. While it had its share of true believers who envisioned a world with a computer in every home and school, there were just as many skeptics asking the question, “What is this and who is it for?”
Now 3D printing seems to be going through the same thing.
A 3D printer is a machine that builds physical objects bit by bit, layer by layer—similar to how inkjet printers lay down colors on a piece of paper, but in three dimensions. Commercial versions of such a device can cost tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars, but devoted hobbyist groups have continuously tinkered and optimized the device, reducing the cost to less than $2,000 (and in one case, just a mere $400).
So we have a very expensive and exclusive device normally reserved for large businesses starting to pop up in people’s homes. No one’s quite sure what it’s good for, but a few believers see the potential for a general-purpose creative device.
See the similarities?
The man leading the charge seems to be Bre Pettis of MakerBot. His company introduced the MakerBot Cupcake in March 2009. Now, three and a half years later, MakerBot is selling its fourth generation of printer. Pettis is on the cover of Wired.
Smaller companies such as Printrbot have sprung up in MakerBot’s wake—in fact, the New York Maker Faire included a designated area called the 3D Printer Village for these companies to showcase their products.
The market for 3D printers in the home is still pretty niche. Tinkerers use them to create custom parts for other homebrewed creations. A site called Thingiverse, also maintained by Pettis’s MakerBot, serves as a popular community for users to exchange 3D object files.
That exchange may be crucial for 3D printing to go mainstream.
In 1979, spreadsheet software VisiCalc legitimized personal computers as a serious business tool. The mainstreaming of 3D printers will occur when people realize they can print doorstops and shower curtain rings, when they realize that owning a 3D printer means no longer having to drive to the store to buy something manufactured in China, put on a boat, loaded into a truck, and dropped on a shelf.
A small group of tinkerers launched personal computing. But people who didn’t want to write their own code are the ones who turned it into a mass market. As Steve Jobs put it, “the computer for the rest of us.”
When 3D printer makers create a make-anything machine for the rest of us, it’s just a matter of time before there’s one in every home and school.